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Hello and happy Tuesday and welcome! Thanks so much for joining us. It means so much!

Here is this week’s challenge:

What is your favorite game? Is it because you usually win or because it challenges you every time?

My answer would have to be bridge. Like chess, the basic rules are straightforward and fairly simple. Don’t let that fool you. It can take a lifetime to be really good. And that’s the challenge. Of course, unlike chess, luck has something to do with it. Even the most skilled player can’t do well with bad cards. Unless, of course, their partner gets a good hand.

That’s one of the really nice things about the game. Communication between you and your partner. It’s like learning another language with all the bids and conventions. And, like anything else, the longer you have the same partner or one who ‘speaks your language’, the better your interaction and the better the play.

Do I usually win? Well, I win enough to keep me coming back. Constantly losing at something makes it difficult to keep up the momentum. But I also lose—enough to keep me coming back to improve.

The thing I don’t like is when people get nasty if you don’t do what they expect or want you to do when you bid or play. My response to that is: come on people, it’s a game. It’s recreation. Unless you’re a master. And masters are way out of my league.

So, just like any other game, choose your companions well and focus on the stimulation of learning how to get better while enjoying the process.

Now, let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel.

But first, it’s  Magic Touch Release Day

ESME I never dreamed my small curatives shop in Windsor, England would attract the attention of war hero Sir William Meriwether. My feminine heart is aflutter when he enters. But I’m a witch and a healer, and he’s a man in pain, so I heal him. Desperate to do him a good service, I stretch my powers to the limit—or perhaps beyond. Somehow, in curing his ailing leg, I unleash powers inside William. At a loss to stop what’s begun, I’m forced to seek assistance from the coven I’ve sworn never to join. I dread the encounter, but for William’s sake, I put my family’s hatred aside. Getting to spend more time with William is an added enticement.

WILLIAM I’m mesmerized by Esme O’Dwyer from the moment I lay eyes on her. Despite our different stations in society, I want something more personal than any restorative tea she might offer. As a gentleman, I contain those baser needs and accept her assistance to ease the pain in my leg. When the alluring witch’s touch bestows me with magic of my own, I want no part of it. But the coven’s leaders insist magic never makes mistakes, and for this to have happened, I must be needed. I’ve never been one to shy away from duty, and being secluded for training with Esme is magical in more ways than one.

ESME Trouble is coming to Windsor. The signs are all there. The race is on to train William as a witch before his power is needed, but our growing attraction is as undeniable as the battle that lies ahead.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us! We really appreciate it!

Here is this week’s challenge:

If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to be and tell us why you would choose this.

Over the years, I’ve had lots of jobs and even a few careers. I’ve run the gamut from owning a breakfast catering company for NBC, therapeutic horseback riding for the disabled, advertising media buyer, self-defense instructor and eighteen years as a licensed veterinary technician.

But always, I wrote. First it was magazine articles, then screenplays, then TV shows. One of the screenplays became a novel and I decided I liked writing books better than scripts. And sixteen novels later, I am still going. Now it’s full time, instead of working a day job and only fitting in the writing when I could. And I am so much happier.

What would I be if not a writer? I would only be a small part of who I am. Writing isn’t just a job or even a career. It’s me. I have had stories in my head all my life and from the time I was small, I wrote them down. And it defined a very important aspect of me.

I loved the day jobs. Well, most of them. There was a few I don’t miss. But no matter what else I was doing to make ends meet, I have always been a writer. I couldn’t be anything else.

Someone once asked Stephen King why he chose to write horror. His response was (paraphrased) – why do you think I chose it?

That’s how it is. Writing chooses you.

Now, let’s pop over to the fabulous A.S, Fenichel…

But first – you can’t miss her newest – up for pre-order……

Magic Touch

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ESME

I never dreamed my small curatives shop in Windsor, England would attract the attention of war hero Sir William Meriwether. My feminine heart is aflutter when he enters. But I’m a witch and a healer, and he’s a man in pain, so I heal him. Desperate to do him a good service, I stretch my powers to the limit—or perhaps beyond. Somehow, in curing his ailing leg, I unleash powers inside William. At a loss to stop what’s begun, I’m forced to seek assistance from the coven I’ve sworn never to join. I dread the encounter, but for William’s sake, I put my family’s hatred aside. Getting to spend more time with William is an added enticement.

