• Annie Oakley pointing a handgun in the air

    National Left-Handers Day, Horse Tales P. 3 (late post)

    At Tumbling River Ranch, there was the option to trap shoot–they taught you what you needed to know. I’ve never shot, before. I’m not sure I’ve ever really held a gun–not even my brother’s old BB gun. 🤔 Nope. Never held a gun (squirt and Nerf guns don’t count). I’ve heard about skeet shooting, but not trap. I had to look up the difference. I also personally experienced the serious nature of eye dominance. A couple of the guests were talking about eye dominance as we were loading into the van to go shooting (a different person each time). I’m talking six inch difference in my case (boy, I really…

  • A Funny Exchange and an Idea is Born

    Okay, some of you may know that I didn’t run right out and tell you that I made a website. I still chuckle to myself when I say that. I think of Tom Hanks in Castaway when he built the fire, beating his chest. Me: “Look at what I have created. I have made website.” 😁 Sweeps arm in front of computer then shakes fists above her head… It went live the beginning of June and I didn’t tell some people until August. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to, but I was embarrassed. I had my nose to the grindstone and barely talked to anyone for a hot minute.…

  • The Reluctant Bandit Book Blog Tour

    Blog Tour & Thank you!

    August 17th kicks off my blog tour. 🎉 I’m going to be featured on a different blog each day. On Thursday there’s an “interview.” I’ll put links to all of the “stops” on my events page, updating it each day until the end of the tour. Last week there was a series of cover reveals. I’ve listed the links on the events page as well. It’s been fun checking out how other people handle their websites and what types of books they’re promoting. I’m also reposting the banners from the blog stops on Instagram, so if you do the ‘gram check it out. Not connected but coinciding this week, is…

  • The Reluctant Bandit Covers

    Book Release Tomorrow!

    Tomorrow is the day of the digital release! I’m so excited. I’ve had some technical difficulties with this manuscript along the way, so here’s 🤞🏼 that all will go smoothly when I hit “purchase” which equals “publish” at Ingram Sparks. It’s already up on Goodreads as of last night, but for some reason it’s not showing the cover. 🤔 I also don’t have an author page approved, yet. I have a very nice and patient lady who’s been helping me with this. Although crazy as it is, my dissertation is listed there as well. Who knew? A little light reading for you 😂. I wrote that just after my father…

  • National Book Lovers Day & an Excerpt

    Hello! Just a reminder for those who don’t receive my newsletter, I posted my cover on Instagram. If you’ve come here via Instagram–thank you and welcome! Finally, if you don’t receive my newsletter, why not? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I tell funny stories there! Purple mailboxes and boots that take tours of the town–it’s every Friday, and it’s reflective and slightly irreverent. I’ll do another cover reveal, in this week’s Friday’s Tomfoolery (because this is a party and we’re supposed to like surprises AND it’s release day! Friday Tomfoolery, August 14th!!!)–sign up for my newsletter and see where my cover’s been on the internet and what it looks like! I’m so excited! 🥳…

  • Curious Donkeys and Connections, Horse Tales P. 2

    These are the resident donkeys on the Tumbling River Ranch. They’re a free range mother and son. I think that someone told one of the boys the mom is 40 years old! They’re worried about the son once the mom dies, because they are pack animals. Yes, I was wiping a tear from my eye and rapid-fire asking questions the boys didn’t have answers to. They’re both very sweet and are always together. They wander around the property–I’m not sure if they actually belong to the ranch or if they just watch out for them. Anyone can pet them and they just stand there and enjoy it. They came right…

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