Writing How-To: A little hashed phrase to go with the word salad…

Anchors away for our next topic! Um, no, not really. “Aweigh” is correct, however. This hint goes well with the word salad post from last week. See, the English language is a hair-rippingly funny beast. The bastardized, red-headed step-child of many different languages, it causes quite a bit of confusion. And that’s just for those … Read More

Writing How-To: He said WHAT?

Continuing the writing how-to series, another frequent issue that crops up, especially in romance/erotica novels — guys speaking unnaturally. “You little minx.” Now, honestly. When have you EVER heard a modern guy call a woman a “little minx?” I’m not talking a period/historical (although in those I think it’s overused too). Or a hellcat, spitfire, … Read More

Here there be dragons…

Yes, I know, new blog header. I love dragons. Love love luuurrrrvvv them. I went to a local shop the other day with BFF because I’d won a drawing for a “body bag” (turns out no, it wasn’t a body bag, it was a bag full of bath and body supplies) and ended up with … Read More

Writing How-To: Can I get ranch dressing on my word salad?

Continuing the writer how-to series, our next quickie topic: word salad. That’s probably not the best term, because there is a condition called word salad, but for the purposes of this tip it’s the phrase I’ll use. Here’s how you prevent this condition (and yes, I am screaming): DO NOT RELY ON YOUR SPELLCHECK FEATURE! … Read More


I was mightily surprised to find out today, on this 40th anniversary of the moon landing, that there are some braniacs out there who honestly believe the moon landing was a hoax. Really? I guess these people turn themselves inside out trying to disprove we ever made it. I’m not sure why they do, but … Read More

Writing How-To: Characters Behaving Badly

(Before I kick off the first in my writing how-to series, I wanted to put out a shameless self-promotion plug for my new book, “Good Will Ghost Hunting: Hell’s Bells,” book 2 in the series. It’s available starting today from Lyrical Press. Woot!) I’ve been wanting to put out a series of quick writing tips … Read More

Writing How-To Series

Because I’ve gotten lazy and reeeallly need to blog more, and because I like to answer questions, I’m starting a new “how-to” writing series on this blog. Starting tomorrow, I’ll post the first topic. You can click on the post label “writing how-to series” and it’ll bring up all the posts as they’re…um…posted. (You can … Read More

How "real" do you like it?

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve written. Been swamped in a good way! And on Monday, July 20th, “Hell’s Bells,” the second book in the Good Will Ghost Hunting series, is coming from Lyrical Press. Today’s question is pitched out to readers and writers alike, because I’m interested in hearing from both sides … Read More

"Advances" in publishing…

An article in the New York Times made me think. It talked about book advances and how they’ve changed, how the amounts are influenced. The article talks about how 7 out of 10 books don’t earn out their advance. That means the author never gets a royalty check, if I’m not mistaken. Also, that it … Read More

#amazonfail & #glitchmyass

Remember how I said I was a Twitter twit? Weeeelll, having something hit really close to home changed all that. Amazon.com, in their infinitely short-sighted wisdom, has apparently decided they are going to delist the sales rankings of a LOT of GLBT-themed books. And yes, mine among them. But not just erotica and fiction, I’m … Read More

Tweet, Twit, Twa…never mind…

I admit it. I’m a Twitter idiot. I mean, I’m pretty good at deciphering php and css code, can build and tweak templates for my website, finally figured out how to use Facebook (then the *&^%$s switched it around and I’m RElearning it), etc, etc, etc. Twitter, not so much. I’ve got an account, but … Read More

Guest Blogging Today – Characters & Promotions

I’ve got a new free story posted in the Free Reads & Excerpts section of my LesliRichardson.com website, titled, “Of Shuffleboard and B-Negative.” It’s a twist on the traditional vampire tale. Also, today I’m guest-blogging at Lyrical Press: http://lyricalpress.blogspot.com The topic: Characters. Come. First. If you’re a writer, you won’t want to miss it. If … Read More

Whoo hoo, another chance to vote, and Storm Warning!

I’m woefully behind in my updates!!! A huge thank you to all who voted for “Love at First Bight” over at Whipped Cream Reviews, because it DID win the book of the week poll last week! Yippee!! And I’m working on final edits for “Good Will Ghost Hunting: Demon Seed” which is being released by … Read More

"Love at First Bight" Up for Book of the Week!

Two weeks in a row, one of my Tymber Dalton books is up for book of the week at Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews/The Long and the Short of It. Voting is today (3/7) and tomorrow (3/8). http://www.longandshortreviews.com/WC/recentrev.htm “Love at First Bight” (writing as Tymber Dalton) received their Best Book rating in a review! Apparently … Read More

Guest Blogging Today

Feel free to drop by today and read about the daily insurrection at my household. *LOL* I’m guest blogging over at “Over Coffee” with Sia McKye: http://siamckye.blogspot.com/ Thanks!Lesli. (aka Tymber)http://leslirichardson.comhttp://tymberdalton.com