Friday, October 29, 2021

Holiday Themed Books by Laura Scott


Good morning! I'm back today to discuss books with a holiday theme. Do you choose books around a particular holiday? Or doesn't it matter?

Every year during these last three months of October, November and December the sales channels are flooded with Christmas stories. That's a good thing, right? Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate and I know readers absolutely adore these stories. 

But what about the other holidays?  Thanksgiving? Easter? Fourth of July? New Year's Eve? I rarely see these holidays being showcased in romance stories. Is that because there isn't much interest from the readers? Or more that these holidays aren't as much fun to write?

We generally celebrate Thanksgiving at our house, which is wonderful. It's a time to truly look back at the year and to thank God for all of our blessings. I haven't written a Thanksgiving story in a long time, maybe that's something to think about for next year.

Share your thoughts on holiday themed stories. And of course, I did write a Christmas Novella this year,  to finish up my Smoky Mountain Secrets series. Caitlyn's Christmas releases on November 2nd and will be $0.99 through Christmas.

Will she survive to celebrate Christmas?


When an injured cat runs across the road, Caitlyn doesn’t hesitate to rescue the feline. But she isn’t prepared to witness a brutal murder. She slips away, only to lock eyes with the murderer, recognizing him as someone she’d seen earlier. Now the killer knows who she is, too. Caitlyn calls her cop friend Devon Rainer for advice, humbled when he agrees to protect her. 


Devon is concerned about Caitlyn’s safety, especially after they return to the scene of the crime to find the dead woman gone without a trace. The escalating attacks against Caitlyn, prove the killer intends to silence anyone who can identify him. Devon’s priority is to keep Caitlyn safe, while finding the killer. Will they survive long enough to celebrate Christmas and their newfound love?


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Until next time, Laura Scott

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Trick or Treat - by Magdalena Scott

Aaack! How can my favorite month be almost over?

Our community's official trick or treat is set for the evening of Saturday the 30th. Many local groups are hosting trunk or treats in their parking lots. At least one of those is a drive-through. In 2020, due to covid, trick or treat mostly didn't happen here. I'll be interested to see whether the usual numbers of candy customers show up at the doors of folks who turn on their front porch lights to advertise: Get your sugar fix here!

In my book, A Piece of Her Soul, something frightening happens on Halloween. (Don't worry, it'll be okay. Happy ending guaranteed!)

For only 99 cents, you can buy the ebook version of A Piece of Her Soul by clicking BUY WITH COUPON. This offer is available exclusively at Smashwords during their Halloween promotion.

A PIECE OF HER SOUL: Sweet romance meets light paranormal. Don’t miss Autumn in Serendipity!

Nick Marshall has a hole in his soul, and Jacqueline must help him find the missing piece. Their teenage history in the gossipy town of Serendipity compounds the situation, as Jacqueline’s visit to help her injured mother turns into something more.

The little town hasn’t changed much. The gossip tree still has branches and roots everywhere, most folks remember the town’s past better than they can imagine its future, and the autumn colors are more beautiful than anywhere Jacqueline has traveled in the years since she left.

Jacqueline’s gift is needed here, but she won’t risk her heart, or put her family in the spotlight, by staying.

Click here to get your ebook of A Piece of Her Soul and choose BUY WITH COUPON--only at Smashwords.

A Piece of Her Soul is Book 7 in the Serendipity, Indiana series but can also be read as a standalone with its own happily ever after.

So, tell me: what is your trick-or-treat methodology this year?

Magdalena Scott


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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Laurel kidnaps her younger sister and whisks her off to the mountains in an effort to make her see reason. But dealing with the rebellious teen is a bigger job than Laurel imagines and her plan quickly goes awry. Then one handsome forest ranger named Michael shows up just in the nick of time!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Thanks for first responders!

Here in northern California, wildfire has become an unfortunate part of our lives. Signs are up in many locations thanking firefighters and other first responders for their amazing work. I couldn't agree more. The crowds of workers who have come to help have not been able to save every home or even every community, but they've done outstanding work in saving so much and so many lives. I am grateful.

This past week, I had even more personal reasons for gratitude. Early one morning, I felt uneasy and went into the kitchen hoping to settle my stomach. One moment, I was at the kitchen counter opening a can of seltzer water. The next, I was waking up on the floor wondering what happened. 

