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Kiss my Shrimp and Grits

I’ve not been around much lately, been busy writing, and seems like there’s never any time with two teenagers at home. School is finally out and I feel like I can breathe. I’ve been in the mood to cook, and the kids both went to a camp last week so I cooked shrimp and grits since...
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Gender Discrimination Still Happens

I stumbled across a blog in the Chronicle of Higher Education reporting that the University of Colorado paid $40,000 to settle a gender-bias case. Keep in mind that the University of Colorado at Boulder has roughly 32,000 students. This is not a small organization. I encourage you to read the article, but here are the...
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The Day Elvis Died…

 I have seen several people my age and older reminiscing about what they were doing on the day that Elvis died. If you were alive then, and you were at an age where you knew who Elvis was, it’s one of those days you don’t forget, like the Challenger blowing up, or September 11, 2001. On...
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Happy Earth Day!!

  I haven’t seen much coverage for Earth day this year, since Prince passed away yesterday, but today is the 46th Earth Day. The first one was held in 1970. The Baby Boomers and my generation, which I guess I am part of X, will be remembered as the generations who did very little about global...
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Baffled by Technology and Social Media

I have been talking with my friends about technology lately, and the divide is growing between people on social media and people who aren’t. It seems to me that in general, as you grow older, unless you make a positive effort to stay current, you will just stop being interested in new tech. Inertia in the tech world is...
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Editing is a Labor… of Love

                      I tweeted the picture above last week, and a ton of people liked it, and I even had a few questions about it, so I thought I would give a description here of what the flags mean. I’m hot and heavy in the middle of editing...
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Remembering the Challenger – 30 Years Later

As I drove to work this morning, the incessantly chatty people on the morning radio station asked what happened 30 years ago. “We’ll be back in a minute to tell you,” they said. I didn’t need them to tell me. I knew. Thirty years ago I was a senior in high school — no, you...
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Tiny Houses — Boom or Bust?

I was in the other room last night and I heard my husband’s voice across the house. “What a nightmare!” I was expecting him to have news from a friend in Virginia or DC who got over two feet of snow, or some bizarre Internet video. No, he was watching Tiny House Hunters on HGTV. Now...
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Virginia Woolf – Trending on Twitter?

Yesterday I noticed that Virginia Woolf (d. 1941), one of the foremost modernists in English literature, was trending on twitter. What on earth? I was surprised, since I had not heard of a new movie or book coming out about her. It turns out a new audio recording was found of her voice, which kicked off an...
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Christmas Cards – Yes or No?

It’s that time of year again. If you want to do Christmas cards, you’d better get on it. I thought for a few years that Christmas cards were dying out, but I’ve seen a resurgence lately. All of the young married couples I know are sending them, and that’s encouraging that perhaps the tradition will continue. I...
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Producing an Audiobook

I recently decided to have my first book, No Strings Attached, recorded as an audiobook through ACX, a subsidiary of Amazon. There are several options when you are thinking about audiobooks: read and produce the book yourself, hire a narrator / producer at a flat rate, usually an hourly rate, or offer the book for a royalty share. Doing...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet Sandra Dailey

Today I’d like you to take a minute to meet Sandra Dailey as she interviews two of her characters, who happen to be twins.  Sandra, take it away. Hi Lily! Thanks for inviting me to your blog and letting me bring a couple of characters along, and I do mean characters in every way. I’d...
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Thanksgiving — The In-Between Holiday

I have found among my friends on social media that there are two camps of people: those who start their Christmas celebrations in early to mid-November, and those who wait until after Thanksgiving. Not only are there two different camps, the two groups have become openly contemptuous of the other side. Stores are running commercials now...
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Writer Wednesday – M.S. Spencer

Welcome back to Writer Wednesday. Today I would like for you to meet M.S. Spencer. She is here to talk about her latest release. In my latest romance, Triptych, my heroine Miranda wrestles with the question of true love. She also wrestles with recalcitrant sisters, mysterious machines and art thieves. The Great Falls of the...
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Found This Amazing Tool…

On Tuesdays I plan to talk about books, or travel. But today, I’m going to talk about the new tool that I bought: a simple 5 x 9 weekly planner. I know, I might as well buy a Rolodex, right? Paper planners are a wee bit out dated. I haven’t bought one in years. I have...
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World Teacher Day!

Happy World Teacher Day! Without teachers, there would be no authors. I’m giving a great big shout out to Sheila Taylor, my ninth grade English teacher back in 1982 – no, you don’t need to do the math. She always encouraged me, and after thirty-odd years and the tribe that is Facebook, we are in contact...
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Recipe Time — Apple Crisp

New feature: Monday Munchies!  (Recipes, meal ideas, munchies, and all around good food!) Whoo hoo!!! It’s that time of year again, when apples are plentiful. I am absolutely in love with an apple called the Mutso, or the crispin. You can find out more about the Mutsu here. We haven’t seen these apples in the grocery stores, but...
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Writer Wednesday – Elaine Violette and Regal Reward

This morning as part of my Writer Wednesday feature I’m featuring Elaine Violette and her Regency novel Regal Reward. If you follow this blog, you know I love romantic stories with a captor/captive plot. Here’s another one that I’ve found. This one has the flavor of a a traditional Regency. If you find yourself skimming...
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What’s in a Blurb? Meet Carol – She knows!

