Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Everyone!  (I celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, so today is only day # 6 in my book.  The tree will probably stay up until Epiphany, January 6, if it remains safe to keep it this long.)  I hope your holidays were the best ever and you're getting off on the right start for this new year.  If you're like me, you don't make New Year's resolutions--although I do set a few "goals" for myself.  (Goals don't sound as intimidating as resolutions, right?)  My goal this year is to get refocused on my writing , despite the various health challenges I've experienced this past year.  I hope to have one of my former Avalon/Montlake Romance books republished this summer by my current publisher Books We Love Ltd, as well as to write more short stories for the True Rendition magazines that have published my work for several years.

Our snow came late this winter--December 27.  It was a very wet snow with the typical large, slow-falling flakes--a throwback to the weeks of gray skies and rain we'd been having prior to the 25th. It was lovely, but also a relief when it didn't stick to the highways, as we needed to take our East Coast family back to the airport for an all-night flight to North Carolina. The trip to and back from the airport  (about an hour's drive one-way) went smoothly as did our family's flight. Their only "adventure" occurred on the plane when my son's kitty, Mogwai, got out of her carry case--and my son didn't realize it although he was fully awake.  Apparently the cat had been runniing around on the dark plane until a passenger that was waiting to use the rest room spotted the Mogwai, captured her, and returned her to my son. Hats off to fellow passengers that care about our pets and are willing to lend a helping hand!

Our weather has finally turned for the better. Now we're enjoying blue skies, low temps in the 20s, and plenty of sunshine!  My patience for better weather has finally paid off, and I know I'll thoroughly enjoy the stretch of sunny days ahead.

For those of you experiencing storms and all kinds of inclement weather, I send my heartfelt best.  I hope you and your loved ones stay safe and sound. God bless...

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy 2016!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Salmon Fishing in the Pacific NW

Okay, I admit--I'm not much into blogging, but I realize I need to change that soon if I expect you to know me, other through strictly via my books. But today I have a blog written by my son, who is a college Literature prof on the East coast. He's coming home for two days of fall fishing with his dad and brother--the first time they've fished together for  two-and-a-half decades. The layers of insight and sentiment that shape this blog delve deeply, and I'm proud to share it with you. This is just one of the small joys we reap as parents, especially when our kids are no longer kids anymore:

Growing up in western Oregon, an hour from the coast, I grew up salmon fishing with my dad in the fall. As Norman Maclean argued in "A River Runs Through It" about fly-fishing in Montana, for some Northwesterners, salmon fishing is akin to religion, or, at least, a deep spirituality. As each autumn came, and the leaves turned, and the light slanted, and the air grew cool and crisp and smelled of woodsmoke, I looked forward to our trips. As a young child, I hardly slept the night before. Going salmon fishing was like Christmas. Except, Christmas was about toys for me as a kid, and I never really cared whether we got any salmon or not. For me, it was more about waking when it was still dark, eating a hurried breakfast, loading the car, driving across the coastal mountains to the beach in the dark, the fog and mist hanging against the Douglas firs dotting the narrow road all along the way, the seeing of an elk cross the road, stopping at the lone country store--brightly lit in the darkness--to buy sand shrimp as bait, the putting in of the boat in the river while still dark, hearing the other fishermen chat about yesterday's catch, smelling the cattle in the nearby pastures, getting to eat a Snickers bar as a treat for an early morning snack. It was about the smell of my dad's black coffee in his thermos. It was really about family--first, my dad and me; later, my younger brother--and Oregon and adventure. If we caught a salmon or two, or more, that was certainly exciting--really, a thrill. And once, when I was around 9th grade, I caught my biggest salmon ever--about 48 pounds--and it almost pulled me into the river. (The hard part always for me was to accept that the salmon had to die if we were to keep it. ) But, it was always about these other things first. We did this from the time I was a kid until well into my undergraduate years. I haven't been salmon fishing with my dad and brother since 1999, probably. I miss that. So, for fall break, I decided to buy an airline ticket to fly 3,000 miles to Oregon to go salmon fishing with my dad and brother. We'll go two days in a row, and I'm looking forward to it. It will be a very fast trip, as I'll return Sunday morning in time to teach again Monday morning. I think it might be crazy, on one hand, to spend the money and fly this far for fishing. But, this has always meant something to me. Maybe it is religion or spirituality. So, it's worth it. See you soon, Mom, Dad, and Nate.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Today I'm happy to be a guest on Cheryl Cooke Harrington's blog/website. We have fun talking about writing and cats! Please join us.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Check out the Clean Romance Books Website!


