Friday, June 15, 2018

The one that started it all

My first book published!!!

Oh, those were the days of heady excitement, endless attempts at promotion, waiting for bated breath for reviews ...

I think it's stood the test of time (it's 11 years old now. Really? How did that happen?) This is the one where there's a potluck at work and someone dies after eating the heroine's brownies.

As always, I got the idea for this at a, you guessed it, company potluck. How easy would it be to poison something and just wait for it take effect?

Well, it's not as easy as you think; I mean, the police are pretty good at detecting this kind of stuff. But I still had a lot of fun with the idea.

This is the book that kicked it off -- and here I am, still plotting and still thinking, "I wonder how I could kill someone here and get away with it ..."

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A hero like no other ...

This book kicked off the Fatal Writers' Conference series -- I confess, I was at an RWA National Conference (Romance Writers of America), and I was at their ginormous book-signing.

People were standing in line (a very long line) for a Big Name Author, waiting to get their books autographed. I walked around and thought, "I wonder if I could kill off an author here and nobody would figure out how?"

And lo, a book was born.

Oh, I had fun with this hero and this heroine. I could hear their voices in my head. I could imagine their actions. I loved the secondary characters (on all sides) and loved how they all got into the act, trying to make sure this hero and heroine stayed together.

And I especially loved the book she wrote (the heroine is an author and I lived out my daydreams in her). I could imagine the book she wrote at the end and how hard it would be to write.


I really enjoyed writing this book. I hope you enjoy reading it as much ...

Friday, June 1, 2018

Who will she live with, happily ever after? Him or ... him?

This is the final book in the Deadly Landscaping Series. I needed to resolve the central conflicts:

Will the heroine inherit her fortune?

Will she choose her ex-husband or her new love?

What will be her happily ever after?

I honestly wasn't sure how I was going to resolve those questions when I started writing this book. I had no idea how it would turn out for her.

Luckily, the answer presented themselves without much angst.

This wrapped up the DLS. That year I had 8 books release. These 3 were just part of that crazy year. I had the series release in April, May, and June. I was one busy cookie, that's for sure!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The book that started the Remembered Classics

Return with me to Oz, as you've never seen it before ...

This book was the first of the Remembered Classics books. Once I figured out the characters, the book sort of wrote itself. Then I had a terrible thought:

What about copyrights?

You see, Frank Baum wrote 13 Oz books and most of those were out of copyright. But there are other Oz books (yes, there are, like 30 more Oz books), and there's the movie. I was worried I might be stepping on a toe or two.

So I consulted a literary attorney and had her read the manuscript, and also have her approve the other books I wanted to write (Flyer, based on Peter Pan; King Arthur; Robin Hood, and so on). We came up with a game plan -- the book that's here today. For all of my Classics books, I follow the book, not the movies (Peter Pan, for example).

If you check my Character lists, I think you'll see what I mean.

So return with me to an Oz you think you know -- then check my character list and see if you guessed correctly! The Wickeds motorcycle gang, Dorothy, Leo Burt, Drew Strawn and the rest of the people you know and love ...

Monday, May 28, 2018

First love lost and found

This book just about gave me the fits.

I wrote and rewrote this book. At first, it was two books: one from the past and one from the present.

Then I wrote it from his POV. Then I wrote it from her POV. Then I tried merging past/present and his/her.

I finally settled on his POV and shortened up the 'past' bits and made those 3rd person.

I cut and rewrote and cut and it still came out a bigger book than most of mine. But my editor couldn't find anything else to cut, so there we are.

This (as all my books are) is based on events from my life. I and my siblings worked at resorts in the summertime when we were in college (oh, the stories we could tell. Dirty Dancing is right on the mark). I had a lot of fun writing this one because, well, summer and young love and ... you know.

Have a fun summertime read at a Resort -- and enjoy this tale of first love rediscovered.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Talking dogs and time travelers

I confess.

This is one of my favorites.

It's written in 1st person POV (as is my wont), from Nico's point of view. Yep, he's a guy.

Nico is trapped in time. He's a time traveler who got stuck.

It's also a reincarnation story, and one of the main characters is a dog (Cerberus), who is sent to help Nico. Cerberus and Nico are telepathic, and some of their conversations are truly hilarious if I do say so myself.

I love the heroine, too. Lucinda is more than a match for Nico, but she's not slim, svelte, and sexy like he's tall, dark, and handsome. No, she's down to earth, pragmatic, and not overwhelmed by him.

It's a match made in ...  you know.