The reality of death

As a romantic suspense author, I spend more time than some people thinking about death. I think about murder methods, accidental death methods, and even question whether or not that particular character really needs (or deserves) to die. Last week, a real person in my life passed away. My father’s Uncle Mike, my grandfather’s baby brother (strange to think of […]

Why you should research first, work later

Choosing a title for a book is not an easy process. You might think it would be the easiest part, but it’s really a rather difficult thing to do. Generally speaking, I have a working title for my books until I’m quite far into them. Ripped Away, for example, was called “The Kidnapping Story” until I was probably at least […]

Caught up in the '40s

I briefly mentioned my latest story in my last post. You’ll also recall (I hope!) that I mentioned part of it is set in the 1940s. The idea itself was inspired by an article I read. The article was about a woman who, in 1949, disappeared. Her purse was found, along with a note to a man, but she herself […]

Getting older, sunburns and theme parks

I’m not old, exactly. But after yesterday, it is clear that I am definitely not young either. I took my kids to Legoland yesterday. They were offering a huge discount on admission for homeschooling families, and I saw it as a great learning opportunity for them, as well as being tons of fun. If you’ve never been, let me tell […]

Why settle for reality when there are dreams?

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. T. E. Lawrence My kids have some seriously wild […]

And Ripped Away is live!

So, tomorrow was intended to be the release date for Ripped Away. Amazon claims to take 12 hours to publish ebooks to the site, but they fibbed. Since Ripped Away is now LIVE on the Amazon site, I decided to go ahead and release it! So, you can now purchase your copy of Ripped Away. Here’s all the details: You […]