Thursday, March 26, 2015


I received word this morning that The Widow's Suitor is a finalist for the RWA's Rita Award!!!!!!

I am beyond excited and humbled.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Behind The Eight Ball!

Yep, I'm behind the eight ball on posting on my blog this week. Whew! Where does the time go and why is there always so much to do?

This week I want to share a free newsletter link with you.

Now I will warn you this newsletter has ALL types of writing opportunities, not just Christian markets, but it DOES include Christian markets, book markets, copywriter jobs. You name it. They list it.

I've found several opportunities and resources since signing up for the newsletter. I hope you peruse it and find it valuable too.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shameless Self-Promotion Blog Post!

Yep, the title of this blog says it all. It's full of shameless self-promotion! First, I have a book signing at Crossroads Bookstore in Sioux Falls, SD on April 18th at 1 PM. This signing is for Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart and Dakota Love. Save the date! I hope to see you there.

I need your help! Dakota Love was on the ECPA Best Seller list for the months of February and March! Help me keep it on the best seller list for April! How can you help? Purchase a copy or two. Mother's Day is just around the corner after all. There are copies available on, Barnes & and has the best price at $6.29.

Lastly, Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart is available for presale. The books official release date is April 7th. As I mentioned in my blog post last week, this will be my last release for a while. This book is available at the same outlets mentioned above and will make a great Mother's Day gift!

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Well, I finally heard back from Harlequin on the remaining books in my rodeo series. They will not be released under the Love Inspired line of books. So...I'm back to the drawing the board!

This doesn't mean that Love Inspired editors won't consider other book ideas from me, it just means, they aren't interested in this series. I really liked this series and the occupations I chose for the heroine's since all of the hero's were rodeo calf ropers. Maybe someday I can recycle those story ideas.

For now, though, I'll put them in my story idea file and start working on one of my new story ideas! The unfortunate thing for me is I would have had a book release every six months. Now, after my April release, Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart,  I won't have another book release until early 2016, which is a novella in compilation with other authors.

By the way, Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart, is available for pre-order and if you are a Goodreads member, I'll be hosting a giveaway next week, stop by and enter!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Another Month Gone!

February is always a short month even during a Leap Year, but this February seemed to fly by for me. I also felt lazy and unproductive, yet when I recapped my month I did discover I had a busy writing month.

I turned in my novella to Barbour Publishing. This will be a story included in their Lassoed in Marriage compilation. I'm not certain of the release date, but for my readers who enjoy historical over contemporary this book is for you.

Union Gospel Press was happy with my sample assignment so now I can go forward with the remaining stories for their children's publication, JEWELS.

Standard Publishing contacted me with a short story assignment which I accepted. 

So, I've been working on short stories this month which falls into my one word for my writing: Diversity.

I'm sure depending on where your live February might have seemed like a long month with ice and snow storms. We keep missing the really severe weather which make me wonder if March will come in like a lion and go out like a lamb or vice-versa.

Did February seem long or short to you?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Word Sowers Writing Conference Interview

I'm proud to announce the Word Sowers Christian Writer's Group ask me to be a presenter at their 3rd annual conference. The conference is scheduled for April 24th & 25th in Omaha, Nebraska. I am presenting on writing in the Christian children's magazine market.

This conference has something for every type of author interested in writing in the Christian genre. Below is the link to their website. Not all of the authors and editors presenting are listed yet.

I was recently interviewed about my presentation and writing. You can read my interview here:

If you are interested in writing for the Christian markets, this is definitely a conference you should attend! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Wishing all of you a Happy Valentine's Day. Although we now think of Valentine's Day as a day to show romantic love, that is not it's origin-see wikipedia. for a brief history.

I have always loved this day because my dad always gave my mom, my sister and me a box of candy. Being a HUGE candy fan, I anticipated Valentine's Day more than Christmas (we did have our fair share of sweets at Christmas time too!). My dad's gesture is also why I don't always associate Valentine's Day with romantic love.

So here is my question for the week: Do you associate Valentine's Day with romantic love? If you're single do you dread the day or try to share it with a family member or even doing something special for yourself?