New post each Sunday

Someone once said “Never let a good tragedy go to waste”. I don’t know who, and maybe I made that up myself.

However, I will not let the year of 2020 go to waste. There are plenty of bright spots, lessons, silver linings that can be found from whatever the past year handed to you.

That will be the focus of my blog (to be found on Book Gems). I plan to share the gems I have found. I hope you will join me there.

Candy Hearts Boxed Sets


Get your Spice It Up digital box set now from The Wild Rose Press! This set includes six Candy Hearts stories: Melt My Heart by Marie Tuhart, Tweet Me by Desiree Holt, Red Hot by Kayden Claremont, Je T’aime  by Ursula Whistler, Surprise Me by Anita Kidesu, and You’re Tops by Sydney St. Claire.

I’ve read every one of these stories and loved them all. Gear up for Valentine’s Day with these fun, flirty stories.

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Inspiration: Match Made in Plaid

Kilbryde Castle

Years ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Scotland and to stay in a castle. During our stay, we learned that a former guard tower could be rented as a studio apartment, and that there were other outbuildings that could be rented for holiday as well. The place is run by the lady of the house. There’s been a residence since the 1400s at this site. It’s been in this particular branch of the family since the 1600s. That’s some serious history.

During my stay, my imagination ran amok. I kept wondering how I could use this for a book. At the time, I didn’t have a good idea, so I tucked it away for later.

Over time, my mind kept wandering to my stay in Scotland and all the holiday lettings at this castle. I started a first chapter and sent it to my local RWA chapter’s critique group. One of my author friends mentioned that I had to have a better reason for the two people to be at the castle together.

I grumbled for a while, as we writers do when someone shoots down an idea (though she did do it in a very constructive way). Yet, I overcame the grumbling in my head to consider her words. What would keep two different people of different backgrounds in the same place?

I had two answers.



And that’s all I’ll say now. Match Made in Plaid will be published by The Wild Rose Press.