Manuscript to Book

Hey everyone,

First of all thank you to my followers and also to the several new followers I’ve just seen this past week. I’m pleased that you’ve found my tiny blog!

I had great plans at the beginning of the summer to blog more actively, post some more book reviews (which I love doing), and be more active on social media. But, life got in the way. I spent much of the summer finishing, polishing, and rewriting my manuscript for the third installment of Shelby’s story. I had to submit it to my publisher, Paper Angel Press, by mid-August. I made it! But then, quite frankly, I was too wiped out to think of blogging.

Add to that the fires in my area of California, and life just took over. The impact of the fires has been staggering and my heart goes out to all those who have lost their homes. Many, many people have been displaced in our area. In addition, people who can go back home return to compromised water, no electricity, and record-high temperatures. And fire season has just started.

But now, the third book in the Shelby McDougall series, The Found Child, is on its way from being a Google Docs manuscript to being a real, live book. I just received some cover designs which I love. Hard to choose! I have also received a production proof copy, so I have my work cut out for me for the next week or two.

Very exciting!

More soon,


Books, books books!

Hey everyone,

Photos speak louder than words (in this case!).

Yesterday, I received my books from Paper Angel Press. Paperbacks, hardcovers, and a pamphlet of Treasure Hunt are now available! Wow, what a great publisher!

Check this out:


Paperbacks in the box



The whole kit and kaboodle

The proud author holding a hardcover copy of Due Date!

Due Date is now available!

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that the second edition of Due Date is now available from Paper Angel Press. I’m so excited about this new edition and so happy to be an author with this press. The book is available in paperback, hardback, and in digital format. (As a bonus, paperback and hardback copies can be delivered to your door, autographed!) You can also download a few sample chapters that will get you hooked.

Click the cover image to learn more.


Paper Angel Press is also offering Treasure Hunt, a story featuring Shelby, as a free download. Click the image below to learn more.

Treasure Hunt (website)

I hope you enjoy this new edition as much as I do!



Big News!

Hey everyone,

Big news for my books! I’m so pleased to announce that Due Date and The Stork will be released by Paper Angel Press this year! Due Date will be coming out on March 1 and The Stork will be released in the fall. Paper Angel Press is a small press with the mission of bringing new works of fiction and art to light, as well as giving people a chance to realize their dreams.

I was drawn to Paper Angel Press because they want to do publishing differently. Their mission is to publish quickly, to work professionally, and to operate as a team. If you’re ready to take your book to the next level, check out the press. The website design is clean. The site is easy to navigate. The books are interesting and eclectic.  I don’t think you can go wrong with a Paper Angel Press book.

And now that Due Date is two weeks away from release,  I have to let you know how happy I am to be an author with this press. To start, the artwork is fantastic. The cover artist is Niki Lenhart ( and her vision is splendid.

Here’s the new cover for Due Date:


Wow, it doesn’t get better than that!

I was also given the opportunity to work with the publisher and clean up things that have been niggling at me since Due Date was published in 2012. No major changes, just a bazillion copy edits. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it even more the second time around! On March 1, check out the Due Date page on the Paper Angel Press website to learn about the purchasing options. The book will be available as a paperback, hard back, and an e-book in a variety of formats. Autographed copies will be available.

As a bonus, my story, Treasure Hunt, featuring Shelby and Dexter, will be available as a free download on March 1. I’ll let you know how to get hold of that when it’s out.