Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fun in the Woods

Our middle son and his family traveled up north with us last weekend. The kids did a great job with the six hour car ride both ways, and we all had a wonderful time, yet wished the days hadn’t gone by so fast. 

This weekend we had a fun time with overnight guests, and are doing a bit of yard work today—trying to get the falling leaves under control. Which is impossible, we know. Several of the large oaks hold onto to many of their leaves until spring and the leaves on the bean trees haven’t even started turning colors yet. We've had an odd year here. There are absolutely no acorns. Makes me wonder what the poor squirrels will eat all winter...Besides the seeds out of our bird feeders.

On the writing side, I’m still working away on the story due by November 1st. AND want to tell you about a sale! Harlequin is having a large e-book sale that includes many of my backlist for $1.99!

Keep smiling…it looks good on you!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's been awhile...

We’ve been busy with birthday parties, company, sleepovers and all sorts of other fun things. Besides writing deadlines, (my next book is due to my editor by November 1st and I’m hitting the keyboard every chance I get) dear hubby and I have been working on our sauna. It’s in a building we built years and years ago, and though the sauna room was finished when we built it, the changing room wasn’t, so for the past few weekends, we’ve become carpenters. Well, he has, I’m just his assistant. I’ll post pictures when the inside is finally done, for now, here’s one of the outside.

As I said, my next book is due November 1st, and I’m really excited about this one…It’s set in the same fictional town of Oak Grove, Kansas as the last book I wrote. The last one is a duet of mail order bride stories—The Mail Order Brides of Oak Grove—due to be released next June. My story is titled Surprise Bride for the Cowboy. The author who wrote the other duet (she wrote one twin sister’s story, while I wrote the other) and I had so much fun we asked if we could write stories about other people in the town and were overjoyed when Harlequin said, “Yes!”

So…the book I’m currently writing is about the town’s blacksmith and a widow with two young sons finding their chance at happily ever after, but having to jump over some obstacles to make it happen.  

AND…the release date for my next book is quickly approaching. Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret will be released on October 18th

A ghost of Christmas past… 

Heiress Sara Johnson is shocked when the stepbrother she believed was dead returns to Colorado to claim his inheritance! It might be the season of goodwill, but Crofton Parks seems determined to destroy his late father's empire. 

Sparks fly as Crofton and Sara are forced to work together, and soon she begins to uncover the secrets behind his disappearance and need for revenge. But a far more unsettling discovery is the desire he awakens in Sara. This roguish rancher might just claim her heart by Christmas!

I love Christmas stories, and am so glad to have one releasing just in time for the season. After that The Cowboy’s Orphan Bride will be released in March/April 2017. 

I thoroughly enjoyed writing the roaring twenties books, and Saving Marina, set during the Salem Witch Trials, but must admit, I’m so happy to be writing about cowboys and the women who tamed them again. It’s said that mail order brides did more to tame the west than any laws, and I believe that! 

Until I get around to writing another post…Stay happy, and kind.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gotta Love Facebook

Despite all the ads, the political rhetoric, and recipe videos that make me hungry even though I’ve just eaten, I love Facebook.  It has provided me with a venue to keep in touch with people that would otherwise have slipped out of my life forever. Because of Facebook, yesterday a friend that I hadn’t seen in fifteen years and I met up to do a bit of shopping and just spend a day catching up with each other. Within minutes we were laughing and carrying on as if we’d seen each other every day for the last fifteen years. In fact, we were so busy laughing, we missed a turn and ended up ‘lost’ on our way to the shopping extravaganza that we’d been invited to via Facebook. Luckily all we had to do was open Facebook on my phone, click on the address and the phone started talking to us, telling us to turn around, and then step by step, told us how to get where we needed to go—interrupting our laughing now and again to remind us the next turn was coming up. 

We happened to drive past Paisley Park, and of course stopped to walk the fence line and see all the memorials people have left for Prince. Some were utterly amazing. As were the people, including a women who had flown in from L.A. that morning to pay her own tribute to him. 

Later, (after the shopping extravaganza that left us filling her car with deals that were too good to be true) we ventured on to find a wonderful little cafĂ© and shared a lovely meal and browsed the sidewalk sales going on in the area. Needless to say, it was a fabulous day that happened because of Facebook. 

I also appreciate how Facebook allows me to share writing news, both on my page and my Author page. Yesterday, I shared the cover art for my next release Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret. I love this cover! And yes, it’s a Christmas story. Another thing I love to read and write. 

Today I’ll spend some time working on my next WIP about a blacksmith who wants a wife and a mail order bride who has promised to wed the town’s mayor. Then I have to get busy with prep work for tomorrow. We are hosting Bear’s birthday party. Our amazing granddog turned nine last Sunday, so all the kids, grandkids, and granddogs will be over to celebrate. 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and if you are browsing Facebook, stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Goodness, it's been a while since I posted a blog!

July already! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day! We had a great time with water balloons, volley ball, fireworks, and of course Papa barbequed. One of our granddaughters made these wonderful cupcakes. Upon arrival at our house, she told me, “Grandma, I made them all by myself. All Mom did was pick out the eggshells.” 

We had all the grandkids here for a couple of days last week, and one morning while Papa and I were in the garage, he looked out the door and said, “Grandma, you have to see what’s coming across the driveway.” The cousins had given each other makeovers.

Amongst the weeks of fun and company, I have managed to get some writing done:

Excitingly, The Bootlegger’s Daughter is being released in Norway and Sweden this month. I received my author copies of the translated versions yesterday. The other books in that series will also be released in Norway and Sweden this year. The next American release will be Unwrapping the Rancher in November and my cattle drive story was completed and accepted last month, it will be released sometime next spring. Currently, I’m working on a mail order bride duet, which is what I’ll be doing today, and need to get started!

I hope you all have a wonderful July, full of sunshine and happy days!