Sunday, August 6, 2017
Have I got a deal for you! Missing some of my books? Need to complete your collection?
The price for my first ten books personally autographed is $15.00 each including postage
when you buy them directly from me.
With the purchase of two or more books, I’ll take $1.00 off each.
You can use one of the following ways to pay: Cashiers Check or Pay Pal.
Think gifts, complete your library or surprise a friend. Think of sitting outside
reading as you enjoy a warm breeze. Or get cozy inside if the weather is bad! Or, read while you wait
for a flight. Or while on a road trip. Or during commercials! Or in boring company!
I have a limited number and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Get them while they are still available!
Read! Read! Read! - ☺
Two times writing to you within a few days. Wow! But I had to tell you about the Greater
Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC) I attended July27th through July 29 in Langhorne
at Cairn University which was once Philadelphia Bible College.
The conference was jam-packed with workshops for writers of various genres including, blogging,
memoires, books meant for children, fiction and nonfiction and various strategies for all of them.
Agents and editors were available for appointments.
I met with several and I was given permission to submit manuscripts for all three of my
completed unpublished novels. Maybe ‘Hannah’s Freedom’ and ‘Love Thine Enemy’, my historical novels,
and ‘Reunion’ my contemporary, will finally be published.
Unfortunately, this was the last conference of that size. It might be scaled down. For
information and to see if any cds from the conference might interest you, why not visit the website?
(Marlene Bagnull, the founder, director and everything else, is still planning to hold the annual
conference in Colorado.)
Be sure to read my announcement about how to buy any of my thirteen books directly from me.
I’ll autograph them, if you want, of course. This might be your last chance for the first ten.
As I said, when they’re gone, they’re gone.
So long for now. Hoping to hear from you soon, keep on reading and I’ll keep on writing.
July 20, 2017
Hello, Good People,
We had a fantastic Philadelphia Writers Conference, as usual. I’m not just saying this because I’m on the board. - ☺
Our opening speaker was Yolanda Wisher, the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and her talent for poetry came through in her speech.
We were all mesmerized. I got further benefits from the conference. An editor is interested in my novel, ‘Reunion’, which takes place
in Rankin, PA where I grew up. Two agents are requested information about ‘Hannah’s Freedom’ and ‘Love Thine Enemy’. I’m holding out
hope that they will be picked up and finally see print.
Gearing up for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference at the end of July. Before then, I have the 5 mile Enon
Walk/Run July 22. That’s how I celebrate my birthday each year.
Until next time,
Keep on reading and I’ll keep on writing.
Oh, keep tuned for information about ordering copies of my books directly from me.
They will be autographed, of course.
February 7, 2017
Happy February to All you readers out there,
I do miss my Vista del Lago friends in Florida, but this winter has been a blessing for us in this area. Very little snow
and great temperatures. On the days I didn’t have a Zumba class at the Y, I went for my walk in my neighborhood whenever the weather
was warm enough. Twice I had to take off my sweatshirt and tie it around my waist before I got back home because I got so warm. ;0) Fantastic!
Not much more time before spring is here. Someone once said ‘If we can make it through February, we can march.’ As for the groundhog seeing his shadow,
of course he did! If you shine a light on anybody or anything, they cast a shadow & each year the photographers are there, and announcers and anybody
else and you know somebody had some kind of light shining ready to see him as he emerged (was pulled out of) his burrow. But enough of that.
Before the week is up, I intend to send ‘Border Trouble’ to my editor. I’m going to miss writing about that area. I really like Brownsville.
Wonder if I’ll get back down there. It’s really a hot spot since you-know-who decided to build a wall. Anyway, if you’ve read ‘Border Love’ and
‘Border Danger’, please let me know what you think.
I’m curious, what do you like to read about and why? Do you have a favorite area? A favorite subject? Do you have a favorite time
and/or place to read?
I HAVE to get back to finishing Nate’s story. He’s bugging me again. I can’t blame him. He’s been extremely patient.
That’s it for now. Keep on reading, (I hope some of the books are mine), and I’ll keep on writing.
December 30, 2016
Hello Good People,
I know, I know, long time no hear. I hope everybody had a thankful Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas. Now to kind of get caught up:
In June I was interviewed for ‘For Booklovers Only’ in Maryland by Rob Brown. (Check out the website. It’s very interesting.
You’ll also find my interview.)
I also attended a reunion of my mother’s family in Maryland back in July. As usual, it was great seeing my relatives from all
over and just sitting around talking and being thankful we all made it through another year.
Ike and I went on a 12 DAY CRUISE to the Southwest Caribbean that sailed from Baltimore. My criteria was the longest cruise from
Baltimore so we wouldn’t have to fly. It was fantastic having somebody cook my meals and clean my room. I enjoyed being pampered.
I did the line-dancing class every day. As part of my exercise, I also walked around in each port ‘window-shopping’ although it
was mostly vendors not store windows. ;0). Fabulous.
There is some news on the writing front. The publishers of ‘Border Love’ and ‘Border Danger’ closed their doors, but we authors
are blessed even more. Another publisher decided to take on the authors. Things are still being worked out, but I consider it a blessing.
I’ll keep you posted. After things settle down, I’ll submit my completed third book, ‘Border Trouble’ set in Brownsville, Texas.
On the home front, a group of us women go out to lunch whenever the out-of-towner is here. (Pastor calls us The Golden Girls).
We go to a buffet off-hours so we can stay as long as we want without feeling guilty for taking up the space. We sat around talking
and catching up for THREE HOURS. A good time was had by all.
December 20, 2015
I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and I know you're gearing up for Christmas. I have some exciting news. Book number 13,
'What's in a Name?' was released by Black Opal on November 28th. It's also romantic suspense, but not categorized as inspirational.
It's available in print in bookstores, and online wherever books are available, including Black Opal. It is also available as an e-book wherever
that format is available. Think Gifts. ;0)
'What's in a Name?', like ‘Border Love' and ‘Border Danger', could be ‘ripped from the headlines'. Takeem El, genius graduate student,
is picked up by government agents because his name matches one on their ‘Watch List'. When they get no information from him, they decide to
move him to another of their locations. During the move, members of an extremist group attack them, kill the agents and take Takeem.
The US government realizes that Takeem is innocent and assigns two agents from a different agency to rescue him and capture the terrorists'
Agents Kelli Malone and Jake Landis are the two assigned to the case.
I'm including chapter one here on the website.
Now for other news. Three very good conferences are coming up in 2016 and I hope you can make at least one. I plan to attend all three.
All are held every year. Here they are in the order in which they'll take place:
1. Romance Slam Jam. (RSJ). This is a group of authors of romance, book clubs and readers of romance novels. It's hosted by groups in
a different city each year. It will be held April 28-30, 2016 in Detroit. Beverly Jenkins will be there as well as others. There will be
opportunities for you to meet your favorite authors, become acquainted with new authors, attend workshops and booksignings, and just hanging
out with others, including authors, who share the same interests.
2. Philadelphia Writers Conference (PWC) June 10-12 in Philadelphia at the Wyndham Hotel, 4th & Arch Streets. This is a small conference,
but still has something for everyone; beginners and advanced writers of all genres. (I'm not just saying this because I'm a board member.
