Free Highwayman!

Who doesn’t love a highwayman? Especially one who is free for the weekend and looking for love? The Highwayman Incident, my paranormal time travel romance is free until Sunday. And then, like the rest of us, he’s tied up on Monday. You can get him here: The Highwayman Incident

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Celia Quinn’s business lies in ruins at the hands of Jason West, the latest in a long line of scoundrels. As she seeks to restore her family’s livelihood, Celia stumbles upon lore about the local Witching Well, whose water is said to cause hysteria and psychosis. When a mysterious stranger slips Celia water from the well into her drink, she’s transported to Regency England. Her timeless adventure spans miles and centuries from modern-day New England to Merlin’s Cave in Cornwall, England. Only Jason West can save her.
But Celia and Jason must tread carefully, as what happens in the past can reverberate through the ages. Their lives, hearts and futures are caught in time’s slippery hands.

In Pursuit of Life

How many times do I wonder about the future? What should I chase? What should I let go?

What do I have? What do I want? What’s important?

While thumbing through Netflix one evening, I saw a series called Chasing Life. The cover, which had a young girl sitting on a coffin, didn’t appeal to me, except to generate reluctance for its suggested content. I wasn’t in the mood for death or anything pertaining to it.

A few weeks later, after spending too much time trying to find something to watch, my husband happened to notice the cover. Why don’t we see what that one is about? So, tired of searching for something else, I clicked on the series, Chasing Life.

We were immediately caught up in the storyline and couldn’t wait for the next episode to air.

While I searched for time and listing for the next season to air, I found future episodes are abandoned. What? Four episodes to go and we’re finished. From a friend who had already seen the series, I understand the last episode ends on a cliffhanger. Of course, since in the beginning they most likely expected there would be more of the storyline to air, but that isn’t to be.

I suppose that’s the same as pursuing life. We enjoy the ride for a while, and then the road either takes us in circles or ends. And…roads have many curves.

Okay, so what do I have? Love, family, friends, my health, a comfortable life?


What do I want?

The list above covers it all.

What’s important?

The same list above gives me all the things in life that is important—important to me.

In the pursuit of life, the future is unknown. I can only be accountable for what I do in the now…but plan for potential growth. I can let go of areas I can’t control.

Are you chasing life? What’s important to you?

Happy January!

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Am I the Only Football Nut Here? asks Stephanie Queen

footballheartBesides Myren of course. (It goes without saying that my chauffeur Myren is a football nut. Or maybe it’s just that he’s a nut and he watches football.)

But it might be rare to be both a romance novel nut and a football nut at the same time. I’m not sure. How does one know this kind of thing?


You know if you’re a Romance Novel Football Loving Nut if:

  • Your husband asks “Did you see that catch?” and you have to take your earbuds out because you’ve been listening to the latest Nora Roberts audiobook
  • You jump from your chair to cheer the touchdown and knock the kindle from your lap and it pages forward wildly in the process before you had a chance to bookmark it.
  • You have a paperback with a picture of a half-dressed cowboy on the cover on your lap during the game that you’re hiding under a football shaped pillow.
  • You refuse the drink your friend offers because you don’t want to risk spilling it on your iPad while you’re reading your romance.
  • Your husband says “It was a bad call honey, but you don’t need to cry about it” when he sees the tears streaming down your face because you just reached a sappy special moment in the love story you’re surreptitiously listening to.
  • Your husband says “Why are you all pink honey?” when he turns to high five you after your team wins and you can’t bring yourself to tell him it was the hot scene you just finished reading so you say “I’m excited about the big win.”

Or you have to tell your chauffeur to stop shouting at the TV because the refs can’t hear him anyway and you can’t hear the audiobook you’re listening to just when they’re getting to the juicy part (this works great to help take the edge off bad reffing during the game).

Only two weeks to go and then I can go back to enjoying romance novels uninterrupted by New SOL Cover-2D Finalcheering for my team and despairing about NFL refereeing. That’s one good thing about being a romance novel fan–they’re always in season!

Speaking of seasons, we’re coming up on the season of love if there is one–Valentine’s Day. Myren thinks it’s no coincidence that I’m mentioning a boxed set called Season of love with 5 Valentine novellas for $.99. For once he’s right.

It’s available on Amazon, Nook & KOBO.

Do you have a favorite Valentine romance to recommend?


2016 – A Time for Renewal

January makes me hopeful. There, I said it. Hope fills me during this often bleak, generally brutal, time of year for us. Let me explain.


The holidays are over. New Year champagne has been toasted, the bottles recycled. The deep cold of winter for those of us in the north has set in with biting temperatures, whipping winds, and long star-filled nights.



The nights can be glorious when they’re clear. The stars shine brighter, reflecting off snow made smooth with thin layers of ice that act like mirrors for star light.

As a child, I had more enthusiasm for snow days. Days when school was closed due to too many feet of snow or temperatures too cold to travel in safely. The first snow day still makes me smile. By the fourth, I’m over it.


By February, it’s no joke that, if it hits 20 degrees outside, Wisconsinites will be out en-masse: walking, snowmobiling, throwing frisbees while dressed in shorts (not me), or just playing because the weather allows for it.


