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Fall In Love

To give a romance read a 5 star review, I must fall in love with the man who captures the woman’s heart. Darien McKenna was easy. I not only brought him to life in Reservations, I borrowed much of him from the love of my life.  I don’t know who inspired Nora Roberts’ Brooks Gleason in The Witness or the persona of Clay Nichols for Lauren Blakely. But both of these recent reads met and exceeded my personal 5 star review criteria.
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Paper or Plastic?

I have Kindle and Paperback and I am not sure which format I prefer. I love my Kindle for the convenience and ease of reading anywhere. But I love the feel of a real Paperback. You tell me what is your favorite medium, Paper or Plastic? #romance
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A Garden of Characters

Yesterday, I indulged my gardening habit in the green of Spring craved during endless months of winter endured.  I chose my crop of perennials, herbs and vegetables, dug holes and pushed roots into soil, fertilized and watered the tender plants that will grow in time with rain and warm sunlight. Today, I indulge the author’s need to create. My fingers tap the keyboard and words appear. I uproot and plant my characters in new ground, push them to grow, let their dialogue rain down on me and bring their relationships into the light of my computer screen. I’ll harvest my
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Writing from the Middle

I don’t believe there is a “proper” way to organize your creative writing muse. Some authors swear by the outline.  Others look at their story as a screenplay, a film unfolding behind their eyes.  The characters move in linear time and imaginary spaces from expository beginning to neatly wrapped up ending.  Notes are made along the way to capture scenes that flare before flaming out and dialogue exchanged before the words are lost.  But the roller coaster  never really jumps the tracks. Mine does. I plop my characters forward in time, drag them back to Chapter 2 and then fast
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Your job is to stay in the 5 percent.

Your job is to stay in the 5 percent. How many aspiring authors have heard that advice from mentors. Only 5 percent of writers with an idea for a book put pen to paper (or cursor to computer screen). From teachers. Only 5 percent of writers who put pen to paper finish the book. From workshop leaders. Only 5 percent of writers who finish the book are published. How many have understood what it means to stay in the 5 percent. Listen to the voices in your head of the characters these written words bring to life.  Carve out time from
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Letting Go of #Heartland

Three sets of expert eyes read, reviewed, commented on and edited “Heartland” – the second book in my first-ever romance trilogy.  I respect their opinions and consider their suggestions. Omitted words have been added, punctuation and grammar mistakes corrected, and scenes tweaked to enhance the storytelling. For me, the most difficult task of writing attempts to turn off my compulsive need to edit. Once the book is written and critiqued by my team, I allow my editor within to rule. But there comes a point and time when I must let go. I got there today. I’m ready to send
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