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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. Thanks so much for joining us!!  This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Brenda Margriet:

Do you get the winter doldrums? How do you deal with cabin fever?

When I lived in Memphis, rainy days seemed to go on and on forever. And yes, it affected me. I lost enthusiasm and I had to force myself to sit down at the keyboard.

When I was writing, I became absorbed and the dark days became of little consequence. But I couldn’t write all day. At some point, I had to get up and look outside or walk the dog and the grey drizzle was a blanket of despair.

I did count myself luckier than some. I have been snowed in and sat watching movies for hours at a time. At least with clouds and rain I could get out.

What did I do to lessen the doldrums? Well, sometimes I went for a manicure. Or I ordered takeout for lunch from one of my favorite restaurants. We lived near a mall, so occasionally I would just wander through the stores and smile at people. That always lifted my mood. I rarely bought anything, because it was all about the shopping, not the buying.

Once in a while, I would go to the local theater and buy popcorn, then bring it home to watch movies on TV. Popcorn is the perfect food, after all.

And sometimes, I would just curl up on the couch with a good book and cuddle with my dog. Very therapeutic!

Last year, we moved to Florida and guess what? No more winter doldrums. Sunshine most of the time and storms just flash and are gone. Okay, except for the hurricanes. But we’ve been blessed so far.

My recommendation – when you feel sad, do something, anything, that makes you feel better. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Cook something, play with your pet(s), read a good book and get lost in another world. And before you know it, your spirits will rise. And then you can remember spring isn’t that far away after all.

And speaking of spring…Guess what will be coming out…


Now let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and see how she combats the winter blues….

Romance Writers Weekly



Happy Tuesday and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us!

I came up with this week’s challenge:

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Tell us your favorite Valentine story.

I happen to love finding the origins of things. The truth of how this holiday started is still a mystery and there are many versions, all of which are plausible. But this is my favorite…

According to one legend, Valentine (to be sainted later) was himself imprisoned. The reasons for his confinement range from refusing to convert to paganism to attempting to help others escape to marrying couples (it was said that men serving in the army could not marry because it would provide a distraction).  The story goes Valentine fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailer’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Some say he healed her, but no one seems to know from what. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”.

The stories about St. Valentine all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. During the middle ages, he was one of the most popular saints and the day, February 14th, was chosen as it was widely believed to be the beginning of birds’ mating season- a perfect day to choose for romance.

Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day is my favorite because it’s all about love. All kinds of love. It’s a day to encourage us to express an emotion we sometimes forget and that caring for each other, being kind to each other, and loving should be everything.

So to you all, I wish you love, because it is the one thing that nourishes and sustains us and makes us better human beings.

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Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Die and read about her favorite…


Romance Writers Weekly



Hi there and welcome to our hop. Thanks for being here with us!!!

This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:

Teaser Tuesday: What are you working on? Give us a sample of your work in progress.

My latest is called “Memories Never Die”.  It’s a romantic suspense and here’s the blurb:

A serial killer in her small town in Florida has Detective Liza Boone challenged. Luckily, FBI agent Nash Corelli is on medical leave and living across the street. Together they must find the killer. But, he cannot help her with the nightmares about her sister’s assault.  When Liza is terrorized, can Nash stop the threat? Can he protect the woman he has come to love?

And a little bit of the first chapter:

A drop of sweat slid between Detective Liza Boone’s breasts. Blood pounded through her veins and her temples throbbed. Her joints locked and the gum in her mouth—melted. The taste of death lingered on her tongue, so she swallowed what felt like razorblades, blinked, and forced herself to concentrate.

The victim lay sprawled, a disjointed set of limbs spread out on the concrete like a broken doll. His mouth was open and an even set of white teeth gleamed in the morning shards of light that peeked out through the threatening clouds. His clear blue eyes were wide and seemed to beg for mercy. Or since it was a little late for that, then justice.


Look for it in early March!

Now let’s pop over to the wonderful A.S. Fenichel and read some of her WIP…

And check this out! Her fabulous “Everton Domestic Society” 4-book series is on sale!!!!

Andi's books…



Romance Writers Weekly



Happy Tuesday and welcome to our weekly blog. We are so happy when you spend time with us!

I came up with this weeks’ challenge:

What genre do you love to write the most and why?

