Sunday, February 24, 2013

THE SERPENT IN THE STONE Now Available For Kindle!

Just a quick post today to announce that THE SERPENT IN THE STONE, Book One in The Gifted Series, is now available for the Kindle for $5.99! Click Here to get your copy!

The official release date for print and other digital formats is June 28th.  I plan to do some release events for it, so keep your eye on this blog or go to my website at for further news.  Have a great day.  I know I will!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Little Reminder

It's no secret that I'm not fond of winter.  I haven't snowmobiled in years, and my skiing efforts are pretty laughable.  But I do appreciate beautiful things.
Today, the snow is falling light and dry, and it's perfect for checking out snowflakes.  My car is black, so while I was pumping gas and shivering out there in the wind, I noticed it getting liberally sprinkled with huge, intricate snowflakes of every conceivable shape.  I found myself wishing for a camera with a macro lens.  And while I still don't care for winter, I was reminded that even this season has its moments of beauty.
So there you have it: a little reminder from Mother Nature that everything has its purpose.  Even if it's just to make you stop and take a second look at how clever she is.  Enjoy your day!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Brr-r-r-r-r! (Wait For It)

It's been an odd winter so far, from stretches with ten inches of snow and bitter cold, to days of seventy-degree T-shirt weather.  And now, we're back to the cold stuff.  It's almost worse when you get that taste of spring, and then have to rewind to winter again.  I keep looking at my straggly butterfly garden, and dreaming of how it looks in high summer, when everything is green and bright-colored and smells lovely.  I look longingly at my snow-covered garden bench, and imagine stretching out there in that shady spot with a book while the world goes by.
It's the waiting game I always play at the end of winter, when the seed catalogs arrive in the mail to tempt me with what delicious offerings I could plant in my vegetable garden.  While my son is happy to put on his snow suit and tumble around in the drifts, I want to curl up on my couch with a plushy blanket, a thick book, and a cup of coffee.  Winter is definitely my season of hibernation.
I should be glad of it, as it keeps me at the computer, rather than roaming outside.  I'm plugging away at the middle of my latest novel, unequivocally my least favorite part of writing.  I'm always eager to get to my favorite part: the editing.  That's when my artistic side gets to come out to play, with the tweaking and fine-tuning it takes to turn a piece from its crude form to a polished work.  Writing is itself a sort of waiting game for me: a process that can't be rushed, or it comes out too soon and too flat.  So, I suppose I have to curl up (in my office chair) with my computer, my words, and that cup of coffee.  Because good things come to those who wait (and work, and write) for it.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

THE SERPENT IN THE STONE Release Date Announced

I'm very excited to report that the release date for THE SERPENT IN THE STONE, Book One of the Gifted Series, has been announced!  SERPENT will be released on June 28th, and it's a perfect summer read to sweep you away to an exotic place full of romance and danger.

SERPENT follows archaeologist Sara Markham, who's wrestling with more secrets than she can handle.  Sara is gifted, and while she struggles to hide that fact, she's searching for clues to unravel the mystery of her father's unsolved murder twenty years ago.  When Sara meets wildlife biologist Ian Waverly, she gets much more than she bargained for, because Ian has a few secrets of his own.

If you want to know more about the book, check out my book page for THE SERPENT IN THE STONE.  Keep checking this blog for more details, because I've got some fun in store for you as we approach the release date of THE SERPENT IN THE STONE!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14th is fast approaching, and that means Valentine's Day is almost here!  It's not just for your sweetie, either.  This is a day to celebrate all the loved ones in your life, be they a significant other, best pal, or four-footed friend.  And it's not just about the candy and flowers, either.  Pick something personal, a favorite thing, and present that to your sweetheart.  It means more than any shiny, expensive, generic bauble.  And don't forget the hugs and kisses!  They're free, plentiful, and always appreciated.  Happy Valentine's Day!

"Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own." ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.