Writer’s block . . . What are you afraid of?

Sometimes people ask me about writer’s block and how I deal with it. Writer’s block is the bogeyman living inside the closet of every writer’s mind. It’s scary to think about, and many writers allow it to cripple their motivation, ideas, and words. Early in my writing career, during the writing of my first novel, writer’s block moved in uninvited, and I didn’t write a word for almost a year. When I finally broke through, I promised myself I would never allow writer’s block to strangle me  again and would find a way that consistently worked to defeat it. My answer to how I deal with writer’s block often surprises people: I deal with it by refusing to allow it to hide out, lurking in the shadows. I don’t acknowledge it, so it does not, cannot affect my writing. I write in spite of writer’s block. This attitude comes from my belief about my writing. I am a writer, and… Read more

Book Review: Penelope (A Madcap Regency Romance)

Penelope, A Romantic Comedy by Anya Wylde I have written before about how much I enjoy a good Regency Romance. Regency Romances are set in England generally between 1810 – 1830. This was a time of modest heroines and gentlemen heroes. This Regency Romance is too stupid to finish reading. I made it half way – a remarkable accomplishment. Aside from the frequent use of words never before uttered in the early 19th century, like “canoodle,” and sentences like “Eyes did not have rays like the sun that poked a person in the neck to alert them as to another’s regard,” (which makes no sense), the story is pure drivel. A dowager duchess invites the country-bumpkin daughter of her long-dead friend to come to London for the season. Sounds like it has promise. Then, the daughter, Penelope, arrives with her pet GOAT that is immediately allowed to wander around the Duke’s house without even a brief discussion as to the appropriateness of… Read more

Book Review: Christmas Angel by Jo Beverly

Jo Beverly is one of my favorite Regency Romance authors and Christmas Angel, The Company of Rogues series, book 3, is one of her best. I love the Company of Rogues series. While at Eaton, eight boys formed a pact – sealed with a blood oath – to protect each other and be there when needed. Now that they are men, they have been through war and difficult situations. This series chronicles some of their lives and how the Company of Rogues has stepped in to help. Although there is a little overlapping of characters, each book can stand alone. In “Christmas Angel” we get to read the story of Leander Knollis, Lord Charrington. He has returned from war and decided he wants a wife without the complications and emotional tangles of love. He thinks he’s found that in Judith Rossiter, the Weeping Widow, who is apparently still mourning her husband’s death even though a year has passed. Judith has other… Read more