Archive for January, 2012


Cool News

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I have some cool news to share…

January 30, 2012

DANGEROUS ALTERATIONS was the “Fresh Pick of the Day” at yesterday!  This honor is chosen by readers (which makes it extra special) who touted the book as the “perfect cozy read.”  Doesn’t get much better than that, huh?



Giving it a Shot

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When I last checked in with you, I was getting ready to go off on a Girl Scout winter camp weekend. While this particular camp weekend was far different that ones I’ve experienced with Dear Daughter # 1 during my eight years as a leader with her troop, this experience certainly had its highlights.

The camp itself is truly a YMCA camp so the activities they offered were great (and the folks running them were outstanding). This is also the part where I tell you I’ve never been the mom to sit on the sidelines and watch. Not in Chuck E. Cheese when the girls were little, not at scout activities, etc. And this trip was no exception.

The girls went snow tubing at on Friday night, I went snow tubing (squealing all the way, I tell you). The girls tried archery, I tried archery, too. The girls went wall climbing, so did I.

My favorites? Archery was awesome. I’ve never used a bow like that before and I had a blast (I might actually be addicted now). Sure, I missed the target on occasion, but, for the most part, I hit it probably 90 percent of the time with one of those shots hitting bullseye dead center! Wow. That is something I will definately do again one day!

The snow tubing was super fun. Although, truth be told, it was more than a little unnerving the first run when you get pushed down this giant hill and you can’t see a thing. You don’t know how long the hill is, what’s in your path, etc.  But the second I reached the bottom, I was climbing back up the hill to do it all over again. Fun!!

The wall climbing was fun, too. Though, that was one activity where I was able to see some M.S. related weakness on my side. So my goal is now to strengthen that side of my body in whatever way I can and get back on a wall in six months. And I will do it.

So tell me, what’s an activity you’d never done before yet, once you tried, you were kinda hooked?



Away We Go

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Well, the latest book (a romance) is done and turned in to my editor.  Now it’s a matter of waiting to see what she thinks and then making any tweaks she may want. But I’m pleased with it. Very pleased.

Now, as much as I’m craving a weekend indoors (reading) to shake off this post-deadline exhaustion, I am off on a weekend with dozens and dozens of middle school aged girls. Destination? Some winter camp. Reason? Girl Scouts.

Looking out my window right now, it’s raining. Not quite sure what the rest of the weekend will hold, but if I can ride down a hill on a sled and sip a little hot chocolate, I’ll be good. 😉

So tell me, were you in scouts as a kid?  What was your favorite overnight outing and why?

Me? I was a scout myself for eight years, a head leader for eight years, and an assistant for another troop at the same time I was heading one for four years.


 P.S. You may have noticed it took me a little longer to come back this week than I stated on Monday. As for the reason, you can read about that over on the Stiletto Gang today…  (click HERE)


No Time For Air

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 I’m in the final push of a deadline so I’ll be absent today, tomorrow and Wednesday. In the meantime, if you feel like saying hi in the comment section, that’s awesome! All cheerleading is both welcome and appreciated at this point.

And for those of you who follow my blog regularly…yes, I have a bag of Brach’s candy corn on standby.



B-B-Bits & P-P-Pieces

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It’s cold out. Really, really cold out. Which makes it hard to think of anything besides cold-weather things. So here we go…

1) Blanket or robe?

2) What do you reach for when you want to add something to your hot chocolate?

3) Ski or sled? Bonus points if you  have a funny story to share about either.

4) Name a song that instantly makes you think of warmth.



Behind The Scenes: A Look At Titles

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It’s the moment of truth for me with my latest wip (work in progress).  Which, literally translated, means: it’s Title Ttime.

While the content of a book is important, there’s no denying the part good cover art and a catchy title play, either. For the most part (with the exception of my first three small press books), my covers have been incredible. My cover artist for the Southern Sewing Circle–and my upcoming Amish series–books is, in my opinion, one of the best in the cozy industry. And my romance covers have been good, too.

As far as titles go, I’ve suggested almost all of them…

Did you know that I pitched book # 1 in the Sewing Circle series as PINNED FOR MURDER?  My publisher, however, felt SEW DEADLY was a better kick-off title. As you know, though, I was allowed to use my originally suggested title for book # 3.

Book # 6, which will be released on April 3rd, was pitched as Fatal Pattern. My publisher felt that title was too flat and opted to go with REAP WHAT YOU SEW, instead.

The first book in my upcoming Amish series was pitched as, Shunned to Death, and changed to HEARSE AND BUGGY.

But, considering I have eight published mysteries and another eight on the way, I’m doing pretty good in the title department. Mystery-speaking, of course.

On the romance side, I’m not doing so well with finding titles that stick.  My first romance was pitched as Letter of Love but was changed to KAYLA’S DADDY.  My third romance was pitched as Wishing Ball and changed to MIRACLE BABY. And now the time has come to pitch the name for my fourth romance (due out in October) and I’m sure you can see why I’m rather, um, nervous. The ideas are swirling and I’m beginning to sweat. Not because a title won’t be found, –but because I don’t want one picked for me (I can actually hear my friend, Lynn C., laughing in my head right now). 

So today, in addition to writing, I’ll be jotting down title ideas for my latest romance and hoping one of them will be the one.





Making Quick Work of the TBR Pile

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I’ve discovered a curious thing about my new e-reader…

I’m reading more.

Anyone else notice the same thing?




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I spent entirely too much time reading this weekend for which I feel very little guilt. 🙂 However, because of said reading, I’ll now be doing a ton (and I mean a ton) of writing this week thanks to a looming deadline for my fourth romance (due out with Harlequin American in October).

But before I do that, I thought I’d let you all in on a little secret or two or three…

First, blankets with a pocket for your feet are amazing. Amazing, I tell you!

Second, Regina Patrick is the winner of my birthday contest!!! Yay!! As stated on my “latest news” page, Regina has won a mini battery-operated sewing machine, a signed copy of whichever currently available book in my Southern Sewing Circle series she so chooses, a bag of candy corn (my favorite deadline food), and possibly another little surprise to round it all out. So, Regina, email me which book in the series you’d like to have signed, and I’ll get that all out to you asap!

And third, I’ve decided to pull a second name for a signed copy of a book!! That person is Sandy W. Sandy, I’ll be contacting you to find out which book (from the Southern Sewing Circle series) you’d like me to send you!

Congratulations, Regina (and Sandy W, too)!


**Lynn D., if you’re reading this–I ADORE this blanket!!! Thank you, once again!


Mirror, Mirror

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Today’s Bits & Pieces came to me while looking at an image of that face that appears whenever Snow White’s Wicked Queen looks in the mirror…

1) When you look in the mirror, what’s something you like?

2) What’s something you’d change (either physical or otherwise)?

3) Everyone has an age where they felt their best, what’s yours and why?

4) Describe yourself in a sentence.



Words that Inspire

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If you dream it, you can do it.

                                             ~Walt Disney

Tell me, what’s one of your favorite quotes?