Sunday, June 30, 2019

July Dates to Remember

Here’s what’s happening in July, a month of remembrance, celebration, fun, and relaxation.

July 1 – Canada Day
July 4 – Independence Day
July 5 – National Bikini Day
July 17 – National Hot Dog Day
July 22 – Hammock Day

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Super Summer Shorts – Volume 1

Lately I’ve been feeling under a lot of pressure. I don’t have enough hours in the day for a full-time job, writing and marketing novels, and keeping up with all the activities I love like gardening, traveling, and reading. I haven’t found a long-term solution for having too many things to do and not enough time, but I recently read a short story, Texas Runaway Bride by Carlene Havel and found I got a lot of enjoyment in the quick read. I was entertained and felt that feeling of satisfaction from completing something.
For those short on time or funds and interested in quick reads for free or costing only a nominal amount, I’ll be posting information on short stories spanning a range of interests. I’ll try to post at least one per week, probably through September unless I discover more great reads to share. For starters, here are blurbs from the above mentioned short story by Carlene Havel (free) and the one I recently published as a free prequel to my Risky Research Series. I hope you enjoy these and will keep checking back for more.
Texas Runaway Bride (Free download on Amazon)
In 1849, Ruth Van Ruekle is an orphaned teenager stuck in a frontier town, working in a saloon. A strange set of circumstances send her on a journey that includes meeting one of her own time-travelling descendants. When she reaches California and reveals her past to her prospective husband, Ruth finds out George has a secret of his own. Download for free from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, or Kobo.

A Formidable Foe (Free download on Amazon)
University student Devyn Nash is frustrated. No one believes her theory that two unrelated off-campus student deaths are the product of a serial killer. Authorities disregard her concerns and dire predictions, but her gut tells her not to give up. Will she convince them to heed her warnings before the killer strikes again or will she be the next victim? Download for free from Amazon here.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Heart Felt Cases (Book 1)

I’m pleased to welcome Julie C. Gilbert to my blog. Julie teaches high school chemistry and writes in a bunch of different genres. She looks for many ways to simply share her orks with those who need it. Book 1 in her Heartfelt Cases Series, The Collins Case, is free to download on Amazon, so what better time to check out her work. Here’s more on her novel.

A young family disappears …

FBI Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson isn’t assigned the case, but she works it anyway because she knows the Collins family. Add in a baffling case of internet thievery, and Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, have plenty to think about.

Who took the Collins family and why?

One thing’s certain: time is running out.

If Ann and Patrick don’t work fast, Rachel Collins and her kids will die.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Write On!

I recently attended the 45th annual Wyoming Writers Conference in Laramie, Wyoming. I haven’t been to a writers’ conference in quite a few years and it was fun and inspiring being around so many others who share my passion. The book signing was a wonderful way to connect with readers. I learned a lot as always and came away with a few good ideas and a renewed energy to write on!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Paranormal Contemporary Romance Novella

Burning love, by Jana Richards, will be on sale for just .99 cents between June 14 and 28. Burning Love is a paranormal, contemporary romance novella. Keep reading for more information on this entertaining read and a little more about Jana.

After causing three cooking fires in her apartment, Iris Jensen finds herself evicted and homeless. She lands on Riley Benson's doorstep, looking to rent a room in the beautiful old home he's restoring. It's only for six weeks until Iris leaves Portland, Oregon for her new job on a cruise ship. Firefighter Riley knows firsthand what a bad tenant she can be. But he needs money to finish the work on the house he loves. And something about Iris pulls at his heart…

Meanwhile, in Heaven, two angels watch over the young lovers. Angelica and Hildegard work in Heaven's Relationship Division, where angels match mortals with their soul mates. The angels believe so strongly in Iris and Riley’s love that they break Heaven's rules to help them. Can the angels convince them their love will last a lifetime?

“Renting the room to you is starting to look like one of the smartest things I’ve done lately,” he said with a smile.

Without thinking she set the boxes on the fridge and took his hand. “I’m serious, Riley. I don’t mind telling you how scared I was. Whiskers and I came very close to sleeping on a bench in the park with the other vagrants. So, thank you.”

Riley gently brushed his fingers across her cheek, sending a rush of desire coursing through her body. “You’re welcome. But I know you would have been okay, even if I hadn’t rented you the room. You’re a strong girl.”

Iris didn’t feel very strong at the moment. In fact, she felt as weak as a kitten, and just as vulnerable. She let go of Riley’s hand and gave a shaky laugh.

“Yeah, that’s me. Strong as a marshmallow.” She picked up the boxes of food and turned away, afraid to look him in the eye and make a fool of herself.

“Hey, what’s this?” Riley asked. Iris turned to see him staring at her calendar.

“That’s just a little visual reminder for me. Only five more weeks until I hit the sunshine and you get rid of me.”

Instead of laughing the way she thought he would, Riley continued to stare at the calendar.

“Right,” he said. “Only five more weeks.”

She wanted to ask him if he was okay, but something in his voice stopped her. Surely, he wouldn’t miss her?

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Author Bio:
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with an elderly Pug/Terrier named cross Lou. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Panama Canal Relic in Colorado

In the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, I came across what I initially thought was an old rusted relic from the mining era. Upon closer inspection I realized it had an interesting story. It was actually a 1923 steam shovel. This shovel along with 24 others were sent to Panama to help build the canal. All but this one was scraped in Panama. The remaining shovel was sent back to California and then transported to the Lump Gulch Placer Mine about six miles from Nederland where it worked until 1978. In 2005 it was moved to the Nederland Mining Museum. Having been through the Panama Canal and having witnessed the marvel of engineering genius, I found this bit of history interesting.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Country Belongs to its People

Grand Teton National Park

“There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle.” 
- Franklin D. Roosevelt -

Monday, June 3, 2019

June Dates of Significance

Compared to some months, there aren’t many notable June dates. But, what June lacks in quantity, it makes up for in significance. Here’s what to commemorate in June.

D Day, World War II – June 6
Flag Day – June 14
Father’s Day – June 16
Summer Solstice – June 21