Archive | August 2014

Hello, Ninth Month & A Goodreads Giveaway

Ninth Month of the Year of Our Lord 1753

Hanover County, Virginia

 Amon Cayle couldn’t take another ounce of trouble. Why had he not spoken his mind when the board suggested hiring his brother as the schoolmaster? He knew it would cause problems for David. Problems the boy, and Amon, didn’t need. He slung Andrew’s note to the desk, then turned a hard glare on his fourteen year old son.


I don’t know about you, but I am ready for autumn. It has always been my favorite time of the year. Even now, I am relishing in the sun’s change of location in the sky and in the occasional breeze that signals the ending of summer as it chills my skin and tickles my nose.  My only regret is that I live in a part of the country that doesn’t experience a plethora of browning, reddening leaves. For that, pictures will have to suffice.goldtree1

Keeping Secrets opens in “the ninth month” as the Friends termed it. Not only is the earth dying, giving up summer and moving towards the death of winter, but the Cayles and McKechnies, and especially Amon and Mary, are entering a sort of browning and death in their own lives. This time of dying, as it is even for us sometimes, is necessary if they are to deal with old secrets and betrayals and move towards the springtime of healing and forgiveness they so desperately need.

In honor of the fact that Keeping Secrets begins in September, and my glee over the ending of summer (although I must admit this had been the mildest summer I’ve experienced in recent memory) I am hosting another Goodreads Giveaway for 2 autographed copies of the novel! You can enter beginning on August 31 at midnight, and it will run until September 7th at midnight.

If you haven’t left a review of Keeping Secrets its never too late to do so. Amazon is the best place, but Goodreads and/or Barnes and Noble are good places as well. You can even leave reviews in multiple places. 

Just to remind everyone, paperback editions are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. E-book editions can be found at Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, and Scribd. I am no longer on Kindle Select or in the Kindle Unlimited program, so you can’t borrow the books any longer. 

A cover reveal, followed by a trailer, will be coming out shortly for Breaking Promises. 

Until then, many blessings! 




David’s Trouble


It finally happened. I put a character into a such a stressful situation, I had to get up and walk away from the computer.

Poor David.

And it was all Jackson’s fault, sort of.

I love writing. I love the craft of creating the characters, giving them their own little strengths and weaknesses, putting them into situations they can’t seem to find any way out of.

David is certainly in a pickle not too far into Breaking Promises. 


Dunker Meeting House, Maryland, courtesy of

Dunker Meeting House, Maryland, courtesy of


Jackson curled his fingers around Annie’s elbow. The familiarity jolted David’s gut. What was going on with the two of them? Surely she hadn’t traded him for Jackson.

“I came to check on you,” his cousin said. “You’ve been gone quite a while.”

“I needed some fresh air,” she whispered. 

“If you’re feeling ill, we can leave early.”

David’s blood boiled. “I can take her home just as well as you.”

“Ah, now, Davy,” Jackson smiled. “I walk Annie home every first day.” 

David slid his gaze to Annie’s face. Nothing.

Geesh, he hated when she did that.

Jackson tipped the rounded front of his new black tricorn. “See you at dinner.”

“Dinner?” David roared.

The smile oozed onto Jackson’s face. “I eat at Cayle Farms every first day after the weekly before taking Annie back to work.”


Yep, David’s trouble is only beginning.

And I can’t wait.




Busy, Busy, Busy

Well, I’ve been a bit absent from the blog. Rest assured, if I’m not writing on here then I’m writing on the second book of my Children of the Light Series, Breaking Promises. Many of you are asking about it. All I can say at this point is it is still projected to be ready by January of 2015, and I am hard at work.

In other news, Keeping Secrets, beginning sometime the week of August 25th, 2015, will be available on Nook, Kobo, and ibooks. It will continue to be available on Kindle and in Paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and a variety of other stores as well.  I am excited about venturing forth from Amazon and hoping for good things in the future.

Please continue to leave me reviews if you would. Reviews encourage other readers, who do not know of my work, to take a chance on me by reading my book. I appreciate any and all I can get. I read every one and usually offer my individual thanks for them.

Thanks so much for everyone who has left them. It’s the best way to let me know you enjoy my work!