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 …

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang More »

Thoughts on Grandma-hood

As many of you know, I recently became a grandmother for the first time. I’ll confess. I really didn’t think it would be a big deal. And then little Ellie was born.


I’ve joined the Book of the Month club. Yup. Usually I grab a zillion romance novels from any of my many conferences and just chow down. But without conferences, I’m looking elsewhere for books.

Sticking the Landing

Because I’m binge watching shows (and not working out), I’ve started to have some thoughts about season finales and the importance of “sticking the ending.”

Travel Fun

Back before Covid, I used to travel a lot. I found a rhythm and knew exactly what I liked to do and what I didn’t. Now, after months at home, I’m once again about to board a plane, this time to California to see my new grandbaby. (Whee!) I’m flying there with my husband and guess what I discovered…(remember more than one can be right!)

Join Elizabeth Hoyt and I on Crowdcast

Elizabeth Hoyt and I have known each other for years. We met before she became “The Hoyt” and she’s helped me through many tough times. I’m really excited to “see” her on Wednesday, Aug 12 at 7pm EST, on Crowdcast. It’s part of the Forever Virtual Summer Series. You should join us as we dish secrets that can only come from longtime friends.  In the meantime, let me share one now. We used to get together a minimum of four times a week as we drank coffee, gossiped, and then wrote our books. But then suddenly we stopped. Guess why… Answer: D — Sniff!  Elizabeth moved away and I was unable to follow. So we make do with phone calls and internet visits. But let me tell you, the gossip has never been the same! So that’s one story. We have plenty more!  Come join us virtually August 12, 7pm …

Join Elizabeth Hoyt and I on Crowdcast More »

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…

Creatures and Comforts

Creatures & Comforts

The sun’s up, the sky is clear (today), and the temperature has finally gotten warm enough to go outside. Guess what I’m doing.