The perfect song – even without those two words reminding me of a certain book.

I’m in a state of disbelief another year is just about gone, and so, what better time to gather up some pictures and share them here, thereby providing a “snapshot” of 2016 in review! To say it’s been a wonderful, fun filled, exciting time doesn’t

I was in Raleigh yesterday helping Mom.  This was the second time while away from my computer, emails, all manner of “connectedness,” that exciting news about THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE sat percolating in my inbox until I got home. I’d spent the day with


Book Stalker

Folks, I’m in the throes of making some minor revisions on BITTERSWEET and wrangling holiday decorations.  When I’m not doing that, I’m trolling the ‘net, stalking my book, trying to figure out how it’s doing.  Time for some tongue in cheek, debut writer shenanigans, I

I wanted to wait for things to settle down (ha!) a little bit before I shared this with y’all.  Unbeknownst to many, except family…oh, okay, maybe I let this slip out to a few close friends, here’s some news about what else I’ve been up



Amazon (!!!) has selected The Education of Dixie Dupree as their “Debut Spotlight” book along with being on their list of TOP 10 Picks for November!   Save

And here we are…can you believe it?  It’s the finale of First Sentence Friday, and let me just say, this one’s a doozy! CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT I bet a year seems like an awfully long time when you’re sitting in jail. We are now three

Can you believe it? It’s THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE Release Day! I sincerely appreciate your support, thoughtful comments and shared excitement throughout the last 19 months.  Thank you from me, and from Dixie. This is a collage of moments, pictures to capture my journey

Did you keep a diary while growing up?  It’s sort of funny, and I never thought about it until recently, but all the diaries I ever came across (even now) are patterned with the idea of a little girl writing in it.  Pink, pastels, flowery

CHAPTER TWENTY SIX In the end, it hadn’t mattered who would have believed me about Uncle Ray, because afterward, no one would forget. I’m going to let that stand as it is.  No commentary. It’s hard to believe there are only two more First Sentence



We are fourth for states producing hurricane force winds, and in my lifetime alone, there have been 126 tropical, sub-tropical cyclones to hit North Carolina. Before I write anything else, I want to remember the ones who lost their lives in the storm, the ones

Do you remember your mother quizzing you, expecting certain answers to questions?  I sure do.  It was meant to see if I did as I was told, or if I went somewhere I wasn’t supposed to, would that sneakiness creep into my facial expression or

We used to take trips to Maine every summer, which is Mom’s home state.  That trip was the highlight of the summer months.  We always left in the evening, around 6:00 p.m., after Dad got off work.  Mom would have spent the week before packing

Folks, I’ve made it. I have arrived.  🙂 Well, that’s more or less what one of my writer friends (Micki, I’m looking at you) tweeted out; “You know you’ve made it when @Janet_Reid offers a contest in your honor!” And yes, indeed Ms. Janet, NYC

As kids, my brother and I were very close.  He was my best friend, the only one I played with since we didn’t live in a neighborhood, and there were no other kids on our road.  For years our house was surrounded by nothing but

After learning I would be going to the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance trade show in Savannah about two months ago, it’s hard for me to believe it’s already over with!  Like Christmas day, where we work our way up to the moment and before we’ve

Growing up, did you pay attention to your mother’s moods, and then modify your behavior accordingly?  I could tell just by looking at my Mom’s face whether I needed to watch that smart mouth of mine.  Especially if I was angling for a favor, like

I announced this on Facebook and Twitter first, and now I’m announcing it here, for those who aren’t following me on those social media platforms.  This past Monday evening I learned The Education of Dixie Dupree was selected as a November 2016 Indie Next Pick

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