Silly Celebration – Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!  I wish everyone good fortune and health in the coming year.





Coffee anyone?

Today was my sleep late day – except that I live with a bunch of morning people who don’t exactly tiptoe around when they get up 🙂

Good morning and have a great day!

Cannot Coffee

Gotta have it!

The day I went to the zoo I was slightly disappointed to find that there were no elephants living there.  But then again, in a perfect world, all elephants would be roaming the plains of Africa as they were intended to do.  I went to Africa back in 2008 (South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia).  It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.  The animals are glorious (and surprisingly hard to see in the wild).  Sadly, African nations are having crises with the killing of elephants and it’s a very complicated issue (what issue isn’t, huh?).

But I liked the sign.  It caused me to reflect on being a self published writer.  So far my books have been wonderfully well received, so I haven’t had to put on my thick skin yet.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t coming…  I appreciate everyone’s support and hope that you will continue to support my books and spread the word about them. now has an online donation option, but as much as I can I will post proof that when I get proceeds from my books I also donate to earthquake relief.  It’s a promise I made to myself, and I am committed to it.

Have a great day.


Thirsting for a new book?





Only a few more entries of The Shattered Swan’s “book tour” 🙂 In 2013 I’ll be blogging about other stuff.  I’d love some guest bloggers – authors, writers, anyone who’d like to comment on my books, travelers, e-mail me:

Some fun – where will you go this year?

Weight of the world

Here’s wishing you peace and happiness for a wonderful holiday season.  Please check out my new book, The Crumbled Pyramid (only a click away below :-)) and help me support earthquake relief.


Weight of the world

New Partner

Just in time for Christmas, The Crumbled Pyramid 🙂 Same 10% to earthquake relief! Click below.



Angels and Cupids

No character is an angel in The Shattered Swan, but only one of them is a murderer… and even though it’s not a romance novel, Cupid shoots his arrows throughout.  Check it out:


Wrap It Up

Top ten reasons to hate and love 2012:

1. My daughter got diagnosed with Colitis.  She’s 11.

2. I started the year off with a bad case of food poisoning which segued into bronchitis.

3. The Midwest seems to be drying up – little rain or snow this year…

4. My mother-in-law was very sick and doesn’t remember our visit to Peru.

5. That same daughter went to State in swimming and finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke.

6. My other daughter came in second in a triathlon.

7. I met and am still in touch with some very, very awesome students.

8. Our trip to Peru with 14 good friends and family to visit Machu Picchu was action packed, adventurous, educational and fulfilling.

9. The same trip to Machu Picchu found my daughter in a clinic high in the mountains with 80% oxygen and a misdiagnosis of Typhoid Fever (it was Colitis).  Scary and Humorous at the same time.

10. I finished my second mystery novel: The Crumbled Pyramid

Goodbye to 2012!  You were a year of more extremes than I’m used to, so  I’ll never forget you.  I am glad you’re going, but I learned a lot and the positives were all that much sharper and fuller because of the negatives.

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