Our January contest winner is…..





Ann E! Congrats and thanks to all who commented this month.

Last day to enter the January contest! How many books did you read in January?

In honor of this last day of January, here’s a review of Dangerous Tidings, my holiday release. I was greatly blessed by the plethora of kind reviews and extremely honored by all those who took the time to post one.

So how many books would you estimate you read in this past month? Post your number and you’re entered into the January contest for a book and gift card. Winner announced tomorrow! 

Five Star Review of Dangerous Tidings





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Holiday research trip….flip flops and ice skates required.



Since I’m deep in deadline zone, writing the third book in this series, thought I’d repost this gem!


Writing is tough job, of course, but someone has to do it, right?  What better way to research for my Pacific Coast Investigations series than to visit the Southern California Island resort town of Coronado, home to the historic Hotel Del. Here are a couple of coolio facts about Coronado which may or may not have made their way into Dangerous Tidings.

Coronado Island isn’t really an island. It’s a peninsula. Back (way back) in the day, it was used as a manly destination for jackrabbit hunting, and was home to an ostrich farm. Go figure.

2. Spreckels (yes, that Spreckels) started Tent City, a luxurious self-operating village of several hundred tents and thatched roof cottages south of the Hotel del Coronado. Tent City flourished for nearly four decades, until it was closed in 1939 to make room for the highway.



3.  Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis filmed Some Like it Hot at the famed Hotel Del Coronado.
4. Today, during the Christmas season, you can enjoy the festivities on the Hotel Del Grounds, including the ice skating rink which sits immediately next to the beach. No joke!

Where do you like to spend your precious vacation time, peeps? I would love to hear your comments. Giving away a signed book, and a gift card in January! 

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Important Friday quiz…which Minion are you?




I told you I deliver crucial info on this blog. So which Minion are you? Post your answer and you’re entered in the January contest for a book and gift card.


Which Minion are you?

Three ways to drive a romance reader nuts.




In the course of my career, I’ve been guilty of a few of these I’m sure. The learning curve is steep and readers will let you know quickly if you’ve created the following:

1. Unlikable heroes. Yes, that amazing hero has to be flawed, of course, unlikeable in many ways, but the reader has to like SOMETHING about them. In the course of the novel they are going to grow and change, hopefully improve too, but right from the get go there has to be that intangible something that makes us want to keep reading.

2. Weak heroines. Modern romance readers are accomplished women, smart, savvy, self sufficient. They know better than to walk into dark, deserted warehouses with no cell phone after hearing a scream and a chainsaw starting up. Heroines can’t be the “tied to the railroad tracks waiting for rescue” kind of ladies. Readers won’t respect that.

3. Dead pets. Readers will forgive a lot, but not the tragic death of Fido or Pussy Cat. If you hurt a beloved pet, you’re going to GET MAIL. Same applies to birds, as I discovered early on my career. It’s not just a rule for mammals!

So what drives you nuts in books that you read? Kicking off the new year with January prize-a signed book and an ITunes gift card. 

Preorder Dana’s newest book, a rolicking romance. Here comes Tippy!  Sit, Stay, Love


December blog winner is….



Evelyn Stackhouse! Congratulations and thanks to all who participated! Happy New Year, all!

New Year’s Eve traditions…The Great Mentink debate





It must be New Year’s Eve because we’re all ready here to disagree about movies. Yep. We Mentinks live on the wild side and we celebrate New Year’s Eve with a movie night. Trouble is…the ladies at our gathering don’t really like war movies, or too much blood and guts. We also do not like to cry. That’s right, no deeply poignant movies for us… nothing that involves lost pets, loss of a spouse, gradual descent into illness, etc. And one more thing….we don’t agree on what’s funny either! The men in the gang are easier to please, as long as it’s not a sappy rom com. So what does that leave? Action adventure, a nice spy movie maybe?

What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? Last day to enter the December drawing!



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