Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope you are having a wonderful and Merry Christmas, each and every one of you. To me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year since I love big gatherings of family and friends. Granted, it would have been a tad bit cozier if we could have all gathered around the fireplace and roasted chestnuts on an open fire, instead of running the air conditioner. As it was, the temperature hovered around 80 degrees for most of the day in North Carolina.

I made the mistake of buying my poor grandchildren those thick onesie footed pajamas for Christmas without realizing it would be Christmas in July this year. For the first time since they were born my babies didn’t get to wake up in their new pajamas on Christmas morning. They would have been in danger of a heat stroke if they had even tried. They wore them for about 30 minutes before beginning to perspire heavily.

Yesterday for lunch, Christmas Eve, my three sons and their families came home to celebrate with barbecue and all the fixings. I had made rice krispie treats, chex mix, chocolate peanut butter balls, and chocolate pies the night before. (Yes, we love chocolate!) Honestly, no sweet potato, pumpkin, pecan pie, or any of those deserts for my crowd at the holidays or any other time. We are creatures of habit, and as my sweet daughter in laws have found over the years, anything besides chocolate pie or banana pudding simply will not be eaten.

Later that evening my brother and his family came bearing a huge pot of delicious chicken stew. Then we all gathered in the family room to play Pictionary and charades (hilarious) and laughed until we cried.

This morning I made my rounds visiting my grandchildren to see what Santa left them. Now at 3:00 on Christmas afternoon it’s time to sit down in front of this laptop and devote the rest of the day to writing Clara’s Forever. Since it will possibly be the last book of the Lynna and Clara series, I intend for it to be one of my best ones yet.

Thank you so much for supporting my books for another year and all of your wonderful emails. Keep them coming. I love hearing from you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

My Family

Let me introduce you to my family. This photo was taken on our annual beach retreat in August. This year we stayed at a house on a canal in Holden Beach, NC. It was a beautiful house with a pier outback where the kids could crab and fish and my boys could tie up a boat. There was a hammock, lots of rocking chairs and a porch swing. And food! Lord have mercy at the food we did eat! I cooked a lowcountry seafood boil twice and let me tell you this crowd can put a hurtin' on a some shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn on the cob. I'm already looking forward to next August.
Top row: My oldest son, his spouse and my grandson.
Second row: Yours truly, holding my youngest granddaughter. Far right, second row, are my middle and oldest granddaughters.
Third row: Youngest son and his girlfriend.
Fourth row: Middle son and his wife.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bedpans, Teapots and Corpses (A Maggie and Irene Cozy Mystery)

My latest book, a Southern cozy mystery that I worked on over the summer before I dig in to Clara's latest adventure. I hope you enjoy this humorous romp featuring two best friends who sometimes have a tendency to bite off more than they can chew.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Clara's Heart is available for preorder!

Ripped from the arms of the man she loves, Clara returns to her family, and her fiancé. Can she live without Travis? Can she put aside the once in a lifetime love they shared and be a good wife to Will? Or will she ignore the warnings and follow her heart?

Preorder now! To be released June 12,2015.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Clara's Song Release

Good morning, everyone. This is an exciting day for me with the release of my 9th book. Clara's Song is the first book in the A Moment in Time Novels trilogy. Clara has grown from the 12 year old little mute girl who saved Joshua's life after Suzanne's vicious attack, to a beautiful and gifted girl on the verge of her 18th birthday. On this day, she will supposedly have complete control of her powers, which as we all remember have at times been deadly. Clara's greatest desire is to be normal like other girls her age, but nothing in her life is normal. With the Civil War closing in on them, the winds of change are beginning to blow across Sea Grove.
I hope you enjoy  book as much as I enjoyed writing it and I can't wait to hear your thoughts.
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Clara's Song will be released January 25, 2015.

Clara was born with a veil, and the ability to see into the future. This much she knows. What she doesn’t know is what other gifts will be revealed when she turns eighteen in a few months. While her grandmother has been diligent in her efforts to prepare her for the inevitable changes to come, Clara can focus on precious little besides the devilishly handsome man she met at her coming out ball. Secure in the knowledge that she has a bright future ahead of her, the future Clara discovers is one that she could never have conjured in her wildest dreams.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a blessed and very Merry Christmas. I got to spend it with my family and friends, which is what makes me the happiest. The holidays meant parties and sharing meals with loved ones, yet another party with good eats, and still more parties with great food. 10 of my girlfriends and I gathered at my house for a Christmas Hen Party, no men allowed. What a blast we had!
The entire family gathered at my house for Thanksgiving and then on Christmas Eve for chicken stew, (we had all had our fill of turkey and ham by then) pictionary, charades, presents and great fun. Then New Years rolled around and I spent it like I have every New Year's Eve for the past 13 years, by having a sleepover for the grandkids so the parents can party, or sit home and read a book, or whatever they choose.
Now, it's back to the final edit on Clara's Song. I sent it out to 3 beta readers yesterday and am anxiously waiting to hear back from them. I'm always nervous when someone reads my work for the first time. Writing Clara's Song was a labor of love and I enjoyed every minute of it. The first 100 pages were written when I took a week long trip to Myrtle Beach to be all by my lonesome and write. I read that Stephanie Meyers always has music playing in the background when she writes. Not that I would ever compare myself to her genius, but I just wonder how she does that? I have to have complete quiet and no distractions. If Lynna and Joshua are sitting on a beach in Trinidad, I have to be right beside them. If they are battling a voodoo curse I have to be looking over the voodoo woman's shoulder. I have to be in the zone, and if something happens to take me out of that zone, it takes a while to get back into it. That's why I am planning another sabbatical to either the beach or Charleston, SC (my favorite place on earth) sometime in late January or early February to begin book two in the A Moment in Time series. Let's just say Clara has no idea what is in store for her in the future.
Clara's Song should go up for preorder in the next few weeks or so. So excited about this book. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Have a great 2015,