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TODAY IS:  Monday, May 16, 2017

I have been hard at work on the new series.  I think it's coming along nicely.  So far there are nine characters whose stories are going to be showcased in their own books.  I hope you like each of the characters as much as I do.  Also trying to get some other books finished so I can finally be caught up.  There's just never enough time in the day!


TODAY IS:  Friday, February 24, 2017

I have laughed myself silly in this new series I'm working on.  Just kind of making notes on it while I'm finishing up a few other projects that need to be completed before the end of March.  But, usually as I'm writing one story, things pop into my head about other stories and that's the case with the modern-day Shady Rivers series.  There seems to be a lot going on in this quaint little southern town.  The thing that's giving me a chuckle is this ghost from the Civil War era who has taken up residency in the local bar.  He keeps running people through with his sword at the most inopportune times.  Stay tuned for updates on his shenanigans!


TODAY IS:  Monday, January 2, 2017

It's a new year and in Iowa it's a gloomy, cold winter day.  I have several signing events already scheduled for 2017 and more will be coming in.

I am working on a new series this year entitled "Shady Rivers."  You'll love the quirky characters who live in the fictitious small town of Shady Rivers, Alabama.  From Col. Bueford T. Beauregard, III, an unlikely inhabitant of Bo's Bar, to the goings on at Flo's Beauty Shop, there's something for everyone.  I'm hoping to have the first of the series done in a few months.

As some of you know from experience, sometimes life steps in and slaps you in the face.  That certainly happened to me and my writing was put on hold for a bit.  Most of you may not know the whole story, but we almost lost our dear, sweet Deanne, during the writing of Spurs and Stilettos.  (Deanne is one of The Stiletto Girls.  I write the Stiletto anthologies with both Deanne and Glenna).
On October 23, 2015, three weeks after having knee surgery, a blood clot dropped Deanne to the floor.  If it hadn't been for her beloved little dog, Allie, who got help to her, she probably would not have been found for hours and that would have been too late. 
During the ambulance ride and her time in the ER, she coded again and again.  Four times.  The last time, as the doctors were waiting for the family's nod to pull the plug, prayers were answered, a heart beat was felt and she stabilized.
So, our writing was put on hold because none of us could write.  Instead, we did a lot of smiling, laughing, crying and remembering good times.
Her healing has taken a long time and we are so thankful our precious Deanne is with us still to create the stories she loves to create.  She is and has been a true blessing in our lives.

If that wasn't enough, the big "C" word crept into my family in 2016 and continues to give us a scare, but we are fighters and we will get through this one, too.


TODAY IS:  Monday, February 29, 2016

It's Leap Day!  I've spent the morning writing.  Got some fantastic news.  My name is going to be on a race car!  How exciting is that?  I'll be at the Iowa State Fair Speedway on opening day watching my name go round and round the dirt track.  It's going to be on the right front fender.  I'm so excited.  As soon as the car is ready, I'll have a photo taken to show you.  I'm soooooooo excited!


TODAY IS:  Sunday, June 21, 2015Daddy

It's Father's Day.  I'm lucky because my father is still living at 90 years old.  He turns 91 in August. 

My dad worked all his life.  Even after retiring, he still continued to work.  The years while I was living at home, he worked in the local paper mill on the swing shift.  That made it really hard on all of us.  His hours changed from week to week.  When he finally left there, he worked as a school bus mechanic at the high school where I had graduated but I was already on my own at that time. 

My dad was a great mechanic.  Always worked on cars at home and if he took it apart, he could put it back together again.  At the school bus shop, they were always saying "Let the Old Man fix it."  He could fix whatever it was as long as they let him take it apart, too.

My dad taught me how to shoot my first gun.  He also taught me to respect it.  It was never to be aimed at anything unless you intended to shoot it.  It was never to be aimed at another person unless your life was in imminent danger.  If you could run from a situation, then run.  No shame in that.  He taught me to respect human life.

