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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

So, yeah, we’ve been having a lot of snow lately.

Photo: "Clayton Conrad walks past the 22-foot-tall Olaf snowman Wednesday in his front yard . . . in Spokane Valley." Via the Spokesman-Review

“It’s not finished yet,” Clayton Conrad says about his 22-foot-tall snowman in the front yard of his Spokane Valley home. Via the Spokesman-Review.


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And later on . . .

This makes me smile.
Photo of a baby and a large dog looking at each other; the caption reads "And later on . . . when you learn to walk and run, we can chase cats!"

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Word of the day: Baleful

Another excellent word for a romance writer, in whose work tensions often run high. A Merriam-Webster infographic, with a definition for the word "baleful"

I used it at least once, in adverbial form, in You May Kiss the Bride:

Livia looked balefully at the rumpled heap of expensive, fragile gowns lying on the floor. So Cecily thought one of her old cast-offs might suit her for the ball? And Lady Glanville thought that she’d be thrilled, grateful, to peek out from behind a potted palm to enjoy a glimpse of luxury?

Well, they were wrong. 

Dead wrong. 

Livia jumped to her feet and went over to the gowns. She snatched them up and shoved them onto a low shelf of her armoire. 

She was not going to the ball. 

This snippet appears in Chapter 1. You can read the full excerpt here.

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The holidays aren’t over

Call it willful denial, but the holidays aren’t over in my house. Not, at least, until we’ve finished our fudge.

Photograph of two pieces of fudge and a glass of milk: yummy!

By the way, the recipe is super-easy.

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Some gorgeous book covers

I love looking at book covers; it’s total eye candy for me. Here are some of my recent faves from Avon. Aren’t they gorgeous?!?

cover of RULES FOR A ROGUE by Christy Carlyle (Avon/HarperCollins)

cover of LADY BE BAD by Megan Frampton (Avon/HarperCollins)

cover of WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie Jordan (Avon/HarperCollins)cover of BLAME IT ON THE DUKE by Lenora Bell (Avon/HarperCollins)

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People who use bookmarks . . . and monsters

I have to admit two things. One: I’m a total bookmark person. (Almost anything will work in a pinch: envelopes, receipts, a movie ticket, Post-it notes, a piece of string . . .) Two: I have gotten huffy when people have dog-eared books I’m fond of.

A cartoon: There are two types of people. People who use bookmarks . . . and monsters.

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you a year filled with love, and light, and all good things.Graphic: HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Whale swimming beneath the moon

Having recently gone whale-watching, and having the incredible good luck to actually see some whales — magnificent! — I loved coming across this beautiful image. It’s kind of like a memento.

Illustration: WHALE SWIMMING BENEATH THE MOON by Richard Cartwright, via Helen Warlow on Twitter

“Whale Swimming Beneath the Moon” by Richard Cartwright. Via Helen Warlow on Twitter.

More about the artist Richard Cartwright here.


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Mary/Eloisa on writing romance

I always love to hear what Eloisa James has to say about her books, writing, and creative process. Julie Tetel Andresen recently interviewed Eloisa — or, really, Professor Mary Bly — and I especially enjoyed this pearl from Mary/Eloisa:

“. . . romance has a rhythm and a promise to it that appeals to me. Romance reminds me that if there’s a pattern to the universe, it’s shaped around and by love. We can all use that reminder now and again.”

An image of Eloisa James/Professor Mary Bly, famous author of historical romance

Read the full interview here.

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“Get off the computer now and again”

“Get off the computer now and again.” It’s not always so easy for writers to do, especially for those who — like me — try to write every day. But tomorrow I’m off for a nice long holiday visit with family, and I’ve vowed to be offline the whole time.

"Get off the computer now and again": an illustration by Lizzy Stewart.

illustration by Lizzy Stewart

More from me again a bit further down the road. In the meantime, here’s a link to the site of the wonderfully talented Lizzy Stewart.


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