The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party 2012


If you like reading romance novels and want to win free books, check out The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party from November 15 to December 15, 2012. Book prizes are awarded each week. Check back each day to enter. My novel Ringer will be featured on December 14, 2012 as a prize.

Good luck!


Book Reviews

If you have a book you’d like me to review, please contact me at

I prefer to read electronic books, but I will review paperbacks and hardbacks and then donate them after I’ve finished.

I like to read cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, and literary travel but I’m open to just about every genre. I don’t read science fiction and I don’t normally read historical romance unless there is a paranormal element to it.

I publish my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I will also publish reviews on this blog, but not retroactively. This applies to new book reviews.

I only publish reviews that I give at least 3 stars to. I will contact the author or publisher with feedback if I don’t publish a review. Often those are books that just didn’t interest me enough to continue reading.

Time to Write

I came across a good quote from Carol Tice in her book Make A Living Writing:

If you are passionate about writing and driven to earn your living from it, you will find the time.

The reference is to people who say they’d love to write a book or make writing their full time career but can’t find the time. If a person is truly passionate about doing something, they will find the time, whether its writing, playing the piano, or cooking a turkey dinner.

Carol has a good blog for writers who are passionate about writing as a money making career. Check it out:

National Novel Writing Month – November 2012

Today starts the beginning of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.

This is an annual writing exercise – a challenge for writers to write a 50,000 word novel before the end of November. It doesn’t matter how good the novel is, the challenge is to write at least 50,000 words. Edit the novel later on. The challenge is to motivate authors to get that novel written.

I’ve taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge twice. The first time was three or four years ago. I had an idea for a novel. I’d written a few pages but didn’t get any further. I’m not a novelist but like many other writers I often think about writing a book. I think I wrote over 60,000 words that month. The finished novel ended up around 100,000 words.

It is still unpublished even though I’ve shopped it around to over 100 agents and publishers.

The following year I took on the NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote the sequel, or at least a good portion of the sequel. Due to other writing committments I wasn’t able to start writing a novel until about the 10th of the month. Eventually I finished that novel too. I’m still shopping around for a publisher.

I didn’t officially sign up with NaNoWriMo either time. I unofficially took the challenge on myself like many other writers do.

For more information, their website is: