Plagiarism – why why why?

Recently a scandal has erupted in the romance world when Courtney Milan discovered that a woman had been plagiarizing her books. What started out as Courtney calling her out quickly erupted into a scandal of epic proportions. People have been investigating this woman’s books and what they found was astonishing. I choose not to name…

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Branding (and I don't mean cattle)

Hi, all: This was in the last LARA Confidential, and I thought you might enjoy reading it. For those who aren’t part of my writer’s group, LARA stands for Los Angeles Romance Authors, and is the writer’s group that I am not only in but have the honor of being president this year. Hope you…

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Another year, new stories

Happy 2019, all! I hope that as we head toward the end of the first month of 2019 (already-it really is shocking how fast the time goes) that you are doing well in this new year. I don’t yet know the date of publication, but Flash Fiction Magazine has picked up one of my horror…

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End of year wrap-up for 2018

Every year it seems that January comes in and we all are marveling at a fresh new year and then I blink and the year has shot past. This year is no different. Where did the year go? For the last several years I have been participating in a gratitude list with some of my…

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Ugly sweaters, Christmas and publishing news

It seems as though the ugly sweater phenomenon has gained steam in recent years. Every time I turn around there is an ugly sweater contest. Within my company itself I can think of at least three, including one within our smaller team. It’s actually great fun. I found an ugly sweater, or what I thought…

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Making your career a priority

Every month I do a short piece for the Los Angeles Romance Authors newsletter in my capacity as their president. This was November’s. Enjoy! There was a point in my life several years ago where I wasn’t writing. I had won a contest, submitted my stories to Harlequin, and quickly got the boot. I got…

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Early voting

I went to early vote yesterday. I did this for many reasons, but mostly because I have been going to work an hour earlier than the office start time due to a heavy workload. So I didn’t want to spend the time Tuesday to wait in line at the polls and be “late” to work.…

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Petty thievery

I was at the hairdresser’s this last weekend getting a badly needed haircut. I always wait too long to go to the salon and wind up looking like a sheepdog before I get there. This time was no different. While I was there the owner of the salon came rushing over to my hairdresser and…

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Transmundane Press blog-reprinted here

A few weeks ago I had a blog posted on the Transmundane Press website as part of blogging leading up to their Transcendent release, which will come out soon. I am reprinting it below for everyone to enjoy.   Are We Really Alone? When I was a kid I used to try and fix times…

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Traffic in Los Angeles, ugh!

It’s September and school is back in session. Here in California it is staggered, private schools go back at different times than public schools, and the colleges are on another schedule altogether. All of it means much more traffic. In the summertime my commute is easy, as much as any Los Angeles commute can be…

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