romance

How to pick the right title for a book?

If I knew the answer to that, I'd save myself a lot of angst.  Picking a title is easy.  Picking the right one, not necessarily so. Who picks the title?  Sometimes it's me.  From my initial conception, Flirting with Pete was Flirting with Pete.  Same with Lake News, Heart of the Night, Not My Daughter, and The Vineyard.  My publisher picked other titles, like Coast Road and Family Tree.  My agent came [...]

By | 2016-07-28T05:00:36+00:00 2016|Blog|8 Comments

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I do. I admit it. I'm a hopeless romantic who, yes, does believe in love at first sight. I’m not saying it's the only way love happens. But – skeptics be damned – I've known too many couples who were partners from the start. They felt an instant connection, and it wasn't only physical, but emotional and intellectual as well. If the attraction is only physical, that would be lust [...]

By | 2015-06-25T11:00:55+00:00 2015|Blog|6 Comments

Are you a matchmaker?

Have you ever played matchmaker and fixed up at friend?  Ever been fixed up yourself, as in, agreed to a totally blind date on the say-so of someone else playing matchmaker? Matchmaking fascinates me.  No, I’ve never done it – have never known two people who are available at the same time and might actually like each other – but I do love stories of weddings from fix-ups and the [...]

By | 2014-03-26T05:00:53+00:00 2014|Blog|7 Comments

My Valentine's Day Trifecta

Valentine’s Day is my kind of day.  I was a romantic before I ever wrote a single romance, and once I did that – and discovered that people loved reading what I wrote – there was no end to my hearts-and-flowers imagination.  All told, I wrote fifty romances, sometimes eight a year, I was that into it.  But being a romance writer wasn’t, in fact, entirely hearts and flowers.  There [...]

By | 2014-02-11T05:00:02+00:00 2014|Blog|5 Comments

LOW PRESSURE: a book recommendation

Sandra Brown and I go way back.  We started in the field of romance together, actually met at the first ever Romance Writers of America conference.  We raised our kids, saw them marry and have their own kids at roughly the same time.  Both straying from the romance genre, I entered the field of women’s fiction, while Sandra made her mark writing thrillers. Her novels are beautifully written, exquisitely plotted, [...]

By | 2012-12-19T05:00:02+00:00 2012|Blog|2 Comments

My racy past

Type my name into Amazon, then sort by publication date, and you’ll find books of mine that you’ve never heard of.  Take First, Best and Only.  Originally published in 1986, a first-ever hardcover edition is coming in March.  I didn’t know this until I checked the Amazon list myself, which is often the only way I can find out when my early books are being reissued.  Once I sell pub [...]

By | 2012-01-19T05:00:09+00:00 2012|Blog|20 Comments