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Why I Write Romance

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Dec,2012
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There are some who know me who are surprised to find that I write Romance novels. But they shouldn’t be. I’ve always been interested in people and their emotions, the inner workings of the mind and personality. I majored in Psychology and Anthropology in college, and although my career path didn’t lead me into those disciplines, I’ve used them repeatedly to help me understand my co-workers, my clients, my family. Writing novels lets me create the inner workings of my characters – or more often, to figure them out, as they seem to be whole people who come to me so that I can tell their story. I have to…

Recently Read – Magic Moment by Angela Adams

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Dec,2012
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Magic Moment by Angela Adams is a romantic suspense novel set in and around the Chesapeake Bay area. With mafia-like connections, the FBI, and a sizzling attraction between the hero and heroine, you can’t go wrong with this one. Description: When the FBI brings Laura Roberts – a quiet, reserved bookkeeper – in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job – only to be attacked by thugs. Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together – and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do…

A Recovered Literary Snob

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Dec,2012
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My name is Marlie and I’m a recovered literary snob. Years ago, my shelves were filled with books from the literary trade paperback section of the bookstore. You know the ones; somber stories of lost dreams, heartbreaking rites of passage and souls crushed by life’s challenges. These were books for serious people. People who read the New York Times Book Review. People who listened to NPR radio. People who watched documentaries. Yeah, that was me! As an avid reader, I devoured one to two of these critically acclaimed books per week. And over time, I found myself feeling slightly morose, lacking the strong sense of hope I had carried in…

Holiday Planning and Foodie Dreams

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Dec,2012
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With NanoWrimo done, gone, over, my attention has turned to holiday planning. Holiday cooking is one of my favorite things (although I don’t like to cook regular dinner anymore.) One of the desserts I invariably make is some kind of cheesecake. The opportunity to experiment with different flavor combinations and different crusts keeps me planning and searching for new recipes for weeks before Christmas. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl has become a family favorite,  White Chocolate Cheesecake is my own personal pleasure, and the classic Cheesecake with Raspberry or Cherry Sauce is a classic. Some crusts I’ve tried are made with Phyllo dough sheets (Baklava Cheesecake, anyone?)  crushed Oreo Cookie crust…

Video of the Week

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Nov,2012
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While wandering around youtube, I stumbled on some great videos for romance writers and readers. Some are interviews with successful authors, some are authors giving advice on writing, and some a just plain fun…or a bit irreverent, my favorite kind. So here is the first Video of the Week: An interview with Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Another NanoWrimo Update

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Nov,2012
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Bad, bad, me!  I missed almost a week of writing my daily amount and now I have a huge number of words to write to catch up with my NanoWrimo goal. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to (everyone says that) but that by the time I got done writing for my other work, I was all worded out. It isn’t good to fall behind, though, for more reasons than just keeping the word count up. When I write every day consistently, the words flow easier, freer, and it takes no time at all to get back into the story. I’m a faster writer when I write every day, even…