The Mahogany Rocking Chair -Using Real Life

For a number of years, I freelanced for magazines before I began writing fiction. I sold almost everything I wrote and was thrilled how well my work was received. One of the things I wrote that was published and sold again as a reprint was an article called The Mahogany Rocking Chair. This was a […]

Bring the Old Back To Life

I can still remember the excitement of seeing my first novel in print. Most authors take their photo with the box of books or holding it or even kissing the cover. We’re all different, but one way we are the same, that first book is like a baby’s first steps. We crawl, we stand, we […]

A Trip To Remember on Kindle and Paperback

First in the Tucumcari Series. When Skylar Littleton stopped for the night in Tucumcari on her way to visit her estranged sister in California, her trip became literal when she tripped over a dog’s leash and broke her right ankle. Her life becomes even more tangled with the dog’s owner, Doug Elliot, a doctor and […]

Is Proper Grammar Your Nemesis?

Being a fiction writer, I try to use the kind of grammar my characters might use. Some people value proper grammar and would rather eat dirt than use the wrong verb tense or split an infinitive. And some wouldn’t know what an infinitive was. But as a former English teacher and a fiction writer, I […]

Let’s Talk Perspective.

Perspective is part of our lives. It’s how we look at things, physically, mentally and emotionally. Perspective combines available facts with personal ideas to shape our mental state. Writers think of prospective as POV or point of view. It is how a character looks at and deals with life and living based on how he combines the […]

Writing A Christmas Novel

Some of the best selling books happen at Christmas time or ones that focus on other holidays. I have written many Christmas romance novels. The one pictured was my first Love Inspired and Upon A Midnight Clear became a big seller and an award winner. People love books about those special times of year, and they stimulate […]

Do you like chocolate? Mexican food?

One of our Thanksgiving treats was my newest find, Mexican Brownie Bites. Our family loves Mexican food and so I thought that was a perfect addition to the other desserts we had for Thanksgiving. And I promised my FB friends that I would share the recipe. Mexican Brownie Bites These tangy desserts are baked in […]

Thanksgiving Blessings.

Most everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving. It’s the day we commemorate the Pilgrims surviving another year in the new world. It’s a time of eating turkey and stuffing or perhaps a ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, cranberry sauce, a multitude of vegetables and always serving corn. And then there’s the traditional pumpkin pie with […]

3rd book in Finding Sanctuary series – Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl

I enjoy sharing good books with you from authors that I know and respect as novelists.  Today you’ll learn about the newest suspense novel from Nancy Mehl, Rising Darkness, the third in her Finding Sanctuary series. Plus a free book drawing– details below. Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and […]

The Right Word For Every Purpose

Whether speaking, writing a business letter, an article or a novel, finding the correct word that captures exactly what you mean is important. Many software programs have a thesaurus, and using a search engine can also help locate some of the possible words you might want to use, but as a novelist, I want the exact […]