Love for my mentor…Lynne Silver #Beshert

Tell a person they’ve done a good job and often they will tell you the name of someone they couldn’t have done it without. For me, that person is Lynne Silver. This past weekend, Lynne was presented the Nancy Richards-Akers Mentoring award at the Washington Romance Writers annual retreat in Westminster, MD. I cannot tell you how honored I am to have had the nomination letter I wrote be a small part of that. If I’m a good writer, it’s because Lynne is an outstanding mentor to me…

Dear WRW (Washington Romance Writers) President,

I am nominating Lynne Silver for the Nancy Richards-Akers Mentoring Award.

I’m not sure when I realized that the lady I’d seen at monthly chapter meetings and Lynne Silver were one in the same. What I do know is that on November 16, 2011, my birthday of all days, I left a light-hearted, somewhat joking response to Pintip’s Waterworld Mermaids post about Accountability Partners. Lynne left a thought-provoking comment that had me staring at my laptop, hand over mouth, gawking. See below:

Carlene: I think I need an AP for shaving my legs! And writing of course but darn, with the cooler weather lately and the long pants, I’m just saying!!! Love your post P.H.!

Lynne: I’d love an accountability partner. I’ve been eyeing large wall calendars at Staples to start planning manuscripts and due dates. Hey- we all want to have multiple deadlines at multiple publishing houses someday, we might as well pretend we’re there now and get some practice in. Carlene, if you’re really looking, I’d love to be APs with you. Email me cause I also have something else to ask you about. Lynne

Lynne Silver wanted to work with me? You’d think I’d just been asked out on a date by Casey James! (This is major, friends. It would be the equivalent of most people in the room being asked to take a trip to the moon with Jamie Fraser.) I had a small freaking out moment as I read her words. And then I went and Googled Lynne and saw that she had published like, a load of books! They looked so good too. There were dukes and mistresses and debutantes, all super sexy looking to little ole me who had written a couple gigantic stories that needed serious work. She wanted to work with me? Maybe this Lynne Silver person was crazy.

In complete fan-girl mode, I wrote back to her. Don’t have a clue as to what I said but whatever it was, it must have been good because we became not just accountability partners, but critique partners. I actually do remember that she wanted me to read her work because of my infatuation with Sherrilyn Kenyon. Note to writers, let your freak flags fly and obsessions be known, they could snag you an amazing partner too. The first thing I read for Lynne was amazing, the first of her Coded for Love books. I loved it. It was pretty much flawless but I did get to have one moment where I felt worthy of being this woman’s partner. She’d misspelled her heroine’s name and also left a butt plug (can we say that in an award nomination letter?) (Sorry Ms. WRW President, wink) in place and forgot to remove it. Score one for little ole me ‘cuz I caught the mistakes! Now, I wasn’t just blushing and walking around the house grinning from reading Lynne’s super-hot writing (I’d never read anything like it before), I felt like I might be “writerly” enough to hang with her. Lynne was super appreciative of my comments, excited even, which made me feel overjoyed.


The book where those wee little mistakes were caught. 😉

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“Let’s Run Away” with some favorite books…

screen-shot-2013-04-24-at-8-52-04-amMy dear friends, this week my step-dad passed away from prostate cancer. He was a wonderful man who always took such good care of my mom, something I’ll always be grateful for. They divorced almost 30 years ago, but he was the love of my mom’s life and she never remarried. He always checked in on her and they remained very close friends until the end, this week. It breaks my heart to imagine that kind of love, those circumstances. Having that fierce kind of love up close and then having it from afar. I write romance. We read romance. But I’ve always known that happy endings are subjective, individual and unique to each person, each couple. That’s one of the things I’ve loved about reading and writing for Evernight publishing. Sometimes love doesn’t live inside the confines of a little pink box. Sometimes it’s the mottled color of bruises, or the beautiful yet scary shade of blood. Sometimes it is the color of the sun. Sometimes it’s midnight black. I think the best of times is when it’s all these and more. There are days when it’s hard to understand the intricacies of love and relationships and it’s those times when I think it helps to escape into someone else’s heart. Continue reading

Meet My Character Blog Hop…Sin Pointe’s Rhythm Section

Hello out there. I’m taking a day to sit down and relax with the rhythm section of ultra-sexy rock band, Sin Pointe. And this day wouldn’t be possible had the talented and lovely author, Xio Axelrod, not invited us to join her blog hop so big cyber kisses to her. Check out a charming and smexy chat Xio had with her own characters last week HERE. Now for Stefan and Will from my latest release, Wicked Flower

Me: Boys, it’s time. Please come on over and say hi to all the lovely people.

Stefan: Hey sweetie.

Will: Not funny, dude.

Stefan: What, I wasn’t talking to you, sweetie. I was looking out at all of Carlene’s sexy friends. Hey ladies. (Stefan’s giving you all a look that I want you to imagine would melt the polar ice caps right now. And of course he’s in all white, just for you.)

stefan white pjs

Stefan in his favorite color jammies 😉


Will: Ladies, snap out of it. Carlene, was he not looking directly at me when he said that?

Will: Snap out of it, ladies!

Will: Snap out of it, ladies!

Me: …(author debating for a moment on what to say next and whether she thinks she’s going to be able to wrangle two of her favorite albeit ornery people in all the world to finish this little interview)… Will, you are pretty sweet. Maybe Stef was just referring to that fact. Stefan, be nice. Continue reading

A Writing Process Blog Tour!

Hi everyone and welcome to a blog tour where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend, Elyzabeth M. Valey, posted hers last week. You can check out that post at In a Dream Beyond, for some insight into the process that brought about her newest release, Blind Beauty. Big thanks to Elyzabeth for inviting me to share this week. 🙂

Blind Beauty

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Friday Fun: A New Sin Pointe Book Is On The Way!

It’s official! Beloved, adorable, quirky, genius webmaster Benny will be coming soon to your e-readers! Evernight Publishing is taking care of yet another one of my Sin Pointe babies and I’m so glad Benny’s story is now in their capable hands. Can’t wait to get the cover art mock up and then share that with you too. For many reasons, this story was very special to me and I just can’t wait to share it with you all. For now, here’s the blurb from Sin’s Haven (A Sin Pointe Novella, #3) tentatively set for a November 2013 release.


When Sin Pointe webmaster, Benjamin Wright, is publicly humiliated on his birthday, he knows he’s never gonna be able to show his face around the guys again. Continue reading