WILLIAM

I’m mesmerized by Esme O’Dwyer from the moment I lay eyes on her. Despite our different stations in society, I want something more personal than any restorative tea she might offer. As a gentleman, I contain those baser needs and accept her assistance to ease the pain in my leg. When the alluring witch’s touch bestows me with magic of my own, I want no part of it. But the coven’s leaders insist magic never makes mistakes, and for this to have happened, I must be needed. I’ve never been one to shy away from duty, and being secluded for training with Esme is magical in more ways than one.

ESME

Trouble is coming to Windsor. The signs are all there. The race is on to train William as a witch before his power is needed, but our growing attraction is as undeniable as the battle that lies ahead.
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Hello, happy Tuesday, and thanks so much for joining us this week. It means so much that you’re here!

And now for this week’s challenge:

Who gave you the best advice ever? What was it and how did it help you?

Actually, it was my husband – and the advice was: “Don’t quit”. Sounds simple enough, but said at the right time, it made all the difference.

What happened was this: my first critique partner savaged my first novel. Before I started writing romance, I had some success with screenplays and TV shows. So, when I changed to romance books, I thought I had at least some ability as a writer.

I sent her my manuscript and she basically told me I had no talent at all. She said the story was contrived and needed a complete overhaul and I might consider starting from scratch. It was devastating because I trusted her opinion. So, I crawled into my bed in a fetal position and vowed never to write another word.

Enter the husband and his words. He went on to say that hers was only one opinion and maybe it made her feel better to criticize others. So, I picked myself up, sent it off to an editor and got my first contract. The first contract of many. I have now published sixteen romances, contributed to an anthology and compiled a cookbook.

The moral here is obvious: “non illegitimi carborundum” which is Latin for do not succumb to the oppressive influence of others (also known as “don’t let the bastards grind you down”).

Now let’s hop over to the wonderful Jenna Da Sie and hear her best advice.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. So glad you could join us!!!!

Here is this week’s challenge:

It’s creeping out of winter to the spring. Is this your favorite season? If not, which one is and why.

Spring is definitely my favorite season. It always seems as if January through March takes years instead of months. The weather is gray (yes, even in Florida sometimes) and it always seems as if everything is waiting. Finally, the daffodils and crocuses announce that winter has reluctantly given up its hold and moved on until next year.

The air is suddenly fragrant and the birds – well, they’re just twitter-patted, singing and building nests. The sky is bluer and the sun warmer and everything feels clean. That is, everything except my house, which then demands attention. But, at the end of the day, with a home that has also welcomed the new season, I can sit back on my porch and watch my neighbors enjoying a walk or a bike ride and I plan to do both tomorrow.

Stories wake up in my head and begin to write, characters stretching after a nap and getting into some adventure. In fact, one of my creations is just to embark on a time travelling path to find true love. And in the second book of my ‘Notorious’ series, murder and mayhem keep everyone busy. (yes, two books at once).

Taking a deep breath, I am ready – spring is here!

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Now let’s head over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel and hear about her favorite season. But first…

Here is the gorgeous cover reveal for Magic Touch

ESME – I never dreamed my small
curatives shop in Windsor, England would attract the attention of war hero Sir
William Meriwether. My feminine heart is aflutter when he enters. But I’m a
witch and a healer, and he’s a man in pain, so I heal him. Desperate to do him
a good service, I stretch my powers to the limit—or perhaps beyond. Somehow, in
curing his ailing leg, I unleash powers inside William. At a loss to stop
what’s begun, I’m forced to seek assistance from the coven I’ve sworn never to
join. I dread the encounter, but for William’s sake, I put my family’s hatred
aside. Getting to spend more time with William is an added enticement.

WILLIAM – I’m mesmerized by Esme O’Dwyer from the moment I lay eyes on her. Despite our different stations in society, I want something more personal than any restorative tea she might offer. As a gentleman, I contain those baser needs and accept her assistance to ease the pain in my leg. When the alluring witch’s touch bestows me with magic of my own, I want no part of it. But the coven’s leaders insist magic never makes mistakes, and for this to have happened, I must be needed. I’ve never been one to shy away from duty, and being secluded for training with Esme is magical in more ways than one.

ESME – Trouble is coming to Windsor. The signs are all there. The race is on to train William as a witch before his power is needed, but our growing attraction is as undeniable as the battle that lies ahead.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us. It means so much!

This week’s challenge is from me:

What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?

My favorite book is a primer on how to create great stories. “Adventures in the Screen Trade” by William Goldman is a fantastic guide to Hollywood and screenwriting, but it is so much more. The author talks about the difference between reality and believability, be it in written words or splashed across the silver screen. He gives a specific example of how to lose your audience by relating about a movie he wrote where the hero failed – and so did the film. Great lessons!

