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Characters do the darnedest things

I’d never wrtitten a short story before deciding to take the plunge and try to write one for the Valentine’s Day Anthology for PRP.  I’d been told by fellow authors that it could be harder than writing my regular long Historical Romances. So I thought I was prepared to face a challenge. And what a challenge it was. First I was almost 5,000 words over. It was indeed a chore to tighten, shorten, and get it down to less than 60 pages. When HOPES AND DREAMS  formed in my mind, I thought I knew exactly where and how my story would go.



WRONG! I knew I wanted a little girl who had lost her parents. The aunt (as legal guardian) would whisk her away from the clutches of the dastardly grandparents. And I’d have a sheriff who had been deceived by his former wife and now was sworn to uphold the law. How I’d work in something about Valentine’s Day seemed easy as I’d make the two somehow fall in love and bingo. What I didn’t know is as the story evolved, little Tori decided she wanted a new daddy and just about stole the show away from the hero and heroine.

I needed to get back on track. Yes Tori was adorable, she would play a leading role, but lo and behold, I couldn’t have her take the full limelight. It had to be the romance that drove the story.  SO, I had to draw the line and rewrite and finesse parts and parts and parts till I got it–at least I hope I got it–to just the right mix. So my story released just in time for Valentine’s Day and I, yes, I was tickled to be included with all the talented authors in the Anthology.

And as of June 24th, 2015, HOPES AND DREAMS got its own cover and was released as a single title as an ebook for $.99. That’s right. It’s part of the 21 stories in Christmas for July celebration. There’s Christmas stories, mail order brides, Valentine’s Day tales, and so much more, ranging from contemporary to historical to paranormalto westerns, and inspirational. You name it, it’s there. Some of the others had been single releases before or part of different anthologies, and now all are single titles from $.99 to $1.99. You’ll want to take a look at all of them. You’re sure to find one if not many that will delight you. And I am just pleased as punch to share the cover above that Livia did. I asked for Tori to be included and I just love how she did. I hope you agree.

Christmas in July you tube: https://youtu.be/O-OYGcfscmO

OR: http://prairierosepublications.com/books-2/christmas-july-2/christmas-in-july-2015

Thanks for joining me today. Also if you’re interested and read this before the end tonight, you may want to chat with numerous authors on our Fandango on FB to celebrate the Christmas in July. I lost internet for the past wk. due to a faulty modem but finally got this up today. So I apologize for being late and hope you see this in time. Enjoy. Love to all.


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I’ve be worse than a kid skipping school

I’ve been gone for way too long, I know. If you’ve read my previous blogs, you know I was feeling my way into the scary (for me) blog world. And I thought I had been doing a half way decent job for just beginning. However, and I’m not here on a pity party, or trying to make excuses I just–hopefully in a short version, need to apologize why I’ve been non-existant and explain why I left blogging. I riped my Right thumb tendon, had surgery and wore a hard cast for 8 wks, then a softer brace. It was literally impossible to write any amount of words on a blog or anything else–I had to do it one finger, one handed-ARGH! I was forced to stop some social media. It boiled down to blogging–I know and I’m sorry for that, but I knew I had to continue writing and at least do  short posts on FB, etc.

As soon as I totally recuped from that right hand, I had a right hip replacement–I put it bluntly. Severe pain, no sleep, and by the time the surgery was scheduled I did very little walking. Again my blog suffered while all else finally came back to normal. I’m doing great now and finished All For Love, submitted to Prairie Rose Publications, and no that book has released as of Sept. 18, 2014. It’s been a long haul to get here but I’m so excited to be amoung the living and to be picking up where I left off. I plan to do several posts in the near future, most likely posting every two weeks to start. I have information on the history of denim that think you’ll enjoy. In doing my research for All For Love I started questioning just when denim was first made and where. How the heck did cowboys take over the market on wearing denim? I asked. The internet is so wonderful. I found a fountain of information on and I believe it will interest you as well. There are so many items, events, ideas from our past that we never take the time to really look up and appreciate. So I’m hoping you’ll join me over the next month or two as I go from denim, to lady’s apparell, to dimestic science. That’s right. I just read an article on how women in the 19th century actually had books to tell them how to live their everyday lives. Some of the stuff will knock your socks off. So I hope you will indeed join me at this site and offer your opinions.

I’m told a smart author should offer tidbits and interesting posts on their blogs to readers rather than always just simply discussing their books and in turn doing promo. And I totally agree. So after today I’ll do those articles I just mentioned. But for now I just had to share my wonderful cover of All For Love. I’m just so very pleased with it. It is available in ebook–Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, print @ Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and wherever books are sold. Don’t you just love it? I sure do. So please join me in 2 wks.–I’ve got it marked on my calendar and we’ll talk about denim–and what woman can resist a good looking guy in denims? Especially he’s a cowboy or western fellow. Oh my!

All For Love

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