My first published book (June 2013). It was so exciting to finally hold a printed copy of a book I'd written in my hands! I'd waited for 15 years to see this one in print. It was actually the last of six novels I'd written during about a seven year period from 15-22 years ago. This is the only book that I had someone else format and load up for publication for me (at quite a cost!). It was a learning process.
I took dozens and dozens of pictures to get just the right angle of the necklace and rocks for the cover. I'm happy with the way it turned out. The ivory disk with one notch is an important element in the story - for both Jaen and Beth.
I love the story of ancient Jaen, who lived 6,000 years ago, following her on her journey across the mountain to meet the man she loves. And then, modern-day Beth with all her angst and insecurities, following her on her journey of self-discovery. I'm always amazed when I read the book and think that I wrote it. I'm humbled and honored that God used me to tell this story.
The author photo on the back was taken in Manteo, NC, by my dear sister-in-law Trish during one of our family weekends on the Outer Banks.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed bringing these characters to life. All of my books are available through Amazon, both in print and ebook.
The second book I published was a bit of trial and error in the formatting and the loading up as an ebook on Kindle. I wanted to see if I could do it and I could - yay! It's really more of a long short story -- at nearly 13,000 words, I call it a "Novelette." It's a horror story. I can't tell you what the scary part is about because that would give away the suspenseful ending, but for some people, it might be more the stuff of nightmares than the book that comes next in this list.
The story is about a family who moves to Florida after their house burned down in New Jersey and they want a fresh start. They are able to rent this beautiful house for a surprisingly small amount of money. Wonder why? Soon, things start happening and the mystery begins, with a heart-pounding conclusion.
I snapped this picture of Spanish moss dripping from a tree in South Carolina.
I wrote this book when my daughter Sara was still in high school. One of the main characters is named after her, looks like her and is even a school teacher like her. I'm still amazed that the plot came together like it did. It's so interesting - as I'm writing a book, the characters sometimes lead the story into different directions. It's as if they take on a life of their own. I suppose you'd call the book a suspense as we follow Sara and Margaret through a series of dangerous events that lead to a surprising climax.
I love the way the cover picture came together too. It's one of my favorite covers because I think it looks really professional and I love the mystery of the masks. My daughter Holly purchased these two masks on sale after Christmas and when I saw them, I said, that's it - that's what I need for my cover! I moved them this way and that way on a background of purple and this one made the cut.
I hope you enjoy reading the story!
The author photo on the back cover was taken in a little town called Hungerford, just above the city of Innsbruck in Austria. We rode a funicular up into the mountains and enjoyed great views of the city below. Larry snapped the photo of me at an ancient water fountain.
This is another book I wrote around the time of the previous book. They're of somewhat similar genres, but the plots are very different. This book features Holly, named after my other daughter and with her appearance. The story is a bit more "out there," but not too much considering technology these days. There is danger and death and romance and all sorts of goings on as Holly tries to clear her sister's name and discover how she died.
This cover was the most challenging as I was trying to decide what to use to represent the story. I always wanted to do something that was Formula oriented. I remembered a display at the Children's Museum in Portsmouth that has a wall of glass with bubbles constantly flowing upward in tiny tubes The bubbles swiftly change color from green to yellow to pink and white. One time when I took my granddaughter to the museum, I took about a dozen photos of the bubbly window, always trying to capture the one second of green zipping through the water. I'm pleased with the results and feel like it looks like the formula described in the book.
The author photo on the back cover was taken by my husband near the Yukon border in Alaska during a port call to Skagway. It was pretty cold up in those mountains even though it was the second week in June, but it was also very beautiful.
My first attempt at a children's book and I'm so pleased with the print copy (published February 2015). The ebook has a space at the top and bottom of the page that I couldn't get fixed, but otherwise it's okay. I love the print copy though and am so pleased with how well the photos show up. It's 40 pages and is filled with great pictures of animals from six different zoos. It includes interactive questions for children to answer that will help them learn both about themselves and the animals.
I had to get permission from each of the zoos in order to use the photos that I had taken at their zoos. Six zoos were enthusiastic about the project and two zoos said I would have to pay them money to use my photos in a book. Needless to say, I scrapped those pictures (regretfully - 'cause they were really good pictures!). It took me longer to figure out how to get the photos formatted correctly to publish than it did to write the book. There was a lot of trial and error, but I finally got it and viola!
I thank my sister Ava for the idea of this book. Before Christmas the previous year, she was looking for a book like this to give to her grandson and couldn't find one after looking numerous places. Ideas started popping into my mind and the book was born. Thanks, Ava!
You probably recognize the cover photo as being a close-up of a Bongo. I love the markings on that animal and was pleased with the way it shows up on the page.
Published November 11, 2015, This was my first non-fiction inspirational book.