• Coffee mugs & Family Peace teaser #5

    My kids* and friends who visit open my cabinets and gawk. Wow. Lots of coffee mugs. I like to have a souvenir from places I visit, so why not something useful? Mugs can be so much more than containers for coffee and tea. They are great for ice cream – hold the handle and your […]

  • Family Peace, Christmas, & lasagna

    The final countdown has begun. I shipped the files for the novel to Jaye Manus for formatting. In a few days – assuming Jaye can make heads or tails of the .doc file – I’ll be reviewing proofs for Kindle format! You can’t imagine the work that goes into formatting a Word document to make […]

  • Keeping the Family Peace – teaser #4

    Final revisions are humming along & truly, the end is near! Here’s another snippet from the novel. It’s Christmas time, 1995. Jack is the patriarch of the family Peace. Holidays are usually celebrated with the whole family, but not this year… ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Jack wondered if quiet holidays would be the new […]

  • Cover reveal for: Keeping the Family Peace

    Ladies & gentlemen, the time draws near! I’m working on the final revisions of my mainstream family drama novel, Keeping the Family Peace. Its initial release will be on  Amazon in December. Keep your eyes on my rambling here for that announcement. But today, I give you the book cover, created by Travis Pennington at […]

  • Thursday Walks & Family Peace teaser

    Happy Thanksgiving! The leftovers have been put away and the house is quiet. Chatted with S#1 and texted with DD; talked about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with S#2 – well, not really. He slept late, grabbed a bite to eat, jumped in his ’93 Dodge, and hit the road to visit his […]

  • Family Peace teaser #2

    I signed up for a Loglines class at WANATribe. WANA – “we are not alone” – is a social community for creative types, a place to encourage & support each other through the writing & publishing process. It was started by Kristen Lamb, who I’ve pointed to numerous times here. You can read all about […]

  • Keeping the Family Peace tidbits

    I bet you’ve forgotten that Keeping the Family Peace still occupies a corner of my mind. Why would you remember? Lately, all I’ve talked about is Star Wars or the Third Crusade. We could just pretend that you’re on pins & needles waiting for my debut novel. How cool! How about a little teaser? Some […]

  • What you don’t want to know…

    I was going to tell you about my growing pile of historical reference materials, but then I read that writers shouldn’t bore folks who read their blog with such mundane things. You don’t want to hear about my writing process, or my research, including why I spent 3 hours dredging through a handful of books, […]

  • tonight they hear THE END

    I attend an (almost) weekly gathering of writers here in town. Cathy, Mark, and Marie have eagerly offered their critiques on the writing I’ve subjected them to, everything from Star Wars to historical fiction, poetry to drabbles, and my current endeavor, Keeping the Family Peace. For almost three years, I’ve heard words of encouragement that […]