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Midweek #ROW80 Check-In

Well, I just had my very first irate email from a reader about a choice I made in one of my books where, apparently, I “got it all wrong.”   This is always kind of a personal fear of mine as a writer–I often get virtually crippled by this desire to get everything “right” (though, normally, this is related to procedural stuff rather than location).   But I guess there’s a component of it with…

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Something Southern: On The Correct Use of Y’all

Something Southern: On The Correct Use of Y’all

First off, in case you missed it yesterday, I am doing a GIVEAWAY of a free copy of Tawne Fenske’s Fiancee For Hire!  So much awesome hilarity.  Just go comment on yesterday’s post for a chance to win!

Now, since I’m working my way toward the release of the first full novel in my Southern contemporary romance Wishful series (which you’ve technically already had a chance to peek at through Be…

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Book Review: Tawna Fenske’s Fiancee For Hire (And A Giveaway!)

Book Review: Tawna Fenske’s Fiancee For Hire (And A Giveaway!)

I love Tawna Fenske.  Seriously, the woman is always saying something to make me laugh, which is a trait I adore in…well anybody.  That she manages to do it in fiction, while keeping up a healthy dose of sexy and sentimental is just icing on the cake.  I just finished reading her latest, Fiancee For Hirewhich is the second in the Front And Center series (I did not know this and will be…

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Is Power A Finite Comodity, Like Energy? Thoughts on Marvel, Female Superheroes, and Lazy Writing

Is Power A Finite Comodity, Like Energy? Thoughts on Marvel, Female Superheroes, and Lazy Writing

So first thing this morning, one of my FB acquaintences, Junk Yard Green (who often shares some of the coolest upcycling/recycling/build stuff projects on the internet), posed this question (which I’m shamelessly sharing in full here because I think it’s germane to the discussion and it’s not as easy to share stuff from FB as it is to share Twitter statuses):

So Nick Fury was changed from a white…

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Three Awesome Things

Meet Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman to EVER complete the American Ninja Warriors finals course.  Look out boys!

Fastest way to cool down a canned or bottled beverage!  Forget the freezer.

Super smart kid!  This concept is brilliant.


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The Pursuit of Self Sufficiency

The Pursuit of Self Sufficiency

Being a writer is so often a strange thing.  On the one hand, it is a very solitary profession.  Unless you are collaborating with someone expressly to write a project, the ultimate act of writing is to be alone with your thoughts and the voices in your head.  

It doesn’t stay that way, or shouldn’t.  You need to have those words, your vision, filtered through the eyes of othersto make sure that…

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Sunday Summary and #ROW80 Check-In

Sunday Summary and #ROW80 Check-In

It’s been an eventful week!

  1. I wrote a post about writer entitlement.  It went viral.  This has never happened before!  I got shares and applause and thumbs up from all kinds of writers I really admire!  So for at least five minutes, I won the internet.
  2. I knocked out my bonus goal for Round 3–writing and publishing another Meet Cute Romance.  Once Upon A Coffee is a crossover with my Wishful…

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New Release! Once Upon A Coffee

New Release! Once Upon A Coffee

I’ve been hard at work on To Get Me To You, but I had to take a brief detour to write this Meet Cute, which is a crossover with my Wishful series.  Avery and Dillon are peripheral characters in TGMTY, and I felt compelled to go back and write about how they met.  For anyone who ever loved Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail, you’ll probably dig this story.
Once Upon A Coffee

After a long series of stinkers,…

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On Being Opinionated

I had no idea when I set up my ranty post about writer entitlement on Wednesday that it was going to go kind of viral.  I mean, dude, I GOT RTed by JIM BUTCHER!  (Thanks to Suzan Butler for letting me know that because…AWESOME).

Jim Butcher (@longshotauthor) July 17, 2014

The post has had almost 6k views as of this morning, and the only post I’ve ever written…

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Three Awesome Things

Somebody has utilized 3D printing technology to make ARMOR for Barbie!  If this had existed when I was a kid, I might’ve used my Barbie for something other than target practice for my G.I. Joes.

And to continue the recent theme of companies putting out commercials to challenge various female stereotypes, Pantene is taking on the Apology Culture.


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