In my anthology, Fate Comes Softly, you will meet three brave women.
In Saving Liberty, meet Liberty Trivette. Liberty is falsely accuse of a crime she didn't comment and is exciled from a wagon train. Left alone and pregnant in the wilderness, she is rescued by widower Eathan Wheeler. Can Ethan save Liberty from the madman who abused her?
Isabelle and the Outlaw is a timetravel western romance. While vacationing in England, Professor Isabelle Landers, accidentally walks through a time portal and is propelled back in time 200 years to the badlands of Arizona. She must save an outlaw from being hanged twice. Find out what happens when she falls in love with Raphael Sinclair and must choose to remain lost in time or return to her own century.
In McKenna's Woman, Audra Tadlock falls in love with an outlaw, unaware that he is really working undercover to capture a manical killer. Imagine Audra's shock when she discovers the killer is her twin brother that she thought drown when he was a child.
Fate Comes Softly is available in print or as an Ebook. It's also available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, itunes, KOBO, and The Wild Rose Press.
Happy Mother's Day, dear readers. And as always, HAPPY READING!
Whoever said that moving is for the birds apparently never had to empty out closets, weed through years of stuff, and pack it all in boxes, making sure to label each box, in preparation for getting the house ready to put up for sale.
If I were a bird, all I'd need to do is fly away to my chosen destination. Then, if I were a bluebird, all I need do is move into the house that some kindly human built for me. I could live rent free or mortgage free until I decided it was time to fly away.
Just think, if I were a bird, I wouldn't need to worry about getting a post office box, or notifying the insurance company, or bank, or all the other necessary places of my new address. There would be no need to register my vehicles in my new state, because if I were a bird, I wouldn't need a car tag. If I were a bird, I wouldn't have to worry about finding new doctors or transferring our prescriptions to a new pharmacy.
Don't get me started on unpacking all those boxes, and then trying to find closet space or cabinet space for all the stuff that I've considered necessary. You know, stuff like dinnerware, eating utensiles, cookware, clothes.
If I were a bird, all I'd need do is flitter about to find a few twigs and leaves to make my nest, then settle down to rest. But, I'm not a bird, so I need to shuffle through dozens and dozens of cardboard boxes to find the ones labeled: bed linens, pillows, blankets and quilts.
Why am I moving--you ask? Sometimes, when we make decisions our heart is in the right place, but we forgot to listen to our brain. In my case, I should have listened to my brain. Our daughter wanted her dad and I to move closer to her. We were getting older, she said. Let me take care of you, she said.
We sold our paid for home (yep, mortgage free), weeded through twenty years of momentos, donated clothes that no longer fit ( because, you know, someday I might be a size 10 again. LOL!), packed up, and made the long exhausting 500 mile move to comply with our daughter's wishes.
There's an old saying; "You can never go home again." I know exactly what that saying means. I should have listened to my head and not my heart.
All of the "she saids," didn't work out. 'Nuff said. No need for in depth details. Use your imaginations. So, hubby and I are packing up, putting our new house up for sale, in hopes that we'll get a good price; and going back to our home state. At our age, we shouldn't be starting over. We shouldn't have a mortgage payment. We shouldn't be made to feel that we were unwanted nuisances. Do birds feel this way? I wonder.
As a bestselling author, I should look at this move as a new adventure. However, at my age, I'd rather be living this adventure vicariously through the characters in my novels.
Very BIG sigh. If only I were a bird.
It’s Spring and the snakes are coming out of their winter holes. The rule of thumb in North America is that snakes are most active April to October and hibernate during the cold months.
Now that I have your attention…
One question I get asked the most is: how do you come up with your story ideas? I get asked this by people who think they want to write or by beginning authors who fizzle out after their one budding idea. My answer is—ideas are everywhere. All you have to do is be observant.
