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29 and counting! <3 <3











I wish a very

to us.

After twenty-nine wedded, though not always blissful, years- I love you more and more each day.

You are my rock.

My soulmate.

Thank you for three beautiful daughters who have blessed us with five lovely miniatures of themselves.

I wouldn’t trade a one for anything in the world because each is a part of you and me–proof of a long lasting and beautiful love.


with all my heart, Mitchell! Here’s to another 29 years! 

The Ranch Makeover


Hello friends! I know, I know. It’s been a while since my last post…from me, I mean. I have to take a moment to thank all my lovely and handsome guests of late- and those to visit in the near and far future, as well. What would I be without all of you?

So I wanted to let you know that I will not be back to my regular irregular posting just yet. I’ll share the whys because they are quite exciting! 😀 Okay, maybe not quite exciting, but exciting…to me, and I hope to you.

First of all my Blogging News: I have decided to (attempt to) keep a better list of the wonderful guests upcoming on the Ranch and where I will be hanging out when not here on my Ranch. This news is here and will remain in the same location under the News & Fun tab above. I’ll be cleaning it up, dusting out the cobwebs of old news and sprucing it up with fresh information, a new guest list. I have some great posts on the Ranch’s horizon that I can’t wait to share with all of you! Don’t worry, if you want to keep track of when you- or someone you stalk- were on, I’ll be saving the old news in a word .doc on my hard drive. You can contact me through my Say Hey! tab and if I kept that record here then I can give it to you. I haven’t been very steady in keeping that page updated, I’m sorry to say. I’m looking into a calender that I can put on that page and give a visual to visitors and guests. So look for the new corral there. 😀

Next on my list of to-dos is the Guest Blogger Guidelines: I know- why bother? Well, I sometimes forget to give full or clear instructions to my guests, which can, and have, caused a lot of extra needless work when I set up guest posts. The page will be very close to what it is now, but I will try to clarify and make what I’d like from guests more specific and clear. Hopefully that will help visitor appearances on the Ranch more pleasant. I tend to be a stickler with things like that, only because, I don’t have a lot of time to spend on those things so if we work together it makes it a bit nicer for me too.

Next I’ll be adding a page (I’m still considering this one and if I want it ON the Ranch, or linked from it. As an indie editor under another name, I want to be available to clients, give them information, prices, what they get for their money, and what-not- because it can be uncomfortable asking someone that kind of stuff, and I don’t want to cause discomfort for anyone. 🙂 So that page may come later and be a link off the Ranch, kind of a back forty cottage of sorts. 😆 We’ll see.

What am I up to that keeps me so busy? 

I’m revising Healing Whispers, my horse whisperer story to submit…somewhere. I am hoping to finish Hearts Afire- my fireman story- soon, so I can get it submitted this year too. I have a short story I’d like to complete this year and submit. So, as you can tell, lot-o-irons in the fire! I also have a book two to Healing Whispers I want to write still…probably not this year.

If that’s not enough, I am still working on finishing my first paranormal book, that I will publish somewhere, somehow. BUT- I won’t be talking about that genre here anymore. That’s another of the coming changes. I will be taking the pages dedicated to my wolf shifters down, in fact. Why? Because this is a contemporary 1-man/1-woman author’s website. I feel I need to keep the genres separate to keep confusion down for visitors and guests. I have been considering for some time now if I should put an 18 and older notice to enter the site, and have decided against that. My Ranch is open and all are welcome. Of course, as with any romance site that isn’t designated Inspirational or Sweet romance only, I suggest parents review it first- just in case. But I won’t be putting up an entry stopper. 

In the changes I will adjust my guest roster for Pen of the Dreamer blog, but don’t worry. I will still work to bring all your favorite authors to you. I will explain more about that later, when I get all my changes made and the Ranch revamped and the new exposed. I will be working around guest posts, and will strive to post my own blogs as often as I have time for in the meantime.

