Yes, Instant Pot

Yes, Instant Pot

Last week, I mentioned one of the things I'm doing during this time is learning how to use my Instant Pot. Appropriately enough, the theme for this week Romance Writers Weekly is our favorite dinner recipe. True confession time: my favorite dinner recipe is the menu at one of my local restaurants, where our favorite waiters bring us food which we don't have to prepare or clean up after. It's not that I don't enjoy cooking, but things are frequently crazy enough that I leave the food...

Five Fun Things to Do While Socially Isolating

Five Fun Things to Do While Socially Isolating

Did you know there are 548 episodes in the CW’s Arrowverse series? I didn’t — until my husband and I decided we’d watch everything in order while we’re under shelter in place orders. With five different series and multiple crossovers between them, I created a spreadsheet, so we'd know which episode to watch next. Yes, we are going a little stir crazy. But re-watching superhero tv series are not the only things we’re doing during this period (which, in Los Angeles, now lasts until May 15)....

Books, Book, Books

Books, Book, Books

The question being asked this week is “Other than the genre you write, what books do you love to read and why?” My reaction is just about everything. Okay, there are a few genres I don’t favor, but from the first moment I could recognize words on the page, I reached for any printed material I could get my hands on. In my First Grade class, we had reading clowns with a balloon added for each book. The person with the second-most balloons had somewhere around 30-40 books they’d read, most by Dr....

Tuesday Tease: To Lure a Lord

Tuesday Tease: To Lure a Lord

The topic for today’s Romance Writers Weekly is “Teaser Tuesday.” In that spirit, I’m offering up a small slice from the project I’m currently drafting, tentatively titled To Lure a Lord. This is Book Two in my Just a Touch of Scandal series, set a few months aftre the events of The Accidental Viscountess. To set the scene, Lord Blair MacDonald and his friend, the Earl of Chalton, are attempting to escape an event. Unfortunately, they find their was blocked by Lady Eastleigh, who has been a...

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

  Some weeks, that pretty much describes it all. What are you going to get done this week?Now Available Spinster and poor relation Dorothea Hindley is in London for one reason: to help launch her cousin into society, something that would be a great deal easier if Dorothea’s aunt hadn’t revived a long-standing feud with the mother of a viscount. The best Dorothea can expect for herself is a dreary marriage to a vicar. But in trying to keep her family from becoming the laughingstocks of...

Facing February

Facing February

New month, new word. January was about beginnings. For February, I'm determined to capitalize on the momentum I have. This month can be hard; you’re not far enough along to see huge strides forward. You’re also far enough away from the start of the year that the newness has worn off, along with a large chunk of your enthusiasm. Plus, January seemed like it was five years long. I am the queen of “Ooh! Shiny!” so I know this is a danger moment for me. Yes, the planner has hopeful deadlines...

Forward and Beginnings

Forward and Beginnings

Late in 2019, I chose a word for 2020, something to use as a focus. The word was “Forward.” But I also plan to choose a word for each month to refine the focus, because things can and will change. The word for January was “Beginnings” and it proved apt. I released my first full-length novel on January 7, something I’ve been working toward for a long time. It was an end of one stage of the journey, but the start of another. The draft for the second book is in progress, and my calendar filled...

New Year, New Start

New Year, New Start

Every year, like many folk, I set goals for the coming twelve months. I make resolutions. I draw up lists and plans. I'm going to write all the books! I'm going to lose all the weight! I'm not going to strangle the annoying people in my life as they so richly deserve. And, like many folk, by the second week in January, I would find myself failing in so many of those resolutions. Work would be a madhouse, I'd get sick, there was a family crisis and I. Just. Didn't. Have. Time. Things are a bit...

A New Dawn

A New Dawn

I’m up early, trying to follow one of my New Year’s traditions: putting in some work on my next book. It’s a chance to start as I mean to go on. The only light on is my desk lamp and the monitor screen. The sun is coming up, but there will be peace for a while longer. Even the cats haven’t started to demand food. Yet. That will probably come soon. In the quiet, there is an air of expectation, of something waiting to start with the promise of a new day.

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