A degree in journalism and a lifelong communications career introduced me to wonderful people and projects in public affairs, public relations, and association management. But that is behind me.
Now I write novels, a non-fiction book now and then, and children’s books which I illustrate with my own photos and graphics.
Since I am a stickler for accuracy, I do many hours of research into the places and times of my fictional characters.
They are flawed people, oftentimes challenged by difficult circumstances in their lives. Redemption and forgiveness are recurring themes in my novels.
I hope you’ll come along to enjoy the twists and turns in the lives of my characters as they find their way.
Her Man in Sorrento
When Sarah Millerman meets Nathan Ferrari, her vacation in Italy takes unexpected turns as breathtaking as the Amalfi coast drive. Charming, handsome Navy Commander Nathan Ferrari is staying at his Aunt Alessa’s beach house in Sorrento, while he is on annual leave from Naval Base San Diego. As Nathan puts it, “You’re an American on vacation. I am an American on vacation. It makes sense for us to have some fun together.”
Sarah intends to keep the relationship light and flirty and uncomplicated, as they enjoy dinners under the stars at the beach house and day trips around the Amalfi coast and an overnight visit to his aunt’s vineyard in Tuscany.
Both Sarah and Nathan have been hurt by lost loves in their past. Come along to experience their romance as it develops in scenic southern Italy and San Diego. It’s a sweet Italian American romance with a red, white, and blue twist you don’t want to miss.
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Her Sunflower Man
Susan Martin has big plans that are unshakable until she meets handsome French American man Andre Johnson who has an amazing historical connection. He is a man of many parts: strong athlete, farmer nurtured by the sun and soil, talented musician, soldier who went to war to set things right. How can he be so sweet, so charming, so irresistible?
Escape with Andre and Susan to the sunflower fields of South Dakota and to Normandy, France. Their sweet love story takes twists and turns you don’t want to miss.
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Her Man in Ireland
Tomas Brandon is an electrical engineer by day, a pub musician some nights, and an officer in the Irish Army Defense Reserve some weekends and summer days. Ellen Porter is an American engineer on temporary assignment in Dublin.
Come along to find out what happens when Ellen wanders into the pub where Tomas is playing one spring evening. If you like sweet romance, this Irish-American tale is for you.
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Kathryn Sinter had run away from home because home wasn’t what she thought it was. She had chosen Seattle because she liked seafood and flowers and it was as far as she could get from her soon to be ex-husband without drowning in the ocean. Her plans for re-invention did not include a man, but Craig Hameston, a recently retired diver in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, was hard to ignore.
Part-Scottish and part-Esquimalt First Nations Family, he turned her weekend trip to Victoria, B.C., into a personal tour of his hometown. The day after they met she was glad to be next to him, watching his sure hands and feet working the controls of his seaplane as they soared into the September sky on their way to a perfect picnic spot on Vancouver Island.
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Melissa on the Line, Love on Life's Zip Line Book 1
Melissa is back in college focused on finishing her degree. Jason, a former Marine, introduces himself the first day of their statistics class. He’s facing a challenge that frightens him more than anything he experienced in the Marines. He hopes they can study together once in a while until he gets called home to face his responsibility.
Their love story exemplifies the analogy, “Love on life’s zip line is the messiest and most complicated experience of all, but it is oh so worth it.”
If you like love stories tested by real life, Melissa on the Line, Love on Life’s Zip Line Book 1 is for you.
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Ashley on the Line, Love on Life's Zip Line Book 2
Ashley is savoring being single in the city that she is claiming for herself one delicious day at a time. She is in control until handsome medical student Mark points at her and says, “You, call 9-1-1 now.” She makes the call and watches him give CPR to a passenger on their NYC subway train.
Amazed by him, she wishes she could see him again. Not likely, but can she find a way?
Ashley discovers that love on life’s zip line is the messiest and most complicated experience of all, but it is oh so worth it.
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Patricia on the Line, Love on Life's Zip Line Book 3
John just kept surprising Patricia. Remembering little things about her and about their life together. He was like the sexy sweet man she had fallen in love with in college. Not like the man she had spent so much time hating and avoiding and keeping from their daughter and granddaughter. Could she trust him? Should she take a chance on him again?
