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I'm most recently a writer.  In the six plus decades of my life, I've been a wife, mother, grandmother, Jill of all trades though mistress of but a few, and most of the time pretty content with my lot.  As a much younger person, I believed I was called to write, but life and living distracted me for most of those decades.  An unwilling transplant from the South,  twenty years ago I unintentionally landed in the geographical center of the US.  Writing came about in part due to the unwillingness, I expect.  When caring for family, gardening, and renovating a century-old house failed to provide sufficient creative outlets, I turned to the one thing I always intended to do.  Eight titles later, I'm grateful I found myself while Lost in the Plains!

Monday, July 21, 2014

And Now for the Dreaded Blurb

If you've been here before, you probably know how I feel about writing blurbs. I'd much rather write the 130K novel than try to reduce it to three paragraphs. Add in the need to make those paragraphs say just enough to tempt a potential reader, and I'm looking around for anything to save me from the task--take out the garbage, mow the yard, clean out the litter box. In fact, a root canal sounds like fun compared to writing blurbs.
Every writer feels that way, I'm sure. Blurbs, like so much of the stuff we do to get the attention of readers, are a necessary evil. They do, however, challenge us as writers to the ultimate in "less is more," which is not a bad thing at all.
So, after hours of writing, rewriting, and groaning over the keyboard, here's what I've come up with for Katie Lost and Found. There will very likely be more revisions before it's released next month, but you gotta start somewhere!
Feel free to tell me what you think.

Peter Kosten is starting over. Leaving behind a successful career and a failed marriage, his vision for the future is colored by disappointment. During his time at Walnut Lodge, he hopes to reinvent himself, to recover the ideals and dreams he shared with the one real love of his life, the girl who vanished without a trace sixteen years earlier.

Walnut Lodge is Tess Weldon’s life. The grand old house is her business, her home and her safe haven, its staff her friends and family. Her secrets are safe within its walls. Guided by the vision she shared with her late husband, her future finally seems secure, until her past checks into the Lodge. 

Fate may have brought Peter and Tess full circle, but lost love found doesn’t necessarily lead to a second chance.  


  1. Judging by the preview and the reviews, this sounds a wonderful read. I'll fit it in somewhere, I am sure. Brava! I cannot wait to find out about this couple and how they reach their HEA.
    Best, Diane Davis White

    1. Thanks, Diane! I can't wait for readers to meet Tess and Peter and the folks at Walnut Lodge! As with all my stories, this one has been a labor of love.