Friday, September 28, 2012


If you have a child, I’m 99% sure you’ve experienced that blush of public embarrassment by something they’ve done. Some are worse than others. I have stories that go back thirty years, and have recently learned they aren’t over. How those kids of ours can embarrass us. 

Last week I had a day of running around to do, including volunteering at the local library. When I left the house, my youngest (who is now in his mid-twenties, but still loves to ‘get’ his mother) was all smiles as I drove out of the driveway. First clue. I should have known. Instead, I thought, he’s in a good mood today. I went through the bank, spent several hours at the library, then drove twenty some miles to pick up my granddaughter from her school. She was hungry so we drove through McDonalds, and then went to the store to pick up Papa’s birthday present. That was the first time I walked around the back side of my car. 

Isabelle had already gotten out on her side and she met me at the trunk, where I was standing, shaking my head, thinking of all the places I’d been.

“What’s that?” she asked. 

“Your Uncle Cody,” I answered, already dialing his number as I popped trunk to dispose of the sign.

He answered laughing.

I said, “Student driver?”

He laughed harder.

I haven’t paid him back yet, but I will. I’m brainstorming. 

Speaking of which, that is what I’m doing for my next story. Brainstorming. Writing down little bits and pieces of scenes and the characters coming to life in my head. I’m also putting the finishing touches on the UNDONE due to Harlequin by Oct. 15th.  In this one, Garret McCoy places a bet he can get Rory Boyle onto the dance floor, and discovers he’s in for more than he bargained for when she finally says yes. 

The e-book version of All a Cowboy Wants for Christmas will be released on Monday, and I want to say thank you so very much to all of you who have pre-ordered it, and/or purchased the paperback version.  I so appreciate your support and love your emails! 

Next up will be Unclaimed Bride in mid-October and November 1st and followed by A Solider for Christmas the end of November. 

Be good, be kind, and if you have a practical joke you think would be a fitting response to my Student Driver incident, shoot me an email!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Our middle son’s family went to Disney World this past week. They had the most wonderful time, as we could tell from the text messages, phone calls, and photos! They made it to all the theme parks, had princesses make overs, attended the Not So Scary Halloween Party, had breakfast, lunch, and dinner with every character imaginable, and ride on enough rides I got dizzy just listening to them! My son and daughter-in-law now need a vacation! They also met my niece from Missouri and her family there, so it that made the trip even more special. 

One the home front, I sent off my ‘Cowboy and Baby’ manuscript four days before it’s deadline. YEAH! It was a very fun story to write and I do believe I fell a touch in love with Carter. He’s such a fabulous hero, and Molly is his true soul mate. Now I’m working on the story due by October 15th. Hero Garret makes a bet he can get heroine Rory on the dance floor. I’m already having a great time with these two!

All A Cowboy Wants forChristmas will be released this week! Very exciting. And I received my author copies of Unclaimed Bride. They are beautiful. As I’ve said before, cover artists amaze me!

I decided it was time to get rid of the carpet in my living room. With dogs, not to mention, people traffic in the living room, I didn’t want the work of hardwood floors, but do like the look, so I went with the vinyl version, and must say I already love it. While the ‘rug bug’ man was here, I decided to go ahead and do the bathroom, too. That should be completed by Tuesday.  It’s been a lot of work, moving everything out and back in, and it kept me off the computer since Friday. I’ll be playing catch up this week!

Make it a great week, you’ll be glad you did!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing that morning, and once again I'm humbled by all those who protect and serve.