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Let's Color Some Romance

I've joined a group of romance writers to bring some coloring fun into your life. Author Danika Bloom has created coloring sheets for...

Help a Reader, Help an Author

Fast-breaking news: Today, November 8, I will be one of the featured authors on Joanna Slan's Mystery Monday on Facebook. Click for the...

A Weekend at Mountain Lake Lodge

A view of lodge Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia, is famous as the location of the filming of "Dirty Dancing." It is also a...

Am I Too Old?

You just wrote your first novel? And you're how old? How old is too old? Young authors are celebrated as precocious. Older authors are...

It’s All Happening

This week brings several milestones. First, I get to celebrate my seventieth birthday with seventy of my closest friends—well, the people...

Writing in Chicago, Chicago Writers

Scroll to the bottom for a great book promotion. Everybody's Coffee on Wilson Avenue, Chicago. This used to be one of my Sunday writing...

Find a New Favorite Romance Series

I have teamed up with a group of romance novelist to put together a giveaway highlighting first-in-a series romances for the month of...

Falling Leaves

Autumn has arrived in Chicago. The days are cooler and the leaves are changing. This is my favorite time of year. The smell of wood smoke...

Swashbucklers

September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, I remember when Facebook would give you the option of changing your language so you could post...

The Emotion of Writing and Publishing

I have been writing most of my life. Unsuccessful attempts at novels, reams of bad poetry, more success in academic writing, and finally...

Random Thoughts and Pictures

Some favorite Cress and Max things Cress lives in Rogers Park. She might take Max to walk along the lake at sunset. I live in Rogers Park...

Music Memories

La Traviata, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2013 Max, the hero of my forthcoming book, At First Sight, finds listening to music painful. He was...

Change/No Change

Margie Warrell Life is all about change and adaptability. In Romance, the character arc has to do with learning to be with another...

Sad Endings to HEA

SCROLL DOWN FOR EXCITING NEWS As a teenager, I was all about the tragic. I searched out sad endings. I was an avid reader of...

Today's the Day

I am so excited to show you the cover for At First Sight. I hope you love it as much as I do. Releasing October 22, 2021 She wants a...

Sunday, Sunday

Apricot danish from Pflour Bakery, purchased at the Glenwood Farmer's Market, August 1, 2021 In the summer, before Cress ever met Max,...