Titles and Other Painful Decisions.

Readers may have noticed that I’ve been participating in the Marketing For Romance Writers (MFRW) 52-Week blog challenge. The idea is that all the participating authors post on a single topic, and we get to see the wide variation in approaches to the topic. It is a bit fun, and I plan to continue, but […]

8 Reasons for a Slow Start

I usually have this column ready on Sunday, but this morning is fleeting and I am just putting my Monday thoughts together. Something about that first week of the new year had me wallowing in holiday mode. A number of things got in the way. I spent the weekend getting myself organized, and as of […]

Seven Holiday Gifts: Week Seven

For seven weeks the Bluestocking Belles have brought you a gift or givewaway, a bit of holiday fiction, some information about the holiday, and a recipe. This week we bring the series to a close with Jessica Cale’s epilogue to her story Artemis, one of the eight novellas featured in the Bluestocking Belles’ 2016 holiday […]

3 Goals and Some Looming Objectives

2017 is upon us. I’ve read much angst about 2016 being an annus horribilis and many hopes that the new one will be better. What experience teaches me is that every day is a new start, every year an opportunity to do better, write better, be better. We can never control the external variables, we […]

Seven Holiday Gifts: Week Six

The Bluestocking Belles bring you a gift, a bit of holiday fiction, some information about the holiday, and a recipe, as we will every week for seven weeks. Anthony Lockhart, Lord Stanton, and Kate Woodville are the hero and heroine from Amy Rose Bennett’s novella, Dashing Through the Snow, one of the eight novellas featured […]

Happy For Some

Highlighting Historical Romance: this week Jude Knight shares some thoughts about women who choose the single life and shares an excerpt from her new release, Revealed in Mist, to illustrate her point. By definition, the romance genre means a happy ending; happy ever after in most cases. And happy ever after in a romance means […]

Seven Holiday Gifts: Week Four

The Bluestocking Belles bring you a  gift, a bit of holiday fiction, a recipe, and some holiday information every week until January. Today I’m pleased to write about the hero and heroine from An Open Heart, my own contribution to the Belles’ anthology, Holly and Hopeful Hearts. Adam and Esther celebrate Hanukkah with friends. Don’t […]

Seven Holiday Gifts: Week Three

For three weeks the Bluestocking Belles have given you a bit of fiction, a recipe, and a gift.  This week we also add a December price cut for everyone. This month only Holly and Hopeful Hearts is only 99 cents. Don’t forget to check out weeks one and two as well. Today the hero of Nicole Zoltack’s […]

Seven Holiday Gifts: Week Two

Every week for the  seven weeks, the Bluestocking Belles bring you a bit of fiction, some holiday customs, a recipe, and a gift.  This week Sherry Ewing celebrates with her pair from A Kiss For Charity her contribution to the Belle’s anthology, Holly and Hopeful Hearts. Let’s check on how they are doing. A Christmas Craving […]

Clash of Cuisines

Highlighting Historical Fiction: Jude Knight brings us her research on English and French cuisine for one of her two stories in Holly and Hopeful Hearts, the Bluestocking Belles’ 2016 Holiday Anthology. In the kitchens of Hollystone Hall, in my story A Suitable Husband, we see one battle in the grand war of cuisines that consumed […]