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Monday, July 18, 2016





Sunday Reading: When We Met

Sunday, July 17, 2016


There is something about becoming a writer that makes being a reader all that much harder. You begin to pick apart plots, change dialog and sometimes, you throw the book out in disgust because it isn't going the way you want it to go.

All the same reasons I became a writer in the first place. But I digress.

The deceiving part of having a Kindle is that you have no reminder of just how big your TBR (To Be Read) Pile is growing until you log on and find them all on your screen. Hubby is happy that there isn't the book piles growing in the house, but that's him.

A couple of months ago (dear me, has it been months?!) I got a copy of SUSAN MALLERY'S WHEN WE MET (2014). It wasn't until the massive heatwave hit Maine this weekend that I took the time to crack it open and I couldn't be happier!




I know that I came into the Fool's Gold books in mid-series, but I can't say enough good things about this book. Not once did I want to throw this book. It's all set around the town of Fool's Gold, California and Taryn Crawford has met her match with Angel Whittaker. They are both strong, determined and wounded. And it's going to take both of them together to make it work. Everything about this book is good, the character who change and grow and are not characters, but people when you finish. Love it! Now I've got a whole bunch more books to add to the TBR pile!  I've got a lot of catching up to do.

So, what are you reading? 



Cover Reveal!!!! New look for Three Truths!

Monday, July 04, 2016

I've been working my butt off this weekend to get this updated on Amazon, but here is the new cover for Three Truths! Isn't it fabulous? It was done by Kennedy Kelly at Cover Crush Designs. I can't wait to see it in print!


The full cover looks even better!







Saturday, July 02, 2016





Friday, July 01, 2016


You know it's bad when you get excited and want to tell people all about the conversation your characters are having, but then you realize they would probably think you were nuts!!!!



Jo Beverley

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I'll finish with a story. I was at a RWA Conference in Washington that was being held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. I was making my way to a workshop during the height of the conference and came upon a long glassed-in hallway that looked out over the gardens. On either side of the hallway were small conversation areas, chairs set up so that people could linger. As I made my way down the hallway I realized that the people sitting in those chairs were all the Grande Dames of Romance Writers, including Jo Beverley. The further I went, the more in awe I was. Somewhere in the back of my mind I always thought that this is what descending to Heaven would be like, passing all those that inspired you as you went along. 


I was greatly saddened to hear about the passing of Jo Beverley yesterday. When you've been reading romances as long as I have, you know who the great ones are and Jo Beverley was one of them.

Regency Romance has always been my escape. I could never write them, but I love to read them, and Jo Beverley was at the top of my lists. She came to the forefront in the mid-80's with characters that blazed their own path through the book store shelves. There are many authors today who probably wouldn't be allowed to write the things they do if it hadn't been for Jo Beverley and others who were writing at that time.


If you want to read more about Jo I've included this link to a great article from All About Romance. If you haven't read her books I suggest you skip on over to Amazon and pick up a few. There are 50 plus to choose from and none of them will disappoint.


By the way, I picked Lady Beware because I think it's one of my all-time favorites. Check out the reissue of her Company of Rogues titles!

Road Less Travelled

Wednesday, May 04, 2016


I have never been a traditional writer. Not by a long shot! But I do have a lot of respect for those authors that followed the traditional publishing path. There was a time when this was the writer's biggest "want"... a contract, a respected editor and/or agent, and the force of a publishing house behind your precious words. This is still a want for many authors today. But there is so much more freedom then there was in the past.

Frankly, I look at authors like Marie Force and I see a woman braving a new path. I'm sure it was often like searching blindly in a New England snowstorm, but she managed to persevere and flourish. Her work today outsells most authors and her success started as an e-Pub.

There is something to be said for straying from your charted course, or heading for the unknown. Where would all be if no one had ever ventured out on our own? That's anyone's guess.

The truth is that there is no real "true" path to publishing. Either way is right, for someone.





I Love Short

Monday, May 02, 2016


In a world filled with writers who love to write huge epitomes that total in the 100,000+ word count, I am one of those people who loves, short, sassy and succinct.

Hmmm, this has me wondering if it ever had anything to do with my love life?!

Anyway, when you start out writing advertising copy before you become a writer it can be hard transition to something longer. When I started out writing 20 something years ago (yes, I said 20) there was really no market for short romance. The only thing was either the Romance magazine or if you were already established, there might be a chance you were included in a publishing house novella.

All hail the entrance of E-Pub! Novellas are now more than the norm! They are accepted and often they are the so well accepted that there are authors out there making a respectable profit on their writing by going short. Especially, in the erotic romance genre... but that's a joke for another time.

Anyway, there is no reason for those of us who are length challenged to consider it an obstacle to publishing anymore. Instead, we can charge forth and publish! And publish again... and again! And, after all, in a society that is patience-challenged, having a ready library of reading material available is always a good thing!



April Update!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

I love April! More because there is just so much promise of Spring in the beginning of April. In Maine, we can't go by official dates. Instead, we are forced to wait until Mother Nature decides that it's time for us to get out an enjoy the sunshine.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately) today is an steely overcast gray. It's not cold, but it's not a basking sunny day either. This is probably for the best, as I really need to buckle down this weekend and get some planning and writing done.


