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Good morning all. Once again we are at Lake Cumberland for the weekend. My daughter’s little dog is blind and is terrified of the boat, so since I don’t swim, we said we would stay with Zoe. Plus we love the peace and quiet here.
I was supposed to do this blog yesterday, but by the time I finished all I had to do, plus throw my rags in a bag, then sit still as a stone on the I75 due to rush hour traffic, we did not get here till late and I just deflated like a blow up doll.
I love it when I am with family. We have such a good time when we are together. After all, family is what it’s about, and with the world going to Hell in a hand basket, we need to stick together.
Okay, so much for preaching. I hope y’all have been able to get some work done this week. I am going to try and work on THE STONE KILLER some, but it is a two hour trip to any large super market.  That’s fun.  But then, it is Saturday and all country people go to town on Saturday.  So, that is my day.  So much for relaxing amid the peace and quiet. I just realized. Today is the first of the month, so it is bill paying day. Lordy, I love when your plan works out. Ha.
Y’all take it easy if you can. I hope you have a Blessed day and we’ll talk later.




57%20the%20%20little%20%20firebase%20%20after%20%20michael%20%20farley%20%20was%20%20kil1Recently I posted this photo of a Vietnam Vet on my Facebook page and asked if anyone knew who he was or if he made it back from that war.  His picture was the inspiration for a young version of one of my characters in THE HANGMAN.  I am happy to report his name is Dwight Davis and to know he came home, as so many of our young men did not.  I found his identity in an amazing book by Jerry S. Horton entitled SHAKE N BAKE SERGEANT.  I emailed Mr. Horton, and he was kind enough to respond.  If you want to know what that war was like, read his book.  I recommend it.  I hope the years have been good for Dwight Davis and for Jerry Horton, they deserve it as do all veterans.

When I create a character, I need to know what they look like.  Sometimes I use a combination of physical attributes of various people I know, other times actors or pictures I find on the Internet.  I print a copy of the picture and put it in that character’s file.  Other times, I use people in the news, or make up their physical appearance and try to locate an actor who resembles my character.  That way, I have a photo to remind me of their image.  I did this with all my novels.  It works well for me.  You might give it a try.

IMAG0506I am happy to report my little dog, Titan, came through his teeth cleaning trip to the vet very well.  He still doesn’t feel too well, but will be his old self by tomorrow.  He is such a precious little dog and my baby, as are all my pets.

images7JPAILFWAt this moment, here in Colorado Springs, I have my front and back door open.  This is more like spring weather than February.  Our winter has been mild so far and beautiful.  Right now, it is 68 degrees with bright sunshine.  I am enjoying the sun and warmth and not complaining.

Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe.  Remember: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.




heartHAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY everyone.  I hope your day is filled with romance and a good time.  It is a day to relax and pamper yourself.  Me I’m a workaholic so needless to say I’ll be busy.

images7JPAILFWHere in Colorado Springs, the sun is shining bright and beautiful.  If the wind would calm down, it would be perfect.  It’s playing a merry tune on the wind chimes, which is beautiful, but I don’t like wind.  It makes it chillier, it’s 41, but feels like 37.

police-badgeI am happy to say I am back working at the PD.  I missed volunteering there every Monday and Friday.  My boss was happy to see me and put me right to work.  He helps me with the police procedures on my Jonas Black books.  I do take liberties with their procedures to fit my story line.  All the folks I’ve met at the PD have been great.  They are hard-working, dedicated men and women who always need our support.

262c8c604614cdc6720ccc3f2e5a9f6c[1]I almost have my painting of a ladybug finished.  The red has to dry or get tacky, and then I’ll add the finishing touches.  To the left is the picture I am working from and hope I get it as close as possible to the picture.  I love ladybugs, and have the perfect spot on my wall for this painting, next to my dragonfly.  One more ladybug to do and then on to several landscapes.  I love to paint insects like ladybugs, bumble bees, dragonflies, butterflies and even an ant on a flower,  My sister in Ohio always tells me, “no bugs in my paintings please”.  So I only paint her flowers.

