Friday, May 8, 2015

The Greatest of These is LOVE

One of my brothers had been in a car accident 15 years ago that left him paralyzed. Due to an infection, he had to have his right leg amputated a few weeks ago, so my sister and I flew out to San Diego to see him last Sunday. Upon our arrival, other than offering moral support, there didn’t seem to be anything tangible we could do for him or his girlfriend, until they told us they were planning on getting married, but with his medical issues it just hadn’t happened yet. (The two had known each other in high school and re-connected again nine years ago off the website Classmates! How cool is that?)

Well, give two women from Minnesota a purpose, 48 hours, and VISA cards, and nothing is impossible! 

We hit the ground running—I mean driving. The first line of business was a rental car because the hotel shuttle van was not going to take us all the places we needed to go. With wheels, a GPS, and a list, there was no stopping us! Once the Pastor and marriage license were secured, the real fun began!

Word spread throughout the hospital, and let me tell you, nurses do a whole lot more than they will ever get credit for! Decorations were made, a room arranged, even a surgery rescheduled! The charge nurse’s husband rode his bike across town for a suit for the groom, the hospital kitchen made a three course meal, an ICU nurse (who is also a professional photographer) came in on his day off to take pictures, and the music…oh, my, but there are some talented singers at the UC Medical Center San Diego! The songs they sang didn’t leave a dry eye in the room!

My now sister-in-law and brother’s home is three hours away from the hospital (over the mountains), and her daughter told me as they were enroute to the hospital, they hit rain and then an accident had traffic at a standstill. She said she told her mother, “Come rain, wind, hail, even a tornado, nothing’s going to stop us. I’ll get you there in time!” And she did!

My brother hadn’t been out of bed in over a month, but the nurses arranged for a special chair so he could be wheeled to the conference room. As that happened, them wheeling him down the long hallways, he was surrounded by a parade of nursing staff singing, “We’re going to the chapel and we’re going to get married…” 

Although the preparations had been a whirlwind, every detail was covered. The ceremony was one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever attended, and solidifies if there is a dream, it can come true. If there is a possibility, it can happen. If there is will, there is a way. 

My brother and his wife have a long road ahead of them. He’ll remain in the hospital for several weeks, undergoing multiple surgeries, but, they’ll make it through it all—together. I know that in my heart, and so do they. 

Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Release Day!

The mass market paperback of A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter releases tomorrow! The e-book will be May 1st, as well the full size paperback. CataRomance gave the book 4.5 stars! 

I also received the first cover for The Daughter’s of the Roaring Twenties series! This is Norma Rose’s story—The Bootlegger’s Daughter. It will be released in July/August.

April has brought us some wonderful Spring weather. The flowerbeds have all been cleaned and the flowers are peeking through the ground. I do love Spring. Seeing the trees budding out and the grass turning green made me want to spruce up the inside of the house too, so last week I painted the living room. I’m very happy with how it turned out. 

Besides all the stuff that needed attention around the house, I had to focus my attention on the final edits on the last story in the roaring twenties series. Now, I’m back to my WIP, and am happy to report I’m nearing the homestretch of ‘the end’. I will then turn all efforts over to a story based on a Spring wedding. Perfect timing. 

Keep smiling. Life is good.

Monday, March 30, 2015


We love Easter. Celebrating the resurrection, the hope and love, and of course, that crazy bunny. He makes a great show at Grandma and Grandpa’s house every year. The girls are still amazed that he’d climbed way out on a tree branch a couple of years ago to hang up their tree swing. Last year he included a scavenger hunt with special eggs and prizes—and he’s busy trying to come up with something unique again this year. He also has to make a trip to the store to buy all the treats and tiny gifts to fill the 400+ eggs in the upstairs closet. The long term forecast looks like rain on Sunday, so the egg hunt will be in Grandpa’s shop again, which, in truth is easier—all can be done the night before. 

As you can see from the picture, painting the front of the freezer door with chalk board paint has been a hit. It has turned into a message board the kids rush to see what is on it every time they visit—and then create a message of their own before they leave.

