SWEET SALVATION Edited and Revised Edition Coming Soon!

I just realized I forgot to share my joyous news with everyone! The rights to my first two published novels have been returned to me!!! 🙌 I’ve spent the entire last month+ revising SWEET SALVATION. ✍️ I can’t believe how much my writing sucked all those years ago. 😳😬😂 I hope y’all love the new and improved version as much as I do! It should be ready to self-publish with a gorgeous new cover in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned! 🤗

For the Love of History (and other interesting tidbits)

Best of History Websites

Whenever I’m in research mode I use a variety of sources. If I can’t find exactly what I need in the history books on my shelves, I turn to the Internet. Sometimes specific searches yield zero hits because the historical documents haven’t been transcribed and uploaded. Today, I simply typed “history” into the google search field  and this site came up. I’ve hit the mother lode! Continue reading

Sweet Salvation

Tears she’d held back fell freely as she dropped to her knees in the surf, scooping sand and saltwater to scrub the blood from her hands.

“SWEET SALVATION is a fabulous Georgian historical romance that will leave readers begging for more!” ~ Virginia Henley, New York Times Bestselling Author

LADY DESIREE FRAZIER finds herself the object of a scandalous auction.  Belittled for her stuttering speech, no man wants her to wife. Anger and disgust stiffen Desiree’s resolve to gain control of her life.
LORD ALEXANDER EVERDON, is in London to rescue his wayward brother. What he doesn’t expect to stumble upon is the noble Lady Desiree surrounded by lascivious lechers.
BOUND TOGETHER in a wild bid to free Alex’s brother from a date with the gallows.  Desiree must save Alex’s life and expose a murder plot before she can revel in his Sweet Salvation.
Reader praise for Sweet Salvation:
“This romance swept me off my feet. Great hero and heroine and charming supporting characters. I loved watching this heroine find her strength.” ~ Smart Girl’s SciFi
“I loved this book, it is a must read. The characters are charming, riveting, full of desire to know more about them. I just couldn’t put the book down. The authors ability to take you back in time is incredible.” ~ San
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When a Book Shouldn’t Pass Muster

Kassia Krozser’s recent blog post on Booksquare titled  A Question of Value struck a deep chord with me.

“The publisher sold readers a book they knew was not very good. Yes, the publisher had to know. Someone on the editorial staff (presumably) read the book. Someone with (presumably) enough discernment to realize the book was crap. Someone who should have had the guts to say to the author that the book didn’t pass muster. You know, instead of foisting bad stuff on readers.”

Having just finished a book I complained about all the way through, I wanted to chuck it in the trash so as not to inflict it upon myself.  Unfortunately, I have no time machine to go back a week.

The historical romance I closed for the last time this morning irritated me the whole way through.  It was by a USA Today bestselling author.  I had never read her work before; sadly, for her and her publisher, I never will again.  This book was so easy to put down it took an entire week to slug my way through it.

You may wonder why I continued reading if I abhorred it so much and I constantly asked myself that very question every time I picked it up.  I guess I kept hoping it would get better.  Alas, it only grew worse.

Here are a few things NOT to do when writing a novel:

* Describe the h/h eyes on every single page–and use it as the only source of color throughout the entire story.

* Repeat the heroine’s reason for her behavior on every single page.

* Make the h/h’s actions and reactions implausible.  A reader can suspend disbelief for only so long.

* Insert a plethora of coincidences in an novel.  There wasn’t a single person in this story who happened upon the h/h and wasn’t coincidentally connected/related to them.

* Use 150 pages of filler to make the book longer.

* Last and most importantly, NEVER throw in an obvious plot device near the end of the story.

Now that I’ve voiced my irritation I can move on to the next novel in my TBR pile.


Hot Read Alert!

What Happens in London, by Julia Quinn is excellent!  I’m half-way through and find it extremely difficult to put down.  If you don’t have a copy, run–don’t walk–to your nearest bookstore and buy it.  It’s well-worth whatever it costs!  If you happen to know me, I’ll lend you my copy. 🙂

(And if you don’t agree that it’s an awesome story, I’m sticking my fingers in my ears so I can’t hear you (or covering my eyes so I can’t read your bad review)!)  😛

Write What You Know

I love writing historical romance; it’s what I know!  I love researching almost as much as writing.  My problem is knowing when to stop researching and get busy putting word to page.  Everything of a historical nature is so fascinating to me it’s hard to cut myself off. 🙂  When I’m reading someone else’s work and they use a word or object that isn’t true to the time, it pulls me out of the story quicker than someone yelling “free chocolate!”

Resources for Historical Romance Writers

Nothing can take a reader out of a story quicker than an item used before its invention.  I can’t begin to tell you the number of times a match was struck in a time when it didn’t exist.  It’s not the job of an agent or editor to vet the historical accuracy of your story.  Many writers aren’t fond of research, but it’s an absolute must for a credible tale. Continue reading

The Good & The Bad of Today’s Historical Romances

Everlasting by Kathleen Woodiwiss

One of my favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss novels ~ Everlasting

I began reading historical romance at the tender age of 13, when they were called “bodice-rippers”–for a very good reason. I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to. I don’t know what my mom was thinking. She, my aunt, my sister, and I traded novels at an alarming rate. We couldn’t get enough. Mom dropped out of our reading circle many years ago, but my sister and aunt still read as voraciously as I do.

Some of the first stories I read Continue reading