Friday, December 7, 2007

A Heart's Desire - Coming Feb 15th from Dark Eden Press

A Heart’s Desire

When life is filled with pain, look to the future – or the past.

Loren Fairchild wants nothing more than a family, but she’s barren. She is enchanted with the English cottage in Bury, but shocked when a simple-minded woman wearing a nightgown walks in as if she lives there. That afternoon, Loren explores the pond and meadow beyond the garden. A storm blows in and when she arrives back at the cottage, a man, two children, and an elderly woman are in her cottage, having dinner at her table.

When Miles Chapeau came home from the war in 1945, his wife had the mind of a child. He struggles to keep her close to the house and safe. One morning, in 1947, he wakes and she’s gone. A wide search is conducted, but she’s not found. That evening as a storm rages outside, he and his housekeeper try to comfort his two children. The door is thrown open and a drenched woman demands to know what they’re doing in her cottage.

Route 66, Chaco Canyon, & Zuni Mountain Lodge

If you've never made the trip to Chaco Canyon, it's worth the 20 mile drive over rough dirt roads. I love history and it's amazing to see the ruins of a culture that was here more than 1000 years ago. They definitely left part of their spirit behind to share with us.
To the left you'll see petroglyphs behind the ruins of Una Vida, the pueblo closest to the Visitor's Center and the setting for my latest time travel.

In the picture below is Una Vida from the cliff above. It was much bigger than what we can see here, but it's not near the largest of the pueblos at Chaco Canyon.

In the above picture is Zuni Mountain Lodge, our home away from home while touring the canyon. It is located south of Thoreau (pronounced Threw). Breakfast and dinner are part of this inn's accommodations. The food was delicious, the atmosphere homey and comfortable. Thanks Bob for a wonderful stay.
As a writer, this area spurred my imagination. I've got several stories in mind. Now to find the time to write them.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Get your kicks on Route 66

My husband and I spent almost a week touring route 66. We started in Amarillo and got as far as Winslow, AZ before turning homeward. Even though the road is non-existent in places, what we were able to see was a step back in time. What a life that must have been. Of course, it's easy for us to glamorize when in fact in it's early history, life was hard along the route.

Here is a picture of the First/Last Motel and Cafe in Texas.

If you've never toured Chaco Canyon, it's well worth the 20 mile drive on dirt road. These puebloen people were thriving before Mesa Verde's existence. We drove through the Remains of the painted desert and petrified forest in Arizona.
Both were beautiful, each in their own way.

We're not finished with route 66. Next spring we'll start in Amarillo and head east.


A new publishing contract

Champagne Books offered me a contract for my novel Forever Faithful. Of course, I'm delighted and now can hardly wait to see what the cover will look like. Here is a short blurb.

LUCAS and GAIL JOHNSON live the idyllic life on their ranch near the small town of Stony Creek, Texas. The one thing they want but don’t have is a child created from their love. Will an unidentified body pulled from nearby Possum Creek and a single night of indiscretion shatter their dreams of happily ever after?

Thanks for listening!