I’ve been a geek since way back in the day. We had one of the first PC’s on the block (yeah, I’m dating myself here) and I knew how to code in BASIC before the fifth grade. I remember early bulletin boards.  I was into comic books, science fiction, fantasy; I watched anime with friends, enough to learn Japanese phrases; I played RPG (role playing game) based board games and video games.  Continue reading “GEEK GOES MAINSTREAM”

Love Between the Covers


Several years ago, Kristen Painter and I were interviewed by Laurie Kahn of Blueberry Hill Productions. She was working on a powerful documentary about the romance industry called LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS. This was a fabulous way to educate the world about a multi-billion dollar industry that has not been given the credit it deserved. Of course, we were ecstatic that we could talk about Romance Divas, the writing community we created and love so much. Although our segment didn’t make it into the film, it was still exciting to participate in such an amazing movie that really captured the writer’s journey. I was fortunate enough to see a screening before the video was released and it’s truly a wonderful and thoughtful piece. I hope it will broaden the minds of those who have been misinformed about the romance world. I encourage anyone who may be interested in learning more about this subject to support this film by purchasing a copy. Heck, have a screening party or a video night to watch with friends and family. It will be a perfect way to start a discussion and hopefully provide a better understanding of why new and seasoned writers and authors pursue this creative path. This documentary will definitely shed light on romance and hopefully erase the misconceptions and stigmas once and for all!

Want to know the origin story of Romance Divas? Take a look at this video from Love Between the Covers of me and Kristen Painter! The documentary film is available now. &

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Cary Grant and Grace Kelly Made Me Do it


Showing my age, here, but remember Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief, a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. If you’ve never seen it, try placing a request with your library. Anyway, the story takes place in the French Riviera with glorious scenes of the landscape, which earned an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

So what did this movie do to me?

Write On

Wanderlove_JaxCassidy200BY JAX CASSIDY

Do you want to know the secret to being a successful writer? Ernest Hemingway said it best, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

That’s it.

Yep. That’s the secret. The End.

Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly all. The cold hard truth is that if you DON’T write, you have NOTHING to sell. You can’t score a contract or promote your work if you only have a handful of blank pages. The first step to becoming a writer is to WRITE.

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Am I A Real Author



I was watching Jewel of the Nile the other night. It’s the sequel to Romancing the Stone, and not quite as good as the first. But I started thinking about the reason Joan Wilder went off to Africa with the sheik. She was suffering from writer’s block, and thinks that by writing a biography of a world leader, she will be taken more seriously as a writer. After seventeen romance novels, she doesn’t “know how it ends,” and thinks maybe she should move on from her career and her romance with Jack Colton. Continue reading “Am I A Real Author”

The Byronic Hero and Why Every Good Romance Novel Needs Him


Think about your favorite romantic novel and the chances are it contains a strong male protagonist. If this protagonist is aloof, independent, emotionally unavailable, deeply flawed, secretive, cunning yet somehow still loving and attractive, then the chances are he is a Byronic Hero and your favorite romance novel just wouldn’t be the same without him. He probably has several ladies swooning at his feet and maybe has a history of picking the wrong partner or is currently courting a superficial slip of a girl who can’t possibly match up to his towering intellect.  He may even be locked in an unhappy relationship, unable to stay yet unwilling to leave – until, that is, he meets his intellectual and emotional soul mate, falls head over heels in love with her, overcomes any obligatory obstacles and then dashes off into the sunset with his number one lady at his side (or, as with Heathcliff and Cathy, meets a tragic end). Continue reading “The Byronic Hero and Why Every Good Romance Novel Needs Him”

Writing Versus Working Out


I have a confession to make.

When I write, I do something odd. Actually it’s something I’m trying to integrate regularly. Because I sit so much, as we writers do, I realized my regular workout routine wasn’t gonna keep me in shape. So, I upped the ante and started setting a timer. When it goes off, I sprint up and down the stairs a few times and do 3-4 minutes of exercise of some kind.

At least that’s the plan.

The truth is, I often get so immersed in writing, I turn the timer off after the first or second  annoying little beep, and I forget to turn it on again. It’s the neatest thing, though. The more time I spend writing, the easier it is, and the better writer I become.

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Treating Writing As A Job


When I began my writing journey, not quite two and a half years ago, I dreamed of having an agent and a NY publisher. Which is exactly what I got. I also dreamed of having my first book published much sooner than this, but that was before I knew anything about the publishing business.

The questions I was asked this year at RWA Nationals boiled down to how did I do it? Quite simply, I treated writing like a job. The type one does when it matters. Having been in the Army, I knew something about that. A friend told me to write three books. Don’t stop to make the first one perfect. I thought that was wonderful advice, and still do. Little did I know at the time that many writers write a lot more than three books before they get published, I had my nose glued to the grindstone. I no longer watched TV, and my husband took to making dates with me so he could have my undivided attention.

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Writing from the Circus


Or maybe the madhouse would be a better choice. Between juggling writing, being a mom, and being a wife, there are things that should not be dropped. Though my clowns (the boy and the girl) are older now and more independent, they are still excessively silly and messy. During the day, I’m left taming the wild animals (the dog and the cat) most of the day and cleaning their stalls. Wherever the circus goes, a mess is left behind. As their janitor, I’m left pushing the broom long after the audience has left. Continue reading “Writing from the Circus”

Guatemala – Land of Eternal Spring


Guatemala has been termed the “Land of Eternal Spring”. This is due to the fact most of the country has temperatures that range between 64-82° F and humidity is rarely a problem. The temperature does cool significantly during the night. However the coastal areas and Petén jungle lowlands are hot and humid. The combination of hot and humid can drain you. The temperatures in the jungle are above 85° F giving the lush vegetation the perfect conditions to thrive. Continue reading “Guatemala – Land of Eternal Spring”