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Living in the past

August 9, 2013 | Real life

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This is a mock cover to help immerse me into the WWII era along with lots of big band, swing, and boogie-woogie, here’s a sample from the play list:

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrew Sisters
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy by Red Foley
Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby? by Louis Jordan
Oh Look At Me Now by Tommy Dorsey
In The Mood by Bette Middler
Smooth Operator by Sarah Vaughan
Too Damn Hot by Ella Fitzgerald
Easy To Love by Billie Holiday
Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
I Got It Bad And That Aint Good by Duke Ellington

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Coming Soon

August 2, 2013 | Real life,Teaser Tuesday

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Ellora’s Cave contracted Simply Irresistible for their Taboo Line. It should be released later this year…

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Research hazards

July 26, 2013 | Real life

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While outfitting the current heroine I skimmed through dozens of pictures or various dog breeds. Now looking at puppies, even digital images of adorableness, is dangerous for this dog lover. I need to remember puppies grow very fast and teenage dogs require a great deal of time and effort before then become wonderful adult companions.

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Rebels

July 16, 2013 | Real life

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Characters pop into my head on regular basis. As with meeting people in the 3-D world, first impressions can be very misleading. Charlie the heroine of the third mech adventure, seemed tentative, submissive, even a little shy when she began talking to me.

She is cautious, at least so far, with good cause. Post-pandemic Earth teems with dangers and only the wary survive. However, she’s definitely not tentative, submissive or shy. If mech warriors trying to rescue her don’t watch their step they’re going to be serving her. Perhaps this is how the story is supposed to go. I’m always the last to know… :ninja:

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Perversity

July 9, 2013 | Real life

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There’s a natural human tendency to overvalue what we lack and undervalue what we have. I always envied my poplar opposites. Learning to appreciate who I am is ongoing journey.

As recently as the pre-writing stage of the third mech adventure, I longed to add humor to this installment of the seduction mission series. Seriously, a lighter version of the dystopian world seemed like a brilliant plan. Deciding to compose an upbeat blues number would be equally ridiculous. :lol:

I love reading frothy romances and I admire authors who write delight romantic commedies, but I’m not one of them. This is okay, because my absolute favorites to read and to write are dark fantasies.

Do your reading preferences run to the light or the dark side?

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2013 | Real life

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Is there something a bit firece about that picture of the Statue of Liberty or is it just me?

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Meandering down memory lane

July 2, 2013 | Real life

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A nostalgic whim took me back to five years ago. I was waiting to hear from editors about multiple submissions. Ah the good old days when I had a backlist of unpublished stories polished up and ready to send.

Alas, nowadays there are no more old manuscripts lurking on the hard drive ready to submit. Even my previously published titles need work IMHO before I’m pleased to reissue those early releases… Worse yet, I take a lot longer to write and polish a story than I did largely because I’m much more critical about every aspect of writing craft. There are aspects of blissful ignorance I miss, but once I grasp new information there’s no recapturing that state of innocent cluelessness.

I can, however deliberately ignore rules… Romance encompasses a wide range of different kinds of stories. Could you forgive a hero who cheated on the heroine? How about an uncertain ending? What makes a book a wallbanger for you?

Would you overlook an uncertain ending?

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Reading v. rereading

June 28, 2013 | Real life

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Reading has always been a source of comfort, joy and frequently enlightenment. Currently I keep two book wish lists. One for recent releases and another for favorite authors’ titles missing from the Kindle. I’ve purchased the same music and movies in more than one format so re-acquiring books I’ve already read doesn’t seem strange to me.

Reading a new author promises the thrill of the unknown much like visiting a new city. Rereading offers the ease of coming home. All my favorite books whisk me into a different world either the past, a fantasy realm, the future, or an alternate reality. Most of these stories were penned by people long dead, yet their words live.

Do you enjoy revisiting already read stories or do you prefer fresh adventures?

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Back to the future

June 25, 2013 | Real life

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And back to work on the next mech warrior adventure…wish me luck!

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Building character

June 22, 2013 | Real life

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In the schoolroom I was rewarded with a gold star, either literally or in the form of perfect test score or an A+ on a report card. These were the prizes for knowing the right answers. Later, in the workday world my gold stars came in the form of bonuses or promotions, salary replaced grades as the measuring stick of success. The actions needed to achieve these rewards was an ever evolving target, making success more challenging.

I was well into my thirties before I figured out mistakes were my best teachers. Phrases such as: “I don’t know” and “I could be wrong about that” began to pepper my speech. Strangely, I did even better. This led to a pivotal realization, no one likes perfect. Perhaps because subconsciously we sense the lie? People come in many varieties, but in my experience never perfect.

Flaws are the essence of humanity–much more likable. Even more strangely, my flaws are what endears me to those who love me best. And so it is with the most memorable fictional characters.

Do you have a favorite flawed literary character? What made them resonate with you?

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