I was blessed or maybe cursed with a wacky brain, and I mean that in a good way. It’s almost like my brain is a huge room with thousands of doors. When I see or hear something I want to remember, I mentally open a door and shove the information inside. The door slams shut and doesn’t open until I need to recall that information; most of the time this information comes to me in a dream. Yes, I know, it’s strange. I do, however, keep a notepad in my purse because sometimes I overheard bits and pieces of conversation that I think might be useful dialogue in a story.
But…what does this have to do with snakes and story ideas? Well, you know me, I’m gonna tell ya.
Eons ago when I was working on my Master’s degree, I was at my study buddy’s house. It was a hundred year old southern Victorian with a sweeping wrap-around veranda that she and her husband planned to restore once she graduated. Deb had already told me that she thought the house was haunted because during the night she and hubby would hear scratching noises and movement in the attic and sometimes inside the walls. I can tell you that I do not thumb my nose at the mention of ghosts. Well, Deb and I were sitting at a table when I spotted something from the corner of my eye. A closer look revealed a rather long snake slithering up the screen door. Talk about freaking out—yep a doodle. Thank goodness it was on the outside of the screen. Deb hurried to shut the front door for fear the unwelcomed visitor might find a crack big enough to slither through. After all who wants a snake in their house?
Deb and I carpooled to the university with three other ladies. It became a running joke with them teasing Deb about spooks and spirits, and saying she should host a Halloween party and invite the hobgoblins to give everyone a good scare. I know—it wasn’t nice of them. As was our routine, I met at her house to study. This time we were in the kitchen and a snake slithered across the floor and disappeared under a cabinet.
To make a long story short, that night when she and hubby got ready to retire they pulled back the covers and a snake was coiled in the middle of the bed. Deb and hubby gathered a few belongings and left the house. Do you blame them? The next day her hubby called an exterminator to check the house and what he found was shocking. The entire attic and underneath the house was infested with snakes, and the noises between the walls was slithering snakes. The exterminator told Deb he could tent the house and kill the serpents, but there was no guarantee that others wouldn’t return. You know, they were never able to sell that house.
When I was writing Cloud Woman’s Spirit, a paranormal western romance, the snake incident seemed the perfect plot vehicle to ramp up the drama and add suspense to the story. By the way, if you click on the Historical tab and then the book cover the live link will take you to Amazon where Cloud Woman’s Spirit is available in print and as an ebook.
Here’s a little excerpt from Cloud Woman’s Spirit to pique your attention:
A deathlike stillness followed, and the lonely shack seemed to moan in sorrow for its impending doom. While jewel-bright snowdrops fell like tears from the rotting eaves, a low, confused murmur began to drift from the dwelling. Soft cries, distressed whimpers, and the mad screams of a demented soul shredded the light with haunting, mindless sounds. The distant moon hid
its face behind a thick cloud and continued on its arch across the sky, heedless of time. The heat from the fireplace had awakened a nest of hissing serpents. From between the rocks of the fireplace, the ceiling beams, an old spittoon, and holes in the straw-ticked mattress, snakes slithered with blind obedience along their prelaid paths, bright flashes marking their arrival. Their agitated tongues reached out to taste the sleeping man’s scent. Bufford Dobbs lifted his hand to flick the annoyance that touched his face. He shifted to relieve the weight on his chest. It was the sound, the buzzing, that disturbed his sleep. He mumbled incoherently, “Leave me be.”
The movement between his legs, over the top of his balding head, over his shoulders, and the slithering of something inside his boot caused him to sit up. He blinked, trying to bring the room into focus. A chill spread through his veins and iced downward to his nether parts, threatening to release his bowels. “What the hell?” Horror washed over him in waves when he realized his blanket of warmth radiated from a mass of slithering bodies.
So there you have it, dear friends. Story ideas are everywhere. Do you have a scary or unusual incident you’d like to share? I'd love to hear about it.
Cloud Woman's Spirit is available also available at Barnes&Nobles, KOBO, iTunes
March is a wonderful month! Springtime, St. Patrick’s Day, green everywhere, and we’ll all be Irish for a day. To celebrate this amazing season, the Pen Dames are holding a Mega Contest for Lucky Leprechauns. We want everyone to play, but only U.S. residents are eligible to win. Apologies to our international readers, but shipping costs are prohibitive.
