Friday, February 27, 2009

Train Wreck

I’ve finally figured out what that whooshing sound is. It’s the sound of days rushing by in a flash. It’s been three weeks since I’ve put in an appearance here, and for that I apologize.

It’s been one of those times when real life intrudes on writing life, and personal life gets all tangled up between the two, creating that familiar train wreck sensation. Everything is happening at once, and not all bad, either. Here’s the scoop, straight from the pile of twisted metal and smoking ash, about the month of February.

Very good – Lion Tamers is available in print.
Not so good – A family member has an illness now requiring care, i.e. staying with me.
Very good – My first non-fiction article was published in a national magazine this month.
Very good – I’m buying a house.
Not so good – The house is in another state, the commute is hell.
Very good – Center Ring is getting some favorable reviews.
Not so good – I’m working against a deadline for my third book, High Wire.

And then there’s the travel. Since I’ve posted here, I’ve been to Louisville, Kentucky twice, Charlotte, North Carolina, Indianapolis, Indiana, and then back to Mooresville, North Carolina. There’s no complaining about this from me, I’ve created this life. It’s only that sometimes I wonder why time passes so quickly.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another day at the office. The problem is, I’ll soon be moving the office! But that’s news for another day. Reviewing the list, I’ve had all I can handle this month. I’m heading back into my writing cave for now. I need to finish this so I can have more time to spend with you.

So tell me, how are things in your life?

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Thank you for stopping by. If you're here today, you are reading my very first official blog post. I confess, when I first thought of doing a blog, my mind ran the other direction in a hurry. You know, that little kid who wants to hide behind mom? Yeah, well, nowdays I am Mom. And Grandma. Sheesh! Turned my head and the time flew by.

At any rate, I wasn't sure what I wanted to say. What you would want to hear, or what would possibly interest anyone. So, I spent some time thinking about it. And boy, the things I came up with. Some of you might be surprised. Or embarassed. Or laugh. And that's okay with me. As time goes by, we'll get to each one in turn. But first I want you to know about the most important thing that's happened to me lately.

My first novel, Lion Tamers, Traveling Circus Series - Book One, is now available in ebook and print. P-R-I-N-T. From Lyrical Press. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. Why is this a big deal, you ask? Well, I suppose it's only a big deal, if you're a writer, reader, dreamer, schemer or a person who wishes upon stars. I'm not much of a schemer, however, I'm definitely all the rest. So for me, it ranks right up there with having a baby. And I can say that with authority. Without further ado, here's the blurb:

Both of them are driven. Only one can win.

Sprint car driver Morgan Blade will do whatever it takes to save her critically ill father. If it means joining the cast of a reality show, so be it. She'll do anything...except reveal the haunting secret surrounding her daughter's death.

Tyler Dalton makes a living exposing secrets. He's been forced into producing the new racing reality show, and his bosses expect another hit. The lone female contestant kicks things off with a bang, capturing the hearts of viewers in record time. All they need now is a little controversy to push ratings over the top.

He looks to Morgan for something he can use, only to find a woman committed to her family and every bit as driven as he is. The more he learns about her, the more he likes her, and that spells disaster for the show.

For these two souls, love is a collision course and there's no turning back.

This is a story from my heart. It sounds cliche, but it's the only way I can describe it. When I first told those 'in the know' in the writing world, that I wanted to write a novel, this is what they told me. Write what you know, and write what you love. So I did. And Lion Tamers is the result.

The rest is up to you. I hope you enjoy the story. And thanks for sharing in my joy. I'm happy to have you here.