Package Deal-Now Available in Paperback

“The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” James Brown

“Well-written and very plot heavy this is a lovely romance with plenty of oomph…”     Long and Short Reviews.

I’m excited to announce that Package Deal is now available as a paperback. Since each of the Rhythm & Romance titles are fairly short, I deliberated for a long time whether release them as stand-alone paperbacks, bundle them into pairs, wrap the whole series into one book or leave them as strictly e-books.  A couple of factors nudged me toward the individual paperbacks route.

  • Many conversations with devout readers who declared “I just love to have a book in my hands!”
  • In listening to Joanna Penn’s podcast, The Creative Penn, she mentions having her work in multiple formats, audio, e-book, paperback, hardback and large print.
  • When I gave a copy of Mixed Blessings to a friend of mine, she exclaimed, “It’s purse-sized, I love it!” While I like a weighty novel as much as the next person, for on the road reads I prefer something small that I can slip into my purse or briefcase.

Once I finally made up my mind, the rest came together fairly quickly. Many thanks to Harris Channing for once again doing an amazing job on the cover! An author herself, Harris designed all the covers for the Rhythm & Romance series as well as for Ever After.

Package Deal

Widowed attorney, Liz Grant, buries her grief in paperwork.  On whim she takes a dance lesson at the club Eclipse and falls for Salsa’s spicy rhythms and Patrick Cavanaugh’s sexy grin.  Can Liz handle the change of tempo in her well-ordered life?

Patrick has the right moves, but struggles to keep his balance when his adult daughter falls apart.  Will their love survive off the dance floor?

 

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Mom & the Bard

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”  Shakespeare

I fell in love with Shakespeare in Junior High despite the fact my English teacher forced us to read Romeo & Juliet aloud in front of the class. You might even say it was love at first cite. I loved Shakespeare’s word play even if sometimes I didn’t always understand all of it. When Juliet’s nurse slyly quipped that her charge fell forward as a child, but would fall backward as a woman, I thought she meant Juliet was clumsy.

Though a lifelong voracious reader, my mom was hesitant when I asked her to go with me to see Comedy of Errors at a local winery. Coming from a small country high school in Indiana (her graduating class was nine), my mom hadn’t studied Shakespeare in high school or college. No doubt she feared being set adrift in a sea of archaic language.

Maybe it was because it was my birthday or because the play was performed at a winery Mom agreed to go with me. I admit I too was a little apprehensive.  For me, Shakespeare shone more brightly on the page than being mumbled by slouching 9th graders.

For this particular production, the director used an Old West theme opening with a brawl in the first scene. As the director would later explain to the audience, “It’s not a Western without a bar fight.” Wearing cowboy hats and overalls, the actors spoke the Bard’s words while their gestures and body language told the rest of the story. And it all worked.

You don’t need to be an Elizabethan scholar or even an English major to enjoy Shakespeare, just an observer of human nature.  Mom even accompanied me to another outdoor production the following summer. This time it was Merry Wives of Windsor, set in Marin County, California in the sixties.  I don’t know if Shakespeare would have used Beatles music between scenes, but I bet he would have liked the scene with the hot tub.

Be Connected-Making Writers Conferences Work for You

“But when people say, Did you always want to be a writer? I have to say no! I’ve always been a writer.” Ursula Le Guin

I was fortunate to meet author and artisan jeweler, Wendy Van Camp at the 20 Books to 50K conference in Vegas last year. Headed off to a conference this year?  Check out some of my writing conference tips on her blog, No Wasted Ink.

An Ocean Among the Trees

“You’re not a wave, you’re part of the ocean.” Mitch Albom

A couple of weeks ago as we were headed home from a company picnic at Idlewild Park, I noticed a group of ladies wielding ladders and large bags of yarn headed toward Lundsford Park. As a knitter myself, any amount of yarn will draw my attention. Naturally, we had to check it out.

It goes to prove that if you have the inclination to check something out, the discovery is always worth the extra few minutes out of your day.

As I’ve said before Artown never fails to surprise.

 

 

Had we sped by we would have missed a series of oceanscapes in the park created by the Anonymous Crafters for Artown 2019. One of the artists explained this project was a year in the making with each piece taking several months. This series of yarn art, themed “Under the Sea” is their fourth production for Artown.

Where else would you see a mermaid among the trees?

Care Instructions-Motherhood and Writing

Write,

mother,

sleep.

Repeat as needed.  

 

Shondra Rhimes

 The creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal has shared some inspiring comments regarding writing and motherhood, but this is one of my favorites.  Too often mothers and writers embark on a frantic search for the right combination of habit, attitude and magic that will keep their priorities aloft without all of them crashing down on their heads. Unfortunately due to life’s ever-changing nature, what worked like a charm today may be worthless tomorrow.

 

That doesn’t mean to stop striving, but you can ditch trying to be perfect. Sometimes it is best to keep moving forward and embrace the silly sticky moments.  Instead of aiming on an impossible ideal, focus on being consistent which works well for both real kids and literary babies.

The above post previously appeared on my Mariposa’s Musings blog on May 7, 2016, but as a mom and a writer I believe sound advice is worth repeating.

If you happen to be in the Reno-Sparks area and are looking for a special something for the mom in your life (or you), check out the Mother’s Day Weekend Sale at Copper Cat Studio. Artists from all over Reno and Sparks will be there including Katherine Case.

Saturday, May 11th-10:00AM to 3:00PM

Copper Cat Studio-300 Kresge Lane, Sparks, NV -near the intersection of McCarran and Glendale.

 

And…if you’re looking for a good mother-daughter read consider the following:

Ever After: When the fairytale ends is when the real story begins.  In the face of crisis two childhood friends re-ignite their friendship and discover which magic truly lasts.

Mixed Blessings: To save her daughter Allison from an abusive relationship, Nora Montgomery sends her to stay with relatives in California. Allison is unaware that her “cousin” Lynne Cooper is the child her mother gave up for adoption 30 years ago.  Can Nora choose between her new relationship with Lynne or keeping the past safely hidden.

Wedding Tango:  Moira Williams is dismayed when her daughter, Tami, announces her engagement. Why do they have to get married in Buenos Aires?  Though she dreads seeing her ex-husband, Alan, the gorgeous father of the groom has her pulse racing.

Romance Fair Kindle Unlimited

“Is the spring coming?” he said.

“What is it like?”…

“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on sunshine…Frances Hodgson Burnett,

The Secret Garden

Even if Old Man Winter is still holding court in your neck of the woods, with a #kindleunlimited subscription you can enjoy a spring romance (or two or three).

Check out the KU Romance Book Fair through April 30th and find your next favorite author!