INTERNET DATING? NOTHING COUNTS UNTIL YOU MEET. NO, EMAILING DOESN’T COUNT AS DATING.

It's just a freakin' meet. Don't freak out!  Yes, I'm using the word freakin’ on purpose. Not being flip. I'm aware that dating for the first time in a long while can be scary. It’s just a freakin’ meet is meant to put you at ease. In your head. Where it counts. Why? Because no matter how hilarious he is in email, no matter how cute her smile in her profile photo, nothing counts until you meet. Back in high school when we were still called boys and girls, no one in class was married. Everyone was available. All the boys had hair, all the girls had perfect pouts. Things are different now. Say you’re at Home Depot on the ...
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GHOSTS AND HAUNTINGS. SHIFTERS AND BLOOD. FANTASY AND HISTORICAL WITH A TWIST. YOUR NEW FAVE HALLOWEEN READS.

All the authors 🧑🏼‍🎤 featured in this special post have a downright ☠️ romantic or creepy,  funny or sweet 🧚‍♀️ treat for you.  Bear with Me, Raven's Moon, and Blood on the Chesapeake J.B. Dane      Raven's Moon The moon is inching toward a full Hunter’s designation and PI Bram Farrell is in full hunter mode though the trails are cold ones and the victims nowhere near human! https://amzn.to/2IIqRhS Marilyn Barr     Bear with Me A new home, a fresh start, magical secrets that could destroy them...  Grant Luther is too logical and intelligent to believe in paranormal creatures - just ask him. Will you be the one to tell him his wife is a green witch, his boss ...
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TURN UP THE HEAT WHEN YOU CAN’T GET TOGETHER. WHAT DISTANCE DATING DURING COVID TAUGHT US.

In Middle Ageish, my first novel, Sunny Chanel, the heroine, plunges into online dating. And emails a truckload of men.  Sunny lives in New Haven, CT, so even before she meets Noah, who lives  in Long Island, the emailing fun begins. It continues even after they meet. Sunny and Noah could teach us a few things about the art of the slow burn. Emailing is their passion in Middle Ageish, their way of heating up a long distance romance. The hint? Emailing is pretty much distance dating, so if you're online dating anywhere in the world, follow their lead and use email as a way of getting to know someone new. It's the only safe way. Yes, they make out the ...
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4 TRUTHS ABOUT DATING OVER FIFTY YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW

What I learned about relationships from interviewing my characters Who knew two of my main characters were savvy about this dating and relationship thing? Sunny Chanel (Middle Ageish) and Dana Narvana (Eat Your Heart Out) proved, in this post, that I have a few things to learn. Besides, I have a secret.  Too often, my inner voice is my characters from my novels arguing with me while I’m writing. This past week they schooled me about what makes relationships work. Dating in your fifties or sixties isn’t easy, said Sunny. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, said Dana.  If you mess up in life, you’ll mess up in your books, Sunny said, wagging a finger at me.  So I ...
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SHOULD I SEE HIM AGAIN?

Three different, guys. Each one with different issues. You’ve had dinner with all three. Would you go out again with any of them? For my opinion, scroll to the bottom. 1. The Date Who Talks About Past Relationships on the First Meet He should have been a therapist. His conversations are deep discoveries into why his last four liaisons—including two divorces—imploded. He loves being in a relationship. Ideally, the hanging out phase would begin soon with you in the starring role. Tomorrow would not be too soon. Even though he knows from experience to take everything slowly. That’s his special challenge. Pretty much every conversation revolves around what went wrong and how it went wrong. “I’m an enabler,” he’ll remark ...
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5 DATING HABITS THAT ARE STILL WORTH KEEPING IN MIND (FROM THE WORST DAYS OF COVID)

Distancing is still a good idea these days The old "Would you like to go out for dinner?" is more appropriate nowadays. But even so, it takes times to get to know someone. You're the only one who gets to decide if you'll meet and date someone who hasn't been vaccinated. There, I said it. The important thing is, he's nice and you think he's interested. And you're game. How to get together when distancing may still be a factor, depending on your comfort level? First, let him know you're willing to meet as long as you both either stay outdoors, (difficult as the weather gets colder) or research an indoor spot that's got ample space for a first meet ...
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A PERFECT WEDDING, A SNOWSTORM, AND A SHOCKING SECRET. WHAT COULD GO WRONG IN THIS REGENCY NOVELLA?

Amber Daulton's got a sweet Regency romance for the holidays. On sale for 99 pennies for a limited time!  What do you write? What’s the fun part of writing and why? I write in a variety of romantic sub-genres, including: historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, western, and time travel. Some story ideas can fit in multiple settings and sub-genres, but others fit in only one or two categories, so I like to keep my options open and let my muse flow. The easiest part of writing is creating a new world or researching a real town and then twisting it enough to fictionalize it. Research, in my opinion, is sometimes more fun than writing. I love to learn about new places, ...
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SHE CREATES ICE CREAM. HE RADIATES HEAT. BTW, CHERRY RED IS MICK JAGGER’S FAVE FLAVOR.

Writing a book about ice cream for the One Scoop or Two series by The Wild Rose Press is oh, so tough, but author Darlene Fredette enjoyed the research for Cherry Red. So thrilled she's talking about her new release!  What do you write and how did you choose a title?  I write contemporary romances. The title was inspired by a Rolling Stones song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." There is a part where Mick Jagger says 'what's your favorite flavor' with a response of 'cherry red'.   What’s the fun part of writing and why? The best part of writing is having the characters meet for the first time. This is where the fun begins. Why did ...
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DO YOU HAVE A SPINACH PROFILE? I HAVE A RECIPE FOR YOU.

Dating Blooper #1  The Spinach Profile What's your dating profile? It's not just your photo. It's also your story.     Consider how bland a spinach salad tastes without a little dressing. Or how bleh cooked spinach is without a little oil and garlic.                          That’s your profile if you haven’t added a little balsamic vinegar, oil and Dijon mustard. Or your variation on the old classic. For a recipe, scroll down. The Mini Lesson: Quirks Quirks make you who you are. Let your real self out. To avoid the spinach-without-seasoning profile, talk about your quirks. Yes, your quirks. You’ve got a dating profile for one reason only. So people ...
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5 ***** REVIEW FOR EAT YOUR HEART OUT

Eat Your Heart Out Starting Over Book 2 by Shirley Goldberg Genre: Romantic Women's Fiction, Chick-Lit, RomCom When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad, starting with Dana's staunchest ally, Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire. But when the after hours smooching goes nowhere, she wonders why this grown man won't make up his mind. Alex Bethany's new lifestyle gives him the confidence to try online dating. What he craves is a family of his own until a life-altering surprise rocks his world. He knows he's sending Dana mixed messages ...
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