Summer Is Over

Summer is over. This might be a sad time for teachers, but for parents-especially those working from home-there are no sweeter words. My daughter started kindergarten this week, bringing in a new era. My baby is officially a student. I admit it. I cried a little. My son is clearly NOT thrilled that summer is [...]

By | 2017-08-25T17:01:36+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: Writing Life, My Life|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Book Party Time

Today is my birthday. Whoo Hoo! To celebrate, and to say thanks to (YOU) my readers, I'm having an online party on Facebook tonight. I'd love for you to join. You can do so by clicking here. It's going to be a rocking time with lots of fun stuff to see, hear, and win! Here's what's on the agenda. FB [...]

By | 2017-05-09T05:32:59+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Deadly Bloodlines|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Spreading the Passion

March 2-6 was reading week at my son's school. First Baptist Christian School invited me to read one of the books they were celebrating, and to speak with students about writing, being an author, and my experiences on the journey to publication. I attended Thursday the 5th, spoke with kids in grades 3-5, and had [...]

By | 2016-03-31T07:20:57+00:00 March 13th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

I like to torture people

Yes I said it! But, before you reach for the phone to dial 911 it's not what you think. Over the years, I've written poetry. Really bad poetry. Aside from my fellow classmates in high school and a few friends on Facebook, very few people have had the torture privilege of reading my works. Since April [...]

By | 2017-05-09T05:33:03+00:00 April 8th, 2014|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

3 tips for creating the perfect book cover

Book covers! Some authors love creating them whether that means using graphics or coming up with ideas. I float between loving it and running down the street screaming "no" at the top of my lungs. Why? Sometimes you get awesome ideas and other times you get zip! Deciding the first step is a challenge, so here are three tips to get [...]

Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem in the Cayman Islands

Deadly Bloodlines is book one in my Deadly Series, and is set in the Cayman Islands where I live. But back to the book. A serial killer determined to repeat a murderous pattern that started twenty years ago. Years after leaving Cayman because of her notorious serial killer mother, Angel Mason returns as an inspector on [...]

3 ways to use public speaking to promote your book

Public Speaking is a talent some people take to like a fish to water while others, like myself, had to work at it. My previous boss encouraged me to speak at meetings and events, however most times I chickened out and deferred to him. When he left the company I was forced to do speeches and [...]

What I learned writing my hometown

When I first started writing people always asked why I didn't write about Cayman. The truth? I write about where the stories and characters take me. I was pleasantly surprised when one of my stories (yes, it did decide) happened in Grand Cayman. Before I knew it, I had a four book series on my [...]

By | 2017-05-09T05:33:07+00:00 May 28th, 2014|Categories: Deadly Race|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

3 tips for breaking out of your writing comfort zone

Before publishing my first book, I had the crazy idea I'd make a name for myself publishing short stories in magazines and contests. What a  joke! Writing a short story was more challenging than a novel. I had several offers to participate in anthologies, but fear of my limitations with short stories stopped me each time. The last time I was [...]

Why I love using funky dialect

I live in the Cayman Islands, and even within our three small islands, there's different word usage, dialects, and speech patterns. Caymanians have colorful words and expressions they use for everyday sayings. I wanted to bring that to my Deadly Series and have the sayings shine through the characters and stories. As my critique partner said, [...]

By | 2017-05-09T05:33:10+00:00 August 1st, 2014|Categories: Books|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments