Remember That Time I Let You Into My Head By Showing You My Pinterest? Yeah...Me, Too.

Want to see what my characters, settings and story details look like in my head? Check out my Pinterest boards!

I'm a visual person. As I write details, settings and characters into my books, I always “see” my scenes as they happen. My pin boards are a portal into how everything looks, through my eyes.

Sure, there are a ton of pictures of Wentworth Miller on there, but he was my muse for Michael in Snapdragon. Don’t hate me just because he’s so hot…

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Want to Read My Work in Serial Format? Start Them for Free on Radish!

Exciting news! This week, I added the first of my stories to Radish, a platform with a focus on serial releases! Books are published in small installments via the Radish mobile app, which focuses on customizing the experience to the smartphone reader.

Twenty years ago, when I first started writing, I released serials, chapter by chapter and week-by-week. I love the excitement (and suspense) created by this format. With Radish, chapters are released on a specific schedule.

So, how does it really work? The first 3 episodes of every story are always free. To read ongoing episodes that are not free, you buy “coins” and use them to unlock the content.

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Do You Want to Read an Excerpt from "Crazy Old Money"? Yeah. I Know You Do.

Two new releases in two weeks! I know. I’m crazy. And, before you ask, yes I DO sleep and no I DON’T write this fast. This April 5th release of Crazy Old Money is really the single title release of a story originally published in the Worst Holiday Ever anthology.

So why am I republishing this? Mainly, because this story ties into my Hexagon Universe. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you know what Hexagon is. Long story short, this connects to Snapdragon and Chrysalis and especially to the release that comes out in June called Vertical. And because I’m evil, I’ll be parceling out the keys to this universe slowly. Books from this universe contain: 1) A crackling romance in every story, 2) an element of suspense, and

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How Awesome is Being a Part of My VIP Reader Street Team? Effing Awesome, That's How Much...

I realized that I talk a lot in my newsletter about how awesome it is to be part of my VIP Reader Street Team. Then, I realized that without knowing what happens there, you' couldn’t possibly understand the degree of awesomeness.

So, here’s the deal: I started my VIP Reader Street Team after I released Snapdragon and Chrysalis in 2017. Snapdragon was my debut novel—when I released it, I had no fans, no awards, no reviews…no track record whatsoever. Anyone who read it was taking a chance on me and I really, really appreciated those who did. That’s where my habit of doing great giveaways for my most faithful readers and reviewers was born…

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I'm (Finally) Releasing "The Secret Ingredient" on March 25th!

Remember when I posted a whole page on my website about how psyched I was to release The Secret Ingredient, and how I’d started asking folks to support my forthcoming Amazon Scout campaign? Then, remember how, just weeks before my Scout campaign was set to release, Amazon cancelled the program? Yeah. I remember that, too.

I won’t regale you with the long, boring story of what I did next and why it took me so long to just publish it already. What’s most important is that it will be available very, very soon. On March 25rd, The Secret Ingredient will be available across all digital retailers and on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paperback!

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"Friended" Just Won its First Award!

…and hopefully not its last. The New England Chapter of RWA named Friended a finalist in its 2019 New England Reader’s Choice Awards! Best of all, I’ll be at the awards ceremony in Boston, in person! This award (and this RWA Chapter) is close to my heart, as attending the NECRWA conference last April marked my very first book signing, my first 1st place award win (for Snapdragon) and the first time I had the opportunity to sit in the audience to hear my name called to accept an award.

I’m extremely excited to head back to Boston, reconnect with friends I made last year, sign more books, and return as a conference presenter. If you’re a reader and would like to meet me…

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"Facebook Friends" by GreenPuma = "Friended" by Kilby Blades

Since people still e-mail me asking for it, and since I am still tagged on social media several times a month in reference to it, I’m going to tell you the story of Facebook Friends. More accurately, I’ll tell you about the journey that Facebook Friends took from its origins as a fan fiction in 2008 to become an original fiction in 2018.

Unbeknownst to most people, Friended is the book that made me decide to publish original fiction. I make the distinction around “original” fiction because I spent years writing fan fiction in about five different fandoms. I’ll date myself by admitting that my first fandom was Dawson’s Creek…

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"Love in an Elevator" Just Won its First Award!

