Inspiring Myself: Day 3

Well, I am still working on the scene from yesterday. I spent a lot of time searching for images and not as much time writing. Before I knew it, my kids were home from school and the afternoon rush had begun. So today I am not going to go overboard on the image searches. I will only search for one photo and it will be my proverbial carrot to finish the scene I am working on. This “carrot” is going to be highly sensual and embody the scene that comes next. It involves a tight space. A wall. And the romantic couple engaged in something sensual. (This should be easy. Easier if I turn off safe search mode, too. Probably could be time consuming. Okay must limit myself to searching for only 15 minutes. Right now it is 12:02. I have until exactly 12:17 to get this post done and back to writing.) Ready. Set. Go……             Oh and because I am nice, here’s a bonus picture:     Okay. Now I really have to get back to the scene at hand, erm, I mean, the scene I’m writing. Share your sensual wall kiss images … Continue reading

Inspiring Myself Day 2


Wow, yesterday’s inspiration seems to have done the trick. I wrote 7 pages and finished the scene that so needed completing. Mind over matter? Or Subject matter over mind? Hmm. Today we must think of inspiration for one of two scenes. There’s dastardly and bad. And, there’s naughty and sensual. The romance author in me wants to go look at pretty sensual photos of a couple in complete abandon. The realist in me says get to the difficult stuff, first, then you can play. So, as I drag my feet to Google Image Land, I reluctantly decide we must search for the bad stuff. Search Tags: Eerie parking garage, man in the shadows, daybreak–hey that’s a no-go for vampires, evil bad guy (who is sexy), men in suits talking–that can be sexy too… Alright, now on to the searches. Like yesterday I will post my top favorites and get to writing. On my first try, Google rewrote my search as Erie Parking Garage. Nope Google. We are not in the Midwest here. We are in Los Angeles. I want eerie. Scratch eerie. Only a few popped up and they were all copyrighted. So, changed search to “scary.” Seems a lot … Continue reading

Inspiring Myself!

I am so close to the finish line with Bound By Desperation. So. Close. I know what is happening next in the story. I know there’s going to be a supply closet used for some interesting moments between Sevastian and his female. I know that there is still going to be something dastardly afoot. I know what is going to be the turning point of everything the female is experiencing. I know what is going to occur right before I type the words: The End. But…Those are all fragmented thoughts in my mind. It is difficult to admit that I have struggled for several years completing this story and the one before it: Bound by Compassion (Books 4 and 5 of the Blood-Vine series.) I am sure I could list my reasons here but I do plan on doing that in a separate post…someday. The biggest issue I have come up with is lack of creativity. I  WANT IT TO BE PERFECT Side note: Does anyone else struggle with this perfection affliction? So, in order to combat this debilitating road block in my writing I am going to post daily inspiration for some of the scenes I am working on. … Continue reading

Preorder linkage

With our release in T-minus 8 days we have been working doubly hard for pre-order status of Beaux. Ballrooms and Battles. As the links go live, I will be adding them here. This morning we had the pre-order link for Amazon become available so here it is:

Cover Reveal Goodness

If you weren’t able to join us for the cover reveal party on Wednesday the 18th of March, you are in luck. I have the cover here for your perusal! If you were unable to join and are bummed you missed out on winning possible prizes like gift cards and coffee and tea and books galore, fear not, for on April 1st, we are going to have another smashing party on facebook for our release day! You can join us there: Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles Release Day Party One of the most exciting and anticipated moments of an author’s writing experience comes when that book cover arrives in the in-box. I have had this great experience many times now. A few of my covers have made me feel ecstatic and thrilled. A few of my covers came with a smidgen of disappointment.  As you write the story, things form in your mind’s eye and you begin to see the world, the backdrop and the people of your creation. Sometimes it is hard to convey that to a cover artist. Other times you don’t even get a say in what the book cover will look like. I am super picky about historical covers. I do not really like … Continue reading


There is something exciting about having a stunning book cover and keeping it under wraps until there is a big party to celebrate the unveiling. Well, that’s just what we decided to do for our upcoming Waterloo-themed anthology releasing on April 1, 2015. Our party will be held on Facebook. You can join it here: Beaux, Ballrooms and Battles Cover Release Party There will be prizes, many many shiny fun prizes. For five extra entries check out this link: Rafflecopter extra entries And here is a teeny glimpse of of the cover scheme: Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles For Readers who enjoy a bit of history with their Romance… A historic confrontation Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles is a celebration of the bicentenary of the showdown between Wellington’s “Infamous Army” and Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Wellington’s Allied Army consisted of a hastily organized mélange of inexperienced men from several countries who didn’t even speak the same language. A backdrop of war While life in Regency England continued much as it had been, the war with Napoleon was a constant source of preoccupation as young men who eagerly set off to become heroes in battle sometimes returned with life-changing injuries or worse, didn’t return … Continue reading

Release Day: Cue the mistletoe and merry making!