I attended for years before I was invited to join the board.) I credit this conference for being a big part of why I was able to get published.
3. Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC) takes place in Langhorne, PA at the Cairn University August 3-6, 2016. This
conference also presents a wide variety of workshops. It's not just for writers of Christian literature. This year I've been invited to teach a
workshop on writing romantic suspense.
If you're looking for a writers' conference, please visit their websites for more information.
I have a Facebook Page, so please feel free to become my friend. I promise that I keep that more up to date. ;0)
We're not going to Florida this winter, so I'll be facing the weather elements as the rest of you people here in the north, ;0)
That's it for now, Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
I know it's been too long. I have a lot of news. First of all, book number 12, ‘Border Danger' will be available
for pre-order on Aug. 14th. I've posted an excerpt from it as well as
from ‘Border Love' here. Both are set in Brownsville, Texas and the main characters are
Border Patrol agents. ‘Border Danger' is not a continuation, so you don't have to read them in
The e-book version is available for the low, low price of $3.99 from Amazon, Prism
Book Group and Barnes and Noble. I think you will get your money's worth.
Remember, I'm available to meet with groups.
I did the Enon Fit/Walk on July 25th. I came in 4th in my age group: 71-80. My problem is
that each year some ‘youngster' ages up to the category. I was the oldest walker. I decided I'll
have to walk three more years so I can have my own category: 80+ ;0)
My family reunion is coming up in Pittsburgh and I'm looking forward to seeing folks. I
haven't been to one in several years.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
April 8 2015
It's been a while. I hope all is well with you.
We got back from Florida on the 2nd. After three months away. Still playing catch-up,
although if it's playing it should be fun, right? Anyway, there's a local event I'm involved with. It's free,
so if you are in the area and free, please attend. Here's the info:
WHAT: Art Sanctuary is sponsoring the Celebration of Black Writing. I'm teaching a workshop: “Character, Setting and Plot, Oh My!
WHEN: Saturday, May 23 11:00-11:45
Where: Temple University, Ritter Hall & Annex. Entrance between Cecil B. Moore Ave. between Broad Street & Check the website for
the whole weekend schedule: www.artsanctuary.org/cbw
You also might want to follow me on Facebook.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing. (I have to get back to Nate & Lisa's story).
It's been a long, long time, but I'm still here. I've been using Facebook posts to keep people up to date so I've neglected my own website. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
You're probably aware that we lost my sister, author Marilyn Tyner, to a sudden heart attack last March. She was in her church on Ash Wednesday and it was after the service when it happened. Ladies, be aware that symptoms of a heart attack are different for women than for men. Please read up on them.
I am in mostly sunny, mostly warm Florida again this winter. I have a lot of news on the writing front. My second Border Patrol book, “Border Danger”, is in the hands of the publisher, Prism Book Group which published “Border Love”. It's already been through the first edit. “Border Danger” is set in Brownsville, Texas, as was “Border Love”, but it's not a continuation. It has different Characters and different threats.
Another manuscript, “What's in a Name?” is in the hands of Black Opal Books. “What's in a Name?” starts in Philadelphia then moves to a different part of the state. It concerns a graduate student who is grabbed by a government agency because his name matches one on their watch list. The main characters are agents for a different agency.
I also finally started working on Nate's story. In case you don't remember, Nate Harris is Chris' brother in “Aloha Love”. Nate is the one who tried to take over every scene he was in. He didn't stop until I promised him his own story. From time to time he's bugged me. I figured I better give him a story before he does something drastic.
Nate's story is set here in Florida in the Orlando area. Before I could start, though, I had to read “Aloha Love” and take notes to see what I said about him. I know if I got something wrong somebody would let me know.
On a personal note, I have to have treatment on my right eye because of swelling & a bleeding vein. It's not life threatening nor vision threatening, but I'd like your prayers.
Please follow me on Facebook and ‘like' me.
Until next time,
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing,
August 5, 2014
I know, I know, long time no hear. I hope everybody had a great summer. I think the weather got mixed up. After a mild summer we have had several almost heat waves (It's got to be above 90 degrees for three days, I think, to be official). Anyway, enough
about the weather. I have a lot going on. Check this out & see if you can make any of the events:
September 14th, The Big Blue Marble Bookstore is having a Community Festival. I'll be part of it. I'll be reading an excerpt from "Border Love" and will have copies for sale of all my books. Other authors will be participating as well. There will also be a program for kids. Fun for all.
Saturday September 27th my state representative, Cherelle Parker, will host a Senior Showcase at Finley Recreation Center from 1-4. The show will feature all kinds of talent. I'll be reading my poem, "Gone with the Wind, Thank God". I expect to enjoy all of the show and then rush over to Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church for the five o'clock service.
Sunday September 28th, I'll attend a play at Simpson House, a senior retirement home. This will probably be the last time I
see Tee, who was the oldest member of the senior tap-dancing group to which I used to belong at Center in the Park. Tee is 93 and is moving out of state with her daughter. (I still tap with a group in Florida when I"m there.) She no longer taps, but has a rap that she recites. I'm looking forward to it. The play is open to the public.
On the same day I'll have to miss the poetry reading at Poets on the Porch, in Fox Chase. I usually attend that so I'm sorry about missing it.
On Mondays I'll attend computer classes at the Abington Y. Later I'll attend computer classes at Enon on six Thursdays. (I am DETERMINED to master the quirks on this new computer and the new Microsoft Word Version.) Remember, my old computer died suddenly. It could have at least given me some warning, right?
Tutoring will also be starting back up t church near the end of the month. (It's a good thing my husband & son will be here
with the 'puppies: Buster 120, Buddy 115 and the 'runt', Princess, at 60 pounds.)
I bit the bullet & sent queries for 'What's in a Name?' and 'Reunion' to different publishers. Now it's a matter of waiting
and hoping for acceptances.
I have to get back to checking 'Love Thine Enemy' and getting it ready. Then I have to do a 'final' reading for 'Hannah's Freedom' and see if I can find a home for it.
Other than the above, I'll take it easy.
Until next time,
on reading and I'll keep on writing.
April 22, 2014
I'm excited and pleased to announce the release of my latest novel. "Border Love" is an inspirational romantic
suspense novel and my publisher is Prism Books. "Border Love" will be available as an e-book and in print after May 21st.
Here's a blurb and a sneak peek at the first chapter.
Brooke Hudson and Darien McKee are Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brownsville, Texas office on the Texas-Mexican border.
Brooke and Darien experience different situations while on separate assignments that shake their faith. She considers resigning
from the agency, but will try reassignment instead.
Darien is forced to transfer from the Yuma Sector after an incident in the desert. They are assigned as partners.
A personal relationship develops between them. An incident occurs that makes it necessary for them to be assigned different partners,
but they continue to see each other socially.
Brooke's new partner makes a rash decision that puts her in jeopardy. Will her faith help her out of the dangerous situation?
Darien realizes he loves her. When she disappears, he finds his faith returning as he searches for her. Will he find her in time?
"Brooke Hudson drew her gun and crouched behind a thick bush, grateful for the tropical climate of Brownsville, Texas.
She pressed her face so close to the ground, she could smell the musty odor of the rotting leaves that covered this section of land.