When my husband saw my condition, he called in reinforcements. I had the opportunity to meet a handful of firefighters, an ambulance crew, and a number of folks on two different shifts in the Emergency Department at our local hospital. 

All of these fine first responders treated me with respect, sensitivity and total kindness. No one berated me for the unwise decisions that probably led to my circumstance. All were professional, thorough, and completely, totally kind. I couldn't have asked for better treatment.

I came home that same morning and have done very well in healing, The results are not pretty, but I have no doubt I am on my way to full recovery. And as we approach the month of thanksgiving, I am more grateful than I can say for the wonderful folks who helped along the way. Thanks, First Responders!

Susan Aylworth is the author of more than 20 novels. The second book in her Christmas Town series, St. Nick Comes to Christmas Town, will be on sale for 99c early in November, and Book 3, Kisses and Kittens in Christmas Town, will be on 99c sale early in December. Over the Rainbow, a prequel to the Rainbow Rock Romances, is available free to everyone who subscribes to her newsletter on her website: Contact her on her Facebook author page or via or join her on Twitter @Susan Aylworth. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

What Makes You Smile? by Pat Simmons

 I'm smiling as I write this blog. Dogs really are a family's best friend. When the lockdown  because of pandemic began, my daughter States away from home alone. Neither my son nor daughter are married, and have children.. 

"Mom, COVID is hard on single people living in an apartment."

As the Stay-at-Home order continued, my daughter, Simi, decided it was time to get a dog--miniature goldendoddle  when he was weaned from his mother at six weeks. I said snickerdoddle for the longest. Lol.  He has taught my daughter that she needs sharpen her parenting skills (another smile, actually belly-aching laughter). Pictures and videos of each stage of his development has been met with fascination, humor and aw moments.

Months ago, Avery learned the power of his bark and he tested it on anyone walking outside her door or outside on the sideway. It was hilarious, because his bark is bigger than his bite.

So here's to celebrate his first birthday, Dr. Avery Bennett Simmons and his best friend Buddy.

Whenever Simi calls and relays his antics, I have to laugh. When they fly home for Thanksgiving, if the Lord wills, I'll have a doggie bed waiting for him and a toy.
Yep, this is our fearless little thirteen pound tiger unless it's a bigger dog. :)
Made you smile!

Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author with more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a four-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance: Still Guilty, Crowning Glory, The Confession, and Christmas Dinner. Pat’s first inspirational women’s fiction, Lean On Me, with Sourcebooks, was the February/March Together We Read Digital Book Club pick for the national library system. Here for You and Stand by Me are also part of the Family is Forever series. Her holiday indie release, Christmas Dinner, and traditionally published, Here for You, were featured in Woman’s World, a national magazine. Here for You was also listed in the “7 Great Reads That Help to Keep the Faith” by Sisters From AARP. She contributed an article, “I’m Listening” in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’m Speaking Now (2021).

As a Christian, Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and worked in various positions in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. She oversaw the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions for fourteen years. Visit her at


Here' s a #throwback!

Remember the candy 'NOW and LATER'? It was a sweet treat. Well, I've got some 'NOW and LATER' reads that are sweet and Christian-theme romance stories. Queen's Surrender is out NOW. In a few weeks, LATER, Stand by Me will be released...then my annual Christmas story is waiting in the wings...Waiting for Christmas. Please support, share, and post reviews. Thanks in advance.

Friday, October 22, 2021


BITTER AUTUMN, Clean Mystery Romance
by Lyn Cote

Usually 3.99 ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS THROUGH Saturday Oct 23rd

 When Grey returns to his small Wisconsin hometown to care for his beloved great-aunt, he’s determined to seek forgiveness for his past. But as he falls into an unlikely romance, danger looms on the horizon… A suspenseful love story from a Carol Award–winning author!

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Meddling Grandmas by Janice Lynn

 Hi, y'all! Before I sat down to write this post, I was discussing my upcoming release, Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope and some meddling grandmas who are in the story.

Grammy Claudia and Grandma Ruby saw some sparks between Andrew & Morgan and had no qualms about fanning the flames. It got me to thinking about my own grandparents. None of them were meddling. At least, if they were, they were so sly about it that I never noticed--which might be the case. I'm so blessed that I still have my grandma on my dad's side.

