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!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!

No matter what the date, it’s Friday, and that’s always a good thing. And tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! We received this adorable Valentine’s Day card in the mail today. Gotta love that lipstick! Tomorrow we will deliver her yummy Valentine’s Day gift to her, as well as gifts to the other grandkids. They make all holidays so much fun!

I know it’s a few months away, but I received the back cover blurb for Norma Rose’s story and wanted to share it with you…

The Bootlegger’s Daughter (Daughter’s of the Roaring Twenties)

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 book won't be released until August, but it is already up on Amazon, and available for pre-orders. I sincerely hope readers have as much fun reading this series as I did writing it!

On to other books…My WIP is once again making good progress, which feels wonderful. And my short story for a Spring Wedding Anthology that will be released in 2016 has been outlined—I worked on that while my WIP was simmering a bit this week. I was at a cross-road that needed to be fleshed out a bit.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, including a special Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Under The Weather

A bout of Shingles has had me moving rather slowly. I haven’t gotten much of anything done, other than renewing my friendship with HGTV—which had me wishing I had more energy and time, which more often than not, led me into taking a nap. To those of you who have had Shingles, my heart goes out to you, and to those who haven’t, do consider getting the shot if you are able. 

Enough said about that. Things are on the upswing now, and I’m very grateful for that. The poor heroine in my WIP (work in progress) has been tied up inside a teepee in the middle of Wyoming for several days now. I really must spend some time getting her out of that particular situation, and am dedicating this afternoon to doing just that. 

Amazon is having a book sale that includes several of my titles.  And A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter is available for pre-orders. 

It’s said time flies when you are having fun, so January must have been delightful considering its over! February will bring us a birthday party for our granddaughter who will turn six on the 24th. She called on Saturday to tell me when I change my calendar to the next month, her birthday will be on that page! She and Papa have been discussing what her present should be since the day after Christmas. I’m afraid to ask how long the list has become, but he has come up with a birthday surprise for her that has him rather giddy. I can’t say more than that. 

I’m off now to be reunited with my WIP. Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Next Release

A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter will be released May 1st. 

An unexpected treasure…More precious than gold…

Cole "Lucky" DuMont is off to forge his future in the Alaskan hills. Standing in his way? A dark-haired beauty in need of rescue.

Maddie Stockwell's life has always been ruled by men. And now, to ensure her freedom, she strikes a deal with her gorgeous savior: she'll help Lucky in his quest, and find her own fortune along the way! Except when Maddie has to pose as Lucky's wife, she feels a thrill she could never have anticipated. And suddenly there's something even more tempting than gold on her mind…

I really enjoyed writing this story set during the Alaskan Gold Rush.

We have had the most glorious January weather. An unexpected pleasure for sure! The granddaughters were over yesterday and rode the four-wheeler—something that normally can’t happen this time of year.

Speaking of our little visitors, the requested meal for the evening was chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, and as we were all settled in the living room eating and watching the Disney channel, Papa made a comment that when he and I were young we weren’t allowed to watch TV while eating. He went on to say we couldn’t answer the phone, etc. etc. Without missing a beat, one of them said, “That’s probably because you didn’t have electronics when you were little, Papa.”

Other fun things this week….I received release dates for my Daughters of the Roaring Twenties series!
July 1st--The Runaway Daughter (ebook only)
August 1st--The Bootlegger’s Daughter (print and ebook)
September 1st--The Rebel Daughter (print and ebook)
October 1st--The Forgotten Daughter (print and ebook)

Enjoy your weekend, and take time to count your blessings! You may be amazed!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Winter Hum-Drums

I attended my writer’s group meeting yesterday, which is always so fun. However, getting there started out to be a bit of a challenge. We are experiencing a bit of January thaw. Yes, a wonderful thing. However, early yesterday morning when I went out to start my car, I discovered rain had fallen over night. The patio was a skating rink and my car was covered in ice. Luckily the sun and warmth, along with MNDOT’s sanding trucks, quickly had the roads drivable and I was only half an hour late! An accomplishment considering our meeting place is fifty miles from my home.

Other things around here... I once again was honored to be a judge at the local high school for the poetry outloud contest. Those kids do an amazing job of reciting poems, and I’m always amazed at their accomplishments! While there I was asked to participate in Snow Daze in February. I’ll be offering a writing class. I’m also teaching a writing class for Community Education for six weeks later his month through March. That too is always fun. 

The revisions on my Salem Witch Trials were completed and sent back to my editor, and I’ve started a new project. It’s set during the 1860’s. The heroine is captured by a band of Cheyenne Indians. I’ve always wanted to write a story like this, and must admit to getting lost in the research once again.

I’ve also received eight books to judge for a romance novel contest. My TBR pile was already quite large, but considering I have to have these score sheets turned in by March, I’ll be as busy reading as I am writing.

A while ago, I saw a fun project somewhere—I think facebook, but not sure—that I wanted to try, so last week I bought a can of chalkboard paint and painted the front of my freezer door. One more activity to keep the grandchildren busy when they are visiting. Oh, and Granddog Bear recently learned a new trick. He will now carry my boots to me, one at a time—but only when he wants me to go outside with him.

Have a great week, all, and remember, be kind. It’s so easy.