MISTRESS SPY on Pre-order!

My new book, Mistress Spy, releases on August 27. It’s now on pre-order from all e-retailers and Entangled Publishing. Here’s a blurb: A determined sister . . . Madeleine Vernon’s dreams should be filled with fashionable gowns and prospective husbands. Instead, she dreams of avenging her brother’s death. But when she’s captured by the queen’s […]

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Too Many Hissy Fits?

Can you have too much angst in a romance? The same conflict, which, rehashed again and again, continues to thwart the happily-ever-after of the protagonists? Many would say no to that question, but I would disagree. I recently finished reading a historical romance that made me want to scream in frustration. This sprang from the […]

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Newsletter!

I’m very excited to be sending out my first-ever newsletter! You can sign up here, at the top of this page, if you’re on a desktop or laptop. On mobile devices, scroll down until the sign-up form appears. If you’re a reader of historical romance, I’d love for you to become a subscriber. The newsletter […]

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San Diego in the Winter

I recently returned from a month-long trip to California. Before we left, I had just completed a new book ( A Lady’s Deception ), and I had time, before receiving the edits, for some R&R. We spent two weeks in San Diego and ten days in Carlsbad, a charming beach town north of the city. During our […]

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Librarians and Writers

  I’ve always felt that librarians and writers have an affinity for each other and a set of natural connections. At its most fundamental level, the connections between librarians and writers grows out of a common curiosity and a love of books.  Ray Bradbury claimed the library was where he gained his true education. “I […]

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Writers And Their Pets

Writers and Their Pets “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”–Emily Dickinson There is a long and wonderful history of the relationship between writers and their pets. Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf loved their dogs; Ernest Hemingway his cats. Charles Dickens loved his pet cat, Bob, so much he […]

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The Value of an MFA

I recently read, as perhaps many of you did as well, the article called, “How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?”, which appeared in the March 6 edition of The Atlantic. The authors say right up front, “We wrote a program to analyze hundreds of works by authors with and without creative writing degrees. […]

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Revision: Not as Orderly as You Think

  I recently wrote a post over at The Wild Writers about preparing to revise a manuscript. Now that I’ve clawed my way out of revision hell, I have some further thoughts. It’s fine, perhaps essential, during the revision process, to use a favorite checklist. It may be one handed out at a conference or […]

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