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?



Writers need to go outside sometimes too.

The first rule of writing is to write. Right? I think we can all safely agree on this. Bums in seats does it every time.

Because I work part-time as well, my writing moments are precious to me. When I can spend a day or two writing with no interruption, I feel luxurious and fulfilled. Almost sinful.

However, I have noticed all that time at home alone comes with its own set of challenges. I don’t speak to people other than my family unless I need to run errands. I am enclosed in one room for long periods of time. I rarely move and sometimes forget to eat and drink. Coffee, however, I never forget. I have priorities, you see.

After spending a couple of days in the writing cave, I emerge like a vampire prying open its coffin. My eyes hurt. I’m usually hungry. And let’s just say I’m not my best around people. Sometimes I can spend too much time with my fantasy people and forget how to interact with the real ones. So far, I haven’t bitten anyone….that I can recall.

For that reason, among others, I’m thankful to have a job outside the home. It forces me into the land of the living. It compels me to ask other people how their days are going. Conversation is important…if for no other reason than we must learn how to write effective dialogue. 😉 I jest, of course. I want to know how my friends and coworkers are doing.

Financial stability is important for writers as well. It’s hard to be creative if you’re in debt. I would urge every writer to work outside the home, even if you don’t need to. Royalties are funny. They aren’t always predictable. Personally, I like relying on a regular paycheck.

Let’s not forget we need to experience what the world has to offer as well. At any given time, I know I can draw upon my eclectic work history for any number of interesting anecdotes and fun characters. My work history and hobbies have provided me with so many plot bunnies. Imagination is a wonderful thing, and so is research, but being able to use one’s own experiences is extremely helpful during the writing process.

There. I’ve said enough. Go outside and breathe some fresh(ish) air (provided no massive smog clouds surround your home).

As for me, I’m headed back into my coffin…erm, writing cave.


Preorders for Selkie’s Lure and a sexy teaser!

Preorder links are now available on two different sites for Selkie’s Lure!


Right now, there are live links for Google Play,  Kobo , iTunes and B&N.

Please note: as we draw closer to the release date of January 16, more preorder links may become available.  I can’t tell you exactly when as it depends on when the vendor uploads the information. Stay tuned for more.

To whet your appetite, I’m thrilled to share a sexy trailer teaser for Selkie’s Lure, created by my good friend Nita Banks, the Book Chick. Have a look!

Many thanks to Nita for putting it together! Make sure you head over to Nita’s Facebook page and give her a big like. Tell her Rosanna sent you. The Book Chick on Facebook 

Thanks to all who have supported this release. I can’t wait to share it with you.