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Why Romance?

It’s Valentine’s Day today. Ironically, despite being a romance writer, I can’t stand this holiday. I heartily dislike the idea that my loved ones must be forced to tell me they love me once a year (and vice versa). Please explain why this isn’t happening naturally throughout the year? It’s a retail driven holiday that puts pressure on singles and couples alike, and it sucks.

*Off soap box.* That said, since today is (supposed to be) about love, I think it’s a good day to share my thoughts on something. With a handful of decades reading romance and now 10 years of writing it behind me, the question I still get asked most often is why romance?

I tend to answer with a couple of different reasons. Here are my top 4:

It’s my chances to put a little happiness in a world that has way too much of the opposite.

I can hardly stand to turn on the news these days. It is a rare thing that the stories don’t display a world in chaos filled with hate and violence. By writing romance–stories inherently about HOPE–I am taking the creativity God gifted me with and putting a little happiness back into the world. Out of curiosity, what are you doing to make this a better place?

It makes me happy.

I write and read romance because it…wait for it…makes me happy. I love the interaction between the characters and their growth on the page. I love seeing how finding love makes them happy. And, again, I love the HOPE. For dragon shifters and cowboys and billionaires and nerds and outgoing peole and shy people and people who are hurting alike, the opportunity is out there. Immersing myself in things that turn out beautiful and lovely is a wonderful way to spend some hours.

Why not? Why aren’t you reading it?

Love is at the center of all relationships (or it should be). It’s at the center of making babies (or it should be). It’s not a female-only past time (guys do feel something other than lust, I hope). And it’s not just escapism for women. Not when mysteries and action/thrillers are also out there. I don’t see most men running around beating up bad guys and solving crimes. Just saying.

So if these books are about hope and reflecting something that everyone on this planet has the capability to experience. And the have a wish to experience it (traditional forms or not). Please explain to me why more people  don’t read romance? Maybe if more people did, this would be a happier, more hopeful world than it currently is.

Finally… The voices in my head won’t shut up, so I give their mouths something to do. 😉

Come on. You always suspected writers were crazy. I’m just saying…you’re right.  To sit in front of a computer for hours/weeks/months/days/years torturing myself and my characters isn’t exactly an easy task. But I love what I do, and the people I get to meet because I do this, and the happiness it brings. So I guess I’ll continue to put up with Valentine’s Day and sing the praises of love and romance the other 364 days of the year.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

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If I Couldn’t Be a Writer

If I couldn’t be a writer, what would I do?

I think I’ve been asking myself this question since I was old enough to know that there was a choice. One might say that, due to the staggeringly low chances of making a living at this gig, I should have a backup plan. Continue reading “If I Couldn’t Be a Writer”

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Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer Choice Awards – WINNER

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My Paranormal Valentine | FREE Anthology | Feb 2019 ONLY

MY PARANORMAL VALENTINE

FREE FEB 1-28 ONLY!

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Seven of the top paranormal romance authors writing today have joined together to bring you a set of first-in-series novels to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in style – with your very own paranormal Valentine. Continue reading “My Paranormal Valentine | FREE Anthology | Feb 2019 ONLY”

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Holidays or Traditions in World Building

Today is February 2nd. You know what that means. Groundhog Day!

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Every year, my husband is so excited to get to rewatch the cult classic movie. That’s our Groundhog Day tradition. Maybe one year we’ll actually go to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to experience the day in style and in person.

Anyway, Continue reading “Holidays or Traditions in World Building”

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The Rogue King | Cover Reveal (+ Giveaway)

OMG this cover! Just take a moment to soak it in (fans self). As usual, I am blown away by KAM Design and Entangled. The covers for the Fire’s Edge & now Inferno Rising series are just gorgeous! Continue reading “The Rogue King | Cover Reveal (+ Giveaway)”

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Worst Writing Advice I Ever Got

Worst writing advice I ever got? Honestly, this is a hard question because if someone is giving it as advice, it’s because that tip worked for them, or is a standard for most, if not all, writers.

For me, just like in most life situations, there is no BAD advice. There is advice that is given with bad intentions, or without all the information, or with a perspective that doesn’t work for the situation. Those can all apply to writing, too. There is also taking good advice and going way overboard.

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That is what I find happens the most with writing. Taking a good rule, and being so rigid or methodical about it that you end up with bad writing or a boring story.

Here a few examples… Continue reading “Worst Writing Advice I Ever Got”

Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer Choice Awards – PLEASE VOTE

PRG 2018 RCA graphicI am thrilled to announce that I am a nominee for the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer Choice Awards.

Throughout the year, I submit my paranormal romance publications to them for reviews. At the end of each year, the reviewers narrow down their list of reviews to those they felt were the best of the year. Then those books are put up for reader voting.

015-6x9-Book-Ereader-Mockup-COVERVAULT-FiresEdgeIf you loved The Boss and my Fire’s Edge series, please help me out by voting!

NOMINATED
  • The Boss – Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy – Vampires/Shifters Books
  • Fire’s Edge – Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy – Vampires/Shifters Series

VOTE HERE!!!

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The Boss – $0.99 Kindle Daily Deal – Today ONLY

Amazon Kindle readers, listen up, because this is for you. Each day Amazon picks a handful of books to promote at a lower price. I am thrilled to announce that Amazon picked The Boss for a Kindle Daily Deal today!

When: Friday, January 18th ONLY
Where: Amazon Kindle Daily Deals
What: The Boss (Fire’s Edge #1)
Price: $0.99 (boom!)

Continue reading “The Boss – $0.99 Kindle Daily Deal – Today ONLY”

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How Far Back?

How far back does your earliest memory go?

My most vivid memories start around the ages of seven and eight. Before that, it’s mostly snippets or specific moments. Special occasions like Christmases and birthdays. Family visits. Tea parties my mother would put on for my neighborhood friends. My first watch–Mickey Mouse. The different houses we lived in before settling in Texas.

GrandmotherMy very first memory, though, goes all the way back to when I was probably about two years old, at a guess, and involves my grandmother. Continue reading “How Far Back?”