winter creek

  it's snowing and cold today where we are. the creek groans and crackles with ice as the snow...

wild eating: hoppin’ john (gallo pinto)

Gallo Pinto is a hearty combination of black beans (or kidney), rice, onion, and garlic. It's typically served with eggs and perhaps a tortilla or some other sort of bread. (I have never been to Costa Rica and can't speak from experience, though the pictures sure do...

wild eating: green chile and chicken enchiladas

Chile peppers have been part of the human diet since at least 7500 BC and its rumored that ol’ Chris Columbus was one of the first Europeans to encounter them. The reds are high in Vitamin C and carotene, and the greens (essentially an unripened red) have a little...

crafting a monster: the makings of red-woman

In the second book in my Shamans of the Divide series, Fall into Fire, I had to come up with a bigger, badder antagonist than the shambling, ogre-demons (called dzoavits) in book one. The whole idea behind the series was to take local legends and sort of morph them...

15 things for 2015

I had planned on doing this really long-winded spiel about what 2014 meant to me, but really it breaks down into a couple of bullet points: we moved cross country in May from Texas to Virginia i held four jobs this year--3 were pretty rough and 1 is fantastic we had a...

series rebranding

wheee! we survived christmas, nearly. all three of the kids here with us are sick as all get out with bronchitis and fevers, but they managed to have a great holiday. over the break i also tinkered with the cover situation that had been giving me so much heartburn. i...

Tax Strategies for Indie Authors

Another good one from Publisher's Weekly (one of my favorite magazines/outlets for indie author info) about taxes.Tax season is around the corner and they've come out with Tax Strategy 101 for Indie Authors, an article published Dec. 8.“Authors have to think of...

Indie Author’s Guide to Rights

Great article came out last week from Publisher's Weekly touching on the basic rights to watch out for in your self-publishing journey."The process of learning about and securing rights can be bewildering, especially for indie authors who don’t have an expert...

help me! cover art + indiegogo reward updates

book three is dropping in the next few weeks (maybe a month or so?) and as i get ready for that, promo season will be upon us and i need to have all sorts of fancy banners and graphics prepped. hoooray! i'm just having a hard time settling on book 3's final cover and...

a bunch of silly little things

(early this month, i was working at a conference in chicago and instead of taking dutiful notes, i was distracted by a bright red purse. i love the color red and this little tangent is the result of me being distracted by red, shiny things.)   12/1/2014 8:02 a.m.   i...

scandinavian christmas

in honor of audrey eclectic's st. lucia blog procession, i'd love to post a recipe for norwegian sugar cookies, courtesy of my mom! our family is norwegian--my great grandfather emigrated to america through Galveston in 1905 and their scandinavian culture is something...

in search of the hat trick…

"there's nothing to writing. all you do is sit down at a typewriter, open a vein and bleed..." (red smith) on sunday i finally finished book 2 of the series. let me just tell you, friends, this book was so difficult to finish. so. freakin'. hard. i lost faith in it...