Passages of time…

on June 16, 2018

Happy weekend to all! I’ve been in #reflect mode this week as my Bonus Son #1 finished his first quarter of college, Bonus Son #2 graduated from high school, and the school year wrapped up for my daughters, Princess 1 and Princess 2. My kids are ages: 19, 18, 15, 12. I’ve been thinking about… Read More


Deleted: Jackson and Maggie Releases May 7th

on May 6, 2018

My latest novel releases tomorrow! This is the book I wasn’t sure I could pull off, but decided to try anyway. The premise is odd to say the least, as evidenced by the opening sentence: “Maggie Keene turned thirty the day she learned she’d been dead for twelve years.” For me, 2018 is about courage,… Read More


No one likes a critic…

on February 27, 2018

Or do they? ​I confess, I do. Sometimes…Any artist will tell you how important feedback is to the improvement of their craft. I went to drama school at USC right out of high school and feedback smacked me hard in the face from day one. I like to think it made me tough, but also flexible… Read More


Cover Reveal Contest!

on January 26, 2018

I’ve been sitting on the cover of TRADED: BRODY AND KARA  for a month now, just dying to share it with the world. Fortunately, my PA and my publicist saved me from myself so that we could do a fun contest and offer up a bunch of prizes. Starting January 26 and running through February 2,… Read More


How Bolinas became Cliffside Bay

on January 19, 2018

Several years ago, a friend sent me an article about Bolinas, California: “The Town That Didn’t Want Company”. That article sparked the idea for a new small town series, “Cliffside Bay Series”. What about a town where the locals don’t want visitors or newcomers? There’s so much material there, right? Characters running from something, or… Read More


Family. Traditions. Legacy.

on November 23, 2017

One of our holiday traditions is making homemade rolls from my mom’s recipe. Years ago, when I hosted my first Thanksgiving as a young woman, she made a copy of the recipe and sent it to me. I pull it out every year on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Her scrawled notes in the margins,… Read More


Your Story

on October 19, 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot about my brand and my intention. Why do I write fiction? Why do I feel this urge to share my soul on the page? Years ago I heard Oprah speak about intention. She said she sets her intention clearly in her mind before any action, meeting, whatever. Simply put, what… Read More


What about the good men?

on October 17, 2017

​Let me start out with this. #Metoo When I was young and more attractive, I had my share of creeps. A half-dozen instances come immediately to mind. I’ll share a few, just for context. One time, at a work party, a coworker trapped me in an embrace and pressed his erection against me, declaring his affection for… Read More


River Valley

on August 16, 2017

I spent last week visiting family in southern Oregon. As I’ve shared many times, the little town I grew up in was the inspiration for my River Valley books. Each time I’m there, I’m reminded of the way the mountains and rivers are etched into my soul, like tattoos no one can see. One dip… Read More


Father’s Day

on June 18, 2017

Father’s Day, like many holidays for blended families, is complicated in our house. The girls, armed with a blackberry pie and homemade art projects, left this morning to spend the day with their biological father. Cliff and I will spend the evening with the boys making dinner (hamburgers and tater-tots) and celebrating the man that… Read More