Monthly Archives: October 2011

5 Star Review for Calling Me Home

CozyReader at The Romance Reviews independently reviewed Calling Me Home and liked it enough to give it 5 stars! I am thrilled to say the least. Read the complete review by following the link for Calling Me Home Review on the right. Thanks for reading and sharing in this excitement with me.

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


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November Update and Exciting News!

Hello, All!

November is turning out to be exciting and busy. Calling Me Home was released mid-September and much to my joy, I will be kicking off the book signing tour for it near my hometown! I hope you can join me:

November 12, 2011


Oasis Bookstore

102 W. Columbia

Farmington, MO



I will also be speaking on:

November 17, 2011


Mineral Area Writer’s Group

meeting at

Cantwell Baptist Church

1005 E Chestnut

Desloge, MO



(but may run later)

Contact Bill or Lydia Bond for further information


(I’ve added a link to their website. It is on the right side of this post)

I have invited local author, Regina Tittel to join me for the writer’s group. It is sure to be fun and informative! I hope you can make it.

In addition to the scheduled events, I am planning to meet with Susan Eaton with the Wayne County Historical Society to gain more information for the sequel to Calling Me Home. Yes. That means I am turning the gears and drawing back upon my roots for the sequel. I just can’t seem to not write about Missouri! The sequel will largely be centered in Southeast Missouri and is sure to have some surprises in it! I am getting excited about speaking with her and going over some of the articles she has found. It is clear, I am going to owe her a great deal of gratitude for her efforts in helping me research. Thanks in advance, Susan!

Although my work is fun, my trip will not be without some play. For some childish reason, I want to waste a tank of gas driving the back roads and stop by one of the many rivers to get me feet wet in the chilly waters that are long past swimming in for the season. I want to sit on my uncle’s front porch and wave at every car that passes by, knowing they will wave back even if they don’t know me.  It will be good to live life at a slower pace for awhile, where you don’t have to stop and think you should smell the roses. You just do. I look forward to Sunday services with the Christians there as well. They bring that slower pace with them when they meet and it is so refreshing to the soul.

Of course, I will stop by and visit my grandma’s grave while I’m in town. She was the reason I came back to Missouri after I moved away. After she passed away, I stayed gone for seven years. What a silly girl I was for wasting that sort of time! My grandma loved Southeast Missouri. She said of all the places she had seen Missouri was the prettiest. And she was right… as usual.

For an update here in Lincoln. We are adjusting to Belle not being with us any longer. She is still missed, but life is moving forward. Our cats have taken to wanting to go outdoors now. But after one of them dropped an ALMOST dead mouse in the middle of the kitchen floor, I think they can just be indoor cats.

Jared wrapped up his senior year of marching band, has finally taken the ACT, and is focusing on college requirements and weight-lifting. Paul is enjoying college life and is doing quite well. He and Steve have these technological discussions that sail right over my head, but they seem to be having fun, so that is all that is important to me.  We are all recovering from colds and I’m thankful they are on the way out the door!

Back in September, my Russian student needed to quit tutoring lessons. It was sad at first, I thought she was doing so well.  But life is busy and choices must be made. After a few week, the literacy council called to tell me they had another student for me! She is from Mexico and we meet for the first time later this week. I hope it is a good match between us. Tutoring is such a rewarding way to give back to the community.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but it will have to wait until next time. I hope to see as many of you as possible when I’m in Missouri. And I hope you will all take some time to stop and smell the roses… or listen to the leaves crunch under your feet.

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Some Weeks Are Full of Lemons and a Little Lemonade

The last two weeks have not been my favorite. First, my youngest son tore the ligaments/tendons in his ankle. Crutches and an ankle boot later, he was some better. It is hard to see someone you love in pain. He’s a tough kid and tried to hide his discomfort for the most part. After a week and a half he was able to march with the band again and the bruising is fading.

Then, our dog died suddenly from Bloat. She was getting older and we knew the time was approaching, but this one blindsided us. Belle was fine earlier that Saturday. She played in the yard and rested at my feet as usual. But then, out of the blue, she wouldn’t eat a piece of popcorn that had fallen to the floor. When I went to bed a little later, she whined outside the door. My oldest son noticed her stomach swelling. Which was quite noticeable since she had been losing weight. A few minutes later, my husband and sons took her to the emergency veterinary hospital. Within a half an hour Belle was gone. Such a sad time for our family. Belle was a loyal and loving dog. Still, when I get up in the mornings, it is sad to not see her on the landing of the stairs. I’m glad she passed quickly and with less pain than if she had continued with the slow deterioration she had been doing. But she will be missed.

And of course it is only fitting at a time such as this to have a couple unexpected expenses come up, totaling close to three thousand dollars. Fortunately for me, my husband is the one who stresses over the financials and usually, already has a plan for such events.

Finally on the list of unfortunate events, I broke my front tooth! It was a fitting way to round out the last two weeks, don’t you think? By this point, I simply had to laugh. It was that or cry… and I’m not much of a crier. Thankfully, I only had to go a couple days before I could see my dentist (I broke it on a Saturday) and there wasn’t any real pain involved. Since I have the best dentist in the world (and I totally admit I’m biased!) they were able to get me in this morning. Now I’m whole again and blogging away.

In spite of all the negatives that have happened in our family lately, we are still greatly blessed. We have friends in our lives who have cared when we were grieving, a doctor that is attentive to my son’s injury, a husband who plans for the unexpected (most of the time), and a dentist that fixed my broken tooth and kept me from feeling like a hill-billy any longer than necessary.

Also on a positive note, I was able to get Calling Me Home released for ebook and am nearly finished with edits to the proof for the paperback. Life remains incredibly busy, but I am grateful all the same.


Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


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