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Excerpt From “My Night with the Price”

“Come into my household,” he said, stepping in front of me causing me to stop and look up at him. “Some of my wives are skilled at embroidery, but with a fraction of your skill. I would be very pleased to have you under my roof. I would praise you and your skill publicly every Read More

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Question of the Day – What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

What’s your advice for aspiring writers? I am going to give you the best writing advice I ever got. My lovely and brilliant creative writing instructor when I was in college told me, “just write.” Seems so simple, right? Yes, it is. And truly, it is that simple. Just sit your ass down and write. Read More

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Excerpt From The Vampire’s Daughter

“Who are you?” she asked. “Someone who can help you,” he said, once again offering her his hand. She looked at it as her curiosity gave way to fear, and she realized who he was. Her eyes widened as she kept her hands close to her chest. How could she be so stupid, not to Read More

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Question of the Day – What’s the best thing about being a writer?

What’s the best thing about being a writer? I’d have to say the best thing about being a writer is “finishing” a work. I put that in quotes, because writing “the end” is hardly the end for a writer. There is always editing, editing, and more editing. Then you have to find a publisher or Read More

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Question of the Day – Three Books You’ve Read More Than Three Times

List three books you’ve read more than three times. Wow, I don’t think I can answer this question. I’ve read a lot of books in my life. I have a BA and MA in literature, so I’m sure I’ve read more than the average person. In spite of how much I have read, I am Read More

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Excerpt from “From Convent to Consort,” a story of Wu Zetian

Wu Zetian (624-705 AD) is the only woman in Chinese history to rule with the title of “Emperor” (Huangdi) in her own right. She was actually an imperial consort twice, first for Emperor Taizong and then for Emperor Gaozong. After the death of her first husband, Wu was sent to a convent to finish out her Read More

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Question of the Day – Who is your greatest writing influence?

Who would you say is your greatest writing influence and why? I would say that the writer who inspired me to pick up the pen myself would be Matthew Lewis. Matthew Lewis wrote one of the greatest Gothic novels of all time, The Monk. The Monk is dense, and I probably never would have read Read More

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Excerpt from “The Eunuch’s Wife”

“A man loved by the Emperor? A hero? A man with money and land? I could not ask for more in a husband.” Her father stifled a bit of a…cough? Chuckle? Grunt? But still, he said nothing. “He sounds like a very worthy man, Mother,” Hualing continued. “So who is he? Why do you not Read More