Aspen in Moonlight…coming soon!

AspenInMoonlight_hiresI am delighted to announce that my first full-length novel, Aspen in Moonlight, will be published this fall by Bold Strokes Books! The title and the cover design should give you a big hint that the story takes place in Colorado. (Click on the cover image for details.)

Much of the story unfolds in the fictitious mountain town of Buckhorn located along the edge of real-life Roosevelt National Forest and not too far from Rocky Mountain National Park. While writing is not always an easy task, it’s been a pleasure to write and dream about my old haunts, the places I know and love.

The natural world inspires me deeply, it nurtures my soul and my creativity. In fact, I do some of my best thinking while walking in the woods, crossing fields, or getting my feet wet in a creek. In this story, the environment of the Rocky Mountains is as much a character as Melissa and Sula.

If you like a good romance, a little intrigue, the excitement of discovering the unexpected, and marveling at seemingly impossible possibilities, then you’ll enjoy this novel.

* Available for pre-order from Bold Strokes Books and Amazon. *

Why we need stories.

 “Without stories we are trapped in a static version of ourselves.”

Arthur Rackham, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, 1837

This week I came across an article about why fairy tales matter by Meg Rosoff, an American writer living in London. Although it was published in The Guardian a couple of years ago, it is still relevant reading today, perhaps even more profound, given the current state of affairs in America, the world, and on Earth.

I was deeply moved by this short essay which is at turns funny, serious, even philosophic. I could summarize for you what Rosoff said, but it is such a good read, you should just read it.

If you are a reader you’ll love it. If you are a writer, you’ll love it even more. It will only take a few minutes and, I promise, it will be time well spent.

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Happy New Year!

I didn’t write a post for Christmas, I hope you’ll forgive me. The holidays were a blur of activity with travel to Colorado to visit family and then baking up a storm and writing as much as possible. I turned on my work email’s auto-responder and I’m not checking it until next year. I’m pretending that’s not just a few days away.

Christmas Eve was enjoyably calm, quiet, and spent basking in the ambient glow of the Christmas tree. This bear is one of my favorite ornaments and, not surprisingly, woodland creatures abound in our tree.


Christmas Day was beautiful and provided a lovely sunset to behold from the edge of my friends’ lake. The water was like glass and the only sound was the occasional chatter of squirrels and a kingfisher.


It seems like it’s been raining ever since and the forecast doesn’t predict any change until after New Year’s. {sigh}

I hope that wherever you are and whatever the weather, you’ll ring in the new year with good company and good cheer—I wish you all the best in 2019!


Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s a chilly autumn day down here in the Deep South and the sun is just now breaking through the clouds. In other words, it’s a perfect day for Thanksgiving. The turkey’s in the oven and we’ll be sharing a potluck meal later today with good friends and colleagues. I have so many things to give thanks for, the list could go on, and on, and on….but I want to take a moment to express my thanks to you, dear reader, I hope you enjoy the warmth and comfort of good food, friends, family, and fellowship.