Cooking With Mom

My mom has been gone thirty years, and yet she’s still in the kitchen with me. I’ve been proofreading my new cookbook—Gourmet on a Hot Plate, due out in November--and there are reminders of Mom on so many pages—recipes, household hints, etc. I can’t tell you how many...

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

I’m slowly proofreading my cookbook—a chapter at a time. Wow! Sure different from proofing a novel. I’m finding lots—maybe I have changed my mind about this dish or that. And in some recipes, the instructions were left out—I’ve had to go back and reconstruct. Slow,...

Writing a Book By Committee

Story Circle Network, an international online organization designed to encourage women to tell their stories, has a small work-in-progress group, so small that those of us who participate regularly feel part of a close-knit circle. We laugh, celebrate, weep, and wail...

Distracted by a Novel

No, silly, not a novel I’m reading. One I’m writing but had put aside. Today was a stay-at-home and work day. I planned to put together the June Poohbah, the newsletter I do each month for my neighborhood, and then work on my memoir. But it was close to noon before I...

Lunch With Ladies Who Read

Had a delightful lunch and experience today with a group of ladies who, gulp!, like my books. A few days ago, I got an email from Joyce M. who wrote that she belonged to a group of ladies who became friends at a now-vanished Curves exercise studio and have stayed...

Launch Day Thanks

Launch day has been fun, which shows me you don’t have to do a signing or an online party. Just put the word out there. Thanks to all who have reposted my notices, sent congrats and good wishes. I hope you all read the interview by fictional Anastasia Pollock (Lois...

An Older Title Sees New Life

My very first book, After Pa Was Shot, was published in 1978 by William Morrow & Co., then a major NY publisher, now swallowed up by conglomerates. It was reprinted by Ellen Temple Books in Texas, went out of print, and now sees new life as a digital and paperback...

A New Blue Plate Café Mystery

I am excited to tell you about the new Blue Plate Café Mystery, Murder at the Bus Depot, due out as an ebook and in paperback print on April 6. You can pre-order on Amazon now. Here’s the cover and a brief synopsis. Is the depot a symbol of the worst episode in a...

Lost in a Book

Okay, I confess. I didn’t blog last night because I was lost in a book and desperate to finish it. No, it wasn’t one of my own, though I sincerely wish I could tell you it was my current work-in-progress. No such luck—I’m only halfway through that one. I was nearing...

Dogs, Dinner, and Work, Work, Work

When I was ready to go to bed last night, this is what greeted me—a dog happily settled on my bed and not inclined to move. We sat and loved together for a bit, but when I started to pull back the covers, she hopped down. Sometimes if I get up in the night to use the...

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