Archive for April, 2015

Keeping a Journal

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 | The Writing Life | 1 Comment

Lately I have started keeping a journal, more than one actually, and I am having a lot of fun. I find that keeping a notebook in my purse makes me even more likely to jot down notes to myself throughout the day. A day job does not stop my characters from giving me ideas…thank God!

I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron many years ago when I was creatively blocked, and Morning Pages (writing three pages of stream of consciousness every morning) and journaling are a big part of that work. I find that by doing both, I am clearing my mind of old business and new confusions, while making room for more beauty to grow, both in my life and in my art. And it is a joy. If you’re a blocked artist, or just looking for the next novel idea, I highly recommend it.

Photo of the Week

Monday, April 27th, 2015 | Quote of the Week | No Comments

This week’s mantra 🙂 Happy Monday All!

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Friday Reads: The Duke’s Disaster

Friday, April 24th, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

For the last couple of weeks, I have been on a Grace Burrowes kick, and what a fun kick it has been. Whether writing Regency, Victorian, or modern romance, Ms. Burrowes always  delivers a wonderful story and characters I fall in love with. This week’s sample, her latest Regency, THE DUKE’S DISASTER is no exception. I am loving every minute of it.

 

The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes

Book Description:

Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he’s infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea’s mature, sensible and even rather attractive-what could possibly go wrong?

As a lady fallen on hard times, Thea doesn’t expect tender sentiments from His Grace, but she does wish Noah had courted her trust, lest her past turn their hastily arranged marriage into a life of shared regrets. Is His Grace courting a convenient wife, or a beautiful disaster?

Praise for Grace Burrowes:
“Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions [with] consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters.” –Publishers Weekly
“Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes’ writing.” –Booklist
“Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!” –Fresh Fiction

Writing My Regency Fantasy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

One of the main reasons I love writing about my own version of Regency England is that I get to live vicariously through my characters.

They take tea in a duchess’ house every day, often with cream cakes.

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The ladies get to wear beautiful gowns, even if all they do is go out walking, take ices at Gunter’s, or view the lion in the Royal Menagerie.

 

 

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And they get  to visit houses like these…

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It’s really no wonder why I love turning on my computer everyday, and watching the antics of my characters unfold. They are not the only ones having a good time.

Photo of the Week

Monday, April 20th, 2015 | Photo of the Week | No Comments

Regency Garden

The Regency garden at the Thomas Owens House in Savannah…missing that city. I think I need to go for a visit…

Happy Monday All!

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