Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Birthday Celebration!

 I have a birthday coming up in April and one lucky member of my newsletter will receive a birthday prize!  A variety pack of Body Essential Oils!

   You can join the newsletter by clicking the link below.

   If you haven't heard, I've sold Rider in a 3 Book deal to Entangled Publishing! To celebrate that, I'll be offering a prize (or maybe a couple of prizes) near its release date. We're going to rename Rider, which was always just a working title and I can't wait to see what we come up with ;-)

Contact me:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

From Linda Wisdom - Behind the Book -- Sudden Impulse

Behind the Book -- Sudden Impulse
                      by Linda Wisdom

He tightened his hold on her hand and slowly pulled until her face was inches from his. "Your heart rate just sped up and your skin is growing warmer at the thought of our lying on the grass and making love."

She tried to keep her breathing steady. "For a businessman you have such an incredible imagina-tion," she finally forced out.

He smiled. "Is it? Think about it, Kelly—the two of us lying down here on incredibly thick grass, my slipping off your clothes, you taking off mine. Our having the chance to discover what we've missed. While moonlight is great for making love, sunlight is much better."

Liquid desire rushed through her veins as she visualized all he was talking about, arousing her until all she could think of was his body merging with hers. "Ben," she managed to say, "I told you before that it's not a good idea. I'm very confused about what's happening between us, and I'm still trying to understand something I've never experienced before."

"When I'm around you I discover it's not easy to go slow," he said, lowering them to the grass....

What if you were told you only had a short time to live? What would you do? Would you worry that you not only hit your ex-husband, but he lost a few teeth in the process, and now he wants to sue you for damages? Any reason it should bother you if you’re going to die soon?

If you’re Kelly Andrews you’d leave Los Angeles behind and take off for a tropical island and buy a waterfront tavern because it’s the exact opposite of anything you’d be expected to do.

But hiding out isn’t all that easy to do when Australian Ben Wyatt is tracking the woman who creates hand painted silks and designs that he wants for his boutiques. The man isn’t easy to resist and seriously, who would want to.

I wanted a book with a heroine who was convinced she only had a short time to live and was determined to make the most of that time. The Elaine in the book is based on my good friend and fantastic author, Elaine Raco Chase. As always, I insert the mention of chocolate with yummy Goo Goo Clusters that are so good they’re sinful.

I wanted a heroine who finally realized hiding away wasn’t a good thing and a sexy hero who was determined she have the kind of life she deserved. Setting the story on a tropical island seemed just right and the perfect background for romance.

Sudden Impulse was one of the three Bantam Loveswepts I wrote and I hope you enjoy Kelly and Ben’s romance. It’s available at Amazon and Smashwords right now and will soon be available at Barnes&Noble for the Nook.


Visit the islands with its sea breezes, exotic flowers and just the right man for those magic nights.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


My futuristic romance, Rider, just sold in a 3 book deal toEntangled Publishing! I don't have a lot of details yet but I'm excited and eager to work with my new editor to make Riderthe best it can be. The following books in the series will be based on Tara's 'adopted' brothers, Christopher 'Drummer' and 'Black' Jack Brown. Both guys are hunky and both are looking for the perfect woman…though she won't be at all what they expect.

Cargo hauler Tara Rowan will do anything to protect her Rider and the life she's worked so hard to build on the ashes of her childhood. But her world shatters when Holy Knight Traisdon Sinclair confronts her with her criminal past.

Even as desire sparks between them, Trace vows that if Tara doesn't help him find a missing Princess and bring her kidnappers to justice, he'll expose her dark secret.

To protect her livelihood and her Rider, Tara must return to the scene of her greatest crime...and forfeit her one chance at love.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Thinking of Spring

Thinking of Spring - 64 Days! Thinking of warm-from-the-sun ripe tomatoes and chilled-just-right cottage cheese. Love it! My favorite summer salad.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Upcoming Workshops from the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA

***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** 

Don't miss any of these great online class brought to you from the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA!  Classes start Monday.

Check our full sizzling summer lineup here:

Writing from the Male POV to Create Stronger Heroes - Sascha Illyvich
$15.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP members
June 10-16, 2013
Erotic Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable heroes, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!

