March 10, 2020

This column was published first in the Roswell Daily Record (www.rdrnews.com), Feb. 23, 2020

I’ve never been to Roswell in terms of geography but in terms of what Roswell represents to me — an all-American city with a generous side helping of mystery tinged with science-fiction and infinite possibilities — I feel right at home.

First and foremost, I’m a science-fiction author, with an emphasis on the romance elements, but lots of action and adventure, as well. I often say my novels are like the movie “Aliens” — my personal favorite movie ever...

February 22, 2020

For most of my published career I’ve been involved with retelling fairy tales. I put a kinky spin on Cinderella in The Glass Stiletto, and changed the hero and heroine into step-siblings for Her Beastly Stepbrother and Her Stepbrother’s Christmas Gift (and two others), and I edited two anthologies of horror retellings (I actually wrote a zombie Beauty and the Beast for one). So why have I returned to this realm again with Wickedly Ever After? Because every time we retell these stories, there is something more for us to see and enjoy, someth...

February 19, 2020

It’s a sure sign that basic civil liberties are turning into piles of ashes when autocratic leaders begin burning books. Beginning on May 10, 1933, Nazi youth groups burned books in public pyres in 34 towns across Germany. Hitler’s right arm and Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels delivered a fiery call to action: “No to decadence and moral corruption!” he yelled, while the people who had gathered there made fire oaths promising loyalty to the [State and Hitler] amid a band playing lively marching songs. “Yes to decency and morality in f...

January 28, 2020

 Georgette Heyer

One Sunday morning, while I was drinking my coffee, getting ready to write, I glanced at Twitter. Romance folks were playing a game of “what Georgette Heyer character would you want to be and what character would she make you?” Normally, I would’ve cursed under my breath, shrugged, and ignored it. But this particular Sunday was the day before the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and suddenly I had things to say about the woman who would’ve made me into a horrific antisemitic stereotype. Though unchallenged ant...

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