Happy Valentines Day!


My husband is not much into mushy romantic stuff but this morning when he left for what I thought was the day, I yelled bye from the other end of the house and then sat down to work on my current book. About twenty minutes later, I hear the front door opening. This is not good as once he’s gone for the day, I’m the only one in the house. No one else has keys, no kids living at home anymore.

I reach into my desk drawer for my trusty Smith & Wesson .38 Chief’s Special and get up to investigate. Cell phone in one hand ready to dial 911, handgun in the other ready to defend myself, I peek into the hall and see nothing. Stepping further out so I can see the front door, there stands Mr. I Don’t Go For That Romance Crap with a dozen red roses in his hand.

Awww! Putting my weapon back into my office, I run out for hugs and kisses. That lasts for about three seconds and then I get a slap on my rump and he says, “I gotta go, I’m running late now.”

Yeah, he’s so romantic!



Ana’s Advent Calendar – Day 1

banner-700x300Today is the start of Ana’s Advent Calendar. I’ve already commented on her post today. If you haven’t done so yet, better hurry. I understand there are prizes for perfect attendance. I had fun reading everyone’s replies to the questions. What a great way to get to know everyone!

Thanks again, Ana. This is a monumental project and it’s amazing to me how you pull it off.

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgivingI have a lot to be thankful this year. I’m healthy, despite a slight scare a few months ago. My husband’s prostate cancer seems to be under control, if not gone. Our children are all healthy as are the two grandchildren. My parents, both in their mid-eighties are well and able to live on their own so far.

My books are selling, I’m having fun writing the next one, and any complaints I might come up with are minor when you think of what some people are suffering. So I think I just won’t complain at all.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers, blog followers, friends, and family. Be good and play nice. No one wants to stand in the corner or get a spanking on Thanksgiving. Unless it’s a good girl spanking. :)


Giving Thanks

thanksgivingIt’s a tradition in many families to reflect on what they’re thankful for during the week of Thanksgiving. Like most people, if I stop and think about it, I can find more things to be thankful for┬áthat I can write about. The most┬ácommon things are giving thanks for one’s health and their family’s health.

But there are countless other things I can think of. My most recent book, Maid for the Cowboy, has really taken off. This morning it was #69 in the category of romance/westerns. I was so excited when I saw it. I ran to the bedroom to tell my husband and he was just as thrilled as I was. I’m very fortunate to have him and his support in my writing career. He’s eaten many frozen microwavable dinners when I’ve been trying to finish a work in progress.

Sometimes the stress we all live under makes it difficult to remember we have a lot to be thankful for. Here’s a reminder of a few things:

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.

Thanks for stopping by!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for stopping by on Love Our Lurkers Day. I had a lot of fun popping in on other blogs and saying hi. While I haven’t been a lurker for a long time (we all start out that way), I don’t comment very often.

I think I missed some people as I was trying to make the rounds, so I feel I should apologize to them. Sorry!!


I’m working hard on fixing the edits on my latest book and hope to have that published and available in a week or so.