I’m hoping to bring a new feature, or even two, soon… by the end of the year. In the interim, I would love to hear what you’d like to see on the Ranch. What have you looked for on a blog that nobody does? What would make you enjoy your time here more, or tell others about the Ranch?

Which contemporary authors would you like to see interviewed or hear a particular topic from? Ms. Nora? Brenda Novak? Sharon Sala? I’m open to big-name guests to mix it up with my darlin’ newcomers and small press and indie friends. Who have you discovered recently that you’d like to hear more from? Vonnie Davis? Joya Fields? There are so many new and old contemporary authors I hear about but have never had on the Ranch. Name a few for me and we’ll see what happens. After all, how else will we become more known if not by putting ourselves out there?

We all know it’s about word of mouth in this business, whether you are a writer or a reader. Give me names people! I’ll take care of contacting them (except SK- because his contact system on his website hates me, as does the contact email for his manager! I know. But I won’t be doing horror on the Ranch either.) So who? Click the Say Hey! button and fill my inbox. 😀

Until I have everything ready for the big reveal, I hope to see you weekly for Tuesday Tales on the Ranch and 6 Sentence Sunday (which I missed this last week. So sorry. :(). And, hey, if you notice any of the new makeover tweaks, don’t be bashful; let me know what you think! It’s all for you. If you don’t like it-it’s no good to me. Right? 🙂


It’s The Book Vixen’s 3rd birthday bash!


I received an invitation to a fun contest and part of the entering process is to post the badge for the blog’s Birthday Party. I’m also posting because I enjoy these and can’t keep it to myself. 😆 So join in and have fun!


Ladies & Gents- It’s Wendy S. Marcus!



I’ve been waiting ALL summer for today. What’s so special? I have the new Mills and Boon Medical author, Wendy S. Marcus visiting! Awesome? Yes! So without more of my rambling let’s get to the fun!

Welcome Wendy. I’ve been keeping track and your blog tour promoting When One Night Isn’t Enough has been a great success for you. I’m super excited to have you here today. Please tell us about you and why you’re here.


Hi Lisa!

Thank you so much for hosting me on my blog tour to promote my debut Harlequin Medical Romance, WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH. Rather than answering the typical interview questions, (since this is my 23rd blog stop in three months and I fear people are starting to get sick of me!) I thought I’d do a Five Things You May Not Know About Me, post. (If any of you are interested in my call story or reading other interviews, you can find the links to all my blog stops at:  

Here’s my official mini-bio:

Wendy S. Marcus lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York with her husband, two of her three children, and a much loved Bichon Frise named Buddy. A nurse by trade, Wendy has her master’s degree in health care administration. After years of working in the medical profession, Wendy has taken a radical turn to writing hot contemporary romance with strong heroes, feisty heroines, and lots of laughs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting with her online friends. To learn more about Wendy visit her website,

Would you be willing to share some fun facts about Wendy with us?

Here are five things you may not know about me:

1)      I was adopted at birth, well prior to my birth actually. My parents flew down to Florida to pick me up and I was on a plane up to New York at the age of two days old. I’ve lived in New York ever since, and although from time to time I’ve perused the adoption websites, I’ve never made a concerted effort to locate my birth parents. An interesting tidbit: My mother – who was told she couldn’t have children (my older sister is also adopted) – was one month pregnant when I was born. My younger sister is eight months younger than me.

2)      Growing up I played the flute and guitar, took classes in gymnastics and dance, and was an avid skier. Now I enjoy watching all of these things on television!  

3)      In high school I was the head cheerleader for soccer and basketball. (We didn’t have a football team.) I had a perfect split, and I was NOT snobby. It was a relatively small school in the Catskill Mountains and I don’t recall any “Mean Girls” roaming the halls.

4)      In my first year of college – and what a fun year it was! – I landed myself on academic probation. After that reality check I pulled it together, went on to make the Dean’s List, and eventually achieved my Masters of Science degree in Health Care Administration.

5)      I have put on ten pounds since I’ve started writing. And it has nothing to do with my age!

Hmm. I wonder why I’ve gained ten pounds since I started writing? That was fun. Now tell us about your book!

