Knowing When to Stop

A little while back I mentioned that monsoon season was starting in New Mexico, bringing all that metaphorical and literal goodness to my life. Such a rain of blessings, indeed! Carina Press put Rogue’s Pawn on sale for 99 cents (through July 19, if you haven’t snapped up that deal yet) and it was featured on Book Bub. Amazing results…

When Writing Advice Goes Wrong – Shaken Baby Syndrome

I’m over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe today, talking about how writing advice at the wrong time can give your stories Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Does the Publishing Thing Get Easier?

For those who don’t know, that’s the Lyman Whitaker sculpture I bought with my first advance money last summer. Looks so awesome, particularly at sunrise. And every time I see it, I feel a dual thrill of pleasure – in the beauty of the piece and in my own accomplishment. At the time, I wrestled with whether to spend some…

Why Your Protagonist Should Never Be YOU – and Other Advice

 The cholla have started to bloom and their intense pink is startling against the sere desert landscape. This plant was backlit by the setting sun and I wanted to capture the way it glowed in the light. I got about halfway there, I think. So, I have a story to tell you all today with two take-home messages. Recently at…

Why Writers Shouldn’t Pay Attention to Pet Peeves and Cranky Lists

The last week was so warm, everything is leafing out and the lilacs are budding. Today we’re wrestling with a storm that slid down from Alaska (gee, thanks, Alaska) and we’re to get a hard freeze tonight. Yeah, I’ll be out there this afternoon, making free with the blankets. I feel like lately I’ve been seeing lots of pet peeves…