Kellersburg Revisited

Posted Apr 5 2019 in , , ,

In 2010 and 2011, Love Inspired published three of my books, which they called the Kellerville series. I received the rights back to those books and have since reissued them as the Kellersburg series. The titles of the books are the same, but not the series name. The books also have new covers. Here they are. You may be wondering why I chose to rename the series but not the books. When I wrote the first book, Hometown Promise, I gave my little Ohio fictional town the name Kellersville. Notice that the name was not Kellerville. There is an “s” in the name. When I did the revisions for the book requested by my editor, I decided since the founders of my little town had German ancestry that the town would sound more German if it was called Kellersburg. When I turned in the revisions, I didn’t think to say something to my editor. So I went about my merry way as I wrote the next book in the series. A few months before the release of Hometown Promise, I saw the cover for the first time on Amazon. There was what they call a “flash” across the bottom of the cover, and it said KELLERVILLE. Oh my! What was I to do? That was no longer the name of my town. In fact, it had NEVER been the name of my town. 

First I called my agent and explained the situation. She called my editor, who then contacted me. She said the cover couldn’t be changed, but they could change the name of the town in the book. So that’s what they did. But now that I have the rights back, I want to give the town it’s rightful name. So KELLERSBURG it is. What do you think about the name change?

You can find buy links for the series by tapping on the name of the book. 

Hometown Promise, Hometown Proposal, Hometown Dad


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Valentine’s Day Countdown—Day 5—Love Quotes

Posted Feb 5 2019 in , ,

Have you heard a song, read a book, or seen a movie with a perfect saying about love? Today I’m going to share some quotes about love. As you read, pick out your favorite.

From Song Lyrics
“It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain what I hear when you don’t say a thing”
from “When You Say Nothing At All” by Allison Krause

“I’ll keep you warm like a sweater. Take my hand. Hold on forever. Just fall apart if you need to. I’m here and I won’t leave you.” from “Hold on Forever” by Rob Thomas

“And I need you like a heart needs a beat…” from “Apologize” by One Republic

“Baby, I’m not moving on. I’ll love you long after you’re gone.” from “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips

“I’d never count the cost; it’s worth all that’s lost; just to see you smile.” from “Just to See You Smile” by Tim McGraw

“Just hold my hand; I’ll be your man; I see my future in your eyes.” from “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

“Well they just don’t know that love eternal will not be denied; I know you’re out there somewhere, somewhere…you can hear my voice.” from “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” by the Moody Blues

“You’re a candle in the window on a cold dark winter’s night.” from “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” by REO Speedwagon

“You’re the meaning in my life; you’re the inspiration. You bring feeling to my life; you’re the inspiration.” from “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago

From Writers and Poets (There are lots. I wonder why?)
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.”–Maya Angelou

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”–William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“I know I am in love with you because my reality is finally better than my dreams.” A quote by Dr. Seuss.

“Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.” Washington Irving

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” Mignon McLaughlin

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Theodore Hesburgh

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Maya Angelou

“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” Richard Bach

“’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” William Shakespeare

“I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.” Angelita Lim

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” Herman Hesse

“I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone.” Lord of The Rings

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” A. A. Milne

“You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you.” Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” Oscar Wilde

“She knew she loved him when ‘home’ went from being a place to being a person.” E. Leventhal

“I never want to stop making memories with you.”—Pierre Jeanty

“We were together. I forget the rest.”—Walt Whitman

“I love you past the moon and miss you beyond the stars.”—J.M. Storm

“I love that you are my person and I am yours, that whatever door we come to, we will open it together.”—A.R. Asher

“True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied where it does.” Torquato Tasso

From Movies (I didn’t find as many movie quotes because so many romantic movies came from books.)
“Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you. And sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home.” Bridget from Bridget Jones’s Baby

“Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Anna (Julia Roberts) to William (Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill

“Love requires sacrifice, but it’s worth it. Always.” from The Longest Ride

Christian: [to Satine] “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” from Moulin Rouge

Other Famous People
“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” Audrey Hepburn

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” Francis of Assisi

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” Plato

From Someone Unknown
“I realized I was thinking of you, and I began to wonder how long you’d been on my mind. Then it occurred to me: Since I met you, you’ve never left.” Unknown

