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An Excerpt from You Belong To Me

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Feb,2013
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The Setup: This is the second meeting of the hero and heroine. Colin is interested in investing in Erin’s gallery and has made an appointment to talk with her and see how she runs the business. Erin thinks he is coming to see some paintings and knows nothing about the investment idea. Noticing movement through the gallery window, he rapped on the door. Erin opened it with a smile and invited him in. “I’m just hanging a painting. There’s some coffee in the little kitchen back there to your right. Help yourself while I finish this up.” Colin couldn’t help but notice her curves – in all the right places….

Reading My First Romance

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Feb,2013
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WINNER!  of the Amazon $10 Gift card is Celina! Welcome to Marketing for Romance Writer’s Firsts Blog Hop!!! 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…

Gregory Peck on The Scribbling Divas

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Jan,2013
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Pop on over to ScribBling Divas to read my post, My Love Affair with Gregory Peck.  (Swoon).

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…

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…