Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wishes to You

A quick note to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and may the New Year bring you happiness, health, success in your writing and adventures, as well as contentment in your life.

I’m excited to announce my release of The Quartering Act eBook, now available. The print book will be available December 1st.


For those of you that like to read Christmas stories, all my Christmas novels are on sale:

A HUGE THANK you for being my supporting angels, online with my blog, newsletters, and reading my books.

From my family to yours, 
 Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thankful Season

Every time I start a new book, I go brain dead, as if I’ve never written a book! Does that happen to you?

I’ve been doing lots of research and finally started a draft of the story that’s been swimming in my thoughts for a long time. As things go for now, I’ve written four different beginnings!

I guess I can say that’s a start.

After digging through my Resource files, I found my file on Story Board. I don’t remember where or which conference I learned about the story board, it’s been too long ago, but it helped me. It might help you. Or not.

Never stop learning.

By the way, I have finished half of my draft with the help of the story board.
Here’s what I learned from Story Board

Build emotions to and away from turning points
Plot and write to and away from the turning points – escalate scenes
Think: Motivation then Reaction
Build scenes from each square on the grid so conflict is illustrated
Include scenes showing WHY
Every scene must work on two levels: External and Internal

Turning Points are changes in which your character is forced to into action.
A Turning Point leads to a setback causing a Black Moment.
A Final Turning point embraces the Black Moment (jeopardy, fears cause of emotional pain, etc), then Realization (the theme of the book, a need to realize before overcoming the Black Moment).


The Quartering Act, Revolutionary War Romance

A Re-release to be AVAILABLE December 1, 2019 

The painful road of time, separate lives, and war require determination and courage for two enemies to embrace a love so powerful and forbidden.

Katherine Heaton, a young patriot woman, stares into the eyes of the Redcoat officer standing over her father’s lifeless body Stunned at what she has just witnessed, there is nothing she can do when the soldiers haul her brother away for hanging a British Stamp Agent. Devoted to her brother, and the cause, she will help him fight for independence.

Captain Jeremy Burke, officer in the King’s army, arrives in the New World and discovers the colonies have an elegant simplicity that surprises him, especially the beautiful Heaton woman. He has never had a problem with self-discipline, until now.

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. I’m sad to say we’ll only have eleven around our table this year. My son’s job promotion moved him to Tucson, Arizona and my number one granddaughter, Nattie, has to work. But, as always we’ll enjoy hubby’s yummy turkey and all the trimming. 

I have so much to be thankful for, especially friends like you that support me in my writing.


If you would like a pdf of the Story Board Grid, just email me.  

Monday, May 20, 2019

New Release from an Author Friend

I’m excited to introduce my friend and author, Kim McMahill. 
Kim grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel story anthology. Kim currently resides in Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.

Welcome, Kim.

Thank you so much for letting me stop by and share some great news. A Foundation of Fear, a romantic suspense novel and the third book in my Risky Research Series, has just been released. Also available is a short story prequel to the series titled, A Formidable Foe, which is available for free download from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Here’s a little more about A Foundation of Fear, including one of the lighter moments in the story.

FBI Special Agent Devyn Nash is obsessed with taking down Coterie, a deadly group out to control the multi-billion-dollar diet product industry. The FBI’s plan to expose Coterie places Devyn’s best friend and her partner’s fiancĂ© in the crosshairs of this ruthless organization. Can Devyn protect her friend and bring the coldblooded killers to justice before they strike again while distracted by injury, a sexist bully, and a long-distance relationship with a handsome Wyoming sheriff?

Lobbyist and Coterie assassin Sofia Wilks wants nothing more than to regain control of her life. Sofia knows Agent Nash is nipping at her heels, but the FBI agent isn’t the worst of her fears. She is drawn to a man who has the power to destroy her.

Easing herself up from the sofa, Devyn shuffled into the kitchen, opened the freezer, and pulled out a pint of half-eaten chocolate peanut butter swirl ice cream. She grabbed a spoon and dug in as she leaned back against the kitchen counter, savoring each delicious bite.
She had nearly made it to the bottom when the phone rang. She groaned and thought about letting it ring, but if it was Gage, he was definitely worth an interruption in her ice cream eating.
“What are you up to?” His deep voice eased over her like a warm caress.
She smiled and placed the ice cream carton in the kitchen sink.
“I’d love to relay something exciting or noteworthy, but the truth of the matter is that I’m standing here in my kitchen eating ice cream out of the container. What are you doing?”
He laughed. The sound made her weak in the knees. She didn’t know why he had that effect on her, but she finally decided to quit fighting it and enjoy exploring new territory.
“I’m sitting here on the front porch swing, drinking a beer, watching a beautiful Wyoming sunset sink toward the horizon and thinking the only thing in the world that could make it better was if you were here to share it with me.”
Devyn couldn’t speak. She was used to the way Gardner talked to her at work and the rude and insulting comments from the criminals she busted, but Gage was the first man to ever say kind and romantic things to her.
“You still there?”
“Yes. I was just trying to decide if you’ve had too many beers, because that’s the sweetest thing any man has ever said to me.”
“Nope, first one. How are you doing? Aches and pains getting any better?”
“I must be getting old. This isn’t the first time I’ve cracked my ribs, but I don’t remember it hurting so much or taking this long to heal.”
“Wish I could have stayed longer to take care of you.”
“I wish you could have stayed longer, too, but I had a few ideas in mind other than you making me soup.”
There it was again, that rich laughter that made her want to crawl into his lap and run her fingers through his unruly hair and caress his freshly shaven face before capturing his lips in a seductive kiss.
“I have to confess. My intentions weren’t quite so honorable when I started driving toward Utah, but when I saw how beaten up you were, I just wanted to make your pain go away.”