The footsteps that caused her to take cover came closer. Birds scattered from the ground into the air announcing the path of the
person approaching her. The steps were slow, but the person didn't try to keep quiet. Brooke frowned.
Even illegal intruders who got lost knew to move quietly. She shifted softly until she faced the sound. Unless they were
armed and didn't care if they encountered anybody.
She thought of a week ago when an officer's body was found thirty miles north of where she was now. Lord, please be with me, she prayed.
She pulled her mind back to the sounds, eased behind a vine-covered tree, and waited.
When the noise was almost on top of her, she stood with her back against a tree and aimed her gun at the direction of the sound coming
through the brush. She waited and watched. A final thrashing through a thick clump in front of her sent a ground squirrel scampering across the
tiny clearing and brought the person almost out of cover."
Hope you have trouble waiting to see what happens next. ;0)
Until next time, keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
(You can keep in touch on Facebook).
December 24, 2013
Hope everybody has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I also hope you got everything you needed and most of what you wanted.
We leave for Florida on the 30th and not a moment too soon. We had some really unusually warm weather for December: 60's & 70's
and I went for my exercise walk in short sleeves, but now reality has set in. It's COLD today.
I'm fixing Christmas dinner for the family, but it's a no-brainer; we'll have our traditional food: turkey, stuffing, rice,
mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, green beans and rolls. Maybe cornbread, too. Dessert will be cake and ice cream for an early
celebration of my husband's birthday.
I just went through the first set of editor's comments for ‘Border Love', but we'll go through it two more times.
It's going to be in print & as an e-book. How cool is that?
‘Snowbound with Love' is now available from Amazon as an e-book & my son and I are working on converting the other nine.
I'm also happy to report that we're working on releasing Hannah's Freedom as an e-book. It's a departure from my usual writing:
this is a Historical novel. I call it a Black ‘Gone with the Wind'. I'm really excited about all of this.
I'll be in the Orlando area for 3 months, so if anybody has a book club or a group of readers you would like me to meet with,
let me know.
You can also follow me on Facebook, if you know how to do that. :0~
I'm looking forward to Romance Slam Jam in New Orleans from May 7-11. I'm teaching a writing workshop.
If you've never gone a conference but love romance, this is opportunity for you to meet some of the authors whose books you may have read.
Guess that's all for now.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
November 11, 2013
Hope things are going well. I met with an amazing book club, Black Butterflies,
and I had a fabulous afternoon with the ladies. They read “Ready to Take a Chance”.
They're local and Juanita, the librarian at the Wadsworth branch, put me in touch with them & we made
it happen. I really appreciate them selecting my book then caring enough to want to meet
with me. Much thanks to Angela for hosting the meeting.
The discussion drifted away from the book and on to a problem too common in society today.
I mentioned a short story I had written pertaining to the problem and I promised to post it.
(No, I do not advocate the action taken in the story and, like my novels, IT IS NOT AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL.)
I have attended three poetry reading in the last two weeks. If you're into poetry there are probably
small readings near you. A lot of Café have them as do some bookstores and some libraries.
I also sent a children's story/poem, “Carleton Crow” to someone I met at a poetry reading who works for
a publishing house. I see it as a picture book for young kids. If this contact doesn't work out, I'll have to look elsewhere.
Also on the writing front, I promise myself to follow through on the…. I started to say paperwork,
but everything is on line nowadays. (Think that's why the US postal Service is having financial trouble?)
Anyway, I'm going to start things rolling to have my ten books converted into e-books. I'm seriously considering doing
it through Amazon.com. I'll keep you posted.
It's getting cold; just as it does every year at this time and I'm starting to complain just as I always
do every year at this time.
I'm trying to get up the nerve to go for my walk in the cold. I don't think it's going to get any warmer.
Nothing to it but to do it.
I'm ba-a-a-ck. My walk wasn't as bad as I thought and I worked up a sweat as I always do.
I added a long hill to prepare me for the stupendous hill we have in the Enon's Fit Walk/Run For Eternity that
takes place every year in July in honor of the move from our old building to the new.
Anybody going to Romance Slam Jam? It's in May and in New Orleans this year and I'm looking forward to it.
If you're not familiar with it, check it out on line. I'm teaching a workshop. Now to change the subject.
My granddaughter who is thirteen; (I can't believe she's that old); anyway, she won a prize at school
for her Halloween costume. She went as a cereal killer. Yes, I spelled it correctly. She said she dressed in black and carried a huge cardboard knife and spoon_______ and had the tops of cereal boxes. Get it? Get it? Cereal killer? Ha, ha.
When her dad was about ten, he made his own costume and won a prize. He made himself into a robot using cardboard boxes.
He was a perfectionist & painted it up and everything. He wanted me to buy dryer hoses so he could use them for the arms,
but I refused to pay for them. (I think “Lost in Space” was on then & that's probably where he got the idea.)
Guess that's all. Remember you can buy my books through I-Universe or Amazon.com.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
September 29, 2013
A lot is happening and it's all good. I was one of four featured writers at Mugshots Café in Philadelphia.
I read an excerpt from an oldie but goodie; “Escape to Love”. I also read as part of the Chestnut Hill Book Festival.
This is an annual event and it's about fifteen minutes from where I live, but it is the first time I was invited to participate.
Now for news from the publication front. My first inspirational romantic suspense, Border Love,
is under contract and will be released both in print and as an e-book. I am very excited about that.
Border Love is one of three inspirational romantic suspense novels featuring United States Border Patrol agents stationed in Brownsville,
Texas which is on the Texas-Mexican border.
Our main characters, Brooke Hudson and Darien McKee, run into difficulties, but I won't ruin the story by going into detail. ;0)
I'm looking for a publishing home for two historicals & two contemporary novels. Wish me well.
My church has an after school program and I offered to teach a writing workshop. Nothing is finalized yet. Speaking of which,
I'm available to meet with book clubs or reading groups. I'm also available to present writing workshops.
I don't know about where you are, but it's cool in the mornings already. I hope temperatures get back to normal soon.
It's too early for me to start doing a countdown to January when I'll be in Florida.)
That's it for now. Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
July 11, 2013
I know it's been a long time, but here it is. A lot of things are going on.
1. I have a contract for my first Inspirational romantic suspense novel, Border Love. Prism Book Publication will release it as an e-book. It will also be available in print. I'm not sure of the release date, but I'll let you know. (Does this mean I have to get an e-book reader?) Border Love is set in Brownsville, Texas on the Texas-Mexican border, right on the Rio Grande River. The main characters are Border Patrol agents. I'll have to post an excerpt when it's available. Hopefully it will be a success and the other two, Border Danger and Border Trouble will follow.
2. My first novel, Snowbound with Love, is under consideration by Samhain Publishers to be released as a retro romance book. It, too, will be an e-book if they decide to accept it. (It, as well as the other nine, has been available by order through any bookstore or from I-Universe.)
3. An agent is considering one of my historical novels, Hannah's Freedom. This novel is set in Virginia around the Civil War. It's the story of an interracial family determined to take their rightful place in society.
I'm also excited about the up-coming Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. I attended last year and am looking forward to this one.