She lives with my parents and is as sharp as ever. I'm positive that her memory is better than mine. I love to talk with her, ask stories about her childhood, and her life. Prior to my grandfather passing, my sister and I interviewed them and recorded it. I learned so many things that I now cherish knowing--such as that the first time she rode in a car was on her way to her wedding to my Papa. The driver had to pull over so she could throw up because she got car sick. She was convinced that everyone that she was pregnant because of that even though she wasn't. Or that on the day they met one of the first things she said to him was that he needed to go to church. I also never knew that while growing up she wanted to be a writer. Possibly silly little things, but I truly treasure those tidbits about their lives. In Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope, Andrew has cherished memories with his Grandma Ruby such as their singing Elvis songs together and how she's a great cook. Morgan recalls spending Christmases with her Grammy Claudia and those memories give her the warm fuzzies. Like them, I have some great memories with my grandmothers (and grandfathers). What are some of your favorite memories of your grandparents? Were you grandparents meddlers? Or, if you're a grandma, like me now (woot! woot!) are you a meddler? 
 Yes, y'all totally knew I was going to work in a photo of Kian, right? LOL. So, he's a little young for me to meddle with the best of intentions, but maybe someday if this amazing young lady comes along and he needs a little encouragement.... ;)

Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope coming October 26, 2021 from Hallmark Publishing
Buy Your Copy HERE

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, & Publishers Weekly Bestselling author JANICE LYNN lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming and their princes and princesses, her vivid imagination, an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true royalty of the house, and bunches of unnamed dust bunnies that moved in after Janice started her writing career. In addition to writing romance, Janice is a nurse practitioner, a quilter, an exercise queen, a military mama, and an avid supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Just kidding on the exercise queen.   WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS & WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS JOY are available at AMAZON Barnes & Noble WALMART

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Taking a Break by Merri Maywether

This October, Randy and I took a weekend hiatus from teaching and writing to visit our sons, Chris and Charlie, in Arizona. Chris is thirty-one, and Charlie is twenty-eight years old.  

When they were little, our weekends were wrapped up in attending their school events. So the weekend was a visit to routines of the past. 

In the weeks leading up to our trip, we planned. 

Chris and Charlie wanted comfort food. Meatloaf, roast beef, and barbecue chicken. And, nary a vegetable was requested, so I planned on having a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. 

Because it was a whirlwind weekend, I made all the meals in the crockpot. We’d go out for the day and return to the house to have a hearty meal and play games. The raw fruit and veggies turned into great nibbling food.

On Friday, we visited the interactive Van Gogh exhibit in Scottsdale, AZ. I studied art history in college but didn’t do anything as clever as study Van Gogh’s self-portraits side by side. 

I was awed.

Vincent Van Gogh captured the aging process in every picture.

The way he used color to capture sound and motion was a testament to his genius.

The exhibit was touching, inspiring and prompted me to question; What stories will inspire people one and two hundred years from now? 

The adventure continued the next day with a viewing of Hamilton.

A year ago, we were in our own homes, talking every weekend, for hours, on zoom. 

I told the boys about watching Hamilton on Disney Plus. Seeing their reactions to the live show made it that much better.

They talked about both shows for the remainder of the weekend. Yes, a mom win!

I boarded the plane back to Montana with a healed heart and mind full of ideas for stories. 

I also was awakened with a keen awareness. Sometimes the cure for a tired heart can be found in the easiest place —with family.

Now that I've shared my story. I have a question for you. What are some things you do to fill your well when you feel yourself getting tired?

p.s. Here is an easy recipe for roast beef in the crockpot. We had no leftovers.

Merri Maywether lives with her husband in rural Montana. You can find her in the town's only coffee house listening to three generations of Montanans share their stories. Otherwise, she's in the classroom or the school library, inspiring the next generation's writers.

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A Sweet October Read by Merri Maywether

🥣 Start with a mixed-up meet-cute set in small-town Montana

 ðŸ¥„Add some community fundraisers and holiday activities.

👪 Combine them with a close-knit family

🎃 and we have a sweet holiday romance.  

For a limited time, Paradise Hills Trick or Treat is available for 99¢ at your favorite online retailer. 


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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Vickie McDonough

Three Complete Novels

In the rugged North Dakota Badlands, the three McFarland siblings struggle to make their ranch a success.

