Been absent, now back


Oh, wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything new. So speaking of new, what is new? 

Well, if you follow me on Facebook, you know I released A Pumpkin Kind of Love last October, followed by Gingerbread Dreams, the second book in the Jasmine Lane series, last December.


I’m working on the third book now, tentatively titled Stitching for Love, which involves a pregnant young woman, maybe in her late teens (I haven’t decided on this yet) who’s on the outs with her mother over her boyfriend, who’s unit is shipping out soon. And there’s a bit of mystery too as Anne tries to locate the origin of an antique-looking piece of cross stitch brought in her shop by an older gentleman.

My friend, Lawrence Block, can just seem to ramble on and on in his monthly newsletters. I’m just finding it hard to be as loquacious as he is.

So, let’s see……

Well, the sandhill cranes that I’ve seen in a long time wandered past yesterday, and yes, it’s that time of year again. Two cute baby chicks were following along behind.

I’m in the process of trying to spruce up outside. I’ve been clearing out dead weeds,

cutting down the huge sunflower plants that grew where they shouldn’t have and digging out their roots. Bought my first three flowering plants from Ace Hardware yesterday and planted those this morning. Now, to keep them alive in our blistering Florida heat. The tag says they love sun, but I don’t think the growers had in mind a scorching sun.

Oh, yeah, I’ve been cross stitching too. More fun than writing, lol. Those of you in my fan group, Dalton and Jordan’s Darlings

Chocolate Moose

( saw this already, but since I love moose this should be no surprise.

It’s called a Chocolate Moose.

Then, for Christmas, I stitched this pattern for my stepson, which he seemed to like. I love the antique look of this piece.


  Well I’ve probably babbled on more than I should have. Later, everyone.


Loving pumpkins


Very appropriate for A Pumpkin Kind of Love, releasing on Oct. 5.pumpkin-1083103_960_720APumpkinKindofLove-200x300

Texting with Delaney


“All right then. I’ll meet you by the main gate. See you then.” She ended the conversation, and as soon as she did, a text from Delaney appeared.APumpkinKindofLove-200x300
Are you ok?
Other than a ruined batch of cookies and agreeing to go out with Royce, I’m fine.
What? Royce who?
Royce Browning. He was in my class.
Oh, yeah. He was on the football team, wasn’t he?
Yes. Baseball too. I checked in yearbook. He asked me out.
What? No way!!!!
I said yes.
You can’t do this. Not when the hottest guy in town is after you.
Grayson. He likes you.
Well I don’t like him.
If that’s the case, you’d better win that contest.
Oh, shit, please tell me she hadn’t heard about the wager with Grayson.
You heard about that?
Do crows caw? You betcha. Whatever possessed you to do that?
Allison sighed. If this was the pits of hell, she’d already fallen in and was rapidly proceeding deeper.
I was angry, okay? Frost chewed me out about the flowers. I couldn’t help myself.
Losing wouldn’t be such a bad thing, you know.
Who’s side are you on?
Yours of course.
Then why are you giving me a hard time?
Cause Grayson is a catch.
I’ve gotta go. Ttyl.
Allison ended the texting session and sat back in her chair. Yep, this had spiraled out of control like a top gone crazy.

Why Jasmine Lane?


I was doing an author takeover this morning, and was asked the question, what is Jasmine Lane? I’m going to vary that question to the title of this blog.

Several years ago, when I decided I wanted to write a romance, I had a model in Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series, which revolves around a flower shop on Blossom Street.cropped-candycandkisses_200x3002.jpg

Okay, I love to cross stitch, so I would incorporate that into the story. And I had the model of a shop in Venice, Fla. that I could use fictionally. So there. All I needed now was a street.

So why Jasmine Lane?

I didn’t want the street to be in the main shopping district, and ideally, my idea was to set it in a residential setting that could be the springboard for other stories. Choosing the name was more difficult, and I finally settled on Jasmine because it sounded Florida, and a lane, to me, sounded residential.

So now you have the back story to the name of the series.

A Pumpkin Kind of Love


Coming this October! A Pumpkin Kind of Love.

Allison Kirby wants more from life than the tedium offered by her job in a call center.

Specifically, she wants a loving husband, a family, and a better job. When Allison enters a pumpkin carving contest on a whim, she’s up against the smug and confident Grayson Palmer.

While sparks and pumpkin guts fly, can they avoid carving into each other and instead sculpt something even better?

(Note: The link will take you to the Books2Read page listing all the vendors where it’s currently available for pre-order. As it gets closer to release, more retailer links will appear on that page. Amazon will be one of the last pre-orders to appear closer to the release date. Thanks!)

It’s Sunday


Well, you already know that, but I couldn’t think of a better title.sunday_040

This day started out rather gloomy looking. I thought we were going to get more rain, as we had a welcome downpour yesterday, which we needed. It’s so dry here right now that many counties in the area have declared bans on open burning to prevent wildfires from starting. And we’re still 53 days away from the start of our rainy season, also known as hurricane season.

(After Irma last September, I’m not ready to experience another one.)

So now the sun is shining, and everything is drying out. After I run some errands, my minAPumpkinKindofLove-200x300d is going to turn to pumpkins, autumn, fall leaves and romance. Yes, it’s time to start writing A Pumpkin Kind of Love, due out by October. Here’s the cover Tymber designed for me. What do you think of it?

And later, it’s back to cross stitching to finish the small piece I’m working on right now. You’ll be hearing more about that on my Facebook page shortly.

Have a great Sunday everyone.