Deleted Scene ~ In the Land of Gold #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreading #amreadingromance

I can't remember why this scene was deleted, but I can guess it was because of story flow. After Cora wakes up in Flynn's tent, hungover and failing to remember much, they argue and she storms out. To bring them together again, of course, he chases after her, which flowed more smoothly then adding in [...]

The REAL woman behind A Road Paved in Copper #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #western #amreading

I've gotten this question before, and the answer is yes. So what is the question? "Have I ever used real women as inspiration for my characters?" Anyone who knows my dad knows he likes to tell stories. One afternoon while visiting my parents, he started telling me this story about the woman who founded a [...]

What is your Burlesque name? #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreadingromance

Want to do something fun today? Take a few minutes to figure out what your Burlesque name would be. I know what you're thinking: what is she talking about? Why would I want to do that? Well, honestly, I don't really know why other than it's just something to make you laugh. And don't we [...]

Every Era has it’s Slang ~ 1930’s Slang Words #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreading

While it was hard to put slang in a couple of my historical romance novels, one of them was not only an absolute must, but was some of the funnest writing I’ve done. One simply doesn't write a novel set in the roaring 1920's and not use the slang people spoke back then. It's just [...]

My trip to Montgomery, Alabama #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #civilwar #horses

While I was writing and researching my debut novel, The Woman on the Painted Horse, I took a trip to Montgomery, Alabama. Yes, I know the picture say Arkansas, we just didn't stop for pictures with the Alabama sign. Why I have no idea, since it would have made sense. Hindsight is always 20/20. Anyway, [...]

Women of the Klondike #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreadingromance #writing #Klondike

I remember reading a review for my novel IN THE LAND OF GOLD once that stated that a woman couldn't have made it up the Klondike trail during the gold rush---especially living through the unbelievable and harsh conditions that I unrealistically created for my character. Women just didn't do those types of things back then. [...]

Ah, the luck of the Irish #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreadingromance #amreading

One particular question that keeps being asked about my hero, Flynn O'Neil, in my novel IN THE LAND OF GOLD is why did I make him Irish. Honestly? I did it because I love the accent. Yep, that's why. It's just that simple. I actually have a few accents that I love to listen to [...]

How to share your Amazon buy link #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Wait . . . do you mean there is a right and wrong way to share my Amazon buy link? Yes. The answer is yes. Have you ever logged on to Author Central and noticed one of your novels was missing a review? Well, besides a multitude of reasons (which never are explained by Amazon [...]

A Writer’s Life as told by Phoebe Buffay #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a post called A Writer's Life as told by Joey Tribbiani from the hit TV show Friends. About nine months later, I did another one called A Writer's Life as told by Ross Geller, and a few months after that,  I did A Writer's Life as told by Chandler Bing. They [...]

Debut Novel, Take Two #sweetandspicyromance #writing #amwriting #romance #historicalromance

I started my debut novel, The Woman on the Painted Horse, on September 18, 2009 (Wow, eight years? Where has the time gone?), and while I still have three years left in my contract with Soul Mate Publishing for it, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I wasn't already thinking about what to [...]

As kids we loved Pirates #author #writing #amwriting #bookpiracy #piratebooks

Growing up, we always had that romantic notion of a pirate. Even if a lot of movies depicted them as thieves and the bad guys, there was always that mysterious allure of the sword-swinging, treasure hunting pirate. And then, of course, Hollywood saw fit to give us cast of characters like Orlando Bloom as Will [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Three) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

For our third, and final, part of this series, we are going to look into just a couple more things that every author needs to survive. If you missed PART ONE or PART TWO, just click on the links. So what is the first thing I'm going to list this week? Well, it's what gets [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Two) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

In PART ONE we covered: writer friends and having a thick skin. So what's in store for part two? The first thing on the list is that authors need patience. However exciting it is to finish that novel, you have to make sure the story is fully done before you submit to a publisher or [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part One) #writing #amwriting #author #writerslife

A couple of months ago someone shared a link to a blog post about how to survive being an author. Of course, once I saw the title I clicked on it, expecting either a really good article with some tips or perhaps some light-hearted funny antidotes on how to survive this crazy career. So which [...]