Sense of Place – Repost

The following article appeared on Avalon Authors while I revised Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls. October 23, 2011 A few years ago, one of the first comments I received on a manuscript I submitted to an agent was “I don’t know where this takes place.” I thought the descriptions were pretty clear. As far as I […]

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Macho Man, Metro Man, Modern Man

All who read my previous post about Alpha Beta men will have already concluded that I am particularly partial to the male of the species. How this came about from the fourth daughter in a family of five girls and one brother to a fully grown man-lover isn’t hard to understand. Close contact. Through my […]

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Lilacs Trump Fear

Here in California, we think of lilacs as cultivated garden shrubbery, container plants for decks, flowering in Spring. In Maine, lilacs grow in the wild, spreading into groves so large a four-year-old can build an imaginary dream house fit for fairies and elfin princes. We start building our dreams as soon as we have the […]

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A Taste of Salsa on Sunday

Sunday Snippet and another opportunity to taste a bit of Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls. This week, I’m sharing a selection from Part II. This scene takes place when Emily and David are attending their first appointment for fertility treatments. “Just a quick pregnancy test, Emily. Shouldn’t take long.” Dr. Nathan Daley smiled at his new patient […]

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Taste of Sunday in Salsa

This short selection from Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyl, Part I is for the Sunday Snippet Group on Facebook.  This selection from the novel happens on a Sunday. I’m only allowed 10 sentences so if you want to read more, I’ve put the scene on my Books page: … Miguel stared up at the priest who laid his […]

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Nurturing Pomegranate II

Between growing, nurturing and pruning pomegranate, this plant and I have had a turbulent 15 months. At the height of spring, I held my breath when no signs of green appeared. All the rest of the garden was blooming. I am rarely hasty with my decisions to abandon the potential of success so I let […]

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