Tuesday, October 19, 2021


 Good morning!

We are back with a Christmas story review today. I hit NetGalley pretty hard last month requesting Holiday reads. 

Today, I'm introducing you to Jessie Gussman.


USA Today best-selling author Jessie Gussman writes sweet and inspirational romance from her farm in central Virginia. Having attended, but never graduating from the school of hard knocks, Jessie uses real life on the farm to inspire her cowboy, rural and blue-collar fiction.

When she’s not chasing kids, cows and the occasional roll-away haybale, Jessie enjoys wading in Naked Creek and not cleaning her house. Most of the time her main goal is to keep from catching herself on fire…again.

While looking for Christmas books to review for this season, I came across DREAMING OF HER COWBOY'S KISS, released last November.


Ethan Shuff had spent a miserable childhood with an abusive father and a mother addicted to drugs and men.

No one had ever even pretended he wasn’t in the way, or that he was wanted.

Not until Race and Penny Steiner opened up their home and their lives to him. When they adopted a group of six siblings, Ethan stayed on the farm to help and to be a good example for the kids. He never intended to fall in love with the oldest sibling, Ruby.

Ruby Barclay became responsible for her siblings at age sixteen. She fought the state, social workers and anyone else who stood in her way until she had her brothers and sisters reunited and together under one roof.

With that mission accomplished, she will let nothing stand in the way of her next dream – becoming an accomplished surgeon. Maybe with more competent medical care, her parents wouldn’t have died.

She doesn’t have time to mess around and she’s not interested in silly boyfriends. If she gets married, it’s going to be to someone who shares her dream of saving lives.

But the dark eyes of the boy who’d fought for her when she was a teen haunt her nights, and maybe under her drive and ambition, she could admit that she still dreams of her cowboy’s kiss.

I had a hard time getting into the book past Chapter 1. The whole set-up just didn't seem to jive. I get being thrown into a situation out of the characer's element and making it work, bre wut I think this really stretched the rope a bit too tight. There were a lot of repetitive 'she can't do this because' passages. We get it. They are polar opposites in what they think they want from life. But in the words of Mickey Gilley, 'the lady takes the cowboy every time'.

While the story did lend us to appreciating abilities of both characters, there just didn't seem to be enough tension between the two characters to make you want to really root for them. 

DREAMING OF HER COWBOY'S KISS is Book 1 in the Cowboy Mountain Christmas series and is available on Kindle as of this post for .99.

I'm giving Dreaming of Her Cowboy's Kiss:


You'll find Jessie Gussman on the following links:

Monday, October 18, 2021



Good morning, friends.

I have a light week this time. Bob leaves out on the 26th so I try to spend as much of his last week home with him. That doesn't mean I'm not working on something.

# Plan November Videos
# Final Preptober Activities
# Sprints

I've been trying to write every day. It's not always happening but I'm getting better.

Do you struggle for time to write?

All my best

Thursday, October 14, 2021


 Good morning, friends.

As we approach the half-way point of Preptober, there are still tips to learn from those who've been there.

Today, we have Anna Sacket. She is a courrent youtuber... meaning she's still out there learning and sharing. 

All my best

Monday, October 11, 2021

Monday Motivation

Good morning, friends!

I am still in Eureka Springs. The conference ended on Saturday night. Most everyone checks out on Sunday morning. I like to hang over a couple extra days to decompress from all the hustle and bustle of the conference, letting the peace and tranquility of Eureka Springs cleanse me. 

This Victorian pencil house has always been one of my favorite places to visit. I always said if I won the lottery, I'd buy this place and make it a private writing retreat. Two years ago when I was last in town I noticed someone has been working on a serious remodel. I look forward to seeing the progress... maybe this afternoon.

The hotel is quiet. In a little while I'll go up to Myrtie May's for lunch then take a walk up the 'red line' to check out some of the houses. Maybe even get to peek inside one or two. One thing about Eureka Springs residents and business owners. They are some of the most friendly people you'll ever meet. Once you get away from the touristy downtown, the neighborhoods are so relaxing. I'm sure I will find someplace to do some writing.

Since I can walk up to the Crescent Hotel (or take a trolley), I might take time for some really good pizza at the Skybar. If weather permits, pizza and a glass of wine on deck sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon. 

My Top 3 for this week:

* Relax & Recharge

* Shop

* Take advantage of the time I have in Eureka Springs to make notes on An Ozarks Homecoming

There's something to be said for stopping and smelling the roses.

All my best


Thursday, October 7, 2021


 Good morning, friends!

I'm sharing NanoWrimo Writing tips for the Beginners. But let's face it... every year is a new beginning. We're supposed to start fresh... unless, as The Patchwork Nerd talks about in today's videos, you can play with something that you just need to finish! 

I know, in my case, I don't have enough of Book 2 to count. What I've been doing hasn't been working so I'm going to be starting from scratch... almost.

I like this young lady's point of Self-Care.  We 'll talk a bit about this in my YouTube video tomorrow. I hope you'll join me.

For now, let's see what The Patchwork Nerd shared from 2018. Note: she hasn't posted in a year but we can still learn from past content.

All my best

Wednesday, October 6, 2021



Good morning, everyone!

I've been super busy over here trying to finalize my presentation for the Ozark Creative Writers conference. I've also had to deal with truck repairs. I will resuem the Author Spotlight & Review next Tuesday.

There's still time to join me at this amazing multi-genre conference. We have an Early Bird presentation on Thursday afternoon followed by a meet n greet Welcome Back party. Masks and Social Distancing are required but we will still be having tons of fun and would love for you to join us!

The Conference kicks off with our keynote on Friday morning with Bill Bernhardt. He will be talking about what Best Selling Books have in in common. 

I have two sessions (back to back) on Friday afternoon on the importance of blogging as well as a 'how to' for authors. 

Click this LINK to be taken to the main page. You'll find everything else by following any of the tabs.

In the meantime, I've kicked off my AuthorTube channel. We're talking about PREPTOBER. Don't know what that is? Check out my first video.  Future videos will run on Fridays.

I'll see you back here on Monday for more Motivation to KEEP GOING!

All my best


Monday, October 4, 2021

MONDAY MOTIVATION - The Countdown Begins!

Good morning, friends!

There's still time to join us!

I'm scheduling this a full week ahead as this week is going to be nuts as I prepare for my trip to the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs AR. I will be presenting back-to-back sessions on Friday afternoon. My topic: Blogging is not dead. 

My Top 3 for this week is really simple:

* Pack

* Clean the house

* Prep meals for Bob

Mind you, Bob is quite capable of cooking for himself. He's a very good cook. But, there's still that 1950s hosuewife upbringing that won't let me go on a trip without ensuring Bob at least has a few things he can heat up. He also eats out on occasion.

I love going to Inn of the Ozarks. The place has become 'home away from home'. I've been staying at the hotel at least once a year (except 2020) since 1996). I've made many friends there. Here is a short video about the hotel & conference center:

One of the things I hope to do is visit the Bridgeford House B & B. Bridgeford House was the inspiration for Stephanie's home in An Ozarks Christmas. I've never seen the inside. I'm hoping for a tour.

There are a couple other places I'm hoping to check out as they relate to An Ozarks Homecoming. Maybe a bit of on-sight inspiration will kick this book into gear!

I've scheduled posts for the next couple of weeks so the blog won't be totally deserted. 

All my best