The Awards Season Begins.

Last night was the Golden Globe awards. I’m not even sure who votes on them because I didn’t watch them. I never do. The idea of watching a lot of highly privileged people bathing in the glow of self-congratulation is not what I want to do on a Sunday evening.

Anyway, I am a hypocrite since I’m going to show you the award we the authors of A Very Austen Valentine got the other day.

Ta Da:

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More Agreeably Engaged Favorite of 2018

This award comes from Janet T’s blog, More Agreeably Engaged. Trundle on over and take a look around. You’ll be glad you did.

P. S. I still don’t know what the Golden Globes are. <shrug>

A Sale and a Sneak Peek

Couldn’t have said it better:

Laura Hile

Isn’t this image gorgeous? I simply must share a sneak peek of our cover couple with you!

I am excited to announce a new Austen Anthologies book. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, so Robin, Wendi, Barbara, and I decided to do it again.

A Very Austen Valentine is now available for preorder.

And — gasp! — it already has a #1 New Release tag.

On the 29th you will find us featured at Janet Taylor’s More Agreeably Engaged blog. Our tour launches on the 6th.

Do you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited? When the eBook goes live on the 29th, you can grab it right away. How’s that for great?

I’ll just mention that we have two guest authors joining us for this one. So it’s even longer!

Special 99-cent Sale

To celebrate our new release, our Christmas anthology has a special year-end price.

If you’d like to have A…

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Am I Completely Insane?

Not completely, but enough to call my judgement into question when it comes to NaNoWriMo.

NaNoCrestFor the uninitiated, NaNo, (Na) for short, stands for the National Novel Writing Month. It takes place in November and as the name says the object is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That works out to 1,666 words a day. EVERY DAY. Except for the day you have to write 1,667.

Why November? I don’t know. However, I know my account with the website says that I have been signed up for 14 years. So, that means for 14 years I have not written 50k words in one month. I have not written 14 novels, and that I have listened to the deadline of NaNo whistle over my head into oblivion.

So, am I an idiot to think I should try to win it in the year 15?

Is this truly the definition of insanity?


Nobody Will Want Her


I am posting a Persuasion Alteration for Halloween over at BEYOND AUSTEN. And for those who dislike starting a story that may not EVER be finished, this one is all done. The only thing I’m doing is give it a quick edit before it goes up each Wednesday.

So, if you want a little mystery and angst, Nobody Will Want her is probably for you. Oh, and there is no gore or fright in this story.

Where Has YouTube Been All My Life?

courtesy Kat Jayne on

This summer I went through a bout of depression. I’d like to say I fought like a champion. I fought it sorta. In the morning I worked on a story alteration and the rest of the day I’d watch my husband look for a job. There was the added bonus of  wondering how long we would be without one, because when you’re in your 60s it’s a toss-up in the maintenance biz. Yes, it was stressful. When he finally got a job, I didn’t get over the bout for a while, so instead of drinking–too expensive–I watched You Tube videos.

I know that human beings are voyeurs, me included, but WOW!


Grocery Hauls and Meal Prep are my favorites. Who knew it could be so restful watching other people enumerate what they got at the grocery store? And there are the craft videos! Motivational videos, speeches by the notorious and the unknown. Home repair and home dec. The number of channels dedicated to Dollar Tree/Store/General is staggering.

Now I know what writers mean about wasting time on You Tube. I thought it was all cats. Nope. Cats and so much more.

A couple of my favorite You Tube channels:
Grocery Hauls and Prep:
FREE TO FAMILY (Frugal living, family, meal prep)
JENNIFER CHAPIN (Home, Recipes, Hauls)
DO IT ON A DIME Dollar  (Store/Home Dec/DIY/Frugal)
AMBIENT RELAXATION (Music and ambient noise to write to)
HEADBANGER’S KITCHEN (Recipes for Ketogenic diet and metal music)
STERLING AND STONE (Writing. Some great vids on plotting and character development. Skip Worst Show Ever vids as they are tiresome with guy antics and language.)

My one caveat, aside from all the wasted time, is that these are not professionals and there’s no production team to point out faux pas. It’s a great exercise in grace. And a great way to see just what you can do with all that Dollar Tree swag!