Thursday, October 1, 2015

Simple Pleasures

One of my favorite times of day is in the early morning hours when the sun is just barely peeking above the mountains and the air is still chilly. The birds are just waking up from their nightly slumbers and cars idle in my neighbors' driveways, ready to whisk them away to work.

And here I am, sitting at my desk (a huge farmhouse table I searched high and low for), filling up blank pages with words of romance and conflict and falling in love. The house is quiet--there's no TV or music to distract me, just the birds eating greedily from my bird feeders.

As territorial hummingbirds chase each other away from the nectar I put out, my characters' voices fill my head and I scribble furiously to capture every one of their thoughts, words and feelings. Some days the words don't come so easily and the voices stay silent. But some days, when the morning sunlight shines through the trees just right, the words flow beautifully and plentiful, long past sunrise.

Yes, I write my books longhand. There's just something cathartic about putting a pen to paper and letting it scratch its way to the opposite margin. As much as I try to type my first drafts into my computer from the get-go, it just isn't the same. I have to let the words flow and not be distracted by the backspace key or that squiggly red line that appears under a word when I misspell it.

Somehow I have a feeling it doesn't matter how I get the words down, only that I do.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


I recently came across the cutest collectibles store! (For their Facebook page, click here.) Over the course of a few different visits, I found several items I just had to bring home with me. 

On the top right is a wall art canvas and I fell in love with the cute little bird and his nest. The bird journal was only five dollars and the perfect place to jot down my birding discoveries. The shabby chic stool/ottoman is great for my office and can be used as a chair or table, but my cat seems to have claimed it as her own.

I can't wait to see what treasures my next visit will bring!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

We Have a Winner!

Congrats to Jennifer S. for winning a signed copy of Mama's Ink!

There were over a thousand entries in the Goodreads giveaway (thank you so much to everyone who entered!) and because of your enthusiasm, I will definitely be giving away more books in the future.

Which book would you like me to give away next??? Something hockey-themed perhaps? Let me know!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wings and Daydreams

I know the subject of birdwatching doesn't appeal to all of you--to each his/her own--but these amazing winged creatures sure bring me a whole heck of a lot of joy. Because of that, I wanted to have a place where I can post as many bird photos as I want without the fear of alienating my readers here on my author blog.

So, I had an "Aha!" moment and decided to create a specific blog where I could write and rave about birds as often as I like. I just got a new camera to go along with my season pass to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and there will be many more photos to come.

The new blog is called Wings and Daydreams and I've had so much fun putting it together. Stop by and say hello and read more about what I found when I went through my old journal.

Now I'm headed back into the writing cave where my characters are calling my name. (Sometimes they are louder than the birds outside my window!) I'm working on a new book (along with its sequel) and if all goes well, I'll be able to share some more details about them here in the next month or so.

Until then, I'll be writing my little heart out to distract myself from wishing hockey season was here already.

Wishing you wings and daydreams,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Last chance to win!

This is the last week to enter to win a FREE autographed copy of Mama's Ink!

Click here to enter...and good luck!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cover Contest

Please take a moment to vote for Blind Ice in the 2015 Authorsdb Cover Contest...

Thank you!