Saturday, February 3, 2018


The fourth (standalone) book in my Chilton Crosse series is on SALE for only $0.99 (ebook)!  This sale will last from today through Feb 9th.

Here's the link:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

.99 Kindle Countdown Sale!

My Christmas novel, Seeking the Star, is having a special Kindle Countdown sale (available only at Amazon right now).

Here's how it works:

The book is available at a special .99 price on Dec 2nd and 3rd.  Then the price increases to $1.99 for Dec 4th and 5th.  Then the price increases to $2.99 for Dec. 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Then the book is back to regular price.

Click this link to purchase. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Christmastime is Almost Here!

If you're looking for a cozy, inspirational holiday book to read, SEEKING THE STAR is the one.  It's Book 3 in the Chilton Crosse series, but it's a total standalone novel.

Here's the blurb and cover (currently, this book is only available at Amazon, and is enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program):

  One December night, in the sleepy Cotswold village of Chilton Crosse, a drifter with a mysterious past collapses on George and Mary Cartwright’s snowy doorstep.  During the next few weeks, as Christmas cheer spreads with a Dickens-themed festival, Mary nurtures the stranger, Ben, back to health.

   As Ben gains his strength and starts to trust Mary and George, he lowers the wall he’s so carefully constructed.  But when Christmas Eve arrives, one of his secrets accidentally comes to light, forcing him to confront the darkness of his past—and to rediscover the faith he’d lost months before.  And on that holiest of nights, he finally begins to understand that mercy and forgiveness are meant for him, too.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Barnes & Noble Availability

My entire Chilton Crosse series is available again at (for Nook), for those who prefer that format. 

The series had been enrolled in the Kindle Select program (at Amazon) for the last several weeks, but is now available elsewhere too, at most online bookstores.

Here's the link to Barnes & Noble!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SAVORING THE SEASONS -- Now Available in Paperback!

For those old-school readers (like me!) who prefer a paperback, here's the link to SAVORING's new paperback.  This cover is so pretty in person!  I love the way the village street wraps around to the back cover.  Thanks again to Streetlight Graphics!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Release Day!

This is Release Day for SAVORING THE SEASONS, Book 4 in the Chilton Crosse series.

So exciting!  This book has been two years in the making.  Thanks to the folks at Red Adept Publishing for their faith in the series and for their expertise in publication.  This book wouldn't be available without their help.  

Also, thanks to all the readers who've followed and promoted the series.  I'm so grateful to you.

The book is discounted and available at most major venues!

Link to buy

Note:  The paperback will be available soon -- not sure of the date yet, but I'll post the info as soon as I get it. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

99¢ SALE!

The first book in my series, PAINTING THE MOON, is on sale for the special price of .99 for the next few days (ebook).  It's available now at Amazon, and will be on sale at all other venues from June 25-29.

Here's the link!

And here's a shareable meme...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pre-Order Available!

My publisher just phoned to tell me that Book 4 is now available on Amazon for pre-order!  It's listed at a special price of $2.99 (ebook).  The official release date is still June 28, which is near when the paperback will also be available.  

Right now, the ebook pre-order is only for Amazon, but it will soon be available on other venues, too.

Here's a shareable meme:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Release Date!

Book 4 in my series has a release date!  June 28!

My publisher will set up a pre-order sooner than that, but I don't have the date for it.  I'll post it as soon as I know.

Exciting times!  It's been a couple of years since I've released a new novel.  Can't wait!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coming Soon!

Editing update for Book 4:

Savoring the Seasons has officially left the line editing process and is headed into proofreading, the final stage!  This hopefully means the book will be available for pre-order in the next few weeks or so.  I'll be sure to post here about the actual date.  Squeee!!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cover Reveal!

It's here!  The cover for Book #4 of my Chilton Crosse series!


I love it.  It's similar in tone and coziness to the other three covers, but it has one clear distinction -- rather than featuring a cottage in the village, it features the main street (especially the bakery, which is what Book 4 is all about).

Thanks to Red Adept and Streetlight Graphics for their help with this beautiful cover!

*to be published Spring 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year, New Novel!

Happy New Year's!

When we flip over the page to a new year, it's always natural to reflect backward and look forward. 

Looking back at 2016, I find myself grateful -- for readers, friends, and family members who have been so supportive of my novels. I've been writing for many years, but never dreamed that more than a handful of people would ever read my work. I'm particularly thankful to my publisher, Red Adept Publishing, who took a chance on me in 2013, and to those of you who have supported my novels along the way, even before I was published---cheering me on, encouraging me not to let go of my dreams.

