of the Inspirations for my Novel THE DECEPTION
It always fascinates me where ideas for my stories can come from. They can come from virtually anywhere. The genesis for my novel, The Deception, actually occurred back in 2006, when I was blog surfing one night and I happened upon a psychic’s blog. She worked on one of those on-line psychic websites, and her post was about the questions she was most often asked by her callers. One of the questions was, “When will he leave his wife for me?” Read More
of the Inspirations for my Novel THE DECEPTION
After a near fatal car crash, a mother of four is trapped in a dream world, fighting to discover which life is her reality.
Kailey Jacobs wakes to find she is still married to the controlling man she thought she divorced. Memories of a fiancée in another life beckon to her. Confused and scared, Kailey is determined to discover whether the man she feels she belongs with truly exists, or is just a figment of her imagination. Read More
Have you ever seen or met a couple you just HAD to know their love story? You've seen them walking along the beach, or in the mall and they're holding hands and their love is very obvious to anyone who sees them. That's how Ryan and Morgan appeared to me.
I saw them at the end of their love story as they danced in the moonlight on the beach wrapped in each other.
I had to know their story. It wasn't an easy rode to learn their story either. For a while I had Morgan with the wrong person (can't say who yet as that would ruin the surprise in the book), then I had to get Ryan to talk to me. He was not a happy camper with me for quite a long time let me tell you. I'm still not sure why he was so mad at me.
Morgan was more willing to tell me her side of the story, but I think it's because she used me as a counselor as she sorted through her feelings for Ryan, and being a single mom. Read More
Evolution of a Reader
First off, thank you so much to RomCon® for having me!!
I started reading the romance genre when I was 15. Up until that time, my reading tastes ran along the lines of Sci-Fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Being the daughter of a scientist and a nurse, this was the genre I was introduced to first. Then one of my best friends gave me a Nora Roberts book to read and I discovered a whole other genre that I didn't know really existed. As I started reading more and more of the romance genre, I began to think of the stories as the adult version of Disney's One-Day-My-Prince-Will-Come and I loved them.
I’ve always been drawn to stories I could relate to on some level. A history geek, I quickly discovered historical romance and devoured nearly every book I could get my hands on in that sub-genre. Historical aspects aside, I loved historicals that featured heroines close to my age at the time (older teenagers).
Older now and having been with the same man for going on 11 years , I find myself more and more interested in stories involving estranged spouses and couples that had been broken up and thrust back together by circumstances. So when it came to writing my next story, I couldn't help going with an idea I had for a married couple possibly facing divorce. Read More
EVIE UNDERCOVER is a
romantic comedy, set partly in London and partly in Umbria, Italy.
This isn't the first novel that I've set in Umbria, and I'm sure that it won't be the last. I go regularly to the area and love it. It lies just north of the middle of Italy. I’m afraid geographical co-ordinates are not my strong point! I’ve changed some of the place names, but not the names of Perugia or of Todi. A few years ago, a US magazine voted Todi to be the most perfectly placed medieval hilltop town in Italy, and it well deserves that accolade. There are a number of small Roman towns in the area around Todi, and the fictional Massa Piccola is based on them. Massa means mountain, and piccola means small. Read More
New Year’s Life Goals
I use the term “Life Goal” instead of resolution. Life goal sounds more permanent and instinctively makes a person analyze areas in which they want to make concrete life changes. There are four areas I want to make life changes in; travel, diet, writing and exercise. So here it goes….
Travel: When I was in my 20’s I traveled a lot. Every month I traveled to various cities.
Now that I’m in my 30’s my feet are beginning to itch again.
Exercise: Besides not working out consistently, I also need to find some sort of regimen I can stick too. Currently I’m digging Yoga. Its focus on eliminating darkness out of one’s light and yoga takes care of a person’s mind, body and soul is appealing. 2012 was hectic. Read More
Move Over Darling, my second contemporary novel published by Choc Lit, is influenced by where I live, on the far-flung coast of west Wales. The population here is small, with comparatively few people spread out over a large area. I started to wonder how couples ever found each other! It’s an exquisitely beautiful part of Wales, attractive to tourists and second-homers, but some of the lowest wages too mean that employment prospects are often brighter elsewhere. A trip to New York suggested the book’s premise: She’s escaped to the country. He’s escaped from the country. Who’s going to admit that home is where the heart is? From there, I met Coralie Casey and Gethin Lewis. Coralie doesn’t like the hand fate has dealt her so she’s taken charge of her own destiny. Gethin’s an artist living in New York who thinks he’s escaped his home village for good – until I came up with other plans for him. I also had fun with a cast of supporting characters to reflect the book’s theme which is about separation and reunion. Read More
If nothing ever changed, they’d be no butterflies ~ Author Unknown
When I started writing Weighting for Mr. Right, I wanted to create a story where the heroine Megan offered something more than “fat girl got skinny and she lived happily ever after.” In fact, I wanted to make sure she didn’t become skinny, but instead focused on her health and wellness, like I had, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
When Megan discovers her awesomeness, then she finds her happily ever after with a very hot, sexy, hot, intelligent, (did I mention hot) hero who falls in love with her when she’s in the before stages.
Problem is, with any sort of change, even with fictitious characters, it causes conflict, chaos, and confusion.
It’s no different for Megan. Not only does she have to battle food cravings and the want to quit torturing herself on the treadmill, but she finds that some of those around her are having a very hard time understanding what she’s doing and why.
I had the same experiences as I’ve lost and gained pounds. My relationships with those around me have changed—some for the better and some, well, let’s just say they fizzled out. Change can be very difficult for some, but necessary for others and I had Megan in a situation that she had to change or stay her miserable self for the rest of her life.
Just like Megan, I found myself in the before stages of me regaining my health right about the time I was in the final edits of this book before I submitted it to Soul Mate Publishing. Read More
How contemporary should a contemporary romance be? (+ book and Amazon gift card giveaway)
Here’s the dilemma: You’ve written a smouldering, passionate romance novel. It’s set in 1970. Is it a historical romance novel, or is it too recent? Is it contemporary romance novel, or is it too much in the past? Read More
Welcome to my town, Harmony, Texas. I thought readers might like to start the new year with a book set in a small town called CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. Once in a while everything comes together in a story that makes it fun to write. I think you’ll love the visit where secrets whisper of old love affairs and kindness to others warms your heart.
I wanted to write a deep love story about two people who had been friends in childhood and lost each other one night because of an attack. She was hurt and he felt guilty for not being there to help. When Emily Tomlinson sees Tannon Parker ten years later, they don’t know how to mend the fences to find one another again. I wanted to write a very tender love story about an attraction far deeper than physical, a love that went all the way to their hearts. Read More
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