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Mar.27.2014
We all need unconditional love; that is, showing love towards others regardless of their actions or beliefs. For Happily Ever After in life or in a novel, we need to give along with receiving.  As I look back over the years, it seems to me that we have become more and more judgmental. When I...
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Mar.01.2014
We come into this world alone and leave it alone. What comes in between may be lonely or not, depending on how we interact with the people around us and filter life through those perceptions.  Lilah, the heroine of my latest release, THE FARMER AND THE WOOD NYMPH, is discovered alone in the...
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Jan.16.2014
If you’re active in your community and with its organizations, you will at some point be asked to talk before the group. You will also be asked to provide the Program Chair with an introduction for you and your talk. When it comes to introductions, shorter is better. We’ve all sat uncomfortably...
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Dec.30.2013
If you’re a female and lived through the 1950’s, you know the societal restrictions on girls and women in that decade on the subject of sex. While we no longer put lace on piano legs, we females had strict “Victorian era” rules once we hit puberty. We were instructed on how to sit, when to speak,...
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Nov.30.2013
POLITE ENEMIES features a farm horse, Old Molly, which appears in many high-profile scenes. In 1895 Wyoming, Old Molly thwarts outlaws, hauls equipment to fight a fire and, notwithstanding exhaustion, comes out of the barn one more time for the heroine to defend her hero. Old Molly has a...
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Oct.31.2013
  When mature protagonists find love, there is a different "tone" to the experience from when young heroines and heroes discover love for the first time. My historical western romance, POLITE ENEMIES, released this month from Whiskey Creek Press. Its theme is “love strikes when you least...
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Oct.02.2013
I didn't realize how many cooking and household tools and utensils were still in use at the turn of the 20th century and into the 1950’s until doing research for my western romance novel, POLITE ENEMY (set in 1895 Wyoming). When I hear people talking about the good old days of the 50’s when life...
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Aug.30.2013
You may be like me and prefer to write and read character-driven stories. Recently, my writing partners pointed out that I consistently write “coming of awareness and self acceptance” stories in an historical setting. The heroine is of prime importance to the resolution of the story question. Self...
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Jul.27.2013
It has become my life purpose to feel good every day for as much of the day as I can. I wasn’t always like this. When younger, I used to chew on every setback and fret about it for days. With experience, I learned that nothing changed when I did this (except for me to feel bad). The way for me to...
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Jun.24.2013
Do you ever create challenges for yourself just to learn something new? I do. As a writer, I set a new challenge for myself with each manuscript. In my two published medieval romantic suspense novels, I set a different challenge for each. I then enrolled in online classes to learn the craft to meet...
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May.31.2013
Sometimes our characters can be life examples for us. Matilda does that for me. She is a woman of courage. In an era when females had few ways to control their own lives, she refused to give in to an arranged marriage to a brutal man.  She had to leave her home village, travel for two days on...
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Apr.28.2013
Lady Lynnet, the Anglo-Saxon heroine of my medieval romantic suspense novel, OUT OF THE DARK, is an inspiration or so readers tell me. Why? What they find inspirational is that Lynnet doesn’t make herself into a victim. She acknowledges her limitations due to diminished sight, but she knows her...
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Mar.07.2013
The older I get, the more I believe we live a life of self-fulfilling prophecies.  I grew up with grandparents who used to quote from the old version of the King James Bible (Proverbs 23:7):  “As you think, so shall ye be.” I thought the idea was a bunch of hooey at the time. More and...
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Feb.07.2013
Public speaking—long called the number one fear—seems to be losing ground with the younger generation. Put a microphone and a TV camera on a young person and she seems to relish giving an opinion for the world to hear. Not so when I was young. Standing in front of the class to give a book report...
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Dec.25.2012
Humans try to control everything. And all at once.  Impossible. While we’re focused on solving one developing problem, another breaks away and does its thing. Frustrating, but inevitable.  The best we can do is control “ourselves” in such a way that happenings outside our sphere of...
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