A native of Paris Hill, Maine, I spent most of my childhood and early adult years in San Francisco before emigrating to Wales to marry and raise three sons. I have been a writer, editor and lecturer for most of my life, intermingled with career portfolios in marketing, finance, administration and community arts projects.
An award-winning editor, I have published three volumes of women’s autobiographical writing about their lives in Wales and during World War II and have recently released a collection of my mother’s anecdotes about her travels during the war, Following the Troops. I am a member of Romance Writers of America, the Welsh Academy, Authors Guild and several RWA chapters. My debut novel, Wait a Lonely Lifetime, was released in April 2012, published by Avalon Books.
I have since published ten novels—seven historical romances under a pen name and three contemporary novels. My forthcoming novel, Pavane for Miss Marcher, is an American historical set in the 1870s in Maine.
I have been known to run with scissors and leap before I look.
On the Night Before Labor Day, September 2015, I published
New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection and change. Jocelyn has more changes coming at her from all directions beginning on a Portland, Maine winter day than she’s faced since her mother’s death. None of it bodes well for the junior editor’s fledgling career when her fiancé abandons her. If not for three unwise princes, a Viking warrior and a sinkhole…
So starts the last day of an Old Year in Jocelyn Tavers’s life. Over the next 12 months, she faces her 26th birthday, falling on Mother’s Day, at the same time as she wonders what happened to a certain officious lawman and a certain deserter father remembers her birthday after fifteen years of neglect.
An ex-boyfriend and the appearance of a complete stranger are not the only obstacles to disrupt her author’s book launch, especially when that stranger is her next editing assignment.
But this New Year isn’t all downhill. Nights Before national holidays bring more than big sale weekends for Joey-Jo, including all she ever wanted for Christmas. Nights Before is available at CreateSpace and other online booksellers, as well as Public Libraries.
In January 2015
What happens in Edinburgh stays in Edinburgh —
if Mike Argent has anything to say about it.
This Can’t Be Love, is the second novel in my In Love, in Europe series, a story set in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. What chance does love have to bloom and grow between Mike Argent, an itinerant construction worker, and Jakki Hunter, a quirky actress?
Like all my contemporary novels, This Can’t Be Love is a Big City Romance and a Semi-sweet Romance. The In Love, in Europe series features Americans falling in love in many of Europe’s fabulous and familiar cities.
The love affair between Mike and Jakki meets with resistance from her many former wannabe lovers, one of whom takes his rejection revenge to a level of violence that reawakens all Mike’s worst memories.
He’s put the past to the back of his mind. He has the freedom from entanglements he wants. Why does he need this ditzy dame and her troubles in his life?
This Can’t Be Love is now available at major online retailers including KoboBooks, on the iBookstore, Amazon, Smashwords and is available in print at CreateSpace, other online booksellers, as well as Public Libraries.
In 2014, I released
When I first wrote Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls, the book grew exponentially as ideas came into my head. This was one of the novels in reams of pages I mentioned above.
After several rewrites and revisions, I published this novel in two volumes, much like Charles Dickens. However, after a few months, I realized that this was one book and should be read as one whole book, not a book in two parts. With a new cover and ISBN, Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls is back. The story hasn’t changed. Emily is still a dancing angel and David is still a flying reptile. Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls is a multicultural, interracial love story of an American family.
Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls is available on KOBO , Barnes & Noble for the Nook, Versent Books, Amazon, CreateSpace (paperback) and Smashwords. The novel is also available in paperback on Amazon, and as an ebook on the iBookstore.
From the end of 2012 through 2013, my novel by installment was released
Serial Novel: Nights Before
In the final story in the Nights Before serial novel, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve, Christmas Past and Christmas Previous haven’t been all Jocelyn Tavers wished, but Christmas Present and Christmas Future are in capable hands – her own.
But even the best laid plans have a way of meeting disaster head-on. No surprise that her ex has every intention of spoiling Christmas and any hope of a happy future. He doesn’t want her but he doesn’t want anyone else to want her either. A burst of wishful enthusiasm sinks her further into impersonating someone she’s never likely to be, especially if a certain law-abiding citizen isn’t in a generous frame of mind.
