I am happy to report that I have written and published a second ebook.

Billy:  A Campground Chronicles Short Story” is now available on Amazon’s ebooks for $1.49.  Here is a direct link to the story on Amazon’s ebooks site if you are interested:

Anyone who has been following this blog recently knows that it has been a bit of a struggle workamping for such a long stretch at the same place and, as an introvert, dealing with so many people–a few of them quite difficult–as part of the job.  Well, the bright side to all of that is that it has given me time and material for this short story.  I have also gained fresh appreciation for the connections that tie us together.

Despite the challenges of the job, there are so many things I love about my stay here in Tennessee.  I have grown especially fond of the people.  You see, I am a city girl for the most part.  To sit for a spell in the countryside where people visit with a stranger until they discover just when and how they know each other’s people was quite foreign to me.  Heck, even though no one here is likely to ever discover a link with “my people,” I have been accepted and loved.  I suppose that makes me the first of my people in this neck of the woods.

But let’s get back to Billy.  Billy and his family also came to this campground without having local roots and branches.  They came with a very large family to camp for a couple of weeks while the parents went off during the day to… well, I don’t know for certain, but I always guessed it was to look for a livelihood somewhere in the surrounding community.  Perhaps they were looking to plant some roots in this rich soil.

Billy himself was a delight and a challenge, a devil and an angel.  As a camp host, I did my best to deal with him directly, as well as with the campers with whom he made contact.  It wasn’t always easy, but in the end it was totally worthwhile.

This short story is an attempt to convey to the reader how we connect with one another in our daily lives.  It is also a reminder to take care.  Take care how we treat each other, take care with our assumptions and our judgements, and take care of our own little worlds and those in our orbit.  Finally, take care to be open to precious gifts when and where you least expect to find them.

I hope some of you will give this story a try and, if you enjoy it, please consider giving it a review on Amazon’s ebooks site.  Positive reviews are very helpful to an aspiring author’s endeavors and enable future readers to find the book more easily.

Thanks, and happy reading!

(Link to my Amazon author page:

Free Days

Another holiday weekend is approaching, so I set up a free promotion for The 30th Day this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd.  My blog post of February 26, 2016 provides an introduction to how the book came about (it was written with a very dear friend this past winter).  Here is a direct link to the book on Amazon’s ebooks site:, or it can be found through my Amazon author page at   Thank you to everyone who has read the book and for the feedback my friend and I have received from so many.

Enjoy a safe Fourth of July, everyone!

Three Days for The 30th Day

Popping in to let readers know that The 30th Day will be free on Amazon’s ebooks all three days this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday.  My blog post of February 26, 2016 gives some details about the book and how it came to be (pull up February 2016 in the Archives box in the column to the right to find the post most easily).

If you miss the free window, the cost is just $2.99.  You don’t have to own a Kindle to read an ebook.  Apps are readily available that allow you to read them on a variety of electronic devices.

Here is a link to The 30th Day on Amazon’s ebooks site:  It can also be found on my Amazon author page:

If you read the book and like it, a short review would be greatly appreciated.  You can do a review by visiting your Amazon account page and pulling up recent purchases.

Meanwhile, to all the soldiers and veterans out there:  Thank you for your service, especially on this coming day which honors your fallen brethren.  It looks like the weather in the DC area will be great for Rolling Thunder, an annual event held on the Sunday before Memorial Day that draws attention to and advocates for POWs and MIA service members.  It has grown from a couple of thousand riders in 1988 to half a million in recent years.  Riders gather in the Pentagon parking lot and at noon they start up their bikes at the same time (my, what a roar!).  They proceed slowly across the Memorial Bridge to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  It is a powerful thing to witness.  I can barely imagine what it must be like to actually participate.  Who knows.  Maybe some day I’ll be towing a motorcycle behind my little house and will be able to join the ride.

Everyone, enjoy this weekend and stay safe!

(Photo at start of post:  Flags brought by one of our campers this weekend.  He will carry them on the back of his Harley on Sunday as he rides in his twelfth Rolling Thunder.)