Recent Blog Posts

Why? Why? Why?

Today, I am honored to have James Watkins as a guest on my blog. Jim is an awesome writer who has influenced and encouraged me over the course of my career. Please welcome Jim as we help launch his latest book. If you have children, nieces and nephews, or younger siblings, …

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When in doubt…

Doubt is a fact of life for all us, writers included. Writing is, by its nature, introspective. Most of us create alone. This opens the door for all kinds of insecurity to creep in and whisper in our ears. Sometimes it’s as simple as wondering if I’ve taken the right …

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Thankfulness

An announcement for my faithful readers. This Friday, Journey to Riverbend will be free on Kindle. Click the link below to take advantage of this offer.   Thankfullness It’s that time of year when it seems everyone is sharing what they’re thankful for. And well we should. Too often, we …

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Happy Thanksgiving

May this be a season of joy for all of you as you enjoy this special holiday with family and precious friends. And remember to thank God who made it all possible for us.  

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A Review of Rush

Rush is the newest historical novel from Jayme Mansfield. She weaves romance, determination, betrayal and suspense into a story that captures the reader’s heart while giving chills and intrigue. Mary Louisa Roberts is a young woman left alone by her will-of-the-wisp husband, Aaron who leaves to find fortune for himself …

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A Perspective on the Shooting in Texas

  I’ve been thinking…Not always a good thing where my mind is concerned, but it is what it is. This past Sunday, there was a horrific shooting at a small church in a rural area nears San Antonio. In Texas terms, that’s not far from where I live in North …

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A Review of True Grit

True Grit is the story of Mattie Ross, a young teenager seeking her father’s killer. Mattie is a gem of a character. Portis brings her to life on the page. She’s full of spunk, wise beyond her years, with a sardonic view of the world and the men in it. …

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How to Write a Novel

  When I’m introduced as a writer to a group of non-writers I get a wide range of reactions. Some look at me as if I’m from another planet. Others back away as if they might catch a strange disease. In my early days, one person asserted I couldn’t be …

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Do Unto Others…

Most of us have heard of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do onto you. It’s even in the Bible. How cool is that. And of course, there’s the flip side, the negative view: do onto others before they do onto you. But that’s a …

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The Joys of Rediscovery

There’s an old cliché about never being able to go home again. I’m sure there’s some deep-seated message embedded there, but it escapes me. Recently, I made a trip to my home state of Rhode Island and learned that, while we may not be able to go home again, we …

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