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Reon Laudat
May 15, 2021 @ 8:06 AM

Color me surprised when my St. Martin's Press editor reached out to tell me If You Just Say Yes had been selected for rerelease with a fresh look. (See pic on the left).

It was originally published as a mass market paperback in 2005. It had an illustrated cover with shades of pink and purple. These were all the rage for romance back then. (See old cover below.)

Recently, the  "cartoon" trend returned in a big way. Brings to mind that one saying: Everything old is new again. (See additional old illustrated covers on the My Books page.)

Oh, just so you know, I was a phenom, writing If You Just Say Yes when I was just ten years old! ;)

In July 2021, it will hit stores again as a trade paperback. ............

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May 15, 2021 @ 6:53 AM

I was so excited to see Beverly Jenkins on the cover of  Writer's Digest  (Sept./Oct. 2020).  She’s a superstar in the genre and one of the nicest authors.
 
 I chuckle when I think back to my plot to meet her. I'd discovered we were relocating to a suburb of Detroit. Knowing she lived in the area was a plus.  I got on my husband’s nerves.
Me: ”You know, Beverly Jenkins lives close by.”
 
“Somebody told me Beverly Jenkins comes here.” (random locations)
“I saw her (hindsight, possibly just her doppelganger) leaving Panera.”
“Beverly Jenkins this.”
“Beverly Jenkins that.&............

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May 15, 2021 @ 6:39 AM

During the dumpster fire that was 2020, it was wonderful to have stress relievers you can always count on. For me, it was exercise and crafting.
 
 The yarn crafting community I’ve connected with online is a breath of fresh air! 
 
When I was in a bad headspace, I “visit”  my yarny buds, then whip out my hook or needles. About a half hour later, I’m good--all zen- again. Seriously magic! :)
 
 
 Thought I’d share how I got into it and convince someone to give it a try. Be sure to read the articles linked below.
 
I started crocheting in third grade. A childhood friend taught me. We used to make purses. Little ............

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