Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. So brisk and perfect for a run.

2. Can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of school.

3. And I have a list of things I want to accomplish THIS WEEK.

4.One of my neighbors has beads hanging from a tree. I have no idea what that’s about. And I’m sort of afraid to ask.

5. Finished SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deb Harkness. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I’m reading EVERY DEAD THING by Michael Connolly.


Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. I should be running on the track at the gym, but I can’t resist these warm-ish mornings.

2. So today is the last day the kids are at school. So I’m shopping today…

3. The sky looks like a big gray dome with little puffy clouds. Dappled.

4. Finally got my cards last night and they are very festive. 😉

5. My strange doctor’s appointment yesterday.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Crimson leaves against a moonstone-gray sky.
2. Running outside is the best thing ever.
3. Half day of school today and day off tomorrow. That slipped by me. Until yesterday. heh.
4. Scrapbook of Secrets. What can I say? I think about it all the time now. And it’s kind of weird because I wrote so many years ago and am writing the third book in the series, so in some ways I am way over it. But in other ways it has yet to begin.
5. Any bloggers out there looking for a guest blogger, I’m available in January and February. Give me a holler.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Want my Tess home. My day won’t be right until she comes home. I know she’s fine. The  Pickerings are a wonderful family. I just miss her.

2. Gorgeous day. Go outside, friends. Walk. Run. Dance. Glory in the day!

3. Jen and I complaining about our aches and pains, like a couple of old ladies. But we are in pain because we are working out. And that’s a good thing.

4. Hoping to get lots done on my book this week. But I need to finish my gingerbread tin article and get my newsletter updated, as well. And the girls are off from school tomorrow.

5. Can’t wait for Thursday. My first official appearance as a mystery author–and I’ll be on a panel with some wonderful people. Check out the festival.

Here’s a bit about what I’m doing. I’ll be signing pie books and giving away a copy of an ARC of Scrapbook of Secrets.


When: Thursday, October 13 | 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Venue: The Library of Virginia

Fee and registration for lunch; panels are free of charge but require advance registration

If you are a fan of the genre, then don’t miss this event that hosts a dozen of the best mystery writers in the business for a reader-friendly, interactive and fun day of discussion and insight. There will be break-out panels in the morning and afternoon to enjoy casual conversation and Q&A, and a lunch hosted by the venerable author and People’s Choice Award nominee Donna Andrews. Book signings will be available throughout the day. This powerhouse lineup of talent includes Donna Andrews, Mollie Bryan, Meredith Cole, Ellen Crosby, Jan Neuharth, Alan Orloff, Brad Parks, Sandy Parshall, David L. Robbins, JB Stanley, Andy Straka, and Irene Ziegler.

Moderators are Art Taylor, Steve Weddle, Katherine Neville and Meredith Cole.


9:30 – 10:30 – “What Comes First: Plot of Character?” — moderated by Art Taylor featuring Orloff, Crosby, Cole, Andrews and Bryan.

10:45 – 11:45 – “Professionals v. Amateurs” – moderated by Steve Weddle featuring Neuharth, Straka and Stanley.

1:30 – 2:30 – ” THE CUTTING EDGE:  What makes a thriller different from a mystery? ” – moderated by Katherine Neville featuring Parks, Parshall, Robbins, and Ziegler.

Questions? 804.692.3900

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. School starting tomorrow and all the shopping I have to do TODAY. Argh.

2. Cumberland Creek.

3. Dipping my toes into self-publishing. I’m working on compilation of my newspaper column, a collection of funny and inspiring thoughts on parenting. Stay tuned for that.

4. Trying a different route today with a few more hills. Whew. It’s always good to change it up a bit.

5. So nice to take Tess with me this morning while I was walking the dog. We’ve gotten some great walks in this summer, my girls and me. That’s something to be grateful for–especially during a summer where we couldn’t afford a vacation. At least we have gotten in some good “hanging out together” time.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Perfect day for a run. Walking out the door this morning was like walking into a cool dream.

2.Reading Laura Childs’ Fiber and Brimstone–a Scrapbooking Mystery. It’s enjoyable. Set in New Orleans, my favorite city I’ve never been to. But there are a lot of pie-friends there!

3. And when you read Anne Rice’s vampire series, you sort of feel like you know the city.

4. Can’t believe my kids are going back to school next week. I hate that.

5. My cover is up on Amazon. So I guess it’s okay to share it here. It’s a great cover–so bright, I hope it jumps off the shelves at you! My favorite element is the darkest one, though–the skull and cross bones!

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Whoossshh! Is that honeysuckle I smell already?

2. Pretty little snail crossing the street. Okay. So I helped her a little–else she get crushed.

3. Can’t believe the kids will be out of school next week.

4. That always puts me in a mad rush to get things done.

5. Already thinking about lunch. My strawberries in vanilla yogurt with oatmeal sprinkled on top. YUM.

Five things I thought about during my morning walk:

1. It’s positively balmy. I’ve overdressed.

2. Book group this afternoon. Thrilled that I can make this one. I loved The Lotus Eaters and I love going to Susan’s house. So welcoming.

3. Emma wanting to go to school with Audrey tomorrow. I hope she has fun. I’m kinda thinking she will…;-)

4. So I am still reading The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo. I probably will be for A WHILE. It’s huge. I’m still relatively unimpressed, though I will say the woman character is interesting and probably the only thing that keeps me reading.

5. Meeting with Leeyanne the other day. I have a STACK of books from her. We are really studying genre and having fun doing it. She’s really helped me with my WIP, The Durian Chronicles. She told me my characters can’t be sleeping around with other people. (What? Oh, no!) It’s not done in the romance genre. One man. One woman. I thought by cutting out their other dalliances, it would cut the story in half. But it only cut a couple thousand words. Turns out, there was more story than sex…which, since it’s not erotica, is a good thing. I think. I never know.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Tink is loving this melting snow. She gets to visit all her old haunts and sniff to her heart's content.
2.Tess is sick. Her stomach started bothering her yesterday. And she
woke up in the middle of the night with a nose bleed. So, she's home
with me today.
3. I won't be going to the library. But that's okay. One thing I have
had to learn is to be flexible when it comes to my schedule. Kids
first. And I build the rest of my day around them. I won't always have
to do that.
4. Believing in 6 impossible things before breakfast or eleven possible things before noon. It's all good.
5. Heart is pounding, which is also good. I love feeling it, pushing
it, and almost hearing the blood rushing.through my veins. Running for my
life. Too dramatic? 😉

Five things I thought about during my morning walk:

1. Tooooo cold for an outside run. I'm heading for the Wii.
2. My comcast was offline all day yesterday. I was a mess, but I
finished the next draft of Tempting Will and of Maggie Rae's Scrapbooks
AND I cleaned my office. It amazes me how much time it takes up to keep
up with online things. Updating this and that. Reading. Whew. I think
I'm going to try to take one day a week and not even log on. Don't
worry about me if I disappear every now and then. I appreciate all the
concern, though.
3. Things have been a bit crazier than usual because my car has been in
the shop. Took it in for inspection and needed the parking lights fixed
for it to pass. $250 later, I'm ready to roll.
4. Updated my blog this morning. The design template is very
restricting. I'm finding this out as I go along. I may try to find a
new template. But I really like the clean look of it:
5. Today is Emma's gymnastics routine at the school. She is very
excited and went to school wearing shorts."Mommy, can you bring me
pants to change into?" she asked while we were waiting at the bus stop.
She was shivering.