American Cowboy, the Legend

Why do we love the legendary American cowboy? Answer: Because he (or she) is who we want to be. Real cowboys (and cowgirls like Annie Oakley) became romanticized in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, because the public admired the qualities they represented. A 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...

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...

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...

Change happens, so you must live with it

Change isn’t easy. It often takes me a long time to accept change. Once I’m comfortable with things as they are, I balk at doing things differently. But sometimes a person has no choice. Like the time I was called into the HR department and told I was part of the 10% Read More...

Mercer: The Montana McKenna’s

Can a new love comfort Mercer in her grief? Amazon Kindle | iBooks | B&N Nook | Kobo | Paperback Mercer, the youngest child of James McKenna, faces life on the ranch without the support of her father after his tragic death. Things are changing. Her brothers and Read More...

Parker: The Montana McKennas (The Montana Ranchers Book 4)

By Maddie James Pre-order now before its August 4, 2015, release! People die, people change, and sometimes both happen and people fall in love. When Parker McKenna's father dies, he expects life on the ranch to change--whether he wants it to or not. Parker is unsure Read More...

It’s all about persistence and aspiration

My personal trainer told me this week that to lose weight, it takes persistence and aspiration. He probably didn’t use the word “aspiration.” I picked it because it happens to be the name of one of my favorite lesson horses at Premier Stables—Calloway’s Aspiration—aka Dan. Read More...

Throwback Thursday: My first novel contributes to current ones

When I was in junior high school, I wrote my first book. It was a group project dreamed up by my girlfriends and me. You see, we had our own little fan club. I’m dating myself when I tell you the name of the group—the Beatles. We were Beatle fans, which was not uncommon Read More...