THE POWER OF HAIR

One of my best memories is being a young teen and running my quarter horse, Fig, a big sorrel gelding down a dirt road that encircled the little 9-hole golf course my father owned. Me with my long hair, and Fig with his tail, we were a mass of brown hair flying as fast as we could go. To this day, when I think of freedom, my freedom, I think about those moments racing with Fig. When I was little and before I had any say in the matter, my hair was super short, a glorified bowl cut. As I got older and more opinionated, I grew it out, but my mom still dictated the style. There are pictures of me … [Read more...]

ON HAPPILY EVER AFTERS

  I’m stepping out of the literary closet to say–I’ve written a romance! Not only have I written a romance, I’ve read A LOT of the genre this past year (47 and counting to be exact,) and the more I read, the more I am amazed how what a bad rap it has amongst the group who claims to be “the masses.” Most of those “rappers” are probably tucked in bed with a book and a flashlight or a Kindle, reading love stories like crack, but too embarrassed to admit it. But why? Romance is happy. Romance is hopeful. Sometimes hot, but always satisfying. In a world that desperately needs more HEA's … [Read more...]

Change Your Hair. Change Your Life.

  Growing up in a tiny one stop light town, I don't think I was fully aware that the women came into my mom's beauty shop to change their lives. If I did, it didn't click until years later, and by years, I really mean decades (OUCH!) Subconsciously, I saw this desire for change in myself, but it really came to light as Zora Adams, the protagonist of The Wisdom of Hair, told me her story (yes, I really do hear voices) and also when my editor asked me what exactly "the wisdom of hair" was. By the grace of God, and with a few "uhs" and "you knows," the words just spilled out. WOMEN CHANGE … [Read more...]

THE TWO HOUR RULE

Okay, so you've done something drastic. You went from long to short, from blond to red, from board straight to electric socket curls and you HATE IT. So whose fault is it? The stylist's who listened carefully to what you wanted and asked you ten times if you were sure you wanted to make such a dramatic change? The stupid celebrity who spent six hours in hair and makeup and then did the photo shoot, or the editor who chose from a hundred shots and then air brushed and touched up the final photo for the glossy magazine cover you brought into the salon? Did you beg your stylist to make you look … [Read more...]

ORDER UP! HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR LEADING MEN?

A married friend of mine went on a windjammer cruise with some girlfriends and came home crushing on the captain, who had piercing blue eyes, Sean Connery's voice, and the body of a man who wrestles with the sea. While fanning herself, she told me she'd been tempted, really tempted to break her marriage vows and asked me if I'd ever felt the same way. I told her no, that whenever I wanted another man (no offense, hubby,) I just go to my office and write me up one. So, let's do that. What is your perfect man like? The one that steps out of the pages of whatever you're reading and makes you … [Read more...]