Take a look at the picture below and tell us your Lucky Leprechaun name to enter. We don’t literally have a pot of gold to give away. If we had such a thing, we’d keep it for ourselves. But we do have some fantastic goodies lined up. At the end of the month, we’ll draw a random winner and send the person enough gifts to fill up that mythical cauldron.
Here’s the list of prizes.
From Loretta Rogers:
The Witching Moon ~ Ebook
Isabelle and the Outlaw ~ Readable PDf on CD
Magnetic Refrigerator Clip
Spiral Bound Note Pad
From Flossie Benton Rogers:
Time Singer eBook
Irish Connemara Marble Wishing Stone
$3 Amazon gift certificate to purchase audio Celtic love song
From Jennifer Taylor:
Heartbeat of the Moon Paperback
Color Street Nail Polish Strips with Hearts
From Linda Tillis:
A Heart for All Time Paperback
From Katherine Smits:
3 signed paperback books (Water Dreams, Water Desires, and the combined paper edition of The Sea Witch and the Mage and Siren Descending)
Imperial Jasper Turquoise-color Bracelet
Rose Gold Crystal Pen
Check this blog spot every week this month for pictures of all the prizes, and please tell your friends! We love our readers and hope we’ll get lots of participation
Today is Love Your Pet Day. Are you wondering what this has to do with reading? Well, you know me…I’m gonna tell you. Curling up with a good book and your favorite winter or summer beverage makes you feel good. However, according to a survey conducted by Woman’s World magazine, spending time with your pet will also make you feel great. In their survey of “10,000 pet owners,” people were asked how their pets had a positive influence on their own lifestyle. The top responses: “Pets make us feel happy and loved, offer companionship, eliminates stress and adds humor to our lives.” Incidentally, scientists have confirmed that dogs, cats, and horses reap the same benefits from being petted by their owners.
Today, I’d like to share comments and photos of not only my sweet little dog, but special fur babies that belong to a few of my friends. By the way, my friends are also talented authors. Take a moment to click on their pictures to visit their websites and preview their novels.
Meet my Baby Girl. She’s thirteen years old, and has been my loving companion for ten years. She sleeps at my feet when I’m writing. Baby Girl isn’t her real name; it’s the name I gave her when I rescued her from the animal control center. Her story is a sad one. Someone had thrown this gentle little dog in a trash dumpster. That same evil person had also kicked her so hard that they fractured her hip. Actually, because of the injury, she was considered unadoptable, but it was love at first sight. I wanted this little dog and offered to pay all medical bills, and even agreed to sign a document stating that I knew she was injured and wouldn’t return her due to her injury. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I rescued Baby Girl one day before her kill date. She’s so special and means the world to me.
I agree with Flossie Benton Rogers when she says messengers and friends come when you need them. Flossie says that Marigold appeared at my front door, hungry and hurt, after the loss of my husband of forty-one years and the subsequent loss of our 14-year-old Bassett hound. Marigold was heaven sent. She is a sweet fur fae with a wild streak that emerges on occasional midnight runs through the house. She is quite a writing buddy and enjoys perching on the arm of my desk chair while I work. flossiebentonrogers.com/
Kathy Eddinger Smits shares that Corrin Castle (Corrin) is a feisty older lady who has been my equine partner for about 20 years. Retired from her job as a dressage horse, she grazes all day in a huge field, relaxes in a comfy stall with a cooling fan when it’s hot, and does exactly as she pleases.
She lives on a farm in Ocala. I live over an hour away, but I see her as often as possible. I’ve dreamed of owning a place with enough acreage to keep her at home, but I know she receives excellent daily care and considers herself the queen of the land.
