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New Awards

I’ve been awarded two honors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And

Thank you, Penny Ehrenkran

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It’s been over half a year since I saw the beautiful Red River that’s at the top of this blog. I’ve traveled throughout the West and Southwest, visiting friends and trying to find a place to put down roots. I’m currently in a place so far from the lush river bank you see above. I’m in the high desert of New Mexico in the East Mountains, a collection of small communities east of the sprawling metropolis of Albuquerque.

I live in a little apartment in a town called Moriarty. I smiled the first time I drove through here on the interstate in January on my way to California. Moriarty, famed rival of master detective Sherlock Holmes. A fitting place for a writer to put herself.

There are about nine little communities in the East Mountains: Moriarty, Edgewood, Cedar Grove, Madrid, Estancia, MacIntosh, Cedar Crest, and Sandia Park. Each one has its own unique quality.  Madrid is probably the most famous. It’s about thirty miles from here. It was the location that the movie Wild Hogs was filmed at…..

Movies here are a big deal. New Mexico has become one of the prize landscapes to film in, rivaling California and Arizona. You remember the old westerns. Every movie had a shot with Bell Rock in Arizona. That whole area now is built up and it has gotten harder to find out of the way places. New Mexico has a lot of open country. I’m lucky because I have new friends who are active in the film industry and I live vicariously through their experiences behind the scenes.

Moriarty’s economy is based on pinto beans and trucking. It’s in a flat plain that, right now in the middle of a drought, reminds me of North Dakota in the late summer/early fall. In a few directions, all you can see is yellow grass that looks so much like ND wheat. The only difference is seeing mountains around them.  Let’s see how the summer goes and if we get the monsoons we are promised. I’m told it all greens up.

People are friendly here, but I expect to hear southern–or at least Texas–accents here. You do every once in awhile, but not too often. There are two gentlemen here from Louisiana, and that’s always a treat to hear that Cajun cadence.  And everyone has a story.

Now that I’m settled in my own apartment, I hope to be working like a banshee on journalism projects and the last book in the Ruins trilogy.  Wish me luck.

 

 

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I’ve got two new books out with Muse It Up Publishing. Both are in their Hot! division, but that doesn’t mean they are erotica. The first book, Ruins Discovery, is Book 1 in an archaeology romance thriller trilogy. There’s a creepy story fueling this one. It came out last month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Gold bracelets, a snake necklace, a feathered cape and a wedding dress. The daily gifts first intrigue then strike terror into anthropologist Kate Ferguson’s heart.

The threats begin when she accepts an invitation to visit ancient sites frequented by a maverick native group, hoping to gather material for her thesis. Instead, she finds herself the target of a power struggle—a struggle which has always led to death and disaster for any woman attracted to Paul Rodriguez

And Kate is attracted–very attracted–to this secretive architect haunted by his past. She too has her own secrets. One is her gift of psychometry (being able to read psychic impressions left in objects) and the other—the fact that she’s still a virgin.

As Paul’s enemies draw nearer, they both have life-changing decisions to make. Paul has deserted his position as shaman and leader of his people because of the group’s sinister traditions. He must make a stand or lose the woman he loves.

Kate must learn to trust Paul, not only with her body, but with her very life. Can she do this or will the price to be paid prove too high?

 

The second one, Sugar Magnolia, will be out in July. It’s a contemporary romance about the music industry. Now, I know why they call the Deep South steamy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Music journalist and artist Shivaun Corbin is on assignment at Sugar Magnolia, the Mississippi home of classic rocker Daniel Madux. She has been charged with creating a retro cover for Daniel’s latest album, a comeback CD that incorporates a more modern sound with his 70s rock. When she enters the household on this sprawling plantation, she encounters an odd assortment of characters with secrets of their own while she works hard to avoid being another of Daniel Madux’s conquests. Young instrumental protégé Connor is determined to protect Shivaun from Daniel’s pursuit. Shivaun is distracted by Connor’s attentions and those of one of the female backup singers as more secrets are revealed and the past comes rushing into the present. Sugar Magnolia offers an inside look at the music industry and one woman’s place in it. Music journalist and artist Shivaun Corbin is on assignment at Sugar Magnolia, the Mississippi home of classic rocker Daniel Madux. She has been charged with creating a retro cover for Daniel’s latest album, a comeback CD that incorporates a more modern sound with his 70s rock. When she enters the household on this sprawling plantation, she encounters an odd assortment of characters with secrets of their own while she works hard to avoid being another of Daniel Madux’s conquests. Young instrumental protégé Connor is determined to protect Shivaun from Daniel’s pursuit. Shivaun is distracted by Connor’s attentions and those of one of the female backup singers as more secrets are revealed and the past comes rushing into the present. Sugar Magnolia offers an inside look at the music industry and one woman’s place in it.

 

 

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