Archive for October, 2014

Friday Reads: Victorian Vane’s SLOW HAND

Friday, October 31st, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an early copy of Victoria Vane’s first cowboy romance, SLOW HAND, and I loved it! And it is coming out on Tuesday of next week. So for the next few days, I’ll be featuring my new favorite cowboy author here on my site…today, indulge yourself in what HEA USA Today considers on of the top Book Trailers of the Year. I tend to agree with them…


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Quote of the Week

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 | Quote of the Week | No Comments


Friday Reads: Gothic Fun With SEA OF SECRETS

Friday, October 24th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

When I met Amanda DeWees at this year’s Moonlight and Magnolias in Atlanta, I was charmed. The more we chatted,  I saw that we had a lot in common, namely a love for storytelling and a deep love of Shakespeare. When I read the back of her novel SEA OF SECRETS, I knew I had to have it. Then, when she told me it was a loose re-telling of Hamlet set in Gothic, Victorian England, I pulled out my money.

I opened the novel once I was home, settled in bed with a cup of tea…and I could not put it down. I was immediately drawn in, and even though I know the story of Hamlet like the back of my hand, I was transported into the Victorian world of Oriel and Herron, wondering if this time, Ophelia and Hamlet might make it after all.

I won’t spoil it for you…download it and see for yourself…


Sea of Secrets

Amanda Dewees Website

SEA OF SECRETS: WINNER of the 2012 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Award in mystery!

FINALIST in the 2013 Maggie Awards historical category!
Can I save him from the darkness in his soul–or will it destroy us both? My name is Oriel Pembroke–or was, until my father disowned me. Although he had always despised me, it was not until my beloved brother was killed in the Crimean War that Father cast me out. I had nowhere to turn until I met the former Duchess of Ellsworth, a relative whose existence I had never guessed, who recently scandalized society by remarrying soon after her first husband’s death. At her opulent seaside estate, Ellsmere, I think at first that I may have found a safe haven–but the handsome, fascinating young duke, Herron, believes otherwise. Haunted by the death of his father, he insists that Ellsmere is sheltering a murderer.

I cannot help but fall in love with the duke, but increasingly I fear that his grief and suspicion may be turning to madness. When dangerous accidents start to befall both of us, however, I realize that someone may be trying to stop us from discovering the truth about the past. And when someone from my past comes back into my life, I learn that he may hold the answer to the most horrifying secret of all…

Follow Oriel’s captivating story as it unfolds in Sea of Secrets and see for yourself why this Victorian romantic suspense novel by Amanda DeWees has been so enthusiastically applauded by fans of traditional gothic romance and clean romance alike. Intelligent and courageous, with a dry sense of humor, Oriel is a heroine wise beyond her years yet inexperienced in the ways of the world. You won’t want to miss her thrilling journey through the perils of her new life–and the deadly secrets from the past.

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Balance and Listening for the Muse

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 | The Writing Life | 4 Comments


Moon Over the Ridge


I know that a lot of you out there are writers, too, so you know what I’m talking about when I say that balance is an elusive thing. As much as I adore my work, listening for new heroes and heroines, writing the stories I’m given, and making them exciting and truthful for my readers takes a lot of focus. Between the joy of writing and the day job, often little time is left for silence, and even though silence is where the stories come from in the first place.

Of course, I’ve been known to get a visit from the Muse even at the day job. I’ve learned to keep a notebook in my purse, with pen attached, just in case a bit of story comes to me, or a character reveals a plot point that, until that moment, had been a mystery to me.

Sometimes the Muse will show up when I’m in the shower, or washing dishes. I try to keep a pad and pen near the sink and the bathtub, though obviously this makes for problems of its own…waterlogged notepads and running ink. But still, if I make the effort to get the new idea down, the Muse will usually repeat herself later, even if I drop the newly minted idea in the tub.

Often, I’ll get an idea while driving to work. I have a forty-five minute commute, which as I drive through the beauty of the NC mountains, is soothing and relaxing. Being soothed can lead to an open mind, which can lead to completely new story ideas. Always a blessing.

Of course, no matter how many new and shiny ideas show up for the future, I have to finish the novel I am working on now. So there is another point of balance: Keeping the new ideas recorded and almost ready to go while finishing and polishing up the ones that I have already committed to. This point of balance is no burden, but I do try my best to keep the lines of communication open with the Muse of New Ideas, even as I work with the Muse of Fleshed Out Novels. These Muses are really one and the same, so she is gentle with me. Please keep those stories coming…

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Monday Quote of the Week

Monday, October 20th, 2014 | Quote of the Week | No Comments


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