The Benefits of Being a Brown Bear

There’s a lot to be said for Brown Bears. They are at the top of the food chain. No one ever accuses them of being fat (at least not to their faces). AND, they get to SLEEP through the worst part of winter.

By Nevit Dilmen (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

“Brown bear, Brown bear, turn around. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, touch the ground 
Brown bear, Brown bear, go to your den. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, stay ’til winter’s end. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, turn out the lights. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, say good night.”
But, alas, we aren’t hibernating. Stay safe, stay warm, and drive carefully!

Now that we’re in the grip of January’s THIRD cold snap which is again plunging us into the frigid depths of winter, it does, indeed, seem like a never-ending season of ice and snow. I’ve been thinking about the movie “Groundhog Day,” and although I’m not happy about the cold temperatures, I can’t help thinking about the speech Phil Collins gave at the end of the movie:

“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”

If it has to be winter, I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my pets, and my current manuscript to keep me company. I’m sitting here with my laptop to keep me warm, with a kitten snuggled against one hip and a small dog snuggled against the other.


Did you ever feel like you were stuck inside a movie???

Leaps and Bounds

My kitten, Leia, is growing by leaps and bounds, as demonstrated by the way she leaps into the Christmas tree and bounds up the stairs after successfully teasing the dog into chasing her. As you can see, she’s become quite the prima donna.Image

Here she is posing for her pin-up poster.

My book, Gambling on a Scoundrel, is getting closer and closer to its release date. Copy editing is complete and it is off to my proofreaders. The cover artist has every thing she needs to start working on the most fabulous cover ever, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she creates.

As soon as I have a firm release date for Gambling on a Scoundrel, I’ll let you know!


Some beautiful social media icon images

I recently went on a quest… a Google search quest that is… to try to find some social media icon images.  I discovered there are tons and tons of free ones out there on the web. Thank you so very much to all the artists who have shared their work! To find them, simply do a search on “Social Media Icon” and then add a word to narrow the search so you can find some attractive icons to match your website mood. 

Once you find one you like, make sure it offers buttons for all of the social media sites you think you will use in the foreseeable future.  I specifically wanted buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and possibly Google+.  Although I found quite a few buttons out there that I loved, I discovered that wanting a Goodreads button narrowed my search considerably.

I was quite happy when I stumbled upon a set of buttons called “Earth Social” posted by pancake ninja at

They are absolutely lovely!



I plan to use them on my website once I figure out how to link things in.


The beginning

This is the start. The beginning. The new.

As my site evolves, you’ll be able to find information on my upcoming books (which are romances which take place in Victorian Era England) and stories about my kitten Leia, who was named for a princess.

We first meet Leia

In which we first meet a very hungry and dirty Leia

She has been through some rags to riches changes since we first found her starving and living under our wood pile.  She’s become an integral part of my life, so I’m certain she’ll frequently grace the pages of this site.

I think that the transformation of my website will be much like the transformation of my kitten, so watch here for some great changes!

I want to thank you for stopping by to visit.