How to Develop a Persona From Your Pen Name - -- presented by Ezra Barany
$20.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP members
June 24-July 15, 2013
Join Ezra to learn exactly how to figure out how to choose a pen name and then what to do with it!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blogging with Star-Crossed Romance

If you'd like a spot on my blog, please email me with the approximate date you'd like. I usually have no more than 2 guests per week and spaces go quickly, so don't delay!

Star-Crossed Romance Guidelines

Here's what I need for your guest spot. Please send this to me approximately one week before your appearance so I can make sure I have everything I need.

1. A short bio about you that I can use to introduce you. I may edit this for brevity since I may use it in the promo's, possibly combined with other promo's that week. I've found that the most successful authors (ie with the most comments) will also promote their appearance. This is particularly helpful if you have a readers group or other loops that you frequent often. To promo, you can direct your readers to or you can wait until I send you the direct link to your article.

2. An article about 350-1000 words -- remember our focus is SF/F/P romance so it would be super if your article tied into that or at the very least offered a new insight for authors or readers.  Blog subjects can range from writing, writers life, characterization, plotting, themes, research, whatever interests you ...I encourage all my guests to remember that this blog is not just for writers but for readers as well so whatever your subject, it should be written to entice or interest a reader. Also, the article itself should NOT be completely promotion for your book(s). While you can use your book to illustrate your article, the subject should be something of interest to readers as well as writers (ie characterization, plotting, world building, etc) 

3. I won't edit your article for length so if you find you need to go over 1000 words, don't worry. (Excerpts and blurbs do not count toward your article word count, so you have plenty of room for your subject) I also won't edit for spelling or grammar...usually. If I see a misspelled word, I may correct it because I'm anal that way and I know we all make typo's. I've done it myself. Do remember that our site is PG 13. We've done everything from YA to erotica so our readers can vary widely in age and maturity.

4. A short blurb on your book with a jpg of your cover. If you'd like to include a short excerpt, that would be fine. Excerpts should NOT be longer than the blog post. If your book is electronic, remember to include buy links so interested readers can go directly to the site to purchase your book. I will make sure the links are active. 

5. If you have any other book or future books you'd like to mention, feel free. If you have covers for them, go ahead and include them as well as a blurb for them.

6. If you'd like to do a giveaway, that would be wonderful but you don't have to. I will ask that you be responsible for selecting the winner and/or getting the giveaway to the winner unless we've made a previous agreement to the contrary. Do announce who the winner is on the site, however. It makes the winner feel good Oh, and because the readers don't always check in on the first day, I suggest letting the contest run for several days but do give a time cut off. I also suggest you have them both comment on the blog AND email you with their snail mail/email addy (which ever you need to get the prize to them). This makes it so much easier for you to contact the winner. But I'll leave it up to your discretion on how you want to run your particular contest You might check back on several Star-Crossed blogs to see how other authors have handled the giveaways.

7. If possible, try to stop in once or twice a day over the following days after your post goes live to check for comments. We get a lot of visitors but don't always get many comments. Still it's nice to acknowledge the ones we do get. 

8. I'll post a promo for your article in several sites, including my own and a variety of email loops devoted to readers and writers. 

9. Don't forget to include contact information, ie your website, blog site(s), facebook, myspace, twitter, email (for contests or general contact), how to join your readers group, etc with your bio so that potential readers can visit your sites. If you have a buy link for your book(s), please include it.

10. Your article can be an attached word doc but PLEASE put it in Rich Text Format (RTF)  or plain Text. Also, please NO embedded html. It does weird and definitely NOT wonderful things to the post that don't show up until after it's posted if I don't catch it in advance. If I do catch it, it generally means I have to reformat the entire article into plain text to get rid of the HTML or special formatting. And then I get to pretty it up for the blog. This is time consuming and opens it up to me making dumb mistakes that will embarrass both of us. Do attach the jpg of your cover(s). DO NOT embed your cover jpg in your article. Include it as a separate attachment. If you want it in a particular place, let me know where you want it and I'll put it there. 

If you have any questions, give me a holler at or

Thanks for being with us!

Monday, May 27, 2013

FF&P Chapter of RWA Presents June Workshops

The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA has some great workshops lined up for June! There's still time to register but don't delay. You don't want to miss it.

