Free Gift – Road Damage

Free ebook edition of Road Damage available on Kindle until Thursday, November 10, 2022, 11:59 PM PST.

No strings, no sign-ups; just a free book.

Just because.

On the mountain, safety is an illusion. Control is a dream. And survival isn’t guaranteed.

Jimmy Swain isn’t just a driver; he’s an angel in a tow truck, rescuing motorists from the most deadly route on the peak. But when the mountain itself is angry, even the locals aren’t safe and the city slickers don’t stand a chance.

When a freak storm traps Jimmy and an eclectic group of strangers on a high pass in unthinkable conditions, panic sets in. It’s up to Jimmy to keep them alive and he’s never lost anyone yet. That’s about to change.

Surviving the elements is hard enough, but something worse than bad weather lurks in the icy darkness.

They said it wasn’t real. They said it was a legend. 

They were wrong.

As the seasons change, I get the itch to spend some serious hours at my desk to edit. The transition into the quiet, spectacular beauty of autumn in the Rockies brings reflection. Like a hectic summer of impulsive ideas and fast writing, fall is the time for me to slow down and polish those summer memories until they shine.

Are you ready to work with an editor to polish your work? Champagne Book Group is now open for September Submissions. See details here:

(And please don’t send submissions or queries to me personally)

I am happy to announce I am the new acquisitions manager and a content editor for Champagne Book Group. I’m enjoying it and getting to know my new colleagues. It’s a great team of dedicated, talented people. CBG has been publishing electronic fiction since 2004 and features a large number of gifted authors. Check it out and find your next favorite read.

Interested writers, see submission details here. Please don’t send submissions to me personally.

Polly has taught me many things from her rough beginnings in a hoarding type situation when she came to us at just five weeks old, and then over the next eight years. There is no doubt she’s taught me far more than I’ve taught her. I’m sure that’s the point of dogs in our lives anyway, so I watch for those lessons.

The last few months have been riddled with lessons from my old gray girl. She was in pain in her back, then one leg, then the other, then both. X-rays revealed the CCL (ACL in humans) in both hind legs were ruptured. But worse, she has Canine degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS) in her spine. Her age and this condition rule out her being a good candidate for surgery on her legs.

What does this mean for Polly? Well, for now she’s on low doses of anti-inflammatory and pain medications that are keeping her comfortable and functional. She’s also on supplements to help rebuild her ligaments and boost overall health. Rest assured, she has the best veterinarian care in our area. When the time comes that she is no longer enjoying life, we will help her over the Rainbow Bridge with all the love and care our girl deserves.

But she’s still having too much fun for that, due in part to her Orthodog brace. It’s amazing how well she walks with this brace and my vet was shocked when I sent a video. I added a shearling pad (a gift to Polly from a dear friend) to cushion her back and a couple of modifications to the straps to make it go on and off faster. It’s made all the difference for Polly. The long mountain hikes are beyond her now, but she loves to go for walks around the cabin.

She gets excited when I get the brace out, it supports her knee joints and gives her confidence. She wears it with dignity, grace, and a great deal of silliness because even that can’t stop the urge for good roll in the cool grass.

Polly loves the simple things. A pleasant walk, her bed on the porch and the one inside by the big window where she can watch the rabbits. She loves snuggling her giant stuffed animals, a ride in the car, and breakfast in bed. Mostly, Polly loves to be with us. Those are the things she thinks about. This dog doesn’t mope around feeling sorry for herself. She revels in everything she does, whether it’s standing (and wiggling!) for me to put her brace on for a fun walk, sleeping in the sun, or riding in the car.

Life threw Polly a one-two punch, but she threw it right back, and I learned something in the process.

Life lessons from a Great Dane: Do Great things, and when you can’t, make what you can do Great. 

I lost track of time since the last post about the studio. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track here, it’s more about nature’s timing: the lengthening of the days, the turning of the seasons. The new growth of spring turning into the full bloom of summer. The studio has been finished more than half a year now, but I’m still moving books and other things in. I like it fairly minimal, with only my favorite books and other items on the shelves, but more about that in the next post. In the meantime, it’s a wonderful place to write, to witness the cycles of the forest, and to watch the passing of time — while losing track of it.

Seasons of the shed.

Part 2 of the building of my tiny writer’s studio. Click here for part one.

In keeping with the KISS theory (Keep It Simple, Stupid), which always seems to work best for me, my husband and I decided the new studio would be pretty minimal. Many years ago, my father and I build some cabinets for our basement at home, and I wanted to used them for this project. Everything else was designed around them.

But first, it needed windows (and all the framing that goes along with that), insulation, wall coverings, flooring, and wiring. Having an electrician in the family didn’t hurt. Thank you, nephew!

My writing studio project was underway!

New Release

Orion’s Chance

My partner in crime, TR Kerby, and I are happy to announce our second novel. It was a journey with a lot of laughs along the way. The writing process included a mathematics refresher, a Nikola Tesla history lesson, and a crash course in gene therapy and virus vectors. All tied up with a coming of age protagonist with an attitude, a muscle car, and a host of characters who never failed to surprise us.

We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it.

Available in Kindle and paperback.

If you are interested in a signed copy, contact us. We know the authors.

Your DNA determines who you are…

But what if it’s not your DNA?

For Orion Chance Montgomery, life is simple. Fast cars and family. After growing up constantly on the move with his mother, he is reunited with his father, owns the car of his dreams, and has a job he loves. For the first time ever, he feels almost normal.

Until someone tries to kill him.

When his own body turns against him, things aren’t so simple anymore. He no longer knows who, or what, he is. To save his own life, Orion must uncover what makes him different…

And stop the man who will destroy everyone Orion loves to get it.

It had to be small, warm, and welcoming. It had to be rustic and charming. It had to be off-grid friendly and work with our solar system. It had to be mobile so if I move I can take it with me.

And it had to be cheap. Wait… bad choice of terms. Well within the limited budget I had for such a project. There, that sounds better.

A year later, it is all that—and so much more.

But let’s go back to the beginning. Life in a 700 square foot, one bedroom, one bathroom cabin that I share with my husband and three dogs doesn’t leave much for room space hogging writerly things like books (so many books!), desk, files, printers, and the big one: privacy.

I am not one of those writers who functions well in coffee shops or on subways. To be honest, I’ve never been on a subway in my life so I’m guessing here, but I know my best writing comes when I’m surrounded by the sounds of nature. A trickling stream, birds, wind in the trees. The noise of a radio, TV, or people pulls me out of that creative sweet spot when I’m in the zone.

The goal was a private place to write and unless I wanted to sequester myself in the cabin bathroom (which, face it, can only be private for so long) we had to look elsewhere. The combination of limited budget and limited time meant doing it ourselves, but with a head start. I have long been enamored with the tiny house movement, and the idea of a tiny writing studio on wheels was perfect.

Last winter we bought a used trailer and ordered a shed shell from a local company. And my tiny studio project had begun.