I do have multiple photos scheduled to paint in between each book.  It gives me a break from all the murder and mayhem.  I am also scheduling a romantic suspense book to be completed each year besides each Jonas Black book.  I’m going to give it the good old college try anyway.  Cross your fingers for me.

Time for me to get my butt in gear and go to work.  Everyone have a great day and stay safe.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.



imagesBDJX3DZCI started this blog Thursday.  Got up Friday with plans on finishing it.  WRONG! My cable modem went bad.  No phone, no Internet, no nothing.  Since I don’t own a cell phone, (I can hear everyone now, What no cell in this day and age) I had to drive to Comcast to let them know I had a problem.  Bright and early this a.m., a man was here to fix all the problems.  So here I am.

I create my own book covers.  I have a computer program especially for doing that job.  It is great and easy.  Unfortunately, right now, it is not working.  I installed the latest version of Java and was instructed to uninstall all the old versions.  Big mistake, as that particular program runs on an older version of Java or I need to do something to the new version and I’m not sure what.  Thank God my nephew know a lot about computers.  I’ll get him to help me with my problem.  Well my nephew tried.  He said I need to call the Geek Squad.  I’ll do that.

IMG_8349Mother Nature has flipped her wig.  Yesterday, Colorado broke all types of records for warmest February day.  The Springs had 77 degrees, and where I live, we’re usually a couple of degrees hotter.  So needless to say, the pups had a great time outside and I enjoyed the beautiful day once I left Comcast.  Today it is going to be in the upper 60s and tonight.  Well, let’s say the weather is gonna change.  The temperature will drop and we’re going to have rain mixed with snow!  Crazy.  Monday, back up in the 50s.  I really can’t complain.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRRevised 1 SK CoverI spoke with sister this a.m., after the phone was fixed.  The editing of THE HANGMAN is progressing well.  But, bless my poor sister, this is only the first edit.  There will be more.  As this is the second book in the Jonas Black series, before we upload THE HANGMAN, I suggest you read THE STONE KILLER.



Everyone have a great day and stay safe.  Remember: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.



2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRLate last night, I finished the first draft of THE HANGMAN.  Lord knows it has taken me long enough to complete it.  But it is done.  I sent sister a PDF copy as she has a MAC and I utilize a desktop PC.  Hopefully she’ll get through the first edit quickly.  Editing does take time and patience due to the fact we perform a lot of edits of our novels to make them as correct as possible,  We both hate to upload the book and then find a mistake we missed.  So we edit, edit, edit, and edit some more, and pray it is as perfect as we can make it.  One thing I have a big problem with is marketing my book.  I’m lousy at it.  If any of you have suggestions please send them to me.  My budget is extremely limited, so please keep that in mind.  And thank you before hand.

Garden_of_the_Gods[1]I have to admit, February weather so far has been fantastic, lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.  We’re going to  be in the sixties all week and maybe seventy on Friday.  Do you believe this weather for this time of year.  Sunday we could be  around thirty-nine.  Still nothing to complain about.


sngl-cvr-to-catch-a-dreamI have pulled up the manuscript for TO CATCH A DREAM.  Would you believe I have over sixty thousand word already written.  It shouldn’t take too long to finish it.  Sister is going to be busy this year. This book is a romantic suspense and gives me a break from murder and mayhem.  I need a break from that genre once in a while.

the-snatcher-singleI only have the beginning written of THE SNATCHER, the next book in the Jonas Black series.  There’s a lot of planning and research to get done, but, no doubt everything will fall into place once I get started working on it.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.





