In Defense of Sex Scenes

If you hadn’t noticed, I’m an author of romance novels.  Most novels of this ilk get a bad rep for being flowery and raunchy.  Some, truth be told, are. But there are a lot of romance novels that are neither, yet still hold to the traditional elements of a romance story.  They show, in-depth, a…

Weekend Roundup

I’ve been seeing a lot of good stuff on the web recently, so I wanted to share.  Though I want to try out all of them, the ice cream shops of D.C. in this article are really calling my name.  (They forgot Dolcezza, however, which is a great oversight) As it’s my wedding anniversary today, I was…

Inspired by: The 90’s

Sometimes it’s something simple.  One image that grabs you and takes you back to another time. Yesterday I came across an item that I hadn’t thought about since I was ten years old. Esprit, the fashion brand that was all the rage in the late 80’s, early 90’s came back to me in a flash of…

I’ve Seen the Light

Today I discovered my favorite light.  I’d been thinking about  my favorite time of day, when it occurred to me that it’s more about the light.  Twilight is definitely high up the list. But it doesn’t quite strike the right chord. Today I found it- my favorite light.  It was unusually warm for a winter’s day…

Inspiration: “Stoker” the movie

I had forgotten all about this film until I recently recommended it to a friend of mine.  The movie itself- while beautifully acted and gorgeous in cinematography- is extremely creepy.  Creepy in that way that it could be true.  Creepy in that way where you want to look away, but you can’t. So I recommended…

My Plate

I read a really great article yesterday about prioritizing in this world of “having it all”.  Here’s the link: How to Prioritize When Everything is Important by Kate Arends (Wit & Delight) This struck me hard because I, like many other 30-somethings, am struggling with trying to juggle all the aspects of my life. Ms….

Take a Guess

As I’m deep into my next novel, I thought I might offer a peek at what it’s about.  It’s definitely still in the paranormal/fantasy romance genre.  Has my signature voice and style. Can you guess what it’s going to be about from this inspiration board? Go ahead…tell me what you’re thinking.  I’d love to hear…

Okay. Now what?

As I approach 2017, I’ve really been looking at my life.  The way it is at this moment in time. I’m approaching 40.  I have an established home, husband/forever relationship, children, friend groups, even pets.  I’ve pretty much figured out “who I am”- I have a distinctive sense of self.  I also have many passions…

I Muse, Therefore I Am

This morning. During my commute. My favorite overpass: Something about the urbanity of it. Unforgiving steel girders, The utility of its lines, contrasts nicely with nature. Evergreens and dead wildflowers sprout from its armpits, like miniature Gardens of Eden. My eyes drift to the sky, the way the trees scratch it with their spindly, bare…

Inspired By: Texture

  *Wanted to add a note here for my previous readers:  I’m a fashion person.  Always have been.  So while I’ve been an author all my life, I’ve also been inspired by the visual aspects of fashion/home decor/travel, etc.  I’ve decided to begin adding posts related to all things that inspire me.  Sorry for any…

In Service of the Story

Variety Interview with Amy Adams and Andrew Garfield Just finished listening to this interview between the actors Amy Adams and Andrew Garfield.  As an aside, these Actor on Actor interviews for Variety magazine are phenomenal.  If you are into the art of acting and movie-making, you will enjoy them. I also took a lot from…

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all images from anthropologie.com, except stone rings (from Hawk House store on Etsy) and vase (from Still House).