My mom was the disciplinarian in our house and she kept my brother and I in line by threatening us with "Just wait'll your dad gets home."  That was usually all it took.  However, I can't remember my dad ever disciplining us himself.  

He was also a good carpenter.  Added rooms to the house we lived in, did the plumbing and electrial work.  If it needed to be done around our place, my dad did it.

My mother is gone now and my dad still lives in the same house I grew up in.  He does his own cleaning, cooking, laundry and anything else that needs doing.  He takes his time.  Sweeps the floors one day, does laundry another, etc.  Keeps himself busy that way.  If he's not busy, then he's gone hunting or fishing in some remote location (via the hunting and fishing channel on TV).  I'll call and ask where he is today and it's usually, I'm hunting in Canada or saltwater fishing off the coast of some place or other.  There's usually a catnap or two throughout the program but that's okay.  He's retired.


TODAY IS:  Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mama and Daddy Today is Mother's Day.  My mama left this world in 2009.  The world has been a darker place since then.  She was a great lady and a fantastic mom.  There are days I know she is with me because I see her in myself - a certain movement, maybe a smile - I see her looking back at me in the mirror.  There are days when I'm out shopping and I see something I know she'd like and I reach to pick it up before I realize I can no longer give her those things.  There are days I reach for the phone to call her and tell her something I know she'll want to hear and then I realize she's not on the other end of the phone anymore.

She read bedtime stories to my brother and I and instilled in me a love of books.  She played games with us; played hopscotch with me; and walked on stilts my dad had made for us.  I remember one day my brother and I were using a big piece of cardboard to slide down a hill.  We'd place the cardboard at the top of the little hill and then we'd run and jump on it and we could slide down the hill from the force of the jump.  My mom joined us in our play but her jump wasn't as successful as ours.  She fractured her tailbone which ended her attempts at sliding down the hill.

She was always canning something or other and cooking our meals.  There wasn't anything she couldn't cook and make it taste like the best thing you'd ever put into your mouth.  We weren't the riches people in the world financially, so we grew our own food and hunted and fished for what we had.  My mom proved to be a "sure shot."  If she pointed her rifle at it, she killed it and we ate it.  There was no killing just for the sport of it.  If you killed it, you ate it and we did.  She made home-made biscuits people raved about.  I smile everytime I think of an incident she told me about.  Seems the church preacher had come for Sunday dinner.  She'd made biscuits, of course.  That evening, from the pulpit, he bragged about her "big" biscuits.  It hurt her feelings because she thought he was making fun of them.  I explained to her that no, he was being complimentary.  He liked the "big" biscuits.  That everybody loved her "big" biscuits and he was just saying how much he enjoyed them because they weren't those tiny, scrawny little things some people cook.  These were man-sized biscuits.  She accepted that and the preacher was out of the dog house with my mom.  She fed him many more times after that.

For the most part, my mom was shy and always felt she wasn't as good as some people.  But, cross her the wrong way and she'll tell you like it is.  She was always asked to make the hushpuppies for any fish fry she attended.  Now my mom cooked the old-fashioned way.  One of those times she was making her famous hushpuppies and she'd cut up all the stuff she put into them and was mixing it all together.  She used her hands as the mixer.  One lady who was there in the kitchen who was making her own recipe of hushpuppies said to my mother, "I use a spoon for my mixing."  My mother said "God made hands first" and kept right on mixing.  At the end of the meal, there were none of my mother's hushpuppies left.  The other lady's was still on the plate.

My mom was there each day when we arrived home from school.  We got off the school bus and ran to tell her about our school day.  She was a kind-hearted person.  She spent time visiting the older folks in the neighborhood, the sick, those in nursing homes.  If someone in the neighborhood was sick, she'd cook meals and take over for the family to eat.  She never "sent" us to church. She "took" us.  She taught us right from wrong.  Some days it was "Go cut me a switch," while other days it was "Wait till your daddy gets home."  It didn't take us long to learn.  My brother and I both grew up to be hard-working, respectful people.  We grew up hearing "Those who do not work shall not eat," and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  I still hear her voice guiding me.   I truly believe if more people in this old world had a mother like mine, the world would be a much better place.  Rest in peace, mama.  I know there's a big fish fry going on in heaven right now and you're in charge of making the hushpuppies!

