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Way back in time, Anton Chekov advised writers to focus on important details only. And if you mention and describe the rifle over the fireplace, someone darn well better get that rifle down and use it at some point. By focusing on it, you make a promise to the reader that this item is worthy of attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebooks captured my attention from the early days. The idea of carrying an entire library worth of books around with me was better than sliced bread and solved so many problems for me. Like what to do when I finished a book and hadn’t brought a second one. Or how to keep my wrists and hands from hurting while reading hardbacks or really thick books. A career of 24 years at a desk job that included lifting heavy case files had ruined my tendons.


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Because I like a lot of pages on Facebook that have to do with Reading Romances and Writing Romances, my advertisements reflect that preference. I see so many premises, what you might call tropes, that I thought someone should make an attempt to help out the women in these predicaments. So here goes. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m reading books these days by folks who need a better editor. Not naming names, because obviously, the lack of editing doesn’t bother many people. I totally have issues with lack of commas or commas where not needed, wrong tense, and head hopping. I can see it clearly in the books I read. But when I read my own work, the blinders come out.


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Any day can hold special moments for reading: a break in the work day, when the baby is nursing or sleeping, if there’s nothing interesting on Netflix, at the end of the day when you just want to relax before sleeping. As a retired person, I schedule time in the middle of my day to take a break and read. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t imagine that I lump all writers together as one type. I have met too many to think that way. But I do know there are common traits among us. Most importantly, we have to be crazy to come up with the things we write about.

But you might be a writer if you have more story ideas in your head or even on little bits of sticky paper than you will ever have time to write. Read the rest of this entry »

My husband taught me so much about romance! We’ve been togther for 20 years, and in that time he has shown me that physical beauty is nothing compared to intelligence and a sense of humor. I don’t understand what he sees in me, and probably never will. Likewise, he doesn’t get why strange women flirt with him, and I can’t get enough of my honey. Read the rest of this entry »

I got a great email from Goodreads showcasing new releases in 2015. Some of them catch my attention with just the cover and the title. So here are a few that I am really looking forward to reading soon.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher This book has a high rating on Goodreads, and it hasn’t been released yet. The authors have a huge following, and the story is guaranteed to make everyone cry. Okay, then. I have to worker harder at jerking tears, I guess. But the concept does intrigue me. Two people who grew up together and fell in love experience something he can’t remember and she can’t forget. It’s on my list.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer I am a sucker for retold fairy tales. The Lunar Chronicles, of which this book appears to be a prequel, are set in the future. There’s a twist I didn’t see coming. The review page is full of gifs, so I get that the target audience is techno savy and loves the bad, bad girls. On my list.

Falling Away by Penelope Douglas This is a New Adult, which never stopped me from reading a book. I love the angst of being grown up but still subject to so much insecurity and new experiences. The boy meets girl, girl ignores boy, they grow up a little and are thrown back together story line gets my attention. Nice cover, too. It’s on my list.

Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler The two books listed above this one are parts of a series. This one is the first book in a series, so you get in on the ground floor. I am a werewolf loving reader and part of that is the visceral urge to find a mate and keep that mate inherent in the breed. Life would be so much simpler if you knew by looking at a person that they are the one for you. And they returned the feeling. Added to the list.

Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost This is the third book in the series, a vampire romance with a good size following. The fans are rabid for the release of this novel, and that’s a good sign. But I probably will hold off putting it on my list until I read Once Burned and Twice Tempted .

Marked by Sarah Fine Another paranormal series, but this is Book 1. And there are no vampires or werewolves or shapeshifters in the blurb. I’m in.

The Proposal by Mary Balogh This is not a new release, but in this series, Book 6 just came out. The Proposal is the first book in the Survivors’ Club, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have so many new to me books by my favorite Regency Romance writer ever, Ms. Balogh. On the list and very near the top!

The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak Wrapping up this list with a book expected in July of 2015, just to keep you on your toes. This is a wonderful-sounding plot, and I love Ms. Novak’s writing, so it’s on my list. So nice to have something to look forward to, especially a book!

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.

Monty Python fans will immediately recognize that phrase, from the Spanish Inquisition sketch. But I bet nobody expected to see it on this blog! And that’s where they’d be wrong. However, that’s not what my subject is about today.

I have a comfy chair. And it’s torture because I have to leave it sometimes. I can’t sit for more than an hour, hour and a half tops. Luckily the indoor plumbing is close by. One must have a cup of tea while sitting in the comfy chair. The one thing you must have is a cup of tea and a good reading light. The two things you must have are a cup of tea, a good reading light, and a stack of books – The three things. . . Oh, never mind.

