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My heart’s in steel

My novel Hearts of Steel is being released on Monday, October 8. In celebration, I’m sharing the copy from my acknowledgement page because it explains the inspiration behind this contemporary romance. This novel would not be in existence were it not for the Northeast Ohio Chapter of Romance Writers of America, of which I am

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A rose (or book) by any other name …

Today, I welcome guest, author Lynn Cahoon. Lynn is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they

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Rethinking the hero

I have to admit and the novels I write reinforce it … I prefer dark-haired men. Yes, their hair may be a sandy shade or salt and pepper but no blonde or red-haired heroes for me. Maybe this bias is genetic. After all, the men in my immediate family have all had dark hair. My

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Welcome to the real world

Having a book published is a major milestone in life. After years of struggle, of pouring out your heart and soul, of overcoming rejection, your “baby” is born! Break open the champagne. Spread the news. Scream with unbridled joy. Then … reality sets in. The world didn’t move. Your picture is not plastered on the

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Isn’t it romantic?

When I tell people that I’m a romance writer, I get a myriad of responses. The eyebrows usually shoot up, I get a once-over and a snicker. It’s the same sort of response I get when I tell people that I’m also a Middle Eastern belly dancer. I’m an anomaly. In my youth I was

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My Writer’s Journey

There’s the old saying, “To thine own self be true” and I’m living proof. I was born and raised into a vanilla ice cream family and that was problem since I am a neopolitan person. Being different can be a blessing or a curse. Growing up in a middle class, working class, ethnic family during

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