TODAY IS:  Sunday, September 21, 2014

MouseWhere have the days gone?  It's turning colder here in Iowa.  Leaves are changing, birds flying south.  I hate to see the summer end.  I'm not a winter person at all.  Mouse, my little Diva of Doggies, doesn't like the cold weather either.  She loves the sunshine.  I have to place one of her extra beds in the sunshine so she can keep her little doggie bones warm in the cooler weather.  She loves basking in the sunshine.



 TODAY IS:  Saturday, August 2, 2014   

Daddy and JimmyIt's a party!  My dad turned 90 today.  That's him in the overalls.  Looks pretty darn good for 90.  My dad's side of the family has our family reunion the first Saturday in August every year.  This year, it also happened to fall on my dad's 90th birthday so we celebrated big time!  We had the family reunion first and after that other friends stopped by to wish him a happy birthday.

We also had some very special people at this reunion - cousins we had never met before!  We managed to find some long lost cousins and they blessed us with their appearance for this year's reunion.  Standing with my dad is Jimmy, one of them.  His daughter, Shannon, brought him so we got to meet her, too.  The other one was Ed and Shirley.  It was so great meeting them all for the first time.


TODAY IS:  Saturday, May 24, 2014   

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Please don't forget the reason we celebrate.  Remember those who gave all to keep us free.

I have been really busy this last year.  The Stiletto Girls (a writing team consisting of C. Deanne Rowe, Glenna West and myself have six published books now so needless to say, I've had my butt in the chair and my hands on the keyboard!  Our seventh comes out on June 21, 2014 with the eighth following shorly after that.  Whew!  That's a lot of writing.  I also went back to work full-time which takes away from my writing time.  So I don't have as much free time to attend to things other than actual writing. 

My son, Joe, and I made our annual trek to Alabama to see my dad and for a book signing for all my friends and family there in Alabama. 

My dadMy dad turns 90 this year! That's him in the photo.  Can you imagine all the things he's seen in his lifetime?  He says hello.


TODAY IS:  Wednesday, July 4, 2012 

Happy 4th of July!  Independence Day.  Don't forget the reason for the celebration.  Celebrations are always fun but sometimes we forget the real reason we're celebrating. 

Have you been following my "Help An Old Lady Buy A Shoe" campaign?  I certainly hope you have.  If not, I'll give you the link and you can start immediately.  See, here's the thing.  I need a shoe.  That's right, I need one shoe.  Not a pair - although a pair might be nice but one single shoe will do.  Not just any old shoe mind you.  It's a special shoe.  A "Stilettomobile."  I call it the "Stilettomobile" because that's just what it is - a stiletto with a motor.  

A friend of mine, C. Deanne Rowe, and I have been writing the "stiletto" books for over a year now.  The books are doing great and we have hundreds of fans who attend our book launch parties.  Deanne and I have become known as "The Stiletto Girls" wherever we go.  It's really been fun, too.  Well, a little while ago another friend, Bill, sent me a picture of this stiletto that you could actually drive and ride in.  Needlesstosay, when I saw the photo, I had to have one.  It fits perfectly with our stiletto books.

I can see us taking it to every booksigning we do, and riding it in parades and other events all year long.  So, I asked who could build one for me and one of the ladies I grew up with told me her son could build it.  He builds custom trucks.  So, I said "Build it and they will come."  LOL!

Yes, he's building the "Stilettomobile" but the problem is we need help paying for it.  So we've started the "Help An Old Lady Buy A Shoe" campaign.  I have a sign that I take to all my booksignings and all our wonderful fans are helping us raise the necessary funds.  I have a campaign here on the internet and there are fans who are helping by donating here as well.  We need $30,000.

