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June 27, 2013

PP guest author is Marina Myles-Writing about irritable bowel syndrome or romances? Let's ask!

Writing about irritable bowel syndrome or romances?
Let's ask Marina Myles. Welcome, Marina, to the PP.
How did you get from your day job to writing romance?  When I sold my first two books to Kensington, I was ghost writing for medical websites and hospital newsletters. Needless to say, I’m having more fun creating hot romance heroes than writing about irritable bowel syndrome!

What are your three favorite books of all time? Wuthering Heights, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Morning, afternoon, or evening person? I’ve always been a morning person.

Music--with or without? What kind? I’m more productive in a quiet setting without music.

First or third POV?  The books in my Cursed Princes series are written in third POV. However, I’m working on a suspense novel with romantic elements written in first person. It’s fun to mix things up.
How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects?  I’m a bit scattered that way. If I have an idea for a story, I’ll open a file on the computer. Then, when I have time, I’ll go back to it. It’s kind of a miracle that the stories get finished!

June 26, 2013

Michelle Miles: the Princesses Debut at RomCon 2013

This past week, the princesses had the pleasure of attending RomCon. For all of us, this was a first-time experience. And it was so much fun!

I got to experience a high—meeting my favorite author on the face of the planet. Here’s a picture of me with Gena Showalter. She is one of the nicest people I’ve met. Very gracious and lovely in person.

Okay I promise I won’t fan girl on that much but she gave me her email address so like I’m totally in. *grin*

June 22, 2013

Plotting Princesses' June Newsletter for your reading pleasure

Extra! Extra!

The PP June Newsletter…



Is out! Catch up on what's happening with the Plotting Princesses. We have links to great articles written by PPs Liese, Kathy, Vicki, and an extra special one about the PP at RomCon written by Michelle. There's breaking news and sneak peeks at great covers.



Thank you for your support!

June 20, 2013


Okay, while half the Plotting Princesses are having fun at RomCon this week, I’ll woman up.  I’m not a purse gal. If I were to select handbags as a blog topic, it’d be short and sweet with one picture.  A cyan red Fossil bag that I’ve carried for two years and will probably not retire until it’s too worn out to even donate. I’m not even a typical shoe gal.  There isn’t a single pair of high heels in my closet and very few dress pumps.  In the winter, my main article of footwear is a comfy pair of socks. Boots if I actually have to go outside. That’s how blessedly casual my life has become.

But oh man do I love summer and flip-flop weather. Add a cool color of nail polish and I'm set for any adventure. Here's a small sample from my closet.

June 18, 2013

Michelle Miles: A Bit of Nostaglia

I grew up with two movie-buff parents. In fact, my parents met at the drive-in theater back in the 1950s. My dad ran the projector and my mom worked the concession stand. Doesn’t that sound like something right out of a 1950s black-and-white romance? They were married in 1955. From what I hear, that was a very good year.

So I guess it should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m a huge movie fan. I love movies. From the old to the new, classics to current blockbusters. Musicals, dramas, romantic comedies, chick flicks, kid’s movies, science fiction. You name it.

My childhood consisted of John Wayne’s westerns and war movies (Big Jake, The Fighting Seabees) because that’s what Dad liked. But it also consisted of those classic dramas (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Gone With The Wind, Random Harvest) as well as musicals (The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, On The Town, Royal Wedding, oh I could go on!) because that’s what Mom liked.

It all carried over into my adulthood.

June 16, 2013

Where in the world are the Plotting Princesses? Going to Romcon!

Hello, beautiful readers!

The Plotting Princesses are making an appearance! This month, some of us will be venturing to Colorado Springs to attend RomCon from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23.

We’ll be there to chat with readers, hand out swag and participate in games with giveaways! I will be participating in the Slayer game and you can win some fabulous prizes from me which include signed books as well as gift cards.

Here’s a list of the PP gals attending the conference and what we’re up to:

  • Vicki Batman: First Kiss, Bingo, book signing
  • Karilyn Bentley: Slayer game
  • Elizabeth Essex: Book signing
  • Kathy Ivan: Book signing
  • Sylvia McDaniel: First Kiss, Bingo, book signing
  • Michelle Miles: Slayer Game, book signing
  • Liese Sherwood-Fabre: book signing

We hope you can join us for the fun! Tickets are still available for the event if you can make it out to see us. We would love to see as many friendly reader faces as possible. Click here for more information about the event.

Hope to see you there!

June 13, 2013

Vicki Batman: When I Fell in Love

When I Fell in Love

NO! not with Handsome. I'll save that story for another day. This is about when I fell in love with romance books.

Around age fourteen, I was totally bored. School was out. Didn't have anything special going on. I'd read everything I'd wanted to read.

My mom noticed and asked what was up. When I told her, she said, "Go read something." "But what?" I whined. She fastened on me a long stare and then reached for a small paperback on the shelf where she stashed her handbag. "Try this."

This turned out to be a romance by Emilie Loring.

June 11, 2013

Tales from the Crate by Karilyn Bentley

In case you didn't know, we lost our "little girl" in February. Clara, aka Jaws, had been with us for eleven years and it was quite the emotional hit to lose her. I'd like to honor her by telling a, hopefully, humorous story about her favorite thing to do: hunt.

Until Clara came into our life, I never thought about dogs hunting. On their own, I mean. Sure, I knew plenty of people who went hunting with their dogs and the dog would retrieve whatever the owner shot. I knew dogs liked to chase rabbits and cats. But I never realized they liked to catch critters and bring them to their owners as some sort of trophy prize. I thought only cats did that. Talk about being wrong!

June 6, 2013

PP Phyllis Middleton: My Writing Tools - Old Fashioned OR Techie???

Okay, we know the obvious writing tools.  Computer, pencil/pen, paper, perhaps a typwriter and most importantly, a creative thought. 
But that’s not what I’m talking about. Just the other day, Princess Vicki Batman sent an email to the Princess realm about writing software.  Pondering on what to write on this blog, a light bulb went off in the brain.

What do readers know about an author’s process in her / his writing?  Do they want to know?  Even other writers learn from authors such as methods, tools, time management, etc. So, I thought I’d pass along my favorite and others I’ve tried. My favorite writing tool AKA software is….drum roll, please….

Dragon Natural Speaking Software.

June 4, 2013

Golden Wedding Anniversaries

This is the month of brides, and while we celebrate new beginnings, it’s also great to celebrate couples who have been together for many years. My aunt and uncle will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on June 15th, and all the family is gathering to honor them on this very special occasion.

I’ve known four couples to make it to their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Both sets of grandparents, my parents and now my aunt and uncle. So I asked my uncle to tell me why he thought that their marriage had lasted when others have not. He gave me such a wonderful detailed description that I don’t have the room to put everything he said here. 

June 3, 2013

Plotting Princesses: Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra!

The PP June Newsletter…



Is out! Catch up on what's happening with the Plotting Princesses. We have links to great articles written by PPs Liese, Kathy, Vicki, and an extra special one about the PP at RomCon written by Michelle. There's breaking news and sneak peeks at great covers.



Thank you for your support!