Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

No time like Halloween to share a picture of the recent visitor to my front porch. She's been relocated so that she won't hurt any of the trick or treaters, but I had to admire her size and color. In Southern Utah, we get a number of arachnid visitors from tarantulas to wolf spiders, to lady widows like this one. Larger than most, she built an impressive web which was soon filled with less fortunate bugs.

Some people, like my daughter hate spiders. I don't mind them--after all, I could crush them with one step. My phobia? Snakes. I prefer not to see the slithery vipers on my hikes through the hills, and am ever so happy that they are reclusive animals.

Are there any critters that make your skin crawl? I think adding a phobia is fun when building a character--Have them fear something, and then have that thing plague them or watch them overcome their fear. I know this isn't anything new, but it does add a dynamic to your characters--and really, how many people do you know who fear something? A lot, I'd bet. I have a character in my current WIP who can't swim. Her inability to swim causes problems and the fear paralyses her at a critical moment. Will she fight or will she fail?

Write on friends!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest!

Hi bloggers! I'm so excited, because I'm going to share an AWESOME book with you. I remember reading Captive Spirit by Liz Fichera in the car on the way up to Salt Lake for a writer's conference. I was traveling with some friends and they kept talking to me, which was incredibly irritating. Couldn't they see that I was engrossed in a story? After all, these two women were writers (and therefore avid readers) too. But no--I got interruption after interruption!

Captive Spirit is about Aiyana, an ancient Hohkam Indian girl of the White Ant Clan. Free spirited, Aiyana dreams of traveling beyond the mountains, but when her village is attacked, she learns the world beyond the mountains is a frightening and ugly place. I loved the way Liz described life in pre-white man Arizona. She captured the essence of Native American life and transported me to that place. I lost a fair amount of sleep reading this book (as well as nearly losing two valued friends).

So, if you're looking for a good read, download Captive Spirit to your e-reader. Liz also has another book coming out in January--Hooked is about a modern day Native American girl who lives on the "rez". I can't wait to read it too!

PLEASE HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD! In the Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest, I cannot tell the author that I've recommended her book. She is supposed to find it through Twitter, Facebook, Blogger...all sorts of social media. Soooo, please tweet and share this review on FB.

I love comments too!

***Thanks to the  Ninja bloggers, Captain Alex and Ciara Knight, for organizing this blogfest. How cool to share books that deserve a shout out that some of us may not know about! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I'm A Chihuahua Momma

Maya (AKC Champion, Misty Morn Just Call Her Sam)
Are you a dog lover? I am. In fact I have four Chihuahuas. I earned championship titles on two of them and thought to breed them...but it wasn't meant to be. Actually, I guess I wouldn't have it any other way. They're just too special to worry about the health problems that can come with litters.

To the left is a picture of Maya. She does everything with me...especially sleep. She even helps me write. She never got any bigger than 3.5 pounds, so it was a good thing that I didn't breed her.

Next year, my novel, Chihuahua Momma, will be released by boutique publisher Turquoise Morning Press ( It's a fun romance between an ex football player and a widow who has two teenagers. Matt Johnson had no idea that his life would change forever when he rang Rebecca's doorbell. All he wanted to do was buy a Chihuahua, but he tumbled into the wild world of dog showing and was drawn in by a gorgeous redhead and the thrill of the ring.

If you enjoy dog shows and all the crazy things that can happen when you mix a fun loving single guy with a dysfunctional family, watch for Chihuahua Momma, to be released July 28, 2013.

What's your breed? I'd love to hear about your dogs!

Friday, October 5, 2012

THE SAINT by Monica McCarty Hits Home Run

The Saint 

I love good writing and Scottish historical romances. I've also found that there are a lot of poorly written Scottish tales out there, but Monica McCarty has proved she can write a gripping tale filled with tension that will keep you engrossed until the very last page.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Saint--so much, that I will definitely read more of McCarty's books. That says a lot, because as a writer, I read widely and consciously try not to spend too much time reading one author.

The Saint opens at the Highland Games where Magnus Makay is facing his nemesis, Donlad Munro (henchman for the Sutherlands) in a gladiator style fight against brawn. Watching in the distance is Lady Helen Sutherland. Her secret affair with Maguns is about to be exposed...and their love is forbidden. The Makay's and the Sutherland's have been arch enemies for centuries.

The tale follows the war that brings the couple back together and the tragedy that keeps them apart. A gripping tale, I recommend it for all lovers of Scottish romances!

McCarty has a number of Highland romances. The Saint is book five in the Highland Guard series, and book six, The Recruit will be released this month. Visit her website for more info