A Holiday Welcome

 2018 Holiday Blog Tour Stop #18 “Welcome to Mountain Brook Ink’s 2018 Holiday Blog Tour! We’re so excited you’ve decided to join us on this journey of family, friends, traditions, and memories over the next month. You as our reader have done so much to pour into our lives, and this season we want to […]

Thank A Veteran

Veteran’s Day, a special day in which we honor those who have served in our country’s military, falls Sunday. I was reminded this week of how much I owe those individuals who have given themselves to preserve my freedoms. My elderly neighbor, now 96, served as a gunner on a B-17 during WWII. My brother-in-law spent […]

If You Haven’t, VOTE

I sat down with my voter’s pamphlet this morning and read through the measures. What always surprises me when I do this is that the impressions I’d formed by the thirty-second sound bites on television are often quite different after I’ve read what the issues are in each proposed change to the state’s constitution. I […]

Of Ghosts and Goblins

When do the winter holidays begin at your house? I confess that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two I give any attention, but with the commercialism of our culture my daughter gets into the spirit of the season early by insisting on a Halloween pumpkin. I benefit from her enthusiasm by having a lot […]

Invested Readers are Gold

This past week I was invited to be the guest author for a local book club. I haven’t participated in a lot of these gatherings, so I don’t know what the protocol is for such an event. I make sure I show up with gifts and door prizes for these eager participants. Readers are the […]

I Get Letters

One of the surprises I’ve experienced releasing three novels and writing a weekly blog for the past eight years has been the reactions of readers. Various individuals have blessed me with their appreciation of and their personal reactions to the messages I post. I never know how often the post gets read, but I believe […]

Release Time is Here!

The weekend has arrived. My third novel, A Kite on the Wind, will release today. The date moved up a day to correspond with another event, the free giveaway of my debut novel, An Anchor on Her Heart, on Kindle from Amazon. What a great way to get started on the series—the first book free. A […]

An Uncelebrated Birthday

This weekend my sister, the cute little girl in the front of the family photo above, would have turned another year older. I would have purchased a card and put money in it, then sent it as a surprise to her mailbox. I wrote about her untimely death in July, so I won’t repeat my words. Instead, […]

Retaining Brick and Mortar stores

The advent of online shopping and digital stores in recent years has increasingly threatened the existence of more traditional shopping in what retailers call brick and mortar stores. Watch the news and one regularly sees announcements of another store liquidating its merchandise and closing its doors, leaving behind a vacant, rectangular building made of stone. […]