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Vol. 3 Issue 1
Jan/Feb 2020

Happy New Writing Year

I swept my kitchen floor at midnight on New Year's Eve.

My mother used to do that. She believed that at midnight, you opened the door and swept all your troubles away.

I'm cautiously superstitious. It's not a black cat or a ladder that I avoid but I don't pass the salt without the pepper and I won't pick up a dropped comb without stepping on it first. (Not sure where that one came from!)

Last year (2019) was the first year I didn't have a new release published since Love's Secret Fire, my debut romantic suspense, released in 2012. It was an emotionally tumultuous year for me that inhibited my writing time as well as my creativity.
Scientifically, it's a shift of control from the cerebral cortex to the instinctual processes designed to combat stress. Think fight or flight.

Studies have been conducted and techniques developed to cope with this transference of energy, if you will.

That's not what I need.

I make the same New Year's Eve resolution every year — to lose weight.

This year I resolved to refocus on my writing and complete the half-finished sequel to Loving Gia to Death.

And I swept the kitchen floor.
Holiday Giveaway Winner
I ran a 12-Days of Christmas Holiday Campaign, listing 12 of my favorite Christmas tunes and asking readers to share theirs. Participants had the chance to win two autographed copies of two of my books and a $25 Gift Card.

My randomly selected winner was Peg Kivler of Florida.

Congratulations Peg and thank you for playing!
I've released seven books since 2012.
They're available on or from my website,
Find Them Here
Florida Fans ...

Come meet me at the Venice Book Fair 2020.

I'll be selling and signing my books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 21 in West Blalock Park along with about 50 other authors writing in all genres.

It's a Book Lover's event.

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Please tell your friends about my newsletter and give them a chance to win.

Each month, I’ll give away a $20 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky newsletter subscriber. Contact me by the 30th of this month to receive your prize. You may e-mail me at

Winners will be selected via random drawing and are only eligible to win once in one year from the date they win.

Congratulations to Catherine Weir, this month’s newsletter winner. I'm waiting to hear from you.
The next drawing will be on March 20, 2020.
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