The Day the Nook Died

Before being an author, I’m a reader. I love books in all shapes, sizes, and platforms. When e-books evolved, I grabbed a Nook and a Kindle. I have to say I prefer the Nook. It gave just the right illusion of a book so that I had no trouble transitioning from paper to e-ink.

The Kindle isn’t such a smooth reader. I have trouble flipping pages (probably operator error, but still, it interferes with my enjoyment). I have also been reading books on my phone — which I enjoy more than the Kindle, but talk about a battery drain! Yikes.

Well, imagine my dismay when I picked up my Nook today and found it frozen.It had been acting odd the last couple of days, but I had ignored the symptoms. Figured I was just tired and not hitting the screen hard enough to get it to response. It wasn’t until I rebooted the device, several times, to no avail, that I realized my precious Nook was dead.  It’s years old, probably one of the first editions of a Nook, still I’ll miss it like an old friend…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m especially lucky to have found the love of my life. We will be celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary next weekend. Wow. Can it be 12 years already? I won’t say I still feel like a newlywed, but having found love late in life, I’m cherishing every moment of it. However, it’s not always sunshine and roses. If I’ve learned one thing from life and writing, is that love isn’t for the feint of heart. Relationships are hard, take a lot of work to sustain and grow, but are soooo worth it. So, if love comes your way, give it a chance.


Getting Ready for Super Sunday

Prepping for Super Bowl Sunday. Yes, we are in it for the commercials, not the game. Also, we haul out all our emergency gear and supplies and make sure everything is up to date while we snack through the afternoon. What’s on the menu? Hmmmm, smoky links, nachos, chili, and my Midwestern favorite, Ruffles potato chips and French onion dip. I’m hungry already….

I think I’m back….

Yes, I am that writer. The one who wrote for years, persevered, got published at a few small presses and was one acceptance letter away from a full-time career as an author. But then “it” happened. The dreaded rejection. I’d gotten rejection letter before…enough to fill a filing cabinet. I’m not sure what it was about “this” rejection letter that stopped me in my tracks. But it did. I put down my pen (or in this case simply walked away from the keyboard) and that was it. I literally didn’t write a word of fiction for over two years. I took up crocheting; I read, alot; and I got a part-time job to fill in the void that writing left in my soul.

After much soul searching and two unfinished manuscripts that called out to BE FINISHED….I started writing again late last year. Not a lot. A few pages here and there…but the good news is that I finished one of the manuscripts and will be making it available on Amazon for Kindle later this week.

Am I back for good? I’m not sure. I’m not going to make any promises or think that I’ve got my mojo back. But the story I wrote is sweet, heartwarming, and I finally have the desire to share it with the world again.

Romancing the Wild West

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Here I’m going to test the carousel thingy -ma-bobber that came with the jet pack.


Hot diggity dog…it worked! Enjoy these complimentary sample photos from until I get some new ones up on my site…