When I walk into the barn, and she nickers for me, she brightens the day. Even after she gobbles down the apples and carrots I bring her, she hangs out with me, licking my hands and showing me the spots on her ears and under her chin where she wants to be rubbed. Before I leave, she often sticks out her nose for a kiss on her velvety muzzle.
The moments I spend with Corrin are peaceful. While she munches her hay, her wholesome aroma surrounds me, and time stands still. There’s nowhere I else I want to be and nothing more I want to do than savor those too-short visits with my best friend.
Jennifer Taylor shares this about her fur baby. My Great Dane Bridget is my good friend and constant companion. And she's the size of a human at 139 lbs. She's the perfect dog for a writer. I can say anything crazy and she's not fazed. She has a bladder the size of Alaska, enabling me to work for four hours at a time while she "works" as the world's biggest sofa spud. Then she grunts at me until we go outside, and she does her daily five-minute zoom, zipping around the yard at high speed. She is truly a gentle giant, great with grandkids but has a powerful bark when she needs to.
We have a daily morning ritual. My husband gets up at 4:30 every morning and lets her out of her nighttime crate. She grabs her stuffed gnome and comes up to the bedroom with my husband. He says, "take good care of mommy," and she gets on the bed. Snuggle time. When I was ill for a few days last week, I spent two days in bed. She didn't leave my side. The old girl really does take good care of her mommy. jennifertaylorwrites.com/
So, Dear Friends, as you can see, pets are important to our well-being and they enrich our lives in an infinite number of ways. They provide companionship, give us new purpose during career changes or retirement, and offer much-needed laughter and love at just the right moments. Pets are our best friends.
As always, take care, stay safe, and HAPPY READING!
Today is all about doing more things that make you happy. It doesn’t matter whether you spend an hour reading your favorite book, taking a short stroll, working on your favorite hobby, or soaking in an aromatic bubble bath, as long as you carve out some “me” time in your week to focus on you. After all, you are special and deserve that extra-special time.
Reading is one of my favorite Me times. Put a good book in my hands and I’m a happy girl. I enjoy authors such as Flossie Benton Rogers, Jennifer Taylor, Katherine Eddinger Smits, Linda Tillis, Charlaine Harris, Clive Cussler, Greg Johnson, Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and a host of other wonderful authors.
Of course, I also shamelessly enjoy the novels I write. For your reading pleasure, may I suggest: Fate Comes Softly, an anthology about the lives of three unforgettable and extraordinarily brave women who took control of their situations:
Saving Liberty: Falsely accused of a crime she didn’t commit, Liberty Trivette is exiled from a wagon train. Alone on the prairie, she fears for the life of her unborn child. While on a hunting trip, Ethan Wheeler doesn’t expect to find a woman kneeling by a creek, and praying. For Ethan, saving Liberty creates unexpected challenges—the deadly moccasin coiled at the hem of her skirt; facing the unscrupulous lawyer who abused Liberty and then returns to kidnap her. For both Liberty and Ethan, survival means more than just staying alive. In their case, it also means falling in love.
Isabelle and the Outlaw: History Professor Isabelle Landers accidentally walks into a time portal. Propelled back two hundred years to land smack dab in Arizona’s outlaw territory, she meets Raphael Sinclair, a Pinkerton agent posing as an outlaw. According to her history book after he was wrongly hanged, his body disappeared and was never found. Isabelle is faced with the dilemma of saving Rafe from hanging a second time. Falling in love was never part of the equation. If he leaves his world he will die. If Isabelle stays with him then she will die. Can their love survive the ultimate sacrifice?
McKenna’s Woman: Nothing is more important to McKenna Smith than receiving a pardon from the State of Texas for a murder he didn’t commit. Working undercover as a photographer his luck changes for the better when he recognizes Audra Tadlock, the twin sister of the man who betrayed him. But McKenna and Audra’s delicate bond of trust is threatened when she learns the shocking truth that the brother she thought died ten years ago is alive and a maniacal killer. If she testifies against him he’ll hang; if she allies to save him, then she risks losing McKenna’s love.
