Baton Blog Hop

The Baton has been passed to me for the Baton Blog Hop from Claire Gem and here’s a little bit about her:

Claire Gem writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She’s an avid fan of spunky heroines and a good ghost story (not necessarily together or in that order). Her favorite authors include Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Susanna Kearsley.

Phantom Traces (coming soon from Soul Mate Publishing)features dual-time love stories, and deals with the May:September romance, the ravages of Alzheimer’s, and one hell of a scary ghost.

Claire has several other novels in progress, including Electricity, another ghost enhanced love story set in the defunct psychiatric hospital in Central Massachusetts (the site on which she now works).

Claire’s idea of a great love story is one that transports you to another place and introduces you to new people so real, you miss them when you read The End.

Find me at, on Twitter @gemwriter, and on FB at Claire Gem, Author.

Now it’s my turn to answer a few questions about my writing: 

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More Coming Soon!

#1 Son is working on making this site look pretty!  Until then just a little update.  I attended my first meeting of Georgia Romance Writers on Saturday and loved it.  I joined the chapter and look forward to attending meetings each month despite the 2 hour drive.  The online workshop I am currently taking,  Fatal Flaws, has me dragging out dormant characters and dusting them off so I can finally give them the attention and stories they deserve.  Next month,  I will be taking the Master Class and hope to have a story outline of some sort for at last one of the couples. One couple I am considering is Jack & Maggie. They made their first appearance in my first 1,000 word challenge at The Writer’s Circle at the Harlequin Community. I entered the Challenge 3 days after joining the forum.  My challenge won and Jack & Maggie have been in search of a proper home ever since.  Of course, I’ve learned a lot since then and can think of a 1,000 ways to improve on this little scene but this is the original version.

The first 1k is written so a mere 69k to go and they will have their own book!

To jog your memory or if you’re new,  here’s their first appearance:

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