Print, Audio, and Foreign – Oh My!

Ever have a truly epic moment that deserves to play in slow motion, with the Chariots of Fire soundtrack in the background? Well, I just had three — count ’em — THREE. I’m hoping you’ll pop the proverbial cork with me and celebrate some good news. First, all of my books came out in print, I just had […]

Victorian Fashion Sketches

Oh, how I love the research stage of writing a historical novel! I’m busy working on Rougemont #3, but I’m ready to take a little break, and I thought you might enjoy seeing the best of late-Victorian fashion in all its excessive, opulent glory.* The unwieldy bell-shaped skirts of the 1840-60s gave way to a […]

Check out WINGSPAN by Samantha Combs

I’m pleased to present award-winning YA paranormal author Samantha Combs and her thrilling new book, WINGSPAN. I can’t stop looking at this stunning cover. Check it out! ABOUT WINGSPAN Chessa Dawning never thought she’d be the kind of girl who’d be on the run. Yet, here she was, having left the only home she’s ever […]

Diet Peach Smoothie Recipe

I’m hooked on this sugar-free, fat-free, appetite-control peach smoothie! I’ve had 2 a day the past few weeks, and it’s helped me recover from my unfortunate holiday food binge. (Hanging my head in shame and kicking the truffle wrappers under the couch.) Thought I’d share this super quick and easy smoothie recipe for my fellow […]

Real Life Romantic Heroes

I adore alpha males in fiction. The take-no-prisoners, my-way-or-the-highway, dragon-slayer types. I even cheer when they mess up and land themselves in trouble with the heroines, because it’s true to life, and I like seeing how couples work through conflict. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and all that. With apologies to Shakespeare, I’d like to […]

The Evolution of New Year’s Resolutions

January: I’m going to lose 30 pounds, get a master’s in anthropology, volunteer as a candy striper every Wednesday and at the library every Thursday. Call Grandma every Friday, vacuum the stairs and dust the picture frames every week. Teach yoga. First learn how to do yoga. Finish workout before watching TV. Quit yelling at the […]

Victorian Inventors

I don’t see what all the fuss is about — the upset readers who want to know what on earth I’m doing, with my Victorian characters sending telegraphs and fastening zippers. Considering DaVinci invented a machine gun, diving suit, and helicopter before Shakespeare wore diapers, you might not be impressed to hear vacuum cleaners were […]

Guest Blog on “Faking It” + Jewelry Giveaway

I dreamed of being a doctor when I grew up. And an F-16 pilot, and a ballroom dancer, an architect, a rancher, and an auto mechanic. Not to mention my awkward phase in the 90s when I thought I was cut out to be a CIA field agent. Turns out I’m a soccer mom. Yet somehow […]

I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

To celebrate the re-release of The King of Threadneedle Street, I’m updating and reposting this article on art and drawing, which I originally ran in April 2013. Thanks for reading! I loved doing research for Book #2 in the Rougemont series, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century […]

Patricia Kiyono’s Christmas Book + Gift Card Giveaway!

I’m delighted to introduce bestselling author and fellow esKape Press author Patricia Kiyono, here to talk about her new book, Christmas Wishes. I can’t wait to read it! Here she is: I think most of us can look back at our childhood and name a time when we had a big dream for what we […]