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Hands of Time

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

*Because I’m stretched for time these days and running behind on pretty much everything, I thought I would share this piece I wrote last fall for a contest entry. She asks me if I know about them, about all of the people who are gone now, dead. There must be about four of them, she says. I shake my head and turn the page in the travel magazine. Look, I say to her, I’d like to nap in that hammock, wouldn’t you? The woman beside me who has become a stranger answers with a grin that makes me sad. Have you been there? she asks, and I tell...

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Windows in My Brain

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Blog, The Book Beat | 0 comments

I used to crow hop, but only a little. Not like some of the girls who played when I did, one of them in the same fast pitch organization as I was. I mean, the umpires watched for that, so when I did my warm up pitches between innings, my coaches always reminded me to drag my toe so they would see the mark in the dirt. Still, I’m right-handed, so I pushed off with my right foot and stepped with my left. What am I talking about? Well, this is just one of the eleventy-gazillion things that races through my head when I’m lying awake on the couch...

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Rookie Experience RWA18

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Blog, The Book Beat | 0 comments

Romance writers are, of course, romance readers. When I was younger, I read a lot of romance novels, but I also read (still do) a lot of other genres. A couple of years ago, I was browsing Kindle books on Amazon. And I found this book called Everywhere and Every Way by a writer I had never heard of. So, I downloaded it and LOVED it and started both my venture back into Romancelandia and my quest to read all of that author’s backlist. I have since read many of Jennifer Probst’s books. I’ve read a lot of indie romance books. I found authors...

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Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

So, I’m guessing we all like a little road trip or a big, long vacation from time to time. Whether it’s a long weekend in St. Louis for a ball game or shopping or maybe camping and hiking at a state park or a longer distance sort of trip, I bet we all agree that it’s nice to be able to slip away from our responsibilities and just relax and have some fun now and then. And if we’re planning those sorts of trips—the fun ones—we spend a lot of time looking forward to them, right? Wow, I can’t wait for—fill in the blank—oh, it’s gonna be so much...

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My Word. Be.

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Sometime last year, I started seeing one particular person on my Tracy Broemmer Author Facebook page talking about her word. She’s a very positive person, and though I don’t talk to her other than an occasional comment on her posts, I always enjoy seeing her status updates. Even though she often discussed her word, I never gave the whole concept much thought. You know what I’m talking about…the whole choosing your word for the year and being inspired to become what that word says you are or to do what that word tells you to do. Late last...

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