There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence-an overwhelming determination to succeed.
Sophy Burnham



Nobility Ranch is on sale now. This is Book One in my Titled Texans trilogy, originally released in 2000 by Kensington Books. Now readers who missed it the first time (or want to revisit it) can read the trilogy in eBook form from Aurora Regency Historical. This historical western romance series follows three titled Englishmen who come to Texas to seek their fortunes — and find love. In Nobility Ranch,  Lord Charles Worthington flees his confining, proper life for the Texas plains — but the woman he left behind comes after him! Pick up your copy today.


F&W Crime is a new imprint of F&W Books. The publisher acquired crime fiction small press Tyrus Books from Benjamin LeRoy. LeRoy will continue as published of F&W Crime, which will launch its Prologue Books line this summer. This ebook publisher plans to publish up to 200 crime fiction titles in ebook form this year.  Read the press release here.
One Buck Horror is looking for classic horror short stories. If you have a horror story of 3000 words or less, Editors Christopher Hawkins and Chris M. Hawkins would be interested in hearing from you. They pay 5 cents a word for horror stories set in any time period or locale. Stories should be “scary and compelling.”  Find the submission guidelines here. Then check out D.L. Snell’s interview with the editors.
Don’t miss Brenda Novak’s Seventh Annual Online Auction  , which opened May 1st and will run until May 31st. There are 2,000 items, everything from antique jewelry to trips & stays to lunch with your favorite author. And this year there are more opportunities for published and aspiring authors than ever before. Choose from 120 agents and editors, some of the most influential in the business, who have volunteered to evaluate an unpublished manuscript–many within 24 hours and even more with the promise of a follow-up meeting or phone call. There are contest entries, conference fees, publicity packages, mentoring and more. (I’ve donated a gift bag full of books and chocolate.) Visit the auction website and register now!


Baby, It’s Cold Outside is nominated for Best Contemporary Romance cover over at the Cover Cafe. Check out the competition and cast your vote.