Happy Thanksgiving #Thanksgiving #HappyThanksgiving #TurkeyDay

Thanksgiving should be every day Instead of once a year. Give thanks each day, give thanks each night, To Christ who is so dear. Give thanks each day, give thanks each night, For all the Lord has done. He’ll help us fight… Read More

Happy Halloween #Halloween #AllHallowsEve #HappyHalloween #TrickorTreating

On one mystic magic night, Jack O Lanterns glowing bright, kids with bags of candy sweet, roam door to door and street to street, all dressed up for trick or treat! Wizards with wands, pirates with hooks, monsters and clowns with spooky… Read More

Rest of the Year Break #writing #amwriting #amwritingromance #romance #historicalromance

Peace out, blog world! Okay, okay, maybe that was a bit too . . . harsh, full of excitement, eager . . . I really didn’t mean to sound like any of those. Perhaps, it’s the sense of the earth finally giving… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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 it was an absolute must! One simply doesn’t write a novel set in the roaring 1920’s and not use the slang people spoke back… Read More

Historical Landmarks ~ Burkel Estate #romance #historicalromance #amreading #amreadingromance

When I took my research trip to Montgomery, I had wanted to stop by Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum in Memphis. Unfortunately, time got away from us and we couldn’t stop. I still would love to visit the place, though. Maybe one… Read More

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… Read More

One Contemporary in a Sea of Historicals #sweetandspicyromance #romance #contemporary #BoraBora

I’ve often been asked why I chose to break from the historical romance sub-genre for my fifth novel, The Parking Space. Honestly, the reason is I just wanted a break. Historical romance novels take a lot of time and research and having… Read More

It’s all about keeping it personal . . . #sweetandspicyromance #romance #contemporary #humor #cat #amreadingromance

I get asked a lot if I ever put personal information or stories in my novels. Well, the answer to that is “of course”! I love putting personal touches in my writing. It makes it extra fun when friends and family notice… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

InD’tale Review ~ A Road Paved in Copper #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #Nevada #mining #amreading

Early September brought in the review I’d been waiting for. I’m happy to say that A Road Paved in Copper received 4 Stars from InD’tale Magazine! Abandoned at an orphanage as a young girl, Ava De La Vega had little in the… Read More