Author of "On the Dock; A Tale of Grand Lake." Finalist in NEORWA 2012 CLEVELAND ROCKS ROMANCE CONTEST !!
An entertaining romp of a coming home story featuring Grand Lake, Oklahoma and its unique vintage wooden boat culture. When Hadley arrives from Paris and inherits an old wooden yacht, she uncovers secrets that rock her worldview.
I am currently working on a new book about Scotland and a cookbook.
We are now accepting entries for the Writer’s Digest Romance Competition.
Win over $1,000 in cash and prizes and be featured in Writer’s Digest Magazine. Final Deadline: November 1, 2011 It's only for short stories-- All manuscripts must be 4,000 words or fewer.
We finally took our first trip to Costco. It opened north of Brisbane shortly after we moved here, almost a year ago. We've always wanted to visit a Costco. Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we're from, doesn't have one, although they are getting one later this year! That Costco coming to Tulsa was one factor that finally got us to the Brisbane store. What we've heard about the crowds and the distance from our home have kept us from visiting before this, but now that we can use our card when we return to Tulsa, the time has come.
Costco wasn't so different from the Sam's Clubs we used to visit, but it was a really fun trip. Almost like a visit back home. We will not renew our Sam's membership when we return. Costco is a much more responsible employer. They pay their employees a living wage and treat them with respect and still make great profits. We feel we need to support a company like that with our dollars.
So here are a few fun observations from our first trip to Co…
I am writing a book set in Victorian Scotland while I am stuck in the middle of the U.S. So I find interesting, relevant books on Amazon. Some I buy on Kindle, some used. I buy very few new. Many of the books I pursue are not available on Kindle because they are so old. Some are not available new. I even bought one that came with dried flowers in it, I guess from a British meadow. I find references to more books and authors. My husband recently commented that he never thought he'd be an expert on Victorian history, but he's becoming one.
I am working on my second fiction book and, since it is historical, I'm trying to do my research (and loving it!). But researching Victorian Scotland isn't easy from the middle of the U.S. I am thrilled that the non-fiction writers in Britain have shared their information gleaned from the royal archives and interviewing the families of people who know Queen Victoria and John Brown, two major characters in my story.
I guess I'll get my hip out of the way. If you've read earlier posts of mine, you know I broke my hip on the beach in Australia. At least I was carried off the beach by Australian lifeguards, but the rest of the story hasn't been so pleasant.
I had surgery on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. My hip kept bothering me, and when I first came back to the USA, the first doctor I complained to just seemed to think I wanted him to prescribe me medication. (Actually, I never take anything stronger than Tylenol.) He sent me to physical therapy, but that was hard to keep up when I went to work full-time and didn't seem to be helping much.
Now I have a new, much better doctor and he sent me to see a doctor who x-rayed me and discovered that the ball of my hip is crumbling. Ick. No wonder it hurts. So I have to have a hip replacement. But first, the doctor wants to take out the screws to let the bone fill in the holes a little and g…