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My weekend in DC was amazing.  I always enjoy connecting with the Washington Romance Writers.  Now is the big push for the luncheon.  Tomorrow we move all the boxes to the hotel and tomorrow night is the South Milwaukee Library event at 6:30 p.m. with Nancy Naigle and Kelsey Browning.  They have lots of free stuff to … [Read More...]


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Hope you had a chance to check out yesterday's hot topic blog.  One hundred comments, so people had a lot to say.  Go ahead and add your two cents worth.  It's over 60 degrees here, so I'm ready to open some windows while I open some new … [Read More...]


Authors, Please Stop Complaining

First, let me make it clear that I am a huge supporter of authors and I am a reader. My issue is with the select few (considering the large pool of authors) that constantly whine, complain and, in my opinion, browbeat and belittle readers.  I'm sure it's not their intention, well, maybe it is to some. . My … [Read More...]


Hot New Releases

I recently found out about a new book club in my neighborhood, so I'm going to check it out this morning.  I'm excited but nervous.  Excited to meet new readers, but nervous because they may pick books that I don't care for.  But, it's always good to try new things and meeting new readers can be just as exciting as … [Read More...]


Hot New Tuesday Releases

I can't believe it, but it actually looks like spring is on it's way.  I know this because it is 60 degrees one day and 36 degrees the next.  But the good news is that I won't be reading in a stuffy house much longer.  Soon I'll be able to open windows and doors and maybe even sit outside while I'm off on my book … [Read More...]


Amanda and Heidi’s Reads

What's better than reading a good book?  Knowing your child is reading for fun too.  Here's mother and daughter readers Heidi and Amanda's reads this week. . Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith Read by Amanda, 13 Emma Cohen has dreamed of becoming a journalist. While at NYU,  Emma  receives an … [Read More...]


Yes, There’s Research in Historical Romance

While I enjoying reading all kinds of books, I have a special place in my heart for historicals.  I think maybe I lived during the Regency period in a former life (I was aristocracy, of course).  So, when three terrific authors contacted me, I thought it would be fun to hear about something that ties them all … [Read More...]


My Read of the Week – The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown

Here's the second book I picked from the list of recommendations from readers and I can tell you it was a gem.  Thanks to The Book Matchmaker, who loves to match books with readers. . The Housewife Assassin's Handbook by Josie Brown.  Donna Stone has found love and happiness with Carl.  A hardworking businessman, … [Read More...]


Read of the Week – Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne

Earlier in the week I lamented the fact that I had read 5 books in a row that were sub par.  If I were a star giving person (which I'm not), they probably would have each gotten one star.  Thanks to posting my disappointments on Facebook and Twitter, I was bombarded by some pretty terrific recommendations.  I've … [Read More...]


Hot New Tuesday Releases

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  I can't believe I don't own anything green. Writing yesterday's blog was very emotional for me.  It's something I deeply believe in.  Here's hoping these new releases are as wonderful as they can possibly be, so many readers can come out as … [Read More...]

Where have all the good books gone?

Where Have All the Good Books Gone?

I put this questions out to Facebook and Twitter last week after I was sorely disappointed in the last 5 books I tried to read.  All the books were different genres, by different authors, some bestsellers and some new to me, but they all had one thing in common...I couldn't finish them .  (Ok, I did finish one, but I … [Read More...]


Samantha’s Read of the Week – Bad Romeo by Leisa Reyven

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven Read by Samantha For campus good-girl Cassie Taylor it took only moments to realize that her broody audition partner, Ethan Holt, was going to inspire more from her than a notable performance as Juliet. For Ethan, Cassie was everything he told himself he didn’t deserve in light of … [Read More...]


Hot New Tuesday Releases

Just a couple of new releases to report this week.  On the bright side, spring is absolutely right around the corner (still not happy about losing an hour sleep Saturday).  Here in Wisconsin we are supposed to hit the 50s this week.  You know what that means, shorts, tank tops and flip flops.  Get out the … [Read More...]


Winner of Brenda Novak For the Cure Contest

Thanks to everyone who entered Brenda Novak's contest last week for Diabetes  Research.  The winner, picked by Brenda, is Dana.  Dana, please email me your pick of the boxed set of books you want or the Brenda Novak Cookbook (send email to  I will send you a gift card for the purchase of the … [Read More...]


Harlequin Blaze Blitz

  Harlequin has put out the call for submissions for their Blaze line.  To help all you aspiring authors out there, today we have a guest blogger,  Dana Hopkins, assistant editor with Blaze and American Romance.  No more excuses. So you’ve written a romance novel! What happens now? As a Harlequin editor, a … [Read More...]


Brenda Novak’s New Adventure for the Cure

For many years, author Brenda Novakhas sponsored an online auction every May with proceeds going to the Diabetes Research Institute.  In 10 years, she has raised over $2.4 million dollars.  Brenda's fund raising will be a little different this year and all readers can become involved.  It's so easy and just a matter of … [Read More...]