All the reasons I’ve cried recently.

I’m not a big crier, folks. I’m just not. Crying gives me a headache and makes my makeup run and when it’s all over I look like I’m suffering from chicken pox, tuberculosis and pink eye all at once. I’ll give you a sec to get that image out of your head. Truthfully, though, several things have made me cry recently…both happy and sad. Thought I’d share: Thi... Read More »

How I got my writing joy back…

…I didn’t. I mean, I did, but saying “this is how I got it back” makes it sound like I did something good and wonderful to make it happen. Which is definitely not the case. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s back up… Have you ever had a dream go a little beige on you? Something once all sparkly and rainbow-like that somehow lost its color? And you worr... Read More »

I want to send you a postcard! (plus the yummiest breakfast recipes not even I can mess up)

Okay, the truth is, I actually CAN cook. I know I don’t always come off as the most domestic girl ever because of things like starting microwave fires and randomly finding a bottle of maple syrup…in my bed. (It used to be the oddest object I’d ever found in my bed…until the day I looked EVERYWHERE for my DVD superdrive and finally found it under my pillows. Eh, no, the syru... Read More »

A walking tour of Maple Valley…

I’ve had a lot of people ask how I choose the settings for my books. The answer, ummm…  Each setting (so far) has come about for different reasons. But when it came time to kick off my new Walker Family Series—which includes Three Little Words, just released this week—I knew I wanted to set it in Iowa, my home state. ‘Cause I just love my state!  What I didn’t... Read More »

Three Little Words + One Great Giveaway!

YAY it’s the official release day for my free e-novella, Three Little Words. This novella paves the way for my new Walker Family series. I love this story. I really love it…for a lot of reasons, like: Two words: Seth. Walker. There’s a halfway-unintentional inside joke running through it and I’m itching to see if anybody’s going to realize it. (My money’s on my... Read More »

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