Cleaning Out Your Bookshelves



Does anyone really like doing that! I mean…some people collect tea cups, or horses (I did as a kid), or shot glasses…but getting RID of books…

Oh for me…It has always been collecting books. Always will be. I can say I am thrilled that actually in-hand paper books will ALWAYS be around during my lifetime…

But there is only so much space. As you get older…and still rational…you realize that you can’t take everything—well anything with you when you die.

Your trash will be someone else’s problem.

But my books are my dream catchers…I have to realize I need to cull out what I am likely never to read again. And if I really need to—I can probably always find an electronic copy somewhere. Or at a thrift shop.

So—First: old paperback romances—mostly pretty easy to sort through. I buy tons at the Goodwill and at this annual used books sale in Phoenix, the VNSA—which is the largest used book sale west of the Rockies…

And I must say—a little slice of heaven right there on the county/state fairgrounds every February close to Valentine’s Day. (How very, very appropriate!)

So, as I was going through my shelves…I came across one of my favorite mysteries as a child (I was probably about ten) and I found a library copy…somewhere. Don’t know where.

It is this: The Mystery of Broken Horse Chimneys (1960) by Eda Szecskay Crist (with illustrations by her husband, I believe).

I just remember it so fondly. Perhaps it was the summer I read it. It’s just one of those books, that when you come across it you hold it in your hand and a whole flood of vague satisfying memories comes rolling off it.

It is set in Pennsylvania (And funny for some reason my memory had it in the Southwest!) two kids and their artist father go way out in the country side east of Philadelphia to “the back roads of the Big Savage Mountains) to spend the summer in a little cottage outside the town of Deer Lick. Dad will paint (He is a commercial illustrator in town) and the kids Dodey, 15 and Bobby 13 will go exploring. They meet up with a local lad named Randy who tells them all about the area and the mystery of a lost mail delivery when a wagon went off a road taking the mail and a payroll sack of money for local miners. And there’s some old guy with a shotgun who is hunting around trying to find the missing gold.

It’s a wonderful tale with spooky characters and things that go bump in the night and the three teenagers spend a few weeks solving the mystery of the Broken Horse Chimney (the “chimney” being a spire of rock and the Broken Horse named for the unfortunate animal that went off the road with the mail delivery.

I just reread it—and you know, it is still wonderful. Dodey, for 1960 is pretty independent (still does a little of the cooking and cleaning for her brother and Dad) but she is clever, strong and brave.

Surely you have some favorite childhood books you’d like to share? What was one of your favorite summer reads? Especially when you were young.

By |June 8th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

A Hero Will Keep You Warm All Night Long!

Well–What’s a cold winter night without the warm cuddle of someone you love? Between the pages, a hero who’s hot will keep you warm all night….

The hero of “The Elf Lord’s Revenge,” Allydan sath Nulan is an immortal elf, a scholar, a healer—and not too bad with a sword. He takes on the assailant who destroyed his family and home (while he was out traveling the world.) in 1843 Alta California.
And like all heroes, this hero has a heroine, the feisty Emma Treadburn who falls into his life, helps Allydan overcome his tragedy and bring out the hot hero inside!

And if elves are not your cup of wonder–There’s always my cozy vampire novella “I Swear My Roommate is A Vampire—93 pages of sheer vampire coziness!

Just the thing for warming up!

So come on—delve into the tales of other heroes here on the “Winter Wonderman” BSexy athletic bodylog Hop!

For one lucky commenter I will offer a free digital copy of “The Elf Lord’s Revenge”
And another lucky commenter will get a $10 Amazon gift card!

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By |January 16th, 2014|Writing|33 Comments

An Alpha male with that hot cider!

Sexy athletic bodyHope your turkey day was wonderful!

Take a look at my two books: “The Elf Lord’s Revenge” a fantasy historical romance set in 1843 Alta California. It has love, adventure, romance and danger all set in Altadena, Alta California, just east of Los Angeles.

My novella “I Swear my Roommate is a Vampire is a sweet cozy romance involving a woman who needs a roommate to help with the bills, and finds Theo as the perfect roommate. Even if he is a vampire.

Both of these books have wonderful alpha hotties that would be great for a late night snuggle and would go very well with hot cider, hot tea or even a hot toddy (grins).

Please leave a comment and two lucky commenters will win a digital copy of the book of their choice!

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By |November 28th, 2013|Writing|17 Comments

And the Winners Are……….

YEAH!! (Confetti flies; streamers curl down)


Here are the winners of the Spooktacular Blog hop!!

First prize goes to Satchmo who wins a $10 amazon gift card and a copy of the book!

And the runners-up are : Janiera and John! Who get a copy of the novella in the format of their choice!

And Lily–because I had one extra!


(Loud cyber applause for all!!)


Thanks for checking me out (and a “like” or a review never go amiss!



By |November 1st, 2013|Writing|0 Comments

Now a Sweet Vampire Novella for Halloween


Welcome! This is my latest offering just in time for Halloween!

Ever declare bankruptcy? Don’t. It sucks…. Okay, really bad joke. Anyway, after my bankruptcy, my home equity line payment took a jump into the ozone layer and I needed extra money, fast. So, I decided it was time for a roommate.

After screening lots of potential candidates (let me tell you, what a real life horror story that was), I became desperate and did something I never thought I’d ever do. I rented my master suite to a vampire.

