Halfway through NaNoWriMo

Halfway through NaNoWriMo and I’m slipping behind. Bad. With half a month to go it seemed like a good time to get a new strategy in place. So today I’ve marked my computer with my new daily goal. 2,200 words. Every day for the rest of the month. I’m cooking for Thanksgiving so I’ll be…

Reading the RITA winners, Part 1

What makes a book worthy of the Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA award? I wanted to know from a reader’s perspective. So armed with the cover of the September RWA magazine, Romance Writers Report, I started looking for them, the best of all the novels submitted to the annual contest. There are 13, everything…

READ: The Queen’s Dollmaker

The Queen’s Dollmaker, Christine Trent’s historical novel, set in the final years of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette’s reign, spins a story of hard work, perseverance and hope. All at the hands of a young orphan girl. Claudette loses everything when fire destroys the neighborhood where she has grown up. Her father, a well-loved dealmaker, and her…

READ: Frontline Angel

I almost didn’t read Frontline Angel by Genevieve Jordayne. I’ve been living with a Civil War nurse for more than a year — she’s the main character of my upcoming novel. But in the end, I couldn’t resist. And I couldn’t resist from the moment I opened the first pages where she’s trying to figure out…