Writers’ Advance

It wasn't a writers' retreat; it was a writers' advance.  This last weekend, I took four days away with five other writers for a time of writing, revision, thinking, reflection, encouragement, and rejuvenation. For those of us who take retreats, most of us use the word "retreat" to imply that we're getting away from something.  But if you think of that same word in terms of…


Because I Knew You: Inaugural Post by Elise Stephens

This post launches my brand spankin' new guest blog series Because I Knew You in which I invite people from all walks of life to tell us about someone who has changed them permanently, how they've been changed, and what they would tell this person now.  I begin this project with a post on a very special person who changed my own life. Following this post, each Thursday you will…


Let Me Introduce You

Boy meets girl.  Girl smiles at boy.   Boy spends more time talking with girl.  Both appear quite interested.  Elise is oh-so-proud of herself because she's the one who introduced them to each other.  I have personally never been a successful matchmaker (the above mentioned couple is no exception, I'm sorry to say).  Have you ever tried to set up two friends?  One thing that almost always…



My friends, this is the last day of this exciting promotion and I wanted to be sure you heard the news: Moonlight and Oranges is currently FREE as a Kindle download on Amazon.com and it's moving like hotcakes.  I'm pleased to announce that it hit the Top 20 list in the Romance category, and I only anticipate it will keep climbing. Get your Kindle copy today…

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A Definition…and a Contest!

IT'S A CONTEST! In celebration of Valentine's Day, I am hosting a contest, starting today, from February 9 - February 14.  Five lucky winners will receive a FREE autographed copy of Moonlight and Oranges! THE RULES: There are three ways to enter to win a copy of Moonlight and Oranges - don't forget, you're welcome to enter all three! 1. Share the Love on Twitter:  In honor…

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Tough Love

I was seven and a half when my little sister came into the world.  She had beautiful big eyes, which we both get from our dad and she was mostly definitely a feisty one.  I remember teaching her how to snuggle, because her reaction to hugs was to push me away as hard as she could. Before she learned to talk, we all thought she was practicing…


Listen Up, Younger Self!

In which I jump into a hypothetical time machine... I'm honored to announce that today I'm featured on Tess Hardwick's blog, answering the question "What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?" for her 20 Thursday blog series. I talk about college, boys, my word skills that I've used for good and for evil, and my need to that I'm loved over and over again (I seem…


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