Mules and the Oregon Trail

DetourTrail cover 2I just started reading an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck, and I’m on chapter three now, which focuses on mules.  I did a lot of research when writing Detour Trail, and I’m still interested in the Oregon Trail–and mules because of Jake, an important character in the book.  The history is fascinating.


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Creating characters (link)

This article from (blog) focuses on strong female characters, but it covers a lot of territory: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed



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Guest post: Who’s Going to Do the Marketing?

Guest post: Who’s Going to Do the Marketing? by Andrew Crofts.

Must do more marketing…


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Melange Books Giveaway Extravaganza!

Time is running out on that huge Melange Books giveaway extravaganza, and there are lots of books to choose from:

Keep scrolling down that list!  My western novel, Detour Trail, is towards the bottom–over half way down anyway.


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Pinning on Pinterest (links)

I recently added two new Pinterest boards:

Time Travel Tales:

Post-apocalyptic books:

And I added more photos to my Western style board:





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Strike Three review (link)

Here’s the latest review of Strike Three



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The Doorway and Other Stories on sale

The Doorway and Other Stories

The Doorway:
Nessa stumbles into the time corridor while helping a friend.
Guard Dog:
Sequel to The Doorway.  Nessa travels to the time of Earth’s first contact.
Stray Cats:
Cats, herps, and humans–sometimes interchangeable.
Pilot’s Course:
Terran humans in the far future settled on other planets. Heroine plots new  course…  (Won 2nd place in the Florida Freelance Writers Association’s Florida  State Writing Competition–Andre Norton Fantasy/SF Short Story division 1995.)
The Princess Quest:
Sword & Sorcery: The princess and the barbarian…
When Danger Rules:
Reesa came back to rescue the remaining members of the family she loved.  Now she had to avoid being killed by her cousin, who wanted the throne, and the new ruler of the planet, who didn’t want a throne, and the ones she had come to rescue…
(Excerpt in Writer’s Digest  Nov. 2000 and Excerpt in Writing Clinic (special issue)  2003)
Home Not:
When Grief’s Aunt Chelsea died, his Uncle Sandro saw his chance, and Grief was at his mercy…   Adventure.
What Price a Friendly Freep:
Aliens and humans and spaceships. 
Too Tight:
Close call…
Royal Guardians:
Heroine and companions land in Florida after escaping from another dimension.
Old Rex:
D.A.’s daughter’s dead dog (ghost story).


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