Now for a last bit of news: I'm also looking forward to attending my family reunion in Virginia. I missed last year, so it will be good to see my relatives.
Other than that, nothing is happening. ;0)
Keep on reading and I'll try to keep on writing.
March 20, 2012
Hi everybody, Hope you are "weathering" whatever storms come your way.
Just a bit of news. On April 10th, I'll be the speaker at a tea at my alma mater, Cheyney University.
I'm going to combine it with a book signing. If you're in the area, try to come.
Also, on April 7th, I'll be one of many poets reading for 3 minutes at the Moonstone Art Center in Phila.
Maybe I'll see some of you there.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
December 25, 2012
Hi Anyone Who Is Out There,
Yes, this was written on Christmas morning. Yes, I know it has been ages since I wrote an update and yes, I'm still alive and kicking as high as ever. I would resolve to do this more often, but I've already been that and not done that.
I completed the Border Patrol trilogy. They are inspirational romantic suspense. I'm waiting to hear from an agent so I'm sort of in limbo for a while. Meanwhile, I'm working on What's in a Name which is also an inspirational romantic suspense. It deals with a college genius who is unfortunate enough to have the same name as a terrorist on the Homeland Security watch list. (Of course, there is more than that going on as is my style.) I'm also revising Reunion which has an element of suspense, but not as much as the others.
We are on our way to spend the next three months in Florida. (Our poor son will be stuck here with the three monster dogs, so please pray for him as well as for us.) ;0)
This year, in light of what happened at the school in Connecticut as well as other places here in this country and throughout the world, we need to pray even harder.
May all of you and your families have a blessed, happy and safe New Year. As soon as I hear anything, I'll let you know.
Keep on reading. (I'll keep on writing whether you do or not. I can't help it. I have to get these people out of my head.)
April 8, 2012
Hello, Everybody (that is if anybody is reading this). I usually don't make New Years Resolutions and this is why: I resolved to update my website regularly and here it is March already and I'm just getting around to it. Of course, I didn't define regularly so maybe I'm still okay.
Anyway, I just finished the third book of my trilogy and am waiting to hear from an agent. Border Trouble joins Border Love and Border Danger. The main characters in these romantic suspense novels are Border Patrol Agents stationed in Brownsville, Texas on the Texas-Mexican border.(I spent a several winters there. Brownsville is an interesting little town.) I also want to add right here that the first two novels were completed BEFORE the Border Patrol television series aired. Sometimes I wonder if somebody is "listening in" on my thoughts. Case in point, a couple of weeks ago I saw a program that opened just like Escape to Love did. Hey, maybe I need to start wearing a hat made of aluminum foil the way the kooks do on a program every now then to keep somebody from stealing my ideas. What do you think? But, to change the subject.
By the time you read this I will be home after spending the winter in Florida as a snowbird. (In Texas they call us Winter Texans.) Had I known the winter in Philly was going to be so mild, I might have stayed home. ;0)
Almost as soon as I get home I'll have to leave for Romance Slam Jam in Little Rock, Arkansas. Can't wait. Those attending are so friendly and they give me such a "feel good" feeling. We have so much fun. I'm also teaching a workshop on Character Development. The conference offers something for everyone especially a chance to meet and talk with their favorite authors.
On the writing front: Kindred Spirits is now available as a re-issue through I-Universe. That's eight down and two more to go. I'm also looking into e-publishing the ten. I'm also considering publishing as e-books two historicals I wrote a while ago. Hannah's Freedom and Love Thine Enemy are just waiting to meet readers and I haven't found a publisher yet.
Well, that's it for now.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing. Actually, once writing gets in your blood, you keep writing even if nobody is reading.
Till next time.
June 30, 2011
Hi Everybody [Anybody?],
First, some serious stuff. For some reason I cannot access my mail at: email@example.com I have gone to the mail.com people & they can't help. My son, who has a degree in Computer Science was unable to get in, so I have to count it as lost. All of my email addresses, pending things; everything I had there; are gone. WOW!!!
My new address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. From now on, when I get a group of e-mail addresses I will print them out. Nothing like hard copy!! A PAPER copy!!!
We had a fabulous PWC Conference and I'm not just saying this because I'm on the board! One of our speakers was Solomon Jones and he was great and he's a nice guy. Does he have a story to tell! A few years ago he and I were at a group autograph signing. Of course, he has gone much further & he is better known.
I haven't heard from the agent nor editor, but I am hard at work on the third book of a Border Patrol Agents series. This one is Border Trouble and it will join Border Love and Border Danger. Hopefully they will all see the light of day.
I am planning to participate in my church, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church's Fit Walk again this year, be The Good Lord willing. This will be my fifth. It will be July 23rd and is about 4 1/2 miles, a LOT of which is UPHILL. The funds raised always go to a charity. This year it's for Sickle Anemia. It was one of the hottest day of the year last year; the temperature reached 95. I'm hoping for a cooler day. The thing that helped was we finished before the hottest part of the day. We step off at 8 and are finished about 10. No, I have never been the last to finish.
Soon, Kindred Spirits will be reissued. It will join Perfect Wedding, Ready to Take a Chance, To Love Again, Aloha Love, Dream Wedding and Snowbound With Love. They can be ordered through any bookstore, Amazon &, of course, through I-Universe.
Now on a sad note: In case you haven't heard, Leslie Esdale (L.A. Banks) is critically ill. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
I guess that''s it. Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
May 23, 2011
I might be jumping the gun but: guess what! Guess what!!! I have a lot of news. Aside from being a fantastic conference as usual, Romance Slam Jam was very productive for me. I met with a publisher and with an agent. First, a publisher is looking at Love Thine Enemy.
Love Thine Enemy is set during the civil war. Faith is escaping from slavery. She is mistaken for a spy by Union Forces. Then the adventure begins.
The publisher is also looking at the first few chapters of Hannah's Freedom. Hannah's Freedom spans the Civil War and tells her story and that of her family. (I see this as the Black view of what was told in ‘Gone with the Wind'.)
Second: an agent is looking at my two romantic suspense novels set on the Texas-Mexican Border. Border Love and Border Danger feature Border Patrol agents. I'm getting ready to start writing a third since the agent wants to package it as a 3-book deal.
Thirdly, my previously published 10 novels are in the process of being re-released through I-universe backinprint. They can be ordered through them or through any bookstore. The following are already available:
Snowbound With Love
Ready to Take a Chance
To Love Again
I'm working on Trust in Me, so look for it soon. Remember, these are the same stories. Only the covers are different.
Finally, I'm exploring the possibility of having my previously published novels released as e-books. Whew!!! I'm tired just looking at all of this. ;0)
I'm going to really try to update this monthly, so don't give up on me. Check back. Meanwhile, keep reading and I'll keep writing.
(P.S. Slam Jam will be in Little Rock, Arkansas next year. If necessary, start saving your money. If you drink soft drinks, maybe you want to cut back one and put the money into a Slam Jam fund. This would be a win-win situation. Your health will benefit & you'll get to visit the historic Little Rock Central High School; the place where nine courageous students stepped up to force the integration that was mandated by the U.S. Government.
Hi to anyone who is out there. Anybody going to Romance Slam Jam in April? It's going to be great and not just because I'm presenting a workshop. ;0)
I'm in sunny WARM Florida in the Orlando area.
