Book Signing Joys

November 22nd. 2021

I’m incredibly grateful for readers, friends, complete strangers who happen to walk in to a store and don’t run when I tell them about my books. It was thrilling to see folks last week, have them indulge me about talking up the new novel, Comfort Zone, and then a keepsake memory to see them walk away with a book or three in their hands.

To be able to connect with someone who enjoyed my story is a joy indescribable. Most writers write for their own pleasure (or compulsion, one of the two.) Yet, there’s no feeling quite like leaning over a table and sharing highlights, tidbits, and insider scoop with a reader who delighted in the story. For those writers who yearn to connect with readers again, hang on. Better days are coming. For readers who like to connect with authors, thank you. You, dear ones, apply the dose of encouragement that keep writers at our desks.

Cover Reveal for Comfort Zone!!

October 19th. 2021

Today is the day I share with the world the handiwork of Holly Forbes of Forbes and Butler. She’s taken my notes about the new novel and created a dreamy cover that will hook readers who shop bookshelves. I’m so excited to reveal it here!

Does it inspire you for a cozy, autumn reading night? Here’s the blurb:

Anna Weber, an appraiser who gives value to other people’s found treasures is on assignment to research a handwritten sheet of music, After helping a stranded motorist, she discovers she’s rescued retired NFL quarterback Jack Moses. His confidence and fascination for solving problems makes him impossible for Anna to ignore even as they both dart along separate deadlines to save the finances at an inner-city school. Little does Anna know that as she wrestles with secrets from her past and a suspicious approach to people, Jack is running too. As a nemesis threatens Anna’s young daughters, these two unlikely partners discover that it’s in stepping back from years of self-sufficiency that Anna and Jack can find the best treasure of all: a series of sweet, second chances. 

In other bookish news, Comfort Foods continues to win wonderful book awards –three this summer!! I’m so honored and humbled when judges and readers choose my stories for their reading pleasure.

Please stay with me as I share the release date for this exceptional story about overcoming sorrow and fear to find the hope for better days.

Honored by the 5-Star review from Literary Titan for Comfort Foods!!

September 8th. 2021

Hearing praise for story craft is something that goes right to this author’s heart. The words in this review are ones I can savor.

A 5 Star Review of Comfort Plans

September 5th. 2021

It’s wonderful to read a review of a book that is the first in a set, and sometimes overlooked by the new releases. I’m grateful and honored by these words, and hope you’ll be encouraged to take a leap into a set of stories about women discovering their grit and sweet second chances.

Writers and World Influence

August 18th. 2021

As I mourn the apparent setback for a country emerging from domination by terrorists, I’m reminded in several corners, the influence writers have to create controversy, introduce radical ideas, and offer hope. Writers in this age have used their pen to change world views—some for the better. These feel like desperate days with earthquakes, floods, pandemics, governments falling, and egos run amok, but it helps to take a few deep breaths and realize our earth has endured worse.

As a believer in Christ, and hope for an afterlife with God in heaven, I see the selfishness, arrogance, pridefulness, and violence raging today as more evidence of how dearly we need faith in our hearts. Humans can’t handle big tasks well. Since the beginning of recorded time–and let’s thank a writer for keeping the documentation going–we have stumbled at almost every juncture, ruining good and noble ideals set before us. And yet, the sun still rises, babies are born, and harvests yield nurishment.

That’s not to say there haven’t been strides in human development, civilization, medicine, arts, education, and society–there have been, and I’m grateful to live in the age where personal freedom is more widely available than ever before. But I have to ask . . . can we turn the camera lens off ourselves for a while? Quiet the talking heads. Urge writers to go where people really live, beyond the satellites signals and the advertisers’ agenda, and reconnect with humanity, nature, and faith. That’s where we find what’s worth writing about . . . that where we’ll discover the truth that is worth sharing. Maybe, that’s where peace lives.

Wedding Goodness

August 13th. 2021

Last week, my only son married a beautiful woman; full of accomplishments, talents, and a devotion to the Lord that brings me such joy. I’m not sure I could have scripted a more perfect wife for my son, but time will tell. We’re all a little giddy these days.

