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It’s a good day for hot chocolate.

Ohio is being...Ohio. I woke up this morning to 4"+ of unexpected snow. It's rare here to get more than 2" in one go, so 4" overnight is nearly unheard of. I can only think of maybe 2-3 other occasions in my life this has happened. I am, unfortunately, at work (that was not a… Continue reading It’s a good day for hot chocolate.

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October and November Wrap Up

The Books I realized while I was setting up for this post that it should really be a July, August, September, October, and November wrap up, but well... I had a bit of a reading slump over the summer--in fact there is only a single book on my list for July. But things certainly picked… Continue reading October and November Wrap Up

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Rules for Nanowrimo

Don't delete. Know where the story is going, even if you don't know how it's going to get there (yet) When in doubt, take a nap. It doesn't count as procrastinating if you're working through plot snags while you do it. Cookies are brain food. Have a cookie. Nothing gets words written faster than BIC… Continue reading Rules for Nanowrimo

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The Music of Mrs. Andrews

As some of you know, the project I'm working on for Nanowrimo this month is the sequel to OFF THE RAILS, so I'm finding myself revisiting a lot of the music I listened to when I wrote the first book, with the addition of a lot of new songs. The first time around, I listened… Continue reading The Music of Mrs. Andrews

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#MHMon Guestpost by Dianna Gunn

How Fiction has Helped Me Heal   When I first spoke to Sophia about writing an article for Mental Health Mondays, I was overwhelmed with the number of possibilities. I've lived with depression and PTSD for over half of my life, and I've also struggled with anxiety for a significant portion of that time. I… Continue reading #MHMon Guestpost by Dianna Gunn

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Behind the Scenes of OFF THE RAILS

With a new book out this week, here are a few things you didn't know about Mrs. Andrews, the world of OFF THE RAILS, and the other characters in the book. She hates to be called Sophia. Even in my head she goes by "Mrs. Andrews." And no, before you ask, I didn't name her… Continue reading Behind the Scenes of OFF THE RAILS

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New Release: OFF THE RAILS

It's here! At long last. I am absolutely in love with this cover, which was once again designed by Ash K. Alexander, who has done all of my previous covers. This will be the first book in an adult historical fiction/mystery series, and can be found on Amazon here, in both ebook and paperback. This… Continue reading New Release: OFF THE RAILS

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Victorian Hair Care

Colleen moved the end table from the chair by the fire behind me, arranging the empty basin and other tools she would need. She began by letting down the plait. With a towel wrapped about my shoulders, she applied a mixture of egg yolk, rosemary, and water with a brush. She piled my hair on… Continue reading Victorian Hair Care

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The F-Word

I’d like to take a moment to talk about a dirty word. The F-word. No, not that one. Think for a moment. Look inside yourself for the answers Do you believe that people should be hired and paid based on merit? Do you believe people should be able to study whatever subject they want, regardless… Continue reading The F-Word

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OFF THE RAILS PREVIEW

Keep reading for a sneak peak at the first chapter of my next book, OFF THE RAILS, coming October 23! CHAPTER ONE November 1865 Somewhere in those shadows, something watched me. Moonlight cast my room in an eerie blue glow. Shadows softened the corners of the furniture, turning them into ominous creatures lurking in the… Continue reading OFF THE RAILS PREVIEW