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First page review: Secrets of Love and War

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors First Page Review blog hop. During the month of October, you can get feedback on what readers of the first page of your WIP or novel, published or unpublished — and, more importantly, give feedback to others. No more than first 1,000 words though. Don’t want to make this too […]

Utrecht and Amsterdam

Originally posted on kirilson photography:
Venue: Central Amsterdam and central Utrecht Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 Music: Guus Meeuwis – Het is een nacht (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOy76zw0TrQ) A few weeks ago I promised you an extended post from the Netherlands with plenty of bikes and canals, and here it comes! I had the opportunity to visit shortly Amsterdam and Utrecht and take…

SFR Brigade Showcase — terrifying music

I’m escaping the Arizona heat this week in wonderfully cool Toronto, visiting a couple of my sons and a BIG dog — but I wouldn’t miss the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s showcase. for anything. Once a month, the brigade’s authors highlight snippets from new works, WIPs, cover reveals or other fun things. Today I’m highlighting a […]

5 Ways to Take Control of Negative Thoughts

Today, I’m pleased as punch to hand my blog over for a second time to my son, Chris Hoornaert, who investigates what psychology has to say about another issue of importance to all writers: Negative Thoughts Take it away, Chris! 5 Ways to Take Control of Negative Thoughts “Stop being a prisoner of your past. […]

The Ideal Hero? MFRWauthor

For week 19, the Marketing for Romance Writers blog tour prompt is: The Ideal Romance Hero Well, I’m a guy, a straight guy, so by all rights I should excuse myself from this one. Nah. Since when has being unqualified ever kept me from having an opinion?  So here are two opinions, one facetious, one serious. 1. […]

The Muse is made of sand #MFRWauthor

Most stories begin with a grain of sand. Not literal sand. Mental sand. When a rough grain of sand gets caught in an oyster’s shell, the oyster secretes a layer of mother-of-pearl around the grain, trying to make the sharp edges less annoying. Then another layer, and another. Out of a nasty little annoyance, a beautiful […]

Mr Valentine wishes you happy Valentine’s Day

You’ve all seen those hunky heroes on the covers of romance novels. Washboard abs. Handsome as hell. Allergic to wearing shirts. That is not me. And yet,  in a way, I’m a real live Harlequin hero.  For I inspired the hero in a romance novel.  Truth, I swear. It happened twenty years ago when I was […]

I feel marvelous, and I wanted to share the feeling

I actually feel good today. Really good. My body glows with a sense of well being. And that’s notable because? you ask. Because it’s the first time in over three months.  I’d never heard of sepsis, but now I know it’s a nasty, debilitating disease with a long recovery time. But still … it was, in […]

Robert J Sawyer and the Order of Canada

“It’s not me I’m worried about. It’s Dr. Hentzle’s reputation. . . . Some say she should get an Order of Canada, and you know what that means, eh?” – from Newborn Jo Beaverpaw, the assassin clone in Newborn, has no idea about the Order of Canada. You probably don’t either.  No reason you should, unless […]

My Royal Command Performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine have been touring Canada. While reading about the tour, I learned that they visited Carcross, in the Yukon. I daresay none of you had heard of Carcross before the royal tour.  There’s no reason you should have. The settlement is home to fewer than 500 people, […]