Cover Art

Just got my cover art (love it!) for the upcoming novel coming out this holiday season. Blue Lake Christmas Mystery is my first Christmas novel. I love reading Christmas novels and always wanted to write one, so feeling very pleased with myself for finally doing it.

Another first, my publisher is bringing out as a mystery, not women’s fiction. I’m excited about that as I’m working on another mystery and have a third planned for Winter 2017.


Blue Lake Christmas Mystery is a cozy read, although there is a murder at a holiday dinner party, perhaps resulting in a slight mix-up with the title, which was quickly fixed.



LoveAndDeathInBlueLake_w9872_300From my inbox this morning: “Your print book, Love and Death in Blue Lake, will be available for pre-orders also known as Latest In Paperback through the appropriate Wild Rose store today.” Here’s the link!

The email went on to say Love & Death will be available on Amazon between December 1-18, depending on Amazon’s schedule. Happy dance. Three books in three months is on:)

Terry Tyler wrote a very nice early review, my first for this book, here. Thanks, Terry:)

The Paris Notebook now on Kindle!

I know, another day, another way to buy The Paris Notebook. But lots of my friends have Kindles so I’m hoping to sell some, to get some “likes” at least. Not begging. Really! No reviews yet. The marketing genius at TWRP told me to google and the first three pages were all from this site. I stopped after that. Maybe it’s too early for reviews. Maybe I talk about myself too much:)

If you’re waiting for a real post, something meaty about writing, I’m working on one right now. It’s a guest post and will be on craft. I’m thinking the title might be “The Rules of Romance Writing” or maybe not. But I learned a lot working with my TWRP editor on this book, and I want to share, just in case you’re wondering why the love story you wrote is not considered a romance.

Sister Issues


2 sisters + 1 husband = trouble. That’s my tag line for Sister Issues, finally for sale for $0.99 on Kindle and Amazon. Also now available on Nook.

Thanks to so many people who helped me along the way. Karen McQuestion who first asked “why not do an e-book?” (I read Karen’s novel on my husband’s phone because I didn’t have a Kindle yet!) Becky who did it first and send me her tutorial. My son Mike who coded the book. My friend Shirley, who recommended Guido Henkel for formatting advice. My daughter-in-law Jessica and her sister Meghan, who found the perfect cover shot and allowed me to use it.

Guido and Mike held my hand through the day yesterday until the book was up! You wouldn’t believe the stupid questions I asked them both, but they were sweet and patient with me. Now I sort of know what writers being interviewed mean when they are asked why they decided to become a writer. “I suck at everything else.”

I was a good teacher, but I am hopeless with tech stuff. Lucky for me, other generous people are not. Thanks everyone for your help and support! If you’d like to read the process it took (starting in 2004!) to get from there to here you can see it on this page.