Weddings are different now, some things more intentional others more elaborate, but if love is at the center, then the rest is just frill. They’d chosen to marry at the Hotel Emma in San Antonio, and that destination was an architectural jewelry box. Having written novels about architects, restorations of decrepit spaces, and the stories that walls tell–I was enchanted by this location. Because of my interest in all things wedding related, I regret that I didn’t linger longer in the library, take the history tour, or explore the old brewery elements utilized as light fixtures and decor throughout. That’s what the next time is for, right?

So many good stories are hidden in the structures we create, and I’m drawn to those elements almost as much as I am by characters. We’ll see how I do with this new novel I’m writing, and hope that Comfort Zone (due out at the holidays) will have the zing of repurposing in all its many twists.

I’m attaching a photo a friend snapped of me in the library at the Hotel Emma. It’s one of those keepsake photos, and maybe it will appear on a novel’s backcover or maybe just my husband’s bedside table, but it was a thoughtful gesture.

Awards Across the Pond

June 23rd. 2021

Comfort Foods, my third women’s fiction set in Comfort, Texas, just won the International Impact Award!! I’m honored and giddy=honiddy. It’s a delight to discover the places my book travels and so humbling that among the thousands of new books coming on to the book each month, one of mine would be selected.

There’s something about a woman discovering her grit, in a small town with memorable characters, that transcends international borders. Grateful to readers who share my love for second chance stories.

5 Star Reviews and Cookies

May 28th. 2021

Rainy days mean cookie baking at our house. It’s a tradition that even the neighbor kids relied upon. The days of hosting impromptu cookie parties are history for this empty-nester, but even better than a gooey oatmeal cookie is another 5-star review for my most recent novel, Comfort Foods. Cooking, baking, and shopping for food are such an intrinsic part of my DNA (my need to explore grocery stores, even while traveling, is the the stuff of therapy for my children,) it was a natural leap from mooning over a photos of food on social media, to mixing up all the elements and writing a novel about comfort foods. The difference is subtle in the title because the very real town of Comfort, Texas, is the setting for three of my women’s fiction stories. This one is unabashedly about food. And love. But mostly, food.

To receive 5-star reviews, particularly from Reader’s Favorite, is a that dash of fresh basil on a tomato bisque–perfection. I’m so excited to hear from folks who’ve enjoyed these stories, and having lovely reviews is like jet fuel for new readers. Thank you to those hard-working reviewers out there who get a tall pile of books to read every month. Grateful authors everywhere, salute you.

Yay for Comfort Foods!

Days in Comfort

May 13th. 2021

Due to the delight of my son’s upcoming wedding to a girl from Boerne, Texas, we were able to stretch several days of wanderings, musings, and refreshments into a research trip to Comfort. Though I write fictional stories set there, the town of Comfort, Texas is quite real. They’d be miffed if you thought otherwise. Visiting the library, some of the shops that sell my books (and show up in the stories,) and meeting new friends all rolled into one long week that refreshed my senses.

The house we rented for the week had an endless view of the valley between two hills and the far distant lights of Boerne, Texas. Deer, cats, and chickens roamed the few acres and our perch from weathered rocking chairs was an ideal seat on the comings and goings. We visited nature centers in Boerne and Kerrville, spent a delicious few hour or so on the porch of the Dodging Duck, and celebrated becoming co-in-laws with the fiancee’s parents at Peggy’s on the Green. Of the many shops I popped in and out of, Bechant’s on Main Street in Boerne was a jewel box (like a mini-Neiman-Marcus.)

I’ll attach a few photos here, so you can see why I’m inspired by the Texas Hill Country, and hope to roll out a new novel (the 4th in the series!) set in Comfort.

At a flower farm in Blanco.
with Mary Anne at the Comfort Public Library
Can we call this supper?
Home away from home.

A lovely review.

January 12th. 2021

I’m so grateful when people who read books professionally, seem to enjoy spending time in the world I create on pages. I hope readers feel the same.