A Fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt

One of my favorite parts of writing the new release Sea Glass Memories (women’s fiction with a splash of romance) was creating the “Great Big Seahaven Halloween Scavenger Hunt” and then sending Elana out with a surprise date on a chilly October afternoon to search for some really fun things.

I won’t say what they had to search for (read the book, you’ll love it!), Continue reading →

No One Is Alone

My favorite musical of all time is Into the Woods (I’m partial to the Broadway version as opposed to the musical). Several fairy tale characters set out on a journey separately, each with their own set of wishes. At the end of Act One, they have all gotten what they wanted but . Continue reading →

Sea Glass Memories is Here!

Today’s the day!

Sea Glass Memories is in the world at last and I am full of joy to share this new release with you all.

This is the second book in my Seahaven Sunrise series, but it works beautifully as stand-alone women’s fiction.

A cozy novel with the charm of small-town life
and the reassurance that we are resilient
and capable of love…

I love this quote from the Independent Book Review site because Elana Jeffries, along with Aunt Kit Gilmore, show tough yet tender resilience in the face of difficult losses. Continue reading →

A Tribute to Grover’s Corners

“EMILY: “Does anyone ever realize life while they live it…every, every minute?”

STAGE MANAGER: “No. Saints and poets maybe…they do some.”
― Thornton Wilder, Our Town

I was only fourteen years old when I first heard these words from the magnificent play Our Town. I was too young to have made any acquaintance with death but I intuitively knew that Emily’s soliloquy held the key to the entire meaning of life.
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This is Dedicated…

I love coming up with the dedication page for my books!

I dedicated Feathers in the Sand (Seahaven Sunrise Book 1) to my older brothers John and Joe, because of the special relationship that Eva has with her big brother Micah. I know a lot about big brother-little sister good relationships! Continue reading →

Those Powerful In-Between Times

There’s a word I’ve come to appreciate over the years. Liminal comes from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold.” Liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of some kind of transition, when you are metaphorically standing at the threshold between your previous way of life, and a new way of life. Continue reading →

More Than a Summer Beach Read!

This empowering novel is much more than a “summer beach read.”  Soul challenges, as well as new beginnings, are treated with realism and respect for unusual relationships. In addition, the author uses synchronicity to enable the reader to recall and appreciate similar occurrences in her own life. This is the first book in the Seahaven Sunrise series and includes suggested book club discussion questions. Continue reading →

Why I Love Writing Fiction

In sixth grade, my English teacher gave the assignment to write a short story, and I had so much fun writing about a little girl who discovered an underground cat colony, that I turned in a 60-page illustrated (by my Dad) novel instead!

From then on, I was hooked.

I took creative writing classes in high school and felt totally in my element. Continue reading →