Just think—three stories for the price of one. Fate Comes Softly is available as an Ebook or as a print book.
Remember, Dear Friends, being kind to yourself is not selfish. When we shy away from who we are, we lose sight of how to treat ourselves kindly.
As always, be safe, be well, and HAPPY READING!
Valentine’s Day is always riddled with grand romantic gestures, a lot of puns and just the right amount of candy. It’s a day where we can be as ridiculous as we want, claim it’s for love and no one bats an eye.
Valentine’s Day can also be one of the most romantic holidays to celebrate with your special someone. However, and more importantly, February is American Heart Month.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the “number one killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.” I should know because I have constrictive pericardial vasculitis. It took twelve hours of heart surgery and tons of prayer to keep me alive. Therefore, I do all I can to keep myself heart-healthy. I’m very fortunate to be alive so that I can write this blog.
Listed are ways the American Heart Association suggests that women like you fight back:
GET YOUR NUMBERS: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol, or invest in a blood pressure machine and check your BP daily.
OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
REALIZE YOUR RISK: We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
DON’T BE SILENT: Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. In fact, a recent report stated that women who suffer heart attacks while in the public are less likely to receive CPR from a bystander than men.
So dear friends, It doesn't matter whether you're single, coupled up, somewhere in between, or just looking for a fun Valentine’s Day activity with your friends, don’t forget to be kind to yourself.
As always, be safe, stay well, and HAPPY VALETINE’S DAY!
I have always enjoyed giving gifts, and well, I also enjoy receiving gifts. With the COVID19 virus and now its many variants, the public has been advised to wear two masks. This makes sense to me. As you can see, I have masks, magnetic refrigerator clips, note pads, sticky notes, and magnets. I'd love to give you one or all. The gifts are almost free. Yep, that's right...ALMOST. But, it's easy, all you have to do is email me a receipt showing that you have purchased one of my novels. The receipt should include the date of purchase, the title of my novel, and where you purchased the book. Simply scan in the receipt and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, include your mailing address. Hurry, this offer ends on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14, 2021. I look forward to hearing from you.
As always, dear friends, stay safe, stay well, and HAPPY READING!
Good Morning, Dear Friends,
I have a really great deal for you. Four of my friends and I have placed select titles of our books on sale for $.99 Cents as Ebooks. Talk about a great way to jump start the New Year. You can go on five different adventures with exciting people and never have to leave the comfort of your favorite chair. Talk about a great way to travel during a pandemic...right!
You'll need to hurry to take advantage of this fabulous sale because it ends at midnight on Friday, January 29, 2021. The .99 Cents is for Ebooks to download to your favorite reading devise, and are available at Amazon.com.
As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and HAPPY READING!
I am delighted to celebrate another year with you. Whew! 2020 has been a doozie.
Although 2020 presented some real challenges, I am deeply grateful for loyal friends and readers like you who’ve stayed connected with me and continue to read my books during these difficult times.
It is my pleasure to share with you that for 2021, my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, has contracted books #1 & 2 of my new Doc Holliday Mystery series; Fatal Passion and The Bone Yard. TWRP has also contracted A Little Kringle Magic which is a Christmas themed Historical romance. I’m looking forward to seeing what the graphic artist creates for book covers, and sharing the covers with you. I don't have release dates, yet, however, as soon as I do, I'll post on my FaceBook page. So, stay tuned.
In the meantime, I’m busy conjuring ideas for Doc Holiday Mystery books #3 & 4. I can tell you that I've included plenty of red herrings to keep you, dear readers, guessing who the real killers are in each of the new mystery novels. Plus, there is a little magic in the Christmas story.
I look forward to continuing to provide you with exciting new stories that will give you reading pleasure for many years to come!
In the meantime, Bitter Autumn, Christmas at Hope Ranch, When Comes Forever, and my other novels are available in both print and Ebook. I've provided links to all of my novels, so feel free to roam around my website and look them over.
As always, stay safe, stay well, and HAPPY READING!