“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

Many years ago, I worked as an archivist for the Newspaper Association of America. Basically, it’s the national association for all newspaper publishers/owners. One of the great things about working at NAA’s library was the fabulous special collection of original newspapers and other documents that dated back to the 18th century and were once personally…

Pumpkin Pie and a Thanksgiving Poem

Bestselling author Sharon Wray discusses pumpkin pie and the famous Thanksgiving poem that begins with “over the river and through the woods…”

Ichabod Crane and the Van Tassel Feast

Because it’s almost Halloween, I thought I’d do something different for today’s blog post. I grew up close to Tarrytown, NY near where the Dutch settled in the mid-seventeenth century and the story of Ichabod Crane and his headless horseman took place. We took many school trips to Tarrytown in the fall, but I never…

Second Hand Gratitude and Love

Did you know that a few weeks ago the nation celebrated Second Hand Clothing Day? If not, don’t worry. I don’t think many people noticed. But I will admit that in our house, it’s a holiday that we all love. And it all has to do with a tiny hamlet, deep in the Virginia mountains,…

Memories in Lavender Fields

I once had a best friend. The kind of friend who felt more like a sister, was one of the best critique partners I’ve ever had, and would do anything for you regardless of the time of day. Unfortunately, this friend, Karen, died a few years ago of brain cancer. And her loss is still…

A Study in Summer: Hide and Seek

“Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare, And left the flushed print in a poppy there. ” ~ Francis Thompson, “The Poppy,” 1891 (This is a repost of a blog journal entry I wrote years ago, pre-pandemic. But I wanted to share it because while it’s slightly melancholic it’s also filled with hope. I hope you…

2020 Mid-Summer Middle Grade & Young Adult Book List

I’m so happy about the new direction this blog has taken, and we’re all working hard behind the scenes to make this a place of beauty and courage and perseverance. One of the things we’re all passionate about is literacy. So, with that in mind, I’m posting my bi-annual reading list for preteen and teen…

IN SEARCH OF TRUTH has finally arrived!

I’m so excited to announce that IN SEARCH OF TRUTH, the third book in the Deadly Force series, came out on Tuesday!   “This breathless romantic suspense novel provides equal amounts of heat and intrigue.” – PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY “Twisty plots, fantastic characters, and pitch perfect pacing. Fabulous!”—ALLISON BRENNAN, New York Times Bestselling Author “Sexy Green Berets, dark secrets,…

ONE DARK WISH is on Sale!

Today is a great day for many reasons including the fact that IN SEARCH OF TRUTH, the third book in my Deadly Force series, comes out next Tuesday. The second reason is because ONE DARK WISH, the second book in my Deadly Force series, is on sale for $1.99 or less at the following retailers: Amazon: http://bit.ly/OneDarkWishAMZ…