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Losing my mascot

For two months, I had company while writing. My computer screen had been split between my current manuscript and a livestream of my beloved mascot. Now, I am back to being a solitary author. Mascot? Yes. Instead of staring into space during a blank moment, I was entertained by her antics. When I needed a

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The Tale of the Blue Robin

Blu-Blu died on Good Friday in 1995. It was a fitting time for an elderly soul who had lost her ability to perch and her will to live. She was an earth angel, complete with wings who blessed my life for eight years. How, you may ask, did I end up with a one-eyed American

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Before and After

In a previous post, I discussed how I had the rights reverted from a major publisher so that I could re-publish my novels my way. This process involved hiring a cover artist to come up with new covers. My goal was for all of my book covers to have a consistent style. The fabulous illustrator-cover

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From Dolls to Prose

The other night I was pondering why I prefer to write women’s fiction and romance. My early influences came to mind. From as far back as I can remember, I loved to be read and read fairy tales. Hans Christian Anderson, staples like Cinderella and Snow White … all of those fables of ending in

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Republishing

Getting the rights back to a book is like going through a divorce. It’s a decision to terminate a contract, negotiate a deal, get custody and part. It’s ironic that I worked over twenty difficult years to secure a publishing contract from a top publishing house and after getting that contract, decided to part ways.

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Chautauqua

The esteemed Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York is close to my heart for many reasons. I was introduced to the Institution by a friend at church, who suggested that I send them a proposal to instruct a dance class for their Special Studies program during the nine-week “Season.” I sent in a proposal that

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Champagne tease … an excerpt

Chapter 1 Cleveland, Ohio – 1972 Why be normal? Normal had to be the most boring word in the English language and the most mundane way to lead one’s life, Natasha thought. She sauntered by The Higbee Company department store en route to the Terminal Tower complex. At the entrance to the Shaker Rapid transit

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A rant

There is something about being self-employed, especially when one is working out of a home office that brings out the pettiness in people. It gets worse when one is a writer/book author. People who are used to the 9-5 job lifestyle, don’t understand nor do they care to understand the 24-hour job lifestyle. They assume

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Anyone for Champagne for Breakfast?

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. The typical breakfast fare consists of such staples as oatmeal, bacon and eggs, pancakes, French toast and such. Why? I’ve often wondered why certain food groups are relegated to certain meals of the day. I for one have never followed rules. Even as a child,

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Remembering the 1970’s in style

My latest novel Champagne for Breakfast begins in the 1970’s. In reading fashion magazine about design trends for spring, the 1970’s influence is making a comeback. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Bad is the fact that in cleaning my closet a few years ago, I donated all of my 1970’s era clothing.

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