Authors Under Attack by Cyber Bullies

I usually don’t jump into controversy or follow the crowd on anything. But this time, I feel the need to add my $0.02. As my Daddy used to say, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I haven’t been attacked, and hopefully won’t be:) But I see an injustice, and I have an idea how to fix it. So here goes: Recently, there’s been quite a bit of noise about groups of ‘readers’ on Goodreads attacking authors. These ‘readers’ leave one-star reviews with abusive tirades on all of the ‘target’ author’s books, and sometimes take the battle into social media as well. Now, if they read the book, and just didn’t like the book, it’d be one thing. But many of these ‘readers’ haven’t read anything by the author. They’ve taken a personal dislike and turned it into a vendetta designed to ruin a career. They count on the … Continue reading

Author Tina Gayle On When Women Lose Sex Appeal

Join me in welcoming Tina Gayle today on a subject near and dear to all women at some point, and one that ties directly to her upcoming release. Tina? At what age does a woman lose her sex appeal? Thirty, forty, fifty, eighty? Never. Woman are unique in that at any age they can be as sexy as they want to be. Look at Betty White. The woman is funny, cute, and someone we would all like to know. Do men find her attractive? I can’t see why not. She is smart, well versed in I’m sure a number of subjects, has a pretty face, a nice smile, sexy curves and a winning personality. Then why do all romance heroines have to be in their twenties? Luckily, the age has expanded. In my current release, Sylvia Donovan is in her late forties. Does that make her unattractive? Not in my … Continue reading

A Real-Live Romance That Lasts Pt2

Last post, I talked a little about how Hubby and I  met and were married. I intended to get another post in before today, but time hasn’t been my friend this past week. Besides getting everything ready for Hubby and I to renew our marriage vows, my mom’s brother fell critically ill and passed away suddenly, and a long-time family friend passed away suddenly too. Those were on top of the one-year anniversary of my step-dad’s death. So the post I’d intended to post earlier will go up in a few days. Today, right after our regular Sunday morning church services, Hubby and I renewed our marriage vows. We kept everything really simple and casual and enjoyed family and friends who couldn’t be with us the first time, while we missed those who couldn’t be there this time. My dad. Hubby’s mom and dad. My step-dad. Our minister from the … Continue reading

A Real Life Romance That Lasts

On Sunday, May 19th, Hubby and I will celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary by renewing our vows. It won’t be a big fairy tale wedding, but our friends and family will be there, so it will be perfect. I thought it might be fun to do a couple of short posts about some of the things we’ve learned about relationships and making them last. We’ve had ups and downs over the years, though not as bad as many couples, and there are reasons for that, and we’ve been extremely lucky. Love at first sight? When we met, Hubby was a career soldier and I was a college student. He’d come to campus to visit his brother, and I’d stayed the weekend to cover work for a sick friend. I had recently ended a serious relationship and had no interest in starting a new one. He was career-minded and on orders … Continue reading

Catching Up, News, New Releases & More

Between a Hubby with bronchitis, 3 tiny boys with a stomach virus, battling a week-long migraine, and trying to help my Mom a little, I haven’t had a great deal of time left over for writing. Which meant blogging was one of the first cuts I made. Hopefully, at least some of that is resolved now, because I’m sooo over cleaning up buckets of vomit. B} Who The Hell Won? The first order of business: the winners of the Tight Spaces Release Tour Giveaway. Ashley Anne Applebee, LaNan Ray, and Carin Walker won copies of Tight Spaces. I’ll email all of you with information. Safe Heart Release On November 1st, I very quietly released the first book in the Blood Dragon series: Safe Heart. A blog tour and launch party are in the planning stages – I’ll announce more as plans are finalized. In the meantime, pick up a copy! Buy Safe Heart … Continue reading

Life’s Little PMS Moments

This little gem is from a friend, Romance Author Kate Worth’s Blog. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! Read the next two sentences in the voice of Andy Rooney. I don’t know why, but it’s just more fun. I’ve read countless romance novels over the years, but I don’t remember ever reading one that featured a PMS moment.  Why is that? There are plenty of delicate mentions of women’s ”courses” in romantic fiction, but never any discussion of those dicey, emotionally fraught days leading up to her “monthlies”.  Granted, there isn’t much romantic about PMS, but the symptoms could provide some funny or suspenseful plot devices. Jim Carrey’s classic SNL skit about a PMS Hotline illustrates this.  It’s one of my all-time favorites. Here’s a video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho5UvzNZC2o Apparently PMS is also a fact of life for insects. I snapped this shot of a Praying Mantis casually dismembering … 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.