Being Smart Has Never Been So Sexy

Being Smart Has Never Been So Sexy

By Talia Hunter Blame it on Elizabeth Bennett. In 1813 she traded elegant barbs with Mr Darcy, and smart women everywhere sat up and took notice. Elizabeth wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, and Darcy even admitted to her, “By you, I was properly humbled.” What a revelation Elizabeth must have been back in 1813! She laid the groundwork for all the super-smart heroines who … [Read more...]

Why Do Readers Enjoy Being Scared?

Scary novels

By Alison Kemper I saw my first horror movie, Poltergeist, when I was twelve. Afterwards, I locked my toy clown in the closet. I left my bedroom light on all night. I didn’t sleep well for weeks. But I was totally ready to watch more scary movies. Why? What’s the lure of horror flicks? Of terrifying books and video games? Why do we willingly immerse ourselves in … [Read more...]

The Scandalously Improper Bucket List

Bucket List

The Scandalously improper Bucket list of Miss Phillipa Peppiwell, a Victorian Lady “I want to sail the oceans, ride a camel, explore the ruins of Venice, and eat French pastries for breakfast!” These are some of the bold words Miss Phillipa Peppiwell said to Lord Anthony Thornton in my newest release The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell. As a reader wonderfully stated in her … [Read more...]

The DIY Cover Shoot!

2slider shoe fits

One of the drawbacks of not having a big publishing house behind you is that you have to do your own author photos and cover designs. Mary T. Wagner shares how her cover shoot elevated the “do-it-yourself” experience to the realm of high comedy. by Mary T. Wagner There are a lot of up sides to being what I call a “DIY” author, one of the zillions of writers out there … [Read more...]

How to Live Happily Ever After with Super People

Super People

By Paula Altenburg Nothing is more humbling than being the Imperfect Woman who lives with Superman. My husband—fondly referred to as the Foreign Guy by our children—raises the meaning of the word competent to whole new levels.  He thrives on disaster. During a hurricane, the family voted him Most Likely to Survive an Apocalypse.  I, on the other hand, was voted Most … [Read more...]

Love Notes

love notes

By Rachel Harris Accidentally Married On Purpose is the third book in my small town romantic comedy series, and while I’ve loved every single moment I’ve spent in Magnolia Springs, I confess this story is my favorite. Why, you may ask? Well, there are many reasons. Sherry has been a fan favorite since Taste the Heat, the first book in the Love and Games series, and I … [Read more...]

Summer Dreams KitchenAid Decision Sweepstakes

KitchenAid Decisions Sweepstakes

#SummerDreams KitchenAid Decision Sweepstakes Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 and Iowa Mom High performance meets designer style with the KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection 5qt 325 Watt Stand Mixer. Finished in a smart, jewel-toned color, this tilt-head Artisan Stand Mixer boasts 10 speeds and a 325-watt motor that keeps up with you in the kitchen. Whip up everything from … [Read more...]

Writing and Living by the Seat of My Pants

Writing romance novels

By Kathleen Bittner Roth Some people have labeled me as intrepid because I’ve always been willing to forge ahead into the unknown. I may have stumbled and muttered, “Oops,” a few times, but looking back, I wouldn’t give up any of my experiences. Charting unknown territory has led to me to create a successful wellbeing center, to walk on fire, marry in a Scottish Castle, and … [Read more...]

Five Helpful Hints For the Spouse of the Crazed Baseball Fan

Baseball tips for the spouse

Written by Jeff Baseball season is in full swing. Time for a quick review of helpful hints if you have a baseball obsessed spouse. Baseball (unlike football which everyone loves, and basketball which everyone likes) is either a sport that you hate or love with a passion ( why is Verlander throwing Soriano a splitter when he had him set up for the curve?). I happen to be in … [Read more...]