Here’s a blurb about my book, WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH:

Nurse Ali Forshay has found the perfect man for her. Dependable. Routine. Boring. Exactly what she wants to ensure a quiet, stable and anonymous life. Then his friend, Dr. Jared Padget, shows up and goodbye fairytale ending. The man’s a schmoozer. A womanizer. A whoo-a-woman-into-bed-using-any-means-necessary kind of man just like her father. And Ali wants nothing to do with him. But he’s so tempting. Thank goodness his temporary assignment at Madrin Memorial is over, and he’s heading out of town.

If only he hadn’t shown up at girls’ night out on the eve of his departure. If only he hadn’t taken her up on her drunken one-time offer. If only he hadn’t come back when he’d promised to stay away…

Here’s where you can read an excerpt:

Here’s where you can purchase WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH:

In the UK: In stores and online at Amazon UK. (please add link to words Amazon UK:

In Aus/NZ: Online at Mills and Boon. (please add link to words Mills and Boon: and coming to stores in July 2011.


In the U.S.: Online at in July 2011.



Are you writing anything new and when can we expect to see it, if so? I know whatever it is it will be just as wonderful as this one.



Here’s where you can read an excerpt for my second book, ONCE A GOOD GIRL, coming to the UK in December 2011, other release dates still pending:

So for all of you who have been faithfully following my blog tour (thank you very much, by the way), is there anything left to tell? Any questions you’re burning to ask that I have not yet addressed? Go ahead, now’s your chance! And for everyone else, have you ever read a medical romance? If so, what’d you think? If not, why? And are you willing to make mine your first? Do you watch medical dramas on television? Who is your ideal medical hero/heroine?

Thanks so much for joining me today. One lucky commenter will win a copy of the 2in1 UK edition of my book which includes a complete novel by Janice Lynn.

Which I’m doubly thrilled about because I just received my copy today and can’t wait to read it! Where can we find you when you’re hard at work creating memorable books?

Visit my website:

Visit me on Facebook:!/pages/Wendy-S-Marcus-Author-Page/184507031577429

Visit me on Twitter:!/WendySMarcus

Visit me on Goodreads: 

Thanks for joining me Wendy. Good luck on your sales (though I know you don’t need it) and I hope to have you here again. Folks, don’t forget to check out Wendy’s links. Most of all- leave a comment for your chance to own this wonderful book today!






I killed a spider!


Got your attention? Well, I didn’t actually kill one today. But I was sitting on my porch when I noticed a June bug trapped on its back in a container. I set it free, only to find it dead a short time later. I felt sad. It had struggled through the night to live and then I help it…and it died. Free, but, still.

This got me thinking about life and death and writing. How does a dead bug relate to writing, you ask? What about the spider? It takes a twisted and slightly distorted mind to connect those dots. Let me connect them for those of you who are ‘normal’.

I am a ridiculous softie. Pathetically so. I make me sick. When I was twelve my Daddy gave my little brother a pellet rifle. I, being the brave big sister, felt it my duty to help little brother rid the world, or at least our tiny corner of it, of grass hoppers. Fall in Oklahoma- they are everywhere. I took his pellet gun and strutted out into the yard and shot a hulking big one. YES!…NO!!! To this day I feel the evil that had come over me on that warm day that pushed me to murder an innocent little bug. At the same time, I have a very bad case of arachnophobia.

There’s the spider. (This image has been deleted)

I once threw an encyclopedia in middle school while turning pages and came to a huge orange and black spider. My sister only had to say “Look at ‘em crawl” and my shirt flew- the boy visiting didn’t mind… I scream at a microscopic ones nobody but me can see since my childhood days. Or, I used to. I’m proud to say that at about the time my youngest was born (she’s 20+, and married with a two yo now) I killed my first spider, and did it without screaming…very loud. A huge, fat, ugly black widow. Squished with a nasty popping noise. Now I don’t know what’s worse; the spider or the noise of it dying. *shudders*

