Disasters!

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I’d planned to post about writing today, but Hurricane Harvey hitting South Texas last Friday has changed things. I live in Fort Worth, Texas, way north of the coast, so I and my family are not in harm’s way.  I’m grateful, but mindful of the extreme situation in which many Texans are existing.

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The small town of Rockport on the coast, one we’ve visited a couple of times, was flattened by the Hurricane itself. Victoria has been without water, electricity, gas and food for days. Lots of empty shelves in stores. Harvey came on land just north of Corpus Christi, which I believe got electricity restored on Sunday. One of the good stories.

But poor Houston and the larger Houston area. Houston is used to floods. It’s flat. A little rain and Houston floods. But what’s going on there and has been since last Friday, August 25 is apocalyptic. No…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about A WORRY OR CONCERN, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about A WORRY or CONCERN for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Juliet tasted his peppermint mouthwash on her bruised lips and would have to wash his scent out of her hair, but those concerns were secondary to her fears. “Did the people we love die because of you?”

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire 


He squatted next to my chair. Out the corner of my eye, I stole a sideways glance at his face and saw concern there. “Thanks for taking care of Lucky.”

Vicki Batman


“Can you see what she’s holding?” Cam asked from over Dani’s shoulder. His closeness bothered her. Everything about the man bothered her.

Jacquie Biggar


I’m concerned about your continuing as a firefighter. You work so close to the edge when you’re on the job.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


It was only after Laura had snuggled into bed and…

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Creating an #AudioBook #WriterTips @jacqbiggar

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It’s hard to express the feeling I had this week when Audible released Missing: The Lady Said No to audiobook. Hearing your hero speak for the very first time is indescribable.

I’ve been waiting for ACX- (Audible Creation Exchange) the company that produces audiobooks for leading suppliers such as Audible, Amazon, and I-tunes to allow Canadians into their marketplace and this June 1, 2017 it happened!

Here’s a little background info on the increasing popularity of audiobooks from the Publishers Weekly site:

A new report issued by the Audio Publishers Association found that 2016 was another good year for audiobooks. The findings show double-digit growth for both audiobook sales and title output.

Total sales rose 18.2% over 2015, to an estimated $2.1 billion, while unit sales did even better. According to the report, unit sales rose 33.9%, to 89.5 million. Sales are based on reports from about 20 audiobook publishers…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about A VOW, PROMISE, OR COMMITMENT, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about A VOW, PROMISE, OR COMMITMENT for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


“Promise if anything like this ever happens again, you call the police first and then David and me.”

Marsha West


Until Nate freed his men, it was celibacy all the way. He’d taken a vow and everything.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire 


“I was being polite—just like you taught me—and said hello back. That’s all. I promise. I didn’t hit him. I didn’t yell at him. Nothing.”

Vicki Batman


She lifted an elegant eyebrow over sleepy eyes. “I promise to be on good behavior for the duration of my stay. But if you don’t move your foot out of my way, I’m going to slam this door so hard you’re going to be walking with a limp for the next month.

Jacquie Biggar


Tears invoked from AJ’s vows glistened in Quin’s eyes…

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Filling in The Blanks

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One of the maladies—and joys—of being a “pantser” novelist is that the story’s not over until it’s over. The raw, clay model of a novel can be reshaped, added to, and trimmed at any point in the process. Just like a sculpture.

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There is no outline. No rubric. Nothing written in stone. Anything, and everything, can change at any point along the way.

I am a devout, committed pantser: can’t write by an outline if my life depended on it. It would be like feeding hemlock to my muse. But the novel I’m working on now has been giving me fits. Why? Because I veered off my path of “purist pantser.”

First, because unlike many of my previous works, I actually have a working synopsis. Did I work long and hard on this? No. It’s a pantser synopsis. It sort of came to me, all in a jumbled lump…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about A STATEMENT OR ANNOUNCEMENT, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about A STATEMENT OR ANNOUNCEMENT for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


I thought the terrible twos would be the hardest part of raising a child. Boy, was I wrong.

Stephanie Taylor
Sharp Blades (work in progress)


If you’d ever been half a father to me, maybe I wouldn’t have been so fucking lonely that nothing else mattered.”

Kathryn Jane


“At dinner, I’ll solemnly promise to come home more and up to Oklahoma City to visit you guys, too. I’ll redirect Mom. I promise.”

Marsha West


“Juliet,” Rafe’s voice was so broken she almost couldn’t hear the words, “No matter what the world says, and regardless of what you believe, you’ll always be my wife.”

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire 


“I am not sleeping with you,” she hissed, all but stamping her foot. Lapis-lazuli eyes snapped like fireflies and her fists clenched at her sides…

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Painted Rocks, Joy, and Childhood Revisited

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I grew up spending my summers at the beach, and one of our favorite pastimes was collecting rocks and shells, and painting them.

Well, imagine my surprise when I recently discovered adults all around the world have taken to painting rocks, and tucking them in fun spots for other folk to find. Rocks with messages, or not. Rocks with great artwork on them…or not.  The point is to spread a bit of love.

So last Tuesday, my besties and I on our “girls playday,” painted rocks, and on the weekend I took them to the beach where the Sea Festival was happening, and I left them here and there, in plain view.

I could only imagine the childlike joy of finding such a special gift—something another human being had created with love.

Guess what we’re doing this Tuesday? Yep, painting more rocks, and this time I might leave a couple…

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