Friday, November 22, 2013

Birdie's Nest Give-A-Way

I'll be giving a way 3 signed paperback copies of Birdie's Nest on Goodreads on December 19th. Included will be a mini LCD flashlight with my name. Click on the link to the right to be taken to Goodreads to enter.

Check out all of the give-a-ways. I just spent an hour that I should have been using to write, entering give-a-ways.

Hope you win a copy!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day — "In Flanders Fields"

I was born in September of 1945, just after the end of WWII. Patriotism was high throughout my school years. I can't say I remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in elementary school, but we did sing the Star Spangled Banner through out my secondary and college years before every athletic event and assembly. Everyone stood, took their hats off and placed their right hand over their heart.

Of course, I had a good role model, which is sometimes lacking today. My father was a Master Sergeant in the Air Force.  We were often on base and observed the exchange of salutes and military exhibitions.

In the sixth grade we memorized several poems and recited them before the class. One that has stuck with me all these years is In Flanders Field.

Even today it remains one of the most memorable poems ever written.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
                                                                              The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die
                                                                          We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                                                                     In Flanders fields.

Desires of the Heart—Poor Sales—Why?—Free at on November 11th & 12th

Desires of the Heart, my time travel set in post WWII, has never sold well, and I'd like to know why.
Is it because of the beginning scene, one rather tough to read, a bedroom scene staring the heroine and her soon to be ex-husband? It is rather rough but was written that way because here the jerk of a husband shows his true colors?

I decided to enroll it in the KDP program at Amazon and offer it for free on November 11th and 12th in hopes readers could help me out. I hope you'll grab a copy and please leave a short review stating whether you like it or not.


Loren Fairchild longs for children, but is barren. At a cottage in Carlisle, UK, she puts her divorce behind her and begins a new life. In 1947 the former owner’s wife disappeared. That same week, according to local gossip, her husband took up with a dark-headed harlot. One morning in 2007, a simple-minded woman appears at Loren’s cottage and triggers events that change Loren’s life forever.

Miles Chapeau misses the wife, the mother of his two children, he’d known before the war. When he returned from WWII in 1945, he learned she’d been hurt in an air raid and has the mind of a child. He loves her and would never forsake his duty, but misses the intimate side of marriage and a woman to share his life. One day she disappears and his existence is turned upside down.
Desires of the Heart is available at I hope you'll get a copy and tell me what you think.
Happy Reading and Writing!