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 … [Read more...]

THE SWEETEST THING

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Sweet Home Carolina

Sweet Home Carolina

Darcy Vance has sunk every cent she has into making Mimosa House the best bed and breakfast in Magnolia Bay. But the key to her success lies in the hands of the Historic Preservation Society run by the Bloom bitches who are embarrassed about their father’s connection to the storied house and they have no intention of validating it with a spot on the society’s registry. After losing his PGA card, Trent Mauldin has come home to Magnolia Bay to lick his wounds and has no plans to stay. Until he falls for Darcy. Things heat up between the two until Trent’s good intentions to help Darcy go … [Read more...]

Steal Me, Cowboy

Steal Me, Cowboy

Unbeknownst to her boyfriend, Sassy South Carolina hairstylist, Rainey Brown, is headed to Missoula, dead set on giving her minor league baseball player boyfriend of four years an ultimatum. Either put a ring on it or let her go, preferably not the latter. When Rainey's piece of crap car dies in the middle of Nowhere, Montana, she's sure she's a goner, until gorgeous restaurateur Beck Hartnett stops to help. Beck falls hard for Rainey, and knows she would admit she's fallen for him too, if she wasn't too stubborn to admit it. Beck has five days before the car is repaired to steal Rainey … [Read more...]

THE POWER OF HAIR

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One of my best memories is being a young teen and running my quarter horse, Fig, a big sorrel gelding down a dirt road that encircled the little 9-hole golf course my father owned. Me with my long hair, and Fig with his tail, we were a mass of brown hair flying as fast as we could go. To this day, when I think of freedom, my freedom, I think about those moments racing with Fig. When I was little and before I had any say in the matter, my hair was super short, a glorified bowl cut. As I got older and more opinionated, I grew it out, but my mom still dictated the style. There are pictures of me … [Read more...]

CALLING ALL BOOK CLUBS!

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In a little over seven weeks, my sweet mother will be drawing the winner of the Ultimate Book Club Getaway contest, and I’ve got to be honest with you—I’m ecstatic! If you don’t know about the contest it’s a chance for book clubs to win a four night stay at my beach house on the Isle of Palms, SC. All clubs are eligible. You don't have to read The Wisdom of Hair to enter, but if your club does, you get ten extra entries! I've sprinkled pics of just a few of the clubs who have entered throughout this blog entry, and by the looks of it, they're as excited as I am!   When I got the idea … [Read more...]

ON HAPPILY EVER AFTERS

  I’m stepping out of the literary closet to say–I’ve written a romance! Not only have I written a romance, I’ve read A LOT of the genre this past year (47 and counting to be exact,) and the more I read, the more I am amazed how what a bad rap it has amongst the group who claims to be “the masses.” Most of those “rappers” are probably tucked in bed with a book and a flashlight or a Kindle, reading love stories like crack, but too embarrassed to admit it. But why? Romance is happy. Romance is hopeful. Sometimes hot, but always satisfying. In a world that desperately needs more HEA's … [Read more...]

SAYING THANK YOU TO MY FATHER

  Yesterday, I was captive in a car for three hours on our way back from our little piece of heaven, the Isle of Palms, when the sprotscasters my husband was litening to on the radio made a very good point. Advertisers, and maybe offspring themselves make an enormous deal out of Mother's Day. Give her diamonds. Chocolate. Oh, heck, why not a new Lexus? But when it comes to Father's Day, it's a seems to be a blip on the commercial radar. I know this is true because when I went to pick out a Father's Day card, there was a small section at Target, and I'm sad to say about 80% of the … [Read more...]

THE SANITY & VACATION PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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Even if it’s just for a day or a locking yourself in the bathroom for a couple of precious hours, everyone needs to get away. But summer is right around the corner and, to a lot of folks that means vacation time. Anyone can come up with a gazillion places to go and things to do, but the focus of this prayer meeting is those precious minutes that can revive and often times save us from doing bodily harm to those we love and even those we don’t.  So here are some creative mini-vacations to rejuvenate your or at least get you through the day. Some cost money and some don’t but all of them are … [Read more...]