I’m getting ready for a book blog tour in May.  For those of you who don’t know what a book blog tour is, I’ll do my best to explain what I’ll be doing.

I have thirteen bloggers who will be participating in my tour, starting on May 5th.  The bloggers are a mixture of people across the United States and even one based in the United Kingdom.  They blog about books and authors and will be featuring Finding Home during my tour.

The tour consists of a mixture of reviews, interviews, excerpts, guest blog posts, and questions and answers.  This is a new and interesting process and I’m looking forward to increasing awareness and exposure while on tour.

I’ll be posting on my blog each week in May to let you know the upcoming stops.  The best part—I don’t have to leave home.  For all you know, I responded to the interview questions while still in my pajamas!

I hope you’ll get a chance to participate by visiting at least one tour stop.  The tour wraps up on May 26th, so you’ll have plenty of time.  I’ll leave you with this link that outlines my tour stops and offers you a chance to win an Amazon gift card if you leave a comment.


PictureZoe's 6th Birthday
Today is Zoe's 6th birthday.  She was a bit camera shy, but finally consented to the photo.  She's the inspiration behind the dog in my book, Finding Home:  A Hometown Harbor Novel.  Coincidentally, she shares her name with the fictional dog. 

She was a Mother's Day gift from my son six years ago and is a wonderful friend.  We are convinced she is a furry human!  Our son accuses us of being more lenient with her than we were with him.  But, he buys her a Christmas present each year.

It's hard to resist her sweet face and good-natured disposition. 
She's now resting on her new bed we gave her for her birthday--it's memory foam and looks like a mini-sofa with a fluffy bolster.  Yeah, she's a little spoiled.

What about you--do you acknowledge your pet's birthday? 

So, I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs.  Instead, I do Cadbury Mini Eggs.  I was overjoyed this week when I saw them in the store.  I have almost two whole months of a guaranteed steady supply. 

I’m convinced they were created by the devil.  For me, they are irresistible.  Of course, I passed up the huge bag for $10.  I told myself, I could never eat that many.  Instead, I’ll probably buy a dozen regular bags.  I opened a bag today—that was a mistake.  I do better if I buy the little tiny bags (like Halloween size), because once I dump a bag in a bowl, it doesn’t take long to devour the whole thing.

I’ve told myself when the bag is gone, no more.  But, who am I kidding—yeah, I know.  So, I’ve been writing for the last few days and candy is a bad thing to have loose when I’m on a roll.  I find my fingers flying over the keyboard and then taking a little break to pop a pastel colored egg, or two, or twelve. 

Since retiring, I’ve had much less stress and therefore much less chocolate.  I resisted Valentine’s candy and haven’t snacked on chocolate for months, but the temptation was too great yesterday.  I’m about five major scenes away from being done with my second novel and hope the bag will last me.  I wonder if the folks at Cadbury have a 12-step program…

So, tell me what you think about the Cadbury confection.  Are you addicted to any special Easter treat?  Better yet, write and tell me how to stop eating them.

My novel, Finding Home:  A Hometown Harbor Novel, is now published and available on Amazon.com.  It has been an interesting adventure to this point, but exciting to see my book online and actually hold it in my hands. 

If you read it and enjoy the story, please consider leaving a positive review on Amazon.com.  Reviews help me build my readership.  If you are a Facebook user, please share my page with your friends.

I'm in the process of finishing up the second book in the Hometown Harbor Series and hope to have it available this summer.

I can't wait to hear what you think of the first book.  Post a comment and tell me about your favorite character.

I'll leave you with a quick link to my author page on Amazon and wishes for happy reading!

A man I worked with for years found out he had pancreatic cancer several months ago.  He has been undergoing treatment since then and recently had a complicated surgery that was successful.  He sent me a note this week to let me know he was doing well and to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving.  He told me the number one thing he is thankful for is that he gets to live.

That puts life into perspective, doesn’t it?  This is the time of year to be thankful for many things…family, friends, health, freedom, beautiful mountains, wonderful food, but it all pales in comparison to “I get to live.” 

We all have friends or family that have gone through or are in the midst of something horrible and life changing.  Sadly, too many of them don’t always make it through the battle.  As I get older, I miss many people who used to be part of the holiday—great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, and friends.  But, I’m thankful for all that I have and this year especially, I’m thankful for my friend and another relative just finishing treatment who both get to live.

What are you thinking about this Thanksgiving and what are you thankful for?

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and fun times with family and friends.


Tea Time



I’ve always been a tea drinker, never coffee.  Although I do remember my grandma taking me to her favorite café and letting me order coffee when I was about eight years old.  I thought it was cool, but even with tons of milk and sugar, I wasn’t fond of the taste.