Wild at Heart

Dime novelist Mariah resents Adam McFarland claiming her facts about the West are wrong. At his invitation, she

heads to his ranch in North Dakota. But when her train is robbed, and a man is shot trying to help her, she makes sure he gets home. When he turns out to be the very man she came to visit, she is shocked into silence about her identity.

As she falls for the troubled cowboy who has his own secrets, will the truth ruin their blossoming romance?

Outlaw Heart

When Deputy Marshal Brett Wickham's younger brother is killed in a bank robbery, he goes after the gang

responsible. However, a bear attack lands him badly wounded in the gang's hideout, with Lottie Salinger nursing him. The woman seems too kind and caring to be an outlaw, but the evidence against her is strong. When Brett starts to

care for her, he wonders if he can still do his job. Will justice prevail or will love win out?

Straight for the Heart

When the mail-order bride his grandmother secretly ordered for him doesn't arrive, Quinn McFarland is

relieved. But the only way to keep her from ordering another one is to find his own wife-and fast. When the sheriff suggests Quinn marry the gal in his jail, he balks. Marriage to Sarah could solve Quinn's need for a wife and fix Sarah's problems--but dare he marry an outlaw?

    Laura Scott

Will she ever escape her past?

Jayme Weston has come a long way from the abusive foster home run by the Preacher. While living on the streets, she’s done her best to protect her younger foster sister, Caitlyn while managing to survive and thrive. Now Caitlyn is living on her own, and Jayme finds herself at loose ends—until she is targeted by several suspicious fires.

Arson Investigator Linc Quade doesn’t understand why this particular firebug isn’t following a typical arson pattern. And the beautiful redhead isn’t nearly as forthcoming as he’d like. As the attempts against Jayme escalate, Linc becomes more determined than ever to protect her. Falling in love wasn’t a part of his plan. But when the elusive arsonist manages to kidnap Jayme, Linc knows time is running out. Will he find and rescue her, before it’s too late?

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Kimberly Rose Johnson Asks: What is Your Favorite Candy?

I don't know about you, but October is one of those months when I have candy on the brain. I was very tempted to pull over and visit Sees Candy the other day, but I resisted and kept driving.

Do you have a favorite candy that's hard for you to say no to?

In my Librarian Sleuth series, my main character Nancy Daley loves M&Ms. She and I have that in common. 

The first two books in that series are available in a bargain collection that's currently only 99¢ or free with Kindle Unlimited. Here's the blurb for the first book.

The Sleuth's Miscalculation

Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff's department. When license plates go missing in Tipton County, she's on the case.

Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone expects Tipton, Oregon to be a sleepy small-town, but he miscalculated. To make matters worse, he's forced to consult with the Sheriff's daughter who is only an amateur sleuth. When the minor case they are working morphs into something more, things quickly go from harmless to scary.

Can they solve the mystery before it's too late, and more importantly, what will they do about their growing attraction.

Available at Amazon.

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest USA. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance and romantic mystery and suspense with a heart.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Journey of a Book Series

If you like to read books in a series, have you ever considered what elements can create a series? Sometimes it can be family. Sometimes a series comes from a location. Other times a series might involve brides, animals, a common cause, or sports, just to name a few. A series might have a combination of these elements.

My Kellersburg series is a combination of family and a town that tie the books together. Eventually my Kellersburg series will have six books. Right now I'm plugging away on book number five, HOMETOWN HERO. How does a series grow? I started with two sisters, Juliane and Elise Keller, who are the heroines of books one and two respectively. The Kellers are the descendants of Kellersburg's founding fathers. In books one and two the reader becomes familiar with Nathan, who is the cousin of Juliane and Elise. He is the hero of book number three. The heroine of book three first appears in book one. Book four is about Nathan's sister, Caroline. Maisey, the heroine of the book I'm working on now, is a friend of Caroline's, and the last book will feature Maisey's brother, Wes. Although I started with the Keller family, the series branched out to friends who live in Kellersburg. 

I don't see the series going beyond six books, but I never know when a secondary character might cry out to have his or her story told. Some authors plan out their series much like they plot their books. I not only write my books by the seat of my pants, but I do the same with my series. I might know the beginning characters of a series, but new characters often appear as I write. 

What kind of a series appeals to you? What elements do you like to read?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Free Book!


Winter's Secret, 

Clean Mystery Romance

by Lyn Cote

In a small Wisconsin town, a record-breaking winter brings a series of disturbing crimes. 

