Progress

One of the most satisfying things for a writer is typing The End on a rough draft. It isn’t the actual end of the process (layers of fixes, rewrites, comments from beta readers, editing, and formatting lie ahead), but it is the point at which the thing exists. I had a moment like that last […]

You Win Some…

Sports and games have been part of our lives since the ancient Greeks, and probably much longer! Winning…losing… Once my son ran off the soccer field, anxious, looked up at me, and gasped, “What if we lose?” My answer was, “You get up tomorrow, get dressed, and go to school.” Life’s like that. Winning (however […]

Wake Up Muses!

The ladies in the basement, the muses that live deep in my unconscious got a bit sleepy over the holidays. My first week back got eaten up by announcements and promotion for Valentines From Bath, (You can check that little treasure out here) but they need to wake up now. I managed to take a look […]

Pie For Breakfast!

Why not cherry pie for breakfast? The holiday season is one long balancing act between hard work, extra effort, meditation, and celebration. I chose to start today with some leftover celebration. I couldn’t just leave it sitting all by its lonesome in that pie pan, could I? I’m running around on a gimpy foot so […]

Mad, Bad, and in Venice

Highlighting Historical Romance this week over Christmas in Venice. Romance stories come together in a variety of ways, an astounding alchemy of life experience, reading, fantasy, and, in my case, history and travel. I do know you can’t force it. The stories just bubble up once I drop enough elements into the caldron. A good […]

Christmas is a’Comin’

Once again grey clouds hang over the urban wilds and the temptation to give into an equally grey funk is strong, but we bought Christmas lights this morning, and I have stories on my mind. Harry and Rosemarie, when last seen in Roses in Picardy, were wrapped in each other’s arms on Christmas Eve 1916 […]

Do Film and TV Producers So Their Historical Homework?

Highlighting Historical Romance with Cerise DeLand Have you watched the BBC/Netflix series Bodyguard? If so, you’ve seen the Home Secretary pull up to the home of the Prime Minister.  Later they ID it as Chequers, once the home of Winston Churchill, now the PM’s. Well! This one in the show is not the real Chequers! No! […]

Monday Blues

  It’s a rainy Monday here in the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania, and I’m having a bit of a let down after a delightful weekend. How was it delightful? Over one hundred and sixty folks came to help the Bluestocking Belles celebrate the launch of Follow Your Star Home, our newest holiday anthology: eight […]

Housing Mushrooms

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight, who brings us an extra this week. In my latest novel, I imagined a Regency house flipper. My hero is a retired exploring officer, the Napoleonic Wars equivalent of a special forces operative, and he makes his living buying run down manors from overstretched aristocrats, and doing them up […]

Winds of Inspiration

First Coffee

The wind blows where it wills… It was super windy on Saturday, a gift from Hurricane Willa as it swept back out to sea and turned into a nor’easter blowing across the Jersey shore.  Tradition shows the Holy Spirit as a might wind, blowing wherever He chooses.  Inspiration is like that. I’m looking out at […]