My Problem with Gratitude

It’s probably not what you think.  My parents came of age on South Dakota homesteads during The Great Depression. Rounding up cattle to be shot and buried before they starved. Picking up bones of dead animals to be sold by the ton. They were steel-forged in the...

One Gun ARC & Indelible Publication

A few years ago, my husband and I interrupted a burglar in our home. Screaming for help, my husband chased the young man down the street while I frantically dialed 9-1-1. The thief stopped, pulled a gun, and aimed it at my husband’s head . . . . This real life event...

Temporal Artery Biopsy

If you ever need an artery nipped out of your temple, have a plastic surgeon do it. My doctor was so deft, his sutures so neat, I’m not quite sure where to slather the antibiotic ointment. Look carefully. What’s going on? That’s the million-dollar question. ...

Holiday Shopping?

Producing a book can be roughly divided into three parts. Writing the story is only the first third. Then there’s editing, revising and proofreading–sometimes over and over. My current work-in-progress is on draft 11B. As John Irving said, “Half my...

Private First Class

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I offer you the free story below titled “Private First Class.” Long ago when I took “Private First Class” to my critique group, one member said it was “inane” while another proclaimed it the best...

Fall Showcase

One of my favorite events is coming right up. On November 6, from 1-3 p.m. (Pacific Time) the NorCal Sisters in Crime chapter will be presenting its Fall Showcase. This is a great opportunity to hear a variety of crime writers talk about and read from their new works,...