Character on the Couch: Sybil Ingram

Today I’m thrilled to have Amanda Dewees and her heroine Sybil Ingram visiting my couch. It’s rare that when I read the first book in a series, I go straight to the second one, but I had to in this case. Sybil’s first book, Nocturne for a Widow, had the best combination of mystery and … Continue reading Character on the Couch: Sybil Ingram

Outtake Tuesday: Cut Scene from A Perfect Man

When we pick up a book from the bookshelf, we’re (hopefully) getting something that’s been through multiple rounds of revisions and edits. We don’t often get to see the early drafts and “mistakes.” I decided, for the entertainment of my readers and for the use of anyone who wants to see why certain scenes or … Continue reading Outtake Tuesday: Cut Scene from A Perfect Man

Cover and blurb reveal: A Perfect Man

One reason I love being with my publisher is that they allow me a lot of artistic freedom. Consequently, in May, I have a new book coming out that’s completely different from my previous ones. Well, not completely. There’s still humor, romance, a dash of mystery, and enough food and wine to bust through any … Continue reading Cover and blurb reveal: A Perfect Man

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

This is about how organized I feel sometimes. First, a huge thanks to Isabella Norse at http://isabellanorse.com/ for inviting me to be part of this blog tour! Here are the four questions: 1. What am I working on? Currently I’m writing furiously to finish the first draft for the third Lycanthropy Files book, Blood’s Shadow so I … Continue reading My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Guest posts: An Interview and Novel Resolutions

Happy new year, fellow authors and readers! December ended up being sort of a bust for me with regard to writing thanks to a nasty cold that knocked me on my rear end for a week, but I did reach 23K on the third Lycanthropy Files book, and I wrote and submitted a short story … Continue reading Guest posts: An Interview and Novel Resolutions

A Writer on the Couch: Guest posting at Jill Archer’s Blog

Today I am guest posting over at Jill Archer’s blog about how psychology informs my writing, which lots of people assume, and how writing makes me a better psychologist, which tends to surprise people. This is also a good opportunity to remind y’all that I’ve got a Characters on the Couch project, and I plan … Continue reading A Writer on the Couch: Guest posting at Jill Archer’s Blog

On Process and Progress: Ponderings from Pennsylvania

Hubby and I recently took a trip to Philadelphia to visit Babysis, who’s in school up there. While she recovered from finals and took care of sick bunnies, we went wine tasting along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail.* On Sunday morning, we visited Longwood Gardens, where they were holding an Orchid Extravaganza! I didn’t really … Continue reading On Process and Progress: Ponderings from Pennsylvania

Writing Goals for 2011

Having my own business has skewed my sense of time. For me, 2010 stuff didn’t end on December 31. I still have tax things to gather for my accountant, and I’ll also be doing some organizing and cleaning out since next week is somewhat quiet. Not snow days quiet, thank goodness, but still a little … Continue reading Writing Goals for 2011

Metapost: Where’s Cecilia?

Update: I’ve found a space and hope to have a new business address by early next week. My best friend, who is also my decorator, and I went out looking for furniture yesterday. I’m still in a major time crunch — and stressed out — but at least things are moving forward. Those of you … Continue reading Metapost: Where’s Cecilia?

How Wine Can Help Fiction: Post-Wine Bloggers’ Conference Thoughts

If you read my Random Oenophile Blog, you know that Hubby and I had the privilege of attending the 2010 Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Walla Walla, Washington this past weekend. If not, well, now you do. One of the panels, “More Effective Wine Writing,” coalesced something that I had noticed during the entire conference: there … Continue reading How Wine Can Help Fiction: Post-Wine Bloggers’ Conference Thoughts