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Thanksgiving Thoughts

The name of the holiday Thanksgiving should be reversed to “Giving Thanks.” After all, one day a year should be set aside for being thankful for what we have and not for what we do not. It is so easy to get caught up in a society of excessive greed and self-centeredness in the pursuit

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Don’t retreat from a retreat

I’ve been negligent. This poor blog has been neglected due to a lack of inspiration. Actually, my writing had been lagging due to the same problem. I needed to get my mojo back quickly! Being an author, after all, depends on output. I read about an upcoming writer’s retreat sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Chapter

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What’s your theme?

Recently, I had been questioned about the redeeming value of romance novels and women’s fiction. Isn’t it just frivolous entertainment, mindless and brainless fluff? After giving it some thought, I said that, “No, romance novels have a message, a theme and values. Romance novels actually preach morality since they focus on the evolving, committed relationship

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After “The Call”

We authors spend years honing our craft to create manuscript after manuscript in hopes of getting published. We endlessly query and can paper rooms with rejection letters and “near misses.” Finally, “the call” comes and we are shell-shocked. Someone likes us! Someone finally likes us! Rather, an editor at a publishing house likes out voice,

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Crimson Romance Blog Hop

I am celebrating the one-year anniversary as a debut author with Crimson Romance. “Lab Test” was my first Crimson novel and in May, my fourth, “The Right Combination” was released. Time flies when you’re having fun. The fun continues … For three weeks in June, the Crimson Romance Sisters are hosting a blog hop, where

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Sex!

Sex! I knew that would get your attention. I am a women’s fiction and romance novelist. Friends and relatives have introduced me as the one who writes “sex books.” My novels have intricate plots and interesting characters. My settings and the occupations of my characters are unique. Yet, I am always being called out on

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Introducing Liv Rancourt

Today, I welcome fellow Crimson author Liv Rancourt. Liv Rancourt writes paranormal and romance, often at the same time. She lives with her husband, two teenagers, two cats and one wayward puppy. She likes to create stories that have happy endings, and finds it is a good way to balance her other job in the

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Snippets from my memoir

My life has been and is rather unusual. I grew up in a “vanilla ice cream” household and moved on to experience a “neopolitan” life. Through it all, I’ve kept a journal. Slowly, I have been compiling my life story into a memoir. Being a writer, I thought that I’d share snippets of my story

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Blossom: An Easter Story

This story relates to the theme of “strays.” My husband is known for doing unusual things. One Easter, he really surprised me. We were in the process of building an addition on to our house. Acting as our own contractors, we had hired an Amish construction crew with a promise and a handshake. Since they

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Picking up strays

Many people think that romance writers sit on a glittering caftan with perfectly coiffed hair and makeup reclined on a chaise while holding a furry little lap dog. Sorry to disappoint. We are real people. Just like you. I believe that everyone has a romance novel or two or more in their lifetime. My first

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