I’m a writer

At my volunteer gig yesterday, I was talking to another volunteer about piano lessons. She gave me advice, and then said to demonstrate her qualifications for that advice—I’m a musician. Wait a minute. I’m a writer—a technical writer by day and a romance writer by night. Read More...

Grab your pre-order of Nom de Plume today!

When the dream of happily-ever-after is shattered, sometimes another door opens. The reviews from my street team readers are starting to come in, and they are positive! Whew! As an author, I breathe a sigh of relief. When you create a story, it’s often hard to see it Read More...

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)

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 big, happy family smashed to pieces, C.B. takes 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...

Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming (book 2)

Kindle | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | 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 to do: help her mother. 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...

Bible Verses Read as US Crew Orbited the Moon

Did you know? On December 24, 1968, in what was the most watched television broadcast at the time, the crew of Apollo 8 read in turn from the Book of Genesis as they orbited the moon. Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman recited verses 1 through 10, using the King Read More...

Betting on Love gets another makeover

Revised and re-edited two times. Last time April 2015. Third time’s the charm! Writing a novel takes a little bit of talent, but a lot of practice. Critique partners, beta readers, and a good editor can provide feedback to make a book better. But, sometimes because the Read More...

Meet multi-published and bestselling author Maddie James

What do you like about writing the Ladies of Legend series? Legend seems to be everyone's favorite town—at least that's what readers and reviewers are saying! It's also one of my favorite towns, and reminds me of my childhood home (a little). Although the setting is Read More...