• THOUGHTS

    The Return for Refund problem

    Returning a book  for a refund after you’ve read it, because you didn’t like it is a problem that is currently under the spotlight in social media.  The debate happening in book circles  is pitting readers and authors against one another. For the main part it’s taking place on TikTok but it can also be found on Facebook and Twitter and in blogs – and it’s not a new problem. It wasn’t that long ago that Audible was under fire too for allowing the exact same problem to exist – people could buy audio books, listen, then return for refunds. *Sigh* You can see the TikTok I created for this…

  • romance writing,  THOUGHTS

    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 R word. Every romance reader and writer I know has experienced it to some extent. That moment when someone asks what you’re reading or writing and when they find out it’s romance, they roll their…

  • THOUGHTS

    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 for five books, each looking at a different couple and a different kink set against the backdrop of a sex store called The Toye Shoppe. An overarching story would link the characters and couples so…