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THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS book review

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Oh, how I loved this beautiful book by Dawn Raffel!

THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS book review

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Oh, how I loved this beautiful book by Dawn Raffel!

Deep Cotton: "We're Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out"

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LADY LIMBO book review

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Loved this novel by South African author Consuelo Roland. Check it out!

LADY LIMBO book review

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Loved this novel by South African author Consuelo Roland. Check it out!

Carnet de Voyage

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Take a moment: Flower duet (Lakmé de Delibes)

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Big 6 & Back Again: My publishing journey as illustrated by my hair

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(Originally published on Boxing the Octopus.)

This is me at the time of my first professional writing gig. In 1976, I was an 8th grade misfit at an academically boffo but ideologically stifling Evangelical school. Girls in my class consumed True Confessions Magazine every month. (Who loves porn more than Puritan's, right?)

Reading the stories typically titled "My Father Sold Me" or "A Sophomore's Secret" or some such, I thought, "Heck, I can do that." Because I knew virtually nothing about sex beyond the vague "pulsing" and "engorging" alluded to in True Confessions and the "manroot" physiology of my book-a-day Gothic romance novel habit, my erotic tragedies relied heavily on witty dialogue and lush descriptions of locations, current pop music and fast food. For $1/page, I wrote customized stories starring a classmate and her made-to-order crush. In cases where the crush was a real boy who failed to live up to expectati…

THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL book review

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Grooving with Astroids Galaxy Tour: "The Sun Ain't Shining No More"

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CARNET DE VOYAGE should be in every backpack

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CARNET DE VOYAGE should be in every backpack

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Women's Voices

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CITY OF DARK MAGIC review (photobombed by my dog)

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No animals were harmed in the filming of this book review. Highly recommending CITY OF DARK MAGIC, a terrific read if you're in the mood for a mystical, time-traveling, murder-solving frolic in Prague.

CITY OF DARK MAGIC review (photobombed by my dog)

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No animals were harmed in the filming of this book review. Highly recommending CITY OF DARK MAGIC, a terrific read if you're in the mood for a mystical, time-traveling, murder-solving frolic in Prague.

Writing Resolutions

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"I love deadlines," says the late, great Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. "I love the whooshing sound that make as they fly by." Determined not to let mine fly by, I've been working like a fiend these past few months and expect to be doing the same throughout 2013, when I have three, count 'em, three books do for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Excited as I am about writing the stories, I've resolved to stay on task, especially this early in the year. Unfortunately, that's meant I haven't kept the blog up as I'd like to because, alas, every resolution worth making will cost you something. I will share a couple of bits of good news here, though. First of all, my full-length (single title) romantic suspenses, now available under Amazon.com's Montlake publishing program, are all on sale as Kindle e-books for the low price of $2.99 each. I'm not sure how long they'll keep the sale going, so get 'em whi…

Sunday groove: Florence + the Machine "Cosmic Love"

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Women authors on Stella's Umbrella

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MY MEMORIES OF A FUTURE LIFE by Roz Morris

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Crazy cool trailer for FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE RESTLESS UNIVERSE

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"Where Are We Now?" Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

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HIPPIE BOY: a unique and heart-rending coming of age memoir

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Here's my review of HIPPIE BOY: A GIRL'S STORY, a wonderful coming of age memoir by the very talented Ingrid Ricks. Update: Well, as I suspected, the author's follow up is also well worth reading. In FOCUS: a memoir, Ingrid Ricks shares the terrifying journey that begins when she learns that an incurable eye disease is rapidly robbing her of her sight.

HIPPIE BOY book review

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Here's my review of HIPPIE BOY: A GIRL'S STORY, a wonderful coming of age memoir by the very talented Ingrid Ricks.