Well, it has been a minute hasn’t it?

Last time I checked in we were firmly in spring and now here we are at the tail end of summer. I have not been flaking though – nope I have been working diligently … okay not VERY diligently, but I try.

I did make my May 20 deadline of the first edit of Beguiled (Woohoo) it’s just taken another 2 months of rewriting and editing and more tweeking and editing to get it to the point where it is now – which is one more final pass before I can officially put it to bed and start the formatting process for ebook and print. So I am just about on track for where I should be to make the October 29 release date.

I was also spending time tweeking the cover for the book and making sure it was just the way I wanted. I am also learning how to use Photoshop Elements so I can make even better covers going forward and I am having a BLAST with it. Wait have I revealed the cover here on the blog? Oh Jeez ….


As the summer started to come to an end, I was looking forward to attending a con and celebrating my birthday on the west coast. Unfortunately the convention was cancelled at the last minute – still I made the trip (I had the plane ticket so might as well) and I went to Disneyland. Not only that, but I had planned the trip to coincide with a chance to see Tom Hiddleston star in a broadway production (more on that in an upcoming post) and I was NOT giving that up.

So now I am back home and ready for this final readthrough and I hope no more major changes to the story. As for Bewitched, I haven’t really written much more on it, I am about 4.5 chapters in though and I think it’s a pretty solid beginning. I am loving this world and these characters and I cannot WAIT for you to meet them.

So, I suppose that’s all I have for now. Keep a lookout for my recap on Operation Hiddleston (as we call it) and for information on preordering Beguiled if you like.

Until Next Time,

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Doing a little check-in

So much has happened in the last couple of weeks. New royal baby … new Avengers movie … I’ve started my next book …

So let’s discuss … first Baby Sussex how cute is he? I love babies, royal or otherwise and it just manages to tickle the fairy tale lover in me. It’s like living a Hallmark Romance movie and we all know how much I love those LOL.

Avengers: Endgame … OMG, what a way to end this amazing run of movies – not going to spoil anything but I will say it was fantastic and well done by everyone involved. I’m very much looking forward to the future of Marvel – no Superhero fatigue here.

And now on to the important stuff – I’ve begun to edit Beguiled – though I’m not nearly as far into it as I should be and that’s my fault (I’ve fallen down a Reign rabbit hole and can’t seem to stop watching it LOL). I am giving myself until May 20 to finish editing – let’s see how that goes. Once I’m done with the first pass through it goes to beta readers and then I’ll tweak it again before looking for an editor to do a run through. All in all, it should be ready for pre-order in September when I go to the Romance Retreat in California 🙂

Then on top of the editing thing, I’ve actually begun writing Bewitched , the follow up to Beguiled and not only have I begun it, but I am actually just under 10K words – not bad for about a week’s worth of work when you consider I work a fulltime job and am trying to spend free time editing. Once Beguiled is with the betas I can jump in more with Bewitched. Bewitched has been a story percolating in my head for a few years so I’m really excited about actually getting to write it 🙂

Until Next Time,

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Here we go again

So in my quest to become a more prolific writer I’ve decided to try to write one/edit one so while I edit Beguiled, I have also decided to give in to the nagging muse that was telling me to hurry up and write the next book in the series.

I usually don’t start on a new book until the last one is set and ready to go – which might explain why I’m so slow. Then it usually takes me a month to research and write out a rudimentary plot for it – which really means nothing as I usually divert from the initial plot anyway. However this time I’ve only done a bit of research for the book – it’s not too bad since this book is in the same universe as Beguiled so a lot of the town details and such I already have written in my story bible.

This also means that I will be researching as I go and when I say research I don’t mean diving deep into details … wait yes I do, but it also includes finding names for the shops three of the characters own (especially since they’re next in the order of things), finding out what kinds of chemistry experiments a high school student could do for a final project, researching house layouts and sometimes really mundane things like what kind of motorcyle my hero drives – even if I never mention more than the make, I need to know the model and the color LOL. What i hope this does is make it more real for me so I can make it more real for you.

I am also trying to keep a journal, maybe if I can see where in the process I tend to get derailed, I can head it off in the next one.

I guess that’s it for now, keep an eye on this space to see at what point I crack …

Until Next Time,

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Spring Updates

I know it’s been a bit – but I have been more active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so you can follow me there.

Let’s see what’s been going on – well The Second Time Around with the new cover is available in all formats and at all online retailers, but that’s old news. New news is good news. I finally finished the first draft of Beguiled *woohoo* I gave myself a deadline of March 31 and began to write the end of the last chapter on Saturday the 30th at about 10 PM and finishing at about 2:30 AM.

Now comes the fun stuff – rewrites and editing. I feel I’m in a good place though and I hope to have the 2nd draft done by the end of April, 1st week of May so it can go out to beta readers for feedback. I’m hoping to get it to an editor shortly after that.

Oh! There’s also a new logo for this series … What do you think?

It won’t be on the cover of Beguiled – that is reserved for the Common Elements logo – but it will be inside the book. I tried putting it on the cover, but it just made it look a little busy – umm yes, the cover for the book is done I’m just not revealing it for another couple of months LOL.

