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Slowing down as self-care

It’s just gone 11pm here in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m sitting at my desk in my very messy, and about to be redesigned, office, listening to Radio Company  and musing about slowing down and self-care. My PA has taken care of promotional posts, the week’s work has been scheduled and transferred to Trello and my physical planner.  The rest of the household – those with four paws and those with two – sleeps already.   Today, …
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October 3, 2021 0

Romance is Not a Dirty Word

I write stories about love. I struggle to call them romances for a couple of reasons. One is that I don’t always hit the markers that make a story a romance – though I hit enough of them and especially the Happy Ever After (HEA) or Happy For Now (HFN) to be considered a romance writer most of the time. The other is the response you get from most people the second they hear the…
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July 13, 2021 0

A comedy of errors… so many errors

I screwed up. Not the ‘oh man, the world is going to end’ kind of screw up, thankfully. More of the ‘oh man, I am such an idiot’ and the ‘my brand is going to take such a beating’ kind of screw up. Let me explain… I have had this idea for a book called The Toye Shoppe for years.The book idea grew into a series idea and eventually I came up with an idea…
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July 7, 2021 0

What do you mean you’re leaving KU? aka How will I read your books?

Over the coming three months, I will be removing my books for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU) and I have had some readers tell me they will no longer be able to read my books. I’ve had some authors question my sanity. And I’ve had some moments when I’ve wondered if  shouldn’t just quit writing entirely.  The truth is this wasn’t a decision I took lightly – and it’s one I’ve been considering for several months.…
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June 27, 2021 1

From my desk to yours: May 9, 2021

  Well it’s a drizzly Monday morning here in New Zealand and while I do have coffee, I sadly do not have cake. That garden variety head cold I was battling last week is still hanging around and kicking my ass. I’ve spent most of the past ten days curled up in a blanket with hot blackcurrent tea and bad television. While I’m still not 100%, I am a lot better this morning so have…
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May 10, 2021 0