Novelist Writes Her Own Love Story in ‘Sugarplum Way’ [REVIEW]

Woman in winter

When she falls for a divorced dad, a romance novelist decides to make him one of the characters in her books in Debbie Mason’s Sugarplum Way. (Photo by Paval Hadzinski, Flickr)

In Debbie Mason’s new book, Sugarplum Way, effervescent, exuberant, and eternally optimistic Julia Landon loves watching people fall in love. She’s even played matchmaker once or twice, despite the fact that she has yet to experience a love story of her own. So she does what any good romance novelist would do: she writes her own love story with her secret crush as her hero.
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‘The It Girls’ Lived Life on Their Own Terms [REVIEW]

Elinor Glyn and Lady Lucile Duff-Gordon

They may have started out poor, but the Sutherland sisters knew they were something special. (Left: Elinor Glyn; Right: Lady Lucile Duff-Gordon, Photo by Arnold Genthe)

Long before Joan and Jackie Collins became two of Britain’s most celebrated sisters, another amazing sibling duo set the world on fire, making headlines as they boldly broke the rules and lived life on their own terms. Discover their incredible true story in Karen Harper’s new novel, The It Girls.  Read more of this post

On A Good Marriage [GUEST POST]

Randy and J.T. Ellison on New Years Eve 2017

Randy and J.T. Ellison on New Years Eve 2017. (Photo courtesy J.T. Ellison)

As I write this, I am three days shy of my 22/25th anniversary. We share our wedding date with the date of our first kiss, hence the dual year celebrations. We’ve had a long and happy life together, and anticipate many more years to come. I fell hard the night we met, and those feelings haven’t gone away. Read more of this post

NANCY MEHL: Writing About Serial Killers [GUEST POST]

Serial Killer

Why would an inspirational novelist write about a serial killer? Find out in this guest post from Nancy Mehl. (Photo by Giampaolo Macorig, Flickr)

Do serial killers belong in inspirational suspense and mystery? Some say yes, some say no. I just wrote Dark Deception, where I took on a serial killer for the first time. Why? First of all, serial killers exist. We can’t just pretend they don’t. Actually, many writers include serial killers in their novels without assigning them the title. If the bad guy in a mystery or suspense novel kills more than one person, we could call him (or her) a serial killer, couldn’t we? Of course, these villains are usually trying to cover up a crime – they don’t kill for some kind of perverse gratification. But murder is murder, right? Read more of this post

Pack Your Bags and Visit Some ‘Novel Destinations’ [REVIEW]

Heather in Concord MA

We love traveling to “novel destinations,” just like we did on this excursion to Concord, Massachusetts, former home to the Alcott sisters, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Greg Iles’ Natchez. Mark Twain’s Mississippi River. John Steinbeck’s Salinas. Heather and I love to travel, and oftentimes our wanderlust takes us to places we have only encountered in books. There is something inspiring about walking in a favorite writer’s footsteps, seeing where he lived, or exploring a place that ignited his creative spark and ultimately fueled the imaginations of countless readers. If this type of travel appeals to you, then you’re going to love National Geographic’s new book, Novel Destinations!   Read more of this post