“I wish I could turn back the clock. I’d find you sooner and love you longer.” Unknown

“I choose you. And I’ll choose you over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you.” Unknown

“Real love doesn’t meet you at your best. It meets you in your mess.” Unknown

“Sometimes, someone comes into your life, so unexpectedly, takes your heart by surprise, and changes your life forever.” Unknown

And last but not least, a quote from my upcoming release, Four Little Blessings, first book in my Dalton Brothers series.
“I love you, and I want all my todays to be spent with you.” Wade Dalton

Did you find a favorite? Tell me which one in the comments, and I’ll give away a print copy of the last book in my Front Porch Promises series, A Baby to Call Mine, to one person who leaves a comment. I’ll draw the winning name on February 6, 2019 at 9PM MST. 

Here is my Valentine gift to you. Tap on this link to get, HOMETOWN PROMISE, the first book in my Kellersburg series free.



Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day

Posted Feb 1 2019

Get ready for some great giveaways and the chance to find some wonderful authors and books. Be sure to check this link every day for new prizes starting today through February 14. Be sure to stop by this blog on February 5, my day for a giveaway. 

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Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week.

Posted Dec 6 2018 in , , , ,

December 1-7, 2018, is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. You can read more about it here. This disease affects a member of my family, and that is why I decided to write a book that features a main character with the disease. You can preorder HOMETOWN DAD now and receive it on release day December 10, 2018. This book is the third book in my Kellersburg series. Please get your copy at your favorite retailer. 

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It is available now in ebook, and will come out in print in early 2019. 

For single mom Melanie Drake nothing is more important than her two livewire sons. As a young widow, she feels the burden of raising them alone, but she knows she has to move on with her life.

When she meets Nathan Keller, son of the local bank president, to talk about her finances, she can’t help noticing how he relates to her sons. Nathan’s offer to involve the boys in Kellersburg’s baseball program finds the boys talking nonstop about Coach Nathan. Even though Melanie thinks Nathan is out of her league, her sons think Coach Nathan would make the perfect hometown dad.

Will these two young matchmakers find a way to bring their mom and Coach Nathan together?

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Lots of News

Posted Oct 22 2018 in , , , ,

This week is a busy week in my book world. First, I have a new release. It is the second book in my Kellersburg series, previously known as Kellerville. HOMETOWN PROPOSAL will be out tomorrow, October 23, 2018. 

You can find this new release at the following retailers.


Also starting tomorrow, the third book in my Front Porch Promises series, A FAMILY TO CALL OURS, will be on sale for 99 cents.

You can purchase it at the following retailers. 


Join the fun tomorrow on Facebook, 4-9PM CDT. Authors are sharing their books set in small towns. 


What do you like about stories set in small towns?

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Posted Jul 2 2018

Today is the start of The Championships, Wimbledon 2018. These are the tennis championships held at Wimbledon, England every year. Ten years ago, I had the wonderful experience of attending this premier tennis tournament. This was a surprise birthday present from my sweet husband because I mentioned wanting to celebrate my birthday by going to Wimbledon. I never dreamed we would actually do it. Every year when I watch the tournament on TV, I think about the different courts at Wimbledon. We were able to get second hand tickets to Centre Court. Here is a photo of me after the match. 

We also saw the Bryan brothers, top American doubles players, in a close-up match on one of the outer courts. The brothers are “mirror twins” with Mike being right-handed and Bob left-handed.

On another outside court, we watched Stan Wawrinka play. I don’t remember whether he won because he wasn’t a player I was familiar with, but since then, he has gone on to win the Australian Open, the US Open, and the French Open, three of the four grand slams. The only one he hasn’t won is Wimbledon. He won his first round match today after coming back from a knee injury at Wimbledon last year that required surgery. He missed the last half of 2017. I hope he does well this year. Here is a photo of him below.

When I cheer for players, I choose the less noisy ones. In 2012, the powers that be in tennis promised to penalize players for making excessive noise while they play. Some of the women players screech when they hit the ball, but nothing has been done. I can’t stand to listen to that. Some players I just won’t watch because I don’t want to watch the match on mute. I long for the days when tennis players barely made a noise when they hit the ball.

Do you ever watch tennis matches on TV, or have you been to a live event? Who is your favorite player?