Last night, I was so busy wrangling the littles and cooking a dinner I wouldn’t even get to eat myself (long story) that I missed a call I would much rather have been taking from Fenley Grant. It was the best kind of call from someone with a strange number: a call to tell me I’d won something. Not a free three-night stay in Las Vegas if I agree to listen to a brief ::cough::not brief::cough:: sales pitch—something far more awesome than that.

I’m excited to share that early chapters of my brand-spanking-new manuscript, “Love in an Elevator”, just finaled in the Great Expectations Contest put on by North Texas RWA! I know, I know—it’s not good that I just put a 1989 Aerosmith song in your head…

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We're Missing Something Big in this Cristiane Serruya Story

If you live in Romancelandia and also hang out on Twitter, chances are you barely made it through your morning coffee before hearing about #CopyPasteCris. Cristiane Serruya is a Brazilian “author” (notice the sarcastic air quotes) accused of plagiarizing a long, long list of very well-known actual authors such as Bella Andre, Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan.

Before Serruya deleted her Twitter account, screen shots that I’m going to trust are not hoaxes showed Serruya’s apology. In a twist proving that real people are so much weirder than fictional characters, Serruya stood by her claim that she herself did not plagiarize.

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"The Art of Worship" Just Won 1st Place in the Erotic Short Category of the 2018 International Digital Awards!

I’m honestly not sure what they put in the water in Oklahoma. All I know is that OKRWA loves them some Kilby Blades. This week I was notified that the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America have named “The Art of Worship” 1st Place Winner in its Erotic Short Story category in its International Digital Awards!

Unlike OKRWA’s National Reader’s Choice Awards, the focus of the IDAs is novels or short works that are available ONLY in digital or print-on-demand format. My unconfirmed suspicion is that this award is intended to level the playing field for indie authors.

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Do You Want to Read an Excerpt from "Crazy Old Money", the Rom-Com Short from My Holiday Anthology?

Yeah. I know you do. Because the holidays are coming. And, if your family is as crazy as mine, you need to laugh to keep from crying. Worst Holiday Ever: A Family Drama Romance Anthology is my brainchild, the first in a series of romance anthologies that explore what happens when holidays go wrong. And wintertime holidays are first up to bat. The series shares stories of love and holiday survival among couples from varied backgrounds: straight couples, gay couples, inter-racial and inter-species couples…this collection has it all. Having your wife find out you’re an angel when your super-natural nemesis crashes Christmas? Ex-con cousins breaking bread with the cop in the family? It’s hard to beat that kind of drama.

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I Finally Emerged from My Writing Cave! (and Here's What I've Been Writing...)

I can cop to the fact that I have a habit of disappearing. Not going anywhere for real, just sequestering myself in my cave. When I’m in the middle of an unfinished story, my cave is the textured glass patio table on my back deck. It’s warm enough in California that I get to write outside for most of the year. In the mornings, it’s Lady Grey. In the afternoons, I drink decaf. In the evenings, it’s (clearly) wine.

But the cave is a harsh place. I don’t feel quite human while I’m in it, and when I emerge, I look like the woman in the picture: I’m bloodied, I’m injured and I’m in yesterday’s clothes, but hey, at least I’ve still got nice boobs :)

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On Celebrating Every Victory on the Day of my 20th Award Nomination

It’s very possible that I will one day become known as the “crazy awards lady”. Think crazy cat lady, except instead of harboring dozens of feline friends, I’ll be hoarding my awards. In my mind, I’ll be some grotesque combination of Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard” and Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” If I’m lucky, I might even get a William Holden lookalike to poke around.

That fleeting moments of recognition are the best that authors can expect is not so much notion as fact. In a business this saturated, with margins this thin, soul-crushing disappointment has become the norm. I’ve met authors who can’t sell brilliant manuscripts; newbies who have been hoodwinked by crooked industry pros; but the most common, most insidious, and most tragic fate is simple oblivion.

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"Snapdragon" is a Finalist in the Book Buyer's Best Contest!

