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My novel anniversary: Seven years later + a GIVEAWAY

* If you’re looking for information about MountainTop Writers Retreats, click here. And don’t forget the Early Bird Special for our inaugural women’s retreat, Fall MountainTop, runs now through Sept. 30th! Seven years ago today my debut novel was published. … Continue reading

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Because of 80,000 words: A new novel excerpt

Today I hit 80,000 words on the first draft of my novel manuscript.¬† This is a big deal, y’all. My kids are 9 and 6. The last time I hit 80,000 words on a novel manuscript was over a decade … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: Scene from my novel-in-progress

I’ve decided to dedicate a page here, at my author website, to Weekly Lines: scenes I’ve decided to share from my work-in-progress. For more info about the novel itself, click my Work-in-Progress page,¬†here. Today’s lines involve my 2004 protagonist, the … Continue reading

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A sneak peak at my novel-in-progress

Hi, folks. It is a wild, woolly, rainy Wednesday here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 30-something degree rain is just downright depressing. It should be snowing. That being said, in the spirit of livening things up, I thought … Continue reading

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Writing–and researching–an 18th century Christmas (Keowee Valley still on sale at Amazon: 99 cents!)

Hi, folks. Well, there was a bit of a snafu at the newspaper, and my regular column wasn’t published today. They’re hoping to have it in Sunday’s paper, and when they do, I’ll share it here. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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Keowee Valley on sale at Amazon for ONLY $1.99!

Dearest readers: I’m THRILLED that Amazon has chosen my historical novel, Keowee Valley, for their holiday store. All December long, Keowee Valley is available for your Kindle, e-reader, etc, for ONLY $1.99! If you’re looking to dive into an historical … Continue reading

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Keowee Valley at the Aiken County Library

Happy Friday, all! I’m writing this as my daughter watches “Super Why” on PBS Kids. School was cancelled (which means her preschool was cancelled, too) because supposedly we’re going to get a bunch of sleet and ice today–a dangerous wintry … Continue reading

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A Winter Reading List

So, I’m boldly entering my 3rd semester as a graduate student in the MFA in Writing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. I say “boldly” because I’m due to have Baby 2 one month before the semester officially … Continue reading

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