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Action & Reaction

This post is based on the concepts of Dwight Swain, author of Techniques of the Selling Writer. Last week, I focused on the basic building blocks of a story: Scenes. This week, I take the Scene concept a step further … Continue reading

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7 Suggestions for Crafting Sound Scenes

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When sitting down to blog about writing a novel, there are so many aspects to consider it’s easy to develop brain-freeze. What to discuss? Character development? Plot structure? Dialogue? Theme? Goal, motive and conflict? These and many more are all … Continue reading

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Where is Granddaddy Hiram? #Sample Sunday

Welcome to Sample Sunday. For today’s excerpt, I’m unveiling more of my WIP, Cold Feet Fever, sequel to Fur Ball Fever. I’m 2/3 of the way of the first draft, and thought some of you might like to check out … Continue reading

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Plotting a Strategy #SampleSunday

Welcome to Sample Sunday. Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my published book, FUR BALL FEVER, a romantic crime mystery that tickles the funny bone. In this snippet, Auntie Beth is behind the wheel, driving Grace away from an attempted … Continue reading

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An Act of Expediency Becomes Real #SixSunday

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday. Today I’m sharing six sentences from my published book, FUR BALL FEVER, a romantic crime mystery that tickles the funny bone. In this snippet, Nick is protecting Grace, the woman who broke his heart, from … Continue reading

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Dinner Disaster (A Travel Snippet)

To escape Canadian blizzards and ice storms, my husband I spend the winter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. My youngest son and his fiancée are visiting us for a week. So far, the trip has been voted a success. Yesterday’s dinner? … Continue reading

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Meet 5 Furry Creatures from my Books

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Apparently, I’m incapable of writing a book without animals. I’ve tried, but it doesn’t work. They insist on sneaking in. I try not to let the furry creatures steal the scene, but it’s an uphill battle. When asked recently why … Continue reading

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Sample Sunday: ‘The First Kiss’ from FUR BALL FEVER

In a flash, Nick’s act of expediency turned into a real kiss. Gracie’s familiar scent and taste flooded his senses. A wave of lust, thick, fast, and damn near irresistible, stole his breath away. Emotions he’d thought long buried stirred, … Continue reading

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In Defense of ‘Easy-Readers’

Many critics do a grave injustice to easy-reading books, calling them barely literate escapism (aka ‘fluff’, ‘trash’, or ‘popular fiction’). Being an avid reader since the age of four, I feel qualified to champion easy-readers everywhere. Here’s the thing. Whenever … Continue reading

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The Agony and the Ecstasy (My Writing Process)

I haven’t written much since, well, after my return from Mexico in March. COLD FEET FEVER has been languishing  on my D drive for several months. As everyone knows, writing avoidance is a BAD THING for an indie author who … Continue reading

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