Just Getting Started

Dear Reader,

Summer is just getting started here in the U.S. Schools are letting out for the summer, community pools are opening up, summer classes will be starting at the local colleges. June is a month for graduates, festivals, and brides to be. It is a wonderful time for those of us who love warm weather.

Today I am enjoying warm summer breezes, clothes drying on the line, the smell of flowers blooming. I harvested my first tomatoes of the season and will enjoy them on a salad for dinner.

It is perfect for writing in the sunshine. Or enjoying a good book, I scored some wonderful 20th Century history books yesterday at a book sale. And plan to spend the evening reading among the fireflies.

Speaking of books, if you’ve read Gray’s Requiem and enjoyed it, please consider nominating it for a Dragon Award in the category of alternative history.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!




You know the Blackbeard Festival has started when you go into Lidl and there is a pirate shopping in the produce section. There is quite a lot going on this weekend to keep the creative idea flowing. Everything from pirate ships to cultural festivals.

I enjoyed some moussaka this week with friends and co-workers. Transformed an old rain barrel into a backyard fountain and two planters. Now it’s time to get back to working on writing projects.

Book three in the Maggie Gray trilogy is coming along and is still in the first draft stage. I’ll share some sneak peaks when I get it a little closer to the final product.  Non-writing creative activities have also included the start of a painted desert shawl. Looking forward to seeing how that turns out, as well.

Don’t forget to make time for yourselves this week, dear reader, and indulge your creative side.


Let the Good Times Roll

Who remembers that song by the Cars? Love it! So you may have seen a brief update on social media this past weekend about the badminton, bbq and brews party. It was quite the success with only four shuttlecocks that had to be retrieved from the hinterlands and one shuttlecock to the eye. The bbq was spectactular and the cold beverages were welcomed. I think I still have sore muscles from all the fun and games.

One thing I learned this weekend is that I need a lot of badminton practice.

I know a lot of people here in the states consider the Memorial Day weekend the unofficial start of summer, soon the schools in my area will let out and our community pool has opened. It’s time to plan vacations, road trips, and other festivities.

If you are planning a road trip or just lounging poolside, don’t forget The Deceived is available on or through Amazon. So you can pop in your earbuds and get started on the Maggie Gray Trilogy.

If you enjoy the book please consider leaving a review, this will help both myself and the amazing voice artist who recorded the book.

Other exciting projects are in the works this summer. I’m working on book three of the Maggie Gray trilogy. I’m also planning a podcast and sketching out a very rough draft of a new book.

Stay tuned…




Photo by Dino Reichmuth on Unsplash





It’s Here!

We finally have temperatures consistently above 70 and the lows only in the 60s at night. Spring is finally here! I love spring and summer. I feel like I will never be warm again when the temps are below 70 degrees. The flowers are blooming, my little vegetable garden is growing. And it is the perfect weather sitting outside and getting some writing done!

I currently have two projects in the works,  book three the final installment of the Maggie Gray Trilogy and I’m branching out and writing a romantic thriller. I have a tentative agreement for a co-author project for next year. I’ll keep the details under wraps until things get firmed up. Additionally, I have a speaking engagement coming up in August, more details to follow on that one as well.

So lots of fun things happening here at Stitches and Stories. Stay tuned…


Perfect Endings

The weather is perfect this weekend. Yesterday was warm and sunny and just right for visiting a book sale and the market followed by a little gardening. The day’s activities ended with late afternoon meal on the patio. Today, it is still warm, but cloudy and rainy. Perfect for writing, catching up on some reading and doing laundry.

With regard to the writing. I’m struggling with the third and final book in the Maggie Gray trilogy. I don’t like the story that I have written so far. I’m not happy with the ending of this adventure and my characters offer no help whatsoever.

So as a distraction, I am working on developing two new characters and their own story. Nash and Claire are a bit more cooperative in allowing me to write their story. Stay tuned, a new series will be coming out later this year featuring these two.