I'll confess to a love affair with pages over pixels. There's something magical about settling down in a quiet nook where the only devices I'm left to are my own. While other readers remove print copies from their homes, I celebrate the books in mine, as the image above illustrates.
The cover for Cheyenne Sunrise, second installment in the Montana Gold western historical romance series, perfectly captures the tone and mood of this western historical love story. The … Continue Reading ››
For many of us, wanderlust is a force to be reckoned with. It's haunted me since childhood, when I sent off to the chambers of commerce and tourist bureaus for travel brochures of places I wanted to visit. Just gazing at those pictures took me into them in my imagination. Perhaps this is where I … Continue Reading ››
There is no frigate like a bookTo take us lands awayNor any coursers like a pageOf prancing poetry –This traverse may the poorest takeWithout oppress of toll –How frugal is the chariotThat bears the human soul.Emily Dickinson
I’d read stories about people who became lost in the woods. The gas left in our tank, our mental resources, and a prayer were the only things keeping us from winding up among them.
No two persons ever read the same book.–Edmund Wilson I love the way readers make novels their own. I notice it most in reviews of my books. Invariably, a reviewer will decide a novel is about something I never intended. It is, for that person.
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There's something about a lonely road that I simply can't resist. Maybe it's the influence of Robert Frost, whose poem entitled "The Road Not Taken" carried me into vicarious adventures. I must have been twelve when I first read it, and it's had an impact on me ever since.
You'll find "The Road Not Taken" by … Continue Reading ››
Emigrants traveling the Oregon Trail needed to consume Vitamin C in order to avoid scurvy. This could be a challenge, since fresh produce was often not available. Apple cider vinegar, which is loaded with Vitamin C, usually was. Vinegar keeps well, part of its charm for travelers on the Oregon Trail. This concoction intrigued me enough … Continue Reading ››
"Books are a uniquely portable magic." Stephen King, Continue Reading ››Books have only become more portable with the advent of the digital age, with one slender device holding a library. I'll confess to being old-fashioned enough to resent that. I still think of books in terms of paper. I don't think …