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Book Tour Stop: New York City- May 2017

It felt like forever since I had been to New York City, but it had only been 2 years.  It was a crazy two years, but that’s not really a long time to have not been able to visit.  I shared a lot of my NYC photos on Instagram, but I didn’t share everything.  IfRead more

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Modern Persuasion, Emma, and Book Tours

Publishers and editors typically have nothing to do with book tours. I learned this as I asked authors, publicists, and publishers during my research for Modern Persuasion. Can you imagine how frustrated I was when I learned this? It put me in a small tail spin because, since I had quickly written my first draft,Read more

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Pinterest Board of the Month: Cuppa Tea

Today I am sharing the monthly Pinterest board from my account.  It’s all related to tea and it’s role in Modern Persuasion! Actually, I called the board “Cup cup cup cup tea tea tea tea.” It’s the chant that Emma (and Fredrick) keep saying. It’s originally from My Fair Lady.  As a tea drinker myself,Read more

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I Promised You All A Short Story

A few weeks ago, before I knew how quickly it could happen, I promised everyone that, if I got 100 people to add Modern Persuasion to their GoodReads TBR list, I’d release a pair of short stories I wrote for Modern Persuasion. Well, thanks primarily to running a giveaway on GoodReads, it happened this pastRead more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Abby

Today is the final character profile for Modern Persuasion.  Over the last year, this has been one of my favorite posts to write on this blog.  In the process I fell in love with characters I hadn’t really thought much about originally.  There were some moments when I wondered if other people cared about theseRead more

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Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet The Douchebag

I know I have already launched into character profiles for Phi Alpha Pi, but there are two more people in Modern Persuasion you should get to know.  They are very minor characters, but they two characters far more than I expected. Before I get into The Douchebag, let me say something about character development.  IRead more

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Pinterest Board of the Month: The Humble Bowtie

Bowties are cool… So said Matt Smith (my favorite Mr. Collins – in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies) as the 11th Doctor.  If you have read Modern Persuasion, I hope you loved the scene between Fredrick and Emma at the NYPL event. The one where she straightens a crooked bowtie that Patrick left just forRead more

Book Expo America, Modern Persuasion, and Finding Inspiration

Book Expo America, Modern Persuasion, Finding Inspiration

I talked about this story here and on other blogs, the story behind Modern Persuasion’s inspiration.  Today, I am going to go deeper into the story so you can understand where the idea came from. I have been attending Book Expo American since about 2005.  BEA is a conference dedicated to the publishing industry.  It’sRead more

Modern Persuasion Blog Tour

Modern Persuasion Blog Tour: Release Day!

Happy Release Day!  I hit the button to publish the book last night and have been checking so many little bits of information since.  My favorite little bit is seeing what other people have purchased.  I have discovered so many other books to read! There are two final stops on the blog tour. First, overRead more

Modern Persuasion Blog Tour

Modern Persuasion Blog Tour: Day 7

As soon as midnight hits on the east coast of the US, I am pushing the button to make Modern Persuasion available to everyone!  The blog tour still isn’t over though! Today on the blog tour, I am really excited to share Musings from the Yellow Kitchen, a blog that has done something a little differentRead more