The new sheriff and home health nurse will do anything to stop whoever is responsible. 

All the while they’ll try not to do something even more dangerous--fall in love. 

With God’s help, can they crack the bone-chilling mystery — and the secrets to their own hearts?

Welcome to Steadfast, Wisconsin, a small town 

whose people and mysteries you may never forget~

Click here to learn more. Lyn Cote

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte by Cindy Flores Martinez


I love pumpkin spice latte, but every year, I buy it only a couple of times. I worry that the ingredients aren’t good for me. That’s why I was thrilled to find recipes for a healthy, guilt-free alternative.

At first, it sounded too good to be true. I didn’t think a guilt-free version of pumpkin spice latte would taste anything like the real thing, but I decided to try it anyway.

After experimenting with the ingredients and making my own adjustments, I was impressed. I settled on a mixture that reminds me of my favorite one from a popular restaurant. The difference is that this version is a little healthier.

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

3/4 cup almond milk

2 TB canned pumpkin puree

2 to 3 TB maple syrup

1/4 vanilla extract

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together in a coffee cup and heat in the microwave.



Cindy Flores Martinez is a USA Today bestselling author who writes sweet and Christian Romance. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world. You can learn more about her at:

Monday, October 11, 2021

Happy Fall, Y’all! by Josie Riviera

I am here to say, (in my most Southern accent), Happy Fall, Y'all!

I am originally from upstate New York, but my family and I relocated to the Carolinas over twenty years ago.   If you've ever visited, you'll soon realize it's hard not to become a little Southern. The hospitality is as sweet as our tea, and everyone is welcome.

Now that Autumn has arrived, porch sitting has become more bearable, and we love nothing more. This past summer in the Carolinas has been hot! But now we can take in the day from a rocker on the porch and catch up with the neighbors.

As the cooler weather arrives and the leaves begin to change, the smell of bonfires fills the evening air. Tourists flock to the area for Fall festivals, such as the State Fairs and the Renaissance Faire. 
Both are such fun events!
Fall is a wonderful time to live in the Carolinas.

What do you and your family love best about the Fall season? Please leave your comments below.

Are you starting to think about Christmas? If you love sweet contemporary holiday romance, be sure to pick up your copy of Sweet Peppermint Kisses.  The ebook is only 99¢ on a Kindle Countdown sale. (U.S. residents only.)

There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction…

Available in ebook, paperback, large print paperback, audiobook, and Hardcover.

Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband.  They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Hear! Hear! Audio Books! by Christine Bush

 I’ve been an avid reader for all of my life.  In the early days, I’d always have at least one book stashed in my pocketbook in case “down time” appeared in my day.

On my bed stand, I had the often discussed “to be read” pile of stories by my favorite authors.  At times, I might even be reading more than one at a time.

Then the Kindle appeared on the scene, and in a flash, it was filled with a zillion books, easy to carry around and ready for any occasion.

I come right down the middle in the “kindle vs paper book” discussion.  I’ve decided it’s an “and”.  I like them both.

Reading, reading reading!

But then the pandemic hit, the library temporarily closed, and the zoom phenomena began. For a long time, my life was on screen.  I was writing on line, teaching zoom classes on line, reading those zillion books loaded on the Kindle. I was holding meetings of many types on line, reading college students’ electronically submitted assignments  and papers on line, communicating with friends and family in little zoom boxes…

After a while, it was clear that my eyes were feeling the strain.

Enter Audible books.

It was such a thrill to be able to download some of my favorite author’s stories.  I could sit back, close my eyes, and LISTEN.  And rest my  tired eyes.  What a joy!

So then, I had to learn how to bring my own stories to the audio world.  What an experience! Auditioning readers, hearing my work read out loud, I faced the learning curve. Exciting!

Three novellas are available so far..


Christmas Holly Christmas Holly (Audible Audio Edition): Christine Bush, Ann Bumbak, Christine Bush: Audible Books & Originals

Christmas Rose Christmas Rose (Audible Audio Edition): Christine Bush, Annika Connor, Christine Bush: Audible Books & Originals

Meddling Mona Meddling Mona (Audible Audio Edition): Christine Bush, Ann Bumbak, Christine Bush: Audible Books & Originals


Go check them out!  The first time you order from Audible, the book is free.  Give your eyeballs a break! I’d love to hear what you think. 


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!