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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…



It's hard to believe that it is actually available. I sold this book on my birthday almost two years ago!
Let me give you a bit of a peek at what it's about...
Katie Talmadge is perfectly content with her staid, predictable... sometimes boring life. Yes, she could definitely use a helping hand in the little flower shop that she runs in Salem, Massachusetts. And sometimes there just aren't enough funds to cover all of the extra costs and repairs that have to be done. But for Katie, having a routine means safety and consistency.
So... with just one week until Halloween and Salem in it's usual scaling up of events for the holiday Katie gets the surprise of her life when Rita Thorton enters her shop. Rita is every eccentric aunt, odd relative or just plain charming-but-slightly-batty-and-loveable person we all have in our lives. And Rita is on a mission. She's convinced that Katie has one week to discover three very big truths about her life and she's determined to help her. She's prepared to work her Cinderella-like magic with Salem twist on Katie and make her see that sometimes making a scary change can bring you great happiness.
Of course, what would a romance be without a dashing man. And Simon Thorton fits the bill. He's tall, dark and handsome and he's guarding his heart very closely after the death of his wife. Now five years later he's determined to stay out of the path of his matchmaking aunt and remain in his own safe, little world. Only when he meets Katie does he begin to realize that losing someone you love doesn't mean dying yourself.
I really hope that you'll pick up this book. It was truly a book of my heart and I hope that everyone else will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Right now it's available through as an ebook for $6.00 or in trade paperback size for $10.95. If you go to yahoogroups and sign up for my readers list (click on the underlined copy for a shortcut there), I'll be glad to send you out a postcard and magnet and enter you in my latest drawing for a charm bracelet (made by me) and a jeweled book thong (sorry, not a better word for this). I'll be giving away one set each month until I run out of bracelets!
By the way, the list is my way of getting the latest information out to my readers. But if you have any questions I can always be reached through .
Please feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you think of the book!


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We have the cover and that is a really good thing! Especially, since it's a really great cover!

This has been THE project for the last six months. Much of that time has been spent writing my part of the anthology, a novella called ONLY YOU. Another part of that was working with my friend and cohorts to come up with this great anthology! Why wouldn't you enjoy it?! It's filled with stories of love that are all set around the fictional Maine town of Serenity Harbor. Want to know which town Serenity Harbor is patterned after? We'll never tell... well, maybe we will!

Anyway, who can write better about love in Maine than a bunch of Maine Romance authors! I gave you a tantalizing tidbit the other day from my story. Poor Nate Cooper, he doesn't know what he's up against when he decides to take on Kara Simpson. Lucky for him, he's got the whole town behind him!

And what is this rumor of sheep wandering the streets of Serenity Harbor, Maine? Well, you'll just ha…