Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reviewers - Want a Chance to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card?!?

Are you planning to review THE BULL RIDER'S FAMILY when it is released on May 6th?  Then, you'll definitely want to enter this contest. 

All you need to do is post a review of THE BULL RIDER'S FAMILY on the review site of your choice (Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, your own review site, etc.) and provide the url to your review when you enter the contest.  What could be simpler than that?  

Just go to:
or follow this link:

and click on the blue Giveaway button.  You'll need to "like" the Glades County Cowboys Series page but, I promise, this page will be used for contests only, and once the Glades County Cowboys series ends, it'll go away.

Next, post a link to your review and, voila!  You're entered in the contest.  One randomly-picked contestant will win a $25 Amazon gift card.  Three more randomly-picked contestants will win signed copies of THE BULL RIDER'S FAMILY (US/Canadian mailing addresses only).

But hurry, this contest for reviewers of THE BULL RIDER'S FAMILY ends just before midnight on May 18th.  What are you waiting for? 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Reviewers- Only Contest


I sooo appreciate your reviews that I'm running a special contest just for you. 

Have you reviewed SECOND CHANCE FAMILY?

Entry couldn't be simpler.  Just go to and click on the blue Giveaway button.  You'll need to "like" the Glades County Cowboys Series page but, I promise, this page will be used for contests only, and once the Glades County Cowboys series ends, it'll go away.

Next, post a link to your review and, voila!  You're entered in the contest.

But hurry, the contests for reviewers of SECOND CHANCE FAMILY ends just before midnight on March 31st. 

Beginning April 1st, there'll be a new reviewers-only contest for THE BULL RIDER'S FAMILY. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Grascals Live

If you're looking for the best in bluegrass music, look no further than The Grascals, the 2013 Instrumental Group of the Year. 

The Grascals at the Emma Parrish Theater in Titusville February 22nd, 2013
Hubby and I were thrilled with The Grascals' performance at the Titusville Playhouse last Friday night.  The rafters were really kept time with the beat as this awesome bluegrass band treated the sold-out crowd to great hits like Dooley, White Lightning, Today I Started Loving You Again and Don't Tell Mama.  
This venue, once an old-timey movie theater, offers great accoustics, and the limited seating almost lets you feel as if you're on-stage with the band.
One side note, we'd never been to the theater before and were thrilled when we were assured our seats would be in "one of the first six rows."  Ha ha.  That little joke was on us as there are only six rows in the theater.
Seriously, though, it was a terrific concert.  Afterwards, the entire band stuck around to sign autographs and let folks take pictures, which was soooo very nice of them!  I enjoyed every minute of it.  Which you can probably tell by the grin on my face. 
Terry Edridge of the Grascals and me after the concert.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A New Contract!!

Yep, that's me.  Signing a brand spanking new contract with Harlequin American Romance for...

                  Wait for it...

                                  FOUR more books!   

The first, Major League Dad, pits the widow of baseball's bad boy against a Little League coach who insists that playing ball will dissolve the boulder-sized chip on her son's shoulder.  Courtney Lloyd's view of organized sports--and the men who play them--has been so warped that she refuses to let her own son own a catcher's mitt.  Travis Oak spent his twenties struggling to make it into The Show before three broken ribs ended his career as a pitcher.  Hampered by crushed dreams, Travis now spends his days as an elementary school PE teacher and Little League coach while he struggles to find a new purpose for his life.  A chance to mold raw talent might offer just the opportunity he's looking for when a school yard fight forces Courtney to choose between expulsion or Little League for ten-year-old Josh.  But only if Travis can convince the slim blonde with the baby on one hip and desperation in her blue eyes he has her son's best interests at heart.  To do that, this former minor league baseball player might just become a major league dad. 

Following Major League Dad is a three-book series that spins off from Rancher's Son.  (Did you know Rancher's Son hit #1 in sales of Harlequin American Romance in Amazon's Kindle Store?)  Set on the Circle P, the Rancher's Homecoming series tells the stories of long-time ranch manager Seth's five sons--a rootless rodeo star, a busted real estate developer, a dedicated teacher, and two rough-and-tumble cowboys--who all find love and happiness on a south Florida ranch.

All four books are slated for release beginning early in 2014, which means I'l be busy, busy, busy writing them this year. 

I can't think of a better way to spend the time, can you?     



Monday, January 28, 2013

Aunt Doris's Taco Soup

Hands down, this is hubby's favorite meal.  I make it in double batches and freeze individual servings.

Serves: 10

2 pounds ground beef or ground pork                            

1 onion, chopped                                               

1 green bell pepper, chopped                                   

1 15 1/2-ounce can black beans                                  

1 15 1/2-ounce can pinto beans                                 

1 15-ounce can Mexicorn                                        

1 15 1/2-ounce can whole kernal corn                           

2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes                                  

1 10-ounce can tomatoes with chilies (Rotel)                   

2 4-ounce cans chopped green chilies                           

2 16-ounce cans chicken broth                                  

1 package taco seasoning mix                                   

1 package ranch salad dressing mix                             


In a heavy skillet, brown ground meat over medium-high heat.

Break large clumps into small pieces as meat cooks.

Drain meat and place in large stew pot, reserving drippings.


Return drippings to skillet.

Add onions and green bell pepper.

Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent.

Drain and add vegetables to stew pot.


Open all beans and pour into a large colander.

Rinse and drain.

Add beans to stew pot.


Add remaining ingredients except ranch dressing mix to stew pot.

Stir well.

Slowly bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 hours.


Before serving, pour ranch dressing mix into a small bowl.

Slowly stir 1/4 cup soup broth into bowl.  Stir until all mix is dissolved.

Stir into soup.

Continue simmering until mixture thickens very slightly.


Serve with tortilla chips.  If desired, top with grated cheese or sour cream.


Note:  Taco Soup may be made in a crock pot.  When making in a crock pot, do not double. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blogger Fail

Well, I'd intended to post about a newspaper recent article (featuring yours truly), but Blogger is being difficult this morning.  The Upload Photos capability has disappeared.  According to some sources, people in the know are working the problem.  When they fix it, I'll try again. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tallahassee Book Signing

Saturday's book signing at the Tallahasee Books-A-Million exceeded my expectations!  Not only did people turn out to buy copies of Rancher's Son, but I met lots of truly fantastic readers!