But, since that life-changing day I have killed at least 100 eight-legged critters all by myself! I can’t bring myself to kill those black fuzzy ‘cotton spiders’ though. Not since my sister had a pet one. I never met Carmen, never wanted to before her untimely demise by smother inside a hottie’s tight denim pocket (he wanted to take her out for an adventure). But I can’t seem to kill them and I make hubby carry them outside to set them free. I don’t know what makes them different. They just are. As long as they stay far, far away from me! I don’t like them. But death to all spiders is still my creed. Mosquitoes, too. Make the world a happier place. Yet I nearly cry over a windshield-battered butterfly. Don’t even mention animals dying. As I watched that June bug today I wondered, not for the first time, do bugs feel? Do they fear death by squashing? Maybe that’s why hornets, wasps and bees are so aggressive. I don’t know.

So what does any of this have to do with writing? Absolutely nothing!

But, I can make it about my passion the way I do most anything in my life. So follow the squiggly colored lines and I’ll show you how my warped mind can relate these unrelated subjects.

If I can’t kill a grass hopper without horrible remorse, how could I possibly write a thriller book? Obviously, I can’t. I barely read anything more gruesome than an Intrigue these days, though I used to thrive on Stephen King. I don’t know just when that taste in reading/movies changed. But I never wanted to write thrillers. I’m not mean enough I guess. In my first romance my critique partners kept telling me to ‘don’t be afraid to be mean to your characters’.  Why??? *whine*

I can revel in a spider’s death, so why can’t I write ‘mean’? To this day I struggle with that concept. My characters tend to attempt murder with kindness. Not that I have murder in my contemporary romances, but if kindness could kill…

I blame my inherent lack of ability to kill bugs successfully for my lack of ability to torture my characters efficiently. I’m improving. I can make them say something nasty. Now if I can just keep that rambling nastiness in context to the scenes I’d be a genius.

There, I connected an irrelevant topic to writing! What? You didn’t seriously doubt I could do it, did you?

What about you? What affects your writing style? Does it hurt or help you write a better book? And how do you deal with spiders?


