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Sleeps with dogs

Seeing a tee shirt with the words, “Sleeps with Dogs” made me laugh. In my case, it’s true. I really do sleep with dogs. The four-legged kind. Two to be exact. Amber, my English Pointer, and her sister Topaz, a Pointer-black Lab, are the best bedmates one can have. No, this isn’t kinky. We just

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MJ Schiller, Rocking the World One Reader (or Listener) at a Time

MJ Schiller, Rocking the World One Reader (or Listener) at a Time MJ SCHILLER, ROCKING THE WORLD ONE READER (OR LISTENER) AT A TIME I was born in the heart of Tornado Alley, and I’ve been a bit mixed up ever since. Not really, but I’ve always wanted to use that line. The medical community

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Happily ever after

What’s wrong with “happily ever after?” When I was a little girl, I loved fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White because they all ended, “And they lived happily ever after.” For a children’s story, it’s expected. As an adult, I am told that there is no such thing as “happily ever after.” Adults are

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Why be normal

One of my favorite quotes is, “Why be normal?” After all, what is normal and why would I want to be like everyone else? I love being different and embrace my uniqueness. Does that deem me as being paranormal? Maybe this is the reason why I love paranormal novels. Life can be so mundane with

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Time tunnel

The idea of time travel has intrigued people for generations. The ability to experience or recreate the past has caused a great deal of speculation and creative license. I’m one of those people who find the concept interesting As a teenager, I loved to read paranormal and time travel novels. There was the classic The

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Time travel to old San Francisco

Great San Francisco Earthquake My time travel romance, Wishes and Tears, began with the purchase of an antique book recounting the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, which took place on April 18, 1906. Of course, the writer in me asked, “What if?” The idea of a modern woman plunging into the San Francisco Bay

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Writing is work

Being a writer is a real job. As with most home-based businesses, working out of a home office is not considered a “real job” to many people. Just because I don’t commute to a bricks and mortar building every day, many people think that I just sit around all day watching television and munching bon-bons.

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Acknowledgements

There’s something important missing from my first Crimson Romance novel, Lab Test. It’s an acknowledgement page. I was so excited to have sold the book that I literally forgot to write one. Considering that as a reader I always read the acknowledgement page of a book, it’s startling that I would forget to write one.

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Heartthrob to hero

Every teenage girl has a heartthrob or two or more. In the 1920’s, it was Rudolph Valentino. The 1940’s had Frank Sinatra. The 1950’s brought Elvis and the 1960’s, Beatlemania. I guess Justin Beiber is the heartthrob of the moment? My era, and I’m dating myself, had Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Michael Jackson. However,

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My reading past

Writers are readers. Actually, we begin as readers and become writers when we tell ourselves, “I can write a better book than this.” Thus begins the writer’s journey. We put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard and a manuscript is born. After much frustration, a published book is for sale and someone is reading

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