• Sunday Snippet: The Validation Edition

    You know who I envy? Writers who have complete faith in their work and themselves. The ones who write a book and always know immediately that it’s great stuff and is going to sell like hotcakes. Or the ones who may know their work needs help, but believe so strongly in their own stories that they push on, striving to make them better. They never doubt their abilities or spend days wondering what they’re doing trying to write a novel, for Pete’s sake. They don’t wonder if they’re fooling everyone, including themselves, with this whole author thing. Sometimes, I can be that writer. When a scene works perfectly, when I’ve…

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  • Welcome Author Anne McAllister

    It’s another guest author day and I’m so pleased to welcome fellow Tule Publishing author, Anne McAllister to the blog. Anne has written 70-ish romance novels for Tule Publishing and Harlequin Books.  She has won two RITA awards from the Romance Writers of America—for Cowboy Pride and The Stardust Cowboy—and has had nine other books which were RITA finalists. She was named Midwest Fiction Writers “Writer of the Year” and also received Romantic Times’ Career Achievement Award as “Series Author of the Year.” She grew up on the beaches of southern California, but spent childhood summers in Montana and on her grandparents’ small ranch in Colorado. They were formative experiences—not only in providing her…

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  • Sunday Snippet: The I’m Bugged Edition

    I realize that only people over about 60 will get “I’m bugged, but I try to keep this blog rated PG, so I didn’t title it “The I’m Pissed Edition,” which may more accurately describe my current state of mind. I’ve been in a constant state of “bugged” for the past few weeks and I’m not sure I know why. Or maybe I do, but I’m not willing to own it. It’s this, I think, I’m tired of having to do everything online. Literally, everything. My job, my writing, my communication with others, church, school with Grandboy, visiting with sister and Moe and Liz and my other friends–everything is online.…

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  • Welcome Author J.C. Kenney

    I am so excited to introduce y’all to my friend and author, J.C. Kenney! J.C. is the Amazon and Kobo bestselling author of The Allie Cobb Mysteries. His debut, A Literal Mess, was a finalist for a Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association in mystery fiction. His new book, A Deadly Discovery, brings amateur sleuth Allie Cobb back for a new mystery. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two children, and a cat. N: Welcome to the blog, JC. I’m so delighted to have you with us today. So, what inspired you to…

  • Welcome Author Liz Flaherty

    Y’all know that not only is Liz Flaherty one of my very favorite authors, she’s also my writing buddy and my travel buddy and a real bestie. Retired from the post office, Liz spends non-writing time sewing, quilting, and wanting to travel. The author of twenty-some books and her husband Duane share an old farmhouse in North Central Indiana that they talk about leaving. However, that would require clearing baseball trophies from the attic and dusting the pictures of the Magnificent Seven, their grandchildren, so they’ll probably stay where they are. N: Hi, Liz, welcome to the blog! L: Thank you for having me, Nan. This book is such an adventure,…

  • Welcome Author Denise Wheatley

    Today, I’m welcoming fellow Tule Author Denise Wheatley to the blog. Denise is a lover of happily-ever-afters and the art of storytelling. She has written (and ghostwritten) numerous novels and novellas that run the romance gamut, from contemporary to paranormal, sweet to steamy. Denise strives to pen entertaining stories that embody matters of the heart, while creating strong characters who are colorful and relatable. She is an RWA member and received a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the city where she was born and raised. When Denise isn’t sitting behind a computer, you can find her at home reading a great romance novel, on a…

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  • Sunday Snippet–The Canine Version

    If you know me at all, you know I’m not particularly a dog person, in spite of having three–yes, three–granddogs. They are all sweeties, but I’m very glad they live at Son’s house and not mine. (I realize the photo below shows four dogs with Son–it was Thanksgiving and his parents-in-law had brought their two critters over for the holidays, so four in the picture, five altogether that day!) We have four dogs living on our cul-de-sac. Cooper, a large red Irish setter and Bo, a very large snowy retriever, belong to Jan. She takes them with her when she runs errands–apparently they enjoy car rides. Bo loves to run,…

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  • Simple Goals

    I’m over at Word Wranglers today with my first post of the new year. Stop by and let’s talk about goals for 2020. Do you have any?

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  • An Impostor’s Ah-Ha Moment

    Have you ever heard of impostor syndrome? Basically, it’s “the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills.” I suffer from this and I think most authors do. We are all pretty much people who are writing, not for the kudos for finishing a book, but because we have these characters in our heads begging to have their stories told. It has never occurred to me not to write, but I struggled with the idea of trying to get what I wrote published. Would it be good enough? Would people want to read it? Is…

  • The Healing Summer

    Liz Flaherty has scored again! I was fortunate enough to preview this novel. The romance in The Healing Summer starts as a simple summer friendship, but Carol and Steven’s attraction is so clear, I couldn’t imagine they wouldn’t be together forever. Steven is my favorite kind of hero–gentle, kind, and intelligent, while I’d love to be Carol when I grow up. She’s smart and independent and knows what it means to care about other people. The secondary characters in this story give it that special warmth that is uniquely Ms. Flaherty’s voice. You’ll be rooting for Carol and Steven from the moment he rides his bike into her car. Blurb:…

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