Two Sample Chapters from my detective novel Wounded Bride

Wounded Bride is the first book in a hard-boiled detective series. I’d like to share the first two chapters with you. Chapter 1 Saturday, March 17 5:00 a.m. Maria Mateo woke from a sound sleep and fumbled for the ringing phone. Her heart pounding, she answered, “Mateo.” “Did I wake you?” came the voice ofContinue reading “Two Sample Chapters from my detective novel Wounded Bride”

Update on my Writing

I haven’t posted about my plans for books lately. I’m still working on the illustrations for “Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School.” I hate the idea of not blogging every day, but I’m starting to think I might need to change my schedule in order to have enough energy to revise my next bookContinue reading “Update on my Writing”

Happy April!

April is both National Poetry Month and Indie Author Month. Each day throughout the month, I’ll post a haiku, a story part, or both. Full of creation, Restful beauty or darkness, Deep human nature.

Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School – coming soon

My husband Michael and I are working on a series of books about Monica and Brad, a set of blind twins who are just starting kindergarten. I tell the story, and Michael explains how braille works. To learn more, please visit: Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers.

Starting Sunflower Saturday

shallow focus photography of yellow sunflower field under sunny sky Photo by Susanne Jutzeler on What’s Sunflower Saturday? It’s like any other Saturday, but with a cool, silly name. What will you post? Sometimes a previous post like I’ve been doing, but I’m pretty much making another Change-it-up-Tuesday. Will it ever have anything toContinue reading “Starting Sunflower Saturday”

Get your copy of Wounded Bride

Detective Maria Mateo is new to the Chicago Police Department. Wounded Bride is available now. Get your copy today. From somewhere inside the book: There hadn’t been any point in eating. She was out of the job she loved, so why bother?

A Letter to Books

Dear Books, During the last ten or so years, I’ve been hearing people say that printed books are on the decline, due to the rise of eBooks. I don’t think the trend has continued as fast as initially predicted, and I think that some printed books will always be produced. I don’t believe it whenContinue reading “A Letter to Books”

Two Weeks

I’ve posted something each day for the last fourteen days. I find myself wanting to harmonize the spelling of “week” and “streak,” so instead of calling it a “too weak streak,” I’ll go with a “strong two-week streek.” Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Indie April Why I Write What I’ve Learned The ChoiceContinue reading “Two Weeks”

Indie April

This is the first Indie April for me as a new author. I have heard mixed opinions about self-publishing, and this blog post is an examination of some of them. Is it hard work, or is it just vanity? You may have heard the term “vanity publishing,” meaning that anybody with money can have aContinue reading “Indie April”

Leap Day GiveAway Winners

Thank you to everybody who retweeted something about the giveaway. Entries are closed as of 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Ten (10) winners will each receive one (1) Apple Books / iBooks gift code for Wounded Bride via direct message (DM.) The winners will be announced on Twitter, so if you’d likeContinue reading “Leap Day GiveAway Winners”