Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Excerpt - Desperate Dreams

EXCERPT FROM DESPERATE DREAMS
Nyla wasn’t sure how much longer she could continue to do this, but most of all she didn’t understand why no one else saw how fundamentally wrong the Facility was. The prison held thousands of people who would have been free just several decades ago. Their crimes weren’t crimes. They were simply trying to live the life America claimed to offer and at one time, the country had been exactly that place.
She sat and bowed her head, rubbing her temples, trying to force back the headache she generally got while inside the Facility.  Maybe the fluorescent light was too bright or the air too stale, but no matter the reason, the pain crept behind her eyes as she settled in for the long wait.  Nyla imagined the authorities wanted visitors to feel the chill of the windowless room, to contemplate the silence and the dismal gray concrete walls, ceilings and floor. She figured the depressing décor was meant to discourage any free person from breaking the law and having to be incarcerated. The lack of human contact, color, warmth and sound was unnerving, and it provided too much time to think, making the electrocuting sound of doors opening as footsteps approached an almost a welcome distraction.
“You came,” whispered the tiny woman clad in a baggy fluorescent green jumpsuit.
The appreciative voice interrupted Nyla’s dark thoughts. She stood and smiled the warmest smile she could muster when her heart ached so deeply. Nyla wrapped her arms around the woman’s narrow drooping shoulders and held her tight, not wanting to ever let go, but knowing she must since personal expressions of emotion were strictly prohibited.
The woman cried while Nyla held her, the sounds muffled in her embrace. Every visit began the same way, but it never seemed to get any easier. Nyla suppressed her own urge to release the pain and anger bottled up inside and continued to hug the woman until she had her own emotions under control.
Nyla heard the monitor clear her throat, issuing an unspoken warning to break the physical contact. Nyla forced a smile back onto her lips, repressed the evil thoughts swirling through her mind, released the woman and stepped back to the required distance.
“Hello Mother.  I’ve missed you.”

Friday, April 27, 2012

Writers Conferences in Wyoming


Summer in Wyoming can be spectacular and attending a writers’ conference is a good excuse to visit. Check out http://wyowriters.org for more information on their 38th annual conference to be held in Casper, Wyoming and http://jacksonholewritersconference.com  for more information on the June 28-30, Jackson Hole Writers Conference.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Desperate Dreams Blurb

To most, America has become a safe, orderly, predictable place, but to a few, like Nyla and Ethan, it has become a prison. Inseparable since childhood, but now faced with being torn apart, they are determined to change the course of their future.

As Nyla struggles to understand her deepening feelings for Ethan, they embark on a desperate journey for freedom through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. With their two best friends in tow they attempt a daring border crossing to chase a dream few would understand... Only the most courageous will dare to challenge the new order and embrace forbidden love.

Desperate Dreams - Futuristic Adventure - available in ebook and trade paperback.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Release in ebook and trade paperback


IT’S HERE! Desperate Dreams was released today by Inspired Romance Novels and is available in e-book and trade paperback at http://amazon.com and through the publisher at http://inspiredromancenovels.com, and in e-book format at http://barnesandnoble.com, http://smashwords.com, and http://allromanceebooks.com. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Desperate Dreams


Tomorrow - only the most courageous will dare to challenge the new order and embrace forbidden love. Join in the adventure.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Writing Contests


Writing contests are a great way to showcase your work and each year Writer’s Digest hosts many great competitions. For their big annual contest, the grand prize winner is featured in the upcoming December issue of the magazine, along with the names of the winners in each category.  There is a lot of high-quality competition, but don’t be deterred. I never won, but in the four years I submitted - 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2002 - I received honorable mentions in the Feature Article Category. It was great for my confidence and a real treat to be mentioned in this widely-distributed magazine. Go to http://writersdigest.com and click on competitions for details. Good luck!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Desperate Dreams

A ruling authority too powerful to challenge, but to those desperate for a new life and a chance at love, defiance is worth the risk...  Desperate Dreams, coming April 20, from Inspired Romance Novels.

Monday, April 9, 2012

New Releases


I’m pleased to announce that Inspired Romance Novels will be publishing three of my novels. The first, Marked in Mexico, was released in January to very favorable reviews. The next, Desperate Dreams, is scheduled to be released later this month and the third, Big Horn Storm, will be release next fall. All are very different stories of survival set in Mexico, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas, and feature unique heroines who aren’t in the market for love, but are unable to avoid it as they struggle through extraordinary adventures.  I hope you all enjoy the drama, suspense and emotions these strong women encounter as they fight for their lives and discover love in the most unlikely places.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter


Here’s wishing everyone a happy Easter and a wonderful spring weekend full of family, friends and festivities.