Hurry for sale prices

If you’re one of my newsletter subscribers, you already know about this sale. (And if you’re not, why not sign up soon so you, too, will be one of the first to hear about new releases and sales.)

For this coming week (ending Friday, September 30, at midnight), you can buy three of my Barbourville books for 99 cents each. These three books tell the stories of the triplet Vance brothers—Dallas, Denver, and Dayton.


To buy, click on the cover above.

In the first, Dallas Vance travels to Barbourville, Tennessee, expecting his visit to his niece to be a relatively short one. However, he soon finds himself drawn to the lovely widow who lives across the street in a monstrosity of a house that gobbles up all her extra cash, cash she needs for her young son. Wanting to help Beth Ann, Dallas talks her into allowing him to renovate an old-fashioned cottage situated at the back of her property, and soon his interest in returning to his upscale condo in Chicago takes second place to making a home in Barbourville with this woman who has an independent streak as wide as the state of Tennessee.



To buy, click on the cover above.

In Denver’s case, neither he nor the heroine, freelance writer Mattie Meadows, is originally from Barbourville. When they meet there on the front porch of the cottage that Dallas had renovated, neither is pleased by the other’s presence. Although he’d been on his way home to Chicago, Denver reluctantly agrees to help Mattie on a secret quest in this small town, and that leads them not only to a surprise discovery but also to the realization that they want to spend the rest of their lives together in Barbourville.




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Dayton, the third brother who is now left alone in Chicago, is horrified that Denver and Dallas have given up their lucrative law careers to start new lives in Barbourville. Thus, he decides to consult an old friend, psychologist Jill Taylor, to help him understand why they’ve changed so radically. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that Jill has left her counseling practice in Atlanta to move to Barbourville and open a small restaurant. Determined to confront her, he arrives unannounced on her front porch one evening and the next day ends up peeling potatoes in the kitchen of Jill’s Soup Bowl. Still, he’s determined not to end up like his brothers, never dreaming that his ambitions will soon change. Now he just needs to convince Jill that he has changed too.


If you want to know more about any of these or my other books, I encourage you to check out my website. And if you’re not already a subscriber to my newsletter, be sure to sign up soon. I assure you that I won’t inundate your mailbox with emails.



Bargains in Christmas Reading

As December arrives, many of us begin “getting into the Christmas spirit,” and for me, that involves unpacking Christmas ornaments, listening to Christmas music, and, of course, reading Christmas stories.

If you, too, love reading stories set during the Christmas Season, you might be interested in three Christmas ebooks that are bargains at just 99 cents each.

christmas wishes box set3First, the recently published anthology titled Christmas Wishes: Seven Stories of Second Chances is an extra special bargain because it contains seven stories for a total of 99 cents. I’m honored to be included in this anthology along with award-winning authors Leanne Tyler, Mallory Kane, Kate McKeever, Juli Alexander, Donna Wright, and Karen Hall. You’ll definitely want to buy this limited-edition anthology before it goes off sale. Just click on the following link to go to Amazon and buy Christmas Wishes.

forgotten christmas web copy 3 Next, one of my own Barbourville novels, The Forgotten Christmas Tree, winner of the 2014 HOLT Medallion in the short contemporary category, is on sale at the moment for only 99 cents. Although it’s the fifth book in the Barbourville series, The Forgotten Christmas Tree can certainly be read alone. I’m happy to say that Amazon reviewers have rated it 4.6 stars. The price will soon revert to the usual $2.99 so grab it before it goes up by clicking on Forgotten Tree.

christmas-at-tiffanys-web-versionLast, and certainly not least in my opinion, is the short novella titled Christmas with Tiffany. This somewhat older story was first published in November 2012. Because of its length, it stays at 99 cents the year round, but it’s popular enough to rate 4.5 stars on Amazon. If you’re in the mood for a heart-warming Christmas story, click on Tiffany to buy.

And here’s wishing you all the joys of the Season!

What I’ve Learned from other writers- Perseverance

I can relate to Kate McKeever’s experience with publishing and second her comment that writing requires perseverance. Very nice blog, Kate!

Romance Author Kate McKeever

Writing isn’t what I imagined it was when I first started. No, I didn’t expect it to be all bon bons and dictating to a secretary or getting rich on my first book, but I didn’t expect the changes that occur with the publishing business. Over the past twenty years or so that I’ve been writing, the ebook business has emerged and bloomed, self publishing has evolved from a “vanity” business to a thriving avenue for writers, another choice to make. And the “big” publishing houses are no longer the only businesses in town.

I’ll not go into my personal travails that I’ve gone through in my writing career, just suffice it to say, I’ve been around when two of my publishing houses closed down or were bought out. The thing is, my story isn’t that unusual. Other authors, some very well known names, have “closed down” houses, have had…

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It’s finally springtime—Or maybe not!

It’s hard to believe that after such a long, hard winter, spring has finally arrived. Except for when it hasn’t. 🙂 We’ve just experienced Dogwood Winter with lows in the 30s again. Next will be Blackberry Winter when the blackberry briars are blooming. (Unless I’m overlooking one of the winters.) Is there another cold spell in the offing? I hope not. The two I’m familiar with are plenty for me.

The year the trees froze

It’s difficult to believe the first month of 2014 is drawing to a close. It’s been an eventful month in many ways, but the weather is probably the most universally discussed topic, including the heat and draught in the western part of the country and the miserable cold in my neck of the woods (East Tennessee). The snow, of course, has contributed to weather-related miseries in much of the nation.

Our recent single-digit lows remind me of the night almost 30 years ago when the temperature got down to 24 below zero (air temperature) in my part of the state. (We were the coldest spot in the nation.) The next night was 18 below zero. One effect of that frigid temperature was that the trees froze. I would never have imagined that sort of effect from the cold, but I had to deal with the results for years to come.

As it happened, the previous fall my husband and I had done some extensive landscaping, including planting several dogwoods and a large maple. Although some of our shrubs were killed back to the ground, they came out from the roots and were fine. But the bark on the western-facing side of the trees that had frozen and then thawed was loosened to the point that insects could get under it, creating further damage. I was told that the only hope of saving the trees was to scrape away the loose bark and coat that area with a tree-wound dressing.

But once was far from enough. This procedure had to be repeated on a regular basis until the bark eventually filled back in from either side, which took several years. In spite of the number of hours I spent sitting on the ground scraping away dead bark, I wasn’t able to save all of the trees. In the years that followed, we lost three dogwoods, including a wild one growing in the edge of the woodland behind the house.

So on the frigid nights of this January of 2014, I think back to that January so many years ago and am thankful that for this day at least, I don’t have to worry about the trees freezing.

Forgotten Christmas Tree on sale until Dec. 28

forgotten christmas web copy 3Just a quick note: My fifth Barbourville book, The Forgotten Christmas Tree, is on sale for 99 cents until December 28. Then it will go up to $1.99 for a couple of days, then to $2.99, and finally back to its original price of $3.99. Even if you’re not in the mood for more Christmas reading, buy it for your Kindle at this special price and save it until Christmas of 2014. 🙂

Dreaming of Dayton now featured on my website

Thanks to Miss Heather, my very talented web designer, my website now contains information about my upcoming Barbourville novel titled Dreaming of Dayton. Here’s a screen shot of the home page:

Home Page

As of yet, I have no firm release date for Dreaming of Dayton, but it won’t be long now. In the meantime, I invite you to visit my website,, for details about the previous Barbourville books—the first, A Summer Sentence, then Falling for Dallas and third, Dealing with Denver.