Growing up in a place where the cycles of the year are clear, distinct, and vibrant impacts how I see this time of year. It’s easy to see rest and renewal when you’re surrounded by it. There’s a certain rhythm that just becomes a part of your psyche.


January is cold and dark here. The animals that can sleep through it do. Those that migrate are long since gone. This is the perfect time to look inside and contemplate what is to come.


I spend January winding down from Christmas, New Year’s, and Robert Burns celebrations. Robert Burns is the national poet of Scotland and his birthday is celebrated worldwide at the end of January. This year on this coming weekend. To the haggis!


I am thankful for being raised a Wisconsinite. It’s easy to live in concert with the seasons when they and their elemental rhythms are so in your face.

In this time of transition, as we shut the door on what was, and plan for what we want our year to be, I am hopeful that what is – the here and now – will be celebrated as well. The year gets away from us when we’re always looking one season ahead. Yes, we need to plan, but we also need to enjoy today.


Enjoy the snow if you have some, the longer evenings  if you’re in the northern hemisphere, and the longer days if you’re down under. Play with enthusiasm when your working day is done. If you get a chance, don your shorts and play frisbee in the snow – it’s a hoot!

Blessings of the season to you all,


Moments of Joy by Susan R. Hughes

January is my least favourite month; in the letdown after Christmas, the bleak winter days seem to magnify even the smallest of my troubles and add a sense of malaise about life.

I know I’ve been lucky in life overall. I have a good family, I live in a peaceful, prosperous country, and I’ve enjoyed good health so far (knock on wood). Even so, it’s too easy to get bogged down with life’s frustrations and lose sight of the blessings. I’m a chronic worrier. I worry about finances, health, my kids, my parents, the state of the world, and anything else that might possibly have the potential for going wrong.FullSizeRender

But sometimes, in the midst of all the negative clutter in my brain, I manage to capture little nuggets of true happiness – those rare and fleeting moments of pure joy.

In my life as a writer, it would be great to sell millions of books (I’ll let you know when that happens), but nothing beats the feeling of reading a glowing review of one of my books, especially when the reader connected to the story in some way I didn’t expect. I’ll go back to worrying about sales later. That moment is precious and perfect.

As a mom, I face countless daily aggravations, but I live for the moments that make my heart warm and toasty. Exhibit one: my 6-year-old twins racking their brains trying to think of ways to express how much they love me. One comes up with, “I love you more than the whole city,” while the other settles on, “I love you so much I don’t even know how to say how much I love you.” Exhibit two: listening to my 11-year-old with dyslexia read stories to her little sisters, hardly stumbling over the words. Also, watching her excel as a performer in the school play, and the pride she takes in this achievement as well as her artwork.

There are plenty of others. A conversation with a friend I haven’t seen in years. A song on the radio that reminds me of a special time or person. A good Indian buffet (with dosas and aloo tikki chaat as essential elements). A whiff of the cologne my husband used to wear when we met (and I wish he’d still wear, even though he says it’s a ‘90s scent and no longer fashionable).

Where do you find your small moments of joy?

What Did We Do Before YouTube? by Joan Reeves

Need a laugh today?

Need a laugh today?

Back in the old days, humans would sit in front of the TV and flip from channel to channel using the remote. Now, with a smart TV, humans–like me–can click on the TV’s YouTube app and be entertained for hours by amateur filmmakers.

That’s right, I’m a YouTube fan. If there’s nothing on regular TV that interests me, I know there’s always something on YouTube. I can choose from music, dance, movie clips, television clips, humor, commercials from around the world, and educational topics too that are great entertainment, not boring facts.

I love videos and have numerous playlists set up on my YouTube channel.  Here’s a random sampling of some of my favorites.

  1. Evolution of Dance by Judson Laipply. So imaginative which explains the more than 294 million views.
  2. I’m Farming and I Grow It by Peterson Farm Bros. Another humorous video with more than 9 million views.
  3.  Rita Hayworth Is Stayin’ Alive by et7waage1. Combines famous dance sequences with modern pop music. More than 5 million views.
  4. Tequila Ad by Eldon Coldiron. Humor. Unfortunately–and hilariously–too true. 591,ooo+ views.
  5. Heineken has created some of the most imaginative and entertaining videos accompanied by great music. This one is The Switch from 2012.
  6. Heineken Walk In Fridge. Hysterically funny. Over 14 million views.
  7. When Harry Met Sally Part 2 by Funny or Die. OMG! Hysterical.
  8. Tea Partay by iamigor. A classic. Over 6 million views.
  9. Jane Austen’s Fight Club by TwoTurntablesNMic. Another classic with more than 1.5 million views.
  10. Crazy Amount of Sugar Hiding in Random Foods by BuzzFeedVideo. Fascinating and scary. Over 3 million views.

SS_2400px3200p_NYTMaking videos are as much fun as watching them. I made this video for Scents and Sensuality, my romantic comedy currently on sale for only 99cents for the ebook edition.

