I was a reader before I was a writer

Sometime after second grade and by the time I discovered Black Stallion books in the fourth grade, I started loving to read. My ninth grade teacher Mrs. Neff encouraged us to buy and keep books. You can see I have many of them in my library today. Mrs. Neff also Read More...

Montana vacation spurs romance novel ideas

When my husband and I discussed a summer vacation, I suggested Montana. I wanted to see the state where I’d set four books in the The Montana McKenna’s series with Maddie James. Before writing my books, I had researched the Internet for the setting, a dude ranch in Read More...

Write what you know: single moms

In my last blog, I explored how novelists put their experiences into what they write. I also examined the idea in a blog for Gems in the Attic called “Write what you know. It’s fun!” Most of my Bluegrass Reunion Series are books about single moms. The heroines were Read More...

Do you put people you know in your books?

How many times have friends asked me that question? Once the ladies in accounting asked my husband (then my boy friend) if he was the inspiration for my love scenes. He blushed and ran quickly out of the cubicle where they were working. Robert McKee (author of Story: Read More...

The Montana McKennas Boxed Set

Welcome to McKenna Ranch! Buy the ebook! Meet Brody, Callie, Mercer and Parker—the four siblings in the clan of James McKenna, a Montana rancher, and their mom/step mom, Liz. Growing up on the ranch was a great life, until Callie and Parker’s mother passed away, Read More...

Remembering Muhammad Ali

Living in Louisville, Kentucky, I can’t escape the hoopla surrounding the death and funeral of native son, Muhammad Ali. It’s taking place downtown where I work. The Muhammad Ali Center is three blocks from my office building. On Monday when I went to my favorite spot for Read More...

Charming the Professor by Donna MacMeans is a winner

Welcome Donna! Tell us about your new novel. Many years ago I attended the RWA convention in New Orleans.  My roommate and I played hooky from the workshops by heading to the French Quarter for lunch.  We were on Royal St. and saw the shingle for the famous Court of Two Read More...

I found nine books on my keeper shelf written by Roberta Gellis

  This week someone in a published writers’ group email list mentioned that multi-published author Roberta Gellis is ailing. The sad report sent me to my basement bookshelf where I discovered nine copies of Gellis’ books. Back in the day, before I wrote novels, I Read More...

Welcome Constance Walker, Gothic Mystery Writer

Do you love old-fashioned Gothics? I've recently discovered an author new to me and would like to share her with you. *** I think most people play the “what if?” game at one time or another no matter whether it’s a do-over from the past – “what if I had said…?”  or Read More...

Liz: The Montana McKenna’s

She had the one great love of her life. Is she foolish to want another? Amazon Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | B&N Nook | Paperback Liz McKenna’s dreams died along with her husband. Now she’s become the keeper of dreams for others. She’s done everything she can to keep the Read More...