An Angel Gets Its Wings

Every time someone purchases my book….

…I do a happy dance.

And every time someone writes a positive review…

I sing a happy song.

It’s been a very good day. Thank you!

Peace, people!

Walking a Fine Line

Back in 1964 when I was a young Brownie Scout peddling Girl Scout cookies, I came face-to-face with an ugly truth: I’m a lousy salesperson. My spiel when knocking on doors of prospective customers often included the question, “You wouldn’t be interested in buying cookies from me, would you?” Marketing was not my game.

Fast forward to 2020. I’m still not much good at selling my wares. Nowadays, though, it’s my little indie book I’m peddling instead of the highly desirable Girl Scout cookies. I don’t want to annoy you, my readers, but I also don’t want to miss an opportunity to say, “Hey, buy my book!”

I wonder if it would help to mention how much I think lovers of Thin Mints would enjoy reading Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort?

Hey, buy my book, and cookies, if you have the opportunity.

Peace, and good reading, people.

Scout’s Honor Publishing

One of the sweetest surprises associated with self publishing was discovering that I got to create a name for my own publishing company. When my editor, Rachel Carrera told me to start thinking of a name for my enterprise I jotted down several possible titles, including “Scout’s Honor,” for our recently deceased cat, Scout, but thought I’d go with “Praying for Eyebrowz” in keeping with my blog’s title.

Then I spoke with my daughter, Ashley. When I told her about getting to christen my publishing company the first words out of her mouth were, “Scout’s Honor.” And that sealed it.

Scout was my co-writer, but died before we published.

For Christmas, Ashley had a friend design a logo for me. I cried when I first saw it. Studly Doright cried when he held it.

My photo doesn’t do it justice.

Now for a shameless attempt to encourage you to buy my book if you haven’t already:

Peace, people!

In Studly’s Hands

I finally got to hold a copy of the paperback version of my novel, Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort. Sadly, it’s not mine to keep. I’ll forward it on to my friend and editor, Rachel Carrera first thing tomorrow.

Studly Doright wanted to hold it. “It’s huge!” were his exact words. I was pushing for “clever, poignant, skillfully done,” but I’ll settle for “huge!”

Peace, people!

Another Lovely Review

Just when I was feeling a little blue, the lovely Lesley Kluchin ( gave my book, Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort, a wonderful review on Amazon:


Thank you, Lesley, for making my day!

Peace, and happy reading, people!

First Review of Mayhem!

My first book has its first review on Amazon!

Thanks to Deb, at “I am, therefore I write,” for submitting a review of Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort!

Check this out:

I have to admit I cried a couple of happy tears over this. Thank you, Deb!

You can find Deb’s blog at She’s so worth a follow!

Peace, people!

Mayhem is Here

Tired of politics? Worn out from holiday shopping? Need something to take your mind off of the pandemic?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then you should read my very first novel, Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort! The ebook version is available on Kindle right now, and the paperback should be available soon!

Peace, and happy reading, people!

Has Anyone Seen My Brain?

For a variety of reasons I’ve been unable to sleep for the past three.nights. Since I’m retired, and my book is finished, that shouldn’t be such a big deal. I mean, what do I really have to do each day? Nothing. That’s what.

Except that uploading the book to Kindle Direct Publishing needed a sharp mind, and due to a lack of sleep, my mind seems to be missing. My poor friend, editor, confidante, and Kindle expert extraordinaire, Rachel Carrera, was stuck with me all afternoon as I fumbled and stumbled and basically made a mess of things until she carefully guided me to a successful resolution.

If all goes well, my very first book, Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort, should be available on Kindle within the next 72 hours or less. Even without a brain I might finally be a published author!

Peace, people!