Monday, November 21, 2016

Me and Jim...

Before I was a writer, I was a reader...heck, I still am a reader.  And as such, I've read James Patterson! (Seriously, you'd have to live under a rock not to have read a James Patterson book!)  I'll confess, I loved when he showed up on Castle (one of my favorite and much-missed shows).  So please imagine my surprise when I found out that James Patterson and I had a relationship...of sorts.

It started with his book, Burn.  He named a character Holly Jacobs.  Awww.  I was thrilled.  Okay, so I'm not sure he's read Holly Jacobs, but let's pretend he has! LOL

So I named a character James Patterson in These Three Words.  I just want to be clear, my James isn't the James is a completely fictional character. And I'll confess, I utterly fell in love with my James who was waiting for his Anne.  His love was palpable and the scene always brought me to tears as I wrote it, and it has every time I've reread it.

But back to the James, not my James....  You see, after all our book flirting, James and I started hanging out on bestseller lists occasionally...

Yeah, I know.  How cool is that??  

Well, today takes the cake...James (the James, not my James) and I are on a bestseller list in Turkey!  Yes, we're now traveling overseas together now!  I think that's definitely a new step in our relationship! LOL

Unutma Beni

Next thing you know, he'll say, "Call me Jim" and we'll be hanging out together like he did with Castle.  We'll play poker (okay, so I don't play poker...maybe rummy??), drinking and talking about books.  Until then, we'll always have Turkey, Jim!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What I write...

I'll confess, on the surface, when I say, I write Women's Fiction/Romances, Sweet Romance, Romantic Comedy, Cozy Mystery, and Short Stories, it might sound like I write all over the place.  But to be honest, every book I write has more in common than not.

I was at a conference a few years ago and someone asked, "What is at the heart of all your books?"  And for me, it's family.  Sometimes it's a family by blood.  Sometimes it's people who come together and create a family, and sometimes it's people searching for their family...for where they belong.

You see...the same, but different.

Since people have asked, I thought I'd break down some of my more recent stories into a few categories.  Romance Plus. Romantic Comedy.  Homespun Stories. Cozy Mysteries. Short Stories.  
I hope you'll give all the categories a try, but if you find you have a favorite type, hopefully this will help you find new reads!





Homespun Romance

Cupid Falls

Christmas in Cupid Falls
A Simple Heart
Perry Square

Do You Hear What I Hear?
A Day Late and a Bride Short
Dad Today, Groom Tomorrow
Be My Baby
Once Upon a Princess
Once Upon a Prince
Once Upon a King
Here With Me
Whedon PA

Unexpected Gifts
A One--of-Kind Family
Homecoming Day
A Father's Name
Everything But...

Everything But a Groom
Everything But a Bride
Everything But a Wedding
Everything But a Christmas Eve
Everything But a Mother
Everything But a Dog

Valley Ridge

You are Invited...
April Showers
A Walk Down the Aisle
A Valley Ridge Christmas


Cozy Mysteries

Maid in LA series:
Spruced Up
Swept Up

Coming soon...
Can't Find NoBODY
If you love Quincy Mac,
You're going to love Markie Walkowicz!


Romantic Comedy

I Waxed My Legs for This?

Dear Fairy Godmothers:
Mad about Max
Magic for Joy
Miracles for Nick
Fairly Human

WLVH Radio Series...


Short Stories

Short Stories...
My 1st six shorts in one volume!
Able to Love Again

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

My Day of Beauty.

Holly's Shadow
I needed some beauty in my life today, so I went downtown.  I've been posting pictures of some of the beauty Erie has to offer on social media.  I think the world could use more beauty and glee right now.  I went to the Erie Art Museum.  And as I was taking a picture, I realized I could see my shadows and reflections in them.  I started to position myself differently, then stopped.  
Art is about finding something of yourself in someone else's vision.  And I realized that my shadows and reflections were literally putting something of myself into someone else's art.  

It really changed the way I looked everything.  And I realized it was something I needed to remember...we are all a part of each other.  We're part of each other's vision of the world!
Dietrich Wegner's Studies in Solitude...and my reflection as well as  the reflections of some of his other prints.
When I write a new book, you can see reflections of me and my beliefs in it.  You can also see reflections of my other books.

Dietrich Wegner's Studies in Solitude.  There's something almost magic about walking around a museum in silence and finding shadows of yourself in other people's art...and hearing yourself in the silence.

Jose Picayo's Polaroids...I can see my reflections quite literally in the face of a stranger.
Jose Picayo's Polaroids...We all have our shadows following us around. That doesn't mean there's not beauty.

Jose Picayo's Polaroids...I think there's a certain beauty in something that's a little beat up and well loved.

I have always tried to add beauty and love to the world.  Today's journey through the museum has thinking about how to do that in new, unique ways!


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Just One Thing...down a country road!

I set Just One Thing out near our cottage. Today, as we drove to camp, down in a hollow where I pictured this scene, we saw deer. I managed to get a pic. It was life imitating art!

Here's the scent from Just One Thing...

I stood as still as I could and waited. Then they came out. 

A doe and three fawns. I knew that deer had twins frequently, but I’d never heard of triplets. But there they were. So close I could have tossed a pebble and hit them. 

I wasn’t sure if the wind was blowing just right and they didn’t catch a whiff of my scent, or if they knew I’d never hurt them. But whichever it was, the four of them daintily leapt over the ditch and walked across the road. 

And I stood and marveled. 

Sometimes, you find yourself inadvertently in the dark. But I’d discovered that if you stopped fighting against it and just stood still, sometimes something marvelous comes along.

Beauty is everywhere.  I think there's a chance there's a it's frequently down country roads!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Giving Glee

I am not rich...but I try to give.  

Hold Her Heart
Sometimes I give a gift of time.  Frankly, I have less of that than I'd like, but I share what and where I can.  Like Pip in Carry Her Heart, I was the kindergarten story lady for years.  I love reading to kids.  Hey, I even sang.  They never mind that I am definitely not Broadway ready.  Raffi songs were a particular kindergarten favorite.  (And in case there are any other Raffi fans out there, he's touring in the US. I know this because a particular fan—an adult now with kids of her own— has tickets and is Broadway excited about it!)

I've volunteered in other ways...PTAs, school boards, nursing homes...

A Valley Ridge Christmas
But every year, in addition to my time I give to local organizations as well.  I have three areas I concentrate my giving on.  Hunger.  Education.  Community Enrichment.  You all know I love cooking (Cooks & Books).  Part of my love of cooking stems from the fact I like feeding people.  So the charities and organizations I give to all do that.  Places that feed people literally, but also places that feed people's minds and souls.  

As the year is drawing to a close (just a little more than couple months did that happen?) I'm reviewing my list.  Like characters I've written about, I realize I can't change the world or change all the world's hurts, but I will do my best to change my corner of it where I can.  

I hope you take a look around and find places near you where you can spread some glee as well!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Holly Jacobs, Ask the Author...Hold Her Heart

It's time for another Ask the Author...I'm talking about my Words of the Heart series and my newest release, Hold Her Heart. And holey jeans. Yes, my own wardrobe inspires my character's wardrobe.