Deb Tawna loves getting lucky

We’re talking about luck this week, and as the romance author of the group, I may have a different notion of “getting lucky” than my fellow Debs. My brain contains an endless list of euphemisms for carnal relations, but “getting lucky” always struck me as an odd one. I picture a guy wearing boxer briefs stuffed with four-leaf clovers, and then I get all ooged out about hygiene and it…

Friday, March 18, 2011

Deb Tawna’s favorite writing oops

Typos make me giggle. OK, I don’t giggle as much when they’re on the front page of a glossy newsletter that just completed 150,000 copy print run, but I still try to find the humor when I can. One of my favorite typos of all times happened years ago when I was working as a newspaper reporter in Montana. I was proofreading an article about a guest speaker coming to…

Friday, March 4, 2011

Deb Tawna has her basic needs met online

We’re supposed to be sharing our favorite websites this week, but friends suggested this isn’t the appropriate time for me to be honest. It’s a family-friendly blog, after all. In all seriousness (or not) I have several go-to websites for the basic necessities in life: When I want to laugh: Damn You Auto Correct is the site I visit when I want gut-twisting, tear-producing laughter in 30 seconds or less….

Friday, February 25, 2011

Deb Tawna’s true love tastes delicious

We’re blogging about love this week, so naturally, I need to talk about the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. My feelings for the Egg McMuffin border more on lust than love, but since I’m a romance author, I’m licensed to combine the two. I’m a chronically healthy eater 99.9% of the time. I stock up on whole grains and devour healthy portions of fruits and vegetables. I don’t eat much candy or…

Friday, February 18, 2011

Deb Tawna is easily amused

We’re blogging about the muse this week, and I have to confess, I feel a little left out. Other writers talk about the muse and I picture some stiletto-heeled vixen hovering in their subconscious with a grammar guide and a whip she uses to gesture at the computer screen. “You really must move that sentence over there, dahling.” I don’t have a muse like that (though I do have plenty…

Friday, February 11, 2011

Deb Tawna finds her goldfish inspiring

We’ve been talking about mentors & inspirations this week, and I have to say, mine is a bit of a cold fish. Seriously. I acquired Shirley the goldfish four years ago as part of an employee benefit package I negotiated for a new job. (As a sidenote, the fact that my most significant compensation demand was a goldfish should tell you why I’m lucky to have a smart agent handling…

Friday, February 4, 2011

Deb Tawna swaps kitchen coaching with her critique partner

Like most writers, I have critique partners. One is Cynthia Reese, a multi-published romance author in rural South Georgia. Since I’m in Oregon, we’re separated not only by a bunch of miles, but by vast differences in culture and lifestyle. It’s what I value most in the critiquing process, and it’s also produced some comedic moments in the culinary realm. We both love cooking, so it seemed natural to swap…

Friday, January 28, 2011

Deb Tawna thinks finding an agent is like the happily-ever-after in romance novels

I write romance, so it’s no coincidence I often see life through a filter of heaving bosoms and greased abs. It’s not just the love scenes (OK, it’s mostly the love scenes). Aside from that though, there’s a parallel between finding a great agent and achieving the elusive happily-ever-after. The thing you think you want isn’t always what you need. That’s a common romance novel theme, whether it’s a guy…

Friday, January 14, 2011

Deb Tawna confuses beginnings and ends

Wait, we’re talking about beginnings this week? Crap. I had a whole post planned out for ends. Well, rear ends. Male ones. The top 12 most spectacular rear ends on the planet (complete with photos). In lieu of posting a dozen butt pictures, I decided to google this week’s blog phrase, “new beginnings.” It’s a surprisingly popular term that’s been claimed by a home for teen moms, a chiropractic clinic,…

Friday, January 7, 2011

Deb Tawna finds philosophy in her pants

I wasn’t feeling very inspired by this week’s topic of “favorite quotes,” so I took off my pants. What? That’s not what you do for inspiration? I got some new jeans, and quite by accident, discovered something printed on the waistband: As a romance author, I feel obligated to point out that in order to see this meaningful message about following your heart, you have to remove your clothing. I’ll…

Friday, December 31, 2010