Happy Labor Day

Or as we say in Canada, Labour Day. 😉 

I waved my youngest kiddos off on their adventure of a lifetime trip to Australia last Friday, which means…


hubby and I have the whole house to ourselves for awhile.  😆

I’m seeing a lot of Kraft Dinner in our future, as I dig into finishing my next two books. They’ve been a tad neglected the last couple of weeks with all the preparation flurry!

If I don’t get lots written now, I’ll have no one to blame but myself. Scary thought!

Your Turn: What are your plans for the day? Is it even a holiday for you?!


Tuesday, I’ll be on the Craftie Ladies Blog sharing more house stories–no icky creatures in these ones. Hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

M,W & Th Marjii Laine is featuring me on her blog, a review Monday, an interview Weds, and a devotion Thurs

Friday I’m doing an interview and giveaway on Everyone’s Story (starts Friday night)


Fatal Inheritance may still be in retail stores for a few more days this week. If you spot it, please consider rescuing it from annihilation!! Would fit nicely into a Christmas stocking, don’t you think? 😉

Swapping House Stories

Do you love old houses?

They certainly give one lots of stories to talk about when strained for a conversation starter!

We’ve lived in a 100+ year old house for 15 years. And do I have stories!

 Signed WallOur house was the inspiration for the house Becki Graw inherits from her grandparents in Fatal Inheritance. Except I didn’t have enough space to include all the fun little tidbits I could have.

From the first night we moved into our house, we knew we were in for an adventure. My daughter, then nine, discovered a deer mouse in her room after bedtime. She caught it and showed us her new pet in the morning.

 imagine image of mouse here

I didn’t want to make anyone squirm 😉

We were a little freaked, because this was not long after a farmer out east had died from a disease carried by such mice, soooo we explained that deer mice belonged outside.

And then adopted a cat. 🙄

Of course that meant by spring—Easter day to be exact—we had kittens! We even got to see them being born. My children were thrilled.

kittensOther wonderful surprises came with spring. The former owner had been an avid gardener, so the property soon bloomed with crocuses and tulips and hyacinths and daffodils and forsythia and honeysuckle and lilacs and fruit tree blossoms. Every week it seemed we were treated to the beauty of a different flowering tree or shrub.

tulips2Being an avid gardener myself (at that time), I set to work preparing a front flowerbed for annuals and had a not-so-nice surprise!

Our basement walls are constructed of farm stones, which means lots of little holes. As I’m on my hands and knees in my flowerbed, snakes coming out of hibernation began to drop from the wall into the bed. Picture the snake scene in Indiana Jones here.

You don’t need a picture, right?


I’m not fond of snakes so let’s just say I waited a few days before finishing that flowerbed. 😕

Of course, having snakes in the wall meant that occasionally they’d find their way inside, too. One spring I went downstairs to find a three-foot, 1 ½ inch diameter, black snake lying in my path. I’d never seen such a big one outside of a zoo. Luckily hubby was home. So he donned leather gloves and carried the guy out to the woods…after admiring it for awhile. <shiver>

Our wildlife adventures weren’t limited to mice and snakes either. We had the requisite bat in the belfry, but we also had bees—wasps to be precise.

They apparently hibernated in our attic and would invade the rest of the house through light fixtures in the spring. They tormented us for several years, until one year I opened the door to my daughter’s bedroom and found a three-foot long swarm of them covering half her window.

Whoa, talk about freaked out!

If they’d been honeybees, I would probably have called a local honey guy to come smoke them out and save them, but wasps are downright vicious. We’d been stung enough times to know!

Thankfully, I had a can of wasp spray in the house that could shoot ten feet across the room. I shut the door, ran downstairs for the can, then quietly reopened the door, and using it as cover, like a cop facing down a bad guy, I blasted the swarm. It worked. Best of all, it also took care of our wasp problem.

In the years since, we’ve only seen the odd wasp in the house.

I won’t even visit the construction issues we’ve faced over the years. From the first rainstorm, when I found myself literally taping heavy-duty vapor barrier over an entire window and half the wall to keep out rain and wind, we’ve affectionately (and sometimes, not so affectionately) called the place the money pit.

Did I mention it had no insulation?

And that I live in Canada? …you know, land of igloos.

Wow, now that I’ve shared these stories, I wish I’d gotten some of them into my book. The swarming wasps would have been fun to make my heroine face.

Your Turn: How about you? Have you ever lived in an old house? I’d love to hear your favorite old house story! In fact, I won’t post a new blog next Monday, but hope you’ll stop by to read the stories that others share throughout the week.

P.S. Guess what I just learned this past weekend?! RT Book Reviews gave Fatal Inheritance a 4 1/2 star review. Yee!

