I believe words matter. They can make you happy, sad, inspired, angry, and loved. Those little letters strung together in particular ways can touch our souls.


I wrote my first story in sixth grade. It was about a family of four heading out on a Gold Rush wagon trail. The father and daughter died on page one. By the end of the story - page four - the mother and son had crawled their way into California after numerous perils, found gold, and lived happily ever after.


I have always loved my happily ever afters. That has not changed. But, after a couple of decades, I have learned how to write with a little more detail and make sure that my characters have some fun in between their struggles.


When I'm not writing, I love to travel. The picture on the web page background is a little alley I came across while on Burano Island, Italy last year. I live in Virginia with an husband, two teenagers, and a sassy dog named Belle.

2016 winner of The DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MYSTERY/SUSPENSE – unpublished/series

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2015 Top 10 Finalist - So You Think You Can Write 

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"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."

- Helen Keller

After Princess Alana discovers the man of her dreams is really an undercover bodyguard that her parents hired, she vows never to trust him again.  But, when a royal insider threatens her family, Alana has no choice but to let him back into her life.


Cobra One leader, Gage McAllister, wants to keep as much distance between him and the Princess as possible, but mission comes first. Staying close to her is an order he cannot refuse.


With time running out, can they put aside their past and find the answers they need to save her country and their hearts from destruction?