As I look ahead to 2017, I'm excited to finish edits on Book 4 ("Savoring the Seasons") and to begin work on Book 5 in the Chilton Crosse series. I'm wondering what's in front of these characters and can't wait to watch them continue their journeys.  I'll be sure to post the highlights to my author page along the way -- book cover reveal, release dates, hints about Book 5...

Here's to a wonderful New Year for us all! May your days be merry and bright!



Monday, November 28, 2016

99¢ Sale!

SEEKING THE STAR is on sale right now for only 99¢!!
A man with a dark past stumbles into a cozy Cotswold village, in search of redemption. And on a snowy Christmas Eve, he finds it in an unexpected place.  

Here's the link to click (the offer only applies to Amazon Kindle).

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's That Time Again -- Bring on the Edits!

I'm thrilled to announce that my fourth book in the Chilton Crosse series, newly titled Savoring the Seasons, has been contracted once again with Red Adept Publishing!  They've moved swiftly, and the manuscript is already in content edits.

I won't have any sort of release date for awhile, but I'll be working hard this semester (in between grading freshman essays!) to finish up the content and line edits.  Next, it's the book cover and then a release date.  I'm hoping for early 2017.  Exciting!

Here's a blurb I recently wrote, which sums up the plot. This book focuses on Julia, Old Mr. Bentley's daughter:

Julia Bentley has just spent her fortieth birthday doing what she always does—baking treats for the customers in her Cotswold bakery and taking care of her elderly father. She doesn’t realize how stagnant her life has become until a younger man, Tristan Hannigan, arrives at the village. As Julia grows closer to Tristan, he begins to season her mundane days and to challenge her insecurities about herself and how she views the world.

But the relationship is threatened when Julia’s doubts become too great and a secret she's keeping creates a wedge between them. Will Julia choose the easy route, slipping back into her daily routine and living without love? Or will she find the courage to follow her heart and accept the love she deserves?

I'll be sure to keep my website current with updates along the way.

And if you've read any of my Chilton Crosse novels -- thank you!  Your support is so appreciated.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


I just typed those words on my Book 4 draft last night.  Exciting!

It's taken a full year to write this book (mostly because I was writing it during two busy semesters of grading papers and teaching a full load of freshman English classes).  And  I've spent the past few weeks of my empty summer finishing the draft.  

Still to come:  Decisions about a title and book cover, editing (first, by me, as I polish up the rough draft a couple of times, smooth out the rough spots, do some careful researching, and get the book up to my best possible capability -- then, it's off to the my publisher).  At the end of this year, I'll also be brainstorming ideas for Book 5 in the series.

I realized the significance of this draft last night. I haven't written a novel in three years!  I've spent the last two-and-a-half years editing the three published books in the series, which I wrote years ago. So, it felt wonderful to get back to what I love the most -- writing.  It's my favorite part of the process, for sure.  It was a special feeling, returning to Chilton Crosse and writing about those characters I feel so close to...

I'll be updating my author page more often, now that I'll be having bits of news to share.

Thanks for going with me on this journey!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book 4 - Nearing the Finish Line!

It's been awhile since I've posted an update, so here goes...

My summer officially begins on Friday afternoon, and I'm ecstatic.  Summer not only means no more grading of essays (yay!), but it also means I will finally have time to finish Book 4 in my Chilton Crosse series.  I've been pecking away at this manuscript for two semesters, and I'm currently on page 327.  I think I have about six more chapters to go.  After that, I'll do some fact-checking and polishing and several read-throughs.  Then, it's off to the publisher!  

I have to say, this book might be my favorite of the series so far.  Each book seems to have a different tone, a different flavor, and this one is no exception.  Before I started writing the novel, I wondered if I'd end up liking the main character, Julia.  She's a bit stand-offish, keeping to herself, but it's partly because of her taxing job (owning/running the bakery). As I've written her, I've discovered she has a lot of heart.  She also takes excellent care of her aging father, Mr. Bentley (the elderly man who sits outside the bakery).  Julia is deeper than I'd imagined, and there's a reason she's not very prominent in the other novels.  I hope readers will really respond to her and her situation.

As I get closer to THE END, I'll post more updates.  Plus, I'll spend part of this summer brainstorming Book 5!

I hope 2016 is another exciting year for this Chilton Crosse series! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Back at!

For those who have contacted me about my series being available on Nook -- it's back!  

