• Focused on Writing

    I’m in a weird place with this new work-in-progress. I like the story, I like the characters, but somehow I’m having a problem getting them to move along. I have more notes about this story, this new series, than I did starting out the Four Irish Brothers Winery series, mostly because I’m coming off those stories with this series, so character lists, place descriptions, etc. are already created, I’m just adding to them. But I also have more word notes, more conversation notes, more scene notes than any book I’ve ever written. It’s almost as if I’m writing the book in my notes, but when I get to the computer,…

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  • Who Would Visit?

    I’m seriously considering putting up a new page on this website–a blog featuring my fictional town of River’s Edge, Indiana. A place where readers, writers, and small town aficionados can come and share ideas and pictures and stories relating to small town life. Do you live in a small town? Were you raised in a small town? Do you wish you lived in a small town? Want to share your experiences? I would be able to share more about River’s Edge, the townsfolk, and the history. Who would like to know Mac Mackenzie’s journey? How about what life was like when Donal and Maggie Flaherty immigrated from Ireland? Maybe some…

  • Welcome Author Nicole Flockton

    I’m so pleased to have been able to sit down for a chat with fellow Tule Publishing author, Nicole Flockton. Her new novel, Falling for the Texan released August 4 and I can’t wait to read it! USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances that sparkle. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love. Apart from writing Nicole is busy spreading glitter all over social media, looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading. N: Nicole, Welcome to the blog!…

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  • Welcome, Author Ann B. Harrison

    I love having guests here on the blog! Best-selling author, Ann B Harrison has the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run wild, the lush wine growing region of the Hunter Valley in Australia. She alternates her time between writing small town and western stories and has a passion for second chance romances. She’s often caught staring out the window of her office where her red Ragdoll cat Benson owns the keyboard and demands much of her attention. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her cooking (she’s fallen in love with her new Thermomix and doesn’t need much encouragement to try new recipes) or walking her dog, Chilli. She often…

  • Writer or Author

    When people ask me what I do, my answer sometimes depends on how and why they ask the question. If it’s a random, we-just-met-at-an-event kind of query, I choose my answer based on how involved I want to get in the conversation. I know how bitchy that sounds, but sometimes, you just don’t want to have a long conversation with someone you know for certain is going to immediately chortle when you tell them you’re a romance writer. So those folks get “I’m a freelance copy editor.” Then the conversation can steer toward “Oh, I bet that’s interesting,” rather than a smirking “Really? Like 50 Shades? Heh, heh.” Yeesh… Sometimes…

  • PRISM Book Tour for A Small Town Christmas

    Thank you very much for coming along on my Prism Book Tour for A Small Town Christmas—the first book in my new Four Irish Brothers Winery series for Tule Publishing. I’m so excited about this book and about this series—Conor, Sean, Brendan, and Aidan Flaherty have been in my head for quite some time, banging around, insisting that their stories be told. A Small Town Christmas is Conor’s story. He’s the winemaker at Four Irish Brothers, the Flaherty’s historic family winery in the little town of River’s Edge; he’s also a widower and the father of four-year-old Ali, who steals every scene she’s in. Sam Hayes, the attorney who comes down from…

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  • An Old Dog…

    Okay, so not an old dog, more like an old lady can learn new tricks. Working with Tule Publishing has taught me so much about writing, but also about how important book promotion is. Here’s the thing, I’m not good at self-promotion. As a matter of fact, I suck at it. I don’t like drawing attention to myself, although isn’t that what writing is really? Except in my books, it’s not me that’s getting attention–it’s the people in my head. But after their story is told, somebody’s got to let the world know it’s there, and that’s the promotion part that I’m simply dreadful at. (I know, my freshman comp…

  • Inspiration

    So often I am asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” It doesn’t seem like a hard question, but the answer can be complicated. Every story setting or plot comes from a different place, but most often it’s simply that the people in my head start talking and I have to create a story for them so they’ll shut up and leave me and my dreams alone. The inspiration for the new series I’m writing for Tule Publishing was this guy. Karl Wente of Wente Vineyards in California and I’ve never met him personally, but I’ve been to his winery and tasted his delicious wines and this particular picture set…

  • Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Jeana Mann

    Today I’m featuring award-winning Indiana Romance Author Jeana Mann. Doesn’t that fabulous smile just make you want to invite her out for a night of wine, food, and fun? Jeana was born and raised in Indiana where she lives today with her two crazy rat terriers Mildred and Mabel. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Speech and Hearing, something totally unrelated to writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up steamy romance novels, she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. Over the years she climbed the ruins of Chichen Iza in Mexico, snorkeled along the shores of Hawaii, sailed around Jamaica, ate gelato on the steps of the…

  • Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Kyra Jacobs

    Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors continues with Kyra Jacobs. Kyra is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor, and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporaries to urban suspense, and paranormal/fantasy to YA. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both humor and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after. When the Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.Be sure to stop by her IndianaWonderer…