But, it's going to take lots of fans helping us in order to get it quickly.  Our next stiletto book, "Stilettos in the South" comes out in September.  And since the young man lives in my hometown of Northport, Alabama, we thought it would be terrific if we could have the "Stilettomobile" paid for by then so we could bring it home with us.  We would hold the book launch party there in Northport - and have the official unveiling of "The Stilettomobile."  Then we'd load it up and travel back to Iowa stopping along the way at bookstores and visiting fans who helped by donating to our cause.   And, if you donate enough money to get "The Big One" (that's the biggest perk we offer for donations), we'll bring the "Stilettomobile" directly to your front door and drive you around to wave at your friends.  Now wouldn't you look just great sitting in the passenger seat of a red stiletto!  Your friends would be envious.  So, all you need to do is click here and donate now before the end of our campaign.  You can donate as many times as you like!  Go on "Help An Old Lady Buy A Shoe!"


TODAY IS:  Sunday, January 1, 2012

Wow!  Where did the year go?  Seems like I turned around and it was already 2012.  Did a load of booksignings, wrote a number of books, spent time teaching my writing classes, oh, and spent time in the hospital, too.  That wasn't fun.  Put me behind in my writing so now I'm trying to catch up.  Mark your calendar for June 8 and 9.  The famous "Jimmy Thomas" will be here in Des Moines.  Jimmy is "Mr. Romance Model" for romance book covers.  He's absolutely gorgeous.  Go check out his website and see for yourself.  He's coming here for a book launch party that the Writers of the Lake are having.  Buy the book and he'll autograph it for you and you can also have your picture made with him if you'd like.    So mark your calendar now.

Also, we're launching "Venus in Stilettos" on February 11th at Treasure House Gifts here in Ankeny, Iowa.  You won't want to miss that either.  Get that one on your calendar also.


TODAY IS:  Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I've been busy this year writing.  Another book is out entitled "Blue Jeans and Stilettos" with another one being launched on November 10 entitled "Ms. Claus Wears Stilettos".  The third in that group, "Venus In Stilettos", will be out in February and a fourth comes out next June.  So it's been a hectic year trying to get all of those done.  Now I can get back to my regular writing.  

I've also been doing lots of book signings and talks at organizations throughout Iowa.  It's a hectic life at times, but it's loads of fun and I always enjoy meeting the people and making new friends to keep in contact with throughout the upcoming year.

Also in November, I'll be at the Great Iowa Book Event.  That's November 12 at Southridge Mall.  It starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.  So far there are over 60 Iowa authors signed up to participate.  They'll be there with their latest books to autograph, talk about, etc.  It'll be a fun time and you get to meet so many authors, all from right here in Iowa.  It's amazing!  Hope you can stop by for a visit.

TODAY IS:  Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wow!  Where has this year gone?  I've been really busy and I'm looking forward to not being President of Two Rivers Romance Authors for 2011.  I'll actually have time to get more writing done!  I did get one of my books out this year, however, and that was a plus.  I'm hoping to get more out for next year.  I start teaching classes again on January 13, 2011 - hope to see you there!

TODAY IS:  Saturday, August 21, 2010

Today I attended the monthly meeting of Two Rivers Romance Authors, my home writing group.  Our guest speaker was Eric Hall West, author of "TRUCK".  Visit his website for more information.  We're gearing up for our September 11-12, 2010 "The Great Iowa Book Event".  We're holding a huge book sale at Merle Hay Mall here in Des Moines and we have a raffle basket with a bi-plane ride plus other related goodies.  I hope to win it myself!

I just returned from visiting my relatives in Alabama.  Attended my family reunion and had a blast.  

Also attended the "ODPC 38th Dulcimer Funfest" in Evart, Michigan in July.  That was awesome!  There were concerts each evening and lots of jam sessions to attend.  Classes were held all day for not only hammered dulcimers but also mountain dulcimers, harps, guitars, bass fiddles, and lots more.  Even the hurdy gurdy!   It was really a dream come true for me.  I've always wanted to go and had a chance at the last minute.  It was just incredible.


