Makeover Update and Early #writemotivation

First, the Makeover Update: Roughly 3 weeks ago, I began a major makeover  of my blog. I moved from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress site. My first post about the process covered choosing a hosting service and actually moving everything. Since then, I’ve tried out several free themes, searching for one with the capabilities I wanted: a custom header, custom background (though I could live without this one), sidebars and widget areas, dark color scheme, and multiple pages were the big ones. I found that many free themes don’t support custom headers – at least the ones I found. One I tried limited the header to half the width of the page, others put the site title and description across the header in a way that was difficult to read for mine. One was very near what I had on the WordPress.com blog, and I happily installed and started to … Continue reading

The Lazy Writer’s Database by Skhye Moncrief

I’m thrilled to have multi-pubbed Paranormal Romance author Skhye Moncrief here for a guest post! She and I have become online buds, with similar health issues and a love of documentaries in common. Trust me when I say this lady is SMART! World building is her specialty, and she’s taught me a great deal, and I hope to learn much more from her. Today, she’s passing on an amazing technique to save time while allowing authors to keep all their info at hand so that verifying details is unbelievably simple. Okay, I’ll shut up and let Skhye tell you about the Lazy Writer’s Database.   World Building – The Lazy Writer’s Database Looking for something to make world building easier? I say more efficient! There are many books and online sites that can tell you all the basics of world building. Add I’m extremely focused on getting a story finished and submitted … Continue reading

A Heroine Worth Saving?

A few weeks ago, in A Hero To Die For, I talked about the things that go into good Heroes. While I focused on the Romance, or Paranormal Romance, novel Hero, many of those characteristics will fit the protagonist for any genre. I’d intended to talk about the Heroine the following week, but ended up with Who IS This? Making Minor Characters Useful instead. Then life intervened and I’m just now getting back to the series. This week, continuing to discuss character development for Nailing Down the Essentials, we finally get a close look at the Heroine. Please Press DELETE Yes, I’m aware the post title implies that the Heroine needs the Hero to save her. No, that isn’t what I mean. I’m referring to Saving, as in not Deleting. Because, let’s face it, we’ve all read Romance Heroines who should have been Deleted! Of course, we can also infer … Continue reading

So Long, Flowers… I’ll Miss You!

We lived in Army quarters for years. For someone who grew up in a very rural area, living in such close proximity to other people presented some problems. I finally became accustomed to the noise and lights at night, people coming and going at all hours. What I didn’t get used to was being unable to grow plants outside. Well, I could have a couple of window boxes, or a few annuals along the sidewalk. But I missed the big vegetable gardens and extensive flower beds I’d grown up with. See, my family has lived right here in this area since the late 18th century. They’ve always farmed, and I used to visit with my grandmother during summers on the farm originally settled by Laban and Jane when they came here from Maryland. As a kid, I worked the fields right alongside my parents, and learned to appreciate, even depend on, … Continue reading

A Swift Kick In The Pants #writemotivation

So, today I signed up for #writemotivation March 2012 Goal Check. This is KT Hanna’s baby. The idea is to form a group of writers to help encourage and motivate each other, even on those days when our Inner Critic is a bitch. For March, each writer is asked to set attainable goals to work toward for the month. On Mondays, participants will blog about their progress, and visit each other’s blogs to encourage and motivate each other. All through the month, we’ll use the #writemotivation hashtag on Twitter to give each other that extra little push. I signed up because, right now, I need an extra kick in the pants to keep moving forward. Most of the time, I’m pretty productive, and keep things moving at a good pace. But… There’s always a BUT, isn’t there? And this one is pretty big. A few months ago, my daughter and … Continue reading

Follow with Google Friend Connect? Not Anymore!

If you haven’t heard already, Google’s Friend Connect, or GFC, will no longer be available outside the Blogger platform in March. Since GFC was never available for WordPress.com blogs anyway, this hasn’t affected me one way or the other. But lots of bloggers who don’t use Blogger have been unhappy about being told to add their Google Plus badge to their sidebar. They will have to start from scratch building their followings, and those new followers won’t see their blogs in Google Reader. Without widely known alternatives, though, there wasn’t much they could do except push followers to sign up via their RSS feed, with mixed success. As far as I’m aware, Facebook’s Networked Blogs was the only other option that most blog readers would be familiar with. I’m sure there are others, just not as universally recognized. Until Now! You know those so-useful little Linky List sign-up tools so many bloggers … Continue reading

  • Just Sayin’

    I'm a Romance Author - mainly Paranormal, but nearly all with fairly graphic intimate scenes. Those scenes serve to further the development of my plots and characters and are not included haphazardly to sell books or arouse readers.

    I probably COULD tell the stories without the graphic parts, but I CHOOSE not to. I want to show the full scope of the developing relationship, and leaving out some of the most powerful and meaningful moments will deprive the reader of a measure of understanding and emotional reaction to the characters and their stories.

    Since I write books intended for adult readers, I often have material on my website that is entirely unsuitable for younger readers. If you're under 18, or if you're easily offended by open discussion of sexual situations with frank language, you might want to look the other direction.