The Best Place to Find Me

If you are the kind of person who likes to follow an author’s personal blog, I would follow me here.

This is not the first time I’ve tried to sustain two blogs at once and if I was writing full time I could probably do it, but not in my present situation.

I will post book updates here when I have a legitimate update to post.

As of August 2018 I am finalizing Crooked Rock #3 Tommy and Elizabeth’s story for publication later this month. Next up, Crooked Rock Book #4 Linda and Arnie’s story which will complete this intro of the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center. I’m hoping to get that out spring, 2019.

Thanks for sticking with me.

Another Rocktober

This beast is Oakie. He lives with my folks. He is not happy unless he is in my way and glares at me if I foil his plans.

I was fortunate to spend a long weekend down in Karuk Country in perfect weather with a huge family mob in town.

I brought home a ton of apples, pears, Asian pears, huckleberries, a couple of giant beets, and pet hair. Some of the pears were losing it so I just sliced them up and topped with butter, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon and baked and we’re eating right now. Normally I would have made that for dessert but I made an apple huckleberry pie last night so we already have dessert for tonight.

We will not be going hungry any time soon.

Guess what? STILL NO PAPERBACK. Amazon: you are killing me.

In case you haven’t heard me already complain a million times, they are merging the paperback making part of the operation with the ebooks and everyone has to migrate their books. Everything is slow and bungled up right now. Meanwhile, I discovered a teeny (hehe) editing error that causes a confusing continuity problem. I put off fixing it because I was afraid my book would go back to the end of the line. But I guess publishing it with a mistake isn’t so hot either so I’m mucking around and hoping it doesn’t compound the delays.

FINALLY! BOOK 3 is HERE.

Here’s the blurb:

Tommy Weaver wants to stay sober and that means steering clear of challenging situations, avoiding difficult people, and staying away from personal relationships. Unfortunately, he has a cousin unsuccessfully rehabbing in his spare room while Crooked Rock demands more than he can give, and in the midst of his growing troubles, the irresistible Elizabeth appears.

Elizabeth Lewis couldn’t wait to finish college and get back to the security of her home and family on the reservation. But when her granny, a well-known Indian activist, seeks to right a family wrong, Elizabeth finds herself back in the city and seeking assistance from Crooked Rock. She convinces Tommy to join her and as her mission grows more complicated, he never leaves her side.

Neither of them expected to fall this hard, so what happens when it’s time for Elizabeth to go back home?

Here are the links:

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo | Paperback-TBD

Sorry, this isn’t a standalone. You’ll get more out of this if you read at least one of the other books first. I’d recommend reading them in order.

Paperback is still under formation. I’ll let you know the minute it’s available.

Closer Than Possible But …

Everything is done and uploaded but I can’t control the part that happens after that and I have no purchase URLs.

It’s been a long frustrating day.

I will try to get it up as soon as I can. Thanks for your patience.

Sweetheart Braves – We’re Closer Than Ever

When I started this project, my intention was to have four more-or-less stand alone romances loosely connected by a background story about the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center’s future.

It kind-of got away from me so I think at this point, with Book 3, I need to warn readers that this is not a standalone and new readers will be happier if they read at least one of the previous books first.

The ebook for Book 1 is only .99¢ right now.

Sorry I don’t have a more specific date for publication. I could pick one but generally the minute it’s ready, I like to click publish. I should get it back next week and then it takes another week or so for me to finalize and do last minute fiddling around and then transform into an ebook and upload around town. It takes at least another week for the paperback because I need to send off for a proof before I click publish on that.

So we’re looking at the last week of August for the ebook, first week of September for the paperback.

Here’s the blurb for Book 3 again:

Tommy Weaver wants to stay sober and that means steering clear of challenging situations, avoiding difficult people, and staying away from personal relationships. Unfortunately, he has a cousin unsuccessfully rehabbing in his spare room while Crooked Rock demands more than he can give, and in the midst of his growing troubles, the irresistible Elizabeth appears.

Elizabeth Lewis couldn’t wait to finish college and get back to the security of her home and family on the reservation. But when her granny, a well-known Indian activist, seeks to right a family wrong, Elizabeth finds herself back in the city and seeking assistance from Crooked Rock. She convinces Tommy to join her and as her mission grows more complicated, he never leaves her side.

