Archive for the ‘Ponderings’ Category

PONDERING: Response from Harlequin

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:00 4 Comments

Melanie Dulos of Harlequin kindly gave us permission to quote this letter, sent in response to my Pondering of last week.

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PONDERING: What a Difference a Year Can Make

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 13 Comments

A little more than a year ago, I shared with y’all the story of my Winter, my eighteen-year-old kitty who had, after fifteen and a half years with me, gotten sick, and eventually I had to make that awful decision pet owners hope will never happen. Thought I’d update you a little on the last [...]

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PONDERING: A Lie is a Lie is Lie

Monday, May 6, 2013 13:00 15 Comments

I had something happen recently that’s irritated the heck out of me, so I thought I’d share it, and also hope it helps rid me of the ire and disappointment that’s been brought about. Before I get into the real meat of this Pondering, I want to give you just a little of my background, [...]

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PONDERING: The London Book Fair

Friday, April 26, 2013 12:00 1 Comment

First things first. I stayed at a Travelodge. Hey, they’re clean, and you know exactly what you’re going to get. And if you check at Tripadvisor, you can pick the good ones. I picked a good one. The Waterloo Travelodge has been recently renovated and it has a Sainsburys up the road and a decent [...]

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PONDERING: When is a Trope not a Trope?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:00 10 Comments

It’s been a puzzle for a while – when does a trope turn into one person’s intellectual property? A judgment in Texas has recently come closer to the answer.

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PONDERING: What’s happening in publishing?

Monday, January 14, 2013 13:00 No Comments

Recently I’ve self-published a few backlist titles, and my, do they do well! These books are already professionally edited, so all I had to do was reformat and find a new book cover. So, reluctantly, I’ve had to climb down from my writer’s cave and get back into promotion and marketing.

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PONDERING: Nexus of Fire? And why can’t we have the Paperthingie over here?

Saturday, September 8, 2012 13:00 5 Comments

As you know, I’m a big fan of ebooks and e-readers. The situation has changed so much recently that I took down my guide to readers, because it was hopelessly outdated. So now the market has moved again. I always said the market for e-readers would really start moving when decent devices became available at [...]

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PONDERING: Do you like me? Really, really like me?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 13:00 No Comments

Readers and blogs are finally getting wise to the trading of “likes” that goes on in the writers’ community, and the selling of reviews. Some of my best friends are doing it. I don’t.

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PONDERING: Gaming Kills

Monday, July 23, 2012 13:00 4 Comments

I’ve been around the Internet since it was a baby. The first network I belonged to was when I was a student at Manchester Business School. Our computers were linked up to the North West Computer unit. Companies sent their payrolling there to be processed, universities used it for advanced calculations, and it was all [...]

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PONDERING: Can Rock Stars Be Romance Heroes?

Friday, July 20, 2012 13:00 3 Comments

I love writing about rock stars. Music means a lot to me and I’ve seen many of them, been close to people in the music business from time to time. So they’re naturals for me to write about. Years ago I wrote a story about a rock star and the woman he got pregnant. I [...]

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PONDERING: Meet the Murder City Ravens by Lynne Connolly

Friday, July 20, 2012 1:00 4 Comments

I’m in the process of writing a series about the members of a rock band, and it’s called Nightstar. I love writing about the rock star – it seems a natural for erotic romance. I’ve done it before with Pure Wildfire, but that was a paranormal romance with shape-shifter heroes and heroines. This time it’s [...]

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PONDERING: Book Proposal: Sixty Shades of Grey by DK Charles

Friday, July 6, 2012 13:00 No Comments

I had a thought last night, just as I was going to sleep. I see a book cover. It’s monochrome, beautifully photographed, a reflective surface with only one object on it – a pair of well-worn, once-white men’s underpants. The book is called “Sixty Shades of Grey” (ten more, so has to be better, yes?)

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My Heart is Broken

Saturday, June 9, 2012 13:00 25 Comments

Yesterday I made one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, as a lot of you pet owners will attest to, I’m sure. My 18-year-old cat, Winter, had been sick for a while, but he was holding his own for a number of months. And then the last two weeks, I could begin [...]

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