Joomla Class presented by Dr. L. Pepper Norris
Class Dates: June 3, 2013 to June 30, 2013
Cost: $20.00 for FFnP members and $30.00 for non-FFnP members
To Register:
This class will focus on using the free web design software called Joomla, which is similar to WordPress but has some advanced features that can give you a more professional-looking website. It will include: understanding how to use Joomla, choosing templates, creating pages and blogs, using modules, creating menus, allowing users, creating links, managing images, and much more. By the time we finish, you’ll be able to use Joomla effectively to create a custom, professional-looking site.

Psychic Research presented by Mary O'Gara
Class Dates: June 3, 2013 to June 30, 2013
Cost: $20.00 for FFnP members and $30.00 for non-FFnP members
To Register:
Psychic research isn't an oxymoron but it's so diverse and loosely defined that it's fertile territory for worldbuilding. In this fast-moving overview of psychic research, Mary will explore:
. Personal research anyone can do, with a discussion of standards from social psychology and other sources
. Astrological research, both from historical searches and from statistical studies
. Research organizations, including brain science and neurolinguistic programming studies
. Psychic research organizations (real and fictional) that document predictions
. Special research-in-action projects such as groups dowsing for water or searching for missing children
. Magical societies and their records or proof of effectiveness
The course provides references to real-world research (both internet and reference books cited) as well as examples from Mary's personal work. The workshop includes references to best-selling novels that include realistic research societies or methods as part of their world building. The material will be suitable for both paranormal writers and for writers of romantic suspense with psychic or paranormal elements.

Herbal Lore presented by Beth Trissel
Class Dates: June 3, 2013 to June 30, 2013
Cost: $20.00 for FFnP members and $30.00 for non-FFnP members
To Register:
In this class on Herbal Lore and the Historic Medicinal Uses of Herbs, my intent is to inspire a deeper appreciation of these age-old plants and hope members will find ways to use this knowledge to enhance their writing. I do not assign homework, but invite members to share samples of their WIP's that contain references to herbs to gain useful feedback. Lurkers are also welcome.
 My fascination with herbs is largely prompted by my absorption with all things historic and the thrill of seeing, touching, sometimes tasting, and above all smelling the same plants known by the ancients. Herbs have changed little, if at all, over the centuries and offer us a connection with the past that precious little does in these modern days. It’s pure intoxication to rub fragrant leaves between my fingers and savor the scent while pondering the wealth of lore behind these plants. I hope my enthusiasm will enrich your lives with a deeper awareness of those people who dwelt on this earth long before us and to inspire you as writers to contrive new plot twists or add authentic touches to your stories.

Witchcraft for the Paranormal Author presented by Deborah Blake
Class Dates: June 3, 2013 to June 14, 2013
Cost: $15.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP members
Have you ever wondered about the differences between historical witches and modern-day Wiccans?
Are you curious about familiars?
How do you create a witch character for fiction?
Deborah Blake can answer these questions and many more with her class about witchcraft and creating a character practicing the magical arts.
• You will learn how to create witch characters for different genres.
• You will learn how to create a witch with real strengths and weaknesses.
• You will learn the basics of Wicca and spell casting.
• You will learn some of the historical views on familiars.
• You will learn how to write scenes in which your character practices magic and how the character would create a spell.
You may not be allowed to turn an agent into a toad, but you are allowed to create a great character for your book!

Writing from the Male POV to Create Stronger Heroes presented by Sascha Illyvich
Class Dates: June 10, 2013 to June 16, 2013
Cost: $15.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP members
In this workshop, learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer! Erotic Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable heroes, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!
What you’ll learn from this class
Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
How to get your man to express his true “self”
What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
A man’s self view*
The GAY MALE Viewpoint*
The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
A man’s journey in life
What men really think
A few extras
Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters.  Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.

Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately.  With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light!  We’ll cover all that here and a lot more over the next week.

How to Develop a Persona from Your Pen Name presented by Ezra Barany
Class Dates: June 24, 2013 to July 15, 2013
Cost: $20.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP members
In this class you will learn:
-What is crucial for considering a pen name
-How to find free royalty-free images of a person to go with the name
-How to be active on your persona's Facebook and Twitter accounts without spending more than 15 minutes a day
-How to create a voice for the persona
-and more!ersona -and more!