Friday, March 30, 2012

Jan Romes uncovered (a little bit)

I've been tagged by romance author Katheryn Lane to answer the following questions, so here goes:

1.) What is the one book you couldn't live without?

I'm going to agree with Katheryn -- The Bible! Without it my life would run amok!

2.) What can you see out your window at the moment?

Serenity in the form of sunshine, blue skies, grape hyacinths, and robins flying in and out of a blue spruce.

3.) What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

It's a toss up being souse (omg!! what was I thinking?) and squid. Growing up my dad brought home lots of unusual food. I was brave enough to try souse - which is lots of unidentifiable meat scraps held together with a gel-like substance. Ewww! On a cruise I tried a seafood dish that had shrimp, scallops, lobster, and squid. Put a squid in my mouth and those small tentacles did me in. Yeah, that won't happen again!

4.) What fictional character would you most like to marry?

Right away I thought of Clark Kent. Nerdy guys are sexy! And his secret identity isn't so bad either!

5.) If ever a fictional villain was going to win, who would you want it to be?

Hands down, Jack Nicholson! Bad boy but charming as the Joker in Batman!

6.) How many types of cheese can you name off the top of your head?

Lots. Maybe two dozen. Colby is my favorite. Funny story from my high school days about limberger cheese.... (ah! best to save that story for another time)

7.) If you didn't want to be a writer, what would you be?

Nature photographer. I have a strange love for rugged beauty.

8.) Can you play a musical instrument?

No, but I wish I could. I'm not the least bit musically inclined. But I admire those who are.

9.) Do you own a Kindle or any sort of e-reader?

I have a Nook (a lovely congratulations gift from my son, daughter-in-law, and daughter when I signed the contract for my first book)!

10.) If so, how many books do you have on it?

At least 25. And there are a lot more books I can't wait to download to it.

11.) You just got published. In a glowing review, someone calls you the next (insert name of famous author). Which author has to watch their back now you're on the scene?

Ha ha! No one has to watch their back where I'm concerned. But I'd be happy to share the Best Seller's lists with all the great authors.

There - answered them all!

And now I'm tagging the following bloggers with the challenge to answer the same questions:

Jolyse Barnett

Suzanne Rogers writing as S. G. Rogers

Joya Fields

Sharon Saracino

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Springtime in Ohio!

(From my garden!)


Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day,
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteror that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

~ Robert Frost ~

Have a beautiful spring!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ONE SMALL FIB.... (excerpt & blurb for your enjoyment!)

I'm always tweeting about ONE SMALL FIB and thought it was time to post the blurb and excerpt! Hope you can get a feel for the conflict, humor, and attraction that pulls Allie Blue & Kiptyn Thomas together!

BLURB:  Allie Blue's dream of buying the old Smithington mansion and turning it into a bed and breakfast is stomped by a mystery real estate developer with a fancy pen and loaded checkbook. With no bed and breakfast, Allie resorts to one small fib which lands her a flight attendant's job and the task of pampering Upward Airlines' most demanding frequent flyer -- Kiptyn Thomas, III. Something raw and potent snaps between them, but Allie fights the attraction for the guy who thinks he's at the top of the food chain. Kiptyn Thomas is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. Allie Blue both annoys and intrigues him. Will some well-intentioned fibs, a deep dark secret, and similar personalities draw them together or keep them apart?


Every muscle in her body tightened when she approached him. Thankfully he was looking out the window so she had a moment to collect herself. She cleared her throat. "I hear it's snowing back home."

Kiptyn's head snapped around so fast he should've gotten whiplash. His gaze connected with hers and a slow smile spread over his face. "I heard. The wind is going to pick up later this morning too. If you have any pull with the captain, could you have him get this thing off the ground as soon as possible?"

Allie tried to read him. He seemed friendly enough all right. His body language wasn't as tight as hers and his smile appeared genuine. The biggest change she noticed was his attitude. He wasn't demanding or acting annoyed. This was the tabloid-Kiptyn, the one the public loved. "Sorry, no pull. This is my fifth day as an attendant. Everyone on the plane has more clout." She chuckled and waited for him to revert to mean ole Kiptyn.

Instead, he grinned. Not just a cheeky twinge that passed as a grin, but a full curve of his mouth complete with pearly white teeth.

An unexpected warmth took her over. It started in her face, slithered down her neck, spilled across her breasts, and dipped lower until it found its intended target. Allie drew her knees together to fight the surge of delight.

A warning voice whispered in her head. He's toying with you. She took a mental breath and shoved aside the remnants of the convoluted attraction. In no way could she allow herself to think for one second that any of this was real.

Saturday, March 10, 2012



                                                KATHY SCHINDLER!!

I am truly delighted to welcome, Kathy Schindler, to my blog today! Often I am in awe of Kathy's creativity and energy. She's a very dear friend, critique partner, champion of our men in uniform, and a rising star in the literary world! I wanted to introduce you to Kathy by way of an interview --

JAN: Kathy, you recently placed 22nd out of 5,000 in the Writer's Digest Short-Short stories contest. That's incredible! What's even more incredible is the subject of your story. You can't post the story since it will be published in the 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short-Short Story Competition Collection, but can you whet our appetite by sharing what your story is about?

KATHY: The story is about a soldier who returns from Afghanistan, but doesn't have anyone waiting to welcome him home. A photographer decides to take his picture which leads to their romance. If anyone is interested in reading my story you can purchase a copy of the 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short-Short Story Competition Collection, available on the Writer's Digest ( website mid-summer.

JAN: You currently have a submission pending with a favorite woman's magazine. It takes a certain talent to write stories with a specific word count. Do you find it difficult to go from a full-length novel to a short story?

KATHY: I actually find it much easier to write short stories. You learn to cut out all the extras. In full-length novels you have to go more in depth. I like writing short stories because I get to experience the joy of typing 'the end' a lot sooner.

JAN: Besides writing, you're also a wife, mother, owner of Doodle Bug Early Learning (Daycare), maintain a few websites, and occasionally teach HTML classes to romance writers. How do you make it all work?

KATHY: Lots and lots of coffee!! I have never been a person who liked schedules, but I think the schedule found me. Daycare is open eleven hours a day, five days a week. In order to be productive, I have to stick to a daily routine. I work while my daycare kids nap in the morning and the afternoon. Most evenings after dinner with my family, you will find me at the computer.

JAN: One of the many things I admire about you is how much you give to others. Whenever I need a helping hand with my website, you're there. If I back myself into a corner with my writing, you pull me out of my funk with advice and your great sense of humor, and you don't blink twice when it comes to promoting my work and the work of others. At Christmas, you decorate a tree for hospice. Can you tell us a bit about this?

KATHY: The past two years, a very good friend of mine sponsored the tree. This monetary donation goes directly to hospice. Friends contribute money towards the ornaments and decorations, then my family and I decorate it. The tree is on display for one day at the annual Hospice of St. Mary's Festival of Trees.

Each year we brainstorm a new decorating theme for the tree. The first year was a military tree that was donated to the local veteran's home. The second year was a breast cancer tree that was donated to the local hospice house. Both trees had very special meaning to me and my friend. We haven't decided on this years tree, but we have already started to think of ideas.

JAN: Thank you so much for being on my blog today, Kathy! Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?

KATHY: As I always tell my kids... "Reach for the stars because dreams really do come true."


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Meet my loveable pal, Karl! He's been a member of our family since 1999 - (by my calculations he's about to celebrate his 91st birthday!) What an amazing mix: part German Shepherd, Corgi, Boxer, & Labrador -- very low to the ground, but a fierce defender! (especially when the UPS truck pulls into the driveway)