• Thanks, Charlie!

    So guess what. I have atrial fibrillation. Who knew? Not me. But, Tuesday was an interesting day. Started out very normal with a swim in the morning, then home for a shower and quick cruise through the house picking up and putting away. Then I started baking–cookies and fudge to send to my clients and croissants for my chapter RWA meeting on Saturday. Nothing unusual, except that as I bustled about the kitchen setting rolls to rise, mixing up cookie dough, stirring fudge, I kept having heart palpitations. Now, I’ve had heart palpitations for several years and have always believed they were part of that syndrome whose name must not…

  • Author Spotlight: Elsa Winckler Brings Us Some Valentine Joy

    We have a winner! Latesha B., you are the winner of an e-book copy of Elsa’s story, Kissing Charlie! She will be in touch! Thanks to everyone who stopped by! What’s more fun than Valentine romance? Valentine romance in Tule’s Marietta, Montana written by the amazing Elsa Winckler! So happy to welcome her to the Author Spotlight today. Elsa has been reading love stories for as long as she can remember and when she ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, the Brontë sisters, etc. during her Honors studies, she was hooked for life. Although her three gown-up children rarely acknowledge the fact they have a…

  • Sunday Snippet: The Heartfelt Edition

    Okay, as you know from my post a couple of weeks ago, I’m dealing with heart issues again–seems like when I very first started this blog way back when, I was having stupid heart issues. Yup, I’ve been dealing with this since December 2011. So, I’m back on a 7-day heart monitor (those puppies have changed a lot in 11 years) and on Tuesday, I have an echocardiogram, which will tell the cardiologist why I’m breathless and tired just walking around the block or going up a flight of stairs. I’m really, really hoping he doesn’t tell me it’s because I’m fat and post-menopausal because if that’s his diagnosis, I’m…

  • Author Spotlight: Deborah Blake Has a New Cozy and a Great Giveaway!

    We have a winner! Valri Western, your name was randomly drawn and you won the $25 Amazon gift card from Deborah! Congratulations! Deb will be in touch with you.  It’s always a treat when the author in my spotlight is also a long-time friend. Deborah Blake and I met years ago through a mutual author friend and although we’ve never met in person, we follow each other on social and keep in touch via email. Deborah is the author of the Baba Yaga Series from Berkley (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), as well as the Broken Rider Series, and the Veiled Magic series. The Catskills Pet Rescue books are her first cozy…

  • Author Spotlight: A Chat with Author Elsa Winckler

    Roseann Brooks, you’re Elsa’s winner! She’ll be in touch to send you your e-copy of Kissing Charlie! Enjoy!! Last week, fellow Tule author, Elsa Winckler invited me to her blog for a glass of wine and a chat, and I had so much fun, I thought I’d return the favor today. Elsa has been reading love stories for as long as she can remember and when she “met” the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during her Honors studies, she was hooked for life. She married her college boyfriend and they are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s…

  • Author Spotlight: Kaz Delaney Has a New Release and a Fun Giveaway!

    WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations, Sharon Forrest, you are the winner of Kaz’s giveaway–a $20 Amazon gift card! Kaz will be in touch with you! Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and chatting!! You know what I love? Getting to know my fellow Tule Publishing authors. They are all such great women, full of enthusiasm and talent and kindness. Kaz Delaney was a joy to interview! Award winning YA & children’s author, Kaz Delaney, and her alter ego, have currently sold 73 titles between them over a 28-year career. Her books have won many awards, among them the prestigious Aurealis Award for best paranormal and ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) awards. Her novel ‘Dead, Actually’ (Allen & Unwin) was nominated…

  • Spring Is Springing (cross-posted)

    Spring seems to be springing already and you know, we really haven’t had much of a winter here. (Those are my grape hyacinths that grow under the dining room window–aren’t they pretty? You can also see that the flowerbeds need to be cleaned out . . . yikes!) Oh, we’ve had few days of snow, but no real accumulation, and a few days of serious cold, but no long stretches of temperatures below freezing. That’s unusual but certainly not unheard of here in the middle of the United States. I remember lots of mild winters. But I think this one is feeling weird because it’s been a weird year. Between…

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  • Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday

    We’re here again—yay! Back in the apartment with a very frustrated and turned-on Julie. She’s trying to figure it all out… Sex had reared its frustrating little head again, and I hadn’t been so shocked about anything since the night Charlie dropped dead in my arms. Taking a deep breath, I poured some more wine into my glass and slugged it down. It never occurred to me that I’d desire anyone except my husband. I’d never wanted any man but Charlie, so when he died, I assumed I’d live my life as a widow and one day a grandmother, but never again as someone’s lover. When was the appropriate time…

  • Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday

    It’s that time again! Time for another installment of 8-Sentence Sunday. This week, I’m continuing with the scene from Sex and the Widow Miles. Julie is finding her way in Chicago, making friends, volunteering at a battered women’s shelter, and also spending time with the handsome guy from across the hall, Will Brody. But she is still devoted her dead husband, which is creating quite a stumbling block for Will, who’s falling in love with her.  In this scene, they’re sharing supper and Julie’s amazed to find herself attracted to Will when she believed she’d belong to Charlie forever. Charlie was with me. I felt him near all the time.…

  • Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday

    It’s that time again! Time for another 8-sentence snippet from one of my works in progress. I’ve given you several from Once More From the Top, so I’m switching back to Sex and the Widow Miles this week. Remember Jules and that sexy younger man? It’s been a couple of weeks since their kiss–the one that made Jules all hot and bothered and then cringe with embarrassment–she’s trying very hard to keep Will at arm’s length. He’s equally determined to get back into her good graces, however his technique is very subtle: I’d made it very clear that I couldn’t get involved with him, but he seemed content with simply…