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What Curve magazine has to say about “As the Crow Flies”

There are two romances for the price of one in this fascinating book, and the paranormal elements are skillfully woven through the entire story. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of ghost stories—I didn’t think I was but this book convinced me otherwise…The settings were described using wonderful language and imagery, and the quality of the writing overall was very high….I definitely recommend this book if you want something intellectual and a little bit different to sink your teeth into.

Read the entire review in the current issue of Curve and its Australian sister publication, LOTL.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you enjoy Cupid’s Bow. And by the way, the title comes not from the cherubic archer, but from the shape of…well, you’ll have to read to find out.Cupid's Bow cover

Those of you familiar with my books know that my romances are along the lines of magical realism. I have a penchant for juxtaposing fact and fantasy, the ordinary and extraordinary, the magical and mundane. So devising a plot for this “regular romance” (however short) was admittedly a challenge. It felt odd not having a supernatural character set to barge in on my leading lady. All I had were two ordinary women, sitting in the ordinary bar of an ordinary hotel on a snowy February night. No magic, nothing extraordinary, just an intellectual sparring session between an English teacher and an academic.

It wasn’t until later, while editing Cupid’s Bow to Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s One Kiss (yes, I have a habit of writing with songs on repeat for hours) that I realized I hadn’t quite met the challenge of avoiding magical elements central to my other stories. The Golden Mean, the rule of three, love at first sight—these things are the “magic” of real life; the extraordinary wonders that underlie the ordinary world, waiting at every corner to influence our thoughts and perceptions.

So if you’re a curious sort, interested in what makes the universe and the human heart tick, then you’ll turn that corner with me—turn the page, as it were—and come in from the snow. We can warm up at the bar with a drink and eavesdrop on these two women meeting for the first time.

Unfortunately, they’re off to a bad start…

Cupid’s Bow is available from Bold Strokes Books and Amazon.

Happy Halloween

Love Spell
My 1990s Halloween classic, Love Spell, currently in its 2012 edition from Bella Books.

A country veterinarian meets a woman dressed as a witch on Halloween morning. I admit that I’ve always had a thing for a woman in black (conical hats a welcome accessory) but what also inspired this novel was my childhood fascination with the biblical race of giants—demigods who were said to be the offspring of “the sons of God and daughters of men.” Angels that mated with humans? Their misuse of superpowers got them in trouble and they were driven deep into the earth and sealed in caves forever. Hmm… While the other children in Sunday school (yes, my grandfather was a minister so there was no escaping Sunday school) loved the more popular “Noah’s Ark” and “Jonah and the Whale” stories, my interests bordered more on the esoteric, even as a kid. Those “giants” found a home in the dark caves of my imagination, and years later dug their way out and onto the pages of this contemporary Halloween love story. A fun October romance set against a fall landscape, it’s a light read with a touch of spooky, but for you armchair philosophers, there are some deeper ideas to ponder.