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Congratulations to Lisa Depaoli. She's the winner of my December contest.  I'll be sending her an autographed copy of HOLD BACK THE DAWN, as well as assorted bookmarks, including one for MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT.


The prize for January will be a signed copy of DEAD SEXY and assorted bookmarks.





"Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing." -Margaret Chittenden


Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.

Daphne du Maurier


When in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.

Raymond Chandler


Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person.

F. Scott Fitzgerald


Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

Samuel Johnson


In order to write a book, it is necessary to sit down and write.  Therein lies the difficulty. 

Edward Abbey


"Lied? Of course, I lied. I'm a writer - I give the truth ...scope!"

 Geoffrey Chaucer "A Knight's Tale"


Use what talents you possess: the woods would be silent if only the best birds sang.

Henry Van Dyke


I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

Douglas Adams


A room without a book is like a body without a soul.



"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." -

Red Smith


"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all." Oscar Wilde


The best part about writing is stopping. 

Colin Walters


A blank page is God's way of showing you how hard it is to be God.

 Author unknown


Being a writer means you have to do homework for the rest of your life. 

Lawrence Kasdan


There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham 1874-1965


If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.  Toni Morrison


This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Dorothy Parker 1893-1967 


There is nothing wrong with writing, so long as you do it in private and wash your hands afterward --- Robert Heinlein


 "If you invent two or three people and turn them loose in your manuscript, something is bound to happen to them -- you can't help it; and then it will take you the rest of the book to get them out of that occurrence, and so the first thing you know, there's your book all finished up and never cost you an idea." ~Mark Twain





"Never knock on Death's door. Ring the  bell and run...he hates that."


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Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side & a dark side, and it
holds the universe together.


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Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

John Wayne


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The most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Ronald Reagan


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I am constantly reminded of Alexander the Great's famous quote,

"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep;

I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

America always must be led by a lion with a vision of peace through strength.

Rep. Allen West


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"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

Benjamin Franklin


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If you think a theater filled with unarmed people against a lone gunman is scary, imagine a disarmed populace against a tyrannical government.


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 To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens." Adolph Hitler


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Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him --- better take a closer look at the American Indian."


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Freedom is not free.....but the U. S. Military will pay most of your share.


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Good things come to those who wait

Better things come to those who work for it


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When life hands you lemons – throw them back and demand cookies!


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The difference between real life and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.

Tom Clancy


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'No arsenal, no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
Ronald Reagan


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Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines


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Next time you're going through hell, keep going.

Albert Einstein


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If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.


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When You Call, God May Not Respond Right Away, But He's Never Late.


 Never give the devil a ride -- he will always want to drive.


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If you have not chosen the kingdom of God first, it will make no difference, in the end, what else you have chosen.


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Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines