I am 62 years young and live in sunny South Carolina. I have just completed my year of treatment for breast cancer and am doing well other than tiredness that they tell me will pass in time. Five years of checkups every three months isn't a bad trade for life and health.
My partner and I share our home with a myriad of critters and my 28 year old son, Michael visits often, to their sheer delight ..and ours.
I don't know if I still have any fans but I appreciate each and every one.
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- The Slayer
on Aug. 12, 2011
Unquestionably one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read. The characters are so well drawn they feel like you know them; some of them even have you looking over your shoulder in your own home, as you go for a soda while reading.
This author did a wonderful job of creating a causal chain and laying the foundation for several completely believable suspects that even someone who usually figures out the killer in the first few chapters, like myself, keeps turning pages and wondering right up until the writer decides to reveal the truth.
And just when you think you can relax and enjoy what is sure to be a happy ending she tweaks your nose and walks away. DAMN! Now I am scurrying around hoping to find that the sequel already exists.
This is definitely an author whose work I will watch for and actively seek out.
- A Fighting Chance
on May 12, 2012
Fighting Chance is more than just a story about fighting or martial arts. It is a story about DJ and Erin, two women who find one another despite all the reasons they might seem the most unlikely of pairings. It is about real women with real issues and, like most of us, they each come with their own baggage. Yet it is so much more than that.
This writer has managed to tackle some of the most difficult and painful issues women might ever face and she does it with honesty, sensitivity and a reality few can manage.
The story moved me deeply, made me angry at times and laugh at times. I will not only seek other work by this author, I will read this story again and again. It is not a treasured part of my library.
- The Old Woman and Other Lesbian Stories
on Sep. 29, 2012
Oh my goodness, what an absolutely delightful read. I purchased this book thinking how great it would be to have a book of short stories. It would, I thought, allow me to read just a brief story and then put the book down for another time when I had, perhaps, only a short time span in which to indulge myself. Ha! I read it cover to cover and then read it aloud to my partner who found it a genuine treat.
Whether you read the stories over a longer period of time or simply go through it in one sitting, you will not regret a moment of the time spent. In fact, I have placed it in a safe place to be read again and again as I suspect you will too.
- Cupid Pulls a Prank and Other Lesbian Tales
on Sep. 29, 2012
Another cover to cover delight. Each story with its own magic and yet all strung together in perfect harmony. You will want to add this one to your library and keep it handy for repeated reading as well as sharing with loved ones.
- Intrigued By First Sight
on Sep. 29, 2012
This book was an easy read and filled some long hours during a bout of insomnia recently. I can honestly say that the characters and their story captured my attention so completely that I didn't even notice the rising of the sun. Great biker story, too. I hope we get to hear more from these fascinating women in the near future.
- Drakon: Awakening
on Sep. 04, 2014
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! The characters were fresh and witty the plot was new and VERY creative and the twist was so wicked LOL. I have already purchased the sequel and am really looking forward to reading it! I hope that this author continues with more books about these two women I really enjoyed reading about them and their ever so interesting situation. This idea of a dragon living in modern day Denver...killer! Keep up the great work and if the Dragon of Denver ever decides to travel, the Carolina's are warm and beautiful almost 12 months out of the year but remember, we have Carolina pines and the sap is really flammable so careful no smoking alright. Katherine Standell
- The Dark Victorian: Bones
on Sep. 04, 2014
I found this book before the first one 'Risen', now I have purchased both and will probably go on and buy, 'Sundark'. This is based on how much I loved Bones. What a fantastic story, The idea of a paranormal agency working in the Victorian Era, simply fascinating and so new and refreshing. As a writer myself it is really nice to see a lesbian novel with a new and different perspective. I have been reading and writing for years and this is the first book of its type I have ever come across. In addition to the clever writing it is also very well written with the suspense and thrills you could expect to find in books written by some of our most experienced authors. All I can say is BRAVO and all I can ask is More Please. - Katherine Standell