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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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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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Good bye, Beautiful Richmond/Get Ready, Austin!

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I’m moving from Richmond and to be honest, I’m a bit surprised I am. I love it here. I raised my children in this city. I’ve established myself and had a grand doing it.   I adore my house.   Of course, I knew that someday I’d move. The kids are no longer here. I’m pragmatic. The time would come when …

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Advice on Author Readings? Go!

It isn’t unusual for authors of other genres to read their work at book signings. However, in Romance, we haven’t done it that often until Hope Tarr, Maya Rodale, and others started Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. Now there are a host of Romance genre reading programs, many using the “Lady Jane” in the title, around the country. The first …

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What to Say to a Veteran

This was first published on foxnews.com November 12, 2012.  It is currently being used by the Palliative Care Unit of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital on their certificates honoring the service of their patients: Thank you for stepping forward when others step back. Thank you for placing yourself between us and danger. Thank you for delaying plans for college, marriage, and …

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Busy, Busy

          I’m busy.   I’m writing plus preparing to head out for Avon Books’ first KissCon in San Rafael, CA.  The second will be the next day in Seattle, WA. But let’s face it, all of us are always busy.  Living a full life calls for connection with friends and family, with our hobbies and communities. Though sometimes …

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Five Things About Life I have Learned Writing Romance Novels

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           I need to be around readers, especially those who love the Romance genre as much as I do. It is easy to trivialize what I do. Reading for pleasure in a world full of problems? Ha!             But then I connect with readers who value feeding the imagination, who believe reading makes their individual worlds …

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