Sunday, October 16, 2016


book cover

Justin Rakka knows from an early age that he is different but he doesn’t understand why. An only child and heir to a large fortune, he is shunted aside by his parents and viciously bullied at school. Lonely and misunderstood, he cannot find his place in the world until a distinguished presence from a secret sphere reaches out to him.

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Justin is accused of a vicious crime and the police, convinced of his guilt, hound him without mercy. 



With Juliet’s freedom at stake and Justin’s own life in the balance, can he defeat the vicious demon sworn to steal his powers and destroy them both?

Monday, October 10, 2016

How To Fix The Novel That Fizzled

Janice Hardy tells how to fix the novel that fizzled.

The Wrong Protagonist?

The Wrong Story?

The Wrong Point of View?

What Conflict?

Stakes—What Stakes?

Lack of Credibility?

Janice asks the questions and gives the answers at Anne R. Allen's blog.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Self-sabotage And The Fear Of Success

Midnight In Paris: The Impossible Dream?

Fear of Success vs. Fear of Failure
5 Ways Writers Block Success
The 4 Irrational Fears That Hold Writers Back

Fantasy and reality, illusion and disillusion, and the invisible traps writers set for themselves explained at Anne R. Allen.

Monday, September 26, 2016

First Drafts: Sticking Points And Solutions

First drafts can be like mazes. The way through is never a straight line.

That delightful, delicious, d*mn first draft!

Love it? Leave it? Or is there something in between?
I found out how other writers from David Hewson to Nora Roberts solve the first draft.
Learn what I discovered in my report at Anne R. Allen's blog.
Join the fun! Share your sticking points and solutions in the comments!

Monday, August 29, 2016

How to write compelling characters.

Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress

Clothing and appearance, scent and sensibility provide powerful metaphors for a character’s inner life

Joan Crawford’s shoulder pads.

Harry Potter's wand.

James Bond's Beretta.

Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie.

Dragon Lady red lips.

Summer in the city.

A leather-upholstered Rolls-Royce in Hong Kong.

Sexy, man-trap perfume.

Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress.

They all have something in common. What is it?
Anne and Ruth know—and they tell. :-)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

She's getting older, but is she getting better?


From carbon paper to carbon emissions.

From Edward R. Murrow to Bill O’Reilly.

From Audrey Hepburn to Lady Gaga.

From Julia Child to Rachael Ray.

From Ernest Hemingway to EL James.

From Dr. Freud to Dr. Phil.

From I Like Ike to Le Donald.

No wonder I’m so p*ssed off. Not just because I’m about to turn sixty and not just today, but just about all the time and just about everywhere.

On line at the supermarket where I have to bring my own bag and pack my own groceries.

At the gas station where I have to pump my own gas.

On hold listening to the robot telling me my call is important.

At the twenty minutes of trailers and commercials that precede every movie.

At splash ads on the internet.

At cellphones and their rude, clueless users.

At Metro cards that don’t work on first swipe, at double length buses that make Manhattan’s terrible traffic worse.

You name it, it bugs me.

And, right now, you can add Ralph to the list.

Just because we’d been married since about forever did he really have to go on a diet, start exercising, and buy a fancy new wardrobe?

Was he having a mid-life crisis? Or was he having an affair?

For the answer to this question + more, read The Chanel Caper, Book #1 in the Strong, Savvy Women Series.

Available for your Kindle.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My Mom's recipe for old-fashioned blueberry cobbler

Summer is still here. So are blueberries—and Blueberry Cobbler!

My Mom was a proud New Englander and an excellent cook. Her recipe for blueberry cobbler is quick, easy and delicious, perfect to share with friends, family or to eat standing up in the kitchen as it comes fresh from the oven!

1 quart blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place in buttered oven-proof casserole.

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons butter

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Moisten with 1/2 cup milk. Spread over berry mixture and bake in 400 oven for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.

Et voilĂ !

Enjoy with or without ice cream.
Alone or with someone you love.
Morning, noon or night. :-)