She said, “The suspense is laced with the right amount of romance to keep readers thoroughly engaged throughout this fantastic novel.” 

Research Holiday

Today’s a holiday here in Canada. Yippee!!!

Man lifting child

But… I’m not taking a total cyber holiday. I’m visiting Camy’s Loft, talking about the research for my newest release: Fatal Inheritance, which, by the way, should be in brick-and-mortar stores this week. 

Fatal Inheritance

And… for those writers amongst my blog readers…

On Friday, I’ll be a guest at Be a Real Writer, talking about goals–your characters’.

Target Goals

If you’re having difficulty garnering an editor’s interest in your manuscripts, this is an area you may need to scrutinize.

Stop by and feel free to ask questions. I’ll be happy to answer them.

In the meantime, have a great day! I’m turning off comments here, this week, but… I see that hand– 😆 — and am waving back at you!


Silhouette Image courtesy of arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Target Image courtesy of bplanet at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Sneak Peek of Fatal Inheritance

My favorite part of being a writer–receiving messages from readers–has picked up again with the release of Fatal Inheritance to the Love Inspired Suspense book club subscribers. Subscribers receive the book more than a month ahead of release.

Fatal Inheritance

But… if you can’t wait until it appears on store shelves next month or in your favorite online shop, you can order it now directly from Harlequin in regular print, large print, or Epub format.

Of course… if you wait until Friday, they usually have a special, in which if you order 2 books, you get a selected book free. (sometimes it’s an LI book, sometimes it from one of their many other lines)

For the benefit of book club subscribers I have made the bonus features for the book live ahead of the official release. Also hoping to tempt the rest of you. 😉

You’ll find:

Deleted Scenes

On Location in Serenity

Doesn’t that make you wish you could sit on the heroine’s back porch and enjoy the view?

Editor’s Cut with Commentary

Josh’s Tasty BBQ Veggies

Character Interviews:
Joshua Rayne   (picture Mark Wahlberg)
Becki Graw

If you haven’t read Fatal Inheritance yet, and want to whet your appetite:

Click here to read Chapter One

Your Turn: What’s on your reading list this summer? Do you tend to read “extras” from authors if they’re offered?

Sunday Update: Kav is the surprise giveaway winner. I’ll be in touch

My Answer to the question: I’ve been catching up on the Texas K-9 Unit with Love Inspired Suspense. They had me at K-9.  🙄 Aside from character interviews on blogs, I’ve never read extras from other authors, beside prequels or sequels. I’ve never heard of any. 

What’s in a Home?


Welcome to my newly designed website and new blog home. It may not be a castle, but there is plenty of room for people to drop by for a visit. 😉

This is my first time writing in WordPress so I’m still feeling my way around, but I’ve found these cool faces. 🙄

I’m going to have lots of fun playing with those!

I invite you to wander around and explore. One cool new feature, especially for those not on Facebook, is my Facebook posts now stream to the blog. This month I’ve been posting about a lot of one-day free Ebooks as I discover them, so if you have an Ereader, you might like to check it out from time to time.

If you find anything broken or difficult to navigate, please let me know. I have a week to ask my web designer for any changes, so please don’t be shy. And be sure to get lost, you’ll discover the pages I had the most fun creating.

Click here to see what I mean. 😆

Oh, and please test out my comments below. The first time you comment on the blog, it won’t appear right away. I have to moderate all first-time comments to help fight spam. But once you’ve been cleared once…you’re in. 😎

Didn’t I tell you I’d have fun with all those cartoon faces?!

Okay, I need to get back to work, because…I have line edits due tomorrow on Fatal Inheritance and copy edits due Boxing Day on Deadly Devotion. Thankfully they are all minor tweaks, but I like to give each manuscript a final read through since this is my last chance to make any major changes–changes that could be critical to future books in my Port Aster series. For example, I discovered that a character I named Zoe in book one, I started calling Maria in book two. Not good! 😕

Your Turn: What are you up to this week?


Image courtesy of Matt Banks at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Fun Friday ~ We have a title!

Sorry I’ve been AWOL this week, I’ve been working on proposals for more books ~grin~

To all those who helped me brainstorm titles for the Love Inspired Suspense I submitted last week…my editor emailed to let me know they’ve chosen:

Fatal Inheritance
It wasn’t one of the titles suggested by anyone on the blog, but your input was invaluable in getting to it. Thank you!
Fatal Inheritance will be released August 2013. Next, I look forward to seeing what kind of cover the talented members of the art department come up with for it. 
In other Fun News…
Critical Condition has been nominated for the
Monday, I’ll be back to regular blogging with a chat about Lynette Eason’s newest LIS, Danger on the Mountain…and a giveaway.