What’s in my e-reader?

Ali's Victory by Kat Duncan

Ali’s Victory by Kat Duncan

I downloaded Ali’s Victory by Kat Duncan into my e-reader.  I must confess I beta-read the MS hehe.  Anyhoo, it’s a great story so check it out.

What young widow Ali Granger doesn’t know can put her six feet under. Her boss, a medical advocate fighting drug companies, has been murdered, and she’s on the run from a killer. After stealing a boat and crashing on a private island, she meets the man of her dreams. Only he’s holding a shotgun, and it’s pointed at her.

Ben Dewey, a.k.a. former entertainment wrestler Hammer Victory, never expected to find Ali’s brand of trouble on his doorstep. But when she uncovers evidence that both his wife and her husband died from the same unexplained condition, he agrees to help.

Danger and desire lurk around every corner as Ali and Ben team up to expose a dietary supplement as a deadly, addictive drug–before the forces behind it silence them forever. But if they succeed, can they leave the past behind and find love again?

Available at:  Kobo, Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Sony, and All Romance E-books.


Posted by on August 28, 2013 in My E-Reader


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Interview with Brooklyn James

Let It Go By Brooklyn James

Let It Go By Brooklyn James

Today at Romance, She Wrote, I have author, singer, and songwriter, Brooklyn James, in the interview chair.  She has an upcoming release, Let It Go, that we’ll be talking about.

1.  In the past, you’ve written across genres (coming of age, women’s fiction, supernatural thriller, nonfiction). How would you classify your upcoming release, Let It Go?

Let It Go is a feel-good contemporary romance about two divorcées starting over. One divorcé     and one divorcée, if you want to get gender-technical…lol. It’s a laid-back, easy, breezy, fun   spring/summer read. Perfect for the season.

2.  Two divorcées? That’s probably something many readers can relate to?

I think so. It’s strange, really. How perspectives can change when an individual goes through a divorce rather than simply having a friend or family member who has experienced the process. As most writers, I find inspiration in my own life’s experience. Before I went through my own separation, ultimately ending in divorce, I used to hear about divorce and think, ‘Oh, that’s sad. I’m sorry for those folks. That has to be really hard.’ Once I experienced my own, I realized it’s not so sad after all. I mean, I guess it is, to an extent. But usually it simply becomes a necessity, if and when it gets to that point of no return.

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Interviews


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Interview with a mentor



Today, Romance She Wrote has author, writing instructor, and mentor Kat Duncan in the interview chair.  Before we get started, I’m proud to say Kat is my mentor.  I took a series of workshops she taught a year or two back.  When I encountered difficulties, I emailed Kat about a question.  After we hashed out my problem, she told me to keep emailing her.  Boy, she didn’t know what she’d started.  Like it or not, she’s been stuck with me.

Since Kat offers three month mentorships through Savvy Authors, I asked her to speak about mentorships.  If you are considering a mentor, Kat is on hand to answer any questions you may have.


1.  Let’s start with an easy question.  Why did you decide to become a mentor?

I guess you might say that mentoring is part of my calling in life. I’ve been a teacher of sorts since I was very young. I used to come home from kindergarten and re-teach my daily lessons to my willing younger sister. Teaching, coaching, and mentoring are all one to me and I have done it in many areas of my life from jobs to volunteering to raising my children. I have a great curiosity about people and the world and everything in it. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and helping their enlightenment happen the way it continues to do for me. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Interviews


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Friendly advice for new writers…

The Preacher's Outlaw by Patricia Bates

The Preacher’s Outlaw by Patricia Bates

Today, Romance, She Wrote is pleased to have multi-pubbed author, Patricia Bates, in the interview chair.  As a new writer, I’ve been bombarding Patricia with questions about publication, web presence, craft, and whatever else is on a newbie’s mind.

Patricia has graciously accepted my offer to answer questions new writers ask experienced authors.  The “advice” posts are part of a series of interviews.

Today, I’m focussing on the first manuscript.  If you have questions, please feel free to comment and Patricia will be happy to provide an answer.

1.  Let’s begin with where does a new writer start?  They have the idea; maybe sketched an outline, but they’re unsure what follows next.  What would you recommend for a new writer to get started?

Well, first let me say thank you for having me. I’m honored to be here. Every author does it differently. For me, I do things that will let me get into my characters heads – it’s easier to write a novel about a person I know than to get to know them as we go. Character interviews are awesome for this because it kills two birds with one stone. Once you’ve got your characters fleshed out and feel you know them, got the idea nailed down, the plot worked out…then jump into the hook in chapter one. After that…write. Don’t look back, don’t worry about editing, or spell check or whatever…just write. Get the bare bones of the story down. You can always edit something terrible – can’t edit a blank page.

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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Interviews


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The dreaded “P” word

Promotion.  I know I dread that word.  Just thinking about promoting is enough to make me shut the lid to my laptop, kiss writing goodbye, and hide under my recliner.  As you can see, I’m very quiet about who I am.  I don’t list where exactly I come from.  I don’t post my picture.  I don’t even say what ethnicity I am, although I do give hints thanks to my “rez life” posts LOL.  I don’t even mention my professional or educational background.  That’s how much I loathe talking about me and my private life.

