Giveaway ~ Year End Splash Party

Today, I’m participating in a Year End Splash party sponsored by The Romance Reviews. Along with six other authors, I’m offering a prize to one lucky winner.

Scroll down here and look for my question:

What did Gilda Greco overlook? (Note: You will get a clue)

Answer correctly and you could win an e-book of A Different Kind of Reunion.


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Visiting the Cozy Up with Kathy Blog

interviewpixToday, I’m chatting on the Cozy Up with Kathy blog about my writing process and latest release, A Different Kind of Reunion.

Drop by the blog. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card.


On Writing Romantic Suspense

Writing romantic suspense involves the skillful juggling of romantic elements and nail-biting suspense. A daunting task but so rewarding when all the essential ingredients come together in a well-crafted, character-driven novel.

Here are eight tips:

• Ask yourself: what is intriguing about the premise? What will attract readers to the book? In Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series, protagonist Kinsey Millhone is a twice-divorced private investigator who is permanently stuck in the 1980s. In the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, the protagonist is a teacher turned lottery winner who moves back to her hometown and then finds herself embroiled in murder investigations.

Continue reading on Jane Reads blog.

In Praise of Quotes

In my late teens, I started a quote collection. I would underline sentences (and sometimes entire paragraphs) in books and jot down inspiring thoughts from other print media. I would then copy these words of wisdom into a journal. When I joined Pinterest, I set aside a page—Words I Love— where I recopied these words of wisdom. To date, I have accumulated over 400 quotes.

Maintaining a personal collection of quotes has helped me immensely. Here are some of the benefits I have discovered:

• Quotes have the power to transform moods. While books and movies can accomplish the same goal, quotes do it faster. I don’t have to invest hours of my time to experience the same effects. Whenever I need a quick jolt of inspiration, I click on my Pinterest page or visit one of many twitter hashtags devoted to quotes, among them #Quoteoftheday, #Inspirationalquotes, and #quotes.

Continue on reading on the Island Confidential blog.