Rain Rain Rain


Last year I e-published two poetry collections and a short story. My goal was to follow up with ad promotions and social media blitzes in hopes that reviews would roll in but life kind of got in the way. Without promoting the ebooks,  25 copies sold and Kindle Unlimited users got another 125, which pleased me. Still no reviews, though.

I’m one of those weirdos who believes just about any criticism can be constructive (especially when given by other writers), so the lack of reviews have been disappointing.  Now that I’m working up a list of agents to send my novel to in hopes of traditionally publishing, my mind is clouded with lack of feedback and my sporadic social media presence. (Apparently a writer is supposed to have stuff like that in their bio.)

So, now I’m going to start what I should have done a year ago: Whoever out there is a Kindle Unlimited user and hasn’t read and reviewed my titles yet, I’ll be glad to return the favor. Hit me up with the links to your stuff poets and novelists! All it does is rain here and I’ve got a comfy chair to sit in while perusing books 🙂 All of my titles available for Kindle

Haiku & Other News


There are azaleas bursting to life in the front yard, and an unwanted pond in the back. In the meantime, while my head has been full of finishing THE NOVEL, Daniel Paul Marshall has shared some of my poems over at The Zen Space.

Thank you, Daniel. I adore the photographs featured on the Showcase and can’t wait to devour read all the other poems featured!

New Publication At Underfoot Poetry


It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of saying this, y’all: My work is being shown in an online lit mag!  Thanks to a friendly nudge from a fellow poet, I submitted work to the “Confession” feature happening over at Underfoot Poetry. Have a read through of the site when you get a chance, there’s poetry by the indomitable Robert Okaji as well as poets I’m just getting acquainted with.

The folks at Underfoot were kind enough to also share links to my ebooks that can be found at your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Most people I’ve bumped into over the years are aware of my poetic bumblings, but few have read my fiction. (Don’t be afraid! It’s only $1.99!).

So, you’re welcome for all the reading recommendations. Enjoy

Poetry Relaunch & New Fiction


Thanks to the help of a writerly friend I was able to relaunch my two poetry collections via Draft2Digital which makes the books available on several venues, including Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Amazon, and Scribd. In all formats the poetry collections view best on tablets/e-readers rather than smaller devices, but I can’t really fuss about the disappointments of this learning process because it’s all been too fun.

In addition to the poetry collections, I’ve added the short story Whiskey-Niner-Kilo and a peek at my upcoming novella, The Reaping. Follow the links below for modestly priced reading! I hope y’all enjoy.

Books available on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

Expert Advice Aside, Maybe I Should Just Go Take A Nap Soon


Time and I haven’t been on friendly terms for a while now. I yell a lot, but I don’t think it matters. May 2018 snuck up on me, now it’s whizzing by. Pollen is clogging up this town. I’m very sleepy.

Since January I have indulged in audio books on writing by writers. Now I’m on to interviews of authors, podcasts by authors, and I have to say, these have been incredibly inspiring. Natalie Goldberg, Ann Lamott, Stephen King, to name a few, have been in my ear since the mid-December ’17, explaining to me how I can’t continue to call myself a writer if I’m not actually writing. Being a writer requires a few late nights.

So, I’ve been writing because I just don’t want to let these folks down. Is that it?

James Scott Bell convinced me e-book publishing is a thing that is happening (I think he tried to nudge me a couple of years ago, too, but the memory is foggy). Joanna Penn convinced me I should make more writing friends and lay off the coffee (I haven’t made great strides in doing either, yet), and all those poems stacked in my desk drawer made me promise to let them out.

The poems are out. So far the coolest results after deciding on Kindle Direct Publishing are: dear old friends now have my poems on their Kindle devices, and my name is searchable in the Amazon browser bar!

I’m so excited for the day that I’ll get notification that a review has posted! (Yes, I’m dealing with that.)

Since the poems have been loosed from my desk drawer, I have been racking up some fiction word count (not fictional … ). As usual I’m also racking up household chores, nightly meals, yard work, day job, and puppy training hours. It’s a good thing they don’t have more comfortable chairs at the day job. These allergies make me snore something fierce.

At home, I’ve got to stay awake, because I’m halfway finished with this novel I’ve been wanting to write since 2009. Will I put exclusively in e-book format? Haven’t decided yet.

Writing friends, are you there? Just click the follow button. Okay? I’ll eventually get this blogging thing going on. Maybe. Meanwhile, do you have any experience writing e-book reviews?

Ramshackle Houses & Southern Parables, and No Voice of Her Own Available on Kindle

My Cento Collection Is Live On Kindle


No Voice Of Her Own, is now available. Time has been an issue, so I haven’t enrolled in any merchandising programs yet. This is my only advertising, thus far. As with Ramshackle Houses, I encourage and appreciate reviews and any feedback. This is a learning process I am thoroughly enjoying!

Happy Poetry Month, y’all!

Kindle Book is Live


Ramshackle Houses & Southern Parables is available today! After reading about an author who said she loved publishing on Kindle first because friends would give tons of feedback which she would then use for the relaunch, I thought … that’s totally doable! If I would have known this service was so accessible, I would have jumped in ages ago.

I really thought formatting would be easier. (Waits for everyone to laugh.) Thankfully, I learned a lot in this process, and can’t wait to add No Voice of Her Own and few short stories later this week. Note to Self: Do a better job with the sample preview!

The cover art is from a photograph by yours truly—which, by the way, makes the cover creation process so much easier.

Have some poems, y’all. Leave reviews. Your time and your words are much appreciated!