Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Available for pre-order now! (Release date is 1/11/2019)


Nina Oberon is back! Three years after her “death” she’s returned to Chicago, to new political and personal landscapes. Not everyone is happy she’s back from the dead. There’s a new threat in the city — a terrorist organization determined to undermine the Resistance. And Nina’s on the front lines to take it down. But she must deal with love, ghosts from the past, and a traitor in the midst before she can find the home she’s always craved.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Almost there...

I hope everyone is gearing up for the next couple of holiday weeks! Always a whirlwind!

There is exciting news in the air and hopefully on this blog in the next couple of days!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Life interrupts writing...

Darn! No NaNo updates, other than to say I haven't been writing for the past few days - but I hope to catch up this weekend!

Overnight the weather was ice with a little snow. I'm not too crazy about ice - but I always find something beautiful in it. Today was no different! Encased branch w/crabapples. They do make a pretty picture!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NanNoWriMo day 7

Whew! The words were coming out this morning! I love when I'm in the flow!

    "I dug into my purse and handed him a twenty. “Watson?” I was positive the paper hadn’t made an ID of the victim. How did Mr. Kreinhagen know it was him?
   “Yes, sirree little missy. Tom Watson. That old polecat got just what he deserved. Maybe that wife of his will settle up his account now he’s dead.” Mr. Kreinhagen tucked the bill into the register and counted out my change. “You want a bag?”"

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

NaNoWriMo Day 6

My NaNoWriMo badge for updating my word count every day. Didn't quite get where I wanted to be yesterday, but I was still over for the day. Today, however, is another day. I have plenty of words to go before my goal. But, I'm currently at 9.614 words! I can do it!


"“The face? You mean what was left of the face. What I saw was a bloody mess and I covered it up immediately. I suppose if I had an iron stomach and no feelings I might have studied the bloody pulp to see if I recognized it as a person. But that’s not me. I don’t even squash bugs or kill spiders, okay?” I crossed my arms over my chest, waiting for his reply."

Sunday, November 4, 2018

NaNoWriMo Day 4

Whew! So far, so good... keeping up with the word count - feeling pretty positive. I happen to be a "Pantser" - meaning I don't write from an outline - I just go with whatever's in my head and fly by the seat of my pants (so to speak). That is definitely what is happening here. It's a rush! Here's a pic of my latest update - and a snippet follows...

“I’m okay.” I leaned on my broom. “Death, per se, doesn’t bother me. But, man, I’ve never seen murder — unless you count the bunnies and chipmunks that Patio does in on a fairly regular basis in the spring and summer. What I saw this morning is not an image I’m likely to forget any time soon.”

Friday, November 2, 2018

End of Day 2 - NaNoWriMo

Word count is at 3,996.

A snippet from my novel (by the way - Patio is a cat)...

       "His shock of white hair reminded me a bit of Inspector Morse, well, John Thaw, the guy who played him in the series. And, although I loved Morse, I was not kidding myself, Detective Fox was, well, foxier. 
       Patio scratched at the screen to come outside. I reached behind me and held open the screen. After surveying things from the front and side of the porch, he hopped onto my lap.
       “Gawd Almighty, Pats, I’m making up really bad puns about that detective. He is cute, though, isn’t he?” Patio head-butted my hand, for which he was fittingly rewarded with scratches behind the ears."

NaNoWriMo 2018

Thirteen years ago I wrote a NaNo novel - it became my first published book. This year, I'm at it again - new novel, new genre, everything new...  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Some Sunday morning inspiration...

There isn't a more powerful force in the Universe than Love. Love never fails. When darkness is all around, the light of Love is still present - in your heart and in your thoughts. Love really is all you need. Today is a good day to let that light of Love shine - inside and out! Peace.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Changing things up a bit...

Hi everyone!

I recently decided that for my mental health and my productivity, I need to get off of Facebook. It's been what it's been... but not in my best interests any more. Although I will miss many of my friends from there - I am hoping that they will come here to see what I am up to. And... I hope that this blog will reflect not only the writing aspects of my life - but many others, too.

I am looking forward to this new energy and this new beginning - looking in a new direction (as is Patio Cat).