If you don't know, I'm sort of in charge (along with some wonderful other people) in coordinating the SERENITY HARBOR ANTHOLOGY. This is set to come out in early Fall. We are hoping for beginning of September. The SERENITY HARBOR ANTHOLOGY is made up of a group of authors who wanted to write about our favorite place... Maine! So while Serenity Harbor can't be found on a map in Maine, the setting is going to be very much like the coastal towns that we love. All of the stories are centered around the harbor and the people that live and love there. As we go along, I'm hoping to feature some of the authors that are included and to let you get to know some of them before the book launches.

Just to give you a little taste of Maine to entice you to read the Anthology!


This was taken very close to where I work at Popham Beach. It's gorgeous!

Needless to say, I'm very excited about being able to work with some of my most favorite authors. I've known most of them for years, but I'm very glad to be bringing them and their stories to you. Stay tuned for more information.


In the meantime... Here's some social media links for you.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/teaganoliver
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/teaganoliver

Hugs!







#serenityharbor #mainewriters #romancewins #mainelove

Don't Hate Me

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I know that this is not the public opinion right now, but I don't like the 50 Shades series. I haven't done more than browse through the book, hardly a full page read, but I am just not that into it.

For those of you who are anxiously awaiting the release of the movie, I hope you have a wonderful time. I hope it lives up to all that has been built up about it. That's usually a hard row to hoe. I see very large resemblance to the excitement that came out over the Twilight books. I was there for the book release of the first one... at Midnight, with my daughter, along with a ton of other teens and their moms who were gushing about the book.

I kind of get the same vibe about this one as I did about Twilight. Would I want my daughter in that situation? Would that be a healthy relationship for her? Probably not. But I am not the guardian of all those people out there.

If this is your cup of tea then I sincerely hope you enjoy it. For me, I'm on to something else. And that's my prerogative as well. :)

Have a great day!



Tax Time: Writer's Favorite Time of Year

Monday, February 02, 2015

It's snowing here in Maine again!!!! Big surprise, I know. But we have 2 to 3 more feet of snow expected this week. The kids have already had 4 out of their 5 allotted snow days. At this point, they'll be going to school until July.




Annnnnyyyyyywwwwwayyyyyyy, it's that time of year again! Most really don't look forward to it, especially if they have to fill out a schedule C, but I actually kind of like it.

Now, I'm not saying that I'm an organized writer... far from it. But I do appreciate any activity that requires putting things neatly into boxes or sorting things out. Puzzles, love puzzles! Maybe that is why I enjoy being a bookkeeper. It's all about task orientated activities.

Okay, I've seen lots of questions going on in email lists that are geared toward taxes and much of what I see are very simple questions that get twisted around. If you are experiencing dizziness, anxiety, loss of sleep you may have a problem with doing your taxes. Or you are taking the wrong medication. Either way, if that is the case then please take them to a professional. And by professional I mean someone who has been doing them for a long period of time, has experience with creative business taxes and just plain gets it.

I am not the tax expert, but I have felt confident enough to do my taxes since becoming a writer. Judging on my income I may be a better tax preparer than a writer... but I kid. Sort of.

Some things I hear often hear are:

WRITING SPACE EXEMPTION: Do you need to have an office to claim the exemption? Yes, but not necessarily in the terms that you may think of when you call it an office. It needs to be a dedicated space. If you have a closet/turned office, but the rest of the room contains a bed for a guest room, you can claim the size of the closet (as long as you aren't storing clothes over your head while you use the office). Use the kitchen table? As long as you don't use it continually to eat dinner on you could claim that 4x6 foot space. Just keep in mind that claiming the office exemption is something the IRS will look at if your return is flagged. Best if you don't claim it if you don't have to...

USE OF CAR: Unless you have a vehicle that is used for business only you need to determine the amount of time it is used. More often than not, it's better to go with a mileage claim instead of determining the amount of usage of the vehicle. I would add that you should not overlook the opportunity to use your car as a promotional tool. It goes further toward claiming if you have a decal with your name and website on it. I did this for several years.

Also, keep a log of travel mileage including any trips to the library or day trips for research. If you have the documentation to claim it and it is a legitimate expense then you can feel comfortable claiming it.

that said...

TRIP EXPENSES: Despite what my husband would love to believe, a trip to pick up our daughter from college can not be claimed as a writing/trip expense unless it is solely for research. Also, any amount of hotel expenses have to be divided by those who roomed with you and that leads us to...

MEALS: Another one of those things that it just doesn't pay to cheat on. If I go to a conference then I can claim my meals. I keep receipts and keep track of tips added to bills. Keep a small envelope or folder with you when you travel and it will help to keep in place until you can log it. Also, keep in mind that the IRS will only let you claim 50% and there are stipulations on that. For more information: check out IRS Publication 463.

There is tons more, but I would encourage you to read the IRS publications involved with the Schedule C. Even if someone else is doing your taxes for you, you need to be sure to keep track of the right information to make their jobs easy.

I will most likely be posting on this again in the future. As always, a disclaimer pertains to my tax posts. I AM NOT A TAX EXPERT. MY INFORMATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE ABSOLUTE FACTS. PLEASE CHECK WITH AN EXPERT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.  

Have a wonderous day!


Midnight, strange mystic hour, when the vail between the frail present and eternal future grows thin.
~ Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe



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