Holes in the Highway

file2431291017257My latest story I’m working on has to do with a ranch, a highway, and hope. It’s been fun to write, even though I know it will have to be reworked here and there after I get it back from my first-readers. As an author, I get super close to my story and I’ll admit, I get trapped into certain ideas and can’t see beyond what I write at times. That’s when it’s nice to have others read it and give me their honest feedback to help me climb out of certain holes where my story catches and makes readers fall.

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What the Goose?

2015-05-15 17.14.23Take a gander at what I’ve been up to this summer. Most importantly, I broke my curse by mountain biking on Memorial Day this year on the same trail I broke my arm on last Memorial Day. Yes, I walked more than I did last time, and I bonked super bad because we took a ‘shortcut’ back from Stack Rock that ended up being much longer than the original trail with LOTS of uphill at the end. The good thing was that it was super lush and beautiful and I don’t regret it for a second. I can walk my bike as good as the next person, and being up on a mountain next to a trickling stream and gorgeous plants and trees made me happy (even if my legs were ready to give out). Thankfully, I didn’t need to go to the bathroom or that trickling stream might have been my undoing.

Next, I planted a garden. That was another thing I missed out on last year due to my broken arm. No one else cared if we had tomatoes Continue reading

Blessings or Burdens

DSCN9570It’s spring! How can I NOT be happy? Seriously. There are green buds on the trees and tulips and blossoms on the fruit trees. My grass is looking alive again after having the tromped on, beat-up look of winter. I’m working on revisions and edits for another story that keeps me smiling because there are all new characters and plot twists from what I’ve worked with on the Bending Willow Trilogy for the last five years. Life is good.

My cute daughter who’s in South Korea wrote me yesterday and made me smile even more. It helped that she sent pictures of pretty flowers in Korea so Continue reading

March Madness

I’m over at Rebecca Belliston’s blog today for her March Madness series for writers and readers. My article is on the importance of reviews (sound familiar?). I did it earlier this year, but feel it’s a super important topic…so I threw it out again. If you read…please write reviews about the books you read. Go HERE to read why (if you haven’t already). You help writers out…and you help other readers who are skimming reviews trying to figure out what books to choose.

And Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you as well. I ran into work this morning and realized when I got there that I had not a speck of green on. It terrified me…so I ran back home and changed. I now have my green going on…so no pinching! Have a great week!

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Tour de Hands – Day 7

file0001299095800Today’s leg of the race is taking my books to the great state of Utah where Cami Checketts is at the finish line to hug my books with a little review. They’re over halfway done with the tour and are a little winded, having started in Texas, kicked it cross-country to Cape Cod, narrated in their sleep in Nebraska, and caught air in Kansas before heading to the mountains for some strenuous uphill cycling. Continue reading

Tour de Hands – Day 4

file5231241720377It’s been a crazy race of words this week. My Bending Willow Books have traveled from Texas to Cape Cod, and back to Texas. They’re hanging out at Taylor Dean’s blog for the next week until Phase 2 of our Tour de Hands begins. My books need time to rest their legs. (Yes, they have legs, and they’re tired). Currently, Hands of Mercy is in the lead, so go cheer Hands on (hee hee–no pun intended). Continue reading

Tour de Hands – Day 3

bikeWe’re only 3 days into this race of words, but it’s already been intense and my books are huffing and puffing. To recap some of the highlights along the course so far…

  • We started Day 1 down in Texas at Taylor Dean’s site. Eyes of Light was in the lead there
  • Day 2 we ran into heavy snow up in Cape Cod (yes, my books put the Tour de France bikers to shame with their speed across long distances) and had to stop for a short pit stop at Sheila Hurst’s

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Tour de Hands – Day 2

SONY DSCThe race of races started yesterday. My Bending Willow Trilogy books are pedaling hard toward the finish line and making stops along the way on this arduous Tour de Hands course to promote team Hands of Mercy sponsored by me, myself and I.

Today, we’re stopping for a breather at author Sheila Hurst’s blog because we just got dumped on and can’t pedal very good through all this snow in Sheila’s part of the country. If books have legs, they’re burning right now and need a chance to recover. They’ll need power for the steep climbs ahead (hopefully after the snowplows clear the roads), so they’re resting while Sheila interviews me. Continue reading

Tour de Hands-Day 1

cityBikeRidersIt’s a little cold for biking right now, but my book, Hands of Mercy, wanted some exercise still. So starting today, my Bending Willow Trilogy books will be racing through other sites for the first official Tour de Hands. That’s right, and you have front row seats for this riveting race of words.

Today, Eyes of Light (Vol. 1) is in the lead over at Taylor Dean’s blog down in Texas. Taylor is not only one of my favorite authors, but she’s also Continue reading

It’s Out! Clap your Hands

3-HandsOfMercy_ebookRGBGet excited and do your happy dance. I know I am. Hands of Mercy is finally available to read today. Yeehaw! It is such a relief to have this done and ready for the public–YOU! This last book has traveled a long, winding road. I have written and then rewritten it dozens of times, trying to get it just right and fixing flat tires along the way. Hopefully you will feel the long wait has been worth it now that it has arrived.

Synopsis of the Bending Willow Trilogy:

A cast of three very different heroes come together in this trilogy. Austan Sandoval is the master of disguise and deception. James Continue reading