Monday, February 21, 2011


There are times when I feel like I can identify with Homer every day. Doing this job involves a lot of things besides writing. I do my own promo stuff and everything else connected with the business of being a writer, so despite my best intentions I manage to goober up something. Recently I put out the word that I'd posted an excerpt from my upcoming book, Home By Nightfall, on my website. Today I received an e-mail from an understandably confused reader who read Home By Morning and said she couldn't find that excerpt anywhere in the book. I suppose that was because I forgot to change the title at the top of the web page. I have since fixed that error and you can find the same excerpt right here.

So thanks budde1600 for alerting me to this.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Most Romantic Holiday of the Year

No, the banks don’t close and yes, you’ll still get mail delivery. Filled with candy message hearts that are more fun to read than eat (sorry, to me they taste like antacid tablets), chocolate, flowers, jewelry, naughty lingerie and just about any other personal gift one could think of, it’s the day on which we celebrate romance. With all of its heartaches and joys, runaway pulses and tears, Shakespeare said in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

As a writer and from personal experience, no one is better acquainted with that fact than I am. My stories abound with bumpy roads and the quickening of love—new, old, and revisited. Some years we have a love to celebrate. Other years we’re eating popcorn and watching old movies with the dog or the cat. Never mind about that. If you’ve got an e-reader, I’ve got a love story for you, complete with bumpy roads, the breathless anticipation of a blooming romance, and a happy ending.

PLUS, I’m offering something special at my website: an excerpt from my new book, Home By Nightfall. I confess that I’ve been dawdling about finishing it—ask any author and they can come up with at least ten reasons that keep them out of the word processing program and busy with something else. By giving you this small gift, I’m giving myself one as well. A reason to put my butt in the chair and my hands on the keyboard. I can’t take credit for this advice. Author Linda Needham always told aspiring writers that it’s the only secret to writing a book. She’s right, of course.

So have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, either with your co-celebrant or with my fictional lovers. Or both!