There is a wealth of information on how to create dialogue, plotting and characterization. It is an amazing book. And even though he is generally talking about movies, it is clear that great writing is great writing, no matter the medium.

But he wasn’t just a screenwriter. Never forget he wrote “The Princess Bride”, both the book and the screenplay. And at least six other novels and a book of essays.

How many times have I read this book? Too many to count. In fact, I think I’ll read it again, starting today.

Now let’s jump over to the fantastic Jenna DaSie and hear about her favorite…

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks for taking the time to join us. It means so much!

Here’s this week’s challenge:

Try something new… What was the last NEW thing you tried. Was it a writing in a new genre, tense or something else? It could be skydiving, eating haggis for the first time, meditating at a Buddhist monastery, or really anything at all. Did you learn anything?

Over the years, my life has been filled with new things. I have lived in eleven states and pursued many diverse careers in addition to being a writer, including owning a catering service for NBC in Los Angeles, therapeutic horseback riding instructor for the disabled, and licensed veterinary technician. Those professions each fed a part of me and I definitely learned from all of them.  

I have surfed and gone snorkeling and traveled to Europe and Mexico. I sang with a band. I have tried all kinds of foods and have hobbies ranging from sewing to painting to making jewelry.

In other words, lots of new things.

Now, I find that stability and constancy is my comfort. I have a routine and I love it. Trying new things definitely expanded my universe and opened my eyes to not only differences, but similarities. But the time has come for me to appreciate my home, my husband, my dog. There are not a lot of changes and new things in my life these days – okay, I do try new recipes all the time – but it is the predictability of my days that allows me to access all of my experiences and has helped me settle down to be a better writer.

Now let’s pop over to the fantastic Brenda Margriet and hear her new things. But first:

It’s release day for A SEASON FOR LOVE. 99 cents this week only. Includes Brenda’s novella, SECRETS UNDER THE COVERS and 12 other stories.

A Limited Edition Collection of Steamy Contemporary Romances

Sometimes forever begins after forty.

A collection of fiery and passionate contemporary romances featuring characters in their 40’s, 50’s and beyond. These authors don’t close the bedroom door on the good stuff, so be prepared to get hot and bothered in the best of ways. After all, lust has no age limit!

From billionaires and alpha military heroes to nerds and single dads, this limited-edition collection of sensual and sexy stories will keep you up all night and daydreaming all day!

Includes Brenda Margriet’s novella, SECRETS UNDER THE COVERS

Two long-time friends…one impulsive seduction…zero percent chance their lives will ever be the same again.
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Hello and welcome to the day after Valentine’s Day. We love having you here!

This week’s challenge comes from the fantastic Andie Fenichel:

Do you have a pet? Let’s see pictures. If not, what would imagine is the perfect pet for you and why?

I do have a pet, but it’s more like she has me. A little more than a year and a half ago, I lost my beloved terrier. I was so miserable. And then, a while later, I was scrolling through Craigslist and stumbled upon a picture…

It was like this pup was looking directly into my heart. I contacted the owner and my husband and I went for a visit. She was only five weeks old at the time, but when I held her, I knew she had to be ours. So we went home and waited until she was old enough to leave her (fur) mother. That was a really long three weeks.

It’s been a year and Josie is the most awesome dog. She is beautiful and funny and very opinionated (okay, stubborn).

Every Wednesday, I post pictures of her ‘adventures’ on Facebook and Twitter and, although she doesn’t like to hold still for the camera, somehow I manage (most of the time) to get a decent shot. And I’m pretty sure she knows she’s more famous than I am.

When I’m writing, she lays on the floor next to my desk and naps. So comforting.

She is the perfect pet. We go for long walks and snuggle on the couch and, now that she’s grown up, at night she gets to sleep in the big bed.

I love her very much.

Now, let’s hop over to the wonderful and talented Brenda Margriet. But first…

Pre Order A SEASON FOR LOVE Now for only 99 cents. Includes Brenda’s novella, SECRETS UNDER THE COVERS and 15 other stories.

Two long-time friends…one impulsive seduction…zero percent chance their lives will ever be the same again.

The peace Helen Mansfield struggled to achieve after the death of her husband is threatened when she discovers a lump in her breast. Determined to keep the alarming news to herself until the biopsy results are revealed, she sets out to wring every drop of delight from her days.

