Saturday, April 22, 2017

Back to RV-ing Again

When our children were younger, we bought a very small travel trailer and enjoyed it for several years. Once we had 5 people sleeping in it. The dinette made a great place to sit our son's port-a-crib, the gaucho folded out into a double bed and my mother and I slept there, and our daughter and her daddy slept on the fold down bed. It was tight but we managed. It had a closet for a port-a-potty and a small kitchen complete with oven.

After a few years, we graduated to a 21 foot trailer with a bathroom with tub, a kitchen, a booth, and two divans or as we called them gauchos, facing each other. A fold up table ran down between them and was nice to have company in. When we moved to Brownwood, we didn't have a place to park it so sold it. A few years later we bought a class C motor home with our neighbors and shared taking it out on trips.

Now, here we are in our 70s and the bug has bitten again, or I should say, it bit my husband. I know I'll enjoy it too, though. Our first night in it was spent at the dealership to learn all the ins and outs of our new Roadtrek Zion, a class B RV. It's a good thing we spent the night as there was so much to learn.

Here is our new baby.

As you can see, it's small, smaller than I wanted, but hopefully we'll learn to make do in the limited space. It is easy to park, especially in our driveway.
 The two gauchos will make down into 2 twin beds or a King size bed. A table fits about where I'm sitting. It has a nice size refrigerator and a tiny bathroom.

                                                                                                                                                      When taking a shower, you must be fast as there is no ventilation in the small space. To dry off, you have to step out into the shared space. So, it's important to have all the shades closed. 😀 Actually, I'm sure it's possible to dry off inside.

Though it's small, it has everything you need—heat, air, holding tanks, and it even has a generator under the hood.
And I love the awning.

To give you a little perspective on the size as compared to the class A motor homes, here we are sitting between a couple.

I hope you'll check back on occasion. I'm sure I'll be documenting our travels. We're going to Alpine and Big Bend country next month.

Happy Trails and Happy Reading and Writing!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Winners of A Touch of Texas Irish contest

Laura Moreno is the winner of this beautiful bracelet. Congratulations, Laura!

Five additional winners won E-books of their choice from my book list. Congratulations, ladies!

Ann Westbrook

Lynn Dean

BJ Gaskill

Desiree Brugman

Kimberly Coover

My next book with the working title of A Careless Flirtation will be finished this summer. I'll be having another contest then.

Happy Reading and Writing!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

One day left to enter James Avery Bracelet Contest

Midnight tomorrow night is the deadline to enter. Email me at and put Enter Me in the subject line.

Or, use the form to the right of the page to sign up for my newsletter. It will also get you in the contest.

I won't be able to announce the winner until April 2nd as I'll be out of town.

Good luck!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Hello Readers,

I'm thrilled to announce that A Touch of Texas Irish is now available in both print and ebook at The Wild Rose Press (it's on sale for $2.50) and Amazon.

Don't forget the contest for the James Avery bracelet. See previous blog posts for information.

Today I'm a guest on Get Lost in a Story. Hop on over. Aileen, my Irish heroine is answering the interview questions. Please join me where I'm giving away 5 digital copies of When the Ocotillo Bloom.


Heiress Aileen Lynch has just lost her mother to cancer, but her spendthrift stepfather insists she must cancel his gambling debts by marrying his disreputable associate. Fleeing Ireland with the help of her mother’s lawyer, she lands in Boston to stay with friends and is attracted to one of their visitors. Doctor Samuel Walker is in town to attend a medical conference. When he meets the lovely young Irishwoman he is quite taken with her and, at his colleague's entreaty, marries her and takes her home to Texas with him to keep her safe. Sam rationalizes that he doesn’t need a wife but he does need a mother for his son. While Aileen strives to earn Sam’s affection, he vows never to risk Aileen’s safety or his heart—he’ll not father a child and watch Aileen die in childbirth as his first wife did. And falling in love is not in his plans.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you'll pick up a copy of A Touch of Texas Irish and I'll be extremely grateful if you'd leave a an honest review when you finish.

