Category Archives: romance

Guest Author: Noel Cash and the Rory Harper West Haven Mysteries

Last November, I shared my review of Schnoztopia, written by a former member of my local writers group. Then a few weeks ago I reviewed Smell You Later, the second in the Rory Harper mystery series. When Book Three landed … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part One

Once again, I challenged myself to read fifty titles before December 31. This year I thought I’d try to read several books outside my usual go-to genres (romance and cozy mysteries). It just so happened that some of my Christmas … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eleven

Each year since 2012, I’ve set a reading goal in Goodreads, and since 2015 my goal has been set at 50 books read in the calendar year. Other than in 2012, I’ve managed to meet my stated goal each year, … Continue reading

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Planning My Work

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Our resident hound asked, “Typically, how many drafts do you complete — of a novel or novella — before you submit it to a publisher / editor … Continue reading

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It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

“What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before?”  I’d like to be able to write a REAL mystery, an all-out head-scratcher from start to finish. A gritty, serious, police or even a spy novel. … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eight

It seems that the busier I get, the more I read. As I mentioned last week, this is the way I de-stress. So since this was an insanely crazy month with my daughter getting married, I actually read more than … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Pamela S. Thibodeaux and My Heart Weeps

Promoting books often takes as much time as writing them. I’m extremely thankful for various groups in which the focus is helping each other reach readers. Pamela S. Thibodeaux is an extremely active member of Authors Helping Authors, or AHA. … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Seven

Whenever I’m working hard on a new writing project, I try to read more ink-on-paper books to give my eyes a rest from looking at a screen. This month I’m trying very hard to finish up a project for my … Continue reading

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There’s Always a Backstory

This week’s prompt: You’re asked to reimagine a fairytale. What fairytale would you choose and what genre would you write it in? Why? I remember listening to and then reading many fairy tales, both European and Japanese. At the time, … Continue reading

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