More great news! Three of my titles are being featured!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Clean Romance Books Website

Like clean romance? Don't miss out on any new books added to the website!

Be watching for some of my romances to appear on this excellent website soon!  I'll keep you updated.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Signs of Spring on the Long and Short Reviews Spring Fling

Happy Spring once again! We've had a mixed bag of weather here in the Pacific Northwest-- everything from rain, small hail, thunderstorms and sunshine.  Last Sunday my bouquet of daffodils from the backyard was replaced by an arrangement of freshly cut tulips from a local tulip farm. More spring flowers will soon abound!

Today and tomorrow you'll find an essay I've written on the Long and Short Reviews website about some of my family's Easter traditions when my boys were young. There's also a special note about an epiphany my father received one Easter weekend when he and Mom were driving on the Interstate to pay a holiday visit with our family.  Today my Dad's inspiration is mine as well!

On the Blog Site, please don't forget to include a comment in order to participate in my drawing for a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Hurry! Time is running short...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Q&A today at ARe Cafe

Hi Everyone,

I hope those of you who have suffered the extreme wintry weather this year are digging out and seeing the first signs of spring. Yesterday I cut a couple of hyacinth that had been beat down by our Northwest rains and mixed them with a few daffodils from the front yard. My first spring bouquet--and the fragrance is heavenly!

Today I'm featured at ARe Cafe, and I hope you'll join me for a chat! You'll also find an excerpt from one of my favorite books, The Fisherman's Daughter, published by Books We Love, Ltd.

I'll talk about how I write, what I write, and most importantly how I try to reach out to my readers. Hope to see you there--and oh, when you do stop by, please don't hesitate to leave a comment.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Website has a New Look!

Good morning, everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope your January is getting off to a great start. As we all know, the new year is a time for changes, and I've made some changes in terms of my reaching out to you. Perhaps you've already noticed, but this blog site has a new background with inviting subtle colors and a "beachy" look that reflects many of my stories.

And something else is new too! My former website has undergone a complete make-over and is now linked here with my blog.  You'll find the menu for each section on the horizontal bar at the top.

So, please check out my new look and let me know what you think. I always welcome your comments.

Happy reading, everyone! And oh by the way, SKATEBOARD BLUES is still free today on Amazon and this offer is good through the 22nd. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cover Change for SUMMER MAGIC

New cover--same great story!  SUMMER MAGIC, Contemporary Romance.

When her fiance calls off their engagement, veterinarian assistant Lisa Prentice joins the circus in hopes of escaping the everyday grind. But life under the big top isn't quite what she expected. None of the veterinarian's former assistants managed to please their short-tempered boss, and Lisa fears that her days are numbered, too. Michael Figaro, a dashing young trapeze artist, is also caution about whether Lisa can stay, and because of that, he tries to keep his distance. Still, Lisa finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to him. Although Michael is the aerialist, it is Lisa who is flying on an emotional high wire. What happened to her safety net? Will their love survive?

This breezy romance follows Lisa Prentice, a veterinarian assistant, as she begins her new job: traveling with the Jessell and Stern circus. She is interested in continuing the care of an Arabian horse named Ebony that she helped to save while the circus was on a layover in New York. Of course, she has other reasons for "running away with the circus." Her fiance', a prominent lawyer, has recently dumped her for another attorney. Lisa wants to heal by concentrating on her career. Enter Michael Figaro, the star aerialist with the circus and the son of the circus owner. Immediately, there are sparks between the two. However, Michael also has a jealous twin, a trapeze artist named Claudette, and Rita, the pretty aerialist who would like his attention. When Claudette begins to fall in the ring, Michael begins to spend more time with Rita, training her for Claudette's position. Will romance blossom between the two, or will his love for Lisa prevail? 

This book is an example of the perfect romance. I enjoyed Ms. Voeller's ability to switch between the points of view of Lisa and Michael. I felt I knew all the characters very well...This is a great story to read in one sitting and spend a few hours swept away in the magic of the circus. Reviewed by Bethany