The series is now out of Kindle Unlimited at Amazon (for 3 months, the books had to be there, exclusively), so now all three books are available on Nook, too.

Here's the link.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Availability - Explained

I was recently contacted by a couple of folks who read/enjoyed Book 1 (Painting the Moon) in my series, but who had trouble finding Book 2 (Finding the Rainbow) and Book 3 (Seeking the Star) on

I wanted to explain why my books are currently unavailable at (for a brief time only).  My publisher recently put the whole series into Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program (it's a book-borrowing subscription program that's pretty neat!).  The only catch??  The series has to be pulled from other online venues (including in order to stay in the KU program for three months.

So, unfortunately, those who purchased Book 1 on Nook won't be able to buy Book 2 or 3 on Nook until March.

But the good news is, there are still other options, if you don't want to wait that long.  All my books are available in paperback here:

Book 1 - Painting the Moon
Book 2 - Finding the Rainbow
Book 3 - Seeking the Star

If you still prefer a digital copy, there are some other options (including special apps to read ANY ebook on your computer or device).  Here are the instructions

I hope this helps a little. If you bought Book 1 and are searching for Books 2 and 3 -- THANK YOU!  It means so much!  :-)


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

After-Sale Stats!

As a reader, I love a good book sale. But as a writer?  I love a good sale even more!  It's fun to watch those numbers climb, but mostly, it's wonderful to know that people are buying my book(s)!  After years in the "rejection trenches," I still have to pinch myself that ANYone is reading my book. Seriously.  (Read my whole road-to-publication story here).

So, if you've bought my book, either through the most recent sale, or sometime in the past -- truly, genuinely, THANK YOU for taking a chance on me and my book(s).  It's incredibly appreciated.  

Well, here are the stats from the big .99 sale (now ended).  PAINTING THE MOON made it to #43 in Amazon Kindle, and #8 in Women's Fiction, wow!

At Barnes & Noble, PAINTING THE MOON reached to #5!  Wow again!

I just re-read a blog entry of mine from 2013, right when I'd first signed the publishing contract with Red Adept.  This is still true today:

Probably the main reason I want to get published is this:  I love the idea of other people reading words I wrote.  I love the notion that someone, somewhere, maybe in Maryland or New York or California, will see the cover, read the blurb, and decide, for some reason, to spend hard-earned dollars to purchase it.  Even more, I like the idea of that person going home after a difficult work day, maybe even with personal burdens, and escaping his/her life, momentarily, through reading my book.  Because that's a huge part of the reason that I read.  I would love for someone to experience what I experience through books--the escapism, the intimacy, and even the reflection of oneself through a character or situation.  The notion that I, somehow, could be any part of that process for someone else is incredible to me.

In the end, it's not about stats and spreadsheets and profits.  It's about knowing that people I've never met are buying and reading my book.  And I can't even begin to say how amazing that is.  Thanks again.  :-)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Interview with USA Today!

USA Today's "Happy Ever After" blog has just posted their interview with me, about SEEKING THE STAR, and about a writer's life.  It was great fun answering the questions, especially the one about my writing rituals, hee-hee...

And my Corgi, Darcy, even got a mention and a photo, too!

Here's the link

Monday, November 2, 2015

Blog Tour!

My awesome publisher, Red Adept, has set up a blog tour for my newest novel, SEEKING THE STAR.  It's a Christmas-themed book, #3 in the Chilton Crosse series.

Special thanks to Sage's Blog Tours for putting this tour together!  Here are the specific dates:

November 2nd Zigzag Timeline ~ GUEST POST
November 3rd The IndieView ~ INTERVIEW
November 5th BigAl's Books & Pals ~ REVIEW
November 7th T&L Book Reviews ~ GUEST POST
November 8th MHDean Collectibles ~ REVIEW
November 9th BigAl's Books & Pals ~ GUEST POST
November 10th Book Babble ~ REVIEW
November 11th Christy's Cozy Corners ~ REVIEW
November 12th Thoughts in Progress ~ REVIEW
November 14th From the TBR Pile ~ REVIEW
November 15th Literary Musings and Manuscripts ~ REVIEW
November 16th Kelly Smith Reviews ~ REVIEW
November 17th enthrallingdimple ~ REVIEW

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Release Day!

The third book in my Chilton Crosse series has just been released, with a special $2.99 price (ebook) for today, only.  

It's a Christmasy book---a tale of redemption, hope, and the power of love.

