The Finish Line!

J.J. finds a moment to relax
J.J. finds a moment to relax

I love having a few days off from work, don’t you?

Time… There never seems to be enough for the things we enjoy the most.

The past few days have given me the opportunity to stop and catch my breath. I’ve cleaned out closets, organized my file cabinets and called a few old friends. What’s got me most excited is that I was able to add the final polish to my newest writing project, Shadow Lake. Early yesterday morning I crossed the finish line to those beautiful words… The End. If you’re a writer, you know that it doesn’t get any better than that!

I also got an early start on my new year’s resolution to read more great books. I was going to save my review for the first of the year, but this story was just too wonderful not to share, so here goes:

A Thousand Tomorrows

By Karen Kingsbury


Abandoned by his father at age eight, Cody Gunner becomes a young man filled with rage. His anger and pain consume him, define him. When he discovers the rodeo, Cody finds the one place in the world where he can come to terms with his fury — on the back of a bull as angry and hate-filled as he is. The one place, that is, until he finds himself in Ali Daniels’ arms.


Afflicted with a deadly lung disease, the beautiful Ali Daniels is determined to realizer her dream of winning a national championship on the rodeo circuit as a barrel racer, knowing that each ride will do more damage to her battered lungs, shortening her life. When Ali and Cody meet, a friendship begins and soon grows into a love that surpasses all understanding. A love that requires everything they’ve got. And then some.     




A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. I was drawn into the story from the first pages, enchanted by a cast of characters that grew and evolved and became more lifelike with every scene. I wept for them in their sorrows, cheered for them in their struggles, and hoped right along with them until the very end. A story of hope and redemption, of love and sacrifice, this gorgeous book has earned a permanent place on my book shelf as well as in my heart. 


The best part is, I still have a few days off, a headful of ideas, and a shelf filled with books just waiting to be read!

Next on my list:

8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber

See you next time!



Looking Forward – Looking Back

Don’t you just love the start of a brand new year?


For me it’s always seemed like a blank journal with three hundred-sixty-five crisp, pristine pages, just waiting to be written. While I am not a “resolutions” kind of girl, I do hope to accomplish some things in 2009. I want to worry less, hurry less, and write more. I want to read more books and listen to more music. I want to stretch myself as a writer and see what I can accomplish.


Take my latest work in progress. I’m really going out on a limb this time. I’m actually going to write a story with a bona fide happy ending. I might even go so far as to say a “happily ever after” ending. As you may or may not know, when it comes to HEA, I struggle. If you’ve read any of my books I’m sure you’d agree that their endings are best described as happy… sort of. A pessimist by nature, I tend to see the dark side of things and sometimes that darkness carries over into my writing. But this time I just might surprise you. Heck, I might even surprise myself.


A new year is a time for looking forward, but who can resist a peek at the past? I heard a song on Classic Rewind today that had me glancing in the rearview. Ever have that happen? Strange, isn’t it, how a song can send you catapulting back in time. I heard the opening rift  of Heart’s Baracuda and suddenly it was 1979 again, and I was this person:



Jean at sixteen
Jean at sixteen




(I remember this girl. She loved Pat Benatar, Bruce Springsteen, and Fleetwood Mac. She devoured Danielle Steele novels in one setting and read True Story Magazine faithfully every month, cover to cover. She wanted to be a writer, and I’m sure happily ever after figured somewhere into her plan!)


Whoever you were, and whoever you are, my wish for you is a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. May you laugh more and worry less in 2009. May you read great books and think lovely thoughts. Mostly, may you find pockets of sunshine in each and every day.


Thanks for stopping by!