Kat Duncan did a great post about promotion at her blog called Self-Promotion for Hermit-Crab Authors.  It’s a great read, targetted for us extremely bashful people who cringe if we dare call attention to ourselves.

P.S.  I usually like to post a picture, but since I’m on dial-up and it’s 10:13 PM, I’ll save that for tomorrow.


Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Re-Blogged



My characters pick the tunes

I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!

Being a total music junkie (yes, look at my blog posts because the majority are devoted to music), I can listen to just about anything, although my preference is metal and hard rock.  Through Sissy, I was introduced to sixties rock, sixties girl groups, and Neil Diamond.  Uh huh, my seventeen-year-old heroine digs Neil.  So while writing her story, I had Neil Diamond blasting in my truck.  Y’know something?  I fell in love with Neil.

Now?  My one MC (Keith) enjoys adult contemporary.  I just ordered an Air Supply CD.  I never thought I’d do that.  But he enjoys Air Supply.  Rita Coolidge.  Carly Simon.  I’m glad I already had the last two on my laptop thanks to another character.  He even had me listening to the Bee Gees.  Yes, there I was, working out to Night Fever and Tragedy.

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Music


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We have a winner!

I won!

First off, thank you to everyone for participating yesterday.  You made Kat’s guest blog at Romance, She Wrote a successful one.

As promised, one luck winner gets a copy of Kat’s new book Telling Grammar.  Angel, your name was drawn.  Kat will be in emailing you some time today.

For more writing tips, be sure to visit Kat’s web site.

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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Contest Winners


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Grammar is No Joking Matter

Telling Grammar by Kat Duncan

Today’s guest blogger is Kat Duncan, creator and instructor for Want Style? Get Grammar – 101 – 103. I took this workshop a year or two ago (my memory isn’t that great). I also have a copy of her craft book Telling Grammar.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I heard the word grammar, I’d cringe. Boring. Dry. Let me work on another writing craft–anything but grammar. I forced myself to sign up for her workshop because understanding all the grammar rules was imperative if I wanted to be a writer. You know something?  Under Kat’s instruction and lessons, she made grammar interesting.  Even fun. So when she wrote her e-book Telling Grammar, I asked her to guest at Romance, She Wrote. I have a copy in my e-reader for handy reference. Thanks to Kat, I now enjoy grammar.

The past perfect, the present progressive, and the future conditional all walked into a bar. It was a tense situation. And that was before they got verbal. A few beers later a good time would have been had by all. But a grammar nazi arrested them for intransience and deported them to China where the past was no longer perfect, the present became too progressive and was denounced and the future was conditioned to toe the party line.

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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Guest Blogs


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I empathise with George McFly

Now that I’m almost at ***the end*** for edits, I’m beginning to feel like George McFly in Back to the Future.  Remember him?  He wrote sci-fi stories but never had them published because, “What if nobody likes them?  I’m not sure I could handle that kind of rejection.”

My stomach’s twisting into knots.  I’m terrified of sending the MS out into the world.  I don’t wanna say goodbye to Jesse and Gabriel, whom I love and adore (I should love and adore them considering how much time I’ve spend with these two).

“I don’t know if I could take that kind of rejection.” –George McFly

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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Updates, Writing


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What’s in my e-reader?

A Serving of Love by Andrew Grey

Yes, a little early am I not?  LOL.  I must admit I’ve been suffering a terrible toothache since Monday.  Well, not a toothache since it’s the one I had a root canal done on.  Darn dentist is making me wait and see how the antibiotics work (saw him this morning).  So when you’re up all night in pain, what do you do?  Read.  I downloaded a new e-book from Kobo, naturally.  Since I really enjoyed Annemarie McKenna’s Court Appointed, I thought I’d read another one about a judge.  Mmm.  Love those judges!  While browsing through the GLBT romances, I came across A Serving of Love by Andrew Grey.

Blurb:  Sebastian Franklin has waited a long time to prove himself as front of the house manager at Cafe Belgie, but his first night in charge while Darryl, his boss, is on vacation is less than a success.  The restaurant is robbed at closing time, and the Good Samaritan who foiled the robber comes with his own complications.

Robert Fortier is the county’s newest judge, and a reluctant one at that. He is well aware that a public life is not always easy, especially when your personal life makes you the target of a media frenzy. Still, Robert enjoys Sebastian’s company, and Sebastian is never without a serving of happiness and flair for his favorite public figure. But Sebastian is not without his issues either—family chaos and an ex in trouble will put the pressure on as they struggle for even footing in this new romance.

Available at:  Kobo, Amazon, and B&N.

I must admit I am enjoying reading about older couples–those pushing forty or are in their forties.  Probably because hubby and I are in our late thirties/early forties hehe.

Anyhoo, my fingers are crossed that the antibiotics and tylenols won’t put me back at the starting gate for the dry eyes of doom.  I’ve come so far where I can now comfortably write without slamming down the putah lid every fifteen minutes to take a break.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in My E-Reader


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