This week, along with the Chapter 3 post, I have revealed the cover for THE FORGIVING KIND.  I was going to wait a little longer until I discovered that it was already out on the web in a few spots. Many of you know, an


Yes, it’s true! First Sentence Fridays start for my third book, THE FORGIVING KIND on June 8th – that’s only one week away!  If this seems early, it is to some degree.  First of all, the book is bigger than my first two, with thirty-four



18
Feb

Events!

I’ve certainly had my share of fun going to my book events, but you know the old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Since I’ve written about that many on my new book today, I thought I’d share some event photos instead of


28
Jan

Meet Estelle!

Once a writer succeeds in becoming published, there are many milestones which are part of the process of getting a book onto bookshelves.  I have absolutely reveled in every step, from creating Readers Guide questions, to writing acknowledgements and thinking about dedications, to working on



Welcome to First Sentence Friday for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! When I set out to write this story, I knew I wanted it to take place in one of my favorite spots to visit, the Appalachian region of North Carolina.  This area is stunningly beautiful


Today’s the day! The Fall/Winter 2017 Buzz Books catalog published by Publisher’s Marketplace and featuring the top forty titles for the season is now available. What you want to know is this catalog contains the first chapter of my next book, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET. 


Don’t you just love do overs?  Although I provided a “correction” to what I’d talked about in my post yesterday with regard to all the news related to my books, I realized some would have only read the original post.  While my news isn’t all


I thought I’d share with you some early “buzz” about my next novel, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET.  Yesterday I received an email from one of my publicists with great news the book has been selected as a Publisher’s Marketplace Buzz Book for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018


21
Mar

Dear Betsy

…how you honored me today with this!!! For years, I’ve followed agent Betsy Lerner’s blog – make that agent extraordinaire, i.e., also writer, poet, and of late, fierce bridge player. Writers follow agent blogs for many reasons.  Some want the inside “scoop” on publishing, some


The moment has arrived…and the wonderful folks over at Deep South Magazine agreed to do the cover reveal for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! View the cover, plus what I had to say about it here. And then, be sure to let me know what you


In a couple of days we’re heading for Mississippi, land of cotton, home of the blues, and a history so rich in all things southern – some good, some bad – that all it takes is a day or two of being there, and you


Deja vu, anyone? I know, I already announced this once when we were still working on the ability to publicize my posts simultaneously to social media.  That’s been fixed and so, I wanted to do another blog post to announce my new website – for


21
Jan

Welcome

…to my new web site! While working with the great design team over at Surfside Web, my main goal was to have an internet presence to represent what I write.  My stories are about hardy, determined people who face extraordinary hardships, privation, and sorrow, and


12
Jan

Kodachrome

I got a new camera for Christmas.  My husband can’t stand to see me struggle over anything, and although I never complain, there must be a look.  A frustrated glaring at whatever device I’m mangling into some modicum of acceptable performance. For instance, he gave


24
Dec

Silver Bells

I grew up listening to the old classic Christmas songs sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby,  Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee,  Alvin and the Chipmunks (yes, that one!)…the list goes on and on.  On Christmas Eve, Mom would put on a stack of records – for


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


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