Reader Confessions #3 Peeves

      So, I just ran across one of my biggest peeves* for storylines–one that makes me long to throw a book. And it’s one of many, but here are some of mine, mostly in the romance genre, starting with the one that inspired this post: 1. A love triangle that is resolved not by the hero or heroine […]

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Writing Unrealistic Dialogue

  I know…it sounds exactly opposite of what you should do, so I’ll start off with dialogue from an actual car conversation I had with my son yesterday that’ll make you feel like a Mensa candidate in comparison. (I’ve substituted out initials for names, by the way.) T:  (out of nowhere with no context) “So, then she says *high falsetto […]

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Incant Me – Free Short

It’s been a while since I posted a free short…so here’s a contemporary magical realism one for you. Let me know what you think, and check out my Books tab for what full-length stories I have out.   Incant Me Her spell had gone really wrong…like horribly wrong…which was probably why the book came with warning labels that it was […]

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OCD and Going Mad

I apologize that it’s been this long since a blog post and it’s odd that I’m getting back into the swing of things with an OCD post, but…I had an unusual anniversary this last weekend. I owe you some posts, though–I’ve just had a very stressful 2014 thus far, so I’ve been drowning in things. I think I’m above water […]

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An Interview with Jack Frost

This originally appeared on Grave Tells a year ago: Check it out there.     Interview with Jack Frost of Frosted When you’re trying to sit down for a chat with the king of winter, you’re really working on his timeframe—especially since Jack Frost can only be in an area where it’s been below freezing recently, and Seattle isn’t exactly known […]

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Personalities of Pretend People

This was originally posted a year ago on Ramblings from this Chick in regards to Frosted: see original post here. But I like talking about personality types enough that I wanted to repost it. The Personalities of Pretend People Okay, I’m done with the P alliteration. Promise. Frosted began as a much shorter story. It was initially one third the size […]

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Excerpt from Cursed by Cupid

Well, my Valentine’s novella came out yesterday. Yay!!! Wahoo! Here’s an excerpt from Cursed by Cupid: “I told you, this is dangerous. The curse could take you down at any moment,” she reminded him. “I have been warned,” he agreed. “I’m taking my life into my own hands by coming here, but it’s worth it. Let’s look at this chain […]

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Cursed and Not Cursed

Things are about to get crazy. First, let me tell you that you’re all about to get cursed… My novella Cursed by Cupid comes out on Monday–just in time for Valentine’s Day. Woooo! Wahoooo! Here’s the cover for you to Oooooo and Ahhhhh over:   Dear Reader, this letter is to inform you of Cupid’s curse, which will fall upon […]

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Men of Myth

This post originally appeared on Reading Lark After Dark, if you’d like to read it there: Click Here.     Men of Myth   You’d need to be dead and buried to have missed the resurgence of retold and recast myths. And, really, good stories boil down to a hero’s journey and common characters, but we’re starting to see familiar […]

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Demons and Demons

So, some of you may have noticed I’ve been MIA for a bit. The holidays account for some of it, of course. We were gone for two weeks and I’m struggling to get back into a pattern. The rest of it is a mix of stupidity, stubbornness, and mental illness. I probably shouldn’t share–this is the epitome of over-sharing–which we’re […]

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