The Strongest Chain: First 250 words

Just a few days I ago I entered an online contest for new authors – Secret Agent run by the amazing Authoress who remains nameless.  Click the link if you’d like the particulars, but the purpose of this one is to see if your first 250 words will attract an agent.  The agent remains nameless as…

In Defense of Happily Ever After

The first time someone told me the book I had just written was not women’s fiction as I had assumed, but was in fact a Romance, I rebelled.  I thought romance novels had guys who look like Greek gods and women who were vapid and helpless, and I would never write anything like that.  Then I decided to…

Language Most Foul: Profanity vs Vulgarity

True confession? I swear. Sometimes a lot. Usually in my car when no one is around, but sometimes at my husband.  Sad, but true.  It’s also true that profanity and vulgarity are like the toxic twins of modern speech. They are everywhere and pretty well tolerated in most situations and definitely in most entertainment. Take…