Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.Winston Churchhill


Things I Want to Say was awarded a 2010 Reviewer’s Choice Award from Cataromance.


eChook publishes short stories as apps for people to read on their phones.  They’re open for submissions now of short stories, 750 -2000 words. Payment is $100 and 10 apps. Deadline to submit is March 31, 2011. They’re also looking for holiday storeis — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza — deadline October 31, 2011 and memoirs — deadline Decemer 1, 2011. You may submit as many stories as you like, but they must be previously unpublished. See all the details here.


Albedo One, an Irish magazine that features science fiction, fantasy and horror, is hosting the Sixth Annual Aeon Awards for short fiction.  Writers from anywhere in the world may enter. First prize is 1000 pounds and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place also receive cash prizes and publication.  Entry is 7 pounds, payable via Paypal. Dealines to enter are March 31, June 30, September 30 and November 30. At the end of each entry period, judges choose the top stories to go on to the final round. Final round stories compete for the grand prize. Entries should be no longer than 10,000 words and previously unpublished. See the rules here.


Heroes and Heartbreakers is a new website launched by Macmillan. The site is accepting submissions of romance short stories between 6000 and 15,000 words. They welcome all subgenres — contemporary, paranormal/urban fantasy, women’s fiction/chick lit, historical,  and romantic suspense. Payment is  a $1000  advance against 25 percent royalties for stories downloaded from the site.  Find all the details here.


February 21 I’ll be celebrating the release of my first new historical novel in almost ten years! A Long Sweet Ride is being released by Aurora Regency, an imprint of Aspen Mountain Press. They’ve been releasing reprints of the western historicals I originally published with Berkley and Kensington. A Long, Sweet Ride is set in the 18090s amidst a Buffalo Bill style Wild West Show. A half-Apache trick rider and a mysterious cowboy discover love my require the greatest command performance of their lives.  This is a book of my heart and I hope you’ll check it out here. And see all my historical ebooks here.  


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