In an unexpected, good-news twist, I found out today (after having a very bad week) that Snapdragon was named a finalist in the Book Buyer's Best Contest run by the Orange County chapter of RWA (OCCRWA)! I had, frankly, given up on this award, as I'd heard titterings that finalists were receiving calls (a call that never came for me), and the notification date had long-passed. This is a tough business, people. The books that we sweat, bleed and develop drinking problems over may never do well commercially, may never receive a single accolade, etc. Snapdragon is a different work of romance, both in its structure and complexity. The fact that it isn't formulaic made it even less of a sure thing on the awards circuit. 

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Can Romance Thrive Without Happily-Ever-After? (Hint: Yes)

I follow Angela James on Twitter--Editor-in-Chief of Carina Press, thoughtful reader, good citizen, and a generally entertaining person to follow. An interesting discussion thread popped up from a benign statement than rang true to me: maybe what we call Romance shouldn't have to end in HEA. The range of responses that this musing earned was fascinating and varied. Primarily, many like-minded respondents agreed. Real life doesn't always end in HEA, a fact that dozens of respondents didn't feel cheapens the value of a great love story. It's possible (maybe even probable for most of us) to experience an epic love that isn't meant to be.

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"Crocodile Tears" Wins 2nd Place for Fiction with a Central Romance in the Rudy Awards!

I'm not the kind of author who is blessed with plotbunnies that will yield straightforward books. My work is complex and doesn't always fit clearly into a single category. Snapdragon was a doozie to write, but even more than Snapdragon, I've struggled with Crocodile Tears, my unpublished manuscript that's gone through quite an identity crisis. I haven't said much about Crocodile Tears yet--what you should know is that it deals with a multi-generational family feud. When the hero's father dies and leaves the daughter of the enemy family half of his multi-million-dollar fortune, my hero and heroine are forced to get to the bottom of the family feud.

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Why I Skipped the RITA Awards

By the time Thursday night arrived, I already knew the bartender at Mix. Kim, a kind-eyed, bearded hipster who had admitted that he had no idea how to make a Brandy Alexander, had been serving me Domaine Chandon for days. I was in my happy place — surrounded by my three besties as we helped each other strategize for pitching sessions on Friday. Only one thing killed my buzz: I couldn’t stomach the idea of attending the RITA Awards. It wasn’t that I hadn’t brought a dress — a cute one was in my closet. A black sequined Art Deco number hung next to a beautiful feathered headband that would have put Gatsby’s Daisy to shame. In light of scathing statistics, it just seemed silly to support an event this unclear. Why go, if no one knows what winning a RITA means?

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Four Books. Four Awards. And an Amazing time in Denver at RWA 2018!

It's hard to even know how to begin this article. My experience at RWA this year is a lot different from my first year in Orlando in 2017. Not knowing anything about anything that first year, I blindly followed the advice of my book bestie, L.G. O'Connor. I signed up too late to have secured appointments with agents and editors, and, either way, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to go traditional. But I was sick of sitting at home in my bathrobe, writing and swilling coffee. It seemed a good opportunity to get out of the house. So I went. I attended workshops. I had, literally, no place to be. I met other authors. I visited the overwhelming swag room. And I watched nominees walk across the stage to accept RITA Awards.

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Four Easy Ways to Support Diverse Romance on Goodreads

As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a tear about supporting diverse romance. In light of what's been happening with the RITAs and even articles that have been showing up in the New York Times, it seems that we have a long way to go before diverse authors get some of the credit they're due. This is not a problem that can be solved in a single day, and, at some point I'll publish a more sweeping article about how I believe that readers can change a few habits to support this cause. In an attempt to address this on just one front, I took to GoodReads and did some thinking about how I can better-support diverse authors on this platform.

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RSJ Emma Awards for Diversity in Romance Honor Kilby Blades as Best Debut Author

I'll admit it--it's been a tough year for me in terms of discovering truths about the industry--and, by that, I mean coming to some realizations about how far we still have to go with respect to promoting diversity in romance. I certainly knew that we were underrepresented--that it seemed more difficult for diverse authors to get traditional publishing contracts and, if we get them, to have good experience with our publishers around marketing and promotion. I did not know until recently about a litany of other issues--from earning retail space, to being dropped from publishing, to problems with book displays and shelving, to serious issues with the RITA Awards.

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