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Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

Posted Sep 24 2017 in , , ,

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4
Launches September 26th – Only $.99 cents

Here are the buy links for the different vendors.


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Usher in the holiday season with 14 heartwarming all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 takes you from the Pocono Mountains to sunny Florida, and as far away as Portugal. Curl up with your favorite hot beverage and enjoy this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to put you in the mood for Christmas.

Mona Risk, In Time for Christmas
Dr. Sylvia Reynolds promised to be at her parents’, in time for Christmas dinner, but her priorities change after she meets a motherless baby and her gorgeous uncle.

Beate Boeker, Unique Christmas
Chiara hopes to spend a solitary Christmas all by herself. But when a man jumps through her office window to save her from an accident, things spin away—beyond her wildest dreams.

Christine Bush, Christmas with the Cat Lady
Carly is happy living alone in her mountain house with her cats. Can the handsome author who rents a room over the Christmas holidays change her mind?

Lyn Cote, Loving Winter
At her cousin’s wedding, Winter Woodard, owner of her family’s garden center, isn’t expecting to meet her match in local football coach, Clay Dixon, (she isn’t IN to sports!) but he stands by her through a holiday season fraught with unexpected setbacks.

Denise Devine, Once Upon a Christmas
Small town girl returns home to find love and success, but can she outlast the mistakes of her past?

Raine English, Christmas in Walnut Creek
Will a Christmas blizzard reunite a couple and give them a second chance at love?

Jean C. Gordon, A Team Macachek Christmas
Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. But is it the wrong time for their love?

Shanna Hatfield, Saving Mistletoe 
A stubborn cop, a hotshot attorney, and a little girl determined to see her father need a miracle to make this holiday season jolly and bright.

Milou Koenings, The Gift of Yesterday
When Bailey returns to Green Pines to open a pastry shop, Joe Hudson sees all his Christmas wishes coming true—if only he can convince her to risk her heart again.

Josie Riviera, A Portuguese Christmas    The holidays—like love—can sneak up on you. And sweep you away like a riptide.

Roxanne Rustand, A Christmas in Montana
Kristen Weatherby goes to Montana to get her late grandmother’s house ready to sell, but finds much more than she bargained for: a house she can’t let go, a charming mountain town, and a handsome veterinarian who just might steal her heart.

Magdalena Scott, A Cowboy for Christmas
Hannah Kincaid is in love with Jacob Hollingsworth, and will overcome her fear of horses and his bossy brother Michael to get a Christmas happily-ever-after with the cowboy of her dreams.

Merrillee Whren, Puppy Love and Mistletoe
Can a little girl and a fluffy black dog bring a reluctant couple together in a Christmas miracle?

Here is an excerpt from PUPPY LOVE AND MISTLETOE, my contribution to the set.

Chapter One

The crunch of snow beneath her boots and her own heavy breathing were the only things Amelia Dunford heard as she ran along the snow-covered sidewalk in her little Maryland town. She had forgotten to charge the battery on her phone, and now she was paying the price. She would have to complete the rest of her early-evening run without music.

She had hoped the music would take her mind off the unsettling news that the community recreation center where she worked was in the red and funding for the future might lay on the chopping block of the city budget. She didn’t want to lose her job or see any of her coworkers lose theirs, especially not right before Christmas.

Without the music to soothe her mind, the troublesome thoughts would take over. What else could go wrong?
She turned the corner and found out.

Her heart jumped into her throat as she spied the fluffy black dog rambling along the sidewalk on the other side of the road. She hoped he would stay there. He might be cute, but he was still a dog—a dog who could bark or bite or both. She slowed her pace in hopes that she wouldn’t attract his attention.

Why was a dog roaming about without an owner on a cold, snowy evening? Amelia had never encountered a dog on the loose during any of her runs in the two years she’d been taking this same route between her apartment and the nearest park, where she ran around the lake three times before heading back home. Dogs were always on leashes. Dogs belonged on leashes. Dogs without leashes made her pulse race.

The pup looked her way. Did he sense her fear? Panic paralyzed her thoughts. She stopped. If only she could make herself invisible. What was she going to do about that animal? If she ran, would he chase her? If she stayed still, would he charge toward her, teeth bared? Would it help to scream?