>When Dreams Come True


I told you I’d be back with a special guest. Thought I was kidding? Ha! I have the beautiful and talented Harlequin Desire author, Jules Bennett here with me today to talk about the release of her new book! I nabbed her before life gets crazy. She’ll be all over the place tomorrow, including the radio station! I’m still trying to picture the station employees baby wrangling her two children since she tends to take them with her to local appearances. 🙂 So without further gab from me… (hear the drumroll?)…Please, welcome Jules Bennett!
 Before I was published, I always imagined where I would be when “the call” came through. We’ve all envisioned that moment, knowing it would stay in our minds forever. Because, let’s face it, when an agent/editor call to tell you your dreams are about to come true, there’s nothing like it. I honestly cannot even describe that emotion. Think Christmas Eve as a child waiting for Santa, add that with the excitement of your first date, and throw in your wedding day, babies birth and a whole lot of sugar. Now multiply that by at least 10 🙂
Jules Bennett- Award winning author
I’m giddy just thinking about my first sale. You have to tell us about the day you got THE CALL.
Let me tell you how I set the stage, just in case my life-altering call came through. I only passed out my cell number to my agent because I’m never home. Then I set the ringtone for my agent as Vito Corleone from The Godfather when he says, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Appropriate, right?
I would never have thought of that. Perfect ringtone.
           Okay, so one day in November 2008, I’m getting my 2 year old dressed and trying to feed my baby before rushing out the door to my day job (I’m a beautician, or was until I hung up my shears in December 2010). Anyway, as I’m multi-tasking the bottle and tugging clothes on my oldest, I hear the ring. You know, THE RINGTONE I SET?
I’m embarrassed to say, but it’s true, I jumped up from the chair, nearly knocked my 2 year old over and laid the baby in her crib and ran like my life was on the line. I dug and dug in my purse and answered. I’ll give you a brief bit of the conversation.
Agent: “Desire likes your book and would like to buy it. Here’s the offer…”
Me: “Oh, oh, oh, oh.” giggle, giggle, giggle “When will it come out on the shelves?”
Agent: “You haven’t said yes to the offer.”
Me: “Oh, I was already way past that step. Keep up.”
After THE CALL (and those 2 simple words do have to be in all caps, right?) I phoned my husband and broke down in tears. All the excitement had caught up with me and he had no clue what I was blubbering about and was worried until he finally understood that the kids were okay and I got a book deal. Then he choked up. I kid you not. This man has been with me from the first time I wrote Chapter One and he’s encouraged me since.
I’m smiling and tearing up as I’m writing this because I still feel that giddiness and excitement of writing and living my dream. I mean, I lie and make up cool people for a living. Who doesn’t want that job?
*Raising hand while dabbing tears* A good support team is so important, and the family is the cornerstone for a solid foundation.  
I won’t lie, the steps to getting pubbed for me were sometimes brutal and I felt like I was walking on glass. When I gave birth to my second baby, I seriously considered giving up writing because I was afraid it would be too hard to juggle 2 little ones AND be successful at writing.
But guess what? I didn’t give up and the reason I didn’t was because I would NEVER tell my children to give up on their dream just because the path to reach your goal in life had speed bumps and detours.
So I pressed on and I’m living my dream. Not only that, I married my high school sweetheart and I’m living my own Happily Ever After.
We are so lucky you didn’t give up, Jules. I can officially say “I knew her when… We were both struggling and sharing our rejection woes on eHarlequin, when we first ‘met’ in 2006.” It is a tough job, with high demands and long hours. I mean- we spend literally hours, upon grueling hours, thinking– and writing those thoughts– about sexy, handsome, rich…did I say sexy? men…every day. (HARD work!) But SO worth it! And to celebrate just that—there’s a special offer for you, right here, right now… Jules?
So, I’d love to hear what steps you’re taking to make your dreams come true. Whether it’s writing related or anything else in your life. We all have goals and dreams. I’ll admit, I have one that I’ve only shared with my sister and I’m making her keep her lips sealed. 🙂
I’ll give away a signed copy of my April Harlequin Desire, HER INNOCENCE, HIS CONQUEST to one random person who leaves me a comment. 🙂
Available NOW!
Architecture kingpin and expert playboy Zach Marcum knew exactly how to get what he wanted—both on the job and in the bedroom. Until sexy, independent and impossible-to-ignore Ana Clark charged into his life. Her construction company could make his luxury resort project a multimillion-dollar reality, but he couldn’t risk letting the career-driven siren slip past his defenses. Discovering she was a virgin made the seduction stakes even greater, as Zach crossed the line from business to pleasure….
Wife to her high school sweetheart, mother to two little girls, former salon owner—oh, and author—Jules Bennett isn’t afraid to tackle the blessings of life head-on. Once she sets a goal in her sights, get out of her way or come along for the ride…just ask her husband. Jules lives in the Midwest and loves to hear from readers. You can contact Jules through her website . You can also follow her on Twitter @JulesBennett, friend her on and Like her Facebook Fan Page.
Wow. I need this one on the top of my tbr pile. You heard her folks. Comment now for the chance to get an autographed copy of Her Innocence, His Conquest! I’ll announce the winner Friday. In the in between you can hop over to her website.


>R&R does NOT stand for Rest & Relaxation!


