Whew this summer has been a whirlwind. It started in Mid-may when I had the honor of speaking at the Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie, Texas. It was such a pleasure to meet this group of readers and writers. Not only did I get to connect with my Texas friends, I got to have dinner with my original critique group, The Flip Flop Sisters!

I returned home in time to re-pack for Denver/Scotland.

I attended a Margie Lawson Immersion course at her beautiful home in the Rocky Mountains just north of Denver. I met amazing writers, learned more than my brain could possibly hold, ate more than I should have, and played with Margie’s adorable dachshund, Calypso.

From Margie’s it was off to Dallas to meet my college roommate, Suzanne for our epic adventure in Scotland.


We spent an amazing ten days traveling the country.

From Edinburgh to the Blair Athol Highland games.








to Sky, Oban, Inverness, and Hadrian’s wall, we found the countryside breathtaking and the people friendly and engaging.





















To be honest, Suzanne’s southern accent seemed to fascinate them. One lady even said, “I can’t understand a word you’re saying but I love your accent so keep talking.”Honestly, ten days was not enough time in this amazing country. I can’t wait to go back.










After Scotland, I had a little over a week before heading to St. Louis to attend a wedding in the beautiful Chaumette vineyards.

Mid July I traveled to North Dakota to spend time with my oldest daughter’s family. A whole week with my oldest grandson! I had a blast!










Home for 2 days and off to sunny, or should I say muggy, Orlando, Florida for the RWA national conference. Wow it was a fast and furious week. It was awesome meeting up with my roomies Pricilla Oliveras, Madaline Martin, and Monica Jones.








We had a fantastic Day of YA and I got hang with my fellow Ink Monster authors.


But as fun as all the traveling was, I’m happy to be home with my puppies for awhile.

Time to focus on my latest release Hickville Redemption.

Revise my yet-to-be named  Rom Com.

Write the second Magic Harvest book.

As I’ve said before, I have the best job in the universe!

What did you do on your summer vacay?