Oct 142015
 

This post first appeared on October 11th at The Roses of Prose in honor of my good friend. It’s important enough to me, to include it on my own blog as well.

 

“The Paper Burns, But The Words Fly Away” – Ben Joseph Akiba

You’ve heard the term – ‘You look like you’ve lost your best friend.’ A sort of universal acknowledgement to denote unspeakable devastation, failure or loss. A couple of months ago, I literally lost my best friend. One woman, outside of my family, who meant the world to me.

Barbara Kerns Johnson and I met at a writer’s conference many years ago. Two strangers with the love of words in common, who went on to become inseparable friends despite our differences. While I’m a worrier tried and true, Barb was the exact opposite. She could have been the inspiration for the song – Don’t Worry Be Happy – and knowing her, she probably was. As time went on, we worked together, collaborated together, traveled together, enjoyed life together. That’s not say she didn’t drive me crazy at times. I’m sure she’d tell you I returned the favor and then some. Continue reading »

Sep 302015
 

You’ve seen this book here before, but bear with me because  ….. SATURDAY IN SERENDIPITY is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 cents. These stories of love rediscovered—Three Strikes Thursday; Two On Tuesday; and One Fateful Friday—take place around the week end of a twenty year high school reunion in Serendipity, Vermont.

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Among the six heroes and heroines, the most memorable character for me to write was Aaron Goodwin, the anti-hero who wreaked havoc in Two On Tuesday.

I’ll let him tell you more about it. Continue reading »

Sep 162015
 

Not only have some of us heard a form of the above from a frustrated adolescent we are equally frustrated at trying raise, I, for one, have thrown those same words at whatever WIP I’m struggling to finish and submit.

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t.

As with all things new, an undeveloped story idea is, in many ways, a gift. Something that comes to you from who knows where. Pristine and fresh. Ready and anxious to grow. So you grab hold and run with it.

Things go along fine for quite some time. You and your characters are getting along beautifully. Everyone is happy and content to do exactly what is expected of them. Life is good. Life is grand.

Then without warning or provocation It! happens. Anarchy of the worst kind invades this perfect world you and your characters have created. And you are at a definite loss what to do about It!. Continue reading »

Nov 242014
 

This column originally appeared on 11/23/2014 at The Roses of Prose.

It happens fast, doesn’t it? Summer ends, school starts, Halloween hits and – boom – before we know it we fall into the holiday season.

Parties, shopping, decorating, shopping, tree lighting ceremonies, shopping, family dinners, followed by shopping.

In our family, the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas isn’t quite as smooth as it could be. In our family, which includes me, my husband, our four children, three in-law children and four grandchildren, we have six birthdays to celebrate before we can fully break out the holiday cheer.

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Nov 052014
 

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Where does the time go?

It seems like we just brought the summer clothes out of storage and it’s already time to put them away in favor of winter wear. Then we need to figure out the menu and other details for Thanksgiving, prepare the gift lists and then shop for Christmas. Not to mention dispose of the jack-o-lanterns and leftover candy.

Because Halloween is over. A cold, windy and snow strewn Halloween for us this year.

That’s one thing about living up here in the North Country. We have an advantage of sorts. A distinct change in the weather, rather temperature that alerts us to the arrival of the next season be that spring, summer, fall or winter.

Which brings me to the topic for this week – pacing. Continue reading »

Oct 272014
 

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This week, I’m participating in Nancy Gideon’s Haunted Open House Blog Hop! For more Tricks and Treats, stop by Nancy’s Haunted Open House – She’ll be there all week with special guests and fun Halloween events!

Did you ever see Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein?

I did. When I was seven. The movie played as a Saturday matinee, a comedy, they said. My older brother and his much worldlier friend were on their way to see it.

Why couldn’t I go too?

At first my mother said no then caved in to the hissy fit I threw. Triumphant, off I went for an afternoon of fun.

Big mistake. Continue reading »

Oct 232014
 

October 23rd to 27th Saturday In Serendipity is on sale for just 99 cents!

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A Three Book Anthology

A twenty year high school reunion changes the lives of former classmates and leads to unexpected futures.

Three Strikes Thursday
Barry Carlson, a pro baseball success, could have any woman he wanted. Except one. Twenty years before, Barry won Amanda Marsh’s love, only to crush her heart. He’s returned to Serendipity, determined to win her back. Recently divorced, Amanda is happy—until Barry slides back into her life. Can they put aside old wounds and new misunderstandings to find a forever love?

Two On Tuesday
Blane Weston’s construction company needs the venture capital Matt Durand has. With his reputation for hostile takeovers, she wants no part of him. Mixing business with pleasure, she’s off to Serendipity to hook up with a former flame. Not used to being denied, Matt follows. How can Blane enjoy a journey to her past when Matt is determined to dictate her future?

One Fateful Friday
His high school reunion in Serendipity over, hospital CEO Jake Holbrook regrets his single state. When a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—he’s determined to keep her there. Family practitioner Bethany Thomas avoids an entanglement with her new boss, but unknowingly betrays him. As the holidays approach, can they overcome a lack of trust to find their Christmas miracle?

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I’m joining a number of other authors on October 26th for the Cheap Thrills Twitter Party. My time to be live is 12:00 to 12:30.

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Join us for more books on sale, giveaways and just plain fun, using the Hashtag #99CheapThrills.

For more information, and to ‘Like’ us, please go to our FaceBook page.

Oct 132014
 
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Length: 232 Pages
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Tied together as hostages in a bank robbery, an ex-race-car driver, Gina Branson, shares the shock of the bank guard, Thomas Woods, as he witnesses the murder of his twin brother.

Once freed, the roller coaster of Tom’s grief and rage alienates them on issues of retribution and clemency. Bound to each other from their first flicker of interest, the couple weathers both the bank-robbery trial and the death of Gina’s ailing mother to a final testing of their faith, trust and affection.

 

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Oct 012014
 

Get the facts straight and keep them there, verify your sources, check and double check your information for accuracy. Keep your work fair and objective. Build trust with your audience. Wise words for writers to adhere to – if said writers are newspaper and/or digital reporters or television news analysts. It’s the same with biographers and those who pen non-fiction books, articles and papers.

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Sep 172014
 

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What happens when former classmates get together for their twentieth high school reunion? Two books containing six stories Saturday In Serendipity and Road To Serendipity answer that question.

Please click over for a couple of free downloads, and join our cast of characters for a trip down memory lane.

Saturday In Serendipity brings you the following.

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