Every Christmas, I like to read O. Henry’s timeless story about two people who each want to give the other the best Christmas gift ever. They fail in the sweetest way possible, and the story always brings a tear to my eye, even though I’ve read it dozens of times. (more…)
A while back, I was working on a story about an animal shelter in Las Vegas. While talking to the director, he mentioned that an abandoned three-legged dog had just been brought to the shelter.
“Oh, how sad,” I said. “What are his chances?” I was thinking that a dog with such a disability might not be very attractive to potential owners. (more…)
It was difficult for me to contain my delight when I received an invitation to take a ride in a blimp. A blimp! Really? I have been entranced with lighter-than-air flying machines since I saw one flying over the Rose Parade when I was a kid. Yes! I wrote back immediately. I would love to take a ride in a blimp! I restrained myself from adding extra exclamation marks, but seriously… a blimp!!!
This blimp is Carnival Cruise Line’s #ChooseFunAirShip, commissioned to celebrate the arrival of the new Carnival Panorama cruise ship in Long Beach, California. A picture of the Panorama covers the sides of the 128-foot-long blimp, making it the perfect ambassador (more…)
Please join me and the editors and authors of LIVE THROUGH THIS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF UNNATURAL DISASTERS for a book launch and conversation on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. LIVE THROUGH THIS is a collection of stories and essays by eleven Las Vegas writers: (more…)
When Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards announced that three of my books were finalists in their 2017 competition back in March, I was mighty pleased. Today, they’ve announced the final results, and all three of my books got extra pats on the back! GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA received (more…)
I am thrilled to announce that three of my books were honored by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. Strings: A Love Story won gold in the Romance category, Full Service Blonde won gold in the Mystery & Suspense category, and Getting off on Frank Sinatra won the Bill Fisher Award for best first book by a new publisher (Imbrifex Books). Aaron Reed, whose book Fly Fishing Austin and Central Texas is due out in 2019, was kind enough to be on hand to accept the awards on my behalf, and he also took the picture above.
I’m thrilled to announce that Strings: A Love Story received Honorable Mention in two categories in the Reviewers Choice Awards for 2018: Art/Poetry/Music & Romance. Since Strings is a story of both music AND romance, I couldn’t be more pleased. Here’s the full review by Sheri Hoyte at Reader Views. Thank you, Reviewers Choice! (more…)
I have two favorite kinds of picture books: those that I’ve read so many times that I’ve memorized them, and those that, on the first reading, I know are destined to become the first kind. The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press, October, 2017) is now well on its way to becoming the first kind. The first time I picked it up, I read it three times, and I didn’t even have a child nearby to encourage me. Since then, I’ve lost count of how many more time I’ve read it, and a number of other people have read it, too. It would have been easy enough to hide it under other books on my desk, but I’ve been enjoying this one’s (more…)