Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Daphne du Maurier Award

I'm delighted that Watch Over Me, Book 2 of my Code Talker Chronicles, has been nominated for a Daphne du Maurier Award!  The award is given by the Kiss of Death Chapter of Romance Writers of America.  It honors Romantic Suspense /Mystery novels.

It's named for the famed 20th century novelist Dame Daphne du Maurier, author of Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, Rebecca, and The Birds.  What stories!  They have been adapted into movies and TV series many times became they hold up and readers love them.  Here is Dame Daphne in her youth...
What an honor!  Thank you! 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Back from the Chanticleer awards ceremony with a lovely blue ribbon!

Thank you Chanticleer for the honor of First in Category: Chatelaine Award 
(Romance/Women's Fiction) for Watch Over Me!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Award Season!

Hollywood is not the only place with an award season.  We in the world of storytelling put on our Sunday best and peace about come spring too.  I'm delighted to announce that my second in the Code Talker Chronicles, Watch Over ME has been shortlisted for a Chanticleer Award.

So off I go April 20 to 22, 2018  to the Chanticleer Conference in Bellingham, Washington.  I love the Pacific Northwest and it is book country, maybe thanks to all those cosy rainy days?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

I H    Hope you are enjoying the Season of Light!  The tradition of welcoming neighbors in for a hot drink  toast to the new year has been around for over one thousand years.  Wassail!  Good Health! Here's a recipe for your slow cooker that you can keep going all day...
  4 cups hot brewed tea
4 cups cranberry juice
4 cups unsweetened apple juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice
3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
12 whole cloves

In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Place the cinnamon sticks and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high for 1 hour or until punch begins to boil. Discard spice bag. Serve warm. 
Yield: 3-1/2 quarts.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Book 2 of Code Talker Chronicles is out!  

I'm delighted with the response from readers about Watch Over Me.  

 "...kept me up way too late on work nights because I couldn't put it down, but that's how you know a really great book!"

"...can't wait for the next in the series!" 

Many many thanks to my wonderful editors at BWL, Catherine Brown and Jude Pittman, and cover artist Michelle Lee.  What a team!  

This one is my love song to New York City, where my parents were born.

It’s the summer of 1942 in New York City. War widow Kitty Charente’s night on the town with a man she thinks is her company’s visiting salesman turns into a hunting ground.  Luke Kayenta is a Navajo code talker, and a Nazi agent is in pursuit.  American isolationists are searching for Luke too.  And his superiors at the the U.S. Office of Strategic Services want to know if he’s cracked under torture in Spain. Kitty and Luke must evade capture from one enemy and death from another as they race from the Lower East Side to the Savoy Ballroom to Coney Island, aided by unlikely allies in the Canadian and French spy networks, a Harlem baker, and even Weegee, the city’s most famous tabloid photographer. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Series!

I'm delighted to announce the publication of the first books in my Code Talker Chronicles series. They follow two OSS (Office of Strategic Services, precursor to the CIA) operatives, Navajo Code Talker Luke Kayenta and New Yorker war widow Kitty Charente.

I'm using popular song titles of the era in naming the books of the series, and  having fun with that.  Kitty and Luke don't meet each other in Book I so I'll Be Seeing You seemed a good choice!  It's also one of my World War II army vet Dad's favorites, and we asked that it be sung at his funeral.  What a moving moment for the family and friends he was leaving behind after a long life well lived.

Here's my dad in 1941...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lose the Indians

For writers and the readers who love them…

On Rejection

It is impossible to discourage real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.
- Sinclair Lewis -

Prime Directive of Criticism: No matter what anyone says about anything you write, it is saying more about that person than it is saying about your work.

Consider these publishers' opinions… 
what shelf???

Neither fish nor fowl-- or, oh my goodness gracious me, how do we categorize it?...

Is it history, is it romance?  38 rejections from publishers for  Gone With The Wind.  
An absurd story as romance, melodrama or record of New York high life.” -- The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald 
Color in the lines, please!
radical footwear
Too radical of a departure from traditional juvenile literature.” L. Frank Baum hears of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz 
Rejected because it is narrated by a dog-- Garth Steins The Art Of Racing In The Rain.   (Black Beauty and Animal Farm before that)
Not what readers want...
The American public is not interested in China.” Pearl S Buck The Good Earth 
140 rejections stating “Anthologies don’t sell.”  The Chicken Soup for the Soul series sells 125 million copies.
We don’t know the central character well enough.” --The Catcher In The Rye
lose the Indians?
Good mystery.  But...  “We suggest you get rid of all that Indian stuff.” Publisher to Tony Hillerman, on his best-selling Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels.
“The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.” --The Diary of Anne Frank
26 publishers reject A Wrinkle in Time.
It was rejected 60 times.Kathryn Stockett on The Help.

Louis Lamour received 200 rejections before becoming the publisher who said YES’s most best selling author  (330 million in sales)