I just finished revising two new romantic suspense to fit the inspirational market and am looking for a publisher & an agent. I got the (brilliant?) idea to post the first chapter here. (More might follow if there is an interest).
I'm posting the beginning of Love Will Make it Better. I welcome feedback.
Keep reading & I'll keep writing & trying to get published again. ;0)
Hello, everybody. I just finished an author event at the Norristown
Library. They spotlighted 40 local authors at their festival. The good
thing is that I found it without getting lost. Of course, my husband
led me to the Norristown city limits. Also of course, I had to ask for
directions. I should have been embarrassed. Here is how the
Me: "Excuse me. Can you tell me where the library is?"
Him: "The library?"
Him: "Right there." He pointed to a large building a few feet ahead.
The large sign in front announced the name. As my mother used to say,
‘If it had been a snake it would have bit you'.
In my defense, I hadn't reached it so I didn't know. I did know that I
have a tendency to get lost. So much so that I build in ‘getting lost
time' when I have to go someplace new.
(I had a GPS which my family insisted I get. Somebody stole it from my
car, which is another story. The stupid person left the adaptor behind
and the unit was broken so it was useless. I would have loved to see
his/her face when they learned that.)
More news from the book front. Four books are back-in-print through
I-universe. They can be ordered from the company or through bookstores.
As soon as the others are available, I'll arrange a package deal which
includes advertising and mentions all of the titles while highlighting
I'm revising two completed novels for the inspirational romantic
suspense market. They both have border Patrol agents on the
Finally, nothing to do with writing, but still an accomplishment. I
just finished a 4½ mile walk sponsored by me church, Enon Tabernacle
Baptist Church. It wasn't the distance that was so challenging; it was
the fact that most of it is uphill from our original church building to
the new. That, plus the fact that it was humid and the temperature was in the high 90's didn't help.
(This was my 4th walk.) Each year a different charity benefits from all
the money raised. This year we supported two health centers in
different sections of the city. One serves the homeless population. The
other serves the working poor and immigrants. The patients get medical
care, medication and medical counseling.
I guess that's it for now. Please look for the re-releases. The covers
will be different, but the stories are the same. As soon as I get a
contract for a new book, I'll let you know. Meanwhile, keep on reading.
May 25, 2010
I know. It's shocking that I'm back so soon. I have some news to share for the two of you who read this. ;0)
I want to remind you about the greatest writers' conference of all time!! The Philadelphia Writers Conference has been in existence since 1949. We always have something for everything. For local people, we have famous Larry Kane, former television anchor, as the speaker at our opening session. We have three days of workshops including a workshop presented by Karen Quinones-Miller, two poetry workshops and a lot more. (Visit the site at: www.pwcwriters.org).
I'm a board member, but I attended for years before I was published.
I'm going to be at an event of local writers held at a Montgomery County Library in Norristown on Thursday July 15th from 3-7. The library is located at: 1001 Powell St, Norristown. (My birthday is the 14th, so I guess this is how I'll celebrate.)
As for my writing. I'm revising an unpublished novel for the inspirational romantic suspense market. (I wasn't aware there is such a market.) Border Love is set in Brownsville, Texas, and the main characters are Border Patrol Agents. (I spent months in Brownsville a couple of winters.)
I have finished with the process of getting Aloha Love, Ready to Take a Chance, and To Love Again back in print. The covers will be different, but the story is the same.
Finally, I'm giving serious thought to posting excerpts from one of my unpublished historical novels. Hannah's Freedom is set in Stafford/Fredericksburg, VA. The names are those of my great-grandmother and grandfather. This is a romance/family saga set around the Civil War. Stay tuned. Now, I'm going outside to sit on the porch. I waited ALL winter for this kind of weather & I'm going to enjoy it.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
April 14, 2010
I know it's been a long time. To begin with, I apologize for waiting so
long to write. I have been busy.
On January 12, Ike and I took a 10-day cruise through the Panama Canal.
(More about that at another time.)
Then we spent a week in Pompano Beach. From there we moved to the Orlando area.
We were supposed to leave on the 7th of March, but, since my neighbors in Philadelphia and
that area couldn't control the record snowfalls__that's with an ‘s'__
we spent an extra two weeks.
From there we went to Jackson, GA. To spend a few days with my brother.
We got home in time for Palm Sunday. Nice and late so good weather were assured, right? Wrong!!! Last night
we had frost warning; April 13th!!!
Of course, in Florida we had a record number of frost days.
They also set a record for frost days late in the year. Wow!! Now to the writing front.
Aloha Love is well on the way to being re-released, this time by
I-Universe. New cover, new price, but the same well-reviewed story.
I'm also re-tooling a romantic suspense novel so I can submit it to
Steeple Hill for its Inspirational Romantic Suspense line. Border
Danger stars two Border Patrol agents on the Texas-Mexican border and
some of the dangers faced by the brave agents there. I spent many
months in Brownsville, Texas conducting research.
Wish me well.
I'm considering posting chapters of an unpublished historical novel
based on the names of my great-grand father and mother. (There's a true
story about what happened to their remains.)
I guess that's it for now. I promise to really, really try to write an
(PS: I do have a few copies of first editions of some of my books).
November 4, 2009
Come join me as I read excerpts from my books, answer questions, talk about writing and autograph books.
I'll be at the Wadsworth Avnue Branch of the Philadelphia Libraries on Tuesday, November 10th from
6 to 7:30 PM.
The library is located at 1500 Wadsworth Avenue.
Please come so I won't be talking to myself. :0( "
(Their associated website can be found at wwww.freelibrary.org)
July 22, 2009
Hi Everybody (if anybody is out there),
No news on the publishing front, but I'm not just sitting and twiddling my thumbs. (I'm not sure I even know how to twiddle. I know I don't know anything about twittering, but I digress. For those in the Philadelphia area, I will be conducting a series of workshops on writing at the Wadsworth Branch of the Philadelphia Library system. The location is 1500 Wadsworth Avenue. I led a similar workshop for The Learning Tree a few years ago and a fee was charged. This will cost you, nada, zip, nothing, not a copper cent. In the workshops I will talk about the three things you need to tell a story: character(s), setting and plot. I'll also address other aspects of writing.
I'll have a reading/booksigning on Monday, October 5th at 6:00 PM. (The prices range from $6.00 to $15.00)
The workshop series will take place on the following Mondays from 6-7PM:
This session will provide an opportunity for those ready to share their writings.
Space is limited. Call 215.685.9293 to register.
Juanita Vega DeJoseph
Branch Manager & Adult/Teen Librarian
Wadsworth Branch Library
1500 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19150
Please don't let me be there all alone talking to myself. That's most embarrassing.
So long until next time. Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
Okay, I know it's been a l-o-o-o-ng time, but I have been busy.
First, I have just spent my first winter in Philadelphia in seven years and I really struggled with the cold. (I know many of you won't give me any sympathy because you've had to endure the cold every year, but I refuse to allow you to break into my pity party.) And will somebody please explain about global warming? Huh? Anyway, the weather finally broke. In fact, today we set a new record, 94. Where was some of this in January, February & March?
