Thank You, Journalists!

Posted at Apr 14, 2014 9:25 am

Dan Rather

Got to meet Dan Rather at the University of Texas Honors Day Communications Department brunch (thanks to my “scary smart” and adorable daughter who’s kicking major butt in college).  So proud!

Many of you probably feel the same way as me. The voice and face of Dan Rather on TV always meant that something big was happening in the world. He’s the man who brought us so much news over so many years. A big thanks to all the journalists who keep us informed because KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

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My Writing Process

Posted at Apr 7, 2014 1:00 am

Thanks to author Logan Belle, a.k.a. Jamie Brenner, for inviting me to participate in the “My Writing Process” blog tour!  Under her ‘real’ name, Jamie Brenner is the author of the  1920’s novel The Gin Lovers  which Fresh Fiction named  as one of the Top Thirteen Books to read in 2013 and described as “Downton Abbey meets Fifty Shades of Grey.”  As Logan Belle,  she writes contemporary romance and erotic romance with plenty of twists and turns, but always with an HEA. Visit Logan at

In this blog tour, authors share a bit about their writing process.  Here are some details about mine:

1) What am I working on?  I’m working on book #8 in my IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway series. This book will be called Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses. In this book, Tara goes after people running specious nonprofit organizations, while her boyfriend and fellow special agent Nick goes deep undercover to pursue a drug cartel.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’d have to say it’s my goofy sense of humor.  I tend to toward sassy and slightly warped. 

3) Why do I write what I do?

Because it’s so much fun! I love sitting down at my computer and seeing what kind of outrageous situations I can think of to toss my characters into.  Writing is a great escape!

4) How does my writing process work?

I’m definitely a planner.  Before I write a single word, I prepare a detailed spreadsheet that outlines where the story will be going.  Surprises still pop up along the way, but at least I have a roadmap so I won’t end up going over a cliff.  I write every day, even on weekends.  If the weather’s good, I write outside on my patio.  If the weather’s bad, I write on my couch or in bed.  Sitting at a desk stifles me, because desks are for working and my writing has never felt like work to me.  It feels more like play and entertainment.  I wish everyone could have a job they loved this much! 

Look for the “My Writing Process” blog tour next week at these author sites:

Sherrel Lee: The love of alternate worlds led Sherrel to read, watch, and explore myth, legend, lore which resulted in the “Valens of Legacy Series” where she discovered a dark side to share with her readers. Visit Sherrel at

Barb Han:  Barb Han is the author of romance novels and romantic suspense.  Visit her website at, and check out her blog about her writing process at

Tessa Gray:  Tessa Gray is the consummate believer of ‘second chances.’ Her hearth and home stories feature characters whose lives have taken an unexpected turn, forcing them to reexamine the world as they once knew it. Her Dreamcatchers series is a perfect fit for any book club.  Visit Tessa at

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Ice, Ice Baby!

Posted at Dec 4, 2013 4:56 pm

five gold smuggling ringsJust released!

Heat up your holidays with some spicy romance and heart-pounding suspense!

After receiving a tip from an unnamed source, rookie ICE agent Angelika Dietrich gets her first real case. Things quickly steam up when she’s paired with her secret crush, Javier Carrasco, a veteran agent as sexy as he is stoic. Javier won’t be an easy nut to crack, but if anyone can do it, it’s the bold, brassy, six-foot-one Angelika—an ass-kicking tornado of a woman. With a wicked sense of humor and a heart as big as her size-eleven stilettos, Angelika will have you cheering for her to capture the bad guys and Javier’s heart.

This novella is available exclusively for Amazon Kindle at only $1.99!


Join in the Fun!

Posted at Oct 8, 2013 12:08 pm

Join in the fun today at Dru’s Book Musings as Lu Lobozinski, the beehive-wearing boss of the IRS, talks about what it’s like to run the office!


It’s Release Day!

Posted at Oct 1, 2013 12:38 pm

Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream(1)  It’s release day for book #6 in the Tara Holloway series!  Woo hoo! 

  Reviews are rolling in.  Check out this one in the Criminal Element:

 Happy reading!

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A Sad Loss This Week

Posted at Aug 29, 2013 11:14 am

I was saddened this week to hear that Matthew Shear, publisher at St. Martin’s Press, passed away.  Although I only had the pleasure of meeting him once at the Flatiron building in New York where St. Martin’s is located, I was impressed by his friendliness.  My editor says he was a wonderful boss and mentor, and he will sorely be missed by the staff at St. Martin’s. It was under his leadership that my career as a novelist finally came to be, and I will always appreciate that.  Rest in peace.

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Authors on the Air! Tune In!

Posted at Jun 28, 2013 7:01 am

Tune in to Authors on the Air to hear my interview!  Thanks so much to host Pam Stack for featuring me on her show.  You can also check the archives for links to interviews with your other favorite authors.

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Radio Interview Monday, June 24th at 1:00 PM Central Time!

Posted at Jun 23, 2013 10:58 am

Join Diane and host Pam Stack at Authors on the Air for a fun interview and book talk!  Call in with your questions!

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And the Winners Are . . .

Posted at Jun 4, 2013 7:12 pm

Congratulations to Jenny Martin, Josi Steward, Moojuice, Joye, and JackieW!  You are the 5 winners of DEATH, TAXES, AND HOT PINK LEG WARMERS!  Thanks to everyone who chimed in on what makes a great beach read!  Be sure to stop back in late September when I’ll run another contest for the release of Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream.


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