Booty Prize from Charming the Professor

Can I just say that I love you guys!  Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting on my awesome cover.  I don’t think a better set of readers exist anywhere in the world!  So I’m giving away 10 prizes.  Granted the prize is a short story that I’ll be emailing to you – but you’ll be the first to read it, so that’s something 🙂  The Moor’s Tear is a prequel to Charming the Professor so I’m hoping you’ll be curious enough to want to read the novel.  Let me know. The winners are: Fichen,   Ki,  
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Bandita Booty from Ursula LeCoeur

Hi All – Thanks for visiting with Ursula DeCouer last week.  She’s selected someone leaving a comment to receive a copy of the Devious Duchess and that winner is… Ki Congratulations!  If you go to Ursula’s website at and leave your contact information. Thanks Everyone for joining us for the day!  🙂  

The Books Under the Bed

Some authors write one book, maybe revise it once or twice, and then sell it.  Sometimes that book soars up the charts, and sometimes it falls into oblivion. There seems to be no predicting which. I don’t personally know anyone who claims to have sold the first book he or she wrote–at least, not without multiple and extensive rewrites.  My first manuscript resides in a closet (mainly because getting it under and out from under the bed is awkward) and is unlikely to ever see the light of day. But the first, previously unpublished manuscript by one of my favorite authors
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Opium, New Orleans and Hard Work!

Back in the lair today and loving it. What makes a hero? He’s got to be sensitive, handsome, good with children and animals and, you know, mind-bogglingly rich. Having a title doesn’t hurt, either. Duke, Earl, Count, Viscount—any and all will do—especially if the hero is generous with his tenants while he improves life on the estate, making it even more profitable. However, when you write historical fiction set in New Orleans in the 1880s, as we do (mother/daughter writing team Ursula LeCoeur), our hero can’t be a duke or an earl. American men, even if their families were wealthy,
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Cover Reveal – Charming the Professor!

Hi All! If you’ve been following my blogs, you know I’ve been planning on releasing a really cool time-travel in the near future.  The book is done and ready to publish but I didn’t have a cover.  This is my fault, not the cover designer.  I didn’t allow sufficient time for the design process.  My agent had arranged for the cover for Bound By Moonlight, not me.  So I figured designing a cover must be a snap.  Not so. Well, I have my cover.  YAY!  Designed by the talented Lyndsey Lewellen, daughter of the equally talented Suzanne Ferrell.  But before
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Trish’s & Nancy’s Dragon Con Adventures ~ 2015 Edition

As our regular visitors know, Trish and I head to Atlanta every Labor Day weekend to fly our geek flags and wallow in fannish energy.  And every year, we blog about it. We often run into each other, but this year, we met only once, in passing.  She was on her way to a photo op, and I was trying to get access to a panel I was supposed to cover for the Daily Dragon.  So we’ll learn about each other’s DC weekends while y’all do! I started off the holiday on Thursday morning by having breakfast with some friends
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Dangerous Prize Booty

Thanks everyone for joining in the cover discussion for Dangerous Weakness.  Caroline Warfield has offered two ebook copies to two different people leaving a comment on the blog.  The winners are: Patty L.  and Mary Anne Landers!      Congratulations! Please contact Caroline at and leave your contact information.  If you’ve read any of the books in this series, let her know so the both of you can decide which is the best book to begin. Thanks for playing!

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Warfield on Covers

Covers. You can’t have a book without one and, if the old adage is to be believed, you can’t judge the book by its cover. Oh no? Readers use the cover as at least one criterion when they choose a book. They may read reviews and blurbs before they buy, but it’s the cover that draws them in first. Creating or purchasing a good cover is one of the challenges of an indie author. The covers required by publishing houses aren’t always such a bargain either. I’ve been lucky. The cover art department of my publisher, Soul Mate Publishing, blessed
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WOOT! Back to School and Schedules!

It’s still hot in DC.  I know it’s September, but it’s still “summer weather” here.  I know our Aussie pals are wishing we’d send it their way.  They’ve had a long soggy winter down under.  They could use some of this unrelenting sunshine.  Grins. The best news though is that it’s time for our kids, here in the States, to go back to school.  Hallelujah!!! Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy summer.  Barbeques.  Beach vacations.  Pool time.  And in our case, lots, and lots, and LOTS of baseball.  My son, as you can see, has now topped me by
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September in the Lair

Hi, everybody!  It’s that time of the month again.  We’ve had some work done on the website, so the RSS feed should be working now.  If you signed up for it but are don’t get announcements for the scheduled posts, including this one, please email us. Here’s a preview of the month ahead. On September 8, Jeanne’s regular day, she’ll be back in the lair to talk about fall and going back to school and how delightful that is for writers. On September 14, Caroline Warfield visits the Lair with her latest release, DANGEROUS WEAKNESS.  She’ll be talking about covers which
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