We had timeshare weeks we had to use, so we spent 1 week in New Bern, North Carolina, came home for a week, then spent the week after Easter in outside Myrtle Beach. We have two more which we'll take in Florida in June. (That will make me wish for winter, won't it?)
On the writing front, I'm still looking for an agent & a publisher, but I have to be honest & admit that I haven't been trying hard. I have been distracted.
Our dog had nine-count them-nine puppies on Christmas Eve.
We left her with a friend who SAID their male was fixed. Ha!! Anyway, we kept two & found homes for the others; many with relatives.
Back to the writing business. On May 9, I'll be speaking at a community center just outside Philadelphia. I have also promised myself that I will finalize my queries & submit something to somebody. As I have said in my workshops, no agent nor publisher will knock on the door & ask if I have anything to submit.
Also pertaining to writing, I'm gearing up for the annual Philadelphia Writers Conference on June 12, 13 & 14. I hope to see some of you there.
Guess that's it for now, & I'll try to not wait so long.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing & trying to get something new published.
June 15, 2008
I am still riding high after the Romance Slam Jam 2008!!! It was fantastic!!! I gave my Keynote Speech and got a standing ovation after I finished!! (I refuse to believe that it was done out of courtesy and respect. ;0) )
You readers are awesome!! It is humbling to meet so many people, who didn't know me, who bought, not just one of my books, but others as well.
Next year the Slam Jam will be in Los Angeles so plan on a good time with like-minded people.
I am dealing with the cold weather. I'm thinking two things about this:
Summer forgot us and 2. I left Florida too soon.
I had taken my winter jackets and long-sleeved tops to our storage room on the third floor, but had to go pull them back into service. It has rained every day this week and a couple at the end of last week.
But, when I start to complain about the weather, I think about the people in China dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake, the people in Myamar suffering the results of the storm that hit them and the people in other parts of this country and the world who would love to exchange our problems for theirs, and I think of the song, "I Won't Complain".
I have a bit of good news: my first book Snowbound with Love is now available through book stores & on-line through Amazon. The new ISBN is as follows: 978-0-595-50041-3. It got great reviews and ratings when it was first released.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
April 18, 2008
Folks, Happy After Income Tax Day. :0(
We are back from Florida and playing catch-up. We were away for over three months and I thought WARM Spring would be here, but did I get fooled. For three nights this past week I turned on the electric blanket. I had pulled out my long-sleeved shirts so I could store them.
Yesterday I put them back in my closet and I wore one.
Several exciting things are happening. I met with a fantastic book club here in Philadelphia. I really enjoyed myself. Times like that make the writing worthwhile.
Another bit of news: I will be interviewed on CN8 on Monday on the Comcast Newsmakers. It will air on CNN Headline News throughout parts of Southeastern Pennsylvania at 24 or 54 minutes after the hour for one week during the month of May or June. (I'm a board member of the Philadelphia Writers Conference and this is in conjunction with that.)
By the way, this is a great conference and I'm not just saying that because I'm on the board. I attended the conference for about ten years before I was published and I credit the workshops with playing a big part in that. This year it will be held June 6, 7 & 8th at the Holiday Inn at 4th and Arch here in Philadelphia. It's a lot of work, but I still look forward to it.
I will also participate in a special radio interview by a host who is spotlighting authors attending Romance Slam Jam in Chicago. I'll be live on a radioblog. The Slam Jam will be held May 1st. through the 4th. (I hope the airlines have themselves together by then. I'm on the program at 2:30 and I don't want to be late.)
Speaking of the Slam Jam, it's right around the corner and I'm really, really nervous about giving the Keynote Speech. Maybe I'll do like Miles Davis and turn my back to the audience while I talk. That would certainly give them something to talk about, right?
The last good news is that Snowbound With Love, my first novel, will be re-released in a very short while. Should be early May. It will be available through I-Universe and can be ordered through some book stores as well as through Amazon.com. I'll do the same with Dream Wedding when I obtain publishing rights.
My three completed contemporary novels have not found a home yet, but that hasn't stopped me from working on another romantic suspense. My agent is looking for a publisher. I wonder how many novels I'll write before I realize that nobody's interested? Guess I'll have to see.
Let me know if anybody is reading this.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
January 2, 2008
I hope you brought in the New Year the way you wanted to. As for me, I'm in sunny Florida and I'll be here until the end of March. (I left orders with my family for winter to be over by the time I get back.)
I ushered in the New Year by watching that idiot on TV jump the length of the football field on his motorcycle. (Now that I think of it, I'm not sure which one of us was the idiot. He probably got paid and I wasted almost an hour of my life time.)
Anyway, I got some very good news. A member of my RWA Chapter congratulated chapter members on being honored and my name was one of them. I had to ask her what she was talking about. It seems that I was nominated for a career achievement award by Romantic Times Book Review!!! Wow!!! Whether or not I win, the recognition lifted my spirits. I have been down because my agent has three completed manuscripts and she hasn't sold one. I had been re-thinking this whole writing stuff. I had started to question if anybody was reading my books any more. (Of course, with the changes made by Harlequin with Kimani only the latest book, Ready to Take a Chance, is still available.)
Keynote speaker for Romance Slam Jam and now this!!!
I guess now I'll have to get back to the novel I started THREE times. It's another suspense. This one deals with a Homeland Security prisoner escaping.
I also regained the publishing rights to Snowbound with Love, so that it will be released through I-Universe. I'll tell you more later.
Talk to you later. Stay warm, if that's your thing.
Keep on reading and I promise to keep on writing.
October 2, 2007
I know, it's been a long time. My agent STILL has three completed manuscripts, but I STILL don't know when, if ever, they will find a new home.
I'm in the process of obtaining the publication rights for Snowbound With Love, my first novel. Once that's done I intend to re-release it on my own.
On September 1st we joined Cush City's one week cruise out of Orlando. I was one of the authors being featured.
I'm seriously considering setting a romantic mystery on a cruise ship so I'll be doing research about the layout of the ship; what is where and how accessible everything is.
I have several workshops scheduled for the Fall as well as participation in the annual Poetry Festival in Media, PA. This event is held in conjunction with the Media Food Festival on the first Sunday in October and features about 40 poets each reading for about five minutes. If you're in the area, plan to attend. It's great hearing different poetry styles and subjects.
(If you know of anybody who is interested in scheduling a writing workshop conducted by a seasoned author and a retired teacher, please let me know - I work cheap.)
We'll be spending January, February and March of 2008 in the Orlando area of Florida. We sold our house in the community of Vista del Lago, but will be renting a house in the same complex.
After some near-record high temperatures, we will have temperatures struggling to get out of the 70's for the next few days. My theory is that, when people who do that kind of stuff look at a year's temperatures, it will average out to be normal.
Nothing else to report except that at this time of year I'm glad I'm RETIRED from teaching.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing although I don't know when you'll see anything new.
PS: If you're interested in back titles, I have most of them available.
May 21, 2007
Hi all you folks out there in "Computerland",
I know it's been a long time, but I've been busy as usual.
I just finished my second novel about agents in the border patrol stationed on the Texas-Mexican border. The first is Border Danger, Border Love and the second is Love will Make it Better. (I'm sure that title will be changed because it's so long.) Those two plus a third, Reunion, are in the hands of my agent so I don't know who or if a publisher will pick them up.
