Christmas in March

March can be a capricious month. Sunshine and storms. Unexpected snow flurries. High and low temperatures. Saint Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks. Children chasing rainbows, hoping to find the pot of gold said to be found at the end. Secretly wishing there really were leprechauns, who (according to folklore) if caught, must give up their gold whenContinue reading “Christmas in March”

Enduring Love

“Love at First Sight. For Real?” My friend, Dace Pedecis, recently asked this question on I am living proof that love at first sight is real and can be enduring. 1918. One Friday night in late fall at a farmhouse a few miles out of Darrington, Washington. Nineteen-year-old WIlliam E. Reece (Bill) wearily crept upContinue reading “Enduring Love”

Something in Common

  What do a minister’s daughter, a B&B owner, a woman police officer, a woman with a canine posse, and a forensic accountant have in common? All are characters in the new Small Town Mysteries Kindle collection by five popular authors. Hours of suspenseful reading.   Small towns aren’t always as nice as they seem.Continue reading “Something in Common”

Milestone Memories

Surrounded by Books I grew up surrounded by books. At night, Mom, Dad, my two brothers, and I traveled to faraway places. We met historical and fictional characters by kerosene lamplight. The book I remember and loved best was an over-sized, fully color-illustrated Bible. By the time Mom taught me to read when I wasContinue reading “Milestone Memories”

A Gift of Hope: Finding Light in Darkness

If everyone lit a candle, what a bright world it would be. Two years ago, life as we know it changed. The pandemic sent fear into our hearts and minds. It turned us into hermits and deprived us of the companionship of family and friends. Although social distancing, wearing masks, and vaccinations have helped, weContinue reading “A Gift of Hope: Finding Light in Darkness”

Recycle Queen. See how your stories can be recycled and sold again.

#1 New Release in Teen and Young Adult Christian Family Fiction TREASURE CHEST 24-karat Stories for All Ages Between the covers of a book is a lovely place to be. A Family in Danger. Will moving to an isolated mountain cabin with no modern conveniences solve the Clarks’ problems? Or make them worse? Best Friends Forever.Continue reading “Recycle Queen. See how your stories can be recycled and sold again.”

Lessons from Long Ago

Events can indelibly etch themselves in our hearts and memories. Here are three of many unforgettable incidents that remain as clear as when they occurred decades ago. Each taught me valuable life lessons.  “This Can’t be Happening” I was sixteen the first month I began my first job: school secretary in the small logging townContinue reading “Lessons from Long Ago”

Write What You Love and Read

At home in Darrington WA Growing up a few miles out of a small western Washington logging town meant snow. Lots of it. And time to read. I reveled in the northern adventure novels of Edison Marshall and James Oliver Curwood. I mushed along beside dogsleds drawn by powerful Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, racedContinue reading “Write What You Love and Read”

New Year, New Book

What better way to start the new year than with a new, inspirational, entertaining book?   Jenny of the Lookout, a World War 1-era novel. Cherished Romances #10. Published 1-1-22 “Love Signals from the Mountaintops” After four heartsick years away at school, Jennifer Ashley is going home to Three Rivers, Washington. No more noisy streetsContinue reading “New Year, New Book”