It’s Peach Season, Y’all

This week's update from The Bitter Southerner is all about peaches. (Do y'all read The Bitter Southerner? If you don't, you should - it's the best overview of the best things about the so-called New South I've seen; I like it way better than the Oxford American.) August is prime peach season, and I am … Continue reading It’s Peach Season, Y’all

Three Things I Love (About Winter Knight)

Winter Knight, the book I have coming out on February 11, 2020, is the only romance I've ever written just for me. I love all my kissy book stories, all my heroines, all my heroes. But with Winter Knight, I asked myself, if I was on Amazon or at the bookstore looking for a romance … Continue reading Three Things I Love (About Winter Knight)

An Outlaw Meaner than Krampus

Hey Kittens - in case I haven't mentioned it, there's what I consider to be a really sweet Christmas story in Bury Me Not called "Cowboys and Krampus." Here's a little sneak peek: By suppertime, the snow was drifted halfway up the windows downstairs, and the hotel was full enough to bust. People had drifted … Continue reading An Outlaw Meaner than Krampus

Good Grief

I know I'm late, y'all, sorry. My dad is in the hospital. He fell again, and even though we're still very hopeful that he's going to be absolutely okay, it's a whole big thing. Anybody who's ever had a sick parent knows what I mean. Anybody who's ever had a sick parent who is former … Continue reading Good Grief

Free E-Books, No Stealing!

Everybody loves free stuff. Some readers love it so much, they’re bankrupting writers by supporting pirate sites. The crazy thing is, it is perfectly possible to get all kinds of great free fiction without bending the rules or pissing off your favorite author. Sites like Prolific Works have shiny, well-produced, absolutely-bug-free E-books from every genre … Continue reading Free E-Books, No Stealing!

Lucy’s Halloween Bedtime Story: Dead-Sperado

Guess what, kittens? I'm on the YouTubes! My Evil Genius hubby and my publisher rallied around and helped me do a recording of myself reading "Dead-Sperado," the first story from my comic weird western romance collection, Bury Me Not. In it, saloon dove Daisy means to seduce and detain the dreaded outlaw Elbert Cade until the … Continue reading Lucy’s Halloween Bedtime Story: Dead-Sperado

Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

The Nightmare Before Christmas isn't the only Christmas/Halloween crossover movie ever made. There's also Bell, Book and Candle, a smart and surprisingly twisted romantic comedy starring Kim Novak and James Stewart. It opened on Christmas Day 1958 and takes place at Christmas--the climax happens at midnight on Christmas Eve. And while one big plot point … Continue reading Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

WIP: The Adventuress and Her Monsters

Heya Kittens! Since my real life is boring as the summer winds down, I thought y'all might prefer a sneak peek at my current work-in-progress (aka the thing I'm escaping into lately). It's a a true gothic romance set in late-Victorian England, and the heroine is an American heiress doing the husband-hunting tour. And she … Continue reading WIP: The Adventuress and Her Monsters

My Heroes Have Sometimes Been Cowboys

The first grown-up movie I ever saw in a theater was The Cowboys, starring John Wayne. It came out in 1972, so I would have been eight years old. My dad has always been a die-hard Wayne fan (oh, the raging fights we've had about McClintock!), and in those days, first-run movies didn't hang around … Continue reading My Heroes Have Sometimes Been Cowboys

The Viking and the Witch – Chapter Seven

Two days into the voyage, the girl fell ill from her wounds. By late afternoon, she had fallen into a delirious stupor, and by nightfall, she was completely unconscious. Asmund’s men said nothing, but he caught them exchanging glances. He knew they hadn’t forgotten Stian’s warning that Maeve was a witch. If she had been … Continue reading The Viking and the Witch – Chapter Seven