Who is that character anyway??

I’ll be running giveaways the last Friday of each month, so watch for your chance to win again in a few weeks. (And you can always score the free SG and PaB e-books. See instructions, HERE). So here we are in the first week of the month, and I’m starting a new “tradition” (can tradition’s be new? I think that statement makes me an oxy-moron ;-)). In addition to news and a few pictures occasionally, I’ll be letting the characters from my novels hijack my blog each month....more

Good help is Not hard to Find

If one follow’s the lead of Harlan Coben (skilled and successful thriller writer), then an author should plow every cent of their revenues in their first five years of publication back into promotion, to build their brand and longevity. If I’m not mistaken (and tell me in the comments if I am), Harlan also did a book tour cross country to meet indie book store owners. I like Harlan’s thinking. Definitely in years one and two we re-invested in me and in SkipJack Publishing and our fledgling school of authors....more

It’s a very Petey Christmas.

Petey has his very own Christmas tree this year, y’all. Seriously. Just ask him. Originally, we bought it for the whole family. Silly, I know, because what’s Petey’s is Petey’s, and what’s ours is Petey’s. A beautiful 10-foot tree that will barely fit in our house is a no-brainer: Petey’s. Once we got it home, we decorated it for him with his chew toys, those things more commonly known as ornaments. He loved them. He especially loved the tiny nest ...more

How do you spell love?

My parents took their kids and their kids’ kids to Jamaica over Christmas. Don’t worry, I’m not about to spin you an SAT math question about how old the 3rd cousin of my brother’s mother-in-law is. This is not that kind of post. This is a post about love. Mom and Dad got us all together in Jamaica because they love us, and they want us all to love each other. They should be quite pleased, then, because we do ....more

Pathetic plea for clicks, but it’s not for me.

Clark Kent’s Government teacher is giving extra credit and a 100 grade to the students whose video gets the most YouTube views. CK wants to leverage his mom’s readership for his grade. I told him that was not reflective of his efforts, but he assured it me it just showed he was social media savvy ....more

TGIF, People

Today has been tough. This week has been unexpected. Teenagers are hell. Greetings from Houston, where I am not supposed to be. Where I am not working on finishing my book, that’s due tomorrow. Here’s a pic of the flowers in my hotel room in Dallas, where my husband is without me. ...more

It’s No Contest

I don’t keep it much of a secret that I am a big fan of writing contests. As Garrett Morris used to say on Saturday Night Live, “Contests been veddy veddy good to me.” Or something like that, anyway ....more

Giving all my secrets away.


Let’s talk about being a winner.

Wanna be a winner? Wander over to an interview on behalf of Indie Book Reviewer by Natasha, and win a Kindle copy of my women’s fiction mystery, Saving Grace. Thanks for having me, Natasha! ...more

Spinning like Kristi Yamaguchi over here.

Anybody looking for a low paying but highly appreciated job as a personal assistant? LOL. I’m drowning, and it’s awesome ....more