How’s the Runway Looking?

Thursday, March 17, 2016

This past weekend I told a story where my age was relevant. I said, “I’m thirty-five– wait no, it’s 2016– I’m thirty-six.” Only my birthday isn’t until June, and it took me three days to piece that together. I’m thirty-five and don’t know it. I’m suffering from what feels like the irresponsible combination of an epic-bender and pregnancy brain. The cause? All the many unknowns. Unlike my fellow debutantes, my book won’t be out…


Interview with Alum Heather Webb + Book Giveaway!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

There’s nothing more exciting to debut writers than the knowledge that the first year is only the beginning. It is with open arms that we welcome back one of our 2014 debutantes, the marvelous Heather Webb. Today we celebrate her latest release, FALL OF POPPIES, a collaborative effort with a talented group of historical fiction writers and a compelling premise: On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month… November…


Your dream has come true! Check back in two years.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

*A note: The topic this week is bumps along the publication path, but I share this rant fully aware that I’m lucky to be on one at all. The auction for I LIKED MY LIFE ended on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 3 p.m. I remember the date and time exactly because as I hit send on a quick note of gratitude to my future editor, the pilot of the…


The Leap of Love

Thursday, March 3, 2016

When I started college, I had no intention of ever getting married or having children. I had it all figured out: my hat would hang on my career; my sister would have a team of kids that I’d be the world’s best auntie to; I’d date but live alone so I could spend most nights with a book and nice glass of chardonnay I could afford because of my big job…


The Amazing Karen White on THE FORGOTTEN ROOM + Giveaway!

THE FORGOTTEN ROOM by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
Saturday, February 27, 2016

I have already confessed that authors, not actors, bring out the fangirl in me, so it’s no surprise I’m a bit giddy over the opportunity to present an interview with Karen White– yes, KAREN WHITE– who wrote twenty spectacular books including A LONG TIME GONE, THE SOUND OF GLASS, and most recently THE FORGOTTEN ROOM (which effortlessly hit the NYT bestseller list).  THE FORGOTTEN ROOM is a collaborative novel written by three…


Worry, worry, worry …

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Grandma Betty was one of those people—around her, food tasted better, jokes were funnier, and disappointments were put in perspective. She used to quote an old rhyme that began: If worry ever solved a thing it would be worth a lot, but it only serves to wear you down and spoil what you’ve got. She’s right. Of course she is. She was right about everything. But still, I worry. (I…


If I go to jail, blame my search history …

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Every time a criminal investigation uses computer searches as evidence I cringe. When I’m writing, Google is always with me, and I look up the most bizarre, disturbing things. A recent pull from my search history included: Popular street drugs for teens Abortion laws in Texas Most common ways to die in your 30s How much is a prostitute in Oklahoma City? Ways to hide money from your spouse You…


Interview with Michelle Gable + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, February 13, 2016

There’s just something about Paris, and Michelle Gable captures it. New to the shelves this week is another escape read from this talented author!  About I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS… It begins when 19-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England. She’s just lost her fiancé in the Vietnam War, so she doesn’t expect to meet a man who will take her to Paris and alter everything she believes about love….



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Let’s kick this off with contrary thoughts:             My buddy William makes a good point. After all, if you’re perfectly happy to have pizza on the couch, imagine how you’ll delight in that lobster feast on the water, whereas if you spend all week imagining the succulent seafood and amazing company that awaits you, the event might not live up to the limitless boundaries of your imagination….


On Bookwormery . . .

To Kill a Mockingbird
Thursday, February 4, 2016

I have never been a good sleeper, especially at night when the expectation is highest. It’s a curse in many ways, but a blessing in one: those who don’t sleep, read. Waking up the rest of the house with television is not an option, so from a young age I turned to books to laugh and cry and learn and get me through long nights. Because I was always hooked…