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Stop The Romance Novel Bashing!

Ok I’m heated, I admit it. I was just on facebook this morning, another reason I shouldn’t procrastinate by going on facebook. a friend from childhood, and another who was, helping me edit my novel, were pushing to ban Romance novels, now ok so she just posted a note.
I admit I’m biased as I’m a romance novelist, an author who will probably write in may different genres before my life is over. But I take offense at anyone who wants to ban a romance novel because they are unrealistic. Like I said in my response to her note, the reader is usually smart enough to to know the difference between fact and fiction, and be willing to suspend their disbelief in the case of some of the authors that have been published.
It really does piss me off when someone decides to put down romance novels as a whole when they don’t even read the genre. Don’t put down something you don’t read, it obviously wasn’t written for you.
All I’m asking is that if you don’t like them fine, but don’t put down the millions of intelligent readers out there by declaring them dumb for reading romance novels, when all they are doing is seeking an escape from everyday life. They know what is fact and fiction, and want a little fantasy thrown in for good measure.

Complete Randomness!


You Are a Pilgrim


Like the pilgrims, you’ve felt persecuted for your beliefs from time to time.

You have a strong sense of right and wrong. Your morality sometimes makes you feel out of step with the modern world.

You may not go as far as moving across the world, but you still identify with the pilgrims.

Well, except for the whole stealing land and killing Indians thing.

Falling on ice.

I don’t have any pics up , but I will eventually. On Wednesday I tried something new, I ice skated for the very first time in my life. UCF has a skating rink, so my Mother-in-law and I took the girls out.
First of all with in a few minutes even though it had been 25 years my Mother-in-law remembered how to skate and only fell once because my eldest pulled her down.
I on the other hand split my time between making sure my little one didn’t fall while holding on to the side, and attempting to skate myself.
I fell twice but at the end I was extremely pleased that not only did i try something new and unfamiliar but so did my girls. My mother in law had tons of fun by the way. I think most of the time we’re so busy being adults that we forget to have fun.
So here’s my question:
What would you like to try, and why?

Long time no see!

Hello again everybody!
I’ve been busy, please forgive my absence. I’m currently working on a Paranormal Romance, working part-time, designing my website and in general trying to stay healthy through the holiday season.
Thanksgiving is coming up, so here’s what I’m thankful for:
Friends and family, they don’t always have to be in touch ,but they’re there when you call.
Low gas prices, Amen.
The ability to make myself understood, whether it be written or in speech.
World of War Craft, it keeps my husband busy while I write.(Yes Sydney, I bought it today.)
Your turn, What are you thankful for?

Hello Again!

Its been a while I know. I’ve been off being mom for the summer. I’ve been to West Virginia, Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island, in that order this summer.
West Virginia is a yearly trek for me and Virginia was to see the Shenandoah Valley, Connecticut and Rhode Island were all about reconnecting with my mother-in-law’s family.
And as a certain cousin of mine has already questioned , why beach week in RI. Its way cooler in temperature and like true Floridians we hid in what shade we could find or created ourselves by way of umbrella while all the relatives up north baked in the sun.
I’m still writing, and putting myself through a test in self discipline, rewriting my first manuscript and not head hopping. Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows I’m slightly schizophrenic. So it’s a trial. (Ignore my whining, This is actually good for both me and my characters. it makes the story tighter )
And I’m also working on my futuristic Sci-Fi Romance, which I started writing in her point of view, One or both of them will be ready in a few months so help me——(insert the god of your choice). Oh well the juice’s ares going got to write.
Ps.
I’m really looking forward to the next conference I’m going to put on by the Georgia Romance Writers . Moonlight and Magnolias.
Anyone else going?

Summer Vacation!

Okay! I’m Still alive. Summer vacation actually started for me in May. The kids are home and i’ve only had time to jot down ideas but not actively write. hopefully I’ll be able to get some writing done, during these next few weeks. Jax I hope all is well. The same goes to all of my freinds out there in the big never never known as the internet.

Hi everybody!

I know, I know I haven’t posted in a really long time. I promise I’ll get my behind in gear. I’ve been working on my book though to be honest I had a few bad weeks on the writing front. I also just got an idea for a paranormal short story, so we’ll see how that works out.
So here’s what I’ve been up to I saw Duran Duran, they’ve still got it.
Went to the Space Coast Authors of Romance Super Saturday
It was very informative and the ladies are great. Oh and attended an area book signing for CFRWA,
Here’s the list of authors that were signing:
Catherine Kean
Nancy J Cohen
Jax Cassidy
Louise M Gouge
Terry Odell
Roxanne St. Claire

Gone back to writing, See y’all later!

