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Mother-Daughter Trip and Book Release Update

I just returned from my annual mother-daughter trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Flagstaff, Arizona. My daughter and I walked through spectacular Antelope Canyon and enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at Big John’s Texas Barbecue in Page just outside Lake Powell.…


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Joan’s New Beach Read

After three months of unpacking and arranging, I decided I was finally ready to host a dinner party in my new home. With all the beautiful summer flowers in bloom, a yellow, blue, and white nautical table setting seemed like fun. I served a kale salad,…


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Research in Jackson Hole

I spent last week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I attended a writer’s conference and took advantage of the opportunity to do research for the next book in my King’s Brat series, SURRENDER. I also hiked in Grand Teton National Forest, where there were numerous…


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DAY 4 BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE

My grandkids are in day camp this week so I can write during the day without interruption–except today they had an “overnight” and won’t be back until tomorrow.  My grandson Logan forgot his toothbrush, hair gel (yes, at 13, my redheaded grandson needs hair gel) and…


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Update on Josie’s Story

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE, so I’ve decided to share my writing process with you as I complete the book. I’ve committed to posting daily on my Facebook page to keep you informed of my progress. That way you…


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DAY 3 BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE

Because I don’t like to put down a book until I finish it, and that can keep me up until the middle of the night reading, I  mostly listen to books on disc in the car (and yes, sometimes I sit in the garage for…


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DAY 2 BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE

I spent more time revising yesterday than writing new material, but I did finish a chapter and start a new one. I’m going to answer yesterday’s questions in today’s post, rather than to you individually, so everyone can see my answers. I also thought you…


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DAY 1 BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE

I’m about half done with BB and have 200 wonderful pages telling Josie’s story that I would love to read–if I were the reader and not the writer–but I’ve gotten stuck at “the muddle in the middle.” I’ve decided to share my writing process with…


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Joan Has A New Home

Dear Reader, Spring is here! Just in time for my move to a new home. Though I don’t have the same expansive mountain view from my windows, I can see beautiful budding trees-which are just about to open-from the porch in my backyard. I’m finishing…


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Happy Spring!

Dear Reader, The daffodils are already poking through, even though we had a last minute blizzard yesterday. As I put the finishing touches on  BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE, which will be available in stores and online later this year, I’m taking a break to have a “Girls…


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