Category Archives: Writing

Medieval Monday and Berengaria Brown’s Restoring Garnet’s Heart

Today wraps up the 12 magical weeks of Medieval Mondays. I’ve met some wonderful fellow authors through this exchange, and I hope I’ve introduced you to some new books from the medieval era. This last blog features Book 3 of … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Carmen Stefanescu’s Shadows of the Past

Week #11 of Medieval Monday finds us with the most intriguing genre description I’ve ever seen for a book. Author Carmen Stefanescu labels her book Shadows of the Past as a paranormal / light romance / light historical / light … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Victoria Zak’s Highland Burn

Here we are at Week #10 of Medieval Monday, and we’re focusing on Scotland today. If you saw Braveheart, you met Robert the Bruce. But author Victoria Zak’s book Highland Burn will introduce you to Robert’s daughter! Blurb: Will Love’s Flame … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from . . . Proofing a Book?

One of the best things that has ever happened to me is becoming a published author. I love getting to share all the people inside my head with the people outside my head. I enjoy creating characters, inventing plotlines, throwing … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Bambi Lynn’s Marek

It’s seems it’s another Medieval Monday! In Week #9, I’m featuring Marek, the 1st book in The Knights of Stonebridge series. If you haven’t read a time travel romance in a while, then this might be the book for you. … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Mary Morgan’s Dragon Knight’s Medallion

Welcome to Week #8 of Medieval Monday 2015, where I’m featuring books written by various authors of medieval historical romance for twelve weeks. The spotlight this Monday is on Mary Morgan, author of the Dragon Knight series, which kicked off with Dragon Knight’s Sword.  Today … Continue reading

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A Fresh Approach

I love little getaways. Don’t get me wrong—I’m a fan of taking a week (or more) to vacation. My family’s done a terrific 2-week vacation to Spain, Italy, and France. Another fav was a 10-day swing driving through New Mexico, … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Ashley York’s The Bruised Thistle

We’ve finished the 1st half of our 12 Medieval Monday group of books, and today for Week #7? I’m pleased to spotlight my new friend Ashley York and the first novel in her Order of the Scottish Thistle Series—The Bruised … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Barbara Bettis’ The Heart of the Phoenix

  For Week #6 of Medieval Monday, I’m featuring Barbara Bettis’ The Heart of the Phoenix. It’s a real treat because it follows two characters first introduced in Silverhawk! Blurb: Some call him a ruthless mercenary; she calls him the … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Cathy MacRae’s The Highlander’s Tempestuous Bride

It’s Week #5 of Medieval Monday, and today’s feature is from my fellow author at Soul Mate Publishing, historical romance writer Cathy MacRae. The Highlander’s Tempestuous Bride is the 3rd romance in her Highlander series, with another new one coming in … Continue reading

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It’s All About Balance (and you thought it was All About That Bass)

It’s All About Balance (and you thought it was All About That Bass) I’m a firm believer in balance. After all, all work and no play didn’t go so well for The Shining’s Jack Torrance! I’ve always had a strong … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday & Jenna Jaxon’s BELEAGUERED

For the 4th Medieval Monday, I’m hosting author Jenna Jaxon and her romance Beleaguered, which is Book 3 in her Time Enough to Love series. Set against the backdrop of the Black Death, it’s the story of a woman torn … Continue reading

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Getting My Sally Field Moment

Everyone likes a little recognition every now and then. It might be a simple compliment from your boss, thanking you for your hard work on a difficult project or your husband showing his appreciation for making his cup of coffee … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday & H K Carlton’s The Devil Take Her

For the 3rd Medieval Monday, I’m featuring H K Carlton’s The Devil Take You at Write Up My Alley. H K is multi-published in a variety of genres from historical to contemporary to paranormal and beyond. Her hero Gard is … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday & Ruth A. Casie’s Knight of Runes

Week #2 of Medieval Monday is here, and I’m featuring author Ruth A. Casie’s time travel romance Knight of Runes. It’s available through Amazon & Nook. I can’t imagine being a modern woman thrust back into medieval times! I think … Continue reading

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Today I’m participating in something new & exciting with several of my fellow historical romance authors. It’s called the Medieval Monday Author Exchange. Every Monday for the next 12 weeks, my blog will feature a different author’s book cover, a … Continue reading

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Year-End Gratitude

I always like to take stock as a year draws to a close, just to see where my journey in life has led me during the past year. Some years are quiet ones; others have seen huge milestones. 2014 started … Continue reading

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Don’t Break out the Champagne Too Soon!

