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Finding Palmetto Moon in the Ether

If I could wish ANYTHING for you, other than unlimited good health and happiness, it would be to experience that ethereal place I write from. It's a place I learned to trust implicitly a long time ago. A couple of times, I've written about bad stuff and it actually happens. I'm not sure if that was foreshadowing of my own life, but I don't think it was coincidence. With Palmetto Moon, I wrote about Round O, South Carolina like I knew it like the back of my hand. I'd never been there before and had only driven through Walterboro, or stopped there to use the bathroom on the way to Edisto Island over thirty years ago. So, before I turned the Palmetto Moon manuscript into my editor, last summer, I decided I should visit to make sure I got the place right. I was pleasantly surprised and then … [Read More...]

What happens when the sassy south meets the HOT Montana west?

THE SWEETEST THING

I know SHOCKER, right? A blog post from me? I hope you had a fabulous holiday season and that you're braced for an AWESOME 2014 like I am! Okay, to know what the sweetest thing is, you have to know what the NOT sweetest thing is. And as a newbie novelist, it's having ONE book out there. Don't get me wrong, I'm so FREAKING grateful to have a published book, sometimes, I just squeal for no reason. Or for that very reason. I didn't have anything else for readers who say, "What else do you have for me to read?" And while I thank GOD for my fabulous editor at Penguin, sadly I've had to say to readers, "the new book will be out next AUGUST." BTW, Palmetto Moon does come out 8/5/14. YAY! But in a world when our baked potatoes can't bake fast enough in the microwave, that's too long for some … [Read More...]

Palmetto Moon

Palmetto Moon

June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found… Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her. In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays, and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant … [Read More...]