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  • Cowgirl Coed

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    Rachael dozed off for what felt like a long time. The sound of Travis’s truck idling into the parking lot alerted her to his arrival. She glanced at her cell and saw it was six-thirty in the morning and the sun was rising on the horizon. Travis had stayed out all night… Gainesville, Florida Freshman year of college has arrived and it has brought with it a host of challenges for newly engaged Rachael Harte. She finds herself juggling school, […]

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Feb
22
  • Write what you know…

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    Write what you know… I think as an author that was one of the best pieces of advise I have been given to date. The continued popularity and 5-Star Reviews for the Redneck Debutante© Series demonstrate that writing what you know works! My father always said that there are just some things that can’t be made up…and stories that make us laugh and cry are usually rooted in truth. When you read Rachael’s tale, things like working cows all-day, in […]

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Dec
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  • Take the Bad with the Good…

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    Parachute Girls continues to receive reviews of every sort. Both bad and good. I think Grandma would be happy with this because that would make a perfect tagline for her life…take the bad with the good. War is unpleasant and with it comes many hardships. There were both happy and sad times. Things she longed to remember and things she longed to forget. I think, however, there is one thing she’d enjoy immensely if she were still with us today. […]

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Apr
12
  • Writing under the influence…

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    Whether you write a book a year or a book a month, most authors write under the influence of something. Some drink coffee and eat chocolate, while others sip a cup of tea and eat scones. It has been said that some of the world’s most prolific writers turned to wine or other spirits in order to overcome writer’s block. I get a lot of questions about writer’s block and for me it’s a simple answer. I pray. Whenever I […]

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Jan
21
  • Florida Cowboys wear Stranglers…

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    I’ve gotten many questions from readers regarding the scene in Cowgirl Strong, book #3 in the Redneck Debutante®™ Series, about Travis and his lack of underwear. Without ruining it for people who haven’t read Cowgirl Strong, I decided to provide a little background information on this small, unknown tidbit. Growing up my friends and I wore our jeans so tight that we had to lay down just to zip them up…using a pair of wire pliers no less. Hence the popular brand […]

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Oct
29
  • Let’s Get Emotional!

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    Some of the most difficult scenes to write can be the emotionally charged ones. Whether it’s happiness or sadness, confusion or anger, a scene needs to hook the reader, pulling them into the character’s feelings in a way that is both convincing and plausible. I find that often times I may write a scene in the most powerful way and gain the reader’s empathy when I am feeling that same emotion myself. For example, when I experienced grief and loss- […]

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Aug
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  • A Chapter a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

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    I used to sit and write ten thousand words per day. While that was very productive, the end result was shoulder and neck pain. There’s a fine line between productivity and overdoing it. Now, my goal is a chapter or three thousand words per day. I know authors who write a page a day while others write several. There really is no magic formula for writing success. All I know is what works for me and what doesn’t. My advice […]

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