Yearly Archives: 2016

July 21st, 2016 | Filed under: Musings

Returning from Hoth and the Mother of All Rejections

  It had been five months since the too-big-and-cold-for-me RWA conference. I’d recuperated slowly and had settled into a pretty good writing routine. Within a month after the conference, most of the agents and editors had responded to my pitch. All were passes. At the time, it was a common occurrence that a no response after three months was simply a rejection. Not a big deal. This is the business of writing. The day after Thanksgiving, I was eager to make my sandwich with a heaping pile of leftover turkey and real cranberry sauce. I scanned my messages and received …read more…

July 14th, 2016 | Filed under: Musings

Romancing the Conferences with RWA

A year ago at this time I was prepping to go to the big gig in NYC. As I’m scanning the Twitter feed it’s full of writers packing up and heading to San Diego for this year’s conference. I’m so relieved I’m not one of them. The view from my room in Times Square was incredible, but the national RWA conference nearly broke me. It was tough and I needed to gain some distance. Finally a whole 365 days later, I feel ready and am able to share some words about the greatest, yet worst experience in my writing career. A …read more…

February 7th, 2016 | Filed under: Musings, News

Romance is Rosy as Candy is Dandy!

Naturally as a romance writer my favorite candy for Valentine’s Day is Sweethearts, but there are some days that I have to have my coping candy…Twizzlers. After thinking about Twizzlers, I recalled that Red Vines have been a long time summer choice  Then the light bulb went on and I realized that I’m a uber candy fan. I loved going to the penny candy store when I was kid…Bear’s Pharmacy. We’d grab the lunch bag and begin to fill it up with the rainbow of small-sized sweet treats. Tootsie Rolls, Bottle Caps, Laughy-Taffy, Mary Janes, Jawbreakers, and Dots to name …read more…

August 21st, 2015 | Filed under: Musings

Romance Reads in August

                      These last weeks of summer are are moving surprising slow. In the past, it seemed that all the prep time devoted to the start of school made time fly. Not this year. August 1st became perfect reading weather. Seventy degrees without a cloud in the sky. Since August is Read-A-Romance month, this shouldn’t come as a shocker. I’m digging into my TBR pile of contemporary romance reads and making my way through it. Up first: THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro Can wait to get to: A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR …read more…

August 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Musings

Contemporary Romance: Just Desserts

    In Just Desserts, Sadie and Quinn struggle to find one another, they, like so many couples in the real world, find out that falling in love can be a rocky road. But in the end they discover that the “process” of falling in love is worth just as much as the “product” of love and happiness.         Life is short. It’s the “fluff” that sticks. I believe that reading a good romance is great for the soul!      

February 8th, 2015 | Filed under: Musings

A Classic Romance — Sally and Steve

It’s no secret that I love romance. The books I read have to have a happily-ever-after. I love dating stories. I’m a strong shoulder to cry on when hearts break and need a pep talk…because love is so darn tricky. It hits you when you least expect it, so it’s best to move on and be prepared for when Mr. or Mrs Truelove shows up. When people share how they met and married, I’m paying close attention and when I’m fortunate to meet a couple who have been together for 50 years, I want to hug and congratulate them. Heck, …read more…

January 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Life, Musings

The 70’s Elephant Bells and David Cassidy

Throw Back Thursdays always makes me think of my favorite pair of pants, a pair of corduroy plaid elephant bells. The bells rang out around my ankles. My fashion “flare” had begun. As much as I relished my 70’s fashion, it was the music that got my groove.   David Cassidy singing “I think I love you,” is deep in my head. It’s still there. After more than 30 years, I have mornings that I sing it to my teen sons to make them blush. They run away in embarrassment. Mom’s just can’t sing or dance. But I’ve danced and …read more…

January 5th, 2015 | Filed under: Musings, News

The Best of the New Year–Auntie Mame

This New Year will be all about storytelling for me. There’s structure in the beginning the middle and the end, but the story comes to life with characters. Mame is an example of a character that puts me into storytelling nirvana. It’s a story that’s happy, sad,  and humorous. It declares a message about humanity and goodness without pounding it into the viewers’ heads. Mame triumphs over Peter’s elitist uncle, turns an unwed mother from a stigma in society into a celebration of independence and mocks exclusivity while denigrating prejudice  All the while finding romance and hope and keeping her …read more…

December 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings, News

Boxing Day!

  In England Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day following Christmas Day. As tradition is known, the holiday originated from the time when servants and workers would receive gifts from their bosses. The gifts given in boxes or lunch boxes became known as Christmas boxes. Boxing Day extends the Christmas festivities another day. The celebrations continue. Here in Milwaukee, Boxing Day calls for a nice fresh Bloody Mary–Milwaukee style–with a beer chaser. Happy Boxing Day!

December 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Man Crush Monday

The latest movie with Richard Armitage will be spectacular, but I prefer him like this…          

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