I’m on deadline right now finishing up a Fortunes of Texas book for Harlequin’s Special Edition series. I thought it might be fun to play a round of “Crazy Eights” – that is, I’ll tell you eight things about me, and I hope you’ll tell me eight things about you.


Here are mine:


Les-Miserables1. I know every word to every song from Les Miserables, which essentially means I know the entire stage production by heart.  I’ve seen the play so many times I’ve lost count (and hope to see it many more). It’s all I can do not to sing along when I’m in the audience. I don’t because I have a very bad singing voice.

2. I am dyslexic and decided to write a novel to prove to myself I could overcome my disability.

3.  I have a collection of tea cups and if I had more room, I’d collect cupstea pots, too. However, the Norwegian and I are phasing into downsizing mode. So, I’ll stick to cups.

Sisters4. It took me three years to finish my first manuscript; one year to finish my second; six months to finish my third (My third manuscript won RWA’s Golden Heart under the title of The First Kiss and it was published by Harlequin Next as SISTERS in June 2006).  Now I work at a clip of about a thousand words every day and write about three or four books a year.

5. I can’t write to music with words. It has to be instrumental. I listen to the same CD every time I write. It doesn’t get boring. In fact, it’s a “call to order,” telling me it’s time to get to work. My favorite classical piece is Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd movement, Allegretto. I wish  I could write like that piece sounds.

6. I love college football. My favorite team is the University of Florida Gators. Go, Gators!

7. I always wanted to go to college at the University of Florida, but didn’t because my mother wasFlorida gators diagnosed with breast cancer as I was making my college decision. Because of that, I opted to go to school closer to home. After a valiant fight, she passed away. I’ve never regretted my choice to stay home for my mom’s final days.

His Texas Christmas Bride8. I have a new book, HIS TEXAS CHRISTMAS BRIDE, coming out on October 20 (the e-book will be released on November 1). It’s book nine in my Celebrations, Inc. series published by Harlequin Special Edition.  RT Book Reviews gives HIS TEXAS CHRISTMAS BRIDE 4 1/2 stars! ”…Love conquers all in this fantastic, emotional Christmas story. Thompson’s poignant page-turning dialogue is intimate and informative. Her spectacular, stupefied prospective parents who find love in spite of both their dysfunctional family issues are marvelous.”

I still have an advance author copy that I’d love to give away. I’ll choose one person who comments below and tells me eight things – or if that’s too many, tell me at least one little known thing about you.



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I’m so glad that October is here.  The last of summer is fading and it’s fall. I’ve decorated my house with, if I’m honest, maybe too many pumpkins, fall leaves and wreaths, but I love it.  I’m transitioning into my favorite long sleeved shirts and my writing gloves and getting ready to bundle up and write about warmer climates.  It’s so nice to visit favorite locales in my writing.  My imagination is vivid and I can almost feel the heat of the California sun and the smell of the ocean on the wind as I write.

Eye CandyWhen I was working on EYE CANDY it was the scent of chocolate in Candied Apple and it might have been the bowl of M&Ms on my desk but I could definitely taste the chocolate as I wrote.  Okay now I’m thinking that had nothing to do with the power of my imagination.  :)

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DSC03140Giant pumpkins. Carnival rides. Livestock with blue ribbons. The food.

Oh, the food. Everything fried and battered and candied, with a tongue-in-cheek wink at the wackiness of it all.

It’s the time of year when many Midwestern states are holding their fairs. For a week or so, grounds fill with people and animals and produce and the smells of deliciously unhealthy food. Last year, my husband and I figured our daughter was old enough to enjoy the fair without getting exhausted and having to be carried around all day, so we made the trek to the fairgrounds. Since there’s more to see and do than you could possibly cover in a day, we looked through the fair guide and each picked two things we really wanted to do.

Little Miss R wanted to see rabbits and go on a skyride.

Mr. R wanted to take a train ride and eat a giant corn dog.

I wanted to watch a chicken get a bath (hey, I’d never heard of such a thing) and eat fried Nutella.

As it turned out, we fit in all of these things. And since we’re headed to the fair again this weekend, here’s my past self’s advice for my future self—and for any of you who might be going to a fair soon.

1. The skyride isn’t kidding around. You will be hoisted on a cable dozens of feet up in the air and dragged through the sky over the entire breadth of the fairgrounds. Some people think this is really fun. If you’re afraid of heights (waves hand), it’s really, really not. Save yourself the white knuckles. Grab some fried Nutella and wait for your family on the ground.

2. Fried Nutella is everything you dreamed it would be. Eat it whenever you get the chance.

3. You should definitely go watch a chicken get a bath. In the hands of a certified chicken bather (this is a real thing) (I’m not even kidding), the whole process is fascinatingly smooth. I remember giving baby Little Miss R a bath. It didn’t go nearly that well.

10606487_10204805853851901_4593188295655847799_nIf you live outside the Midwest, does your state have a fair? Does it have the same feel as what I’m describing—all rides and produce and animals and folksy fun? And what’s the most amazing (either delicious or ridiculous) state fair food you’ve come across?

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