Rhythm Method Writing

We are told by those who should know that people work better during certain stages of their circadian rhythm, normally when they reach their greatest core body temperature and corresponding optimum level of brain wave activity.  For writers, this equates to clearer thinking and greater creativity during these peak times. When this period occurs is…

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The Appeal of Romance Novels

Ah, romance, it’s everywhere.  It shows up in ancient plays and troubadour tales, in great literature and grand opera, in thrillers and suspense stories, in westerns, sci-fi adventures, paranormal epics and even hard-boiled mysteries.  It is an important element in thousands upon thousands of movies, giving light to the darkest of dramas and sanity to…

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Recipes, Louisiana Gentlemen Series

People often ask about the recipes included in the Author’s Notes from the Louisiana Gentlemen Series. Usually, they’ve lost or misplaced their copy of the book with the recipe they particularly liked, or else have some question concerning it.  Here are the recipes as a collection, with a few of the more usual questions answered. …

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New from Steel Magnolia Press

 Box sets, or bundled titles, of books are the current big thing in ebooks. Here’s a recent sampling organized by Phoenix Sullivan at Steel Magnolia Press. SOUTHERN HEARTS What is it about the sensuous, sultry South that makes it the perfect setting for intrigue, suspense and dark desire? Two bestselling authors spin the love stories…

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Why I Left Traditional Publishing

In 2011, I completed a multi-book, six-figure contract with the publishing house where I’d been for more than 15 years. When I submitted a new 3-book proposal, my editor loved the ideas but the publishing brass wanted to cut my advances for these books in half. The “numbers didn’t support” my current advance level, so they said…

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