New Release: Last Call by TL Watson

new book!

Last Call by TL Watson is out now!

Newly-single attorney Gwen Cooper’s list of things that make her happy is pretty simple:
1. her teenage sons
2. her stilettos
3. finally taking control of her own life

While texting the first on the list to warn them she’s missed her flight home, she plows into a hot-shot movie star, has a lukewarm latte dumped down her blouse, and snaps a heel off item number two. When the actor shows up at the hotel bearing an apology of replacement Louboutins, she should be wondering how he got her room number. Instead, she’s simmering over his well-tailored suit and conjuring more sinful ways for him to make things up to her. And why not? The notorious bachelor is the perfect guy to kick off her post-divorce fantasies of no strings attached. Ever again.

Blake Donovan claimed Hollywood’s top spot by playing the self-centered bad boy his manager and publicist created. Lonely as it is, he’s long since accepted the image he portrays to the world. Until the gorgeo…

Sleepless Nights... Thanks to Good Books by Rose Phillips!

leepless nights, caused by staying up late reading...

It's been a while since I a) stopped the world to devour a book (or two); and b) read a really good YA.

Rose Phillips' two books fit the bill. Plus they got me all teary, in a good way. And also let me forget for a while that I was reading on a Kindle app. No small feat, as I'm usually acutely aware of the medium, in a way that doesn't happen with paper books.

Here they are:

Cutting to the Chase
"How do you fix something you didn't break?
Lizzy certainly doesn't have the answer. All she knows is that she needs to survive senior year, then get as far away from her dysfunctional family as possible. In the meantime, when she can't take the pressure, she eases it with the sharp edge of a razor blade.

But, she's been cutting deeper and her thoughts are growing darker.

Until she meets Michael. With him she finds relief.

Now, maybe—just maybe—she can make it."

I don't like this blurb. I don&…

Books Wishlist and ROW80


I've got a wishlist as long as both arms, but realistically, not only should I read the books I already own, but I also can't afford to get a huge pile of new books. Still, there's always an excuse to get at least a few new ones (not even counting upcoming releases by Louise Penny and J. K. Rowling/R. Galbraith and others!).

Here are the ones that have recently moved up to the top of the list:

The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May

For research, she says. Because they're set on the isle of Lewis, where one of my characters comes from...

Harry Potter and the Philisopher's Stonein Scots!

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

"In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-ha…

Winter in Switzerland Photos, and ROW80


"I'm a writer... Anything you say or do may end up in my novel"

ROW80 and Story Snip from Captive of the Sea

nip day!

In honour of today being KissPitch, on Twitter, hosted by All The Kissing.

On the other hand, the snip I'm about to share isn't from the story I'll be pitching. Instead, this is a sort of fairy tale synopsis of Santiago and Magdalena's story, Captive of the Sea. It is a love story, though!

I reread it recently for the first time in a couple of years, and it wasn't so bad. Of course the final action scenes and the ending, as always happens with me, need a lot of work. But it's next on the editing list, after The Handful of Time and the World War Two story (which really needs a proper title. I can't keep calling it Mystery at Bertram's Hotel, as if it was an Agatha Christie retelling).

Of all of my ROW80 goals, though, the crafts are currently at the forefront, as there's a deadline for them! And school, of course. I'm hoping to get back into editing more intensely in April. And I'm trying to decide whether I can manage the A to Z Blo…

IWSG Day and Lara Lacombe's Latest!

oday is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

Really exciting question for this month: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

What's not to love? I love writing romance for many reasons, but mostly because I get to explore that spark between two characters who meet and fall in love. Not only do they get to start learning about each other, but they also resolve some of their own issues in the process -- and there's always a happily ever after!

Speaking of romance, I've just read the latest by Lara Lacombe, Colton K-9 Bodyguard, part of the Coltons of Red Ridge series (with each book written by a different author, and a mystery that carries on throughout the series).

"This protector broke her heart and is back to save her

K-9 officer Micah Shaw never thought tracking a serial killer would lead him to discover the woman he once loved near death. Vulnerable and under siege, Bea Colton needs him now more than ever. Their relationship didn’t succeed ye…

New Books by Kait Nolan and TL Watson!

ew books!

Baby It's Cold Outside by Kait Nolan An Eden's Ridge / Misfit Inn Novella A runaway author

Ivy Blake is on a deadline. Actually, she’s past the deadline and desperate to find some peace, quiet, and inspiration to get her book back on track. She doesn’t plan on a Tennessee blizzard or the bear that causes her to crash.

A grumpy lumberjack

Harrison Wilkes isn’t actually a lumberjack, but he’s doing his best impression during this week away from real life. He needs to rest, recharge, and stay the hell away from people, while he makes some major life decisions. He doesn’t plan to be executing a snowbound rescue.

Is it getting hot in here?

When Winter Stormageddon traps Ivy and Harrison together, suddenly his one-man cabin feels more cramped than cozy. As more than the fireplace heats things up, Harrison’s starting to think the interruption to his solitude might be worth it. Will the grumpy lumberjack prove to be inspiration or distraction?

Last Call by TL Watson
Newly-single attor…

A Poem and a Few Songs for Burns Night, and ROW80, Including Knitting

urns Night is coming up!

I've had some posts on this topic over the years.

There was one in which I waxed poetic about discovering lost manuscripts, another in which I shared a photo of Allan Scott-Douglas, who plays Jamie in Outlander the musical, another with Andy Stewart singing Johnny Cope, and one in which I mentioned listening to an LP of Burns' poetry. We left all our records behind when we moved, sadly.

This year I have a poem I just discovered, Winter Evening by Archibald Lampman.

And I've got lots of music!

I've got playlists for two Scottish bands:



I've got a few other Scottish artists scattered throughout my playlists, including Big Country, Nazareth, The Vaselines, Orange Juice, Simple Minds, and Donovan.

But I also recently went back to a band I've liked for years, and just discovered that they have a new album out!

This is the tracklisting from the promotional EP through which I first discovered them. YouTube is helpful when I…