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Urgent, Urgent! I Have to Get This Published!

Many mornings, after I have spent a couple of hours at my computer and have finished my shower and breakfast, I check my e-mails one more time for a response to an e-mail I sent the night before. Nothing. I mutter: "Why hasn't he/she gotten back to me?" Then, I look...
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45 Years Later, We’re Still Truckin’

Surprises from a 45th class reunion.

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Yes, Belinda’s Overweight and So Am I

There is a man my husband knows who never greets me without commenting on how much I weigh. “It looks like you’ve lost weight,” he often says. Or, “Have you lost weight?” he asks, encouragingly. I suppose he means well, but I find it judgmental and intrusive. I don’t...
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What I Took Away from the Tucson Festival of Books

I recently returned from the Tucson Festival of Books a little poorer and with a little sunburn and heat exhaustion, but also relieved to know that books and authors are still relevant and respected enough to draw more than 100,000 people and 350 authors out into...
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About Buen Dia and the Fun of Writing a Romance Series

I have just published my second romance novel, No Way to Win. It’s the second in a series of novels I plan to write about a small-hotel development company in Palm Springs, Casa de Buen Dia. I wrote about this series in a blog post last August (...
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Ready for advance readers: Jackie’s Campaign

Finally, I have waded through the metadata set-up and publishing steps to get it ready.  Now, the sequel to Gracie's Revolution is available to advance readers willing to write a review upon the novel's release in mid-March.  If you would like to receive an advance...
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Self-loathing in Palm Springs

I finished writing Gracie’s Revolution in October 2015. The manuscript was edited thirteen months ago, and yet, I didn't publish it until this past weekend. What took so long? There were some good reasons for the delay. My beta readers suggested some changes in the...
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What I read in 2016 – Now it’s your turn!

The NYT’s Book Review two Sundays ago included a list of books that famous authors read this past year, and the ones they recommended for the rest of us. As I was reading it, I wondered what my friends read last year, and what they’d recommend to me. Why should we...
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Now More than Ever: A Point of View

I used to hide my political opinions and observations from my readers—both in blogs and in my books—worried that if someone disagreed with me, they’d never buy my books. A wise marketing person laughed at me when I said that. “Who’s buying your books now?” he asked....
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Boy was I wrong: Johnson Station isn’t women’s fiction, it’s fantasy

I was dead wrong. I thought I knew who Iowa women were, what they were like. I grew up there. I went to college there. Many of my relatives and friends still live there. We interact on Facebook nearly daily, and I visit once a year. Here I was, writing a series about...
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Tucson Festival of Books

In only its eighth year in existence, the Tucson Festival of Books is now the third largest book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers, authors and publishers. In March 2017, I will be presenting my latest novel at the festival under a new...

Literary Appropriation or Appropriate Literature?

The unveiling—or discovery, perhaps—of the author Elena Ferrante’s true identity last week had the literary world roiling. As might be expected, the discovery left some people deflated, as the love of the mystery is often greater than the joy at its resolution. Others...

Hey, that was my idea, Prazza!

Have you ever had the experience of “inventing” something in your head, and then, lo and behold, someone else beats you to actually doing it? In my novel, Drive for Dough, my protagonist Lena, the CEO of an online golf clothing retailer, is approached at a golf...

Guest Blog: Older Peeps Are Just as Fascinating!

My friend, Lynne Spreen and I decided to take the leap into romance writing at the same time. Here's a guest blog she provided on her thoughtful approach to the new genre: The main character in a romance novel should be under thirty years of age. That’s what I read in...

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