As a writer, I live inside my head a lot. And when I’m writing one of my romance novels, I’m literally eating, breathing, sleeping, and talking to my people all the time! And yes, there are times when they talk … Continue reading

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A Year With Geno (via my author friend Annette Drake)

On this writing journey, I’ve met all kinds of wonderful people. In particular, I’ve come to know authors in many different genres. Annette Drake is one of these authors, and she has a terrific, sweet contemporary romance with a single … Continue reading

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Wrong Numbers . . . and Spinning New Stories

Back in the answering machine days, I’ll admit that I sometimes used mine to screen calls. Then Caller ID came along, and I really liked seeing the name pop up on my phone screen before I answered a call. I … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of Blood Brothers

As I’ve been on my writing journey, I’ve met all sorts of interesting people, especially fellow authors at my Soul Mate Publishing house. One author has been very kind to me—or is that really two authors? C.D. Hersh is the … Continue reading

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Wedding Planning . . . and Planning for My New Novel

My daughter recently became engaged, and everything at our house now is a whirlwind of activity. We studied venues online, and she chose 5 she liked (with 1 as a back-up because she’s my kid!). My commission was to scout … Continue reading

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I Run Away Often . . . Especially to the Old West

When I was growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money to use for traveling–so I did the next best thing. I read about all the places I wanted to go. I sailed down the Nile and saw … Continue reading

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Back from Vacay—and Back into the Swing of Things

I just got home from 13 wonderful days of vacation, escaping the triple s that hit Texas and visiting 2 different friends in Idaho and Colorado. Both legs of trip went extremely well, with even my luggage making it to … Continue reading

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Packing for Vacay (and Packing a Plot)

I’m about to leave Texas for summer vacation. I’m headed to Idaho and Colorado. I thought it was smart planning on my part to beat the August heat and head to cooler climes. Wouldn’t you know it? Texas has experienced … Continue reading

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My New Goal in Life: Rock Leopard Velour Pants

One of my greatest pleasures in life is my morning walk. It’s Me Time. I only answer to me. I walk as long as I wish (or as long as my schedule that day will allow). I listen to music. … Continue reading

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When You Simply Have to Give in to Your Characters

As an author, I’ve tried both pantsing and planning when getting ready to start a new novel. I’ve figured out that pantsing—author-speak for flying by the seat of your pants—doesn’t work for me. If I don’t have any firm direction … Continue reading

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Dime Novels–the 19th Century Harry Potter

When I began writing Written in the Cards, my latest western historical romance, I decided to have my heroine be the author of dime novels. These cheap paperbacks flourished during the 19th century, as increased mechanization made printing them easy. … Continue reading

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Dedicating My Novel – This Time It’s To My Own Daughter

Today is my 4th published book’s birthday! I’m starting to enjoy this whole release day stuff. Written in the Cards is the story of Maggie Rutherford and Ben Morgan, both Yankees who have made their way west. Maggie is from … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Me – I’m One Year Old!

Yes, it’s true—I’m officially one. A single digit. No, not me The Person. Me—The Author. It was May 2013 when I published my 1st historical romance, Music For My Soul.  I’d met my editor, Debby Gilbert of Soul Mate Publishing, … Continue reading

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Pen Names—For Me . . . and My Heroine!

    Many writers choose to use a pen name when they become published authors. By now, everyone knows that Samuel Clemens became more famous writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Mark Twain, while Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was … Continue reading

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Pets Make For Better People

Yesterday was National Sibling Day. I almost posted a picture of my first dog, Ray. He was my brother and constant companion for the first 6 years of my life. I talked to him and played with him. He was … Continue reading

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Feeling Like One of the Cool Kids

I was never one of the cool kids growing up. You know the kind I’m talking about. Pretty. Popular. The ones that always dressed well in the latest fashions. Knew the right slang catch phrases before everyone else did. Hung … Continue reading

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Character Interview with Jed Stone

Today I give a little insight into Jed Stone, the hero from A Game of Chance. This character interview originally appeared on historical romance author Collette Cameron’s Blue Rose Romance blog, Divine Encounters with Love. I’m here today with one of … Continue reading

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Lauren Linwood – In a Nutshell!

