October 7, 2018

Dear Readers:

Can’t believe summer is almost over, but here in Central Pennsylvania, the weather is still warm. We can be tricked into thinking winter isn’t coming anytime soon. Alas!

Everyone is so busy. I’m still caring for my invalid husband as I write. Thank goodness I have a job where I can work from home. My granddaughter Jaden went off to college for the first time, Middlebury College in Vermont. So far away! But Jaden loves cold weather and skiing territory. Jeffie is becoming quite the high school football star, and my youngest grandson Max started high school and is continuing his music interests. My dil who lives with us is closer to her doctorate in special ed. My other dil finished new degrees in nursing and started a new job. Bottom line: everyone is busy, busy, busy.

I know, I know, I promised a redesigned website long before this. Unfortunately, I gave a large amount of money to an unscrupulous person and three years later…nothing! So, I must start over again. Eventually, I promise.

In the meantime, can you believe the turmoil we live in these days? And I’m not taking any political sides. Honestly, I am sick of all politicians and the chaos and negativity they create. And the same is true of all the networks and cable channels. Is there no good news anywhere? Yes, I know I said all this before, but it never seems to end.

I’ve decided to turn off the television and read more books. Among other things, I’ve been re-reading all of Mary Balogh’s series, along with Maeve Binchy, Rosamund Pilcher. Which are your go-to comfort reads, or the authors you can always rely on for a good read?


For the first time in, like, forever, I’ve set aside my Cajun series. Hey, Tante Lulu needs a rest occasionally. Instead, my first book in a new Bell Sound series just came out, called THE FOREVER CHRISTMAS TREE. It takes place on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and, although, it’s a new series, you’ll recognizes some old characters from my Viking Navy SEAL series, like Geek, and JAM, and K-4.

At the same time, Hachette has been doing some wonderful updated print reissues of my Cajun novels, starting with TALL, DARK AND CAJUN in May. This is Remy’s story, the former pilot who is ungodly handsome but on only one side of his face and body due to an explosion in Afghanistan when he was an Air Force pilot. Honestly, this book doesn’t get old with time. It’s both poignant and humorous. How could it be otherwise with Tante Lulu in the house (book)?

I’ve also started independently publishing updated versions of two of my Viking Navy SEAL books with new cover art, VIKING HEAT and DARK VIKING. Ebook versions of these reissues are available now, print to come later. These books are so funny! And sexy! The heroines of both books are female Navy SEALs who get sent back in time to meet their matches with some hot Vikings. One is a psychiatrist (try telling a Viking that he has anger management issues). And the other is a former stunt woman who was wearing a wet suit complete with rubber hood, wet feet, and a cammied face when she “drowned” during Hell Week. The Vikings think she is a weird kind of mermaid.


The print reissue of THE CAJUN COWBOY will be coming out in November. This is Charmaine LeDeux’s story, the one where she decides to become a born-again virgin, until she discovers she isn’t the four-times divorcee she thought she was because her first divorce from rancher Raoul “Rusty” Lanier was never finalized. Tante Lulu is of course a major force in this book.

I expect to have three more of the Viking Navy SEAL books updated and reissued with new covers by the end of November, too. Those would be ROUGH AND READY, DOWN AND DIRTY, and VIKING UNCHAINED. In going back over these books, I have to admit that I didn’t realize that I wrote so sexy…or so funny.

If that’s not enough, I hope to write two more long novellas, a sequel to WHEN LULU WAS HOT (maybe something like, WHEN LULU LOST HER OOH-LA-LA) and a sequel to all the Viking Navy SEAL books tentatively titled THE CAGED VIKING.

Of course, the second book in my Bell Sound series is already written, LIFE, LOVE, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, although it won’t be out until next May. It’s Geek’s story, and, boy, has he met his match in a blonde bombshell who happens to be an ex-con with a secret. Delilah Jones (that’s her name, ) has inherited a diner and motel on the Outer Banks with an Elvis theme, the Rock Around the Clock Diner and the, yes, you guessed it, The Heartbreak Motel. Here’s one of the tentative covers being considered.


I’ve mentioned it before and it bears repeating…I love hearing from readers. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your telling me how you feel about my books and how they affect you personally.


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