Monthly Archives: March 2013

Writing & the Single Girl, or How’s Your Love Life?

Writing a book is alot like attracting a husband.  Pour yourself a fuzzy pink cocktail, put up your heels & rest awhile.  You savvy gals will see what I mean ;-)! A youthful girl spends many hours primping & fussing, … Continue reading

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Santa Lucia Who’s Who, Part 2

Hi Everyone!  Here’s another little glimpse into the lives of the Santa Lucians featured in STRANGLED BY SILK.  Settle in & visit for awhile. Betty Young — bright & perky twenty-two year old girl.  Her proudest achievement to date is … Continue reading

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Which One’s Barbara, Which One’s Jean?

We’ve had a lot of people asking us about what it’s like to collaborate & work together, who contributes what, how do you combine two perspectives to make on cohesive story that flows well & makes sense. We talk.  A … Continue reading

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Santa Lucia Who’s Who, Part 1

Hi there, guys & dolls!  Here’s a little primer to some of my friends in Santa Lucia! Daphne Huntington-Smythe — fun loving and spontaneous California golden girl in her mid-20’s, with sun-kissed blonde curls & blue eyes, always on the … Continue reading

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What Barbara Jean is Teaching Us

As some of you may know, Barbara Jean Coast is the pseudonym for us — Andrea Taylor & Heather Shkuratoff.  The concept of her started as a joint name to refer to the both of us, but when we came … Continue reading

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