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Robin Van Auken writes articles about the people, places and things that inspire her to write contemporary fiction.

Get a Great Night’s Sleep

Have you, your family, or a friend ever had difficulty sleeping? For years, I’ve struggled with going to sleep and remaining asleep. I would lie awake for hours, agonizing over my “To Do” list or tasks I hadn’t completed. Drift Off to Sleep I’ve found a solution that works for me, and it’s been working…

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Weapon of Love

I discovered an interesting newspaper article from 1918 on the subject of women spies, and thought it might be fun to share with readers of my blog. While transcribing the article from the scanned (public domain)  newspaper, I couldn’t help but think the topic would make for a great short story. Someday, I may add…

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Social Media Symphony

My coffee is getting cold because my hands are busy conducting my morning ritual — a social media symphony — to pick up the mug. I’m typing non-stop, my fingers hovering over the keyboard, pausing briefly to click the mouse and flip from one Internet browser tab to another. In my mind, I can almost…

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Cold Hands, Warm Heart

“Cold Hands, Warm Heart” is a myth that scientists have busted. According to the U.K. Telegraph, “The old adage that cold hands often conceal a warm heart has been dispelled by scientists, after they found how physically warm you are has a direct correlation to how nice you are to people.” Researchers at Yale University…

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It’s OK to Be Nosey

Few people realize that their sense of smell is a most important tool when selecting a lover. Scientists have discovered that smell can attract and can repel a female, and when she is close to ovulating, that sense of smell is especially heightened. What’s even more astonishing is that humans can identify 10,000 different odors,…

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Hottest Love

  I doubt Socrates really said, “The hottest love has the coldest end.” During the past 2,500 years, something surely was lost in translation by Plato. Regardless, I’m sure many of us can agree with the logic. I recall my first “hottest love.” I was 16 when I first noticed the athletic guy jogging along…

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Interview: Tina Klinesmith Blog

Author Interview Posted on January 30, 2013 by Tina Klinesmith Posted in Real Work I’m really excited to have fellow romance author (Robin Van Auken, writing as Madeline Sloane) with us this week to talk about her upcoming project, Incandescent. If you haven’t read her other romance novels, be sure to check them out on her…

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Trigger Words

Sometimes my husband says the wrong thing. He’ll make statements that contain trigger words such as, “obsess,” “scream,” “always” and “never.” We’ve all heard these words before, and the reason they drive us crazy is because they contain a trace of truth. Today, he advised me not to “… obsess too much about it. I…

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Snow Daze

It’s been an interesting week in the Northeast United States. In just a few days, we’ve had more than a foot of snow in the Pennsylvania Highlands. It’s the kind of snow that lays thick and wet and weighs down the evergreen boughs. It’s a pretty picture, but it’s a pain in the rear for…

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Book Envy

I’m nearly there. As of today, I’ve read  93 books toward my goal of 104 books in the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge. I seldom participate in online challenges because I have a problem committing. I tease my husband (of 32 years!) that I’m still not sure we’re right for each other. I refuse to watch…

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eBook Hoarding

I’m an eBook hoarder. With so many authors offering books to promote a series, I find myself hanging out on Pixel of Ink, World Literary Cafe, Kindle Author, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, snatching up books while they’re free. I’ll click on a free eBook link regardless of the genre and download it to…

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Interview: Dee Ann Waite Blog

Thursday, July 5, 2012 I first met Robin Van Auken (writing as Madeline Sloane) on Goodreads. You see, I’m preparing to launch my first novel and needed some advice on pre-launch marketing. So I closed my eyes and threw a dart and it landed on her. I asked my question and was instantly impressed with…

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Behind the Scenes: Peachys

Peachys is the heart of Eaton despite its location on the outskirts of the town. (Of course, it’s a fictitious place, just like Eaton, but figures in nearly all the novels in my Eaton romance series.) Once a mom-and-pop operation, Peachys opened its doors in the early 1840s, first as a feed store. Once it evolved into a…

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Behind the Scenes: Eaton

Eaton is a fictitious place, a loose conglomeration of several towns in Central Pennsylvania, and is the setting for many of the stories within my novels. Characters are either from Eaton or nearby towns, or visit the city. Now that you know the city is not a real place, let me describe it and the surrounding area:…

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Burning Socks a Mariner’s Tradition

This week, we’ll burn our socks. It’s a tradition in the maritime community to celebrate Spring, which begins in the Northern Hemisphere on the vernal equinox, March 20, 2012, at 1:14 a.m. EST. So why do we burn socks? Despite the fact that we’re landlocked, we love boats. We also qualify because, until last year, we owned…

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A New Takei on Feminist Perspective

Although she didn’t intend to do it, Anita Sarkeesian tossed a pie in my face this morning. I deserved it. Sarkeesian is a media critic specializing in pop culture. You can find her feminist/fan-girl commentaries on her website, www.FeministFrequency.com. The day after Valentine’s Day, she posted a video “The 2012 Oscars and The Bechdel Test.”…

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Interview: Supporting Authors One Read at a Time

Supporting Authors One Read at a Time Robin Van Auken (writing as Madeline Sloane) is the author of Distracted, East of Eaton and West Wind. She discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on the popular Supporting Authors One Read at a Time blog by author Eri Nelson.   Q: Where are you…

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Show Me the Dowry

  This is a witty, sweet book that gave me the impression that titled yet penniless, bachelors of the Regency are similar to the athletes we worship today. Instead of football or baseball, however, their game is to land a bride whose large dowry will restore the entailed, crumbling family castle and provide a male…

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I Don’t Wanna Be a Stink Bug

I’m a bad influence. The other day, my dear friend dropped by with a cheesecake and said she could only stay for a few minutes. She had promised her “peace rally” friends she would join them and bring dessert. Instead, she sat on the deck with me and my husband for a couple hours, eating…

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You Can Have It All!

With the release of my second and third novels, I figured it would be good idea to bundle them into a trilogy.  I mean, why buy books one at a time when you can have them all for one low price? Now you can read my contemporary romance novels, “Distracted,” “East of Eaton” and “West…

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