Disillusionment of a Writer (A Poem)

When did we become so political? Passersby in separate camps When did we become so critical? Of friends, lovers, uncles, and aunts This is not how we live our lives in person Why must it be so online? People misinterpreting Being so unkind Do they do this on purpose? Or is it happenstance? Do they … Continue reading Disillusionment of a Writer (A Poem)

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Special Release: “Real Women Wear Red” together with “Real Women Go Hawaiian”

Listening to "Red, Red, Wine," the song I used for the "Real Women Wear Red" book trailer, I feel all the joy I remember during that time:  writing the book, getting agented, being offered a publishing contract, hearing from readers how much they loved it. But when Google bought YouTube, they messed up my book … Continue reading Special Release: “Real Women Wear Red” together with “Real Women Go Hawaiian”

Unspoken

Reading "Our Grandmothers," a poem by Maya Angelou mentioned in Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown, I thought about my poet grandmother and wrote this poem: "Unspoken" Some things should not be spoken People tell me By the way they ignore me As if they do not hear me And this grieves me So I … Continue reading Unspoken

“Fun” is not a Genre

When an online friend described me as writing "fun" books, I thought, "Yeah, that's me. I'm the fun girl." But during this process of soul searching about where I wanted to go in my writing career as I take steps to relaunch it, taking the James Patterson class, reading/watching all I can about Writing to … Continue reading “Fun” is not a Genre

“Real Women Go Hawaiian” Now Available on Kindle

“In that moment, I knew I could no longer be a Wall Street monkey, and somewhere out there Hawaii was calling my name.” – Robin from Real Women Go Hawaiian When the women of Real Women Wear Red return from their Caribbean cruise, each woman must deal with the consequences of secrets shared onboard ship. … Continue reading “Real Women Go Hawaiian” Now Available on Kindle

Reading, Writing, Soul Searching as Writers

Those in-between times of our lives are a real opportunity to do some soul-searching, regroup, and take off in an entirely new direction. I'm in one of those times. That no matter how hard I try to get some traction, I just can't. I'm in that in-between time. Researching. Planning. Experimenting. Thinking I might use … Continue reading Reading, Writing, Soul Searching as Writers

Letters on Balboa Island Free Kindle Promo Celebrate Rick & Rosie’s Anniversary

Today is Rick and Rosie's 65th wedding anniversary. Who are Rick and Rosie? They're the hero and heroine we meet in 1952 in Letters on Balboa Island. To celebrate, we're kicking off a free promo this last week of September from Tuesday (9/26/17) to Saturday (9/30/17). You can download your free copy (Kindle only) here. … Continue reading Letters on Balboa Island Free Kindle Promo Celebrate Rick & Rosie’s Anniversary

Novelist & Modern Musician Vs. Nashville

I've been struggling for some time about what to make my main priority - writing or music. When we evacuated to Nashville during Hurricane Irma, I hadn't been there since I started songwriting and joined Nashville Songwriter's Association (NSAI) so I was very excited about it. May as well make the most out of a … Continue reading Novelist & Modern Musician Vs. Nashville

Outlining, Blogging & Social Media

My latest Florida Writers post landed in my Inbox this morning and it was perfect timing. After taking the James Patterson Master Class, I've been leaning more toward writing my next novel instead of my next song. I love the writing lifestyle - it works perfectly for an introvert. In the class, James stresses the … Continue reading Outlining, Blogging & Social Media