What title!

Words written today: 871
What I’m Listening to: Fall Out boy, “this ain’t a scene”
What I’m reading; My WIP, which is coming together.
I was talking to a friend of a friend a few months ago and the topic of social networking sites, like My Space and Facebook came up . I’m not against them because they help me stay in touch with my friends and family. (This coming from the girl who has people scattered over the face of the earth like seeds.) But I do think you need to have commonsense when using these sites.
Which brought on the topic of people moving farther away from home than they ever have before, and becoming disconnected from their families , and cultures.
It’s happened to me, at heart I’m still an island girl, but I like the anonymity of living in a big city. Though I still occasionally long for all of my friends being in one place. After all it would be wonderful not to have to think about what country code to dial. Which is utterly selfish of me because, not everyone can end up in the same place and not everyone is meant to have the same life.
I know if affects how I react to others when I go home. I generally feel disconnected, it almost as if I’m feeling my way again with this person after all I’ve lived in the USA since 1996. It always amazes me when someone is amazed that I remember them, i usually do, its just sometimes I can’t remember a name until I actually talk to them for a while. or in one embarassing moment called someone by the wrong name.
What about you, are your family and friends scattered , or all in the same vicinity?
How do you think it affects your relationships, with them and others?
Weird questions! I know.

Happy b-day ,First conference experience to me!

Total words written so far today: 248 (I just started work today people)

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 29th birthday. One year older, Woohoo. I don’t care what anyone says I still feel as if I’m 16. oh happy birthday! Tonya, sorry I’m late.
Ok, I was a conference virgin, but that was before this past weekend. I attended the Southern Lights conference , put on by the First coast Romance Authors. It was a wonderful introduction to the world of conferences. but that could just be because they had Suzanne Brockmann there.
Yes my one of my all time favorite authors, was there with her husband Ed Gaffney. I do have Ed’s “Premeditated Murder” on my to be read list.
Cheryl Alldredge also known as “Charlie” did an excellent job along with the rest of the committee putting on this conference. Barb and Alyssa, had the master list of appointments organized and kept us all in order, in addition to giving out great advice.
Many thanks to
Tracy Montoya, Simone Elkeles, Terri Ridgell, Linda Bilodeau, Cheri Norman, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Maggie Toussaint. Who helped newbies like me polish our pitches. Be back later to finish this up, the kids are ill and need my attention.

back from the bachelorette party

Words written so far today: 478
What I’m listening to: Spice and Company’s , Guns (Soca for you who don’t know)
What I read this week: my work in Progress, I was trying to get it ready for TOM (Touch of Magic, the contest the CFRWA sponsors ) I didn’t make it.

This weekend was a writing challenge, I went to New Jersey for a bachelorette party. I’m pretty proud of myself for using my in flight time for writing, I did 312 on the way there and 470 on the way back. Which means i’m still in the game for the 100 word Challenge.
As for the party it was my first encounter, that I know of, with drag queens. We went to Lucky Chengs in downtown NYC. And had an absolute ball, we’re still wondering if things were surgically removed.
Moving on from the mysteries of Drag queens, and to be PC the person in the picture is a Drag Doll. Yes there is a difference.One that would take too much time to explain considering I’m not sure where this particular doll is from.
Now on to the topic of conferences. Another friend and I are going to attend the Southern Lights Writers Conference in Jacksonville, Fl this March. Its put on by the First coast Romance Writers of Jacksonville .


This year their keynote speaker is Suzanne Brockmann. (www.suzannebrockmann.com) Of whom I’m a big fan, I’ve just give my Mother-in-law the first three of her books in the Troubleshooters series. I fully expect her to be demanding the others in the next week, and when she’s done with those I should be ready to let go of Roxanne St. Claire’s and Cindy Gerard’s books.
So here’s my question who are you favorite authors you don’t have to rank them just let me know who you like.
Here I go with mine:
Georgette Heyer
Arthur Golden
Lucy Walker
Louisa May Alcott
Ismith Khan
V.S Naipaul
Alice Walker
James Fennimore Cooper
Margret Mitchell
Suzanne Brockmann
Cindy Gerard
Roxanne St.Claire

Appearances

Feburary 4-7, 2016
Coastal Magic Convention
Daytona, FL

Feb 20, 2016
Love Between the Covers: Romance Book Festival
Orlando, FL

April 12-17 2016
RT Booklovers Convention
Las Vegas, NV

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