Here's the link to buy

Saturday, September 5, 2015

New Book Trailer!

Here's the trailer for my new Christmas novel, Seeking the Star.  

Thanks to Mary Fan for putting together a beautiful trailer, and to John Hobart for composing the gorgeous music!  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book 3 Paperback -- Available Now!

Even though Seeking the Star's ebook won't be released until October 6, the paperback version is available right now.  How exciting!  

Here's the link to buy.

Hey, I guess it's Christmas in July!  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I Have a Newsletter!

So, I finally did it.  I finally figured out how to create an official author newsletter!  The form to join is now part of my author page, so you can find it by clicking "Newsletter" in the top menu.

Or, here's the direct link to the form.

I've also decided to use the newsletter carefully, sparingly.  I know that people are inundated these days with junk mail and spam, so I'll be sure only to send a newsletter/email out when I'm sharing special news, like future release dates or cover reveals.

I like the idea of a newsletter.  Of sending people information who want that information, people who signed up for it of their own accord.  So, if you're one of those people --- thanks!  :-)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cover Reveal!

I think one of my most favorite events has to be a book cover reveal!  As an author, I usually tend to "see" a cover in my mind by the time a book is finished.  And, thankfully, Streetlight Graphics and Red Adept Publishing have easily met those cover expectations for all three of my novels.

So, without further ado, here's the cover for Book 3 in the series (release date will be August or Sept. of 2015):

I adore the gorgeous night sky, the soft glow of cottage lights, but most especially, I love the tiny detail of the footprints in the snow.  Here's why:

Book description:
  One December night, in the sleepy Cotswold village of Chilton Crosse, a drifter with a mysterious past collapses on George and Mary Cartwright’s snowy doorstep.  During the next few weeks, as Christmas cheer spreads throughout the village with decorations and a Dickens-themed festival, Mary nurtures the stranger, Ben, back to health, and becomes curious about the secrets he’s been holding so tightly.   

   As Ben gains his strength and begins to trust Mary and George, he lowers the wall he’s so carefully constructed.  But when Christmas Eve arrives, one of his secrets accidentally comes to light, forcing him to confront the darkness of his past—and to rediscover the faith he’d lost months before.  And on that holiest of nights, he finally begins to understand that mercy and forgiveness are meant for him, too.

You can add SEEKING THE STAR to your Goodreads bookshelf by clicking here.

For fun, here are all three books (so far) in the series. They look so beautiful together:

 Now, it's time to focus on writing Book 4!  I wonder what that cover will look like......

Monday, May 25, 2015

My Book Review Tour Starts Today!

My wonderful publisher, Red Adept, has put together a blog tour for my second novel, Finding the Rainbow.  

So, over these next three weeks, various bloggers will be posting their reviews  of my book on their blogs.  Fun!  I'll keep updating this post as the new ones roll in.

Here are the links.  Please go visit these wonderful blogs!

The Daily Blog -- Run by multi-book author Erica Lucke Dean (go check out her novels!).

Christy's Cozy Corners -- What a beautiful blog!  If you enjoy cozy/clean books, you will love her site.

Adventures in Writing -- Both of my books are here--very thoughtful and detailed reviews.  I loved reading them! 

Kelly Smith Reviews -- Great blog!  She's an author, too, so check out her site! 

A Spoonful of Happy Endings -- Thanks to Jody for her lovely review!   

Biblioteca -- I loved reading this review. Melissa really "gets" the book, and this review is so well-written and thoughtful.  

Big Al's Books & Pal's -- I was a wee bit nervous about this one, and was so relieved the reviewer liked the book!  I really respect this review site.

Literary Musings and Manuscripts -- Great blog.  I'm so glad Cresta liked the book!  She really "got" the story.

From the TBR Pile -- Wonderful review site. Thanks to Kari for a lovely review!

Brooke Blogs -- She has a variety of product reviews.  I was so happy she liked PAINTING THE MOON.

Read Along with Sue -- Thanks to Sue for taking the time to review!

Novel Ink -- Thanks to Erica for the review. 

Gal in the Blue Mask -- Cool site!  Thanks for the review of both my novels.

My Life, One Story at a Time -- Donna reviewed both my novels!  I'm so glad she enjoyed them.  Many thanks to her for taking the time to read/review them.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book 3 -- In the Works!

I'm expecting a call from my editor tomorrow, about Book 3 in my Chilton Crosse series (untitled).  Can't wait!  This one's a shorter, Christmas-themed novel, so the goal is to get it released by year's end.

