No, I haven’t . . .

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet. I’ve been teaching — and that’s an accurate statement for my current job. I, occasionally, substitute teach in a surrounding-area school district. I love the elementary age. They like learning — most of the time — and they haven’t turned lippy, yet. If you have a teenagers, middle school or high school, or have ever been around a teenager, you’ll understand. My current teaching assignment is for a straight six weeks and requires grading, extra meetings, student assessments, etc. Real teacher stuff. I love the school and the kids are . . . well, they are nine and ten year olds, what’s not to love? […]

Texas Trivia

Betcha didn’t know . . . 1) Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State. 2) The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. 3) The Austin state capitol building is made from 15,000 carloads of Texas pink granite. 4) The armadillo is the official state mammal – only in Texas would we name a ‘critter’ a state mammal. 5) The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was ‘Houston’. 6) More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States – okay, this explains a lot. No wonder I don’t understand many of my fellow Texans. We’re all batty! […]


All right, so I’m fast-drafting again tonight and the blog has to be quick. How about a few pictures from my recent Barnes & Noble book-signing? Yep, it was fun. Loads of people showed up and I sold out. How much better can it get? These are two of my hugely helpful CPs, Delores Shaffer (on left of pic) and LA Mitchell (on the right) They were terrific and kept me calm through all my insanity at the signing table. Thanks girlies! Oh, and please don’t ask me what I was doing in this picture. I know it looks like I was directing traffic and maybe I was, but it’s more likely that the camera […]


Started fast-draft today. For those who don’t know, fast-draft (the brain child of author and writing guru, Candy Havens) is a technique of setting a goal for writing X number of NEW pages per day and living with that commitment for 14 days. A group of writers bond together — each one making his/her goals public — then each writer is accountable for hitting that number. My page count is 7 new pages per day. No matter what happens, I’ve commited to writing SEVEN or 1,750 words each day. That’s in addition to any other writing commitments I have. Today, I edited 80 pages in front to make sure the transitions would be smooth then […]

13 Things You Don’t Want to Hear your Kid Say

After mothering for almost a score of years, I’ve decided there are a number of things that no matter which of your kids (daughters or sons) say, it normally means disaster. At least a little one . . . 1) I don’t know what happened to the dog/cat/bird/hamster/guinea pig – honest. 2) But I only added a little soap. I don’t know where all those bubbles came from. 3) Sure I closed the fridge door. Oh, you meant all the way! 4) Little Johnny said there isn’t any stork. So where do babies really come from? 5) Did I get the keys? You mean, like before I closed the car door? 6) Little Johnny’s mom […]

SOLD-OUT . . . next signing, Thursday, September 6th, 2007

All righty, then, my weekend at my HARM’S WAY book-signing was fabulous. I sold out, yep, that’s right, I sold out of HARM’S WAY in 45 minutes. Lots of wonderful family, friends, and co-workers all turned out for the event at Barnes & Noble in N. Richland Hills. It was unbelievably to walk in to the store and see so many familiar faces. Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming out to share this once-in-a-lifetime moment with me. To all who took pictures, please feel free to send copies to my email: Here are a few pictures from my dear friend and Romance Writer’s of America, Golden Heart finalist: LA Mitchell. If you […]

Thirteen Thursday

What I learned since signing my publishing contact . . . in no specific order! 1) Take time writing your book blurb.2) Share your good news with everyone you know.3) Order business cards — flashy and have them ready to pass out.4) Start a blog or journal on your website. Keep people posted on what’s ahead.5) Don’t be afraid of re-writes — tightening with the help of your editor is priceless.6) Join Yahoo groups.7) Ask questions of fellow authors, where do you get the gold ‘Autograph Copy’ stickers, did you host a book-signing? What worked? What would you do differently? 8) Order some of your books in print when they become available.9) Ask your CP […]

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

All right, all right, it’s hot outside, but not unbearable. Right now, temps are hovering in the mid-90s and for Texas in August, that’s almost sweater weather. Okay, maybe it’s not that cool. Fact is we, Fort Worth-inites are enjoying breezy afternoons, occasional cloud cover and the end of summer is almost upon us. Before the dog days of summer slip away, check out the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. Isn’t that beautiful? No, I’m not being paid by the Botanical society, although maybe I should send them a bill — just a small one. This is actually a message to my fellow Texans. If you’re heading through Fort Worth, stop for a visit at the […]