I know, what you’re thinking: Dracula, fangs, blood, hot, sexy, the whole package. Well, this one’s different. He’s the perfect renter—quiet, neat, tidy, pays on time. In fact he reminds me of my high school algebra teacher.

All was going well, until things started to happen—nasty things. Apparently, not everyone likes vampires and has no intention of letting people live and let live. Especially with a human as a roommate.

Reality…. Now that really bites!

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One lucky commenter will win a ten dollar Amazon gift card as well as a copy of the novella in the format of their choice! Two other commenters will win just a copy of the novella in the format of their choice!



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By |October 14th, 2013|Writing|61 Comments

And Now For Something Completely Different: A Sweet Vampire Novella

In honor of Halloween, I have released a novella titled “I Swear My Roommate Is a Vampire.” A nifty, light tale about what happens when your bills threaten to unleash the apocalypse on your bank and something needs to be done to rein in the finances. Why, you get a roommate, of course!
And Selena Saunders does just that.
After the dimensional rips appeared and all the things that go bump in the night stand up and say howdy, Selena in desperation decides that nice, mild-mannered Theo is the perfect roomie. Only there’s a little bitty issue: He’s a vampire! But a very nice, well-behaved vampire.
So. Things have settled and Selena and her fourteen-year-old daughter can take a deep breath and relax.
There are plenty of people not happy that the strange an unusual are out and about taking the bus and buying real estate.
Things at Selena’s house just take a turn and the situation get’s sucky.

This novella is available as an e-book at all the usual places and will cost you a whopping $1.99!
So head over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Smashwords and check it out!!

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By |October 2nd, 2013|Writing|0 Comments

Fragment Friday—A little snippet from The Elf Lord’s Revenge—from the first chapter

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00040]Allydan pulled up Rhean and leapt off his horse. He ran towards the accident, following the sound of the thrashing horse and snapping wood. A woman screamed just as Allydan reached the edge of the rushing water. The cart horse had gotten loose from its traces and now laboriously climbed up the bank, dragging bits of broken wood and leather. The woman from the road struggled in the wreckage of the wagon, pulling things out and tossing them aside.   Allydan began to slide down the bank to reach her.

“There’s a baby in here!” She clutched a basket to her chest.

Just then, a sharp crack ripped through the air: The wagon began to break up and the vicious current dragged it from the canal bank.

*    *    *

Lightning hissed above her and lit the dark sky. Emma blinked to clear her vision. The water rose about her legs as she struggled to keep the basket from the surge of water in the canal.

She threw herself to the closest bank and pushed the basket as high as she could.  Suddenly the weight in her hands disappeared.

“I’ve dropped it!” Her wet hair in her face made it hard for her to see as she patted the ground beneath her hands and pushed against the piece of wagon beneath her feet. She slipped and a searing pain burned through her lower left leg caused by what felt like a jagged piece of broken wood. Where did the man go?



By |September 13th, 2013|Writing|0 Comments

Who do you think here would make a good-looking elf?

Well, I just got to thinking—there are quite a few terribly good-looking actors out there who might just make really good-looking elves…. Not everyone can pull off looking ethereal and thoughtful with just that perfect touch of kick ass no nonsense look in their eyes. And look gorgeous in some serious long hair and pointed ears.
So I picked a couple:


First, we have Zachary Quinto who already makes a pretty fey Mr. Spock. And we know he can handle the pointed ears!


Or how about  the luscious Henry Cavill, already in costume here and with a start on long hair. He’s currently flying through the summer air as Superman.


Oh, and last but definitely not least, the eternally hunkalicious Antonio Banderas…awesomeness personified. Que esta un zorro!

Let me know by comment what you think! And perhaps you have your own ideas!  And I’ll  be delighted to gift one lucky commentator with a download of my digital book, “The Elf Lord’s Revenge.”!

Thanks for all your comments!

A big Elvish Shout out to my winners! I shall be contacting you privately!

Thanks so much for making my first blog hop the great fun it was. Thanks to those who took the time to give a newbie a glance…and stay tuned as I have a contemporary vampire novella coming soon!

I hope to see you at another blog hop soon!


By |August 20th, 2013|Contests|0 Comments

Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop

Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop


It is 1843 in Altadena, Alta California (what they called the state of California before it joined the U.S.).

Allydan sath Nulan is hot because he’s an…elf!  He is 6’ 3”, with long, long dark hair, almost waist length (the better to run your hands through!) A sharp nose and piercing gray eyes….he’s a dead ringer for an elf from Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Ring” film series.

Allydan (pronounced AL..adin) is a scholar, a healer and a kickbutt warrior/magic user when necessary. He knows his way around a sword.

And though heir to the ruling family of his native elvish homeland Aelynghyst, he falls for a human woman!

Emma Treadburn has had it with the downward spiral of her life. A terrible wagon accident occurs and brings these two together.

Allydan saves her, while she is saving a baby from the wreckage of the wagon in a deep irrigation canal.

And then unexpectedly for both of them, love blossoms.

But there is a murderer out there, who has already destroyed Allydan’s family.

Will he and Emma be next!!

Please leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a contest for a 10 dollar gift card from Starbucks or Amazon!

If you click “like” for my website…three lucky random people will get a copy of my book in either e-format or hardcopy!!

Thanks for coming by!

By |August 15th, 2013|Writing|31 Comments