Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

The new year is upon us. I have many plans for 2016, both personal and in my writing career, so please stay tuned for news updates. I am also the family tree detective and plan to continue my genealogy research. Below is a postcard sent to one of my ancestors, circa 1910.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Happy Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years from Los Angeles! Be excellent to each other and if you're traveling, be safe. If you need last minute gifts, please consider eBooks from

Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday Kindle Book Specials!

Hello, readers! I hope everyone here in the states had a nice Thanksgiving.

I just wanted to let you know about two holiday specials my publisher is running. The following Kindle books are on sale for 99 cents now through December.

Desert Magick: Superstitions (Bk 1) - Award-winning paranormal fantasy

Deadly Fate: Book One of the Teadai Prophecies - fantasy

Feel free to share this sale information with family and friends, and have a wonderful holiday season!

Monday, November 16, 2015

My personal "blessing in disguise"

People often ask how I started writing novels. In a way, I was pushed into it by devastating loss that ended up being a “blessing in disguise” –  I use that term because I think it applies to my story.

Years ago, I was teaching tap, jazz, acrobatics and theatre classes at a local dance studio to supplement my acting income. During that time, I had a problem with one of my knees that required surgery. I would be out on short-term disability for 2 weeks then back teaching, with one of my teen students as an assistant until my knee completely healed. Two days before I was to return, the studio owner informed me that she was moving to a new location and couldn’t accommodate any of my classes. My classes were popular and some of her largest, so it just didn’t make sense to me. I pressured her until she finally admitted that her insurance company thought I was a liability and they wanted me gone. I tried to reason with her but she said she already assigned my students to other teachers. Did you make that “whaaaat?” face? Well, I sure did.

Yes, I could have taken her to court, but I had just 2 days to find work before my disability ran out, so I let it go and moved on. Unfortunately, I didn’t find another job in time to save our townhome and we lost it to foreclosure. My acting career wasn’t doing very well at this time, either, and I was devastated about all the loss. But I was raised with “the show must go on” attitude so I cried and pushed on like a good little performer. We found an apartment in a much better location than our townhome. I found another teaching job and continued auditioning and performing but I just didn’t enjoy it. In fact, I was downright miserable. Something I had done my entire life and now I wanted out.

I faked enjoying my work for two more years until hubs got his MBA and a raise. He was now making enough money that I didn’t need to work 2 jobs any longer and he encouraged me to go back to school. I loved writing so I chose that major, and I loved being a student again and felt like I had gotten a new chance at life. I was happy again. I have been writing novels for 17 years now and I absolutely love it. As of today, I have published 12 books and am currently editing another for publication. And to think that it all started with a dance director who saw me as a nothing more than a liability for her studio. If I ever see her again, I’ll be sure and thank her.

Smaller paperbacks coming soon!

Just got word from my publisher that my books will be released in a smaller paperback size, so readers will have 2 sizes to choose from. I'll keep you posted!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Proof that I'm a proper nerd and geek

Let me put to rest any doubts you may have about me being a proper nerd and geek. I think this qualifies me for a guest spot on The Big Bang Theory.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lunar eclipse - I got a few pics

Had to fight with clouds and marine layer but finally managed to get a few lunar eclipse pics. These are taken with my phone camera looking through our telescope. I love astronomy and don't get a chance to use my telescope as often as I'd like so it's always exciting when I can actually get to see something rare with it. Enjoy!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Well, I tried to be a "Superstar"

As you may know, my former career was in show biz. My very first TV appearance was a live kiddie show, in which I missed my entrance. I was 3 years old. I made another live TV appearance around age 5 or 6. After that, I focused on dancing and stage acting and moved to TV/films a few years later. Most of my Hollywood gigs were local cable shows, but I spent an entire season as a stand-in and photo double on a show called Rags to Riches (season 2). While most of my Rags work was off-camera, I was a featured dancer for one episode (Dear Diary), and did background work in many others when they were short of extras. Curious? The entire series is available on Amazon. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

A writer's work is never done

Finished the current draft of my latest fantasy novel and it will go to my beta readers very soon. As I wait for their comments, I'll be working on a sci-fi novel. A writer's work is never done.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Entire Desert Magick series now available!

The entire Desert Magick series is now available in eBook and paperback formats! "Five-star excellent...characters are engaging, the writing proficient and breezy...You'll love it." Jacqueline Lichtenberg (author of Star Trek Lives!) 
You can check out the series on my website at

Friday, July 24, 2015

My introverted life

Writers tend to be introverts and I'm no exception. 

In my introverted life, I…

1. Prefer to go someplace else if a restaurant insists on table-sharing with strangers

2. Will wait for a booth against the wall, instead of taking the table in the center of the restaurant that is immediately available

3. Will wait for the next elevator because someone is using this one

4. Always scope out the far wall/corner spot when I have to be in a crowded room

5. Love being alone with my thoughts and working from home

6. Have just a few close friends

7. Have to call on my acting training to venture out in public

8. Am exhausted after being around a lot of people

9. Need serious alone time after speaking engagements/performances (I’m talking days)

10. Don’t enjoy talking on the phone or answering the door

11. Have to quell my annoyance when strangers want to chat, especially when traveling

12. Prefer traveling to places where the people are long dead (Ruins, yea!)

13. Love books more than people (Yeah, I went there)

14. Dread the words: block party and pot luck

15. Wholly believe awesome nightlife consists of me, hubs, and a scrabble board or a good book/movie

Anyone relate?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

On draft 3 of my latest fantasy novel

My latest fantasy novel looks like it's going to be around 175,000 words when I'm finished with this 3rd draft. Next, it goes to my beta readers for their comments and suggestions. I have a sci-fi novel in the editing queue, and I'm getting chapters started for another paranormal fantasy series. I have idea kernels brewing for a dark fantasy, as well.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Forced to create a new website

Had to wean myself off FrontPage web maker because my hosting company and my new computer no longer support it. Believe me, it wasn't easy because I loved that program. But I built a new website in a new program and finally got it uploaded. A cleaner look for 2015. If you find any missing links, please let me know. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Real world setting inspirations

Every time I speak to an audience about writing, one question always comes up - Where do you get your ideas? Here are a few real world places that have inspired settings in my books.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's a real office!

I'm finally getting a real office again, complete with door, window and closet. Crew is working like mad to finish by the end of the week. A quiet, private work space means more books written. And I'll have enough space for a craft area. I've really missed having one of those, too. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

I don't get writer's block. I get editor's distraction.

I don't get writer's block. I get editor's distraction - I really have to finish these edits. But wait, I want some of that new tea I bought. Okay, time to edit. Wait, is that a dust bunny? I'll just vacuum the house first. Won't take long. Okay, really need to edit now. Wait, did I just hear the mail carrier? Focus on edits! Okay, but wait, is that...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Busy with final edits

Yes, I'm still here. Just busy finishing up some final edits for my publisher. They want to release the next eBook in March, followed by the paperback. This will be the final book in the Desert Magick series. It's been a while coming but we're almost there.

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year panic!

Had some stressful news come up about my final Desert Magick novel. My editor is taking a leave of absence for several months so she won't be able to finish, and the wonderful artist who did covers for the previous books in this series is no longer working for my publisher. Nothing like sheer panic to get the new year rolling along. After a bit of scrambling, we managed to get things taken care of and the book is scheduled for release this spring.

Please universe, no more delays, or my characters might just kick my a$$.

Happy New Year!

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