pillsSince I have a problem taking medication, and a side effect of Lisinopril is fatigue,  and I have been taking it for my blood pressure, for the about a week, the last two days, I haven’t had the strength to hardly move.  I quite taking it and now I’m starting to feel halfway human and more like my old self.  Not only does Lisinopril cause fatigue, it will make your legs hurt until you can hardly walk. And it also make you so cold, from the inside out, that your entire body is freezing.  Sometime I have to dress like I live in the Arctic to get warm.   People, doctors and medication will kill you.  Did you all know that a lot of doctors get kickbacks each month from pharmaceutical companies for writing prescriptions for their medication.  I know a lot a doctors in Florida do it.  They get a check every month from some of these companies.  Just a tidbit of information you might not know.

images7JPAILFWToday, we had weather in the sixties.  Tomorrow and the rest of the week is predicted to be as nice as today.  I had lunch with a couple of friends, and we sat and talked until three.  I had to buy some dog food for the pups so had to go to Petsmart, and then stopped at Michael’s.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRSNGL CVR TO CATCH A DREAMWell, I’m halfway through the next to the last scene in THE HANGMAN.  I hope to finish it tomorrow.  Then I’ll get to work on TO CATCH A DREAM while sister is editing the first draft of THE HANGMAN.

Monday, I go back to volunteering at the police department.  the-snatcher-singleFor THE SNATCHER, I have to do some more research at the PD.  Those guys are so helpful, and I appreciate all the information they give me.

Well everyone have a great Sunday and stay safe.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.



235At 2:30 my pups had to go out.  What a surprise.  It was 18 degrees and there was a light cover of snow on the ground.  It has continued to spit snow all morning.  It won’t go away quickly today as our high is only going to be 28.  I’m so glad I went to the store yesterday and bought what I needed for a few days.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be near 40, and Saturday, near or in the 60s.  I do have to go out tomorrow and hope it’s a better day than today.   Crazy weather.  But that’s Colorado.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRSince I don’t plan on leaving the house today, I need to write the next to the last scene on THE HANGMAN.  First I have to go back and review the last part I wrote to make sure I didn’t forget anything.  I do keep a running list of things to resolve, but sometimes I miss something.  Sister usually catches it, thank God.  Being finished with the first draft will be great, but then come the tedious job of going over every word and sentence to make sure it is expressed to the best of our abilities.  We read for the consistency of the story line and that I’ve answered all the questions and solved all the problems.  We edit the book numerous times before it is formatted and then uploaded to Amazon.  We try to make our novels perfect, but of course, there isn’t such a thing as perfect.  Everyone makes mistakes.  But we do try.

706Writing in some ways is like trying to create the perfect painting.  It ain’t gonna happen, sweetheart.  I’m one of those perfectionist artist who does that.  That’s probably why, I could work on a painting and never call it completed if I’d let myself do that.  I don’t, because God is the only one who can paint a perfect landscape.  I do my best and that is all I can do.

Everyone stay warm and safe. Have a great weekend and remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.



IMG_8349I am so thankful for the beautiful weather we’re having, but I think winter is a little out of whack this year.  We’re supposed to have close to 60 degrees today and 61 degrees tomorrow, then drop down to the 40s and 30s.  The trees won’t know what’s going on with  the warm and then cold.  I hope they don’t start to bud with all this warm weather.  I do love the warmer days.

cartoon-vector-of-a-sweating-hard-working-business-woman-running-on-a-treadmillsweating-hard-working-business-woman-running-on-a-treadmi[1]My feeling like my old self is still with me.  Cutting out sugar has helped my arthritis to calm down and plus I’m losing weight.  That’s always great.  Of course I’m grateful for this change in my everyday life.  When you feel lousy, you don’t want to do anything, let alone write or paint.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRSNGL CVR TO CATCH A DREAMI’ll be putting the final touches to a scene today. Hopefully, I’ve kept track of all the issues in the book and resolved each one.  If I missed any, sister will point it out to me. Once the book is finished, I’m scrubbing this house and then working to complete several paintings.  Then on to TO CATCH A DREAM.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe.  Remember: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.