Many thanks,


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Contest in Full Swing for a James Avery Charm Bracelet and Charm

Deadline for entering  is Friday, March 31, 2017. Winner must live in the US or Canada. If you live across the pond and win, you'll receive a bundle of five ebooks including A Touch of Texas Irish.

Grand prize is the charm bracelet. Secondary prizes are digital copies of A Touch of Texas Irish to 5 additional winners.

To enter, sign up for my newsletter (see form to right) OR email me and ask to be enrolled/entered.

IF you already receive my newsletter, email me and ask to be entered in the contest, and I'll add you straight away.

I'm thrilled with this new book and hope readers like it as much as I enjoyed writing it. An Irish lass, fresh off the boat from Ireland, in far west Texas married to a retired military doctor determined to not love again.

Here's a short excerpt:

"Tad, would you like to give the blessing this morning?"
"Do I hav-ta?
"Yes, son, you do."
He folded his hands on the table and squeezed his eyes tight. "Thanks for Rosa's good cooking, Lord, and for my Pa and Aunt Ruth and...Aileen." He forced one eyelid up, stabbed Aileen with his stare, and expelled a deep sigh. "I don't want no step-mother...but since I gots one, I'll try to be nice. Please watch over my Ma and baby sister up there in heaven. And if you gots time, please send me a dog. Amen."
"Amen." Sam's rumbling voice drowned out the two women's. "That was very nice, Tad." His voice was steady, but he held in his laughter. "You're wanting a dog, huh?"
Tad wiped the milk mustache from his face with the sleeve of his shirt. "Yes, sir, Pa. I'm big enough to take care of one."
"Hmm, I'll give it some thought, " he said. "Aileen, your china looks right at home there on the sideboard."

"Ach, yes. I'm so pleased with it, I could bust."
A Touch of Texas Irish will be available on March 8, 2017. It is available for pre-order now. I hope you'll pick up a copy and leave me a short review when you finish. Your opinion means a great deal.
Don't forget to enter the contest and feel free to share this post with your friends.
Thanks for stopping by and happy ready and writing!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A New Western Historical Anthology—Journey of the Heart

I'm pleased to share my new release, Journey of the Heart, an anthology with seven other authors—Jacqui Nelson, Anne Carrole, Stacey Marvin CoverstoneDebora DennisTanya HansonLinda Smith LaRoque, Melissa Lynne Blue & Karen J. Hasley.

It is available now.

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From the Texas plains to the Canadian wilderness, up Missouri’s Big Muddy to Montana Territory, and from the California mountains to Colorado’s cattle country... JOURNEY OF THE HEART is a collection of eight sigh-worthy romances, all revolving around modes of transportation in the Old West. 

Award-winning and best-selling authors Melissa Lynne Blue, Anne Carrole, Stacey Coverstone, Debora Dennis, Tanya Hanson, Karen J. Hasley, Linda LaRoque, and Jacqui Nelson invite you to travel along on romantic adventures that will have you falling in love with the gamblers, marshals, ranchers, doctors, riverboat captains, rangers, preachermen, and warriors of the Wild West. 

Whether on a paddleboat or train, stagecoach or horse, buggy or bicycle, the journey to love for these rugged men and their feisty, independent ladies will delight fans of historical western romance.

All stories are rated Sweet.

My story is titled Quixie on the Draw. Quixie O'Connor boards the stage for San Antonio to look for her younger brother, but ends up with a hodgepodge of people and a quandary of problems. Tough, she manages to complete her assignment, but her mother is not pleased with her methods.


Drat Jamie's hide. As his older sister, she'd dusted his britches often enough when he was a tyke. Now their mother expected Quixie to drag him home by the ear if necessary. Of course, if his job was an appropriate one, she was to check his lodgings and make sure the company he kept wasn't a bad influence. Quixie wondered what kind of job he could have to be able to send home ten dollars a month.

Oddly enough, Ma wasn't worried about Quixie's safety going off alone on this trip. In a sense, her mother's lack of concern hurt.

Thank you for stopping by and I'd be pleased if you'd leave a comment. Please sign up for my newsletter to be eligible for the drawing for the James Avery Charm bracelet for my March release A Touch of Texas Irish. The form is located in the right column of his page.
Happy Reading and Writing!