The twists and turns, zigs and zags of their second-chance love story exemplify John Donaldson’s analogy, “Love on life’s zip line is the messiest and most complicated experience of all, but it is oh so worth it.”
If you enjoy second chance love stories, Patricia on the Line, Love on Life’s Zip Line Book 3 is a good choice waiting to delight you.
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That Man in Siena
Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
When Laura Langston, a nurse from Oklahoma City, went to Siena, Italy, to celebrate her 60th birthday, she was not looking for a man. But, there he was – 62-year-old Raffaele Balducci, a talented potter, jazz guitarist, father, and grandfather. His face was pleasantly wrinkled from many years under the Tuscan sun. He had lively brown eyes and dark wavy hair sprinkled with gray. Although he still loved his late wife, their attraction was swift and strong.
How could they move forward? His life was in Italy and Laura’s home was in Oklahoma where adult children and grandchildren lived and depended on her. Would they ever see each other again?
If you enjoy second chance love, this book is for you.
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The Italian Ski Instructor
Shaken by an unwanted divorce, Jennifer was not ready to get involved with anyone. And, then she met Matteo Soldati, the handsome guest ski instructor at a resort in Lake Tahoe. He was different and solid somehow. He would soon be going back to Italy where he lived between ski seasons and then on to Switzerland where he taught at Davos and St. Moritz. She would be going back to San Diego to piece together a new life. It was unlikely that they would ever see each other again. But things changed.
Their love story plays out in beautiful Italy, Switzerland, and San Diego.The Italian Ski Instructor is a good read for people who like sweet romances in unexpected places.
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On the subway ride home, Kimberly mused about Antonio’s homecoming. He was nothing like what she had expected. She had assumed he was a man crushed and embittered by his war injuries. Instead, Antonio Da Costa was a sexy, playful man with an inviting smile and a boyish twinkle in his eyes. When she closed her eyes she could see him standing in the doorway, wearing a yellow shirt tightly stretched across his shoulders and broad chest. She hoped he would come to the diner often.
If you like love stories tested by real life, this sweet romance is for you.
The Man from Skye
In Scotland for a semester of research, a Texas woman, LeeAnna Davidson, by chance meets Robert MacDonald, a native of the Isle of Skye. A handsome man of many parts, Robert is a former soldier in the Royal Scottish Regiment, an engineer, a musician, and a kids’ soccer coach. Robert hasn’t had a serious relationship since he lost his first love in a tragic accident for which he feels responsible.
Still hurt from an unhappy divorce, LeeAnna is focused on her University of Glasgow research and a new job when she returns home. Come along to see if Robert and LeeAnna will be paralyzed by their past or find a way forward to love.
If you enjoy sweet romance, join Robert and LeeAnna in their journey of discovery on the beautiful Isle of Skye and beyond.
Her NOLA Man
Lillie Childress is an ambitious introvert who grew up in group homes in Texas. Her only family is Deborah whom she met in a group home when they were 7 years old. Lillie is sure of one thing. She’ll never be abandoned by a man or worse yet, have a child and be abandoned by a man. No marriage. Only simple, uncomplicated relationships as she eats her way across New Orleans, explores every park and venue, and enjoys every minute of it.
With that firm resolve, Lillie meets Charles Chauvet at a concert in Lafayette Park after work one spring afternoon. Charles is a crazy handsome extravert whose family has been in New Orleans since 1754 when his French Acadian ancestors arrived on a ship from an Acadian settlement in Canada. For reasons stemming from his childhood, Charles is also determined to keep his relationships simple and uncomplicated now and forever.
They began with a dinner here and a dinner there. Jogging and picnicking in Audubon Park. Enjoying a concert at Preservation Hall. Dancing at a neighborhood pub. Absolutely simple and uncomplicated.
Fall brought into their lives a hurricane and a surprise that Lillie could never have imagined. If you believe that love can conquer all, don’t miss this sweet romance. Escape now with this page-turning love story.