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Welcome to my daily blog. If this is your first time, I'm a romance writer and a misplaced city girl currently living in the wild Sierras. I tend to have a lot of I-Love-Lucy moments that I share here but sometimes we talk about books, TV, and our favorite cookies. Okay, my favorite cookies. In any case, please feel free to comment by clicking on the Comments at the bottom of any entry. If you're too shy, that's okay, just know I love having you.

June 20, 2016

What happens when a writer is VERY tired

You do things like allow one of your children to Snapchat you…

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I’m smack in the middle of a book and I’m getting ready to do a lot of traveling for some signings/reader events (which I hope you’re coming to!), and something happens to me every single time I’m here. I avoid writing. Yesterday I even cleaned bathrooms. That’s desperation, people.

Are any of your procrastinators? Shall we reunite? What do you procrastinate? Curious minds wanna know we’re not alone. :-)

June 16, 2016

Thursday’s Tidbit

Update: Winners, randomly drawn, are: ERIN PATE, DANA, and JOAN V. Email me at [email protected] with Sweet Little Lies in the subject line, and don’t forget to tell me print (and your addy) or ebook!

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A teasing tidbit:

“Actually,” he said, “I’ve lived plenty. And as for taking a walk on the wild side, I wrote the book on it.” He leaned on the bar, which brought him up close and personal. Eyes locked on hers, he stroked a strand of wet hair from her temple.

She went still, like a puppy waiting for a belly rub, staring up at him, her heart still pounding, but for another reason entirely now. “What changed?” she asked, whispered really, because she was pretty sure she knew what the catalyst had been and it was going to kill her to hear him say it.

He shrugged. “Life.”

Oh how she hated that for him. Hated it, and felt guilty for it. And not for the first time when she felt overwhelmed and out of her league, she opened her mouth and put her foot in it. “You know, in some circles I’m known as the Fun Whisperer.”

He arched a brow. “Is that right?”

“Yep,” she said, apparently no longer in control of her mouth. “The fun starts right here with me. I specialize in people not living their lives, the ones letting their life live them. It’s about letting stuff go, you see.” Seriously. Why wasn’t her mouth attached to a shut-the-hell-up filter?

Finn smiled and blew half her brain cells. “You going to teach me how to have fun, Pru?” he asked in that low, husky voice.

Good God, the way her name rolled off his tongue had her knees wobbling. She could see now that his eyes weren’t a solid dark green, but had swirls of gold and brown and even some blue in them in the mix as well. She was playing with fire and all her inner alarms were going off.


Don’t engage.

Go home.

But did she do any of those things? No, she did not. Instead she smiled back and said, “I could knock the ball out of the park teaching you how to have fun.”

“I have no doubt,” he murmured, and blew all her remaining brain cells.

This one is tricky but name what book this tidbit is from. Three of you will win SWEET LITTLE LIES. Oh and before you go … preorder and make an author’s day?

June 15, 2016

Happy Hump Day

Okay so I screwed up my blog yesterday and my entry didn’t post. Operator error. Gah. I think I’m tired. Anyway, a very happy Hump Day to you!!!

Oh and on a side note…


Why don’t I write cowboys???????????? Anyone?? Bueller? Anyone…???

June 13, 2016

Monday Musings

Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: SUZI, KARA K, and DARLENE. Email me at [email protected] with SWEET LITTLE LIES in the subject line, and let me know print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!

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When your cat gets a hold of your cellphone and takes a selfie:


p.s. three random commenters will win a copy of SWEET LITTLE LIES, out in two weeks!!
Don’t forget I’ll be having events in Oregon, Nevada, California and Texas and want to see you!! Info below!

Powell’s Bookstore (Cedar Hills Crossing Location)
June 21, 2016
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR

SUNDANCE Bookstore (Launch Party for Sweet Little Lies)
June 25, 2016
121 California Ave., Reno, NV

Copperfield’s Books (Launch Event)
June 28, 2016
999 Grant Ave., Novato, CA 94945

RWA Literacy for Life Signing
July 13, 2016
5:30 – 7:30pm
San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, San Diego, CA

Barnes & Noble
October 22, 2016
190 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland, TX 75040

June 9, 2016

Ode de bear poo

So Frat Boy has this thing for bear poo. I don’t know why but he INSISTS on rolling in it. I thought we’d broken him of the habit until yesterday. Youngest and I were on a hike with him and he came running out of the woods covered in brown gunk. STINKY brown gunk that turned out to be bear poo.

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Seriously, NOTHING smells worse than bear poo. Nothing.

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Except Frat Boy after he rolls in it.

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So we did what any girl would do. We ran home and pretended we didn’t notice so that Alpha Man had to bathe him…

June 8, 2016

Happy Hump Day!

Can’t believe how fast Wednesdays roll around but I have to say, writing up the blog for hump day is never work.


And neither is looking at him for my writing inspiration today. :yes:

Before you go, what are you all reading?

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