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The Birthing of a Beautiful Book Cover

Cover Appeal I love meandering through book stores and relishing in the visual smorgasbord of colors, images, fonts, and witty words crafted into titles, cover copy, and tantalizing taglines. If I’m lucky enough to land myself in a store with a built-in coffee shop, the scent of printed paper mixed with the waft of my… Continue reading The Birthing of a Beautiful Book Cover

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Images, Imagery, & Imagination

Capturing Two Worlds I’ve been on a treasure hunt the last several weeks, and oh, yes, I can get use to this kind of adventure! Minutes turn into hours. Daylight transitions to darkness. My backside is numb and my stomach rumbles–all in the pursuit of digging up and collecting a treasure trove of images to… Continue reading Images, Imagery, & Imagination

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Helping an Author Bring a Book to Life

Time to Round Up the Posse Those who know me well will attest I’d rather head off on an adventure with sidekicks than being the Lone Ranger. I wear that hat enough while I’m writing–countless hours at the computer and hanging out with my imaginary characters can make for a lonely ride. So, a girl’s… Continue reading Helping an Author Bring a Book to Life

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Warrior Women & Why They Matter in Story and Life

Who Are These Brave and Courageous Women? Not who you might think. I’m not talking about Wonder Woman or Jamie Sommers the Bionic Woman (okay, I just dated myself, plus we share the same name and, therefore, she was my childhood alter ego). Admittedly, I sped around my elementary school playground with superhuman agility, strength,… Continue reading Warrior Women & Why They Matter in Story and Life

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Oklahoma Land Run Comes Alive Through Historical Fiction

The Tale of “Oklahoma Grandma” I grew up hearing the tale of Mary Louisa Roberts, my great-great grandmother–a red-headed, feisty, and determined woman who successfully staked claim to one-hundred sixty acres in what later became part of Oklahoma. Her hard-drinking and “rounder” husband, Tuck, made a poor decision to seek gold in Colorado, leaving Mary… Continue reading Oklahoma Land Run Comes Alive Through Historical Fiction

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Chasing the Butterfly: One Year’s Flight

Highlights:  My Novel’s One-Year Anniversary Having a little fun with Oprah…perhaps she’ll consider it next year! This month marks the one-year anniversary of the release of my debut novel, Chasing the Butterfly, and I can solidly say, it’s been a year I don’t ever want to forget…it’s going down in this girl’s personal history book!… Continue reading Chasing the Butterfly: One Year’s Flight