TODAY IS:  Monday, May 17, 2010

Just returned from the WisRWA Conference - Love is Brewing in Milwaukee.  WOW!  It was an exhausting, fun conference.  Six of us from Two Rivers Romance Authors traveled from Des Moines, Iowa to Milwaukee for the conference.  We had a blast!

Are there any twins out there?  I'm working on a new book idea and I need information from twins.  Contact me with the word "Twins" in the subject line.


TODAY IS:  Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mark you calendards now!  Two Rivers Romance Authors will be presenting The Great Iowa Book Event, September 11-12, 2010, featuring 42 Iowa authors autographing their latest releases.  In addition, they'll have a "gently" used book sale (over 1,000 books)  featuring books from all genres.  There's also a silent auction and a wonderful raffle basket.  One of the prizes in the raffle basket will be a bi-plane ride!  Mark your calendar now for this annual event.  You won't want to miss it.

Times are Sep 11:  10 am - 9 pm; Sep 12: noon - 5 pm in the Bridge Court at Merle Hay Mall, Des Moines, IA.  Hope to see you there!

 Also, for those of you who know my son, today's his birthday!  Be sure to surprise him and say "happy birthday!"


TODAY IS:  Friday, April 23, 2010

The speaking engagement at the Newton Library went over so well, they've asked me to return on July 12 at 6 pm. and hold a children's writing class.  So if you have children interested in writing, be sure to bring them to the Newton Library on July 12th!


TODAY IS:  Saturday, April 10, 2010

Join me Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Newton Public Library.  You can find details here:  Newton Public Library  I will be speaking from 6-7:30 p.m.  Come on out and join the fun!

Didn't get the Pepsi Grant and the kids were disappointed but we're still trying to raise the $5,000 we need to purchase the dulcimers.  We'll keep trying


TODAY IS:  Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wow!  Where did 2009 go?  Hope your 2009 was a fun-filled successful and peaceful year.  It's been a really cold winter this year here in Iowa.  Temps below zero and loads of snow.  There's snow everywhere and more to come!  2009 was an eventful year for me.  As you already know, I had eye surgery which was successful and then, I lost my mom in November.  My dad (who still lives in Alabama) and I talk almost daily on the phone.   I had a book published the first of last year so I've been doing some book signings.  For 2010, I'll be working hard at finishing up several of the manuscripts I have plus my classes will start up again and I'm trying to get a grant to buy dulcimers to use in a music class for underprivileged kids.  Music helps kids learn and mountain dulcimers are extremely easy to play.  I need 30 of them to teach classes in schools, community center, etc. for kids.  It'll be a fun endeavor if I can get the dulcimers.  We'll see.


TODAY IS:  Thursday, October 8, 2009  

It's been a really busy summer this year.  I've been writing, plotting, attending workshops and writers' meetings galore!  It's just been hectic.  I have writers' meetings two weekends a month plus critique groups seven days a month and I teach classes four days a month.  Whew!  Don't know where I'm supposed to be.  August was family reunion time, although I didn't get to make it this year due to having eye surgery scheduled.  The surgery went well and I can see without glasses - first time since I was 11 years old.  It's remarkable what can be done these days.

In September a group of us writers visited the Ax Murder House.  It's in Villisca, Iowa.  A husband, wife, their four children and two visiting children were all murdered in their beds as they slept.  The murder has never been solved.  It was very interesting.  For those not faint of heart, you can actually stay overnight in the house - none of us did.

