December 3, 2018

Here’s the Robert Frost poem and the Bruce Lee quote that inspired my title: FIRE IS NICE:

                                                     Fire and Ice...

November 14, 2018

As I write this entry, I’m waiting for the airport shuttle to pick up my husband and me.  We’re leaving San Miguel De Allende (SMA) after 34 days in the city.  We rented a magnificent VRBO about four long blocks away from the old city center. The weather was extraordin...

October 24, 2018

Welcome to my virgin pre-order adventure!

‘They’ tell me if I have some fans, a healthy list of backlist books and a history of putting out a certain number of books per year, I can make pre-ordering work. This is my test case.

To thank you for putting your money on the...

September 4, 2018

In a month, I’ll be attending the InD'Scribe Conference in Burbank, CA (October 4-7).  This year’s MYSTERY theme is perfect for my genre. I’m thrilled my novel, BAD LIES, is competing with five other authors for the RONE award in the Suspense/Thriller category!

While I’...

August 7, 2018

Let the Reader Fill in the Blanks

Readers as well as folks who go to the movies are smart and like solving puzzles.  I wonder if we give our novel ‘audiences’ enough credit for their intelligence and their enjoyment in filling in blanks themselves. Bottom line, do we pr...

July 9, 2018

For the summer months, I’m celebrating the individuals who helped me create my stories.

Without live experts to advise me, I’d be gleaning from Google, hopeful I could sort out fact from fiction, desperate for depth and color.  I depend on Author Samaritans, my blessed...

June 2, 2018

Saying adios to what we knew and embraced as key parts of our culture, is hard.

Once I was entranced by novel openings that drew me slowly into the setting, plot and characters. Today, the with-it author’s task: grab the reader by the throat on page one and drag her alo...

May 14, 2018

All’s right with the world.  I’m hatching a new novel, FIRE IS NICE, and a pair of bluebirds are busily creating new life in their home on our property in California.

When we bought our 1993-built home in 2000, a birdhouse, hammered to a backyard post, came with the pur...

April 8, 2018

Book sales are abysmal, and the ‘normal’ ways we counted on to reach buyers, don’t work anymore.

Facebook has failed us (in too many ways to count) and Twitter has been taken over by politicians and other strident folk. Bookbub is picky and expensive. Amazon keeps chan...

February 10, 2018

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” 
-Cicero 

Before the internet, libraries were our second homes.  Worlds opened up for us through the books we checked out from our community and school libraries; we squinted at microfiche tapes and ski...

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