My book is a BookBub special today!

You can get a full-length award winning historical romance by me! It's featured on BookBub

Another upside to this sale? You buy the Kindle copy and pick up a discounted audio version too -- both for less than $4.

This was my first published title, put out by Kensington. It's still one of my favorites, in part because I really love Mick, the cop hero. When I wrote it, alpha heroes were the way to go. My editor took a chance on a what she called out-of-the-norm sort of hero: a guy who isn't rich or pushy.

I also had a great time doing research about the corrupt New York City police department for this book. Turns out I had too much fun -- I had to take out pages and pages of Gangs of New York non-romance sort of content.

I wrote Intrepid Heroine Who Gets into Trouble Timona soon after watching a few episodes of the Perils of Pauline--the real ones made in 1914. It shows.

Somebody Wonderful will be 99 cents until 2/17/18 

here's the link at Barnes and Noble. 

My Writing Day with an Unproductive Brain

me: Okay, this isn't going to work. I have these characters drinking tea again. They need to do something else immediately. These words are chopped. Two hundred gone. And let's see, the confrontation is coming up soon. Any suggestions?

also me:Oh. My. God. Why bother? No one reads your books. No one thinks they're anything more than adequate. You can't seem to change your style to fit what people want. You're old news. OLD. NEWS. Stale old voice. There's no point in writing yet another book that no one will wants--

me: How about if they finally talk instead of just hinting around? Yeah, and maybe that guy will say what's been on his mind since chapter two.

also me: Jesus. So boring. Talk, talk, talk. You know that your--

me: How about if they--

also me:--you know your books are worthless because people want conflict and angst. They don't want to read another book with so little at stake.

me: Good point for once. Let's get some conflict with an actual mean…

Return to routine

I just noticed that Lois McMaster Bujold likes Ben Aaronovitch too.  I saw that mention on her blog which shows up on her Amazon page.  Which reminded me of my own blog and .... maybe this will show up on my Amazon page?

If it does, and you've clicked on the link, hello! Here it is, my new cover for a new novella -- the first new book in a while, actually.

Have you missed my writing? Whoops, never mind, not going to rub a toe in the dirt and peek over at you to see if I get some pats on the head.

I've missed it and that's going to get me cranking again

This was inspired by Bonnie Dee who wrote to me and said, hey, want to write a story about dogs and guys? 

Yes please. Yes. A nice break from reality and, hoo boy, I have missed routine and fun stories.

Thank you, Bonnie. I'm going to include an excerpt to her book at the back of mine. Hers will show up May 20, I think.

HOT UNDER THE COLLAR will be out in May too -- probably May 15.

fading away...but 2 glasses of wine make it ok

I don't have anything to say

Isn't that nice? I think so too.
I'm not going to rant about Trump, or Clinton, or BLM anything else.

I'm going to wash out the chicken coop, make sure the ladies have enough to eat, and go about my boring life. Maybe I'll write some words in a story.

In order to maintain this mild outlook, I'm going to stay away from social media and since I'm used to yammering, I suppose I'll just have to talk to myself here. Also I'm going to open my picture page and, without paying much attention, drop a picture from there. A random picture and today we have . . .


Thank goodness it isn't a picture of naked people. Just a naked dawg.

A Click-And-See-If-You-Won Amazon Giveaway of My Book!

I think, I HOPE, it's easy to do.
They won't let me try it out. So why don't you? It's easy (I think) to enter.

 #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: The Private Secretary (Kindle Edition). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jun 24, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules

A long silence and a new book

I missed blathering into empty space. **
Today is a new book day and that's when I think of the blog.
Today I thought about it for that reason and because I wanted to find a post I did about rejections. I wanted to link to it to show an agent that she does excellent rejections.
The post isn't here--it was from 2005.*****
New book out today.The Private Secretary is a Summer Devon m/m historical, my favorite genre to write these days.

And it already has a review too! It's always great to have the first review be positive. Seriously a big relief and something to clutch to one's bosom when bad ones roll around.

Here it is at GGR-Review.

I loved it! The characters are quirky and laugh-out loud outrageous, the setting authentic, the dialog spot on, and with it all there’s a warm and humorous exploration of a time we think of as “uptight” but clearly is not when you know where to look and listen.
If you love historical fiction and a splendid cast of characte…