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A Few of My Favorites: BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

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The first thing I usually do after preparing a manuscript for publication is to read new work.

That’s right.

I start reading all the books I didn’t have time to read prior. Currently, I’m reading MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. The book got great reviews but I’m undecided on it. But like I said, I’m only halfway through the book so I’ll keep at it.

I’ve also got a pile of books that some of you have recommended that I can’t wait to get around to reading. I’ll let you know when I do. Meanwhile, two friends have launched new books in the past weeks and I am giving away free copies!!!! That’s right – FREE!!! read more

Straight out of a Novel

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Daughter Shelby called me this morning. Or maybe I called her (who can remember these things after watching The Great British Baking Show, which, yes, I know is an oxymoron).

Today was Shelby’s last day at the law office where she has worked for the past seven years.  Family law. Not the job she thought she’d be doing when she finished up that graduate program at George Mason University. She was sure she would be working in publishing. So was I. read more

Fiddleheads: Giveaway


This is no joke.

It’s time to register for the giveaway from Fiddleheads.

All you have to do is leave your name. I’ll select a winner in the next week and Fiddleheads will ship you something fabulous.

Maybe one of their bunnies.


Or some of the fabulous Parisian jewelry the bunnies favor.

Don’t worry fellas, they have gifts for men as well.

Good books.

With stories  about dogs and hunting and such. read more

Crook’s Corner Book Prize Longlist

Editor’s Note: Just wanted to share this bit of happy news with you all. Mother of Rain has been chosen as one of the debut novels competing for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. I get all water-eyed about this because I know some of these other writers and know how fabulous their work is, so I’m humbled to be walking through the high cotton alongside them. Thank you to everyone who bought Mother of Rain, who read it and who loved it. I’m busy working on the sequel now. Due out Fall, 2015. In a week of some pretty awful news worldwide, it was lovely to get this notice in my inbox. Please have a glass of wine in celebration with me, won’t you? Crooks Corner       FOR RELEASE: August 8, 2014 Crook’s Corner Book Prize Announces Longlist CHAPEL HILL, NC— The Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation announces its annual longlist of  best debut novels set in the American South. read more

Mothers & Mental Illness

My childhood girlfriend was institutionalized following the birth of her first-born. Here she was, ten years later, in the third-trimester of her second pregnancy, talking out of her head again. We were having one of our catch-up phone calls. She from her home in Georgia. Me from my home in Oregon.

“I know what the problem is,” she whispered.

“Problem?” I asked, holding the phone closer so I could hear better. read more