Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blog Blues

I've been finding it difficult to get over here and put up new posts. I blog at 5 group blogs a month and try to be a guest on other blogs every month. Writing all of those makes the well dry when it comes to my blog.

Over the years I've tried having different days be about certain subjects and that didn't seem to bring more bloggers over to my blog.

My goal is to keep the blog up, but I'll only blog here once a week with releases, events that are happening, or something fun that comes along. Like my ride-along this Saturday with an ODFW Officer to learn more about my character in the mystery series that will come out next year. I was looking forward to it, but seeing as how there is a good 8-10 inches in the area where I'm riding along...I'm thinking this may be interesting. We'll have more time for me to pick his brain, I think, than actual checking on fishermen and the outdoors.

If you have something you think people who read my blog would like to see here, let me know in the comments. 

I'm excited to be part of the Wild Deadwood Reads Anthology that will be available in print and ebook May 1st.  I'll be posting all the info here when it is available. It is 17 short stories by authors who are attending the Wild Deadwood Reads Event June 7th-10th at Deadwood, SD.  The stories are either present day, historical, or have a paranormal element in them. All the proceeds from the print and ebooks will go to Western Sports Foundation an organization that helps rodeo athletes with medical bills.

I have a lot of other exciting things coming up. Next week I'll be attending the Left Coast Crime Conference in Reno, NV.  I hope to have some photos and info here after that event or possibly during.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Authors are Nothing Without Readers

Thirty years ago when I began my pursuit of a writing career, I had college professors who helped me hone my writing craft.  But it was a friend reading one of my assignments -- a procedural paper on How to Make a Ham Sandwich, and exclaiming, "That just made me hungry!"  That kept me going.

Later when I had human interest stories in the local papers and when people learned who I was said, "I enjoyed your story about..." I was spurred on to find more stories to write for the papers.

When I joined RWA - Romance Writers of America.  It was getting feedback and being a finalist in contests that kept be writing. Someone- usually a published author or editor liked my writing enough to put me in the top of the pile.

After becoming published, it was readers sending me emails and talking to me at booksignings asking when I'd be writing this book or that, which kept me putting out more books in my historical western series.

This week I have been humbled by the reviews that have been left for my recent Shandra Higheagle Mystery, Artful Murder.

Review snippets:

"Once you read one book, you will be hooked!"

"This is a wonderful mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. I strongly encourage you to read the book."

"This was a really good installment in the Shandra series; it was an excellent mystery, and I liked that Shandra and Ryan are becoming more comfortable with each other. This book is highly recommended!"

"I have read all the books in this series and I have never been disappointed. I have never been able to predict the murderer!"

"Her characters are well rounded and the mysteries are well written with lots of twist and turns. I didn't have this one figured out at all and was surprised at the end."

"They pull you in and you can't wait to see what happens next. Can't wait for the next book."

"Ten books in and this series is still great!"

"Many twists and turns. You won't be able to stop reading."

"This was a well-written, entertaining book."

THIS is why I continue to write books. To entertain readers with the stories that entertain me as I write them. 

Book ten in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery Series

Secrets… Scandal… Murder…

An autistic boy and his brother need potter Shandra Higheagle’s help when a teacher’s body is found after a confrontation with the older brother. Shandra knows the boy is innocent. Digging into the teacher’s life, she and Ryan turn up scandal.

Detective Ryan Greer has believed in Shandra’s dreams in the past, but she can’t always be right. When his investigation uncovers a principal on the take, females being harassed, and parents kept in the dark, he discovers more suspects than the brothers. Shandra’s time at the school is coming to an end, and the killer has struck again.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Catch the Rain

My novella that started from a phrase in a song and has a dyslexic heroine and a veterinarian for the hero is now available at all ebook vendors!

Earlier this week on a reader author group I'm in they asked the question do you find yourself or people you know written into your characters. My answer was yes, I can't help but put my observations and knowledge into the books I write.

This book is a bit of that. I have a dyslexic granddaughter. Learning her problems and how my daughter and son-in-law have worked to help her cope, and her struggles before the disorder was discovered, gave me some insight into the disorder and how it feels to have the problem. 

I also decided to have a veterinarian in the book because, 1) my granddaughter was happiest when with her animals, because she didn't have to read.  So I made my heroine work in a horse stable and have a knack at doctoring animals. My daughter is a vet tech, so she could help me with all the details to the vets job and how my heroine could help him.

Here is the blurb for Catch the Rain, a steamy contemporary western romance novella.

Running from her past, Kitty Baxter catches a glimpse of her future—if she’s brave enough to believe in herself and the kind-hearted stranger who claims she deserves love. 

Focused on setting up his new veterinarian practice, Zach MacDonald becomes sidetracked by a karaoke singing beauty with a secret. He sees what others do not and becomes determined to make Kitty see that anyone can learn to catch the rain.

This is the universal buy link that will take you to all the places you can purchase the ebook: