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I Heart Book Signings!

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I used to avoid book signings until I learned how fun they were with readers ready to have a good time.  Now I am a Reader Fan! (In Houston, TX with the wonderful Tessa Dare and the folks at Katy Budget Books) I adore folks who want to celebrate this genre I love so much (Mother and Daughter enjoying the …

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Thank You, Lisa Loopner–and All Nerd Girls Everywhere

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Dear Lisa Loopner— Thank you for being a nerd.  Thank you for being earnest and naïve and corny.  Thank you for letting your glasses slide down your nose, and punching ‘em up with one finger when  you say to Todd, “That was so funny, I forgot to laugh.” Thank you for wanting to please your mother and for performing  even …

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Smut?

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    A new friend told me she had read one of my books.  Her compliment?  “You write good smut, woman.” I smiled.  I’ve heard this before from people who believe they are being clever or just have no idea what they are saying about themselves.  They think they are talking about me. “We call it sex, not smut,” I replied …

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Living With Intention

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I need more time, but I find that my life doesn’t work so well when I farm stuff out—and that is true whether it is house cleaning or writing. I seem to need “hands on” time.  When I turn tasks, from the meaningful to mundane, over to other people, I lose touch with what I value. Sounds strange, doesn’t it?  …

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I Set the Oven on Fire

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No, not in the way of being an outstanding cook and creating delectable foods.  I mean literally. I was broiling a steak when I noticed the the oven seemed very bright.  The brightness was flames.  All is well.  I threw flour on the fire and it went out.  Of course the alarms went off and the dogs are now nervous …

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The Dating Grind – Skepticism

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I have decided that one of the major problems of dating in the last half of life is that we all “know better “ by now.  Experience has been a tough teacher. For example, that sarcastic wit I used to find attractive when I was younger I now understand can become a cruel tool. A “take charge personality?”  It can …

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A Few Thoughts on Writing from Tucson

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Sitting in Tucson, waiting to return to wintry Virginia. Got lots going through my mind. . . . the festival was packed with readers and the most incredible authors in the business. I was able to cement old friendships and develop new.  Here is what I gleaned from the event:   -  Social media is becoming more defined.  It is …

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Three Lessons I Learned from My Dad, Doc Wollen

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#1 Community matters. Instead of the handout generation, my dad was raised as part of the “let me give a hand” generation. Back in his day, his hometown Garnett might as well have been light years from Kansas City. If things were going to get done, it was up to the community to make it happen and folks took care …

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Best Of Intentions

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I just purchased new pans. Tuesday Morning was having a sale. I did some research, picked them up for a good price, and—hoo boy. Now that I have pans, I MUST cook, right? Or am I once more being caught up in my best intentions? This is a dangerous question for me. I have more visions of what I want …

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A Grand Adventure for Readers–Australia!

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When a paperback novel that would go for $8 in the US is sold for twice and often three times that amount in Australia, you know Aussie romance readers are a dedicated bunch. But my respect for these readers is based on more than a desire to push books. I’d met many of them at conferences for the Romance genre …

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