A transformed ugly duckling…a matchmaking mom…a blind date gone awry.

Available here: Kindle * iBooks * Kobo * Nook * Smashwords. Audiobook edition available at Audible (not on sale but if you buy the ebook from Kindle you can get it at a reduced price.)

Thanks for letting me–and YouTube–entertain you this cold January day!

Welcome to my World


I’m Gina, one of the new members of Main Street so I thought I’d use my inaugural post to introduce myself (I know–not very original of me). Don’t scroll past just yet, though! I’m not going to waste your time with a bunch of boring factoids about my starry-eyed childhood, the day I met my Prince Charming, and the idyllic life we lead now.

In time, I think you’ll learn that is sooooo not me.

What is me? Coffee. My kids. My dog. Stupid things my husband says or does. Stupid thoughts that strike me while I’m daydreaming in the office. Tea. Fluffy pajamas on a cold, rainy day. Recipes that are yummy and easy to prepare. Cocktails. Sales at Home Goods. The occasional sunrise, the more occasional sunset. Those pesky fifteen pounds I’ll never lose. Chocolate. Cold feet. Moments of unique silliness.

I talk too much, laugh too loud, and don’t get enough sleep. I worry about dumb stuff, wonder why my life doesn’t go the way I planned, and hope tomorrow will be better. I’ve made mistakes, lost people along the way, and learned to forgive myself and others.

Sound familiar? Yeah, I’m probably a lot like you. I’m sure there are some differences, but that’s what makes life interesting, right?

Oh! And I also write books. Books like Duping Cupid, my winter romance about a woman with a unique dating service and the man she’s never realized is her one-and-only, until he starts dating someone else.

If you haven’t read any of my books before, this is a quick, fun place to start.

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I’m excited to be a part of this dynamic group of authors, and I hope I’ll see you around Main Street!



Getting to Know You, Wanting to Know All About You!

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Never Say Never

Okay, those who know me can stop laughing now. Those who don’t know me as well should know that I say never a lot. A LOT. I’ll never eat guacamole. (even though I’ve never tried it) I’ll never go scuba diving. (saw Jaws as a kid) I’ll never write this story or that story. (even if I haven’t tried yet) I’ll never write it this way or that way. (even though I have no idea whether it will work or not) Stubborn, much? LOL

I have loved romance novels since I was a pre-teen. I believe with all my heart in happily-ever-after. I even found Prince Charming. So when I say I love romance novels, I mean it. But…there are some things I don’t like in romance novels so I always said I would never do them in my own stories. Never say never. Mother Karma is a witch with a B and when you say something like that…she listens. LOL

DefendMyLove 200x300Never #1 – Never write a romance novel with a kid in it. Not just in it, but one of the main characters. Yep, Karma was listening on that one when I sat down to write Defend My Love. Daisy is an adorable child and she is the pivot for the whole story. Although, I did manage a mini-never to put a kid on the cover. It has a tire swing instead. I’m sure Karma is listening on that one and I’ll be forced to put a kid on some cover someday. Like for my Mommies Club series (as if that title isn’t clamoring for a kid on the cover). hahahaha

LoveintheTimeofZombies 200x300Never #2 – Never write a book in 1st person. I don’t like to read it, but since I read a lot of apocalyptic fiction I seem to be reading more and more. I read The Hunger Games and realized it can work really well. That’s Karma over there against the wall laughing at me. She must have been present on the night that Emily Gray came to me in my sleep with a snarky attitude and her story that just had to be in 1st person as she told me about the day the zombies got “her momma and daddy and husband, Carl. Not that Carl was any great loss.” To date, Love in the Time of Zombies is my best-selling book.

happy writerNever #3 – Never volunteer for anything related to writing, let someone else do it. Just sit over there quietly and write your stories. Yeah, I know, everyone is laughing now. I’m like the poster child for volunteering.(ask my husband) I’ve been on RWA chapter boards, all the way up to president. I would rather be shot than do public speaking, so what did I do? I did a workshop at a chapter meeting about why I chose Indie publishing with two other writers. (expected 15 people, there were over 50) I joined Authors of Main Street (best decision ever) and did banking and helped with formatting for box sets, heck, I’ve written stories for the boxed sets. I’ve learned to leap before looking. Karma is laughing her butt off over there. Oops, she just fell off the chair.

Never say never…in your writing and in life. Don’t close the door to opportunities. Give it all you have. You will discover so much about yourself and others. The rewards will be priceless. Don’t let regrets over what you haven’t done be all you are left with at the end.

Never say never.

Say, “Yes, I can.”

Jill James, romance writer (took until I was 45 to be able to say that.)

Two New Authors on Main Street


We are thrilled to announce  Alice Orr and Gina Ardito are our newest Authors of Main Street.

With so many wonderful applicants it was very difficult to vote.

Alice Orr

Alice Orr, author the Riverton Road Series, comes to us with many years of experience as an author. She is well known as a powerhouse speaker.


Gina Ardito


 Gina Ardito, author of The Bonds of Matri-money, impressed us with her writing.

We are excited to have them here on Main Street. Please take a moment and welcome them.