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Valentines and Giveaways

So, what ever became of the characters from Between the Lies… Cari and Tristan’s wedding is a week away! They’ll be married on February 22nd, which, of course, is the Stoneciphers’ and Stoddards’ 5th anniversary (who could deny Gemma her wish?). The bride and groom will be have the ceremony at St. Eustachius University in Seattle, with Jazmyn as maid […]

What’s in a Name? Part 2: Characters & Places

A friend of mine, Jeanie London, has published over thirty novels (In the Cold is my favorite!). Most, if not all, of her stories include names of family members and friends. Two of the books I’ve read include her niece and nephews, whom I have known since they were entering elementary school. She doesn’t necessarily make […]

What’s in a Name? Part 1: Pen Names

Many friends have asked me why I chose to use a pen name. Well, to be honest, I was worried that people would think differently of the person they knew after reading Passion Fish, which has a decent amount of steam (the movie version would — WILL someday? — be rated R). “What?! I go to church […]

Between the Lies is HERE!

I’m so excited to announce my new book, Between the Lies, is now available in print and as an e-book! Over the next few days, I want to share some things about the book that may add to your reading experience — or, if you’re not sure you want to read it, may convince you […]

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Are lies ever acceptable? Are there certain lies that can never be forgiven? I taught a college writing course for freshmen a few years ago. It was an interesting course: every semester, two books on a random topic were selected and the students would write a series of papers, responding to prompts.  One semester, the […]

Perfect Men…Almost

I like my men almost perfect. I’m of course talking about the male protagonists in my stories. And why not? The fiction I write is almost real, why not its men almost perfect? And to me, almost perfect men know how to bring me to tears—in a good way. I write for the romantics in […]

Romantic Gestures

Doctor Marcia Fieldstone: Tell me what was so special about your wife? Sam Baldwin: Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I […]

Second Chances

“Just glad to have a second chance at all of it!” That’s what my friend, Scott, has posted on his Facebook page. It’s been there since he got married a few years ago to the girl next door—and I mean that literally. She was the girl next door. He’d been married for about ten years, had two children, and […]

Blind Dates

If you’ve never seen the 1987 movie Blind Date, starring Bruce Willis, Kim Basinger, and John Larroquette, you should. Walter (Willis) and Nadia (Basinger) start their night innocently enough: attending a business dinner for his company at a nice restaurant. Walter’s been warned that Nadia goes “wild” when she drinks, but he pours her a […]

First Dates

I went on my last first date in January 1989, and I cried all the way home. Nine weeks later, we were engaged. I’ll back up to the “cried all the way home” part since I’m guessing that comes as odd in the grand scheme of a less-than-three-months’ timeframe. I was twenty-six when I met […]