Meanwhile I am starting to plot out various points for the next book. Originally, I was going to ping pong between this series and a new historical series I have an idea for, but the muse is pushing for the next book in the Boudoirs and Broomsticks saga and I must strike while the iron is hot. There are 3 more planned books for this series bringing it to 4 books and one novella (which you can read now in the Time Out of Darkness Anthology).

I’m also going to journal the process of this next book. I saw someone on Facebook kept a sort of writing journal of her process and I thought maybe if I did that I can work out problems as they come along. I won’t do it on the blog because sometimes it’s a line of this is my word count or these are my ideas, but I may summarize once a week or so. Something to keep me blogging more often as I am TERRIBLE at it.

Lastly, in the midst of all this writing, rewriting, editing, and plotting I am ALSO going to redo my home office/writing cave. I have paint and just need to pack everything up and do it ack! I’ll take pics of the before and after 🙂

I think that’s it for now – wish me luck and I will try to blog again as I begin Bewitched in the next few weeks.

Until Next Time,

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New Cover … Same Steamy Interior

So I’ve recently updated the cover to my novel Second Time Around.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Ebook Cover
Print Version

I want to thank both the photographer – Rose Germano AND the handsome guy on the cover – Chris Winters, for allowing me to use this to update the book.

I hope you all like it 🙂

And if you own this book, but prefer this cover, drop me a line and let me know I’ll be happy to send this to you FREE of charge.

Until Next Time,

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!!! May 2019 bring you everything your heart desires and then some!

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Feliz Navidad

Well it’s the Friday before Christmas and I didn’t plan for these posts to take me right through to the weekend, but it is a happy coincidence isn’t it?

It is the finale of my favorite movies of 2018 (so far – if I see something that sticks out at me between now and January 1, maybe I will make an update post). We have 4 movies and one is only on the list because I am intrigued to see it – I haven’t yet – although since I am actually writing this on Monday and it’s scheduled to air Thursday maybe I have seen it … it’s weird being a time traveler.

There’s only one film in this list that has a discernible genre – and I supposed I’ll start with that one. The others are your basic Hallmark Christmas movie love stories that are based on books.

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And a partridge in a pear …

Hello to day 3!

Today’s featured tropes are friends to lovers (Childhood friends of course) and comedy.

Friends to lovers is a genre I adore – I love it in my romance novels I love it in movies (Thirteen going on Thirty is one I can watch over and over again in this genre).

Comedies are a little weird when it comes to Christmas movies, mostly because they are not subtle, not at all, not even a little bit. However, there is one that I don’t mind in its silliness because it seems to embrace it.

Are you ready? Okay so let’s start with that one …

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Ho, Ho, Hoooooo

Well here we are at day 2 of my Christmas movie obsessions post. Today we are going to talk royal romance. And why not? We did after all have a royal wedding this year. I’ll also talk about movies based on fairy tales.

One of the more popular movies I’ve heard mention is on Netflix, it’s called A Christmas Prince and it has a sequel called A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (Umm spoiler alert). I can’t add these to my list because I haven’t watched them … yet. BTW, Netflix has a LOT of Christmas movies to watch – a couple of which are on my list too.

So how to describe royal Christmas romances – well it’s pretty self-explanatory – there’s usually a royal (duh) and in my case, it’s usually a prince of some sort – although I did see one with a princess. Let me tell you there are a LOT of single princes out there … who knew?

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Fa La La La Laaaaaaa

Has it really been 3 months since my last post? Really?

Well, sorry about that and this after I promised I would be a better blogger – I suppose that’s something I can strive for as the new year comes upon us. I will say that the past few months have been a little busy – I am chugging along on ENCHANTMENT though not as much as I’d like. I went to Comic Con in New York which was amazing as always.

But today I am not going to speak of celebrity sightings and meets. No, today I am going to speak about something near and dear to my heart …

Christmas Movies!

It’s sort of a running joke – anyone who knows me, knows that my TV is set pretty much to the Hallmark Channel from Nov 1 to Jan 1 as they start their Christmas movie marathon. It is roughly 24 hours a day of Christmas movies 7 days a week and I eat it up – I know what you’re thinking isn’t it the same movies all the time, yes it is, for the most part anyway. Each year the channel sets up premiers so I get new content too. And it’s not just Hallmark, Lifetime also has movies as do several other channels. However, for the purposes of this post I can only talk about Hallmark, Lifetime and Ion TV – as I don’t have access to channels like Up or Hallmark Movies and Mysteries (Drat).

Now mind you, dear reader, that I do know that it is only mid-December so there is still a couple of weeks of premiers to be seen, but I think this is a safe bet for now to feature some of my all-time favorites and some of my new favorites that will more than likely go into my must-see. circulation.

This has the potential to be a verrrrrrry long post, so more than likely it will be split up over a few days.

To start we need to talk about how all Christmas movies are not the same, no matter what anyone thinks. Sure at the heart of it all is some kind of feel-good story, my favorites fall into the romance category (duh).  However, just like the films at the local movie theater, these movies although they fall into romance, have a sub-category. There are comedies, dramas, movies based on books (A Christmas Carol and Pride and Prejudice seem to be very popular) and even paranormals.

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