Military Family Traditions 


Seems only a blink ago, my firstborn was playing with his daddy’s military gear… wearing his helmet, walking in his flight boots.  Now my daughter has married a military man too.  And her firstborn is climbing into daddy’s rucksack, wearing his dogtags. In a blink, decades have passed. Traditions live on… (Although I do have to […]

Like Mother, Like Daughter 


Call it karma, kismet, or just the fallout from teenage drivers. I had a VW bug as a teen – totaled it. Now my daughter has totaled her VW bug. On the bright side, both of us walked away from our accidents unscathed, the most important thing, of course. Still gotta sigh at least a little though. […]

Buddy – The Dog Who Loved Too Much 


Meet Buddy, my oldest son’s child – uh, dog! Buddy’s an entertaining pup with an amazing capacity for loving.  Deeply.  If lost, Buddy is the kind of dog that would walk hundreds of miles to find my son. Buddy’s the kind of dog who would – and has – eaten through latticework in my parents’ backyard to get to […]

Shelter Me – Video 

Happy Valentine’s Weekend!! To celebrate the lovers’ holiday, I’m excited to share with you a video showcasing my upcoming novel – SHELTER ME, “A Second Chance Romance” from Berkley Sensation, on sale August 2014.  SHELTER ME has been called reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’ THE LUCKY ONE with a splash of Marley AND ME.  (I like that!) Someone […]

Always Reading! 


I love that my granddaughter is always reading! Whether she’s in her mommy and daddy’s lap or on her own, she gravitates toward books – this morning she read LOTS of CURIOUS GEROGE. 🙂  the photo here is her special reading spot! When my four kids were younger, it never seemed like there were enough […]

My 13 yr Old Puppy 


We adopted our beagle Toby when he was 10 years old – yes, you read that right! He came to the shelter (where I volunteer) as a stray, overweight, with a torn ACL. He was microchipped, but his owners refused to return the shelter’s calls to pick him up. Given his age and medical condition, his chances […]

Mt. Washmore – My Achilles Heel 


We have a name for laundry around my house – Mt. Washmore. The basket pictured here is merely one of the foothills of Mt. Washmore. I used to delude myself that the laundry didn’t get done because of the four kids going through school clothes, sports clothes, clothes just because, but only one of my […]

I’ve been kissed by a dog! 


Remember how Lucy in the Peanuts cartoon would always shout, “I’ve been kissed by a dog!”?  In case you don’t remember, I even found a sound clip of Lucy shouting it … memories! A couple of years ago, my kids hired a professional photographer to take photos of them with their dogs and my […]

PAWsome New Website Design! Bk Giveaway! 


My life is delightfully full of four legged companions, whether they’re my pets or pups I’m fostering for my local Humane Society. My books also tend to be as populated with animals as my house is, thus the inspiration for my new website! My goal for this year is to blog more frequently, so do […]

For the Sake of Their Son – Available Now! 


Happy New Year!  And what better way to ring in the new year than with a new book on the shelves – For the Sake of Their Son, book 5 in my “Alpha Brotherhood” series.  If you’ve missed the other books in the series, here they are in order: An Inconvenient Affair, All or Nothing, […]