Spring Has Sprung!

See that empty garden space? I finally get to plant it this year! Hooray! I've been waiting for 3 years. Had to cut down some huge trees, dig up an entire shade garden, build a swing, and prep for a new sun garden. SO. MUCH. WORK! And I'm loving the stars of my daffodil and tulip garden. The weather in NorUtah has been perfect. 'Bout time! Winter waited until March to make its appearance. 

And, yes, somehow I find time to write.

So, write things and I plant things. Spring is amazing. Enjoy yours!

I'm Finally Coming Out of the Cave

Phew! It's been a long six months, people!
I won't get into ALL the reasons I've been a recluse and unable to make progress on just about anything. My son's wedding really threw me out of my groove, that's for sure. I encountered some rough feedback that left me wondering whether I should write at all. I had all this time through the winter, but I just could not bring myself to face my story. 
And then, perhaps the worst of all ... The Empty Nest! 
I was not prepared for this in the least. In fact, I was and still am very happy that my son has found happiness and moved into his own cute, little condo with his wife. They are the most awesome couple, perfect for each other in every way. I've never seen two people more compatible. So, what's up? Well, I have another son who's been away from home for almost two years. When my older boy got married last October, that left me with an empty house, a tomb, sheesh! All the love …

My Son's Wonderful Wedding--Best Day Ever!

Aside from the day he was born, my son's wedding really was one of the best days of our lives. It was October 20th and there was wind and rain, but it held off for us in time to get some beautiful pictures.  From a photographer's point of view, not having to deal with bright overhead sun and shadows was a real bonus. That overcast sky was actually perfect lighting.

Why am I making a big deal about the pictures? Well, a friend recently told me that the only thing that you really get to take away from a wedding and the reception, etc, is the pictures. Now that I've been through it myself, I'd have to agree. Getting everything together for the wedding is both fun and stressful (so much work, so many details, and I was only the mother of the groom!), but when it's over, it's over. Everything is dismantled and the magic is gone, except for in the pictures.

In case you're wondering, yes, the wedding (and a couple of other things) derailed writing my story pretty …

Nothing Like a Big Case of Writer's Block

It all came crashing in on me at once.
Preparing for my son's wedding and an online meeting for my bi-weekly critique group. I had started work on the sequel to my first novel, 17 chapters actually, and felt good about where it was going until...

One of my critique partners suggested that it wasn't really a romance. What???

That really took me aback because that's what I had been doing all along, trying to get my characters back into the heat of romance. It's a medieval action/adventure tale and every one knows that if you're going to keep writing about the same couple in love, you have to keep them apart for a while so they can come back to the relationship with even more fervor than before.

She was right.
But it took a lot of self-reflection to realize that I really had been focusing too much on the action/adventure aspects than the love story. I was getting around to it, but I was writing too many subplots and taking too much time to get there. One thing she said…

The Runaway Queen is Free Through Cyber Monday!

Here's a snippet from my romance novella, The Runaway Queen, free through Cyber Monday at Smashwords and Instafreebie. And if you love it, please leave me a review on Amazon. That would be much appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping. Stay safe out there!😘 "He turned toward her, trying not to laugh. Rosamund could see for the first time light blue-green eyes, framed by coppery lashes and brows that had lightened by the sun. She cocked her head and squinted for a closer look. The center of his eyes were dotted with flecks of gold. They were so different from Colestus’s cold-blooded, fathomless eyes, narrow slits that always followed her like an animal stalking prey. Gabriel’s were wide, full of color and contrast, and most importantly, warmth. At that moment, Rosamund knew that she could spend the rest of her life looking into those very beautiful eyes.
“They’re green,” he said, smirking playfully. “At least, that’s what my mother tells me.”
“That’s far too simple a…

My Son Got Married, but I'm Still Editing!

Okay, here's the deal.

I published my little novella titled The Runaway Queen. It's getting lovely reviews. I would love more. Feel free to snag it for free at Instafreebie or Smashwords and all other retail outlets. It's only .99 cents at Amazon. It would also be grand if you signed up for my newsletter. There is a tab on the far right on my homepage:)

So, getting Between Fire and Fury published is taking waaaaay longer than I thought. Of course, it had absolutely NOTHING to do with my son's wedding. Nothing. Ha!

Well, a little. I'd forgotten a friend's birthday in October and she told me not to worry, that weddings take up A LOT of brain space. For realzzz! And I'm the mother of the groom. The mother of the bride must've gone insane. I do happen to know she slept in so long the day after the wedding that her husband was really worried about her;) But she's okay, just got tuckered out.

Here's the update: I just finished correcting all the line …

No More Halloweens to Go!

If you're a missionary mom like me (a mother whose kid is serving a 2 year mission for the LDS Church), then you understand the title of this post perfectly. This is my son's second Halloween from home. He was out just a few months last Halloween. I take great joy in knowing that for the next one, he'll be home. Today was General Conference for the LDS Church and while listening to some very uplifting talks about life and trying to be a better person, I spent my time crafting this little number. He'll give most of the candy away (cuz he's nice like that), but I think he'll enjoy the graphics and know that I've been thinking about him. Hopefully, it will make him smile. I had a blast putting it together, kind of like a scrap book for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Enjoy! Feel free to copy away!

Do you have anyone far from home that you're thinking of and worrying about? Let's talk! I'd love to hear some of your care package ideas!