The pooch stared at her as she slowly put one foot in front of the other. He didn’t move. Watching him out of the corner of her eye, she picked up her pace. When the black ball of fur trotted across the street toward her, she swallowed hard. She wanted to run in the worst way, but that wasn’t the answer. A steady pace was the best solution.

Why did this silly fear from her childhood still haunt her? People of all kinds had dogs—dogs they loved. But the ragged scar on her right arm reminded her that dogs could be dangerous no matter how sweet they looked.

Glancing around, she searched for someone who might come to her rescue if the hound decided to attack. An empty street greeted her. Smart people were cuddled up inside their homes at this bitter-cold time just before sunset, not out in the elements. She couldn’t let fear win. She would make it home.

As she crossed the street at an intersection, she glanced behind her. Her furry foe had veered down the cross street. Was she in the clear? Could she dash ahead and lose him forever? She sprinted forward, afraid to look behind her.

When she came to an intersection with a red traffic light, she considered crossing against the light. The dog had turned, so she should be safe if she stopped. With that in mind, she halted and punched the button for the crosswalk signal, then jogged in place to keep the cold from seeping in. The orange hand on the signal flashed as the seconds ticked down. The light changed to green, and she dashed across the street.

Just as she reached the other side, the dog, a streak of black against the white snow, raced toward her, his ears flopping. Should she run up on someone’s porch? When she pounded on their door in a panic, would they look at her as if she were crazy?

Taking a deep breath, she forged ahead at a brisk pace and prayed the dog would find something besides her to attract his attention. She didn’t hear barking or the sound of anything approaching from behind. Did she dare look? Before she turned, a black flash dashed by her. She stopped in her tracks, her heart pounding. Now in front of her, the dog spun. Was he circling in for the kill?

Amelia closed her eyes and stood statue-like, her arms tight against her sides. Holding her breath, she peeked through her eyelashes, as if she were watching a horror movie. No sign of the dog. She fully opened her eyes and let out a harsh breath that created a cloud in the air. She scanned the area. No dog.

Until she looked down.

The dog sat at her feet and stared up at her with big brown eyes. She forced herself not to scream.

Her pulse pounded in her head as her stomach roiled. She closed her eyes again and took a deep, calming breath. She wasn’t a kid anymore. She could deal with this dog in a logical and grown-up manner. She let her eyelids flutter open. The unwanted canine was still there.

The tips of her toes and fingers grew cold. She couldn’t stand here in this frigid weather much longer. With deliberate slowness, she took a step. The dog didn’t move. She hoped that was a good sign. She took another step and continued slowly down the block. No dog. She focused on the sidewalk as she put one foot in front of the other. With every step, she was that much closer to home. Only a few more blocks to go.

She rejoiced when she spied the century-old row house where she lived in the first-floor apartment. She had no idea whether the pup still followed, but she wasn’t going to turn around to find out. As she closed in on her front stoop, she resisted the urge to run. She pulled her keys from her pocket and had them ready when she reached the door. She slipped the key into the lock. As she opened the door, a burst of black charged by her.

Her heart nearly stopped as she stared into the upturned face of that crazy pooch as he sat in the middle of her living room floor. Too stunned to scream, she grabbed hold of the door in order to keep her knees from buckling. This had to be a bad dream. She would wake up and find herself standing alone in her living room, not confronted with a stray canine.

She shook her head and blinked, but the unwelcome animal still sat in the middle of her floor. Maybe she should call 911. No. They would think she was a lunatic for calling about this nonemergency. She could handle this, but she could use some help.
Amelia retrieved her phone from her jacket pocket, then remembered it had no charge. She spied the charging cord still plugged into the outlet. She prayed she could reach it without this dog attacking her. Her friend Jenna, who worked for a veterinarian, would come to the rescue.


“Daddy, Daddy. Jet’s gone.”

Scott Graham turned at the sound of the little girl’s voice. “What do you mean he’s gone?”

“Come outside and see.” Lily pointed to the back door.

Scott traipsed through the kitchen and into the mudroom as he followed his charge. Every time she called him Daddy, his heart crumbled with guilt. Her real daddy should be here, but he wasn’t. Scott promised himself every day that he would do his best to take care of Lily, but he feared he wasn’t cut out for the job. Dwelling on that negative thought wasn’t going to help now or in the future. He had a missing dog to deal with.

