At First Sight

​There’s a gorgeous coffee bar I can’t resist. Smack dab in the middle of the Bake Hall and Roastery at Harrod’s—the name alone stirs images of class and fanciness tangible enough to bottle up for a rainy day. I’m at a crossroads between old London and new, on the corner of preserving tradition and stepping ahead. It makes me think about intersections. Not the street kind. The character kind. The first time a hero and … Continue reading

A Hot Cup of Heroes

Our heroes are in crisis. Sound the alarm. The call has been heard. The men in romance novels have walked a straight and narrow path for decades, leaving the heroine to do all of the evolving. I’m guilty of locking my writing into a limited view of what it means for the hero to be masculine and reach his true potential. There’s so much focus on making sure the heroine is written right, I’m afraid … Continue reading

Drive-Thru Writers

There’s a drive-thru Starbucks in my town with a line of cars wrapped around the building. The wait will take longer than finding a parking spot and ordering inside, but the car is warm and I’m only interested in shortcuts. I want hassle-free. Instant. At my fingertips. I think the publishing world was misnamed. It should have been the Delayed Gratification Industry. The wait is the hardest piece to endure. The art of perfecting a manuscript … Continue reading

The Perfect Blend Cafe

I am not new to coffee shop hunting. Ever since my love for this strongly and offensive flavor began, even the smallest café still catches my eye. By accident I found The Perfect Blend Café tucked into a corner building—a short walk from where East Patrick Street becomes West Patrick in downtown Frederick, a literal crossroads of flavor, unique shops, and a thriving arts scene. There’s something timeless and original about a good coffee shop, particularly once … Continue reading