Make a difference

What makes a novel a best seller? Before I started on my writing journey, I would have said that what you needed to do was write a great book. And while that’s definitely the first step, just because you write a great book, doesn’t mean anyone besides you and your closet friends and relatives will ever read it. You’re so excited to finish your first book and you put it out there on Amazon along with the literally millions of other books, but how does anyone ever find your little gem? Sure if you’re a Stephen King or Nora Roberts, everyone will find your book immediately, but if you are one of the rest of us little people, it will be more like the tree falling in the empty forest, will it even make a sound?  So that’s when the really hard part of being an author kicks in, the dreaded marketing! And mastering social media and all that goes along with it, to make enough of a splash to get people to buy your book. Its not easy, or fun, but can be rewarding when something you do actually works.

So why you ask, am I telling you all this? Is it just to whine about how hard it is to be an author. Well, yes maybe a little bit, but mainly because I think its a reflection of life. How do you as just one little person in the millions of people in the world make that splash?You can be the nicest, kindest person alive, but to make a difference in this world you have to get up off your couch and do something. Volunteer somewhere. Our world has no shortage of people and organizations who desperately need your help. Find your passion and then take action. Get out there and interact with those less fortunate than yourself, with those who can benefit from your help or guidance, with those who need a hug or a smile to brighten their day. Who knows, it might even make you feel better about yourself and forget about your own silly little problems.buckhorn 15

Successful promotion

fall 1I want to thank everyone who downloaded Colorado Sunset when it was free the first few days of October.  I was amazed by the thousands of people who took advantage of the free price. I hope many of you read my book and enjoyed it. I have received many wonderful emails from readers who said I gave them hope. In my mind, if I can make even one person’s day a little brighter, then I’m a success regardless of the financial gain.  Although the financial gain was there too, I am most proud of being able to inspire others and hope I continue to do so in all of my future books.

If you haven’t read the second book in my Peakview series, Breakfast for Two, be sure to get it today on Amazon. Come home to this small Colorado mountain town.  I am diligently working on the third book, Colorado Cabin in the Pines, and plan to have it available sometime in the first few months of 2016. Yikes! Its almost 2016. Christmas will be here before we know it. It’s still in the 80’s here on the front range, but in Colorado the weather can turn quickly this time of year–the first snowfall is never far away.

I’m heading to the mountains for the weekend. So happy Autumn, enjoy the warmth while it lasts.

Things you see at airports

I’m not a frequent flyer, I don’t travel that much and when I do, I usually opt for a road trip instead. I’ve never been a big fan of flying. But my daughters have recently moved out of state and I frequent Denver International Airport to pick them up and drop them off.  There is something I love about airports.  Every time I sit there waiting, I am amazed at how busy the airport is. At any given time of day , there are literally thousands of people coming and going. Last week, I picked my daughter up on a Wednesday morning.  Who were all these people traveling in the middle of the week? Didn’t they have jobs? Or maybe they were traveling for work.

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Anyway, last Wednesday, my daughter’s plane was slightly delayed, so I was sitting and waiting for her arrival, when I noticed this line of people. They were all clearly very excited, jumping up and down and conversing among themselves. After watching, like those around me for a few minutes, I walked over and asked if I could take a picture of them for my blog. I spoke to the lady that seemed to be in charge of the group. She told me that her son was coming home after a mission trip for their church to Brazil. They hadn’t seen him in two years! So his parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and cousins had all assembled to welcome him home. As she told me their story, the lady who had been sitting next to me, a stranger, broke into tears of joy for them. As anxious as I was for my daughter to get there, it had been three months since I’d seen her, I found myself hoping that their son go there first so I could watch their celebration. Well, he did, and they all went crazy jumping up and down and taking their turns welcoming him home. This is one of his sisters.

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Shortly thereafter, my own daughter arrived,  and though she had been gone a much shorter time, I was equally excited to have her home.

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Airports are happy places, places where people reunite with loved ones. They remind us of the value of human relationships. I love airports!

Free Kindle Ebook – Colorado Sunset

My first novel, Colorado Sunset, is free on Amazon as a kindle ebook from today, October 1st through October 5th. If you don’t have a copy, please download now at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UNP0GTW

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After June Meyers devastating divorce six years ago, she remained devoted to her children and their home in Ohio. Now her youngest child is off to college, and June faces her future with a mix of anxiety and excitement. The Walker Horse Ranch in isolated Peakview, Colorado, provides the perfect setting for Jeff Walker to hide from the pain of losing his wife to cancer eight years ago. He’s raised his sons and now his ranch and horses are his life. It’s just simpler that way. Avoiding making any long tern decisions about her life, June embarks on a cross country road trip to visit her son and grandchildren in California. After car trouble strands her in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, she lands at the Walker Ranch, where she encounters the handsome, rugged rancher, Jeff. While neither is looking for a relationship, they can’t deny the chemistry that draws them together. Can they drop their barriers and take a second chance at love?