April 7, 2019

By now you all know about the Dear Heart ring, and the fact that I own it, and rarely take it off.

But what you don't know is that my Dear Heart ring was once desecrated beyond recognition when a shopping-mall kiosk jeweler tried to replace a stone that had fallen out and gotten lost. He botched the job so badly that my ring looked like it had been worked over by a thug with a baseball bat with orders to mai...

March 24, 2019

So, here's the thing.   I've been taking it easy the last couple of months.  That doesn't mean that I wasn't working, I was.   But I didn't have any deadlines, and I could move at the speed of molasses and just do what suited me when it suited me.  I was getting used to laid-back living and starting to like it when BLAM!  February hit, and I've been running my ass off at full speed ever since....

January 13, 2019

Just when I thought I had it all mapped out, WHAM, don't I get hit with a thunderbolt of inspiration that would not be denied?   I knew it was the real deal because I spent all day Friday in my nightgown selecting photos for the characters, posting teasers on Facebook and Twitter, and updating my website.  And I couldn't get through those preliminaries fast enough so I could get back to the manuscript....

January 6, 2019

I've been deliberately absent from social media for the last few weeks -- not because I got lazy, or distracted by holiday hoopla, or because I was glued to my television, binge-watching all seven seasons of Game of Thrones (which I was).   No.  I had a few things to figure out and I had to take a step back so I could take stock.   

So here's the thing.  I love creating uni...

December 23, 2018

... from my family to yours!  Hope you enjoy these photos of our happy Christmases. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2019.   See you next year!  

December 22, 2018

As some of you already know, I started out writing short stories.  I went back and re-read a few of them last week and it seemed to me that they withstood the test of time.  I thought I'd try to re-publish them, but ultimately I decided to offer them on my website for free so my legions of  fans won't think I'm a one-trick pony.

This week I'm posting "Growing Pains," a story about a daughter w...

December 16, 2018

My mother was a modern woman before there was such a thing.  She was wise and practical, and uncommonly independent even though she was devoted to my father.   She married young, lived with my father's parents while he served in Korea, and had me while he was traveling across the country by train to try to get home before I arrived, which he didn't.

She got a job at a time when women who worked wer...

December 9, 2018

This week I'm featuring the first story I ever published, "Dear Daddy, Dear Kristen."  I remember how upset I was when it came out and I discovered that it had been edited.  But when I re-read it as I was preparing the story for my website, I recognized that it needed editing.   Back in those days I was more concerned about word count than I was about making sure that every word advanced the story...

November 18, 2018

If we were to go around the table on Thursday and list all of the things we're thankful for,  here is who I'd thank (in no particular order):

Arthur -- my husband of nearly 45 years, who was the prototype for Bill in Dear Heart -- supportive, steadfast, loyal and true and the personification of unconditional love.   Yes, he sometimes drives me batshit crazy, but that's nothing compared to what he's had...

November 11, 2018

So here's the thing:  if your last name isn't Rockefeller, chances are you can't afford to buy every little thing your that heart desires.   Last week was a particularly tough week for passing up treasures, but I did it, and here's the list of all the stuff I wanted to buy, but didn't.  

A vintage wooden box with a heart cutout in the handle.  $19.95, which wasn't bad, and $10.95 for ship...

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