My son got me addicted to chai tea lattes, and with the cool mornings I’m making them more often.  It hit me when I was cleaning my tea cupboard, that I don’t need to buy tea for a long time, and I think I’ve become a bit of a tea snob.

I am no longer happy with a Lipton teabag, I tend to favor English or Irish tea and if I could only have one tea it would be English breakfast.  Years ago I found a great tea shop in Victoria, B.C. and started ordering tea through the mail from Murchie’s.  Last year on a vacation I discovered Teavana and added more teas to my collection, plus the Perfect Tea Maker (quite appropriately named).  Finally, a great way to make loose leaf tea that works like a charm.

Last year I took a wonderful trip to Ireland.  On the only rainy day we had, I sat by the fire and drank eight pots of tea with honey, hoping to stave off a cold and it worked.  I also learned the value of an electric kettle—I can’t go back to microwave or stove top.   

Today was our first snow of the season and I fired up my stainless steel beauty and drank tea all morning.  There’s something about a cup of tea.  It warms your hands and calms your soul.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to a good book, whether reading one or writing one.

Tell me, are you a tea aficionado and what are some of your favorites?  As you know I don’t need any, but tea tins are like shoes…I’m always on the lookout for something wonderful.

This morning it finally felt like fall was on the way.  The morning was crisp and the weather looks to be cooling off.  I've always loved September--the start of school, the change in the weather, the colors of the leaves, planting bulbs for next year.  Not to mention, finally the new shows are starting on television!  Next week looks promising when season premiers begin.  So, along with new pencils and binders, fresh school shoes, and sweater weather, I can't wait for the new episodes of NCIS, Castle, and Revenge (just to name a few).  Yes, I still treat myself to new shoes every fall (and many other times of the year).

With the start of the season comes the promise of several fun holidays.  I worked in a school district for many years and always enjoyed the promise of festive decorations, plus the perks of a quite a few days off to celebrate the holidays.  I'm not a summer lover, except for the long days.  Spring is usually too windy and winter can be too cold, so fall is just right (Goldilocks would approve).

Comment and share what you like about autumn or your favorite season.
I had the opportunity to attend the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland during the first week in August.  It was fabulous!  Not only were there a full slate of great workshops, but the opportunities to meet other writers and published authors were abundant.  If only I could have cloned myself to attend more workshops.  My favorites were the workshops led by author, Eileen Cook.  She is hilarious and knowledgeable.  If you have a teen daughter, buy one of her books. 

The weather was lovely compared to the heat in my neck of the woods.  We made a mini vacation out of the trip and visited family in Washington (both western and eastern parts).  The drive along the Columbia was breathtaking and relaxing.

Not only was it fun, but I came home with lots of ideas to incorporate in my novels.  It's an energizing experience to be around so many excited people.  I hope to make it an annual habit.

Post a comment and tell me what energizes you about your work. 
I made the mistake of looking at the weather forecast today.  It's going to be over 100 degrees starting on Friday.  I'm not a fan of hot weather and was thinking how wonderful it is to have some of my favorite summer television series in full swing.  One of my favorites, Suits, is starting up.  I can't wait to watch it.  I'm hooked on Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, King and Maxwell, Perception, and Royal Pains too.  While I'm counting my blessings, I need to mention the DVR.  I love recording all my faves and watching them when the mood strikes.  I also love blasting through all those pesky commercials. 

So, although I'm cussing summer in the high desert, I'm giving thanks for great dramas TNT and USA have dished up for summer viewing.  I remember when I was growing up there was NOTHING on in the summer, so I appreciate the genius of the seasonal series.  Speaking of dishing up, I have a new ice cream machine and have been  testing it out while enjoying my favorite flicks.

Stay cool and add a comment and let me know if you are hooked on any of the hot dramas I've mentioned or any other must see shows.
I love reading books and have been thinking about my favorites.  It's so hard to choose, but I wanted to share a few and find out some of your preferences.  Growing up my favorite book was Little Women.  I had multiple copies, but the ultimate is a 1975 printing that includes a beautiful cover resembling a painting.  It was a gift from my grandma and still on my bookshelf today.  I also loved To Kill a Mockingbird and have read it several times.  I had an English teacher in eighth grade who pushed me to read even more books and I discovered Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and was hooked. 

Over the years I have always had to read for my work and have turned to fiction as an escape and reward.  I visit our local library often and am always reserving the new Lee Child, David Baldacci, John Sanford, or Michael Connelly novel.  Nowadays instead of wishing to be Jo March or rooting for Atticus Finch, I join Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, and Lucas Davenport as they solve crimes and right the wrongs of the world. 

Tell me some of your favorite books and authors.