He pushed opened the back door. The long black leash and an empty collar lay against the snow-covered ground. Paw prints led to the gate that stood open just enough for a dog to slip through. Scott released a harsh breath as he looked at Lily, who was on the verge of tears. “I guess we won’t be leaving Jet outside alone anymore.”

“Daddy, can we look for him?” Lily looked up at him with her big dark-brown eyes filled with tears. She blinked, and they trickled down her light-brown cheeks.

Scott’s heart twisted. She reminded him of her mother. Her parents had been his best friends before they’d been killed in a car accident four years ago. Since that time, he had been Lily Jackson’s guardian. Scott had taken in the two-year-old with a lot of trepidation, but her smiles and giggles kept him sane on days when he’d like to shut himself off from the world. For four years she’d made his life worth living even on the worst of days, but was he doing her any favors as she lived in his troubled bachelor world?

“Please, Daddy,” Lily said while Scott remained lost in his thoughts.

He patted her on the top of her head. “It’s cold out there, and it’s getting dark. Since you have your homework done, we can take a quick trip around the block and see if we can find him.”

Lily raced to the coat closet and pulled her coat from the hanger and dug her hat and gloves out of the sleeve. She practically bounced into the mudroom, where she tugged on her boots. Scott joined her as he shrugged into his coat and pulled his stocking cap on. As he opened the door, a cold blast of air almost took his breath away.

Undaunted, Lily charged into the cold, then turned to him as he closed and locked the door. “Can we be detectives and follow his paw prints?”

“Good idea.” Scott fell into step behind Lily as she pointed out the paw prints that led into the alley behind the house. They followed them until they came to the nearby street, where the prints disappeared. The sidewalk cleared of snow left no clues. “Looks like we’ve lost the trail. What do we do now, Ms. Detective?”

“Daddy, don’t call me that.”

“Oh, I thought you said we were playing detective.”

“Not playing. Being.”

“Okay. Being. You lead the way.” Scott was pretty sure Jet would return home when he got hungry in a little while, but Lily’s concern was something Scott should take seriously. She loved that dog.

“Jet. Where are you, Jet?” Lily’s high-pitched voice rang out through the quiet evening. The full moon made its appearance as the sun slipped behind the row houses on the other side of the street.

Lily repeated her mantra while they made their way around the block. Lights sprang up in the nearby windows along the street, as if Lily’s voice flipped a switch. When they turned the last corner and Jet was nowhere to be seen, she grabbed Scott’s hand. The simple trusting gesture reminded him that this little girl depended on him for everything. He had to do right by her, and that included finding her beloved pet.

Putting one arm around her shoulders, Scott pulled her close. “Should we jump in the car and drive a little farther to see if we can find Jet?”

Lily bobbed her head. “That would be good.”

“Then we can grab a burger before we head home.” Scott didn’t feel like cooking, although he did most nights.

When they got back to the house, Scott grabbed his car keys. In minutes he was driving up and down the nearby street while Lily called Jet’s name out the open window in the backseat. But they saw no sign of the little black pup.

After they ate their burgers from Lily’s favorite fast-food restaurant, they headed home. As Scott maneuvered his car into the parking spot at the back of the house, he hoped he would find a contrite canine waiting for them on the back porch.

Scott’s heart sank when Jet wasn’t there to greet them. What could he say to Lily to reassure her that Jet would return, when he wasn’t sure that would happen? As he unlocked the door, moonlight beamed around them. He glanced into the starry sky. A clear, cold night lay ahead—not a good thing for an animal on the loose.

Lily sat on the mudroom floor and tugged off her boots. “Daddy, will Jet get cold if he doesn’t come home?”

“If he doesn’t make it home, I’m sure he’ll find someplace warm. He’s a smart dog.” Scott rationalized that he wasn’t telling a complete lie. The dog was smart. He’d figured out how to open the gate. Would he find a warm spot where he could survive the cold night? Scott could only hope.

After Scott hung their coats in the closet, he looked at Lily, who sat on the couch, her head in her hands. He wished he could say something to cheer her up, but this week had brought a lot of changes into her young life. His new job, which would start on Monday, had brought them to Hallburg, a small town northwest of Baltimore. Lily was just adjusting to a new school and a new teacher. She didn’t need the loss of her pet to complicate her life further. He only wished to keep her days as routine as possible.

