I love my readers

I had the most marvelous time yesterday at The Greyhound, an independent bookstore in Berlin, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Quaint Berlin, once dubbed “America’s Coolest Small Town,” is located a half hour from Ocean City and Assateague Island, Md. The bookstore is filled with best sellers and the works of local writers. I’m thrilled to…

Chapter 19—Jessica: Colin

Why would Colin show up here? Why now? I haven’t heard from him in seven years. I didn’t even ask him for child support. I didn’t want to be tied to him for even one little thing once he walked out.

Audiobook: Chapter 1

It’s here, the audio version of Chapter 1—Jessica: Starting Out. Meet JESSICA, starting her first day as a reporter during a pandemic. Meet DAN, a seasoned veteran of the newsroom. Already Jessica doesn’t trust him—and they haven’t even met? Then comes the bad news: Their editor has asked Dan to oversee her work as she…

A year of 6 a.m. writing sprints

A year ago today, one of my fellow writers, Kristie Wolf, and I decided to get up at 6 a.m. and spend an hour working on our novels. We called it our “morning sprints” but we really weren’t in a hurry. “Sprint” means more like an exercise to get our creative juices flowing so we…

Get to know us on Facebook

I have joined the most awesome group of writers. We’ve formed a Facebook page, Off the Beaten Path Historical Stories, designed for readers so we can share what we’re writing, researching, studying and reading. And so we can get to know those people we love almost as much as our own family. Our readers. We are…

Scenes from the Book Festival

The sun hadn’t shone for days but when the Baltimore Book Festival opened Friday morning, the clouds slipped out of the way of the sun and we were treated to three gorgeous early fall days. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was packed with book-lovers. I spent a lot of time with the Maryland Romance Writers. Even though I…

Happy birthday, DIVIDED LOYALTIES

A year ago today, Divided Loyalties hit the bookstores. (Well, it actually hit the Amazon virtual bookstore. My story about a courageous teenage girl, her patriotic brother, their all-American friends and the battlefields and hospitals that changed their lives was born. So happy birthday to Maureen. To Joe. To their parents Kate and Daniel. To…

Inspiration: Collected Letters

  Sometimes, writing feels like this, a thousand letters (and not all of them familiar) come piling down on top of me. I can be driving down the Beltway, walking through the produce aisle, running on the treadmill. A thousand thoughts pile up on me, letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, Stories. It’s a miracle. Does it…