Houston, We’ve Got a Title

It is with great pleasure that I announce the new title of my debut historical mystery: MISTRESS OF FORTUNE Formerly known as Diary of Bedlam, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE will be released by Harlequin’s Carina Press in February 2014. I’ll confess… Continue Reading

A Conversation with Susanna Calkins

Today, April 23rd, marks the release of a novel I’ve been looking forward to very much: A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE by Susanna Calkins. It tells the story of Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of… Continue Reading

Identity Crisis

Yesterday, something happened that I’ve been waiting for, for like, ever. The announcement of my book deal showed up in Publishers Marketplace. Here it is in all of its luscious glory: Holly West’s DIARY OF BEDLAM and DIARY OF DECEPTION,… Continue Reading

Book Deal Announcement

Updated 8/9/13 with my new titles. Yay! Forget for one moment that it’s April Fool’s Day, folks, because this is for realsies. I’ve been letting the news out in drips and drabs, but consider this the official announcement: For those… Continue Reading

Thinking Positivity

Lenny Kravitz’s Mama Said album is one of my favorites of all time. I played the hell out of that sucker when it came out and for years afterward. It’s been awhile since I broke it out so maybe today… Continue Reading

A Little Validation Goes a Long Way

Diary of Bedlam update: Still querying agents and waiting for agents to get back to me. The waiting game can be hard and frustrating. Although I must say the more time that goes by, the more I forget I’m waiting… Continue Reading

Goodbye, Mr. Pepys

“And so I betake myself to that course, which is almost as much as to see myself go into my grave: for which, and all the discomforts that will accompany my being blind, the good God prepare me!” – Samuel… Continue Reading

Turned Tables

Well, sorta. I'm officially querying again and so far, so good. My only real complaint is that it takes awhile to get responses, and since I'm not generally known for my patience, I've resorted to even more obsessive-compulsive gmail refreshing… Continue Reading

Write the Best Novel You Can

What does it mean to write the best novel you can? I think I might finally have the answer. Over the weekend I attended Left Coast Crime in Sacramento. It was a great conference this year, filled to the brim… Continue Reading

Hold it Right There, Buster

AKA: FInish Your Manuscript Before Querying Agents I'm at the tail end of this latest revision on Diary of Bedlam. So close I can taste it, in fact. And frankly, it's tasting pretty darned delicious. This was a huge revision.… Continue Reading