A grieving widow, Lydia arrives in in Philippi in search of healing, a closer relationship with her daughter, and success as a businesswoman in the purple dye trade. Above all, she wants to escape the dark void residing in her soul. Little did she know what lay ahead: a new love, coming face to face with the Good News of the Promised One and stepping up to be its standard-bearer. My historical novel, Lydia, Seller of Purple: From Darkness to Light, is available as an e-book and as a paper book on Amazon.


Priscilla Spiritual meets supernatural when Priscilla is called to ministry in a dream and when the Risen Christ appears to encourage her to rise above gender bias, self-doubt and danger. Relying on her God, Priscilla breaks through the First Century glass ceiling, even as she is freed from fears rooted in memories of a harsh father. Danger is real, from Roman soldiers and from many members of ancient religions frustrated by loss of members to the Way (Christianity). A Woman to Reckon With: Priscilla of the Early Church is my historical novel available as an e-book and a paper book on Amazon.

Stephen King’s Writing Tips

I must admit I do not have the stomach for Stephen King’s novels—even though they are well-written. I have a low tolerance for terror. But I must say, King’s work, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, is top notch and I have not only savored it, but I diligently put King’s tips on writing into practice in my own writing.  A sampling of King’s wisdom for writers and readers follows: “…come to writing any way but lightly…you must not come lightly to the blank page.” “The best form of dialog attribution is said, as in he said, she said…If you want to see this put…into practice…read a novel by Larry McMurtry…” “…it is possible with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.” “I have written because it fulfilled me…I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can …

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Scarecrow Now in Paperback

My novella, Scarecrow, is now available as a paperback on Amazon. It has been available as an e-book. In Scarecrow, a grieving widow travels on her journey of mourning to arrive at her destination of hope and new life. A new love, who her friends label a “silver fox,” unfortunately comes with baggage, a family suspicious of his bride-to-be and of her motives.

Review of Scarecrow

“I really enjoyed reading Scarecrow. I found it an interesting take on the ups and downs of relationship trauma. The author does a great job showing her character Nora, maneuvering through grief in ways we can relate to with its trials and tribulations. What I enjoyed most was how the main character handled complications of starting a new life after grief. The author’s descriptions are timely, the conversations crisp and believable, of two people working out the kinks of new togetherness with humor and their separate families. I kept turning pages to see what would happen next. A very good read!”  Jan Swart The above review is of Scarecrow, my e-book novella, available on Amazon, and is part of a series—Fortunes, Love and Fate, written by multiple authors. Visit my Amazon author page, Or check out my website,