It looks as if this will be the first year since Snowbound with Love was released that I won't have a book out. On the positive side, I won't be rushing all over during the Christmas holiday doing book signings every weekend. Another positive, I don't have to rely on royalties to pay my bills.
Speaking of Snowbound with Love, I'm in the process of getting publishing rights for that as well as for Dream Wedding, Home for Christmas, Trust in Me, To Love Again, Escape to Love, Kindred Spirits, Aloha Love and Perfect Wedding. If I decide to publish them myself they will be available once again.
I'm working on our annual Philadelphia Writers Conference (PWC) which will take place June 8, 9 & 10 here in Philly. It's a great conference and is one of the best bargains for a three day conference. (Visit the site to check it out: http://www.pwcwriters.org/
. That's my commercial for this time).
I'm also looking forward to the Cush City cruise the 1st week in September. It has been years since I've been on a cruise. I hope to see some of you there.
More good news: I have been asked to be a keynote speaker at Romance Slam Jam in Chicago in 2008. I really feel honored. This will be the first time I've been given an honor like this. I'm looking forward to it even though I know I will get stage fright. Maybe I can pretend I'm talking to a class of school kids. That I have done many times. :0)
I don't know what my next novel will be about, but I'd like to do another romantic suspense. I have to look through my news clippings to see what I have. I'm not motivated right now. I feel as if I'm starting over. I'm a little discouraged. What if I spend all that time writing and can't find a publisher? I really don't like the idea of self-publishing because of the problem with distribution. Bookstores won't handle them so the author really has to hustle to sell copies. Oh well, c'est le vie.
My church is sponsoring our second annual Walkathon. This year the money will go to sickle cell research. I donated blood for years and, because I'm O negative, it went to Children's Hospital and usually to sickle cell patients. I don't donate any more. I fainted two out of last three times that I donated so I took that as a sign that my body was telling me something. So-o, I'm going to walk. Its four and a half miles. As if that isn't bad enough, it's mainly uphill. Wish me blessings and strength.
The first walkathon was a march from our old church building to the new: four and a half miles away. That's the reason for the uphill climb and the distance. Thousands of dollars were raised and a different charity received the money from that one.
I'll really be climbing up the rough-side of the mountain, but, as a minister once pointed out, you can't climb a smooth side because you'd keep sliding down. I‘ll probably be the oldest walker, too, but that's fine. (It takes place a week before my 70th birthday.) I can't believe I'll be that old. I never dreamed that 70 could feel this good. It's a blessing from God. He led me to do things good for my health. When I finish writing this, I'll go eat my oatmeal and then go to the gym. (I go five days a week and spend an hour on the treadmill. I usually cover three miles. I'm going to increase it gradually so I can cover the 4 ½ miles of the walkathon.)
I hate to end on a sad note, but we lost one of our authors. Katherine D. Jones died of a heart attack. She was an extremely nice, likeable young woman. I will miss her smiling face at the Next Slam Jam.
That's it until the next time.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing and hope I'll have a way to get my novels to you.
March 27, 2007
It's been a while. I'm in sunny Florida and have been here since the 10th of January.
We've had a few cold days, but nothing compared to you folks up north.
I've been eating oranges and grapefruit right from the trees. (I'm not bragging. Really. I'm not.)
On a serious note, we have been blessed in other ways. One of the tornados that set down
here in Florida hit about 25 miles from here, but we didn't even get rain from it.
I do not have a contract yet for either manuscript that I mentioned. But, I'm not letting
that stop me. I'm close to finishing another romantic suspense about the Border Patrol branch
that is stationed in Brownsville.
We leave here March 10 & will spend two weeks in Hilton Head. I hope that by the time
we get home, it will be WARM!!!!
I MISS MY FAMILY, especially my 6 year old granddaughter who informed me that I am her
best friend. :0)
That's it for now. Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing.
November 20, 2006
It's been a long time since I wrote an update. A lot has happened over
the summer, not all of it good.
After a great time at Romance Slam Jam in Shreveport, Ike and I went
to Winter Garden, Florida to put our house there on the market.
We were there for about two weeks and had
barely gotten home when we received terrible news. Our middle son, Randy, was
found dead in his house in Tallahassee. He had battled chronic lymphocytic
leukemia for eight years. He had been in remission and didn't tell us when the
illness recurred. He also made his friend promise not to tell me because I
“would worry”. We had to turn around after being home for less than a week and
go back to Florida. This was in early July, but, of course, we're still dealing
On the writing front: my tenth book, Ready to Take a Chance,
will be released by Harlequin under its Kimani Arabesque line.
I don't have a new contract as of yet, but I have two other manuscripts
completed that my agent is shopping around. I am anxious for the first one,
Border Danger, Border Love, to
reach the market because it is so timely. (I started it more than two years
ago, before the border controversy hit the news.) The main characters are
members of the Border Patrol stationed in Texas on the Mexican border.
Border Danger, Border Love is
romantic suspense. (With that title and that setting how could it be anything
The second manuscript, Reunion,
is based around a high school reunion, but it has a serious element to it. I had fun
with it because I recreated the Rankin, Pennsylvania where I grew up, complete
with little theater and nothing but “mom and pop” stores. I think people who
are not familiar with a small town would enjoy it.
Right now I'm not working on anything else, although there is a strong possibility that a
historical I wrote, Hannah's Freedom,
might finally make it to the printed page.
is based a little on my father's family history. When it's scheduled to be released, I'll
tell you a little more about it.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
May 27, 2006
The weather has finally warmed up and things are looking great for this
solemn holiday weekend. Things have been pretty quiet here; I guess I'm still
recovering from being away for almost 3 months. I've also been playing catch up
and spending quality time with my three grandchildren.
I don't usually do booksignings this time of year, but I have participated in
several conferences already & led workshops for RWA chapters.
I've also met with a few book clubs and taught writing workshops for several
In between I've been putting the finishing touches on/polishing up
Border Danger, Border Love. I hope it sees daylight
before the immigration news dies down.
I'll also be attending the RWA conference in Atlanta at the end of July. A
booksigning event to benefit the literacy program has been scheduled and I'll be
signing as part of that. There's also a possibility that a group of us will be
having a group signing at a local bookstore.
I have another road trip scheduled. If you are in the Dayton, Ohio area, I'll
be teaching a writing workshop at the Pen to Paper Symposium which will be held
on October 6th & 7th. (For more info visit them at the following:)
A booksigning session is included.
As for my obsession also known at writing, as usual, I spend a few hours
writing EVERY morning as I enjoy my morning cups of tea. (Yeah, I know I killed
the sound board in my last laptop, but I guess I'm a slow learner. And I'm VERY
careful. besides, I can't function without that tea.)
Short and sweet,
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
I have been waiting for Spring to get here, but Winter doesn't seem
to want to let go. We have had FROST for too many nights this past week. Last
year I promised myself that I would enjoy our porch this year, but so far I
have only sat out there one time and it was too COLD to stay!!
