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...]

SAYING THANK YOU TO MY FATHER

  Yesterday, I was captive in a car for three hours on our way back from our little piece of heaven, the Isle of Palms, when the sprotscasters my husband was litening to on the radio made a very good point. Advertisers, and maybe offspring themselves make an enormous deal out of Mother's Day. Give her diamonds. Chocolate. Oh, heck, why not a new Lexus? But when it comes to Father's Day, it's a seems to be a blip on the commercial radar. I know this is true because when I went to pick out a Father's Day card, there was a small section at Target, and I'm sad to say about 80% of the … [Read more...]

Free Cat With Every Purchase

While Charleston was voted the number one tourist destination in the WORLD by Conde Nast Magazine last year, there is more to see beyond the Holy City. SO many wonderful places to eat and things to do without crossing the Cooper river, I thought I’d give you a little taste of the Lowcountry. Just across the connecter from the Isle of Palms is Old Mt. Pleasant. Now, this Lowcountry town has nomountains and is about as flat as you can get, but it is aptly named for it’s fine shops, restaurants andhomes that are every bit as charming as the Battery mansions. One of the more colorful … [Read more...]

REAL LIFE IS JUST TOO DAMN SCARY

I'm 55 and blessed to have both of my parents, nobody has to remind me of that. But somewhere along the way, I've put them on the same level as my people, what most folks would call my characters. My people come to me fully formed, with a story to tell. They talk a mile a minute and to be completely honest, they write the book for me, I'm simply the typist. The thing about them is, for the most part, they never get old and SPOILER ALERT, they never die. To me, my parents are sort of wrapped in the warm cocoon of their own stories, not in a Bill Murray/Groundhog Day sort of way, but they're … [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...]