Category Archives: The Writer’s life

Nerve-racking Times, These (Plus excerpt of new book)

The eve of any book release is nerve-racking. The main goal, first and foremost, is to have a book that people enjoy reading. That is my heart’s deepest desire. The second realistic goal, on the other hand, is to also … Continue reading

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Like ‘Em or Leave ‘Em

Lately lots of fun stuff has been happening in my little writer’s world. One of the things that has me nervous is a workshop I’ll be doing for my home writer’s chapter of RWA this coming Sunday. My title is … Continue reading

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TOP PICK! YEAH, BABY!

I’ve reached a milestone in my writing career.  Yippee! HER PERFECT PROPOSAL, has received a 4 1/2 star TOP PICK review from Romantic Times Magazine for March: “Humor takes precedence in Marshall’s romantic mystery.  Her aw-shucks dialogue and quotable catchphrases … Continue reading

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Part Two – The Book That Almost Killed Me – didn’t

In early December I’d finally wrestled a difficult story onto the page and submitted to my editor.  I waited nervously to find out how extreme the revision letter would be.       One week before Christmas I received the … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2015

Let me be the first to wish you and yours a Happy New Year 2015! It is always bittersweet to say goodbye to another year, but the beauty of celebrating the New Year is that it gives us hope for … Continue reading

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The Book That Almost Killed Me – #20

In fifteen years I’ve actually written 26 books counting twenty for Harlequin since 2005, three for the Wild Rose Press of which two are now indie published, and three manuscripts are still safely tucked away in my closet. I promise … Continue reading

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May Your Turkey Dressing Overfloweth

Happy Thanksgiving!   I greet you with poetry of the season.     Thanksgiving 8000 Calorie Poem May your stuffing be tasty,                                                                                                              May your turkey plump,                                                                                                                  May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump.                                                                       May your yams be delicious                                                                                                            … Continue reading

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Manzanar, California’s Shame

On a recent road trip getaway with my husband, we traveled through the Owen’s Valley and stopped at Manzanar, the most widely known internment camp for over 110,000 Japanese Americans. It is ironically located within six miles of a town … Continue reading

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Are We Wired for Story?

Back in July I was in San Antonio, Texas attending the Romance Writers of America national conference. The few days I spend at conference are booked solid with appointments and luncheons and meetings with friends. I was only able to … Continue reading

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Fun on the Road

As I mentioned in the last few blogs, I was recently in Charlotte, North Carolina for a writers/readers conference. I have a crush on Charlotte. I’ve been there before and explored the city with my husband, but this time I … Continue reading

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