Stop the presses! Copper Daniels Book #2 is really and truly coming out. For reals, people! The launch date for Bones and Lies Between Us is . . .
I had no idea back when Pennies from Burger Heaven was published in 2015 that it would take me four long years to write the sequel. Never did I dream I would fall into such a dark place after our house fire.
But you know what? I can truly say now that I’m so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned since then because I’m happier and healthier than ever before.
At long last, Bones and Lies Between Us (Copper Daniels #2)- SkipJack Publishing) will be released mid-December. I’m so grateful for your extreme patience. Drumroll, please …[Read more…] about Cover Reveal – Bones and Lies Between Us
It’s been six months since my family had our house fire. I’ve experienced losses I never imagined, and I don’t mean the ‘stuff’ under that roof. Thanks to the firemen, the damage-restoration service was able to save 99% of our belongings. That’s a HUGE blessing, but we’re still never going back. Financially, it makes more sense to move elsewhere.
Our two kids were ages three and one-month old when we first moved into our home in 2000. I read Brown Bear, Brown Bear a bazillion times to my babies there. We had pumpkin-carving parties each October and ‘Pizza, Family Movie Night’ on Fridays (’til the kids became teenagers and preferred hanging out with their friends over us on the weekends).
My husband and I laughed and screamed and cried together in that house. We had a Gawd-awful 1950’s pink bathroom in the hallway I always intended to redo but now, I’ll never get the chance.
If that’s not enough pain… [Read more…] about Frustration, Procrastination & Other Gobbledygook
One of my college roommates once informed me that after 9 p.m., I became an inoperable wench.
“That’s not very nice,” I said.
“No,” she sighed. “It’s not.”
Sleep. I’ve never been one of those people who can function without it. I’ve never pulled an all-nighter, my family knows I need at least six hours of sleep, I also tend to go to bed between 9 and 10 p.m. (to be fair, I wake up around 5 a.m. to work on my novel).
For the most part, I’ve never had trouble falling asleep, but staying asleep had become a problem over the last few years. I recently read a book (!) which changed that for me, and I want to share you with some of the highlights so you can get better Z’s, too.
I’m also giving one lucky winner a free eBook copy of this book … [Read more…] about 7 Sleep Strategies for Better Health, Happiness & Success
Writers hear voices. That may sound odd to some people, but it’s true.
While working on my sequel to Pennies from Burger Heaven, a new character came to mind – a teen runaway named Jasmine. She looks like Alice in Wonderland, but she’s a broken girl. Her life collides with Copper Daniels – my ghetto Nancy Drew heroine from Pennies, and the combination spells trouble for everyone around them.
Jasmine and Copper haunted my thoughts so much so that they compelled me to write their story. The timing was perfect, too. My blog is celebrating its third anniversary! As a thank you to my loyal readers, I wrote this special gift just for you: [Read more…] about My Free Gift to You
A crazy, cool thing happened to me during my recent book signing at Barnes & Noble in Lubbock, Texas. I was autographing a copy of Pennies from Burger Heaven for a woman — a complete stranger who thought my story sounded compelling enough to slap down cash for it. (which was wonderful).
Her young son stood by her side, while they waited. His black hair stuck out every which way, and he had mischievous eyes. He looked about four or five — like the kind of kid that if everyone is walking left, he’d be running right. I liked him immediately. He was playing with some of the pennies I’d scattered across my table for decoration (clever, I know).
While I wrote, he asked me, “Why do you write books?”
I didn’t look up. “Because I have to. Stories form in my head and they don’t go away until I write them down.”
“I don’t know how to write yet, but I love stories like that.”
“Oh yeah. Why do you think we love stories so much?” His answer pierced my heart …