Moist and tender and other words that make me cringe.

I think every writer has them, those words that make us want to lob a dictionary at the speaker of said words.

Let me get mine out of the way immediately so I don’t have to think about them again.

Moist. Oh, how I despise this word. I don’t know why. It’s a perfectly good word. It conveys information just as well as any other word. And yet something about the way the “o” squishes up against the “i” makes me want to grimace. Let’s say it together. “Moist.” Isn’t it awful? Sadly, in romance, this word comes in very handy. However, in life, I try never to use it. Blech.

Tender. Again, another word that works well in many situations. Nothing wrong with it and yet it makes the hairs on my arms stand on end. I don’t mind “tenderness” and use it often, but “tender” sets me on edge. I know, totally my hang up, but there it is. Blech.

Vomit. I suppose this one makes sense. After all, it certainly paints a picture. I’m sure most of us, upon hearing this word, actually start to suffer stomach contractions. For some strange reason, I don’t mind “throw up” or even “puke,” but “vomit” makes me want to, well, vomit.

Why do you think we have these word aversions? I wonder if it has something to do with deep-seated associations. For example, my mom used to use “tender” a lot, so much I grew tired of hearing it. Whenever she’d cook a roast, she’s ask, “Is it tender?” Now, whenever I hear the word, I think of slabs of meat.

They certainly aren’t the only words that drive me crazy but they’re probably the worst offenders. The list of runners up includes “puce,” “cornucopia,” “transparent,” and “judgment” (I would really like to see an “e” in there.”)

Do you have words that make you cringe?


$0.99 sale on The Selkie!

To celebrate the release of Selkie’s Lure, Orkney Selkies 3, my publisher Liquid Silver Publishing has dropped the price on The Selkie, book 1 of the same series.


This is a fabulous time to try out a new paranormal romance series or to recommend one to a friend. The Selkie has always been one of my most beloved books and readers have fallen in love with hero Calan Kirk. Try him on for size and then visit with his brother Mackar and Edan!

Right now, the sale is valid at B&N,  Kobo,  iTunes,  Liquid Silver Publishing and Amazon and is expected to last until Feb. 10 only.

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Selkie’s Lure release day!

Today’s the day! Selkie’s Lure, Orkney Selkies 3, is live and ready for your ereader.


Early reviews have been wonderful. Thanks to everyone who has posted one.

You can find Selkie’s Lure at:

Kobo   B&N   Google Play   iTunes   Amazon   Liquid Silver Publishing



Amy Woods, one of TV’s famed Beast Seekers, has come to Orkney, Scotland, to hunt sirens. One of them killed her sister and she has sworn revenge. Most people think she’s crazy for believing in monsters. She knows the truth. But while patrolling one of Orkney’s cold beaches, she runs into a naked selkie man rather than a siren, and he proves to be an alluring distraction.

Edan Kirk is a selkie, one of an ancient race of seal shape shifters. When he hears of Amy’s intention to hunt sirens, tragic memories overwhelm him. He knows he must get rid of the pesky human. As much as he tries to convince her she’s on a fool’s errand, he can’t resist trying to protect her. After all, he has heard the enticing song of the sirens and he knows its deadly power.

As Amy and Edan engage in a battle of wits and wills, other emotions rush to the fore. Their connection is intense, the sort to come along only once in a lifetime. Edan recognizes her as his mate. However, another woman has set her sights on him as well, one whose powers of seduction are legendary. One whose voice has driven men to madness and devastation.

Can Amy accept Edan as her mate, making her home in the world of the supernatural? And can they save each other from a beast that cannot be destroyed?