In May of this year, we formed a new writing group called Two Rivers Romance Authors.  It's the local Des Moines chapter of Romance Writers of America.  I was voted in as President.  It's a time-consuming job and also a very fun job.  For October, we have Julie Miller and Sherry James as our guests speakers and November we will be having Lois Greiman.  Both meetings will be fun-filled events.  In November we will be having a writers' retreat where we will be locked away in a hotel room writing for two days straight.  Someone will throw food at us on occasions and we'll emerge victorious at the end.  In December, we have our annual Awards Banquet.  Lots of awards will be given out this year for jobs well done.  We're going to have a blast.  You should join!


TODAY IS:  Thursday, July 2, 2009  

I've been working hard trying to get a book finished.  Also my internet service was down for about 2 weeks.  Seemed as though everything I needed was on the internet.  I do my research over the internet, answer e-mails, plot with other writers and a whole lot of other stuff all over the internet.  It was awful not having it.  Had to actually get into my car and drive to the library to do some research.  Felt like I was back in the dark ages.  It's back up now so I'll get to those e-mails soon - all 387 of them (and those were the goods one - I deleted the junk stuff)!


TODAY IS:  Wednesday, June 10, 2009  

Been really busy lately.  Too many things cutting into my writing time and my sleeping time (what little there is of it).  Just returned from a trip to Alabama where I attended my brother's wedding.  Visited my mom everyday while I was there.  Met a couple old friends and had a good chat.  Met Bob and Rose Taunton of Sweet Fern Music and bought myself a new bass Mountain Dulcimer.  It's absolutely beautiful.  It's made of American chestnut recycled from a barn built in Kentucky in 1885.  There are a few wormholes (very desirable) in the wood, and it sports a Spanish cedar top.  I'm really pleased with it.  Now if I could just play the darn thing!  I'll let you know how I progress.


TODAY IS:  Tuesday, May 2, 2009  

Attended the Iowa Book Festival today.  It was great seeing my fans!  Thanks to all of you for coming. 

Several of my writing friends from Iowa Romance Novelists attended the event with me.  We had a wonderful time talking and autographing books.  Of course, Buttercup McDuck was there getting underfoot as often as possible.  You can read her version of what went on on her page.  That duck does have an imagination.


TODAY IS:  Tuesday, March 2, 2009

Wow, where did February go?  I've been busy working on several books, attending workshops and just doing general writing things.  I've been teaching my Romance writing clsses and had lots of fun with my students.  They're a great group of people.  I've been trying to blog as often as possible, too.   I just finished my required number of pages for today so it's off to play a bit before I come back for another writing session.


TODAY IS:  Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's snowing outside today and over on my blog, we're discussing the pros and cons of bald men!  Be sure to stop in and see which side is winning.  2008 was another great year.  In my local writers' group, I took home the Tender Heart award for helping my fellow writers.  This is an award that's voted on by the group.  I was surprised to say the least.

I'm back to teaching my Thursday evening writing class.  Those are always so much fun.  I got my set number of pages written for the day and now I can relax and type even more pages!


TODAY IS:  Monday, December 29, 2008

Well, dear friends, 2008 is slowly coming to an end.  Did you accomplish what you set out to do in January 2008?  Dig out those New Year's resolutions.  How many did you stick with, how many went by the wayside?  Look at your Goals List.  How many of your goals did you accomplish.  Celebrate those you accomplished and think about those you didn't.  2009 is a New Year!  We can all accomplish our goals for 2009.  Right now, sit down and make out your list.  Send your list to me if you want.  I'll e-mail you each month to find out where you stand and maybe give you some encouragement to keep your eye on that goal.

What am I doing today?  I'm closing down my year end stuff.  I'm a procrastinator when it comes to getting my records ready for my tax accountant.  I have to start now and hopefully by February, March or April 14th at midnight, I'll have all my receipts, etc. together so I can get it all to him.  He's done my taxes for years and I must admit he's the greatest at sorting out the mess I hand him.   I am a writer.  Period.  The other stuff that goes with writing is very difficult for me - probably even more so for my accountant!