 Thank you for stopping by and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed reading any of Kim’s books. Many thanks to you, Kim, for sharing your new release. I’m looking forward to reading A Foundation of Fear.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Upcoming Event

I can’t believe May is here!! I want to remind you of my big event coming up in just a little over two weeks. So, please hurry and register for your place at the table before the limited tickets run out. I know some of you do not drink wine, but don’t let that stop you, there’ll be other beverages. Mary and I are excited to talk about the types of genres we write and give you some of our books along with other goodies. 

We Olive will have lots of delicious bits for you while we spend time getting to know each other. I haven’t had a chance to meet many of you on my newsletter list and I would love to meet you in person. Come join Mary and me on May 19 for two hours of fun, talking books, eating, and tasting wine at We Olive in Trolley Square, Salt Lake City.

$50 per person. Includes: Wine, bites, a bucket full of goodies and free books.

Date and Time

Sunday, May 19, 2019

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

Trolley Square 
602 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Hope to See you there. Have a great Spring


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Garlic Day

Spring days, here in Utah, can be a little depressing at times. In-between all the cloudy, snowy, and rainy days, the sun will peek through off and on. I’m so ready for blue skies and warm sun.  But, it is spring, so there’s hope, especially when I see crocus peeking through the snow, and then the bright daffodils and tulips spreading the spring colors.  


Now, did you know it’s National Garlic Day on April 19? 

What garlicky foods do you like: garlic bread, garlic pasta, garlic dips – I could go on forever. Did you know garlic is native to Asia which dates back to 6,000 years? It’s also a staple of Mediterranean diets and used in Africa, Asia and Europe cuisines. China is now the world’s biggest producer of garlic. By the way, garlic is a vegetable, very pungent and a member of the allium family (onion and leeks). It usually used as a spice and not a vegetable because of its strong flavor.

Garlic is also healthy for you. It’s linked to reducing or helping prevent four of the major causes of death, including cancer, heart diseases, strokes and infections.

There’s a couple of thing I want to share with you:

Our Three Romance Authors and a Book Club will be reading Classic Murder by Mary Martinez for our discussion in May. Come join us. Check out our Facebook page: Click Here

Big Event’s coming up:
Mary Martinez and I have a special event coming up on May 19, 2019. If you’re anywhere in the Salt Lake City area, I love for you to join us. It will be a fun afternoon of tasting new spring wines, books and lots to eat.
I’ll be there, along with Mary Martinez. It’ll be a fun time talking books and tasting wine at We Olive in Trolley Square.

Brett Ludemann of Flora Fauna Wines will guide us in a sensory examination and evaluation of white and rosé wines. They will be paired with delicious bites prepared by We Olive Wine Bar.
$50 per person. Includes: Wine and bites.
Wine basket full of goodies and free books from the authors.

Date and Time
Sun, May 19, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

Trolley Square
602 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

I’ll be attending a writing retreat with Mary Martinez, Stanalei Fletcher, and Kyann Waters this weekend. I’m so ready to do some writing since it’s been on hold for several months since my sister is living with us and having cancer treatments. She’s moving forward – one day at a time.

Have a great Spring.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Hello Friends,
   Christmas season is once again approaching at lightning speed. Are you ready? I am. Our family trip to Disney World was a blast and I loved returning home to my decorated house. (So happy I decorated before Thanksgiving.) The first thing I did was to turn on all my Christmas lights, pour a cup of coffee and enjoy the peacefulness of a Christmas home. I was able to buy my grandkids their Christmas presents while in WDW, so now all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the season. And, look forward to a family Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. How about you. Do you enjoy Christmas like I do?

I’d like to quote Yoda, “Do. Or, do not. There is no try.”

I’ve had a story in my head for several years and decided to write it. It isn’t one of my historical western romances, or a contemporary/suspense romance, but a futuristic story. So stay tune, more in 2019.

All my Christmas novels are on sale, so if you’re in the mood to read Christmas romances, check them out.

My new release, Better She Lie, is also on sale throughout the holidays:

Here’s what I’m reading:
The Sixth Day
Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison
“When several major political figures drop dead with explanation, officials declare their deaths due to natural causes. However, when the German vice chancellor suddenly dies, a drone is spotted…”
These two authors are some of my favorites. I’ve just started reading this book and I’m already captivated.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Writing

How do you keep up your writing pace during the summer months? If you’re like me you love summer and it’s hard to stay indoors. I love the heat from the sunshine, sitting outdoors under the shade of a large tree, warm rains, flowers blooming, and sounds of water from a water fountain, hummingbirds feeding and watching my herb garden grow. An author friend I know takes July and August off from writing – something I’m thinking about doing, especially considering what’s happened with my life this past month.

Do you change your writing routine during the long, lazy, hazy days of summer?

In January I worked on a manuscript according to a schedule that I made at the start of the year. I wrote my outline on a story that was swimming around in my head, I completed the background information on all my characters and finally completed a rough draft. I patted myself on the back for following through with my schedule. When I was ready to send my manuscript to my editor, she was out of town! Deep Breath. Okay, change release date to June. Done. Don’t stress.

June came and went! Change calendar – July! Deep Breath. Hubby and I went on a vacation – fun relaxing days in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Returned home to an urgent situation with my older sister who lives in North Carolina. Long story short – she’s one step away from being homeless!

Family comes first. I can’t ignore her needs when she’s all alone, a diabetic, heart problems, and now kidney infection. The choices we make throughout our life will certainly affect our journey to the end. I’ll be there to help her. And, I’m sure my manuscript will be waiting for me when I get home. (Smiling)

Have you ever had to put your book on hold for an urgent situation? I know I’m not the only one. I’m thankful I’m able to be there for my sister. 

Better She Lie 
(SOON to be Released)

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