Monthly Archives: August 2012

Six Sentence Sunday – #6

Sunday is upon us again, and so is Six Sentence Sunday!

I’m continuing excerpts from my YA fantasy romance Seaside Sorcery, featuring a hotshot witch’s clashes with the winged wizards of a hidden enclave on the Scottish coast.

Coral’s rival Spike is put out by her refusal to set a time to duel him and tries to blow her time with the new warlock in town, Ty.

“What’s she got over you that you’re ferrying her around?”
“Not a thing,” Ty said evenly. At Spike’s doubting grunt, he asked, “It doesn’t occur to you someone might want to ferry around a pretty girl for the fun of it?”
“Coral?” Spike burst out laughing. “You have a lot to learn, newbie.”

Read what other sixers are also posting here or through #sixsunday. Thanks for reading!

Presenting CONJURE

I’m pleased to be included in the cover reveal for Conjure, the first novel in the soon-to-be-released Hoodoo Apprentice series penned by my friend and fellow Maryland Romance Writer Lea Nolan. Ta da:

Beautiful, isn’t it? Ah, this dark and dreamy scene perfectly depicts the southern mystery Lea’s fourteen-year-old heroine stumbles into–one that forces her to conjure up a bit of old-time magic.

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

Sounds exciting, right? And it is! While we wait to get our hands on a copy, Lea is running a Rafflecopter giveaway!

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Six Sentence Sunday – #5

I’m back again after a vacation on which my hard drive gave up the ghost. After a successful reinstall, I’m ready for more sixes from my YA fantasy romance, Seaside Sorcery. Coral weasels out of tight spot with her rival Spike, yet he may still embarrass her in front of the new guy in town.

Worse, Spike was watching, an ear-to-ear grin signaling his delight at her predicament. Well, she’d show him.

Coral flattened her body to Ty’s back, snaked both arms around him and linked her hands around his waist. Her cheek had to rest on his shoulder to do it, and the feel of him took hold of her. Ahhh, his black shirt caressed her skin, soft and warm. The scent of cut hay filled her nostrils and Coral found herself thinking about this boy in a way that hadn’t occurred to her before.

Nearly two hundred other sixers are also posting here or through #sixsunday. Thanks for reading!

Talking Up YA

Last night at Maryland Romance Writers, I sat on a YA panel with a great group of ladies, fellow YA writers Toni Picker, Stephanie Thomas and Lea Nolan. When I joined the chapter five years ago, I was the only member writing YA, now some 6-8 of us read and write the genre, so it made for a fun and informative conversation.

We discussed the typical questions—What makes it YA? How spicy is YA romance really getting these days?

The neatest resource brought to my attention in preparing was National Public Radio’s August 7th publication of their list of 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. Go to their site and see it here. It’s fabulous, and surprising in the mix of old and new titles.

This list gave our panel an unbiased springboard, not just our humble opinions. We pulled the books we had, borrowed others and presented piles of top teen novels to our participants. Together we reminisced, read excerpts, compared the old and the new and stood by our best-loved titles.

(I have to admit, a few of my favorites didn’t make the list—Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta and newly discovered YA horror Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake—but somehow they made it onto the table anyway.)

We walked away knowing the genre and each other a bit better. Plus, I have a new reading goal: I’ve only read 29 of the books on the list (Just counting series as one title.) but we own 45 of the titles. My teens have read them, so I have some catching up to do.


I’m thrilled to be two of the finalists –Yes, two! I double finalled!—in the New Jersey Romance Writers 2012 Put Your Heart in a Book contest.

Here’s the finalist list:


Katrina Snow – Bewitched by a Kiss*

Laurel Wanrow – Passages *

Leisl Leighton – Seer’s Blood

Romantic Suspense

Keith Zwingelberg – Medicine Woman

Jenna Blue – The Runaway *

Michelle Sharp – The Dreamer

Single Title

Michele Mahon – Octagon Girl *

Susan J Bickford – Synchrony’s Call

Claudia Handel – Lost in You

Young Adult

McCall Hoyle – Twice Shy

Laurel Wanrow – Seaside Sorcery *

Karen Schwartz – Extra Ordinary Guy


Eileen Emerson – Embracing the Unloved Earl

Mary Jane Esber w/a Miranda Liasson – The Spy Who Loved Me

Jodi Rotondo w/a Joanna Shupe – Drawn to the Earl *

*denotes NJRW member

Congratulations to everyone!

The winners will be announced at NJRWA’s great Mid-Atlantic Put Your Heart in a Book Conference in October. I’ll be attending, my third visit with chapter-mates from Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers.

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