I recently ran across Carol Ann Eastman, who writes as Angelisa Stone, on a Facebook group for authors, and it turns out she offers a blurb-writing service. Since I have struggled with writing catchy blurbs, I decided to give her a try. Before I reveal the results of her magic (and I DO mean magic),...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet Barbara Donlon Bradley

Welcome back to Writer Wednesday. Today I’m interviewing Barbara Donlon Bradley, a writer of science fiction romance. This is a genre that I’ve just started reading. Take it away Barbara! What draws you to the genre science fiction romance? It seems to be the way my brain works. I’ve always written SF or fantasy stories. When I...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet Irene Vartanoff

It’s been a while, but today I’d like to welcome Irene Vartanoff to the Writer Wednesday feature on my blog. Take it away Irene!! Captive of the Cattle Baron Blurb: He’d Abducted Her! Abducted by rancher Baron Selkirk—okay, it was an accident, but now he won’t let her go—former TV child star turned horse whisperer Addie...
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Denver Part 1 – If You Don’t Like the Weather, Wait 20 Minutes

Denver and I became fast friends. Over the next few days, I plan to tell you a little bit about my trip to Denver, and notable differences from the Southeast, where I live. First, about that weather thing… I had heard it said by friends before that if you don’t like the weather in Denver, wait...
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Plotting Versus Pantsing

or Why (my) Novels Take so Long to Write!! Anywhere novelists gather, you’re sure to find a discussion of plotting versus pantsing. Do you write a detailed plot in advance, or do you wing it? There are shades along each spectrum, from pages and pages of outlines to the plot summarized on a cocktail napkin....
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Summer Fire and Heat Lightning

Today I’d like to welcome Joan Reeves to my Writer Wednesday feature. She’s a writer that I have come to know in the past few months, and I’ve read several of her books. I haven’t read this one yet, but I will as soon as it comes out.   Summer Fire & Evocative Titles by...
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Character Interview – Meet Ric Salzana

Have you ever met a character in a book and thought He’s coming back for a sequel – Ric is that guy. How could you not want to get to know Ricardo Salzana Toledo? He owns his own island, for heaven’s sake!!   Let’s meet Ric. Dark hair, brushed back from his forehead. Most of the time...
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Happy Birthday Will!

Happy birthday yesterday! William Shakespeare, that is, the old bard himself, was born April 26, 1564. To celebrate his birthday, Grammarly created this awesome Shakespeare quiz. Granted, I took two full classes on Shakespeare in college, but it’s been too long. (We won’t say how many years) I only got three right. How many can you get?...
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Cube Steak with Blue Cheese

I love some cubed steak. When I was younger, I lived with my grandparents, and they loved cubed steak on Sunday morning before church. I remember lying in bed and hearing my grandfather beating the steak with a meat tenderizer. My grandmother dusted it in flour and fried it crispy. She would serve it with homemade...
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For the Win is Live!!!

Ever wondered what happened to Lindsey on the island in the book No Strings Attached? Laura asked her, but she wouldn’t tell. Lindsey Todd has perfected a system to win at blackjack, but she doesn’t want her sister Laura to know how much she has been gambling on-line. Her sister’s boss threatens to spill her secret if...
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A Universal Disclaimer

I’m married to a lawyer, and we often joke about the warning labels, or the warnings that they include at the end of commercials for a new drug treatment. For one of her school projects, my 12-year old daughter wrote I now believe is the universal a disclaimer.   The product above does not reflect the...
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Writer Wednesday – Kate Hill

I am pleased to welcome author Kate Hill to my blog to talk about her latest release, St. Augustine’s Silhouettes. In St. Augustine’s Silhouettes the hero has a murky past and he’s not concerned with being accepted. In a world that fears those who are proud to be different, Alister St. Augustine is the first...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet Andrea Cooper

I am pleased to bring back Writer Wednesday and welcome Andrea Cooper to my blog. Her new release Stolen Hearts released in the past few weeks. Here she is to talk about it. Stolen Hearts Book 1 – Contemporary Romance Suspense Tagline: She stole a cop’s heart… will this thief pay for her crime? Blurb: Crystal...
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The Cheese that Wouldn’t Melt (A Cooking Channel Fail)

Sometimes you get something in your head that you want, and today I wanted a nice home made cheese dip, you know the white cheese kind that you buy in a Mexican Restaurant. I had told my husband we would have quesadillas for lunch, and he made the chicken. I stopped by the store and...
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Happy Valentine’s Day – I think

I am really not sure who today’s holiday is for. Girls/women over the age of 16 who are otherwise well adjusted get upset if they aren’t part of a couple. Boys/men over the age of 16 who aren’t dating rejoice that they don’t have to participate in this “commercial holiday.” Couples who have been married...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet Author Julie Young