It’s easier to get to know authors now than in the pre-Internet days. Most authors aim to have a media presence, and readers can find out lots about them via these sources. I share random things right here on my Write … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Didn’t Know About Before I Became a Published Author

Ignorance is bliss . . . especially to a non-pubbed writer! Once I signed a contract for my debut, a medieval historical romance called Music For My Soul, I faced trial by fire as I gingerly placed my big toe into … Continue reading

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Feeling Icky in a Modern World

Even though I was a history teacher, I’m not one of those who longed to go back to the past. First of all, you can’t change the past—just look at Stephen King’s protagonist in 11/23/1963 and the heap of trouble … Continue reading

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I’m Luckier Than I Thought

There are lucky people in this world. And then there are those like me. I’m the one who never finds a parking place right in front of where I’m going. If I go to a company picnic, my name is … Continue reading

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The King & I Have Something in Common

Rock ‘n roll fans know that today is a watershed day in history—the anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, The King of Rock ‘n Roll. Today is also a landmark for me—the birth of my baby. No, not an … Continue reading

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Resolutions—Make ‘Em or Break ‘Em?

We’re three days into 2014 now, and I’ll bet half of you have already broken a New Year’s Resolution that you made. The other half? You didn’t bother to make any—because you knew you’d break them! I used to make … Continue reading

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Interview at My Nook, Books, & More

I had a lovely visit today with Kathy from My Nook, Books, & More. Here is our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself. I’m a movie buff who loves everything from The Usual Suspects to Pretty Woman. I … Continue reading

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Putting the History into Historical Romance

Here’s a guest post I did for The Reading Cafe. They are true book lovers, and I cherish their friendship: I’ll admit it. I’m a nerd. I was the girl who liked school. Really liked it. The priority for most … Continue reading

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Guesting with Author Rachel Brimble

Hi Lauren! It’s great to have you here and I’m looking forward to learning more about you, your writing and your latest release 🙂 Let’s get started with my questions!  1)   Did you set any goals for 2013?   I … Continue reading

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I Feel Like . . . a Real Author This Time Around!

Everyone experiences a time in life when validation occurs.  A cop might walk a beat for a week, but then he feels like a cop when he makes that first arrest. Then when he rises to detective, it happens again … Continue reading

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Tending the Grass – Or Your Novel – It’s Pretty Much the Same Thing

We decided last year to re-sod our lawn. We’d lived in our house for many years and hadn’t liked the grass the builder installed (not our choice). After so many seasons of the hot Texas sun, the yard desperately needed … Continue reading

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I’m ALL About the Free

Every woman loves getting a bargain. I’m no exception to that rule. I love finding something on sale – be it a pullover sweater, a pair of shoes, or my favorite lipstick. And if I get a compliment on an … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Morrie? Nope. I’ll Take Tuesdays with Tim!

Every year I’d get the inevitable question from my students a few weeks into the school year. Are we your favorite class? 3rd period just knew they were more fun than 2nd  ever thought about being. 6th period believed they … Continue reading

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I Lived a Movie Line (Even If No One Was Watching)

Here’s a post I did for The Book Boost Blog recently, sharing my love of movies and famous movie lines: I’ve loved watching movies ever since I can remember. Growing up, my favorite time of year was summer. One reason? … Continue reading

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Tweeting…It Isn’t Just for the Birds

(This is a re-blog from my 1st regular outing on my Soul Mate Publishing website. Hope you enjoy!)  I’ve joined the SMP Authors who blog on our site and will be posting the first Friday of each month. So sit back … Continue reading

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Music IS for the Soul!

Here’s a guest blog I wrote for Coffee Time Romance about my debut release: Many people can mark events in their lives by music. Remember that certain song played at a school dance your sophomore year? How about a popular … Continue reading

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