Actually, I write in three genres: historical, historical paranormal and romantic suspense. I love all three for different reasons.

For the historical, I truly enjoy research. Once I discovered history was all about people (instead of just dates and events), I found it exciting and enlightening. Each new fact took on a whole different meaning. I was able to discover information that isn’t so widely known and then weave it into a story. I can travel back in time to new and wonderful places and experience life in a completely different way.

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And to then be able to combine information with time travel or ghosts or the ability to enter dreams (in the historical paranormal) – well, that made everything all the more interesting.


And as for the romantic suspense—well who doesn’t love a good mystery? Especially when you throw in some romance.


Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Sie and see which genre is her favorite…

Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. We are so glad you’re here! The challenge this time comes from the incredible Brenda Margriet:

Do you like to travel? If so, do you have a favorite place? Also – do you incorporate places you’ve visited into your novels.

I used to love to travel. In fact, I was a gypsy. I have lived in twelve states and visited many more. I have been to Mexico and Europe and the Caribbean. I loved each and every one for different reasons, but mostly how welcoming people are in most places in the world. Especially if you try to speak their language and adapt to their customs.

The settings in my books definitely reflect where I have been and what I have experienced there. Sometimes, the locations are a compilation of actual experience and research. But traveling, whether in real life, or in my imagination, is always exciting. Actually, my latest book is set right here where I live.

A year ago, we moved to Florida and it is pretty perfect here. Oh, a little hot and muggy in the summer, but overall, wonderful. And so I find I am more of a homebody these days. I wake up and look out onto the canal which runs behind my house and there is such peace. And so many kinds of creatures: alligators, ibis, herons, turtles — the list goes on and it’s wonderful to watch (and no, the alligators luckily can’t get past our sea wall).

One of these days, I imagine I’ll get the wanderlust again, but until then, as Dorothy said in “The Wizard of Oz” —‘there’s no place like home’.


Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and hear about her travels…

Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and thanks for joining us. We really appreciate it! This week’s challenge comes from the wonderful A.S. Fenichel:

Two weeks into the New Year…tell me the good, the bad and the ugly. How were your holidays?

This year has definitely been interesting. First, I have to say I am always happy when the holidays are over. I find them incredibly stressful and I like the status quo.

But this year was more stressful then most. On Christmas Eve, members of Romance Writers of America were notified that Courtney Milan had been censured for having an opinion. This decision was immediately reversed, but the damage was done. The rest of the holiday was spent reading and writing emails. Alternating between fury, rage, sadness and—did I mention rage?  And watching RWA virtually self-destruct (and rightfully so) because so many terrible things happened within the organization. (Too numerous to list).

Like many of my fellow writers, I seek refuge in books, both reading and writing. I have completed about half of my latest WIP (a romantic suspense) and I will keep going. As for RWA – well, I don’t know.

In the meantime, you should check this out from Brenda Margriet:


MOUNTAIN FIRE, a romantic suspense set in Northern British Columbia, is 99 cents until January 15th only. Available at all e-retailers for a limited time.
A mountaintop mystery leads two conservationists to dangerous obsessions and violent passions.

Now let’s hop over to Brenda and hear about her first two weeks in the year…

Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and Happy New Year! Welcome to our hop and thanks for joining us. This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Elizabeth Schechter:

“New Year, Who Dis?” — New Year’s plans and resolutions

I guess my first resolution is obvious: write more. I really want to finish my WIP (already halfway there) and I have several other ideas I would like to explore.

Some of the activities I had planned have been changed, but I still want to work on listening more and being more responsive. Sometimes, I fail to broaden my focus and that can be detrimental. In fact, I get on my husband all the time for ‘not listening’. I need to work on that, too.

I have also resolved to not be so naïve. You’d think I would have learned that by now, but some things have come to light recently that make me aware I am too trusting. Which doesn’t mean I should build walls. I just need to open the windows more and let in other ideas and possibilities; look behind the curtain and see what’s going on backstage.

I would also like to be part of the positive change, both in the world and in my writing community. I’m thinking that might take up some real time, but that’s okay.

Oh, and pet my dog more. You can never get enough unconditional love. That is, it’s unconditional as long as we go to the dog park every day!

Again, Happy New Year and may all your resolutions be remembered throughout the year.

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Now let’s hop over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel and learn about her plans and resolutions…