Reon Laudat
May 27, 2018 @ 7:05 AM

*I believe I willed The Vet Life, reality series, into existence. Law of Attraction. The show, which airs on Animal Planet, follows three African-Americans who attended the same veterinarian school and opened a full-service vet practice together.
If you’ve read my Mistywood Lane series, you know it features three African-American heroes who went to the same vet school and opened a full-service vet hospital together. The Vet Life debuted on Animal Planet in June 2016, about a month *after* I released my first romance in the series titled Welcome to Mistywood Lane (May 2016), highlighting Dr. Gabriel Cameron and introducing his two partners, Dr. Lance Donovan and Dr. Julian Phillips. There aren’t that many black ............

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April 14, 2018 @ 9:28 PM

Didn’t want my blog to get too stale. :)
 
Popping in with a quick update post.
 
What’s up with me on the novel front?
 
Welp, I thought I was all set for the April release of book # 3 in The Mistywood Lane series, One of a Kind Love Affair, which features the third and oldest Sommers sister, Blaire. But revisions are taking waaaaaaay longer than I'd anticipated.  I had to go back to the drawing board quite a few times. 
 
As I mentioned in a previous post, these characters have been KICKING MY A#$. It’s not Blaire at this point. Now Julian is cutting the damn fool. They’re tag teaming me, obvs. lol
 
Every time I think I have a handle............

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February 11, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

 
 
I hope you have a...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
During this month known for romance, will you curl up with a good love story? I read and watch all subgenres of romance, but I have a weakness for romantic comedy. That's what I write.  Let me rephrase that; that's what I *attempt* to write. I added *attempt* because humor is extremely difficult to nail and, like a lot of things, it's highly subjective. There's extra pressure. It's been said that it's easier to make readers weep.
 
What makes me double over in stitches will leave my husband stone-faced, even after I explain the ............

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January 8, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

Happy New Year!
 
I don’t make resolutions. I prefer calling them “plans” or more specifically things I already do that I "plan" to continue in 2018.
 
How's that for ensuring I have a 100 percent success rate?  LOL
Thought I’d share *some* of them:
 
Write. Release the third novel in my Mistywood Lane series titled One of a Kind Love Affair. As I've posted --or rather whined about--before, I’ve really struggled with this one. In comparisonReese’s and Quinn’s books were a breeze to write.
 
Blaire’s? Eh, not so much. It started off great, but then I hit many blocks along the way. I fear I’m ............

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December 16, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

Happy Holidays!
We actually had some snow after several days of above-average temps in the late 60s. What a  pleasant surprise!Just a dusting. But hey, it was snow! And it looked pretty for a short time before melting because the ground was still too warm.
This season also makes me think of an unfamiliar word I noticed was a trending hashtag on social media. 
What the heck is hygge?
I searched for the answer, and I found plenty of articles and even books on the topic. Talking about late to the party. I can't believe I just took note of it. Hygge, a Danish word, seems to mean enjoying life's simple pleasures at home or out-- with friends, family or alone. Some describe it as a "conscious ............

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October 9, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

I've been eager to post the cover for my upcoming romance, but I forced myself to wait until I had a complete draft of the manuscript… and a title. lol

Last month, I wrote about bouts of writer’s block. And I kept ping-ponging between two titles. Couldn’t decide which one to use, so I polled a few trusted people.

 The winner is One of a Kind Love Affair, inspired by the classic Spinners song. It fits the characters, and I like the throwback sound of it. If you’ve visited this blog before you know I love golden oldies, especially R&B, blues, and soul; my characters love oldies, too.

I will probably use the runner-up title, which is slightly edgier, for the fourth book in the Mistywood Lane series. ............

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September 12, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

 

This Nora Roberts quote is hilarious. It’s a much-needed kick in the keister, too.

About my work in progress, in an earlier post, I announced the story was just “pouring” out of me, and I couldn’t type quickly enough.

Welp, I should’ve known that wouldn’t last long. With every manuscript, I always battle a bout or two of writer’s block. I’m a pantser, meaning I don’t do a whole lot of outlining, pre-planning, or pre-plotting. (I research a few things and try to do character sketches, though.)

 I took a few days away from my WIP to reflect on why I’d lost some of my mojo. For me, it’s usually one of two issues 1) I don’t know my characters as well as I ............

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July 25, 2017 @ 8:13 AM

Check out the trade paperback versions of these babies, playing nicely together. Awww. Aren’t they sweet? Mama over here is so proud.

I sell better in ebook format  because of the lower price point. Paper is often three to four times the price of digital. Still, I try to make my latest books available in print. And I like having a tangible copy of my blood, sweat, and tears on the shelf.

 For more detail, check out the previous post. I wrote about changing the cover of the first Mistywood Lane book (Welcome to Mistywood Lane) to complement the second book in the series (He Could Be the One).

In the post before that, I wrote about celebrating a personal best of Kindle Unlimited page reads for the month of May. To be ............

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June 27, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

 

Some weird glitchy stuff has been happening to my blog. If you visited earlier and got a bunch of odd repeated chunks of copy, computer code, and missing photos, sorry about that. I double-checked the post before going live. Still, something went wrong after posting. Wonder if it's associated with the stuff I've seen in the news. Anyway, here goes AGAIN. I hope we're done with that cyber craziness.

Check out the *new* cover for Welcome to Mistywood Lane.  (left) Will change the look on retail sites soon.

I love the original cover of Welcome to Mistywood Lane. (lower right) When the designer sent it over, I couldn’t stop grinning at it for days.  Super-duper cute in my humble opinion.

 But with a ............

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June 16, 2017 @ 9:05 AM

 

In a previous post, I mentioned I was on track to have my best month of Kindle Unlimited page reads (for a single title He Could Be the One).

Well, it happened... and before the BookBub promo, but that’s another happy-dance story for another day.

I couldn't be more pleased!

Confession. I love writing with all my heart. I enjoy creating characters and getting lost in their worlds. Thank goodness I feel such love for the process.  Even on those bad days when I want to shoot my laptop, I know that feeling doesn’t last because writing is (and has always has been) in my blood. I wrote books in grade school tablets and passed them around for my classmates to read. First efforts were blatant rip-offs of Cinderella ............

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