Wednesday, October 3, 2018


My first book in print and I couldn't even get excited yesterday. After the company left on Monday I got a few things done but just chilled with Bob for the most part. Then yesterday I was sick. Just didn't care. How sad is that?!  I tried working through the morning then finally just crawled into my recliner with the afghan and slept for a solid 4 hours. Hubby fixed supper and did the dishes. Yep, he is my true-life hero.

First off, when I placed the order for the books, Amazon did grant me my 2-day free shipping (thank Goddess!) but gave me a delivery date of October 11... the day I need to leave for the Ozarks Creative Writers conference! So yeah, that had me nervous. So I was puzzled when UPS brought the box yesterday. Nothing on the outside gave any indication the package was from Amazon, just multiple strips of tape that said HEAVY on all the sides of the box. 

First thing I did was get out the box cutter to uncover the mystery and was quite surprised at the contents. I opened one to make sure the corrections I'd made were in place then left the box on the deck for Bob to carry into the office when he came home.

And there it sits. Nothing really to do with the books at the moment. I do need to take an autographed copy to my proofreader and a donated copy to the local library. I have 4 copies sold at the bank. Just need to take them in. 

Now that company is out of the way - for a few days - and I'm feeling better, my first goal is to get marketing sheets off to local newspapers. I know they should have been done sooner but I was afraid to jinx something. 

Now my next few days are all about getting the giveaways done for the conference. Are you coming? There's still time to register for the Ozarks Creative Writers conference (see link on sidebar). I do know that the block of rooms at Inn of the Ozarks are sold out but there may be rooms elsewhere available. There are also several hotels within a 2 mile driving distance as well as many cottages and B & B's if you want to treat yourself. We'd love to have you!

Friday, September 28, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Good Neighbor Day!

 Do you like your neighbors up close and personal? Or maybe you like a bit more privacy.

While I find row houses pretty, especially in this colorful collection, I am more of a Mayberry Front Porch kind of girl.

One thing I miss about living in the country is having a front porch to sit on and call to neighbors as they walk past in the evening.  

While I have a covered front deck now, and I try to make the space warm and inviting, there is just something about this front porch that makes me sigh with longing:

Are you a Mayberry front porch person, or prefer the row house where you can sit on the stoop and visit? Whichever you are, make time today to show kindness to a neighbor.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


I am so proud of this cover. Jaycee from Sweet 'N Spicy Designs did an amazing job! If you are looking for a cover artist, I highly recommend her. She is Affordable, Fast, Detailed.

I also can't say enough about my mentor, Sharon Holmes of Paperback-Press. She helped me get through my first upload to Kindle and KOPD. Okay, she did more than help last Friday. I was so hung over from lack of sleep trying to make sure everything was ready when I got to her place. She is NOT a small publisher.  She is a 'service provider'. That means she will help you with whatever stages of publication you might need for a fee. I know several authors working with her on both new and back-list projects. She is the most patient woman.  LOL

As some of you may know, AN OZARKS CHRISTMAS began as Ozark Angel, eons ago. Inspired by the Garth Brooks song, That Ol Wind, I knew there was a story. Here's a cover of the song by Richard Monaei:

I won't give all the details here because I want to save some secrets for the blogs I'll be visiting over the next two months. Here is the original mock of the back cover:

Note: the print is much more clear on the actual copy. 
I am just waiting on the results of my proof reader then I'm ready to hit the 'Publish' button. When I do, I hope to set Pre-Orders for October 1 then full launch on October 12th.

If you have any questions, have a blog and you'd like to host me, or just want to say hello, please leave your comment below or use the contact form on my side bar.

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 17, 2018


Okay, that might seem strange coming from someone who loves/ lives/ breathes traditional country/ bluegrass music, but like Donny and Marie - I'm a little bit Country and a little bit Rock n Roll.
I'm not sure why but I've always liked this tune from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. I became a fan after seeing her on Happy Days. LOL

On Friday, with help (LOTS of help) from Sharon Holmes from Paperback-Press, I got AN OZARKS CHRISTMAS uploaded to Kindle and KPD. I just need to get the proof copy back from a reader then I can hit publish!  I am so excited - and exhausted. This has been a really long few weeks ... and while the end is in sight, I still have tons of work to do. 

I will be doing the cover reveal TOMORROW! I hope you'll come back for that. I'll also have the cover across the board on several Social Media platforms. Links will be below on tomorrow's post.

My projects for this week are
A) detail the house for company and get fall decor up. I am SOOOO READY for fall.
B) get the notes compiled and the beginnings of the workbook pages completed. 

I am speaking at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs AR October 13th (conference runs the 11-13)The workbook is a companion book that I'll have available for sale.

Company will begin arriving on the 28th. Some will leave on October 1 and the rest on October 7th or 8th.  A long stretch of when I will get very little accomplished. There are still the giveaways for the book to put together. I have all of the components, just lots of cutting and gluing in my future.

Today, I'm detailing the kitchen and doing laundry. Going to be a long day! 

How do you fit your writing time in amongst LIFE duties? Have tips to share? I'd love to hear them!
Creative Blessings

Friday, September 14, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Cream Filled Donut!

Okay.. who doesn't like donuts. I love Bavarian Cream Filled. Chocolate just makes them even yummier!

What's your favorite donut?

Thursday, September 13, 2018


Here is my sage advice to all writers:
To become a better writer you must WRITE!

Over 8 years ago, I was in a miserable job wherein I drove an hour each way in Houston traffic and worked 4-10 hour days.  When I got to my 3 day weekend, I was a zombie and it took at least a day to recover and even find the place in the current story where I had left off the previous weekend. My solution was to try to write a mere 100 words when I got home after work, just to try and stay in the story. The result is that I am now on day 3,113 of daily writing. My goal for the past few years has been to write at least 1,000 words per day. If you want to be a writer, you must write. 


Here is your opportunity to win your very own copy of Do Or Die Cowboy!
Over the next 3 days, you have the opportunity to win just by leaving a comment below. You MUST leave a comment to be entered. 

June is giving not one but THREE copies away. So I'm going give you the chance to win EVERY day. On Friday I will draw a name from Today, one from Tomorrow and one from Thursday. So make sure you come back every day and leave a comment. You can only win once, so if you your name is drawn for Today, then I'll draw another name for Wednesday/ Thursday.


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