Archive | June, 2015

You Can Have My First Copy

Brightest and Best cover low res

A few weeks before a new book releases, I get my hands on my first just-off-the-press copy. The awesomeness that is Annie Tipton, my editor at Barbour/Shiloh Press, grabs a copy as soon as they arrive from the printer and sends it my way with a sweet note. Later I get more copies, but that […]

New Release Sneak Peek

Necaise school bus in 1918-1919, Kiln High School

We’re six weeks out from the release of Brightest and Best! Here’s a sneak peek from the middle of the book that highlights one of the essential questions of the plot. *** In the eleven months since Rachel and her boys entered the Hilty household, Ella had become accustomed to the sound of an automobile […]

“I’ve Had a Good Life.”

© 2012 Peter Collins, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

“I’ve had a good life.” Would you say that—and mean it? Whatever your age, can you look back and reflect and feel satisfaction, even blessing? Most of us spend a lot of time looking ahead and wanting something more, something different, something other than what life carries at a particular phase. The reason the sentence […]

“Slam the Door on Guilt!”

© 2010 dynamosquito, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

My mother has a quirky sense of humor. I live a thousand miles away from the assistant living community where she lives, but most days we have a brief conversation. Of sorts. She still cracks me up. Even as her dementia takes her farther from the people who love her, and whom she loves, she […]

“Be Not Afraid!”

Olivia Newport Lake Ice

She was a little girl in Mexico whose mother left her and her brother in the care of their grandmother. Her mother went to the U.S. What the woman that girl grew into remembers about those years was how unloved she felt by her grandmother, who preferred the girl’s brother and also had her hands […]