Thursday, August 28, 2008

Columbus Booksigning This Saturday

I'll be signing copies of my book
Calico Canyon,
From 11 - 1 Saturday, August 30th at
Crackers to Cavier in
Columbus, Nebraska.
Read the details by clicking on the title of this post or on the link below for the article in the Columbus Telegram.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Scene of the Scene?

I'm blogging today on Petticoats and Pistols about my strange habit of re-reading beloved SCENES in books. Not necessarily the whole book.

I'm just wondering if anyone else does that?

Come on over and talk to me. Maybe we can cure me. :)


Friday, August 22, 2008

Of Mice...and Murder

First look at the finalized cover of my first Cozy Mystery
Of Mice. . .And Murder
Coming in November to the Heartsong Presents Mysteries book club.
Released in June 2009 to non-book club members.

It's a Christmas story about mice...and murder. :)

Find out more about Heartsong Presents Mysteries here:

Or pre-order Of Mice. . .And Murder in an anthology called

Nosy in Nebraska

that will include all three of my cozies in this series Amazon:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Chance to Win Calico Canyon!

Click the title of this blog

for a chance to win a copy of

Calico Canyon

on Carla's Writing Cafe.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Chance to Win a copy of CALICO CANYON

I have an interview up today on Mocha with Linda.

Stop by and leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for a free copy of
Calico Canyon

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Take you own left brain/right brain test .

Here are my results. Interesting that at no point does this summary include that I am almost pathologically skeptical of online personality and brain tests. They missed that!!!!!!!!!

Mary, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant with a balanced preference for auditory and visual inputs. Because of your "centrist" tendencies, the distinctions between various types of brain usage are somewhat blurred. I think this is a polite way of saying, "you're boring cupcake."

Your tendency to be organized and logical and attend to details is reasonably well-established which should afford you success regardless of your chosen field of endeavor, unless it requires total spontaneity and ability to improvise, your weaker traits. However, you are far from rigid or overcontrolled. You possess a degree of individuality, perceptiveness, and trust in your intuition to function at much more sophisticated levels than most. (I am extremely fond of this sentence!)

Having given sufficient attention to detail, you can readily perceive the larger aspects and implications of a situation or of learning. You are functional and practical, but can blend abstraction and theory into your framework readily. Again, all code words for middle of the road, average, mediocre, ho-hum....

The equivalence of your auditory and visual learning orientation gives you two equally effective sensory input systems, each with distinctive features. Medium-you are the eighth dwarf, Dreary
You can process both unidimensionally and multidimensionally with equal facility. When needed, you sequence material while at other times you "intake it all" and store it for processing later. You are schizophrenic, your answer depends on which personality is in charge of your body at the moment, Sybil.
Your natural ability to use your senses is also synthesized in your way of learning. You can be reflective in your approach, absorbing material in a non-aggressive manner, and at other times voracious in seeking out stimulation and experience. You're all over the board, we are very afraid of you and our website has contacted men in white coats with very big nets. Please don't lock your doors and come along peacefully when the big van arrives.
Overall you tend to be somewhat more critical of yourself than is necessary and avoid enjoying life too much because of a sense of duty.
This is true. I'm not having near enough fun
You feel somewhat constrained and tend to sometimes restrict your expressiveness. In any given situation, you will opt for the rational, and learning of almost any type should be easy for you.
So then if I CAN'T learn anything new, does that mean the test is wrong. Or, as I suspect, does this mean that my brain filled up a while back and now I have to forget something in order to free up the space necessary to remember something new.
You might need certain ideas explained to you in order to fit them into your scheme of things, but you're at least open to that!
Not true, I refuse to be open to new ideas, where's the fun in that?

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Calico Canyon ABOVE THE FOLD

Above the fold is newspaper talk. Barbour Publishing is featuring Calico Canyon on their website right now. You have to hit refresh a few times for Calico Canyon to be up, Barbour is cycling the home page graphics.

Chance to Win Calico Canyon

Stop by Favorite PASTimes for a chance to win a free copy of Calico Canyon.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


I'm on Seekerville today, Monday, August 4th.
So stop by here:
And Alaska Brides is in Bookstores now. It released August 1st. It contains by book Golden Days so do NOT buy it thinking it's new work. But if you haven't read Golden Days you'll find it there, and you'll also find
Book #1 Golden Dawn, by Cathy Marie Hake
Book #3 Golden Twilight by Kathleen Y'Barbo.

And on Seekerville I'm talking about creating characters, especially focusing on the hero and heroine in my cozy mystery, releasing in November called
Of Mice and Murder.
It's book one of a three book series.
This is the not-quite-finalized cover of
Of Mice and Murder
It will look very much like this.
I've got my way with characters but I'm open to advice, so stop by Seekerville and say hi.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Two Chances to Win Calico Canyon

I'm a guest on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog today, a fellow Barbour author.
We're giving away a signed copy of
Calico Canyon.
To get your name in the drawing,
leave a comment at
And also you can find
a SECOND chance to win
Calico Canyon
on Jennifer AlLee's blog: