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If you’ve been following my writing journey, you know that my first full-length novel, a contemporary western romance entitled, On Common Ground, will be released next month. I’ve been posting some blogs about my characters, hoping to build some interest and pique your curiosity. So far you’ve been introduced to my heroine, Ketra Weston, and my hero, Trevor Donaldson. Today you’ll meet Rocky Dillinger, owner of the Diamond D Ranch. (more…)

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getting a shot in the armEver heard the expression, “This won’t hurt at all?” Yeah, you usually hear that right before someone hurts you. Remember that Novocaine shot at the dentist? That flu shot? Your mom brushing your snarled up hair? Right? “This won’t hurt a bit.” Wrong. Liars. Every single one of them. Liar, liar pants on fire. (more…)

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Last week I introduced you to Ketra Weston, today we meet Trevor Donaldson, the hero in my upcoming contemporary western romance novel On Common Ground. Trevor is in law enforcement but, he grew up on a ranch and owns his own ranch in Northern Arizona, where he goes when he’s not chasing down bad guys. (more…)

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imaginary friendAs writers we spend a lot of time with our fictional characters. They become our invisible friends. We talk to them and we talk about them. We imagine what their life was like before our story begins. Sometimes, like in my case, we imagine what they do after the book ends. It’s just something we do.

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I’m getting ready to go on a very much needed vacation. By now most of you know how the past few months have gone for me, so this is truly a needed get-away. I’ve been anticipating this trip for quite some time and it is finally time to start packing.

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I know I’m getting older and my memory isn’t what it used to be. But, I try to be careful in my daily dealings. I’m not inclined to forget things if I write them down, but it still happens. I’m a list maker so I don’t forget to accomplish certain chores that must get done. And I’m not one to lose things. (more…)

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Have you ever seen, heard, contemplated something that made you scratch your head? Perhaps you looked, listened, contemplated again and still couldn’t figure it out? Something that made you question: Why is that? Well I don’t know about you, but I do this on a significantly frequent basis. (more…)

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blood workAs most of you probably already know, this past October I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Stage 1 doesn’t sound too scary but, Stage 1 is still cancer. Stage 1 still means, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and a plethora of prescription medications. Stage 1 still means many, many weeks of treatment and healing. Stage 1 means extra bi-annual exams and tests. (more…)

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fireworks courthouseSo here we are on the cusp of another Independence Day holiday. For most folks this simply means a day off with pay. For some it means a full day of work at time and a half wages. For others it means a trip to the lake, the mountains, or the backyard swimming pool. It often includes BBQ, iced cold beer, ice cream and other yummy backyard cuisine. (more…)

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I often hear, “You’re going to Disney World again? Didn’t you just go last year (or in June, or January, etc.)?” My response is always the same, “Yes, we did and yes we’re going again.” You want to know why? I’ll tell you. It’s fun!! I love Disney World. We always know we’re going to have an excellent experience, good food, clean rooms, quiet pools (we know the ones to visit), free transportation and much more. It’s money well spent (in our opinion). (more…)

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