Disaster Relief Efforts Monday, Dec 18 2017 

In the past month, we have been surrounded by devastating fires, one of which has been growing for almost a month and is expected to last into 2018. Before that, our Wine Country was devastated by a raging wildfire. Aside from the California fires, there has been devastation from flooding in several states and Puerto Rico is suffering unimaginably with lack of supplies, rebuilding efforts sluggish and no electricity for more than 50% of the island.

Natural disasters are expected, how we respond to them can be a challenge. This is why I am donating 50% of all my book sales to on-the-ground organizations who can get funds to those who really need them the most. This includes paying for temporary housing, providing food, water and other necessities for children and the elderly.

My initial goal is to raise $100,000 to further the efforts under way. Please help me by purchasing my ebook, “Courting Love”. Not an ebook lover? Get it for a friend as a gift, share this with everyone you know. I will post updates to this blog with our dollar progress and where funds go once they come in.

You can find my book at Smashwords.com. Thank you in advance for your support.


Dreams realized Wednesday, Dec 30 2015 

One of my dreams was realized in 2015. I completed my first novella called Courting Love. I took the opinions of other writers into account when I edited it and then formatted it for ebook distribution befor finally uploading it for mass distribution on several ebook platforms through Smashwords.

This was a dream I had in my 20s that took nearly 30 years to realized as life had a way of deterring my path.  In addition to this accomplishment, I also walked the stage to receive my Masters degree in business management.

I encourage all who have dreams to take the bull by the horns and make them happen.  With the Internet as a tool, do your research and find a way to work on realizing your dreams.  I am proof positive that it is never too late to make it happen.

Please take a moment and share your major 2015 accomplishments. You could be an inspiration to others looking for the courage to step outside thier box and try something new.

30 Days, 50,000 Words….. Reaching for the Stars Saturday, Oct 24 2015 

Last year I discovered a website where once a year during the month of November writers are challenged to create a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days.  Unfortunately, it was mid November, too late for me to truly participate while working a 9-5 and raising a high schooler so I wait and before I know it, November is here. During the past 11 months I completed my first book and self published it, started two other writing projects that have stalled and changed jobs. The high schooler is now a senior and I see our lives already changing.

The good news is I have a story that I have been toying with since completing my last one.  The goal is not only to complete the story in 30 days, but to complete my other projects that have stalled.  I plan to go into 2016 with at least two completed projects an at least two others started.  It will take some discipline and with the encouragement from friends and family, I am confident I will succeed.

Kayla’s Star is the story of a young widower who throws herself into her children, work and volunteer efforts.   Dating is a concept she does not see in her future. She never saw it coming when the new volunteer turned up as her new trainee at the nonprofit she gives her time to.  Her rival volunteer immediately latches onto the new guy but he only has eyes for Kayla. As her resolve weakens, his true identity threatens their future.

I look forward to sharing this story as I develop the characters and story.