He had taken this job in order to move to this quiet little town away from the chaos of the city. Living in a small town would mean a more peaceful life for Lily. He wanted the best for her so he could fulfill the promise to his best buddy, who wasn’t here to see his daughter grow up.

Scott tapped Lily on the shoulder. “It’s a school night, so you’d better get ready for bed.”


Scott nodded. “We spent a lot of time looking for Jet.”

“But we didn’t find him.” Lily’s voice came out in a miserable whine.

Scott had no comforting response. For all he knew, the dog could be trying to make his way back to their previous residence in the city. He hoped that wasn’t the case, but it was a possibility. “I know, but we’ll find him tomorrow if he doesn’t make his way home tonight.”

Lily traipsed up the narrow staircase and trudged to her room as Scott followed close behind, hoping his statement was true. Every time he said something positive about the dog’s circumstances, he feared he was giving her false hope. Helplessness inundated him as he supervised her bedtime routine. Bedtime prayers included a request for Jet’s safe return.

As Scott tucked Lily into bed with a hug and kiss, she clung to him and whispered in his ear. “Daddy, you say an extra prayer for Jet.”

“I will, sweetie.” He tucked the blanket under her chin.

Back downstairs, Scott went to the back door and turned on the porch light. He didn’t see a sign of their furry friend. He stepped onto the porch, his arms crossed against the cold. He walked to the alley and looked one way, then the other. Still no Jet.
His shoulders sagging, he plodded back into the house. He stood in the middle of the living room and looked around. Lily wasn’t the only one who missed that dog. What was he going to do if Jet didn’t return? He didn’t know how he could explain that to the little girl who depended on him for everything.

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Posted Aug 28 2017 in , , , ,

Do you like to read novellas? I’ve teamed up with five other authors, Kristen Ethridge, Jessica Keller, Cate Nolan, Tina Radcliffe, and Cheryl Wyatt, to bring you six inspirational back-to-school romances. In all the stories, at least one of the main characters is a teacher. LOVE LESSONS is on sale for .99 cents at Amazon. Click on the link to purchase.

Here’s the blurb for my novella in this set, A Love So Strong.

      When elementary school teacher Sedona Welch sets a goal to lose fifteen pounds, she doesn’t expect to barter her tutoring services in exchange for personal training, especially with a handsome personal trainer.
      Cody Dunn has all he can deal with taking care of his eight-year-old nephew, Mason. Cody finds an ally in Sedona as she helps him negotiate the guardianship of this troubled boy. But he doesn’t anticipate the attraction to his nephew’s cute little tutor.
      Can well-meaning friends help this reluctant couple find a love so strong?

Make sure to get this set today!


Hidden Figures

Posted May 30 2017


It’s been a few weeks since I did my last movie review of the Oscar-nominated movies from 2016. Of all the Oscar-nominated movies that I saw this past year, Hidden Figures is by far my favorite. This movie is the true story of African-American women who did calculations for NASA during the space race between the USA and the Soviet Union. It is based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story is poignant and humorous at the same time. It’s a story that made me both laugh and cry. It touched my emotions in so many ways. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should.  

Have you seen this movie? What did you think?

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Another Oscar-Nominated Movie

Posted Apr 8 2017 in , , , ,

Here’s another installment about the Oscar movies that I saw this year. The next on the list is Hell or High Water. I was surprised when I learned that this movie was on the list for Best Picture. It was a movie I enjoyed, but, to me, it doesn’t fit the Oscar mold. This movie takes place in West Texas where you will see a pumpjack like this one.

The  story features two brothers. One has just gotten out of prison. They are trying to save their deceased mother’s ranch by paying off a reverse mortgage. In order to do this, they need to rob several banks. I dislike movies where the protagonists are bad guys, but this was kind of a Robin Hood movie. The bad guys are trying to help someone with their ill-gotten gains.

My sister-in-law grew up in Post, Texas, and part of the movie takes place there. I’ve been to Post, but it was many years ago, and I wasn’t sure the scenes in the movie were actually shot in Post.

What do you think of movies that feature main characters who are doing unlawful things?

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