Thursday, February 20, 2020


My column on Meridian Magazine today features two historical books dealing with women who pushed for the right to fulfill jobs generally held by men. One is based on the fictionalized life of a real woman; the other is based on a general attitude and an entirely fictional woman.

https://latterdaysaintmag.com/latter-day-saint-fiction-winning-women/

At the present time my husband and I are caring for our daughter's dog while she and her family are on a little vacation. I grew up on farms and ranches where dogs were considered livestock and an important means of managing sheep or cattle. We had dogs and I loved working with them; I wouldn't want to move a flock of sheep without one or two good dogs. The first time I sat down to dinner at a home where their dog lived in the house and hung around the table at mealtime to beg for tidbits I felt a little sick. To me, it was kind of like bringing a cow inside to share the family meal. Over the years I've grown accustomed to dogs almost everywhere I go, but I still dislike them anywhere near the dinner table or in grocery stores. Once I attended a conference at a fancy Washington DC hotel and because the  other delegate from my state was blind, I sat at a table for meals with her and a group of blind people. There were six German Shepherds beneath our table. It almost made me giggle remembering my first reaction to a dog under the dinner table. Our guest dog likes to sit beside my chair while I eat, but since the weather has been pretty good, I generally give her a treat and put her in the backyard until dinner is over. He's really a very good dog. He was trained as a service dog, but since the person he was trained to assist is no longer here, he has adopted my daughter and her son. The funny thing is, whenever he is around me he stays close, sniffs me a lot, and gets really alarmed if my blood glucose is too high or too low. I guess he can tell I'm diabetic and considers it his job to look after me.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

I enjoyed reading and writing about these two books. Both authors are writers whose work I enjoy.
https://latterdaysaintmag.com/latter-day-saint-fiction-two-contemporaries-with-western-settings/
Also I've finished two manuscripts and both stories have western settings, one contemporary (Montana) and one much earlier Idaho). I'll have more to say about them closer to publication.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Only one review today: https://latterdaysaintmag.com/latter-day-saint-fiction-a-promising-debut/

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Today I posted reviews of two books some readers may consider children's books, but are actually Family or General Interest books. Both have solid help and fun stories for all ages.

https://latterdaysaintmag.com/latter-day-saint-fiction-a-step-outside-the-usual/

Thursday, December 12, 2019

My review column posted on Meridian today. The two books I reviewed are not Christmas books, but they both carry messages that are particularly pertinent this time of year.

https://latterdaysaintmag.com/latter-day-saint-fiction-reality-fantasy-and-hope/

I finished the first draft of my novella and it is now in the hands of my beta readers. Also my surgery went well and no malignancy was found.


Monday, December 2, 2019

https://latterdaysaintmag.com/new-christmas-books-to-bring-your-family-together-this-year/

Each year I post a column introducing new Christmas books. This year's column posted today. I apologize for the messy sentence at the end of the column. I can't even blame this one on auto-correct. A series of four trips to the hospital for minor surgeries and one simply for pain must have screwed up my brain. I'm doing much better now and hope I can catch such silly errors in the future before they appear in print. Merry Christmas one and all!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Here is today's review column from Meridian Magazine. https://latterdaysaintmag.com/latter-day-saint-fiction-seeking-justice/

Just a quick catch up for those who have asked. My cataract surgery went well and I'm still waiting for the results from the breast biopsy two days ago. I'm also still waiting for a yay or nay on the book length manuscript I submitted two months ago and I'm half way through the novella I agreed to write for a western romance compilation.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

My reviews of two great stories by a couple of my favorite authors were posted this morning on Meridian Magazine.

https://latterdaysaintmag.com/a-peek-at-two-spy-novels/

By the way I recently submitted another mystery/suspense novel to my publisher. I'm also busy working on a novella for a compilation with three other writers.

Thursday, September 5, 2019


I reviewed some fun mysteries involving food for today's Meridian column.
https://latterdaysaintmag.com/latter-day-saint-fiction-sweet-tooth-stories/

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Four Suspense Novels Not to Miss

I reviewed a collection of Mystery/Suspense novels for Meridian today.

https://latterdaysaintmag.com/entangled-a-collection-of-novellas-by-four-great-mystery-writers/