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Peek inside my latest book

Fellow author Caroline Clemmons is hosting me on her blog today and posting an  excerpt from  Fool's Iron . We'd love it if you'd stop by.

I'm over at Cowboy Kisses

I am over at the  Cowboy Kisses blog  today.  I'd love it if you'd stop by!   @CowboyKisses1 on Twitter Cowboy Kisses on  Facebook  

Release day! Fool's Iron & IWSG

Today is release day for book 3 in the Forging America series!  Fool's Iron  is a story of betrayal and redeeming love set in 1853. The way to a man’s heart is through his ego. The way to a woman’s heart is through her child. Debutante Magdalene Rose Meriwether’s fall from grace and banishment from Indianapolis society left her shocked and heartbroken—and hellbent on salvaging what was left of her life. Her problems can be solved if she finds a husband in time. But, most important of all, her unborn child won’t suffer the life of a bastard. Railroad construction worker Edgar Grimes spent his formative years raising his brother and holding a crumbling family together. He lost his mother to abuse, lost the only woman who’d ever favored him to another man, and lost his simple-minded brother to a life of crime. The same booze that washed his father into ruin is Edgar’s means of coping with a life not much worth living—until he fin

Excerpts from Fool's Iron

Three more days! Release day for my next western is just around the corner. Here are some excerpts from Fool's Iron, book 3 in the Forging America series. Fellow authors Elizabeth Seckman and Alex J. Cavanaugh  kindly gave Fool's Iron a mention. Show them some blog love and pay them a visit. 💗 Available for preorder Releases June 1st ~~~ Book one, Come Back , is still on sale for 99c.

Cowboy Kisses

I am over at the Cowboy Kisses blog today.  I'd love it if you'd stop by! @CowboyKisses1 on Twitter Cowboy Kisses on Facebook

IWSG May - Flying High

  This is my   Insecure Writers Support Group   post for May 2022. Alex's awesome co-hosts this month  are:    Kim Elliott ,   Chemist Ken,   Lee Lowery,   Nancy Gideon & Me! Please stop by their blogs and say thank you .  💻💻💻💻💻 I'm glad I was able to co-host this month, because I have a big announcement, and I want you all here to celebrate with me! But first, my post for IWSG.  May 4 question - It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)? I'll take those in reverse. My writer lows are when life gets in the way and keeps me from writing, or when I have a plot problem I can't seem to overcome. My writer highs are when I write 1,000 words in one day,  when one of my books receives a good review,  when I do something that helps an aspiring author,  when I type THE END on a WIP,  and...  when I upload a finished book and click publish! The next historical wes

New Release! - CassaDark by Alex J. Cavanaugh & April IWSG

This is my   Insecure Writers Support Group   post for April 2022. I'm posting a day early because our fearless leader just released a new book! Congratulations, Alex! To celebrate the release of his newest book, CassaDark , Alex J. Cavanaugh is visiting my blog today. I asked Alex if he would tell us about changes he made to the story during drafting, and he agreed to let us peek behind the curtain. Give the Ninja Captain a warm welcome! Changes!   Melissa asked about changes to the story, and once I thought about it, there were several things not in the original outline. Now, I am big on outlining and can take months to put one together with just the right amount of detail. So, changes sometimes throw a wrench in things for me.   One such change involved the death of a secondary character. One of my beta readers suggested it would make the situation more dire and realistic. And while I hadn’t intended to kill the character, the death did raise the stakes and revealed how much tro

IWSG March - Decisions, Decisions

  This is my   Insecure Writers Support Group   post for March 2022. Alex's awesome co-hosts this month  are:  Janet Alcorn,   PatGarcia,   NatalieAguirre,   and   Shannon Lawrence! Please stop by their blogs and say thank you .  💻💻💻💻💻 March 2 nd question - Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not? I'm a natural plotter and only pants the small stuff, so -thankfully- I rarely struggle with this. But I do have my moments. 😃 I encountered this problem in the second book of my Scarlet Knight duet, when the threat of a leftover villain from book one was mentioned but didn't materialize. I let my CPs read the draft first (so as not to bias them), then I asked them what they thought about that particular issue.

February IWSG 2022 - Jeremy Hawkins Tribute

  This is my   Insecure Writers Support Group   post for February 2022. Alex's awesome co-hosts this month  are:  Joylene Nowell Butler,   Jacqui Murray,   Sandra Cox ,   and  Lee Lowery! Please stop by their blogs and say thank you .  💻💻💻💻 💻 The question this month asked about people who've supported or influenced our writing, namely someone who isn't around anymore or someone we miss.

10-Year Blogiversary - A walk down memory lane & a look ahead

Well, don't I feel like a fool. I made a draft post more than a year ago, so I wouldn't forget to celebrate this milestone, and then -thanks to Blogger's most recent (and now despised) update- I flat-out overlooked it.  *sighs* At least I caught it before the end of the month. I decided to take a walk down memory lane and link a few posts.

IWSG January 2022 - Regrets & Rebirth

  This is my   Insecure Writers Support Group   post for January 2022. Alex's awesome co-hosts this month  are:    Erika Beebe,   Olga Godim,   Sandra Cox,   Sarah Foster ,   and  Chemist Ken! Please stop by their blogs and say thank you .  💻💻💻💻💻 There's a lot to be excited about. Not only is it the first post of a brand-spankin'  new year, it's the day IWSG announces the winners of the 7th annual Anthology Contest! My writer friends have been on me for years  to submit a story, and - since this contest's genre was romance - I finally did. I'm looking forward to the big reveal. January 5th question: What's one thing about your writing career that you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it? Wow. This is one of those lay-it-bare-for-everyone-to-see things, huh? Well...okay.