I am hard at work on my new book, Border Danger, Border Love and
reached page 248 this morning. It was slow going and I stopped and started three
times, but I'm finally satisfied with the beginning. I'm making good use of the
research I did while we were in Texas from January through March. I can't
believe how much immigration and undocumented aliens are in the news. A lot of
what has come out is information I discovered while conducting research. Of
course, I uncovered a lot of information that puts a different slant on things.
When I think of how flimsy the border is and of the great potential for serious
trouble I wonder how we let things come to this.
Anyway, I have a lot of trips planned related to my writing: later today I go to
Cheyney State University, (My alma mater), to help screen the Miss Cheyney contestants. Next
Saturday, May 6th, I'm speaking at a big event at the Barnes and Noble
bookstore in Exton, PA. The following weekend I'm going home to the Pittsburgh
area to participate in a literary event at the Homewood Library on May
12th & 13th.
I go to Long Island for a quick trip in June. I might do a short series on
writing at a small college there in the near future. I also have trips planned
to Atlanta for the annual Romance Writers of America Conference in July. (I
might participate in a group booksigning at a store there.) I am also scheduled
to go to Virginia Beach to conduct a workshop in September and to Dayton, Ohio
to participate in a literary event in October.
Before I know it, it will be time for my annual rounds of
booksignings between Thanksgiving weekend and the Saturday before Christmas.
Wow. I'm already at Christmas and Summer hasn't come yet.
Keep on reading and I'll keep on writing. (I don't have a choice. These pesky
characters won't leave me alone.)
I am still flying high from the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl win!!! I
didn't have a Terrible Towel with me so I had to use my yellow tee shirt.
Evidently it worked!! The Steelers took The Bus home!!! All Right!!! I'm glad
they finally got one for the thumb!!
Last year we were hoping for an all-PA Super Bowl, but it didn't happen.
Maybe next season the Eagles will have it together without the distraction of
we-know-who. But enough about my favorite sport. (I hope those of you with other
favorite teams are still with me.)
I have been in sunny, warm (at least during the day), Texas since Jan
At first, when I saw the warm temperatures at home in Philadelphia, I
wondered why we travelled one thousand miles to get here. Then I got nervous
& was afraid Mother Nature was being diabolical & saving the cold &
snow until we get back. Never mind that it will be almost April. You never know
what she will do. Anyway, now I see the temperatures are seasonal.
Right now I'm in Brownsville, getting ready to return to Galveston for a
week. I'm trying to do research on the Border Patrol. My heroine, Dani Johnson,
is going to become an agent. She will make it even if I have to MAKE UP THE
DETAILS of the program!!! Mitch Sawyer, the hero, is already an agent. As you
might suspect, I'm doing another romantic suspense.
Even though I'm having trouble getting info, I'm asking a lot of questions so
I guess the FEDS have a file on me. They might even be tapping my phone. After
all, how do they know that conversations are threatening unless they listen in
on other people?? Okay, let me get away from politics.
I'm going to try to set up enough speaking engagements to make it worthwhile
for me to come back to this area next year. I can escape winter & work on an
historical I have in mind.
If anyone reads this, I hope to see you at Slam Jam.
By the way, did I mention that the Steelers won the Super Bowl???
Bye 'til next time.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
I hope your holiday was great. I should have written before but, like most folks,
I got so busy. I had booksignings every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve as I always do.
This year I had my new book, Perfect Wedding, to autograph along with the other releases.
Thankfully my daughter-in-law and my son fixed Christmas Dinner so all I had to do was enjoy it.
Then I had to get ready for my husband's 70th birthday.
He is the first of 13 to reach that milestone so we went all out with family and friends.
We had over fifty attend.
I let the pre-schoolers run wild up and down the stairs.
(My granddaughter, Claire, dressed in her princess outfit and carrying a mailing tube as her scepter,
was the ringleader.)
Tomorrow morning, Wednesday January 11, we'll be heading for Texas for two months.
We'll be in Montgomery (outside of Houston), for four weeks total and in Galveston and Brownsville
for two weeks each. From there we go to Shreveport for the fabulous Romance Slam Jam Conference.
We're leaving here to escape the cold, but except for about a week of cold weather before Christmas,
we have had beautiful weather here in Philadelphia. I hope the snow doesn't wait for us to get back
here before it shows up.
On the writing front, I just submitted my next manuscript, Ready to Take a Chance, today,
but I don't have a publication date yet.
While in Texas I'll be working on a new story. It will focus on Brownsville,
Texas which is only a short walk across the little bridge over the Rio Grande and into Mexico.
Gotta go now.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Summer is gone, but you wouldn't know it by the 90+ degree
temperatures we have. I guess nobody told the calendar. I'm not
complaining, though. After what the people in Louisiana, Alabama and
Mississippi have been going through, I realize how truly blessed we are.
I have been busy as usual. Maybe I'll slow down when I get old.
I was notified that the publication date for Perfect Wedding
has been moved up to December, so add it as part of your holiday
shopping. (Chapter one is posted elsewhere on this site. Check it out
and see what a mess girlfriend is getting herself into.)
I have been sticking close to home for a while; the operative word
with this humidity is 'sticking'. I do have a few signings scheduled,
though. I'll be autographing books at the Waldenbooks Store in
Christiana Mall in Christiana Delaware on September 24th from 12-2. On
October 1st I'm participating in the big literary event in Largo, MD.
This almost all day event is sponsored by Borders and will include a
lot of authors.
I am busy with my writing as usual. I write every morning and
am about a third of the way through another book, for Old Times Sake
which is a second chance romance.
I still haven't given Nate, from Aloha Love,
his story and I can feel him getting impatient for being pushed to the back of the line. Again.
I am also trying the South Beach Diet. I need to lose weight, but I
want to keep from having to take cholesterol-lowering medication.
For the first few days I was ready to kill for a slice of bread and
butter and a chocolate chip cookie. The diet warned of the cravings and
they were right. I'll bet it's as bad as the desire for cigarettes that
smokers experience. Phase One will really test you. I reached Phase
Two which is more lenient, but I came off for my 45th
wedding anniversary and went to Red Lobster. Yes, I ate those
scrumptious biscuits; two of them. They should be declared illegal.
They are already considered sinful.
Two days later I came off again for my granddaughter's 5th birthday.
Cake and ice cream never tasted better. Then I jumped back into Phase
One. My cravings surface from time to time, but I've been able to
handle them. But enough about my diet. You skinny folks won't
We are having a new bathroom put in. Because there wasn't one on
that side of the house before, it involved major pipe installation. It
also gave a glimpse into how these old houses withstand the passing of
time. (It's a Victorian built in 1885.) I don't think anything except
intentional demolition could take it down.
Now I get to decorate it. My granddaughter already looked in and put
in her two cents worth: "We need to paint this," she said. "Yellow."
"I was thinking blue," I said naming my favorite color. "No, yellow.
It's sunny. Blue would be too dark," she announced before she walked
away. I looked at it and I think she's right, but I'll use a pale
shade. I hope that meets her approval. Did I mention that she doesn't
even live with us?
Guess I'd better get back to my life. I have to go to the gym for my
daily exercise. The later I wait the harder it is for me to go.
Until next time. I'll try not to wait too long.
Keep on reading & I'll keep on writing.