On to writing news….In celebration of the wonderful 4-Star review A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter received from RT Reviews,I hosted a couple of giveaways over on facebook last week. Congrats to Di, Joanne, LaVera, Jan, and Colleen. They all won early copies of A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter. More giveaways will happen before the May 1st release date over there, so please pop over and like my author page for your chance to participate in future ones! 
This week, from April 1 to April 8th there is a special Easter Egg Hunt going on at the Harlequin Reader Service Blog that includes prizes, so hop on over to read all about it! 

One final thing…I don’t have cover art to share yet, but I do have the back blurbs for two of stories in the Daughters of the Roaring Twenties series that I must share!  

The Bootlegger’s Daughter (coming in August)   

Of all the speakeasies, in all the world… 

Mysterious city slicker Ty Bradshaw might have won her father's trust, but everyone knows Norma Rose is the true boss of Nightingale's resort. And it'll take more than that charming smile to shake the feeling that Ty is not all he seems… 

He walks into hers 

Ty is a federal agent on a personal mission of revenge. But he hasn't figured on falling for a bootlegger's daughter. Suddenly, flirting with headstrong Norma Rose seems far more exhilarating than chasing gangsters!


The Rebel Daughter (coming in September) 

For every wild child… 

No more watching from the sidelines for Twyla Nightingale: her feet are firmly on the dance floor! She won't let anyone sour the delicious taste of freedom—especially not Forrest Reynolds, back in town after all this time. 

…there's a guy who thinks she's the bee's knees. 

Forrest didn't expect a warm welcome from the Nightingale sisters, not after their lives had been so dramatically upturned. But seeing the challenge in Twyla's eyes, Forrest takes this rebel for a wild dance she won't forget!

The Runaway Daughter (coming in June) and The Forgotten Daughter (coming in October) will round up this series.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Madness

That’s a bit of what it’s been around here…madness. A yearly visit to the doc turned in several others—nothing serious, just all those ones that we ‘have to get around to making an appointment for’.  I’m happy to say everything checked out wonderfully well, and glad most of those won’t need to be repeated for years. 

We’ve also had birthday parties and sleep overs, and the annual turkey federation banquet among other fun things. And everyone is looking forward to Easter! I’ll be stuffing 400+ plastic eggs this week.

Plenty of writing things are happening too…On March 31st, A Wife for Big John will be re-released by Amazon under their Encore line. April 21st is the release date of A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter. On April 27th, The Sheriff’s Last Gamble will be re-released in a 2 in 1 Western Duo with the wonderful author Cathy Maxwell. And May 1st is the release date for the ebook version of A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter.

I’ll also be participating in an Easter Egg Hunt for Harlequin Reader Service Blog. I’ll post more information on that later this week, so watch for it!

Until then, be good, be kind, and laugh!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Birthday Fun

Our middle granddaughter had her birthday party this weekend at 321 Jump. Needless to say the kids had a great time, and even some of the adults joined in now and again. I gave her one of her birthday gifts early this week so she would have them to share during her party—her very own business cards. She loves them. Last month she had taken home one of Papa’s business cards and then called the next day to make sure it worked. That created a new favorite pastime for her. Talking on the phone. Since then she has started doing so with friends from school.

Granddog Bear also had a trip to the vet yesterday, something he does not like. He’s good and behaves, but looks at me with such sadness in those big brown doggy eyes. He’s getting older—will be eight in July—and like most of us, has put on a bit of weight—116 pounds. Yep, a diet was suggested. 

The weather took a dip into the sub-zeroes again, and also presented us with a dusting of snow, which most of all, has everyone ‘getting tired’ of winter. However, our youngest son pulled his fish house off the lake today, so that does mean Spring is just around the corner. 

My latest story is coming along nicely, and I’m anxiously waiting for my advance copies of A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter to arrive. I’ll be doing some giveaways once I get them on my facebook author page, so if you haven’t already, please pop over and like

Stay warm, keep smiling, and enjoy each day!