Shout outs to Writing Friends!

Part of belonging to the wonderful organization that is the Romance Writers of America involves making friends of all kinds.  If you are a writer, there are few more supportive organizations than RWA, no matter what genre you write.

So this blog post is giving props to some of my friends who have had so many wonderful successes lately!

First off, there is my wonderful critique partner, Kate McKinley (whom I interviewed here).  She has recently sold a 3-book deal to Grand Central Forever Yours.  Here’s a blurb about it just posted on the Romantic Times Web Site:

Historical Romance – Time to don your corset and petticoats because author Kate McKinley is taking readers to a house party in Regency England. The yet-to-be titled anthology will let readers discover all of the guests’ secrets, by allowing us to see the entire event through three different couples in three interconnected novellas. On your mark, get ready, and flirt!

Other mentions:  Three  writer friends were nominated for RT Historical Romance Reader’s Choice awards.  Tessa Dare (whom I interviewed here) for her nomination in Historical Romance of the Year and Historical Love and Laughter.  [Her novel, A WEEK TO BE WICKED, was also listed as one of the Best Books of 2012!] Congratulations to Jennifer Haymore for her nomination in Regency-Set Historical Romance. And Jillian Stone (whom I interviewed here) for her nomination in Historical Romantic Adventure.

Also wonderful news for Beth Yarnall.  She sold her second novel, HAIR SPRAYED HARD AND PUT AWAY FOREVER to Entangled Publishing for publication in 2014!  And Louisa Bacio continues to burn up the publishing industry with her hot paranormals and sexy contemporaries.

Lastly, I also have some wonderful news to share but will heighten your suspense by saving it for another day.  Let’s just say things are moving and shaking–and I’m no longer sending out query letters!

PERSUASION Read Along Book Discussion

I’m participating in the “Austen in August” read-along of my most favorite novel, Persuasion by Jane Austen.  Misty from “The Book Rat” has posted questions about the novel (linked below) and so I’ll be following along with the rest of the group!  When you are done reading here, you should toodle along over to her blog.  It’s brilliant.  It’s fun.  It’s Austenesque.

Book Discussion Part I

What are your initial impressions of the story? Do you like the set-up for the world and the conflicts? Did you find any of it hard to understand or relate to?

My initial impressions of Persuasion are hard to remember since I first read the book many years ago.  I do remember thinking how much more emotionally trenchant it was than Pride and Prejudice, my then-favorite novel.  I have little difficulty with Austen’s voice as I find it timeless and rich.  Her voice is one of a kind.

What are your impressions of the characters so far? Especially in regards to Anne, who is considered quite a bit different from other Austen heroines (besides being the oldest, she’s had love and let it go, and now has had years to reflect on that).

Originally, Anne struck me as weak.  I couldn’t understand why she would turn down the love of her life because of her family’s opinion but it occurred to me that I was looking at her situation from a modern woman’s perspective and not in the right context.  Ann, at nineteen, had had all of her family support pulled from her and faced the difficult decision of opting to marry Wentworth and then live poorly—perhaps with a child or two—while he went off to war, risking his life and possibly leaving her a widow.  She made the sensible choice and did not follow her heart.  I can understand why she did it even though she lived to regret losing Wentworth.

Do you think Anne was right to have yielded to the pressure of those close to her – to have been “persuaded” – not to accept Wentworth’s first proposal?

 See above, I already answered.

What do you make of Anne’s family (and extended family, including Lady Russell), and her place among them? How do the people in Anne’s life treat her, and what was your reaction to that?

Anne is lost amongst a sea of strange characters.  Her father’s buffoonery, her elder sister’s snobbish pride and her younger sister’s constant attention-seeking hypochondria.  It has always angered me to see how these people treat her.  She is everything sweet and good and puts up with all of their antics.  Some would see her weak for this, but from my more mature eye, I’d call her stronger for it.  It takes more strength to bite one’s tongue and love someone, warts and all.  And wisdom, too.

Discuss Anne’s first few meetings with Wentworth, or Wentworth’s entry into the story in general.

When I first read the story, I was not inclined to like Wentworth.  I saw him as resentful and, not being the type of person to hold long grudges myself, I could never understand why he held on to his for so long.   I also saw his flirting with the Musgrove girls as an attempt to get a little payback, which did not make him attractive to me.  As usual with Austen heroes, my opinion would be overturned by the end of the story… but that is for later discussion.

Join the discussion over at the Book Rat for Austen in August.

I’ll be guest blogging over there soon.  Details to come.


I believe they are in order for my wonderful, amazing and talented critique partner, Kate McKinley, who has just been published.


Hot new novella!

Marine biologist Morgan Johansson doesn’t believe in fairy tales, so when rumors of a sexy male siren surface, she sets out on her boat to prove them wrong. But when she’s tossed overboard by her ex, she comes face to face with a strong, virile siren who’s undeniably real and promises to awaken her every erotic fantasy.

Racing to save his people, Erik, heir to the siren kingdom, must find the one woman destined to be his queen. When Morgan hits the water, he feels her presence and knows instantly she’s the one. Now he must convince her to abandon her strict scientific beliefs and submit to the powerful desire that grips them both. But one question remains to be answered…

Will Morgan return to the surface, or will she surrender to the siren prince?

I critiqued this novella as it was being written and let me tell you, it is spicy and delicious!


Blog Coma

For the few of you who do visit this blog intentionally and not by accident while googling “deep freeze snooze,” I apologize.  Things have been mighty dormant here for a while as my attentions were focussed elsewhere.  But with one big burden off my back (to be discussed soon, as in probably this week), I’m more able to concentrate in areas where I’m lacking.  Not for long, though.  Because it’s only the partial manuscript that is complete and the full manuscript is another hurdle yet.

So without further ado, I’m making a “to-do” list of things you will see on this blog very soon:

  • Measuring Up: 2011 goals with only 1 month to go.  How did I do?
  • Happy Places: Another one of my favorite features which has gone untended for too long will be back with another happy place
  • What I learned about Publishing Part 2, the second half of this post
  • My work in progress: Featuring Violette and Lawrence (pictured!), my hero and heroine and a teaser passage from the Regency historical romance
  • Why Pantsing had to become Plotting.  What converted this semi-pantster into a firm believer in plotting (and just what the heck do plotting and pantsing mean, anyway?)
  • Retrospective 2011… if I can manage to write this without tearing my own beating heart out of my chest and letting it bleed all over this blog.  2011 has been one of those years.
  • Jane Austen Q & A with editor Laurel Ann Nattress
  • What I learned about writing first-person point of view … for the opposite sex

If you’ve got any ideas or questions, or want to see me discuss something, please feel free to post in the comments!  I’d love to hear from you and find out what I could do to spruce the blog up and make it an interesting waypoint in the blogosphere (aside from not being comatose, that is).



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