It's a bit of a departure from the other two books in the series, because of its Christmas and spiritual themes.  But I enjoyed writing it--the first time I've written from a male's POV.  Really interesting.  And challenging.

Some people have asked me how/why I'm so quickly churning these books out, but the truth is, I wrote them years ago, one per year, during my summers off from teaching.  I went through the process of trying to get published for years, and I got rejected MANY times.  But I kept on writing, kept on trying.  So that by the time Red Adept gave me a "YES!" for PAINTING THE MOON, I had three books ready to go.

This year, I plan to write Book 4 in the series.  I've already got the prep work and brainstorming done.  It will be wonderful to step back into Chilton Crosse and see what the characters have in store for me.  :-)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#1 -- What?!?!

In all the craziness of last week, I completely forgot to post the news on my writer's page:

Painting the Moon hit #1 in romance/women's fiction at Amazon and B&N on Sunday!  I'm still floored by it.  I was dancing around, so excited, knowing my book probably wouldn't stay there for long (I managed to snag a screen shot, lol).  Yep, that's Nicholas Sparks, to my right.  *pinches self*

But the best part of all this has been hearing from people about the books--people I don't know, people who've bought the book and want to let me know they're reading it.  That means the world to me.  Having my novels in so many people's hands is absolutely surreal.

A few people have asked me about Book 3's release.  That book (untitled) is a Christmas book, so it'll be released sometime before the holidays.  If you click "Follow" on this page, Amazon will actually send you an email regarding the specific date ahead of time. 

Link to Author Page

Mostly, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to my publisher, Red Adept, and to anyone who's bought either of my books.  I'm so grateful to you.  And I hope you enjoy them!  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Paperback for Book 2

My editor just sent me the proof for FINDING THE RAINBOW's paperback version (available shortly after the Kindle version of March 24).  
It's beautiful!!  I could walk right into that cover and stay there.

Thanks, as always, to Glendon of Streetlight, and to Michelle Rever, for their hard work on this, and on all my covers.

(Update:  Here's the link to buy (Kindle available, too)).  


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Book Trailer!

I'm so excited about the upcoming release of Book 2, Finding the Rainbow.  It should be released in early March, available for pre-order soon.

Until then, here's the book's trailer.  Thanks to Mary Fan and John Hobart of Scorpio Productions for their hand in this.  I love how it turned out!

(Update -- the trailer was recently featured in USAToday!  Link here).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

End-of-year Reflections

It's natural to approach the holidays with a certain wistfulness--a looking behind, a looking ahead. An assessment, a taking stock.  Where have I been and where am I going?

As I glance backward at this past year, it's been busy, challenging, surreal, and overall amazing.  Publication-wise, my first novel, Painting the Moon, was published via Red Adept, an incredible group of professionals and experts.  My friends and family have been more supportive than I'd even dreamed.  I even had a book party launch in July, complete with book posters, a signing, and a cake with my cover on display!

As well, I've edited two books, and Book 2 in the series will soon be released (March or April).  I can't believe I just typed that sentence.  Especially after 20 years of rejections (for various novels) with frustrating close calls and heartbreaking "almosts."  But then, finally, came a "YES!" and away we went.

Also, this holiday season, I'm still feeling the tangible grief from my father's passing in September of 2013, and this will be my second Christmas without him.  And though he never got to see my novels in print, he read all three in this series and was aware that my dream of getting published had finally been fulfilled. That's special to me.

Looking ahead, I see busy days as a full-time writing teacher and full-time author.  I'm thrilled by the hopeful possibility of publishing Book 3 in future days, as well as writing Book 4 during my summer break.  Busy days.  Good days.  Blessed days.

So, this holiday season, wherever you are and whatever your life looks like, even through the ups and downs, I wish you peace and comfort and joy.  And good days ahead.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book 2 Update

Whew!  I submitted my final line edits to the publisher last week.  Feeling really good about them, thankful for my editors and their suggestions. 

Although I don't have a release date yet, it's looking like the book will be released in Spring of 2015.  I can't wait!  This whole experience is so surreal.  And, especially during this Thanksgiving week, I feel nothing but gratitude.  After years of waiting, of writing, of submitting, of sustaining rejections, I can't believe it's finally happening.  Two books released in a year's time.  

Someone pinch me!

And really, talking about Book 2 is just a hidden excuse to post my beautiful cover again.  The folks at Streetlight did such an amazing job.  I just want to crawl in and live there for awhile...