Man-trouble doesn’t end with ex-boyfriends or those she’d most like to be new boyfriends. Better than holiday spirit, Santa has a special gift wrapped up, warmed up and ready to fulfill all her cherished desires but first she must come to grips with the foundations of any good relationship.
The penultimate story in the Nights Before serial novel is ‘Twas the Night Before Veterans Day. Months of job-hunting, land Jocelyn in the protective custody of a close friend and seeking the help of a French-speaking public servant whose absence has cracked her façade of laissez faire and nonchalance.
Who would have thought a tow truck driver would be her rock in a hard place?
Working a few days a week keeps her snazzy 4×4, Spike, from running out of gas and a meal on her table but can’t bring in enough to keep minutes on her cell phone when her former managing editor wants to contact her with a change of plans.
Both of her least favorite authors have made demands and she can’t say no when her rent needs paying. To compound her confusion, the trailer park nymphomaniac has competition when a new voice with attitude pipes up, giving orders and the occasional sound advice. The Veterans Day weekend brings more than a headstrong lawman to Jocelyn’s door on a night she won’t soon forget. Available at Amazon & AmazonUK.
In the fourth story, ‘Twas the Night Before Labor Day, just when Jocelyn believes she has a grip on her job, the publisher throws a task in her path that proves to be wicked near impossible without the help of a friend, if she can find one.
The work she’s editing for her absent father’s apologist strikes chords Jocelyn would prefer to remain silent. The mad scientist reveals his mother’s savory past. Steel proves as reliable as lightning for jump-starting the disheartened. But in the case of one public servant, absence does not make the heart grow fonder.
Now available on the iBookstore & Amazon.
The Nights Before serial novel’s third story about Jocelyn and her three suitors is ‘Twas the Night Before Mother’s Day. Jocelyn faces the first Mother’s Day without her mother and the sudden appearance of a well-dressed man who seems to know more about her, her mother and absent father than a stranger should.
An officer of the law, the ex and her eccentric author pick up and scatter pieces all over the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick, Maine.
All the books in this series have had newly designed covers by the graphic artist, Gwiboz.
Now available on the iBookstore and on Amazon.
This new cover is for the second story in my serial novel, Nights Before, about Jocelyn Tavers and her unwise princes is ‘Twas the Night Before Valentine’s Day. Jocelyn is juggling unwise princes, an ex-boyfriend and her rebuilt 4×4 on one of the coldest days of a Maine winter.
Her big date on the night before the day for lovers has some surprises in store but so do her ex and the weather forecaster.
What does it take for a girl to get some adoration of her own?
‘Twas the Night Before Valentine’s Day is a bestseller is available on the iBookstore as well as Smashwords, Kobo, Diesel-ebooks and Barnes & Noble. Now also available on Amazon.
My New Year’s Eve Romance, ‘Twas the Night Before New Year, has a new cover and is available on Smashwords and at other major online booksellers Barnes and Noble, Kobo.
New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection and change. Jocelyn has more changes coming at her from all directions on this Portland, Maine winter day than she’s faced since her mother’s death.
None of it bodes well for the junior editor’s fledgling career when her fiancé abandons her to spend this holiday alone. If not for three unwise princes, a Viking warrior and a sinkhole…
A short story – alone for New Year’s Eve, what can be worse for a single girl? A lot!
Now also available on Amazon.
And my Debut Novel, April 2012
My debut novel is Wait a Lonely Lifetime published by Avalon Books, New York. This was a work in progress when I spoke to Lia Brown in July 2010. By the end of September, the book was in her hands. You can read about this book, my process in writing it and what happens next in my online writer’s journal, Ever Writing. I was a guest at Four Foxes One Hound on the 28th of April 2011, and was interviewed at USAToday by Joyce Lamb, whose two Paranormal Romances are finalists in the RWA RITA®. After completing Wait a Lonely Lifetime, I realized I had many other stories about Americans in Love in Europe.