Neither of them expected to fall this hard, so what happens when it’s time for Elizabeth to go back home?

Faraway So Close

Book 3 Sweetheart Braves is done and off to the editor. It will take me a couple of weeks to finalize and get into your hands. I’ll have more precise details soon.

I went out this evening and took a bunch of garden photos and my camera card died. Here’s a tomato and a couple of tomatillos, both from volunteers. More photos over the weekend.

Inching Toward Paradise

This is the current state of the garden. Should there be so many sunflowers crowding everything else out? Probably not. They are all volunteers, and I yank lots of them out. But then they get a couple of feet tall, and I feel bad, ending their lives when they will soon be happy sunflowers, so my garden is always chaos.

There is a tomato in there and at least three pumpkins, a bunch of bolting greens, volunteer tomatillos, beets, potatoes. I’m happy with it.

Crooked Rock Book 3 news: I don’t have an exact release date but before the end of August. The best way to find out the exact date is to sign up for the newsletter here. I rarely send it, so you don’t have to worry about it clogging your inbox. There’s a short story about Linda and Arnie in college when you sign up.

Sweetheart Braves is off to the betas. Here’s the cover:

Here’s the blurb:

Tommy Weaver wants to stay sober and that means steering clear of challenging situations, avoiding difficult people, and staying away from personal relationships. Unfortunately, he has a cousin unsuccessfully rehabbing in his spare room while Crooked Rock demands more than he can give, and in the midst of his growing troubles, the irresistible Elizabeth appears.

Elizabeth Lewis couldn’t wait to finish college and get back to the security of her home and family on the reservation. But when her granny, a well-known Indian activist, seeks to right a family wrong, Elizabeth finds herself back in the city and seeking assistance from Crooked Rock. She convinces Tommy to join her and as her mission grows more complicated, he never leaves her side.

Neither of them expected to fall this hard, so what happens when it’s time for Elizabeth to go back home?

June Report: Barely On Schedule

I like how this photo looks so dramatic. I’m always rushing to take photos and end up with terrible light and shadows in weird places. It cracks me up when I get something turns out like this.

My brother and sister-in-law have moved back to town. We celebrated BILs birthday last month and I made him a pie. I love this giant pie dish.

I intended to take more photos of the process but I am a failed lifestyle blogger and completely forgot even with the camera sitting on the kitchen counter.

Manuscript is messier than I would like at this point but it’s coming along. Hopefully I can get it into your hands by the beginning of September.

First Draft Is Finished! Hooray!

First draft is pretty generous for what I’ve got but on this one I had to push through to the end before I could figure it all out. I still have a couple months before it has to go to beta readers and I’m going to need it. I have more [something clever will happen here] notes than I care to admit.

But I got through it. You should expect to hear more about a release date at the end of the summer.

Last weekend I nuked my Instagram account. Well, I didn’t delete but I deactivated it.

It was this story on Buzzfeed that convinced me to pull the plug. I have been enjoying it less for the reasons described but I also worry about privacy and the time suck. One more way not to follow me.

Today I had my yard barkdusted so it looks and smells amazing. It’s a chunk of change but makes my life easier in the long run. I had to speed weed a bunch of it before the guys came so I am moving slowly. One of the guys said I would sleep well tonight.

It’s April and I’m Still Plodding Along

Here’s your periodic update — I had to push back. I’ve had a family situation which resulted in a lot of distractions which turned into panic which is not the optimum state of mind to write books. If you’re waiting for Book #3 — sorry! Looking like beginning of October at this point. Sorry to keep you waiting. I’d write faster if I could.

This rosemary was about the size of my thumb when I planted it. Now it’s taken over and covers a bunch of bulbs. I whacked it back last fall but you can’t tell.

I love all the daffodils but these are my favorites.

Daffodils

Just a quick update. I’m still working on Book #3. I have a cover. I feel like I’m behind but I’m also determined. Still on track for late summer release.

This week the NYT Food section included an article about using quarter sheet baking pans. I already discovered this. We got one of these bundled with a bigger sheet pan – which as already a life-changing addition to the kitchen. I thought the small one was stupid and I was wrong. We use it ALL THE TIME. For everything. Today I used it to toast walnuts that I was putting in cookies. We have bought one for my mother-in-law, my mother, and my sister. My mom said she loves hers, too.

We love the big one, too. We roast so many vegetables.