This week on Writer Wednesday, I’m stepping away from romantic suspense to feature Julie Young, writer of the young adult novel Fifteen Minutes of Fame. Take it away Julie. Synopsis: SHE SOLD HER SOUL TO ROCK AND ROLL            It was the story that rocked the music world. After five years, four...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet Author Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

The Coin Who ever thought a coin could get you killed? A DANGEROUS FIND For artist Gabriela Martinez, life has become complicated:  she suspects her mentor and friend wants her as his mistress, her husband is neglecting her, and her latest illustration is ruined.  Seeking peace, she visits her favorite thinking spot in La Marbriére,...
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Writer Wednesday – Romantic Suspense Author K.L. Docter

Can you believe we are at the end of the year? This is my last Writer Wednesday this year. Over Christmas, I’m working on revamping the whole website, so next time you visit I’ll have a facelift. I’m welcoming K.L. Docter to my blog today, a romantic suspense writer extraordinaire. She put the suspense in romantic...
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Soapbox Time – Gender Discrimination is Real

I am still amazed at stories I hear about women not being hired because they have kids. A writer friend of mine who has decided to return to the workforce posted this on Facebook today: Advice I have learned over the past year of job hunting: stay at home parents, never be honest that you were a...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet Ray Anselmo, Author of The Slave Auction

I haven’t been sharing many books lately on the blog. I’ve been busy, and many of the books that I’ve read recently have been just okay, and I haven’t felt like talking about them. I discovered The Slave Auction on one of my Facebook groups. I had never heard of Ray Anselmo before, but I gave his book...
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More about Winter Tales

A Holiday Anthology (Volume Two) A Collection of Winter Holiday Tales Please join us in reading this fantastically diverse FREE collection of stories to warm your heart while you wait for the kids, the oven to buzz, on a 15-minute break from work, or when you just need to hide for ten minutes from everyone!...
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New FREE Holiday Anthology

I am featured in a FREE holiday anthology of short stories — A Holiday Anthology Volume 2 A Collection of Winter Holiday Tales If you are familiar with my books, you may remember Deena from the first book. She was one of Bonnie’s Assistant Chefs, and she was dating Lee at the time. In the...
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College Football – 10 Types of Fans in the Stadium

They used to say cotton was king in the South, but now it’s football. With rivalry Saturday, college football is ending its regular season today. I attended the Clemson game, where they played their arch rival, the University of South Carolina. Every game I attend, I see the same ten types of fans. I’ve you’ve been to a...
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Happy Thanksgiving!! WKRP and Turkeys

If you are a child of the seventies (or older), you will remember the infamous turkey drop on Thanksgiving. For your enjoyment – and a walk down memory lane — here’s the famous scene. “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”   Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and my...
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Christmas Songs that Aren’t – “Same Auld Lang Syne”

Christmas songs are here!!!! Some of the radio stations in my radio market started playing them November 1, but I promptly changed the channel. Now, I’ve finally given in, and I’ve started listening to Christmas music. Have you noticed that some Christmas songs aren’t? One song often played during the Christmas season is “Same Auld...
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Mystery Book Tour Day 25 #MysteryNovember No Strings Attached by Lily Bishop

I’m visiting in the UK today at Rosie Amber’s blog. Come see what else she has done with #MysteryTour November!!...
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Does Anybody Know What Time it is?

Time fell back an hour today as most states in the East gained an hour as we returned to Eastern Standard Time.  Now it will be lighter when we get up in the morning, and darker in the evening compared to last week. For a week we’ll listen to everyone complain, ask why we still switch...
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Flash Fiction – Lost in the Maze, Part 1

“Bickleigh , Bickleigh Maize Maze – geograph.org.uk – 1223716” by Lewis Clarke – geograph.org.uk. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. I mentioned a while back that I was gong to try my hand at flash fiction, short little stories less than 5,000 words.  Here is part one of Lost in the Maze.  ...
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TV Round-Up – Scorpion

  Scorpion (CBS, Monday night, 9:00 p.m. EST)  is one of the shows that we are watching at our house. We are a week behind, so I haven’t seen the episode that aired October 20, but we’ve watched the other episodes. My kids are 13 and 11, and they absolutely love the show. It just might...
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Doughnut Receipts and Book Reviews

  What do receipts and book reviews have in common? First, remember the comedy bit about the doughnut receipt? I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I’ll just give you the money, and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction....
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Art Imitating Life

Every writer gets asked this question from time to time, and it comes in different forms. How do you come up with all those stories? Where do you get your ideas? For my embezzlement plot arc, I studied different cases online, looking at some of the techniques and Ponzi schemes that have been prosecuted lately. I’ve worked...
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Writer Wednesday – Meet M.S. Spencer

What do pirates, princes, Puritans, and propaganda have in common? Lacey Delahaye, forager and jelly maker, finds out in M. S. Spencer’s new romantic suspense set in the western Caribbean. Whirlwind Romance Secret Cravings Publishing, 9/2/2014 89,000 words; M/F; 3 flames; Adventure/Romance Paraiso, the island in Whirlwind Romance, is based on a real island in...
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