My life has just become a rollercoaster ride. By that I don’t mean all squeals and fun. I’ll explain.
I got a rejection on my first submission, actually I got two rejections on that particular ms five years ago. That meant they (the publisher/editor) didn’t think that one was right for the line I had written it for. I still have that one and all the lovely comments and suggestions from my then critique partners. Two of the loveliest ladies I’ve had the pleasure to build friendships with since. Rejections hurt. A lot. When you put your heart into something for a year like I did with that first ms, only to have an editor say it’s not good enough (for their needs at that time. That does not mean it’s not a good book at all.)…that hurts.
I can’t express how much that one letter made me grow, how it made me become more determined as a writer. Through the pain and dejection I saw that I didn’t want to quit. In fact that thought never entered my mind, until the second ‘r’ over a year later. For some reason that one hurt worse. Maybe because it was from the same editor as the first time? I met that editor in person recently. I took the opportunity to thank him for turning that first ms down. He did me a huge favor! He showed me that I am strong and just how much I really do love writing about love.
To back track a bit, I’ve been writing since I was fifteen. Love stories. Romance. It never gets old for me. And this one setback turned out to be a blessing for me. A lesson in humility and strength of character.
I sent the sixty-thousand word medical manuscript about a mediflight emt-p and a veterinarian to Harlequin Mills & Boon-London in December. That was just four months after I first heard about the M&B Medical fast track. Start to finish- one chapter, three chapters and then, finally, a request for the full mss. I didn’t have it all written at the time and wrote the remainder (@ forty-thousand words) in two months once my editor asked for the full. Five weeks ago, on December 18, 2010 I emailed the completed manuscript to her as promised.
It’s been literally years since I’d even read a medical, let alone never written one. It never crossed my mind because I have no medical background other than a little vetting on my own animals over the years. None. I wanted to be a nurse when I was a young girl in school, but it never happened for me. Maybe because I loved horses and writing more; I don’t know. But I took on the challenge from my critique partner Melinda Pierce whole heartedly. Something else I have discovered about myself over these past five years- I love a challenge. Bring it on!
And then, today I checked my email, just five weeks and two days since sending it in, to find a R&R (revise and resubmit) waiting for me from my editor. That’s another step toward publication folks! It’s a step above a rejection. She didn’t say no. She’s saying “if you do this right, you might get your chance, all your hard work can pay off”. True, she’s not saying it’s a done deal. Not by a long shot. But as long as I know that, I’m okay. It’s okay.
So, do I take her challenge? Do I completely rewrite this story, alter these characters that I fell in love with while writing it? Or do I leave it the way it is and send it to another publisher, and write another story; start over at the beginning? I have to admit that I do have another in the early stages already. I started it less than a week after sending Perfect Doctor Viv off. Therapy. Staying busy is the key to getting through the waiting process. I’m taking a few days now to absorb her words, study the changes she’s suggesting. I won’t rush into this decision that could have the possibility to make or break me as a writer and who I am.
I know me; I know what I’ll do in the end
What would you do?

>A good reason NOT to write


I spent the day yesterday reading. Yep. Not a single word of creativity left these fingers all day, unless you count tomorrows blog post that I have sitting in a folder waiting to go up. Reason? Do I need one? I had a headache. So I read from my tbr stack. While I’m reading new author, Rachel Lynne’s suspenseful tale, Ring of Lies still, I needed something relaxing to ease the head. Rachel’s book does not relax me- but in a good way! I’m loving the mystery and whodunit of the blue diamond, her voice pulls me in, but I wanted my mind to rest. So I picked up Surrender To An Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham
This book has been waiting its turn since I won it in a blog contest in October for a reason folks. Oh boy! What a fabulous book!!! But did it rest my head? Sort of. I think I’d have gone better with something less…intense. But once I started it, like all of Michelle’s books, I couldn’t put it down. I forgot my head was even up there. But I think I strained my eyes reading straight through the day! Lol
I maybe should have stuck to a shorter book, less intense, more humorous. Something like my wonderful critique partner, and tomorrow’s guest writes. Come visit tomorrow and meet Ellora’s Cave author, Chloe Cole, who has a new release out tomorrow. I was fortunate enough to get her to stop by before she flies off to sunny Florida, and tell us a little about her erotic tale of what she thinks a Godmother should be.
So come on by on the 12th and hear about Naughty Godmother. While you’re here, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of her other book, Unwrapping Lily! What does a wife do when the sizzle has gone out of her marriage? Find another man, of course…No? Well, win this book and find out what sexy Lily does about the flame turned spark!
Stop by to welcome and congratulate Chloe Cole why don’cha.