Nathan Spieth stood by his wife while she fought and ultimately lost her battle with cancer. Since then, he’s devoted his energy to rebuilding the career that he neglected during her final years, and all his hard work is about to pay off.

As neighbours and friends, Helen and Nathan’s lives have been woven together for more than twenty years. One impetuous, impassioned night might destroy everything they share—or prove to this fiercely independent woman and determinedly solitary man that love is always worth the risk.

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Hello and happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. We really appreciate your joining us and hope you are warm and safe!

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Brenda Margriet:

Flash Fiction: Write a story about the worst Valentine’s Day ever but give it a happy ending.

The grey clouds heavy with unshed tears summed up my morning. On my way to get my coffee, I stubbed my toes on a dresser. That started it. And then I realized I was out of creamer. Oh, well, better black coffee than no coffee. Then, my hair dryer died and my favorite pants developed a hole in the knee since the last time they were worn. And then the edges softened as a warm body pressed against me.

One of those days. Only today is Valentine’s Day: a day of love and joy or of disappointment and expectations not met. Thinking back a few weeks, I am actually glad that I broke up with my boyfriend, especially before today. Our relationship started out with the excitement of newness and every day was thrilling. Until it wasn’t. Brad said he was drawn to my energy, but he wanted it directed to his needs and desires. And, like draining a battery, I was slowly losing power, losing myself.

One day I looked in the mirror and I saw a shell of what I had been only a few months before. It had been insidious, until suddenly I no longer recognized what I wanted or needed. But change is hard, so I had to gather my courage to say goodbye.

The rush of freedom slowly ebbed into loneliness. I didn’t want Brad back, but I wanted to love someone. So early on a Saturday morning, I decided to find unconditional love.

The noise level in the kennel was deafening, but as I walked down the aisle, seeing the sadness and hope in all the furry faces, one little creature beckoned. She was a terrier mix and in her eyes was the promise I had been seeking.

I brought her home and it was as if she had lived with me all her life. Her name was Lola and in her expression I saw reflected the person I want to be: stronger, wiser, kinder. When I stroked her softness and when she laid her head in my lap for a quick nap, the world was an easier place.

And then it struck me. Valentines’ Day isn’t about cards or flowers or candy. It’s about love, giving it and getting it. And then spreading it around.

So we wish you love in all its myriad forms. Happy Valentines’ Day!

Now let’s pop over to the amazing Jenna DaSie and read her story…

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us. Hope you are staying warm!!!!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Is there a place that takes your breath away? Does any particular landscape give you a feeling of joy and inspiration that no other place can? Do you have pictures?

That’s an easy one for me. The ocean. I am so lucky to live within walking distance of the most wonderful view. Depending on the weather and the time of day, it is always the same and it is always different. It never fails to give me a sense of peace. Knowing that no matter what goes on anywhere else, the tide will ebb and flow in its own time, controlled only by the moon. These things are so much bigger than any every day issues or problems.

I can watch the waves for hours and, if I’m lucky, a dolphin will arc above the currents or the tale of a whale will wave a greeting. Birds fly over and dive, float, and lift off again.

And the sound…the soothing constancy…so peaceful, even when the water is decorated with whitecaps or the waves come in at an angle, warning of riptides. I am on land and merely an observer, always wondering what I cannot see, what life exists beneath. It teases my imagination and soothes my soul. I love the ocean and I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else.

Next, pop over to Clair Brett and check out her sale…

Valentines .99 sale on first books in her series

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Welcome to our weekly blogging and thanks so much for joining us. Hope you all are staying well.

Here is this week’s challenge:

Bucket List – Create a bucket list of the places you want to visit, the new experiences you want to try, or the goals you want to achieve before reaching a certain age or before you kick the bucket. 😉

This pandemic has found me entrenched in my home and rather unwilling to leave it. Inertia does that. But it hasn’t stopped my dreams. So here’s my list:

  1. Spend the night in a haunted house  (nice ghosts only please).
  2. Take a walking tour of Ireland and Scotland and visit castles. Maybe even spend the night.
  3. Write more and better books.
  4. Visit London again and take some time to travel around the countryside of England.
  5. Go to Morocco and Egypt and Greece and soak up history.
  6. Go to the Maldives and experience life with the unique creatures there. Then go on an African safari (no hunting allowed).
  7. Always make sure I am standing up for what’s right.
  8. Read all the books I already own and buy more.
  9. If time travel is possible, go for it. Past and future.

I could probably come up with more, but the above should keep me busy for a while.

Now let’s head over to Clair Brett. And check out her upcoming event.

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