Smart Lady

As a writer, I love a strong female protagonist. I can’t think of a better role model for any woman (fictional or real) than Queen Elizabeth II. She will be missed. I admired her romance with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Maybe the media put a Cinderella spin on it because I know all marriages…

Street Smarts & Storytelling

I come from a long line of storytellers. Some told stories to get them out of trouble. Some told stories to pass the time before the ‘talkies’, the internet, Netflix, and Tik Tok.  And some told stories to pass down details of our family adventures, embellished a little to make them sound more exciting. I…

What Makes You Happy?

What makes me happy? A weekend of reading. Good books. Comfy couch. Great snack (Cheetos) and drink (Diet Dr. Pepper). I dive into my favorite mysteries, thrillers, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, WW2 fiction, and biographies. Pure nirvana. Recently, an author friend asked on Facebook if we thought our reading choices had changed over time. Before…

Welcome Guest Helena Fairfax

Good Friday morning, y’all. I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m sharing a friend’s blog post on our WORD BY WORD Blog. Helena Fairfax and I met quite a few years ago when we both had the same publisher. Even though we’ve both gone in different directions, we’ve remained good friends. Helena lives in…

You’re Welcome

Don’t you just love this door? On my recent trip to Charleston, where the people ooze that southern hospitality, I had the best time walking the streets and admiring the historic homes. I’m not normally one to go for the old. I don’t like old plumbing, old furnaces, ghosts in the attic, or creepy crawlies…

I Love the Winter Weather – not really

I confess I am a person who likes winter from Thanksgiving through the first week of January, aka, The Holidays. And then, I’m done. The truth is I am not a cold-weather person at all. I can take the summer heat way better. My cold-weather life improved when I discovered UGGs. My feet stay warm,…

Watching happy-ever-after unfold

From the day they are born, we spend a lot of time watching our kids. And delighting in that activity. Who didn’t watch their kids sleep when they looked so peaceful and angelic? Like most parents, when our daughter was young, we hovered constantly, watching her roll over, crawl, take that first step, etc. During…

Take Time to Just Relax

By Pat Amsden Really, sometimes I don’t want to worry about Covid-19. I don’t want to worry about climate change or what our children will face. I want light, escapist fare. I suspect many of you feel the same way. One of the first books I published is Lost In Vegas. It was fun to…