Spring cleaning and finishing a novel

After I write “the end” on the last page of a manuscript and then send it off to my editor, it’s time to do a bit of spring-cleaning—specifically tossing out all my notes from the current book. The third book of my Bluegrass Homecoming series, Nom de Plume, comes out in Read More...

Nom de Plume: Bluegrass Homecoming (book 3)

Coming July 31, 2017 — Preorder Today 99 cents Amazon | B&N Nook | iBooks | Kobo Devoted homemaker and mother C.B Lyons hadn’t known she was living a lie, right up until the moment when she caught her husband cheating. Betrayed and then divorced, with her dreams of a Read More...

Good people find their way to Alley Cat Advocates

Good people are everywhere. I’m reminded of the fact every time I volunteer for Alley Cat Advocates. Several years ago, I lost my volunteer opportunity when a therapeutic riding facility closed. I’d volunteered at lessons there for five years. Looking around for another Read More...

My Lord Raven has a long backstory

Writing my medieval and bringing it to publication has been quite a process. I started in 1995 with an idea. The first chapter won the Wisconsin Romance Writers’ historical contest in 1997 where it garnered this quote from editor Micki Nuding, “The clean writing was a pure Read More...

Personal appearances in 2017

I've scheduled a few upcoming book signings. It's fun to meet readers in person, not just online. Come and join me if you're in the area. My favorite book signings were the ones I did with Maddie James back in the day when we wrote for Precious Gems. A few Gems authors Read More...

My Lord Raven: Knights of the Royal Household

Amazon Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | B&N England, the Welsh Border Lands, 1283 To protect what little family she has left, Lady Catrin Fitzalan switches places with her cousin when King Edward orders the pious girl to wed his royal champion, a vicious knight called the Read More...

Christmas Memories

Why do we run ourselves ragged before the Christmas holidays? Why do we shop until we drop? Decorate the house inside and out? Fret over new Elf on the Shelf locations? Because we have wonderful Christmas memories of family gatherings at grandmother’s house, toys from Read More...

Writing Secrets—Release Day

Sometimes books take many paths to publication. I wrote the novel Secrets a few years ago, choosing to explore a romance about a woman caught between the past and her desire to create a new life for herself. I wanted to submit the manuscript to a traditional publisher, Read More...

Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming (book 2)

For a limited time only on Kindle Unlimited! Kindle | Paperback Schoolteacher Kelly Baron raised her child alone. Now that her daughter’s grown and married, Kelly can finally start her new life in North Carolina, responsible only for herself. She has just one more thing Read More...

Perspective: we’ve always had it hard

In 2012, I wrote a blog called Recalling History Gives Meaning to Today. The blog reflected on my book A Groovy Christmas and the history of 1968 I had researched when writing it. I won’t lie. I remember 1968 vividly. I was a carefree teenager back then. I thought about Read More...