Today, my second sweet Regency novella, co-written by the lovely and talented Vivien Jackson, has been released into the wild. It features a plethora of yuletide scheming which can be summed up nicely like this: The 12 tidbits of A Christmas Scheme In the 12 tidbits of A Christmas Scheme, you are in for these treats: (Feel free to hum along in the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas!) 12 Language lessons 11 Nursery knickknacks 10 Snowflakes a-snowing 9 Christmas traditions 8 Sweet meats a-cooking 7 Charades a-crafting 6 Diners a -dining 5 Se-cret schemes 4 Innuendos 3 Notes of import 2 Lonely lovers And A Foreign lord from Ben-ga–li (Just a note, there may or may not be an exact amount of each of these tidbits, I did not in fact count them for accuracy!) Blurb: With her brother’s recent marriage to the daughter of an earl, Kate Avery is no longer needed to keep his house or look after their younger sister. She’s free. But for what? Secretly she wishes for purpose and adventure, but finding it seems unlikely. Then her brother arrives home from London just in time for Christmas…with an exotic and mysterious visitor. A displaced … Continue reading

Where research took me:

I love research. It is one of my favorite aspects of being an author. Learning about foreign lands, historical events and various cultural traditions always excites me. Recently, my research has taken me to diverse places and some of it was exotic while others were a bit creepy. Today I want to share a few of these research jaunts with you so you can have a glimpse into some of the things I am working on currently. First up: If you haven’t heard our exciting news, Vivien Jackson and I have contracted another sweet Regency for Ellora Cave’s Cotillion Christmas series. This story was a challenge to write mainly because our hero was not your typical British aristocrat. No, indeed not. He hails from India. So, you can imagine my excitement at hunting down information to include in the story. Some of those aspects were extremely intriguing and sometimes I found myself lost in the early 1800’s far away in Bengal. One of the distracting research jaunts I took while gathering details for A Christmas Scheme took me to Regency era India. Fort William Kolkata: There are many interesting locations in Fort William. Also, the history of the British colonization … Continue reading

Christmas Traditions: Caroline

The second short story released in the Christmas Traditions Cotillion from Ellora’s Cave is my very own story, co-written with the stellar Vivien Jackson: A Christmas Caroline. Writing this story was an incredible adventure that took us on a research journey that often had us excited by new and unique discoveries from the Regency period during Christmas. Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content). Lady Caroline Selwyn’s world centers on her father, so when she receives dire news of his health—two days before Christmas, no less—her first thought is to weep. Her second is to make this Christmastide the best he’s ever known. She rummages in memory for festive traditions, plans charades, purchases bean cakes…and acquires an affianced husband. Oh, not a real one—what she does is convince Papa’s physician to pretend an engagement, for just a few weeks. Doctor Samuel Avery can hardly credit his complicity in this madcap deception. Whatever was he thinking? But it does seem to improve the comfort of the earl, and his own sisters are in alt at the idea of his impending nuptials. And he has admired Caroline for so long, the role of her betrothed is … Continue reading

Glad Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

Does that sound a bit like a Christmas Carol? Can you imagine holly and ribbons decorating the halls? There is holiday excitement in the crisp fall air and it is only October. But, we have early Christmas treats to share with you. Starting now, each week Ellora’s Cave is releasing a Regency Christmas novella culminating in the release of two Christmas Traditions Anthologies which I am so privileged to be a part of. Next week I will feature my new release, co-written with the lovely Vivien Jackson, A Christmas Caroline. Today though, I bring you the very first of the Blush Cotillion Christmas Traditions novellas. Twelve Days of Christmas Barbara Miller A Blush® romance from Ellora’s Cave Tamara Gifford gets herself invited to Oakley Hall for Christmas to rescue her brother from the reportedly depraved Lord Oakley. When she arrives she discovers that Ashford Steel is a former soldier trying to adjust to governing an estate. He is happy to have his mother and Tamara for company since his brother is supposed to be spending the holiday at Tamara’s house in London. Though they are both angry at the deception of their brothers they enjoy banding together to find them … Continue reading