The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

From the author of The Bride Test comes a romance novel hailed as one of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018 and one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2018! I’m always on the lookout for unusual characters. Not just for my own books but because I want to read about more than the usual hot alpha hero and perky heroine. I don’t care what ethnicity the characters are, though generally they’re some version of white. I look for unusual story lines or character flaws. Excite me with something new. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang did that for me. Yes, her heroine happens to be Asian, but that’s not what interested me. Her heroine is on the autistic spectrum. And even more cool, writing the book helped the author learn about her own diagnosis. I honestly don’t know which came first, the book or her diagnosis. I don’t care. The …

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Old Books

t’s rare that I re-read anything—there are so many new stories I want to experience—but sometimes, an old story is a comfort and a joy that gets better each time I read it. Lately I’ve been doing something else with old books. Something that I never wanted to do before. Guess what…

What I Do in the In-Between Time

I just turned in Lord Lucifer. I turned it in so early, we are going to release it early! So now the book is done (at least until revisions). Phew! Guess what I do next…

Dragonblade Publishing Interview

Dragonblade Publishing dug deep into my writing process in this fun interview to promote the release of my latest historical romance, Into the Lyon’s Den.

The New Normal*

As I write this, it’s the middle of April and Illinois has just been shut down until the end of May. I’m listening to my husband on a work call talking to his boss about setting up “A new normal” and I’m thinking, yeah, we’re definitely finding that.

When it DOESN’T work

It’s a glorious thing when the words are right. I cannot describe it except in the most cliché terms. So what do I do when the words are NOT right? When everything feels flat and nothing I do makes it right?