• 1878 Hinton Handbook map of Arizona mines, telegraphs

    Scene idea, abandoned towns, and the telegraph

    In The Reluctant Bandit, Wanted posters aren’t giving Sheriff O’Donnell the answers he’s looking for or needs. He has to find a different way to procure information that’s quick. Enter the telegraph. It may seem odd or somewhat implausible that the telegraph would make its way into a vast and sparsely populated expanse such as the Arizona territory, but it did. It was a boon for both the military as well as for the territory’s growing economy. Mail could take months to arrive but with the telegraph there were instant or nearly instant responses. The news could change by the time a piece of mail arrived. In many cases it…

  • 40 copies of The Reluctant Bandit on a kitchen island

    Print Version Available!

    Hello! Just a quick note to say that the print version of The Reluctant Bandit arrived on Monday. Yes, I’m late to posting. I was too wrapped up in trying to figure out some aesthetics. Things I had plenty of time to do while I was drumming my fingers waiting for the print copies to arrive. Live and learn, people. Live and learn. I wanted a nice way to thank you for your purchases as well as include an ask. I’d love for you take pics of yourselves wearing the purple bandanas included with your book either sending the pics to me so I can share on my social media…

  • 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! 🥳…

  • My Birthday Gift

    This year, my friend Melissa gave me an awesome, thoughtful gift. Thoughtful is her normal, but this one was so timely and planned. She had a cowgirl drawn up, holding my novel, The Reluctant Bandit. It’s supposed to be a caricature me, but she didn’t tell me that until later. The artist has never met me–Melissa just described me. She was so pleased with the outcome. One day, my oldest, Big Monkey Max, picked up the art I had propped against my books, asking, “What’s this?” He looked at it, then looked at me. “This looks like you!” I had to laugh. I didn’t make the connection, immediately. When I…

  • Oatman, Arizona

    One of my many obsessions is with horses and donkeys. Last fall break, I convinced The Chia (my younger son) to go on a road trip with me to Oatman, Arizona. Oatman is known for its wild donkeys, descendants of the donkeys prospectors released when mining dried up (simplified version). According the man running the jail “tour,” Oatman was a ghost town 2 times over. At any rate, these creatures roam around the streets doing what they want. Have you ever seen the Honey badger memes, the narrated videos of actual honey badgers? These donkeys are the equine counterpart to that–they don’t give a 💩. At any rate, the rest…

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