Ghostly voices, murder, and Puritans

Just got done with another great book. I love reading. It’s the ultimate relaxation for me, and when I read a story that connects and makes me smile for some reason (it’s funny, breathtakingly romantic, interesting setting, vivid characters, or tragic in a way that I can’t stop thinking about), then I want to tell everyone about it.

Now, I understand, both as a reader and a writer, that everyone has VERY unique tastes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve highly recommended a book to someone and then read their so-so review on Goodreads and been a bit disheartened. But I understand…because others have loved books that I couldn’t get into and thought were blah. Continue reading

Beat the winter blues–Go to Kauai

Heavenly ScentLast week I wrote about Winter funk. This week I’m writing about the cure…Kauai. If money wasn’t an option, I would move to this island paradise in a heartbeat and write in blissful peace for the remainder of my life and never suffer winter funk again.

There are many reasons why I love Kauai:

1) It’s the only island paradise I’ve been to (so I have nothing else to compare it to, and don’t really mind that) Continue reading

Winter Funk


This winter beauty does not lead to winter funk…but mucky black and icy roads do spread winter funk faster than Carrie Rubin’s flu virus in Seneca Scourge

I’m sitting here trying to think of something to post, but the winter funk’s ruined my mind. We had freezing rain last night and woke up to everything covered in a solid sheet of ice. I wanted to take the truck to drive my daughter to school (it should have been a SNOW DAY, Mr. Superintendent), but the rippling ice was 1/2 inch thick all over the windows, and I didn’t have the energy or time to scrape it off. So I took the wimpy van and hoped I wouldn’t be in a fatality.

I wasn’t…and so I still must post.

What do I write about when I have the winter funk? I don’t know. Continue reading

Winner, Sequel, and Hoar Frost

CongratsCongratulations, Vicky Ostler!!! You are the winner of Taylor Dean’s two books–Lancaster House and Middle AisleYEA!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I’ve given the author your email so she can contact you about whether you want those in print or ebooks. Thanks to everyone who entered a comment last week. I wish Continue reading

The line between crazy…and a Giveaway

I read two books by Taylor Dean that blew me away! The line between sane and crazy was very fine…and sometimes invisible. I absolutely loved them…couldn’t stop thinking about them…didn’t do laundry because I HAD to finish and know if Zoe’s romance was real or all in her head. Here’s my scoop on each:

Lancaster House: Zoe Grayson is in a mental hospital after trying to kill herself. The beautiful, seemingly Continue reading

Birth of an Author

babyWhen I wrote my first book, I thought being an author would be fun. All these people would buy my book and love it…and that would make me feel all warm and fuzzy. I’ve learned since that being an author isn’t easy (nor warm and fuzzy).

The hardest thing for me was admitting that I was an author. I’m shy and quiet by nature, so it was excruciating to market my own book…and heaven forbid I tell anyone I knew that I was an author. Suddenly, that seemed too braggy and grandiose. So I minimized myself and my book. Continue reading

2013–Think Big

happy new yearIt’s that time again! Last year when I started my blog, I made BIG goals. They were so big I don’t think I can outdo them…so I’ll just report on how I did and say ditto (try again in 2013).

  1. Clean out my garage. Good news! I did two shelves instead of one. I am on my way to garage cleanliness (if only my college daughters would stop dumping their priceless junk Continue reading