Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Building a Life is live

When you have lived with a builder for over 30 years, it's a natural step to write a story that involves building a house. Finalizing the revisions for Building a Life was done during the construction phase of the last house my husband built for us and I'm sure he laughed when I would come out of our trailer (parked on site for convenience) and ask an obscure question about building while he was working.

In every book there is a little real life. In this book, the soccer scenes, especially the goals scored by Nick, came from my son's high school championship team. He played center forward, just like Nick, and it was pretty fun to sit in the stands and listen to other soccer moms cheer for Hendo, the nick-name his team gave him. So here's a shout out to Scott for the inspiration behind the soccer scenes!

My next project, Daisies in the Driveway, is ready for revision. But the month of May will be focused on traveling and I won't get back into the swing of writing until the middle of June. My husband and I are going to Japan to see a friend (we call her our Japanese daughter) and her family. Perhaps our trip will give birth to more ideas for stories down the road!

In the meantime, Building a Life, is now available from Amazon and booksyoucantrust.com.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Building a Life

After weeks and months of revisions and finalizing cover art, my new novel Building a Life is in the final stages. Release is set for May 1st or 2nd. Here is a sneak-peak at the cover:
And a little bit about the book:


Sara Castleton resolved to make better choices now that there was a new life growing inside her. When her husband, Peter, plowed through that stop sign and left this world, he left a mess behind. Picking up the pieces of her shattered life and finishing the house Peter started could be the answer to her future, but she needed help.
When Nicholas Bradford was asked to step into Sara’s unfinished house project, he reluctantly agreed. He didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Peter’s friends and business associates, but one look at his pregnant widow and Nick couldn’t say no.
Before they know it, they aren’t just building a house, they’re Building a Life.


I'm so excited to be teaming with Books You Can Trust Publishing on this project. They have been excellent to work with.

Now, back to the keyboard to finish the next one! (Daisies in the Driveway)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Spirit of Christmas - my new novella

It's the same old story. Too much going on. Too little time to stop and post ideas, thoughts, and events. I've not only neglected my blog, but Facebook, emails, and my telephone. I'm such a disappointment to myself when it comes to communicating...except for my stories. There is that. So, in the context of communication and announcements, I'm happy to say my next book is ready to be published and I'm waiting only on the proof copy for final review. It's a Christmas novella (everyone must write at least one, right?) based on the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I've twisted it slightly and turned it into a romance. It's called THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS. Here's the book description:

George Stone can’t wait for the Christmas season to be over and his employees, especially his executive assistant, Kathryn Gleason, focused once again on their work. When a missing report requires George to stop in at Kathryn’s parents’ home the day before Christmas Eve, he ends up as an unexpected guest. Between the haunting journals of his late grandfather and the unsettling dream of an unhappy future, George is swept away by the magic of Kathryn’s charm and her family’s love.

Will the Spirit of Christmas show George the happiness he’s missing and will Kathryn’s warmth and beauty melt his cold heart? 

Estimated day to go live is January 12th. 


Friday, July 14, 2017

This week, I discovered new (to me) author, Christene Houston, and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in her series Snowflake Falls Romance, Cookie Girl Christmas and When Fireflies Sing. Great reads with engaging characters and some pretty funny scenes. Here's the first line from Cookie Girl Christmas:

"Call out the Coast Guard, I think we're out of buttercream."


Friday, June 30, 2017

I've been reading a lot of anthologies lately. I like reading stories by different authors, usually along some kind of theme. Occasionally, I find a new author in a group that really peaks my interest and I end up with several of their individual novels added to my collection. That happened with the anthology "Man of My Dreams." In this group you'll find the novel Jett (Descended) by Dana Pratola. It's a contemporary romance with a supernatural element - not scary, more like superheros. I'm not usually a fan of such stories, but this one captured my attention and I truly loved the characters. It didn't hurt that the heroine was an artist. I liked it so much, I bought all three of the rest of the series. Can't wait to read them this coming week. So here's the first paragraph (because one line isn't enough) of the first book of this series by Dana Pratola:

"The light was no match for him. He could become one with any shadow or light, keeping his presence secret for as long as he wished, causing a man to believe his mind was playing tricks. Or he could be the last thing that man saw before he met his Maker. There were prices to be paid for his rare gift--consequences--but none dissuaded him from his mission."

Friday, May 12, 2017

LDStorymakers this week! My daughter and I are headed to Provo, Utah this week for the LDStorymakers Writer's Conference. Juggling work and school has been fun while traveling, but we are ready to begin the writing adventure tomorrow. To pass the time while traveling, I picked up Shanna Hatfield's series Grass Valley Cowboys. Living in Oregon, I love that she sets her stories nearby and references places I'm familiar with. Although Ms. Hatfield is a master of head-hopping, I still love her romances and enjoy getting to know what seems like an entire community. Every book has a theme: plan, romance, love, falling, etc. and each chapter begins with a quote based on the theme. The first book in the series: The Cowboy's Christmas Plan starts the reader off introducing the Thompson brothers. They are all fun reads. Here's the first lines of the first book:

Cadence Greer gaped at her boss in disbelief. "I don't think I heard you correctly, Neil. Would you please repeat that?"

Happy Friday!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Finally back to normal. Hope to have time to write this week. My book is calling to me...:) Here is my first line for this week. Sierra St. James is the pen name for Janette Rallison. I met her at the LDStorymaker's Writer's Conference last year and she signed my book. I love meeting authors! Her book What the Doctor Ordered was a funny, off-beat romance that I loved.

"The topic of conversation at the Baxters' dinner table was insanity."

Happy Friday everyone!