Happy First Friday of 2017!

TGIF takes on new meaning when it’s the first of the new year, doesn’t it? So fresh. So hopeful. So…wow, that week went fast!!! Is the whole year going to be like this?

New stuff abounds in Debland.

Rain up the wazoo–and boy, did our wazoo need it! They’re saying another storm is coming. I can’t wait! Although the down side when you get a lot of rain in one fell swoop is flooding and parts of Yosemite National Park have been closed just in case this next storm is as strong as predicted.

Yesterday, I got a new header for my Facebook and newsletter from the very talented Sharlene Martin-Moore.


And I’ll be sharing a new cover reveal in my newsletter on Sunday. Are you signed up? I’m doing a monthly giveaway in 2017. Here’s January’s gift. I love supporting fellow artists, including my talented photographer friend, Jackie Maxwell of JaxImages. Her calendars are just gorgeous. NEWSLETTER


I’m back to work on my next book–no rest for the writer types. Have a great weekend, my friends.

Happy reading!


Lost in the mountains

I bet you think I was abducted by aliens?

Ran off with a sheik?

Holed up in the writer cave with bread and water?

Got lost–in thought–in the mountains?


For the past three weeks, I have been providing support for my contractor hubby as he worked on a remodeling job in the mountains about an hour and a half from our home. Too far to commute daily, so we rented a VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) spot that was a few minutes away from the job site. Luckily, the place has a kitchenette and most of the comforts of home–just not very dependable wifi, which has made blogging impossible.

But now that I’m back for a couple of weeks, I’d like to share a few pics from our great adventure.

I call this my Hobbit House.

A neigborhood Hobbit House.


Some spring flowers in the area.

Some spring flowers in the area.

We're right outside of Yosemite National Park. Water! Snow! Waterfalls!

We’re right outside of Yosemite National Park. Water! Snow! Waterfalls!

And in case you're curious, here's a Before and After shot of the cabin my hubby is remodeling. Wow, right?

And in case you’re curious, here’s a Before and After shot of the cabin my hubby is remodeling. Wow, right?

I’ve also been super busy uploading titles in my BLACK HILLS RENDEZVOUS series. Book IV is releasing next week (click on the image to go to my website).



And I’m excited to tell you I’ve decided to make BLACK HILLS BABY, first in series, FREE! It’s already free at iTunes, but the other venues are a little slower to jump onboard. Also, I’m giving away a free short, sweet read to people who sign up for my newsletter.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Picture me doing laundry. LOL. Traveling is fun, but playing catch-up with life…not so much!



Get thee to the mountains

You’ve heard the expression “filling the well,” right?

That was my excuse/rationalization for abandoning my revisions to spend the day hiking in Yosemite National Park with my daughter, my four granddaughters–yes, the baby, too–and a friend and her granddaughter. For my friend, Nancy, this was a first–and a goal she wasn’t certain she could make. (knee surgery, back surgery)

We set a “modest” goal of a 1.5 mile hike to the top of Vernal Fall. sign #Keyword: top.

A mile and a half…how hard can it be…she said… Distance can be deceiving in the mountains because it doesn’t take into account the climb…the very steep climb, complete with rock steps. how many steps I’ll spare you the details because the beauty, the power, the awesomeness of the waterfall was totally worth the effort. falls beauty And there’s something very empowering about accomplishing one single task that is often lost in our overly demanding multi-tasking days. We made it to the top. We took turns standing at the helm of the ship in triumph. You did it, Nancy!!! 1467282_10205184669151039_6136073758182459335_n   Then, we made the return trip, which was equally challenging because, by then, there were hoards of people on the trail coming up. But we stopped often to enjoy the view because everywhere you look in Yosemite, you see beauty. beautiful Yosemite   And beauty, a child’s laugh, making memories together, a good friend’s tremendous sense of accomplishment…these are things that fill the well. 10436247_10205184667751004_6188577599416063634_n Now, back to my revisions.