Well, I’ve gone and done it now

As of today, I’m officially announcing my new venture as a Virtuoso certified independent travel agent with World Travel Service! Yes, that means I can help you with your travel plans to anywhere in the world! At no extra charge to you. Contact me today to learn more.

I am also the Denver Europe Travel Examiner. Drawing upon my in-depth experience as a former student in Europe, and as a professional traveler, Certified International Tour Manager leading tours throughout Italy, and a land operations specialist with expertise in Italy and other European destinations, I’m posting articles featuring travel tips, news, and destination highlights. Check them out!

Published in: on May 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Cover

New & Improved!


Prompted by the fact that AN UNCOMMON CRUSADE was awarded the 2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Religious Fiction, my publisher has issued a new cover for the novel! I’m thrilled, and think it better represents the grown up themes of the story.

What do you think?


Published in: on June 17, 2011 at 8:09 am  Comments (4)  

Young Writers

I really enjoyed spending time with 5th grade writers today at Olsen Park Elementary School. I love sharing my enthusiasm for writing with students of all ages. Today we focused on the concept of showing v. telling, and the students had a chance to interact with me and each other as we explored this writing strategy. Then, after reading a short excerpt of a deleted scene from An Uncommon Crusade, I invited students to put themselves in the story and chronicle their day as a member of the commoner’s crusade of 1212. What detail and interesting slants they had on the scene! From humorous dialogs to tragic tales, they impressed me with their takes on the crusade.

And I’ve been invited back next week to share another favorite subject: Italy!

I’d love to discuss with you how I might meet the speaker needs of your next event, whether for students or adults. I can present on a variety of topics from matters of faith, to writing, to travel. Just contact me via the “Contact” tab.


Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Release Party & Book Signing

I won’t lie. I had FUN at the release party and book signing last Saturday. What’s not to love when you’re surrounded by family, friends, and food? We had a great turn out. My agent, publisher and the store managers were thrilled. A friend asked later that evening if I was breathing a sigh of relief that the day was nearly over. I didn’t see it that way at all! After years of writing, submitting, growing, rewriting, and submitting again, I enjoyed celebrating.

This week, however, it’s back to work. 🙂

A hug for my agent, Terry Burns, of Hartline Literary

With hubby and two of my children.

Friends and medieval-themed food

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm  Comments (4)  

Author Megan Bostic toots my horn

My friend, YA author Megan Bostic, has some kind things to say on her blog today. Thanks, Megan!

Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 10:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Release Day!

Thank you so much for your love and support, my friends! An Uncommon Crusade officially released today. If you’re local, please join me for the release party and book signing on January 22, 2011. Hasting’s Entertainment, 45th & Teckla, Amarillo, 2-4 pm. There will be a limited number of books available in the store, so I encourage you to order via Amazon or Barnes & Noble now. Hope to see you there!

Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 10:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Kindle Version is Live!

An Uncommon Crusade is available on Kindle. Buy it here.

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sneak Peek at An Uncommon Crusade

You can read a battle scene excerpt from An Uncommon Crusade here. My friend, the talented author Ian Healy, has critiqued the scene and given me some ideas to think about. You can submit an action scene for critique, too!

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

An Uncommon Crusade on Amazon.com

Did I forget to mention you can order a copy (several copies?? ;-)) of An Uncommon Crusade on Amazon.com? Coming to Kindle soon!

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

An Uncommon Crusade on Barnes and Noble

An Uncommon Crusade is now available on BarnesandNoble.com! Not bad, considering it hasn’t been officially released yet. 🙂

Published in: on December 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm  Leave a Comment