Friday, June 22, 2018

Trippin' with Holly and Susan—6







Susan Gable and I are talking about empty nests today. (My nest empties...then fills back up...then empties...) 

Climb in the backseat and come along for the ride...we'd love to have you join the conversation!

Holly

PS




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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Babies in Cages

I have built a career on family and love. On glee.  I have no glee today.

Before I started writing, I worked with breastfeeding moms.

One incident stands out to me. A mother who was going in for open heart surgery and wanted to continue breastfeeding her baby. I worked with her and her doctor and she managed it.  This was a mother who would do anything for her child.  She was in the middle of a health crisis and her first thought was for her child.

I totally understood, because I would do anything for my kids and family.  I would take bullet for them.  I would do anything.  Anything. I would do anything to see that they were safe and had a better life than I had.  I want to give them the world.

So I understand parents who are leaving countries where murder and mayhem reign.  They bring their children and make the hundred/thousand mile trek to our country hoping for asylum.  Hoping to keep their children safe.  Hoping to give their children a better life.  And when they get here, we take their children.  We put them in cages.  We put them in detention centers. We put them in tent cities.  We take babies and put them in cages. 

Babies in cages.

I haven’t slept for the last couple days. Every time I close my eyes I can see these children. I can hear their cries.  And my mother’s heart breaks because a baby is a baby. A child is a child. My human heart breaks.  And yet, I know that nothing I feel can begin to approach what these parents feel.  What these children feel.

Babies in cages.

I have built a career on family, love and glee.

I do not post political things here. I don’t want to bring politics to my sites.  I want to bring glee, optimism and hope.

But I can’t find the glee today.

This isn’t about politics.  This is about children.  About babies.

This is about our government taking children away from their parents and turning them into political pawns. Using them as hostages. This about them putting babies in cages.  This is about them setting up a system with no procedure to reunite these children with their parents.

We have had black stains on our country’s history.  Slaves. Taking Native American children from their families to “educate” them. Japanese internment.  I was aware of our past, but I thought we as a country had moved beyond those horrific stains. And yet, here we are in 2018 putting babies in cages.

So this post isn’t political. It’s about the kind of country we are.  This is about the soul of our country.  And I say, we are better than this. 

Today, please make calls to your representatives.  Not only on a federal level, but on a state level.  Tell them that babies don’t belong in cages.  Tell them to do their jobs and put a stop to this atrocious policy.

Because babies don’t belong in cages.

Those are words I never thought I’d say.





Monday, June 18, 2018

Trippin' with Holly and Susan—5



Deadlines and Procrastination....

Susan and Holly talk about how to get it done!
We talk again about how there's no right way to
write and work.
Climb in the backseat and enjoy the ride!!
write and work.
Holly



Have you picked up Quincy Mac's (our Maid in LA) newest adventure, Polished Off? 
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PS As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!
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In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books! Stop in, check them out and tell them I said hi!


Friday, June 15, 2018

Trippin' with Holly and Susan—4





While were stuck in Buffalo traffic, we talk about conference tips. Even if you don't go to conferences, some of the tips are applicable to life in general...things like, "There are only two types of people, those who know you and love you, and those who DON'T know you but WIll love you!"
Climb in the car!

Holly


PS As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!






In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books! Stop in, check them out and tell them I said hi!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Newsletter


Quincy is Back in Polished Off!!!

The fifth (and final?) installment in the MAID IN LA mystery series
—It's a climactic end for Quincy Mac, LA's favorite maid!
 

Quincy Mac came to LA as an aspiring actress, but when she inadvertently cleans a murder scene while working as a maid, she finds love, laughter and a bit of mystery!

Quincy Mac’s life has changed in the last ten years. Changed for the better. She’s happily married to Cal and their family is growing. She’s finishing up a television show, Cereal Killers, and working on new ideas with Dick. Life is perfect. Until one morning, when she heads for some coffee in the writers’ room and trips over…a zombie. A dead zombie.

She thought the only murders she had to solve were television murders, but when there’s a dead zombie on your mystery set and your name is Quincy Mac, you get down to work. 

at Amazon!
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Don't forget to take a trip down Briar Hill Road this summer!
Hey, everyone!!

I hope all my newsletter subscribers enjoyed the free novella, The Moments, last month.  It was my way of saying thank you for all your support.  Make sure you pick up the book that inspired The Moments, Briar Hill Road. It really is one of the most autobiographical stories I've ever written. My relationship with my mother-in-law inspired Haden and Kathleen's relationship in the book.

Thank you everyone who's told me how excited they were for a new Quincy story. I've loved watching her life change throughout the years.  That's truly one of my favorite parts of this series...watching her grow.  I hope you enjoy reading this new book as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Please stop in and leave a review when you're done reading it!

Wishing you all a marvelous summer!

Holly

PS. Check out my series of Trippin' with Holly and Susan videos. We're just two writers talking about books, writing and whatever else comes to mind!


 
 
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Trippin' with Holly and Susan—3


I hope you all enjoyed Trippin' with Holly and Susan in the first two videos.

In this 3rd episode we talk about conferences, going commando, Susan's fear of heights and Mary Kay Makeovers.


Climb in the backseat and go roadtripping with us!!
 
If you want to pitch in for gas, Hold Her Heart is for sale for $.99 this week! 

And if you haven't tried Susan Gable, you need to. Her 1st Hawkin's book, A Hero to Keep,  is free.


I hope you enjoy Trippin' with us! If you missed the first two, you can find them on YouTube.

Holly

PS As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!





In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books! Stop in, check them out and tell them I said hi!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Book Stories: Hold Her Heart



Hold Her Heart (On Sale This Week for $.99) is a standalone book, but it's part of the Words of the Heart series.

In Carry Her Heart, you met Pip, who gave a daughter up for adoption, then spent the rest of the book building a life around a daughter she didn't have.  My editor suggested I end the book with Pip getting her daughter back, but that seemed disingenuous.  When I told her the ending I planned, she teared up and said, Yes.  That.

The second book in the series, These Three Words, is a standalone story, built in that same "world" but you meet Pip's daughter in it. It's just a small cameo, but if you read Carry Her Heart, you know something's happening.

And in Hold Her Heart you find out what.

All three books in the series are first person...they're told entirely through the heroine's point-of-view.  Well, except a small letter at the end of Carry Her Heart and the opening of Hold Her Heart.  Those few paragraphs in each book are told through Ned's eyes.  Ned was Pip's neighbor, and in Hold Her Heart, he's her husband.  And every time Ned gets his chance to speak, he makes me cry. Every. Single. Time.

I know it's nuts.  I wrote the books.  I know how each ends...news flash, they all have Happy-Ever-Afters.

Once I get done crying over Ned's scene, one of my favorite lighthearted moments in Hold Her Heart is a young character who loves birds.  My heroine and the kid spend a great deal of the book talking about how groups of birds are named.  An Unkindness of Ravens.  A Murder of Crows. A Drift of Quail...

I've always found those fascinating. And in a book that has some heavy emotional moments, those birds gave me as the writer a break. Hopefully they gave readers a break too.

That's something important to remember.  Life isn't one thing or another. It's ups and downs. It's highs and lows.  And even at your lowest moments, you might find something to smile about.  That's the kind of truth I try to give to my stories.  I hope you find that in the Words of the Heart series.

Check out Hold Her Heart. It's on sale this week for $.99!

Holly



PS As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!





In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books! Stop in, check them out and tell them I said hi!