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The Romance Shelves: Because February is boring

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Yes, I said that. February—that month of celebrating love—also means cold temperatures and the slog of life.  It is a blessing Valentine’s Day is in the middle of it because otherwise, we would all perish of boredom.  It is too cold to go outside. We are too broke to go skiing. The novelty of winter things, including once new hats and …

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The Joy of Blank Pages

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I value words.  I have them all over my house and I do love writing them.   This Christmas, two friends have given me new journals and I find myself marveling at the sheer beauty of blank pages.  There is so much promise being offered.   One journal was purchased on a trip to England. I’m delighted that she was …

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Vote for Pedro, the dog–Because Life Happens

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So, here is what is happening–August 9, this dog walked in my front door. He is very friendly, didn’t have a collar, and I put him in the back yard, assuming a neighbor lost him and would contact me soon. No contact Yes, I am aware he is a pit bull and I would never, EVER have a pit bull. …

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Choices, choices, choices–My August ’18 Reading Recommendations

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This summer is going fast. I came across a stray year old pit bull pup. After a search of the world for his owner, I’ve found a nice foster for him. Austin is a pet-loving community. . . but he really cut into my reading time! Now that he is settled, I’m ready to catch up and Romantic Suspense has …

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I was THERE for KC’s First GenreCon

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The first ever Romance GenreCon hosted by Mid-Continental Public Library in Kansas City was a rousing success.  This was a true labor of love for the library.  There were historical fan games to play such as Regency gaming or you could pose for your own cover.  Cherry Adair was on hand to lead her popular plotting course.  Then there were panels …

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What I’m Reading (and Other Matters Including Vivien Jackson)

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My plans for August are to get some reading done. I’m lagging behind and I’m not certain why. Is it that longer summer days keep me outside longer so that I don’t cozy up to a book?  I have been traveling, but usually planes have been reading time.  Instead, the sound of a plane engine seems to lull me asleep. It …

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Grief and the Writer

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We grieve over many things in our lives:  Loss of loved ones through death or divorce, loss of opportunities, loss of health, of youth, of hope . . .   Greif is dangerous ground for a writer.  We spend too much time in our heads thinking “what if?” All our emotions gather there as well. In fact, as storytellers, emotions …

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Three Things I Learned from Kathryn Falk, Lady Barrow and Founder of RT Magazine

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May 18, 2018   What a great date, especially for big changes!   The rumors are true.  This will be the last RT Booklovers’ Convention. Kathryn Falk will go on to many other things. The woman  has a range of interests and big ideas are always percolating away inside her. Tonight, I’ve been asked to speak on what Kathryn has …

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Book Clubs! Laura Lee Guhrke

Hello my wonderful readers! I have a recommendation for your next Romance Book Club meeting: THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DUKES by Laura Lee Guhrke. Her book NO MISTRESS OF MINE is a 2017 Rita Finalist with Romance Writers of America. So there you have it, I’m not recommending just any writer. Plus, THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DUKES is …

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We Did It! A Romance Yarn Report

The first Romance reading program in Richmond, A Romance Yarn, was held November 4th. What a great evening!   First, Dances with Wool proved to be the perfect venue. The shop is cozy and welcoming. There were comfy chairs as well as folding ones. Some people brought their knitting and settled right in.  There was wine, cocoa, tea, and chocolate. …

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