Flotsam & Jetsam

What set Ellie off anyway? A thought intruded. No, couldn’t be. He checked her profile. Nah. But his mouth formed a hopeful smile, and he leaned back, humming his favorite tune. Flotsam & Jetsam

The dashing Frenchman or the handsome handyman? Who will she choose? For the Love of a Spy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Zelda re-re dux

It Gets Worse

I'd almost made it out the door.

Going somewhere?


You're skipping town again, aren't you?


Zelda grabbed my shirt tail and yanked.
I huff and puff and yank back.
You are out of line this time, sister
He wants no part of me
My cave is waiting
My muse is beckoning

Zelda is not amused
Your fucking muse is just bored.
Last night in Valhalla?
She spun the bottle and let it land on you. Ha!  You're it.
Lucky you
You get to write the play the gods are waiting for
And while you're writing it
He's gone.

Happy now?

Monday, October 20, 2014

If I'm Happy & I Know it Can I Write Romance?

As a writer, does your own love life help or hinder your romance writing? I'm exploring that question at the Romance Books 4 Us blog today. Feel free to chime in, and a lucky commenter may win a beautiful keychain suitable for holding the key to your heart, your home, or your planet.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Last Tango

I went to find Zelda
She had been off the screen for months
And we missed her.
I found her
Hunched over a martini
In a bar that revolved high above the City
Slowly, but with determination.

She did not look up.
Zelda!  I cried.
Come back to the dance
You left mid-tango.  He misses you.
She took a long pull on her drink and
Gazed out over the City.
My fingers touched her wet cheek.
Why, Zelda?
Because, Babe,
She smiled at me through her tears,

He ate my big fish. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A short Zelda. More to come


I go to the farmers’ market with Zelda.
She buys flowers
For her lover’s ex-lover
And sends them
Squashed into a nine-by-eleven manila envelope.
She agreed after considerable debate,  not

To include a note.

I'm Chatting 12-12:30 pm EST & Giving Away Books!

Come on over to Secret Cravings Facebook for our fabulous Fall Release event. Chat with me from 12:00 pm-12:30 EST. I'm giving away a copy of The Mason's Mark or Whirlwind Romance, or Lapses of Memory--your choice!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Welcome Love List Series Authors

Welcome Jennifer, Sharon, Angela and Joanne

To Tale Spinner. Please tell us all about the Love List Series Books!

The Love List Series Books 1- 4

Single, successful and lonely in a small town. Would you let your girlfriends choose your man?
Tegan, Chloe, Becca and Laura do in The Love List.

When you're part of The Love List you never know who you will end up with.

Love Uncorked (The Love List Book 1)
Tegan Taylor is the owner of the Que Syrah Syrah wine shop in Vine grove, the heart of wine country. After her plan of starting a book club to meet single, local men falls flat, her new found friends come up with The Love List. Each dropped a name of a nice guy their friends may like but just not a guy they'd date. Or think of romantically.
Tegan chooses Richard. After one disastrous meeting with him, Tegan wonders if The Love List isn't a terrible idea.

Richard’s a jerk. But, when handsome Australian cowboy, August, shows up, things may take a turn.

Read book one in the Love List Series as Tegan, Chloe, Laura and Becca try to find love in a small town.

You can find Jennifer Conner here:


Love Found Me (The Love List Book 2)
When it’s Chloe Miles turn to pick a name out of The Love List she didn’t expect to find true love. She just wanted to go on a date with a nice, available guy. Not one who drank too much, or was unemployed and wanted to stay that way. Or especially one who didn’t know what monogamy means.

Mitch Brodin didn’t know his heart was in the hands of The Love List. His Fate was set the moment he set foot into Roy's Pet Rescues looking for advice on how to care for new born kittens.

Chloe is vivacious, unpredictable, and tons of fun, while he is methodical, predictable, and well… cynical. He surely hadn’t planned on falling in love. But that’s what you get when you’re not looking for love.

You can find Sharon Kleve here:


Blind Tasting (The Love List Book 3)

Dr. Rebecca Miller is devastated over her fiancé's affair...with her best friend. Country charm is the best medicine. Along with a good friend and a bottle of wine.
In the heart of wine country, four friends spice up their book club and create The Love List. Love is the last thing on Becca's mind until she's matched with Chase Tanner.

Chase discovers the love list and believes to be fooled. Can Becca convince him she really does love him?

You can find Angela Ford here:

Twitter @AngelaFord67


Building up to Love (The Love List Book 4)

Story 4 in the best-selling series, The Love List from some of your favorite sweet romance authors.

A small town can be a friendly place to call home and an impossible place to find a date. A shop owner starts a singles-mingle but only has three attendees—not a single man in sight. The women continue to meet, and change their name to The Love List. Each write names of single men and drop them into a basket. The Love List seems a success as each of the women finds their true love, except Laura. She is certain the basket is cursed.

Travis Jerome is new to town. He jumps at the chance to work on Laura’s B&B remodel, to once again have the feel of a hammer in his hand. For something to last a lifetime it must start with a strong foundation and build up from there.

You can find Joanne Jaytanie here:

Each author will give away a $25.00 gift card at the end of the tour.

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Blog Tour Stops

Books To Go Now  Oct 15th
Book Pimpers  Oct 15th
Girl With Pen  Oct 16th
M.S. Spencer  Oct 17th
Free To Be Me  Oct 17th
Romance Junkies  Oct 19th
Triple A  Oct 20th
Ella Medler  Oct 22nd
Write Stuff  Oct 24th
Book Flirts  Oct 25th
Jackie Marilla  Oct 26th
My Book Fairy  Oct 28th

Traveling Cats  Oct 30th

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Coming tomorrow: the Love List Series

Do drop by Tale Spinner
 for a treat!  I'm showcasing the Love List series—four fabulous romances by four fabulous authors: Jennifer Connor and Love Uncorked, Sharon Kleve and Love Found Me, Angela Ford and Blind Tasting, and Jayne Jaytanie and Building Up to Love.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Needlecraft and Craft Killers~I'm at Lois Winston's Today

Milo the Needlepoint Artist and Amateur Sleuth
Recently widowed Milo Everhart, needlepoint artist, isn’t prepared for the handsome and mysterious Tristram Brodie, who wants not only her beloved Torpedo Factory Art Center but her heart. Nor is she prepared to find a dead body that snowy December night.  Can she set aside her grief and fall in love before the murderer strikes again?

Come visit me at Lois Winston's blog Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers today. I'm talking about types of needlecraft and about Milo Everhart's art in Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders.