What Keeps You Sane in Today’s World?

The state of the world. And the state of your world. In other words, the big picture and the the narrower one pertaining particularly to you and those you love. They may seem like two different phenomena, yet they’re inextricably linked. In the last year, even more so, no matter what your politics. When things […]

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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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