TODAY IS:  Tuesday, November 4, 2008  

View of my Window and beyondThis is the view of my window on the 3rd floor.  You can see the wonderful view of the ocean and beach that I saw each and every day.  It was a very relaxing time and an extremely educational time, too.  On Thursday, Emma, Elaine McCarthy (The Falconer), and I were invited to Roger's for dinner with he and his beautiful wife.  What wonderful hosts!  Roger's wife, Teresa is an artist in her own right and we were treated to viewing her paintings.  WOW!  She's awesome.

Carolina BelleThe three of us also took a boat tour (this is the boat - the Carolina Belle) and a carriage tour of South Carolina.  I really enjoyed both tours.  The tour guides were fabulous and filled us in on all the gossip along with the history of what we were seeing.

 I'm back home in Iowa now - bummer.  Hated to leave - but I'll definitely be back next year!



TODAY IS:  Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Roger attending to the oyster boilWhat an interesting time we had last night.  We had an oyster roast and a shrimp boil.  My first!  Roger (the token male in the group) roasted the oysters while several ladies attended to the shrimp boil.  I actually tasted an oyster - my first!  I'm no longer an oyster virgin.  It wasn't bad.  Roger took the little tool that you crack them with and dug out the oyster for me.  I ate it on a cracker and it wasn't bad at all.  Seems like a lot of work though for such a small piece of meat.  The shrimp however were good.  There were potatoes, corn, sausage and rice mixed in.  Everyone had a fabulous time. 

This morning, there were dolphins playing in the ocean right outside my window.  It was an awesome sight for an Iowan.   

Emma and I are really having a fabulous time.  We attended a workshop this morning with Alicia Rasley (Editor, Red Sage Publishing) and what a workshop it was.

 Wish everyone could be here with us.  It's truly a writer's paradise!


TODAY IS:  Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fabulous day today!  Yesterday I was in a workshop with Rita Herron, Alicia Rasley and C.J. Lyons - what awesome workshops they were, too.  I've already heard from several of the ladies back in Iowa and they're already making plans to come with Emma and I next year.  Looks like I'll have a van full! 


Ocean WavesTODAY IS:  Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wow!  Emma Robuck and I have been having a fabulous time here in South Carolina at the Low Country RWA Jumpstart Master Class and Retreat.  If you've never been, it's definitely something writers of all levels must experience at least once.  We arrived Friday evening - exhausted!  We were excited to see old friends and there were plenty of new ones, too. 

SC HouseHere's a pic of the house we're staying in.  Emma and I are in the 3rd floor to the right (as you face the picture).  You walk out of the house and directly down to the beach.  There is a heated swimming pool in case you'd rather not swim in the ocean.  I'll try to get some pics posted for you soon.  Today we actually saw a dolphin playing in the ocean waves (something we don't see too much of in Iowa!)  We've strolled up and down the beach, splashed in the ocean waves and just enjoyed the beautiful weather today.

 We've been in fabulous workshops each day with Nina Bruhns, C.J. Lyons and Alicia Rasley!  And there are more to come.  The workshops are very informative and the instructors very knowledgeable.  It's a writers' paradise for sure!


TODAY IS:  Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm packing my suitcases!  I'll be heading to South Carolina Wednesday evening.  Romance Author, Emma Robuck and I will be heading to the Isle of Palms again this year for a fabulous week with great instructors and fellow romance authors.  We'll have workshops all day and critique sessions most of the night.  There's time for strolls on the beach at sunrise or sunset and, of course, shopping!  We already know where the local bookstore is - we found it last year.  We'll be seeing some of the same faces from last year and we'll also get to meet new ones, too.  I'll be posting pics from our event and I'll try to give you an update of what we're doing.  Wish everyone could be there!



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Did you know:  My favorite food is watermelon!
My favorite flower is:  the yellow rose


Stiletto PlanterI collect stilettos!  All things stiletto related.  I have paperclip holders, keychains, notepaper, wall art, ceramic ones, plastic ones and real ones.  I have wonderful fans who send me stiletto related items, too.  Here's a planter a wonderful fan sent from Sioux City, IA.