my love is too complicated . . .

On a recent movie-going trip I really enjoyed It’s Complicated, with Meryl Streep,  Alec Baldwin and a surprisingly likeable Steve Martin.  I won’t give the story away, but it was refreshing  to see romance between some very mature folks.  Alec Baldwin was particularly hilarious as an aging enfant terrible.

We need more stories like this for old broads like me.  It made me think of writing Jasper and Katherine’s story (see Thorne/Ward series ) and publishing it online myself.  What do you think?


They hate me, they really hate me . . .

This afternoon I tooled over to BN.com to peruse the state of my books online–something I do with less frequently than I used to since I haven’t had a book out in a while (sniff!).  Anyway, I noticed I had a new 1 star reviefor the reprint of my first book, Spellbound.  ONE star????   Okay, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but the critic implied that I or my family and friends must have written all the other four and five star reviews since my book just sucked.  Honestly, I don’t think I fudged any reviews for my own books (hell, I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning) but I damn sure know I’ve never asked anyone to write me a favorable review (except for quotes from writers after they read the books in question).

Oy,  I suppose I’m much more disturbed by the implication that folks lied for me than that one reader was dissatisfied enough to post the same review on Amazon, too.   Just one more thing for writers to put up with.

Hope you are having a happier end of the year wherever you are!


Coming out of the reiki closet . . .

Reiki_SymbolIt’s been about a month since I came back from the 15th annual reiki retreat held in upstate New York.  For those of you who don’t know reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a technique for healing and spiritual development (re)discovered in Japan over a century ago.  It is a form of hands-on healing and connection with life force energy (called ki, chi, prana and other names in a variety of cultures).

One of the topics we discussed was living authentically, being true to who we are, not hiding our proverbial lights underneath bushels.  On the other hand, when I started in this business, someone very wise told me to never let readers know too much about myself since no matter what I revealed someone was sure to object to it.

Of course, this was in the days before blogging became commonplace and people twittered the minutia of their lives every minute.  These days, everyone seems to know everything about everyone else.  So what the hay (or is it hey?).

Yes, I’ll admit it.  I am reiki.  I had my first attunement in 2004 and am now an Usui/Tibetan and Karuna reiki master teacher.  A reiki master is not someone who masters reiki, but one who allows reiki to master them.  Reiki is not a religion, a cult or anything else crazy.  We do not sell Amway (well, maybe some of us do).

If this sounds freaky to you, forget I said anything.  If you would like to learn more, please join me at my new blog reiki4writers.  I’ll be discussing energy work and other esoteric topics and how they relate to writing and living the writers life.  If you’d like to join me on my slouch toward enlightenment (can’t go from Bronx girl to Bodhisattva overnight), you can join me at my other blog, on a mission from Goddess.  You’ll meet my alter ego, Devi, the one who’s writing a paranormal mystery.  This website blog will be just for writing announcements and such.


And you thought you had problems

There’s nothing more I can say that you won’t see in the following clip –except ow!  my womb hurts!  LOL


Hooray for Bollywood (in a book)

TheSariShopWidowThat’s how Shoban Bantwal describes her latest book, The Sari Shop Widow (Kensington Books, ISBN:  13: 9780758232021). You know from my Vibrant Voices (which I’ll be starting again in February) that I love hearing from ALL sorts of folks.

I haven’t finished the book yet, but I wanted to entice you with a bit of a blurb for the book and a bit of video.  Here first, the blurb:

Pungent curry. . .sweet fried onions. . .incense. . .colorful beads. . .lush fabrics. Shobhan Bantwal’s compelling new novel is set on the streets of Edison, New Jersey’s Little India, where a young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love and family. . .

Since becoming a widow at age twenty-seven, Anjali Kapadia has devoted herself to transforming her parents’ sari shop into a chic boutique, brimming with exquisite jewelry and clothing. Now, ten years later, it stands out like a proud maharani amid Edison’s bustling Little India. But when Anjali learns the shop is on the brink of bankruptcy, she feels her world unraveling. . .

To the rescue comes Anjali’s wealthy, dictatorial Uncle Jeevan and his business partner, Rishi Shah-a mysterious Londoner, complete with British accent, cool gray eyes, and skin so fair it makes it hard to believe he’s Indian. Rishi’s cool, foreign demeanor triggers distrust in Anjali and her mother. But for Anjali, he also stirs something else, a powerful attraction she hasn’t felt in a decade. And the feeling is mutual. . .

Love disappointed Anjali once before and she’s vowed to live without it-though Rishi is slowly melting her resolve and, as the shop regains its footing, gaining her trust. But when a secret from Rishi’s past is revealed, Anjali must turn to her family and her strong cultural upbringing to guide her in finding the truth.

Here’s the book trailer:

Not for nothing, but isn’t Uncle Jeevan a dead ringer for Lazar Woolf from Fiddler on the Roof?

To find out more about Shoban and her books, check out her website.


Keeping you in suspense

For all you writers who visit my site looking for info on how to write romantic suspense, the wait is over!

Starting October 19th, I will be teaching my romantic suspense class.

Here’s the description:

Fall Suspense Thing Writing Workshop is now accepting students!!!

National bestselling, Emma-award winning author for Romance Suspense Deirdre Savoy will be facilitating this month-long workshop set to begin the week of October 19. This workshop is for authors wanting to learn the basic craft of writing romantic suspense or those seeking to add a bit of dramatic spice to any novel.

Course syllabus:

October 19: What is suspense–how do you achieve it and how do you use it:

October 25: Dark suspense vs. light suspense–how to create the effect you want

November 3: The devil in the details–making suspense believable.

November 10: Love on the run–how to use suspense to heighten the romance and vice versa.

Each week, a lecture and assignment will be posted. Completion and posting of assigned work for peer review is not mandatory but advised if students want to get the most from the class.

Who should take this course:

–first time R/S authors looking to learn the basics

–R/S authors looking to hone their craft

–any author interested in taking their writing to new levels

How to register:

Apply for group membership here. You will receive an e-mail telling you how to make payment. Once tuition is received, you will be added to the group.

Tuition: $25. (First 5 students to complete registration will receive a free synopsis critique.


The witch is back!!!

Mea culpa. Lo siento mucho. I apologize profusely. Folks have told me they haven’t been able to reach me.


I hadn’t planned on disappearing. Unfortunately, my gmail account got corrupted in a way I still don’t understand and can’t access on the computer I used to use in the same way.

I have had sooo much going on that real life overtook the life of my fiction and my communication with you all. I’ve had to deal with folks getting ill, folks falling down and not getting up, myself catching the (ahem) tail end of the piggie fluj-like that afflicted us here in New York. On the flip side, I’ve also been healed of an illness I’ve been dealing with since childhood and discovered I have a calling  I hadn[t anticipated (more on that at a later date).

But I’m back hoping all of you will forgive me for not posting the results of the contest sooner (again, couldn’t access mail) but it is up now. Congrats to our winner Phyllis Lamken.  Way to go!

I’m also announcing the classes I’ll be teaching this summer and fall. First, we’ll have a little summer suspense thing. In September I’ll focus on helping you make your love scenes sizzle.

So thanks for your concern folks. You can always reach me on my contact me page.

Until next time —

Get into your most comfortable reading chair, take off your shoes, turn off the phone and let Ms. Savoy's incredible talent take you away. --Debra Ross, Romance in Color

A skewed sense of humor has kept me sane through 10+ years of teaching and almost as many writing. I invite you to come in and look around. Leave a comment if you like. My goal is to leave you with a smile on your face and a few new thoughts to mull over. If you like the blog, please tell your friends. If not, tell your enemies.

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