May 30, 2020

     Sometimes you just need to step out of your normal routine and go on an adventure. I’ve lived here in Arizona’s low desert since 1982. In that time, I’ve seen it register 126 degrees + during the summertime. Thus, we don’t venture out much in the heat. However, wh...

August 20, 2019

No, I haven't changed my style of writing, I'm still writing clean & cozy.  What the above title means is that we've been 114+ with no rain in the forecast.  That means we'll be above 110 until the Monsoon returns.  The positive for the weather being so hot means that...

April 25, 2018

As a writer, I’m always doing research when writing a novel.  In A Bride for a King,

Set in 1859 in Barovia, (western Albania) I dug into cannons used by Napoleon, military tactics, arms, Victorian costumes, society and manners.

One of the challenges I’m always...

November 1, 2017


One of my very favorite things to write is villains.  I discovered years ago while a theatre major that villains have the best parts and that within each of them, resides a redemptive quality.  Sometimes you have to dig r-e-a-l-l-y...

July 5, 2017

     Sometimes life throws me a bunch of curve balls and I absolutely, one hundred percent, can't do

anything correct and I strike out.  That's why it's taken me a while to find my batting stance and get

back into the swing of posting about what I deeply l...

May 10, 2017

First of all, in order to understand your characters, you need to know/decide upon your hero//heroine and villain’s goal, motivation and conflict.  I recommend and use, Debra Dixon’s book:  Goal, Motivation & Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction.   Using this...

April 25, 2017

Today I’m discussing with you Part 2 of creating and using Romance Elements on a Story Board- I base the romance elements I use in my novels on Gwen Hayes book:  Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels.  In the book, she discuss the four phases to be inc...

April 18, 2017

I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum-Instruction and Development from K-State while my husband was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.  In the course of my studies I discovered I was a ‘visual learner’.  In other words, I learn best when a visual aid is used.  By c...

April 14, 2017

 4/4-4/11/17- On the road driving I-10 going west.  While my granddaughter drives, I’m finishing Ch. 4 of my next novel and have been monitoring weather reports for Western Florida and southern Alabama and Mississippi.  Yesterday, we stopped to tour Castillo de San Mar...

March 28, 2017

Right now, I’m sitting here in my granddaughter’s apartment in Orlando.  I flew down here to help her sort through her

household goods in preparation for a cross-country move.  The packers will be here on Thursday followed the next day by

the movers, who will transport e...

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