Merry Christmas Bundle!

Merry Christmas Bundle!

A funny thing happened on the way to our winter holidays… First, I had a writing retreat that consumed a week of my time. Then, I had a long-anticipated vacation to New York City — full of hustle and bustle and seeing friends and eating way too much — resulting in another week gone. Then, I got a cold, resulting in — you guessed it — another week gone. The result? It’s hard to realize that Christmas is just...

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Bundling Up

Bundling Up

So, last week, the thermometer hit almost eighty degrees.  Today, we’re expecting a high of 40, and the winds are enough to bring tears to your eyes. I’m wearing fleece socks on my feet and a T-shirt, long-sleeve T-shirt, and sweater. But that’s not what I mean by “bundling up.” Instead, I’m writing to tell you about the bundle I’m in. Okay. Not me. Fly Me to the Moon. What’s a bundle? I’m...

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Just One of Those Things, Just in Time for the Holidays

Just One of Those Things, Just in Time for the Holidays

Funny thing…  It’s hard to get blog posts out on a regular basis, when you pack up every single thing you own and move to a new house!  (The new house is only about five miles from the old house. But that minimal distance doesn’t really matter, when every single book one owns must go into a box…) In any case, the move was successfully completed last week.  My office is still a shambles, so you don’t get pictures of...

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Amazon’s Pre-Order Quagmire

Amazon’s Pre-Order Quagmire

About fifteen months ago, Amazon took a major step to level the playing field for self-published authors: it allowed us to offer books for pre-order to our readers.  Pre-orders provide several advantages to authors, including: Fans can order not-yet-published books on an impulse after finishing and enjoying earlier books by an author; Authors can guarantee a certain release date, rather than relying on the approximation of processing time for...

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Romance Plots for the Conflict Adverse

Romance Plots for the Conflict Adverse

So, for those who don’t know me in real life, I’m one of the world’s most conflict averse people. (I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out how I spent seven years working as a litigator, arguing cases in state and federal court…) I live my life with very little drama — my husband and I don’t have screaming matches, I drift away from friends who purposely kindle drama to spice up their...

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