Dublin’s best museum: a must-visit for writers and readers

Back in March, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend with my husband’s Irish cousins in Dublin. For my husband, his dad, and his cousin, it was a big rugby weekend. The men in my family are big Ireland rugby supporters (I can’t bring myself to tell them the hero in my novel First… Continue reading Dublin’s best museum: a must-visit for writers and readers

Tools for culling repetitious words from your writing

Before I started working in charity communications, I spent four years teaching English as a foreign language in Prague and London. One of my first classes was full of Czech bankers who gave up their Saturdays to learn English. They were an intermediate-level group, so they could make themselves understood but were far from fluent.… Continue reading Tools for culling repetitious words from your writing

Dealing with writing contest disappointment

Last week calls went out to a few dozen special romance writers –¬†finalists in the RITA and Golden Heart contests, put on every year by the Romance Writers of America. I didn’t get a call. Rejection is always difficult to accept. When a creative project you’ve spent months – or years – working on is… Continue reading Dealing with writing contest disappointment

The real pirates of the Caribbean: Guest post & giveaway by Shana Galen

I’m so happy to have historical romance/adventure author Shana Galen here today talking about some of the fascinating research she’s done on pirates. She’s giving away two copies of her upcoming release, The Rogue Pirate’s Bride. I’ve read and LOVED it, so make sure you leave a comment by Tuesday January 31st! Take it away,… Continue reading The real pirates of the Caribbean: Guest post & giveaway by Shana Galen

Winner of the Kaki Warner giveaway!

Thanks to everyone to commented on Kaki Warner’s guest post, One woman’s tips on writing in the male point of view. What a fun post! The winner of a brand-spanking-new copy of Colorado Dawn is…Amel Armeliana! Congratulations, Amel! I’ve sent you an email asking for your address. U.S. readers, this week you have the chance… Continue reading Winner of the Kaki Warner giveaway!