sisterhood-of-world-blogger-awardI was nominated for this award by Roberta Gordon of Gemini Witching. This is a pretty easy award–my favorite kind. All I have to do is tell you seven things about me, and then nominate seven others. My kind of award!

1. I hate rats. They’re awful little vile creatures.

2. I’m branching out into yet another new genre with my latest book. It’s a paranormal with young characters that I’m reluctant to call a YA, so I guess we’ll see what I wind up doing with it. It’s got witches (and not witches like me–real ones).

3. Overall, I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. I don’t really plot unless I have to (Incidentally, for the book mentioned above, I had to plot.)

4. Autocorrect on my computer just changed “pantser” to “panther.” Woo hoo! I’m a writing panther! Roar!

5. For most of my life, I’ve had really long hair. I now realize that I hate it. And probably did then, too.

6. I drive a Honda CRV, and husband and I have discussed not getting another new car (it’s three years old) for another ten years. Which means his Envoy will probably qualify as a classic.

7. I spent the first eight years of my life in Alabama. I still get the accent if I’m a) pissed off or b) really drunk.

There’s my seven things. In turn I nominate:

1. Casey Wyatt

2. Brooke Moss

3. Elizabeth Hinds of Attorney at Large

4. Rita Monette

5. Ann Montclair

6. Callie Hutton

7. B.J. Scott

**Also, I’m blogging over at SMP Authors today. Stop by if you get a chance!**

The Ultimate Couple

As a romance writer, I spend a lot of time–and I mean a lot of time–thinking about couples, that magical pairing that works. What makes these couples click? What makes their love timeless? How do they deal with one another’s flaws, and how do they stay together for so long?

So today, I’m blogging about the Ultimate Couple, the pairing that will last a lifetime.

That’s right. Bert and Ernie.

These two have the ultimate bond. Easy going Ernie and his high strung, more type A parnter, Bert. These two do everything together. They cook together, they eat together, they live together. Heck, there’s even the romantic bubble bath together. After all, who doesn’t remember Ernie’s ode to his rubber duckie? Do you all really think that song was just about a rubber duck?

I think not, my friends. That was a metaphor for the bond Ernie shares with Bert.

So, the next time you’re trying to develop characters who share a timeless love, the ultimate in opposites attracting, look no further than your own childhood.

Look to Bert and Ernie