I do have some age-related issues in my life, mostly that I can’t believe I am as old as I am, and I still try to do things only a younger person should do. Like read a real book. I love my e-readers and the applications of those on my phone. I always have reading material with me. Back when I had to wait for a ride, or took the bus to work, or whatever, if I forgot my book, I was in for a long, boring wait. These days, that is not a problem.

I also have control over the size of the text, so I can see it without glasses if I wish. Usually there is an increase of pain when you fall asleep reading on a phone or reader, than there used to be with paperbacks, but still less than a hardback, so it’s all good.

But now and then, I have a paperback or hard cover that I want to read, and it’s not convenient to purchase it again in e-format. Such was the case with Georgie Lee’s Rescued from Ruin. Georgie is a real angel that I know from RWA, and I won a copy of this great Regency romance. And I got a copy of Brenda Novak’s Heart of Christmas from the Whiskey Creek series. On top of that, my favorite book cover is on Sally Orr’s The Rake’s Handbook (Including Field Guide), and she gifted me with a copy to celebrate my retirement. I had to figure out a comfortable way to read, even if just for an hour every day.

Light and lots of it was the first consideration. My Amazon parrot likes to sit on the back of my comfy chair while I read, and he also likes to destroy (pick a noun). I have a floor lamp with an extended hinged arm, and that keeps the lampshade out of beak range but where I get the light I need. Like this, but not bronze and not as fancy.

Then the most difficult compromise. My eyes are and have always been unable to see much of anything clearly. I am near-sighted I think. Anyway, I have always read whenever I could get away with it by not wearing my glasses. Nowadays, that is not an option for real books. The print has shrunk. My arms got shorter. Yeah, all those jokes now hit home. And it’s way past time for me to visit my optometrist. Got that penciled in for next year.

My regular distance glasses are actually no-line trifocals, and they make life interesting. I tried to read using them, and my eyes ached in no time. The lenses are thick and heavy, and I want to take them off after 10 minutes. Not working as planned.

I have a pair of computer glasses, which I highly recommend to anyone who needs spectacles and works with computers. Mine are so comfortable that I often walk around wearing them instead of the regular pair. I have even driven while wearing them, but not on purpose. Just a mistake that I try not to repeat.

So it was that I sat down in my comfy chair with the reading lamp on, picked up the book, and read. And my eyes didn’t get tired. My computer glasses are perfect for reading! This is like the best Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa gift ever. And that reminds me of the classic Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meredith as the last book nerd left alive. Glad I got to have a Happy Ever After ending. I’ll be back on Thursday.

Scribophile has become my writing home, sweet home. My buddies there understand when I post that I need reassurance as a writer, they all bought my “friend’s” book and will no doubt buy the next two in the series. We talk about finding time to write in our busy lives, and tricks to get away with more time than the family thinks we take. As I showed recently, we post pictures of beautiful people who inspire us to write our novels. And we help each other with difficult research questions. For me, that was figuring out where Napoleon was and why he wasn’t where I wanted him to be. Sheesh.

But for simpler questions, we do our own research. We turn to Google. So when someone started a thread asking “What did you Google Today?” the answers were as wide and varied as our group’s ages and cultural make-up.

I was looking up movements of the French Armies in the early 1800s, groups of gods in Greek, Roman, Norse, Hindu, and Japanese Shinto religions, musical notes, signet rings, diet products, typing benefits, hand writing to improve memory, famous parrots and suggested reading titles.

The rest of the group’s searches included yoga positions, men in uniform, hot and sexy military men, and dog tags. There was a search for brown paint colors, road rash, ethics of dating your employer, and VCH piercings. (Not for the squeamish or under 18.

Many searches were for personal interest, and not so much part of a story. Big horse race and Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, fun fall outdoor scavenger hunts, and football.

Lots of us spend time on dictionary sites and thesaurus sites. Someone needed another word for tears. The name of a character in Metamorphosis got some screen time, the history of gay bars, and an abstract about mental imagery as an emotional amplifier in bipolar disorder. Yeah, that is so not me.

The last mentioned search was performed by the same person who washed her hands in carbolic soap and tried to describe the smell. Sex toys and cattle ranching made the list. Attractive foreign exchange students as well.

And this song: Little Red Ridinghood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. That takes me back to my teen years. But this cover? Totally modern, and a dreamy song. Thanks, Amanda Seyfried!

And of course, fresh eye-candy for the Candy Dish. I’ll be back on Sunday.

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