Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hollister Sisters Mail Order Bride Series

I love the freedom of writing the stories that touch my heart and linger in my mind. When I read about men heading west for the Gold Rush and discovered that they sent off for mail order brides to fend off the loneliness, I decided to write these stories. The women in this series are all sisters who move to Colorado, and then their father decides to join them a few years later. 

Julia meets Stone Michaels who has become a successful rancher. He has everything he wants, except for one thing: a family. Julia has to decide whether to marry Stone or return home to Virginia.

Widow Lenora runs out of money, so she goes west to meet Jesse Grant, a pastor who lost his wife and children in a fire. They both have to come to terms with their grief ... and hopefully fall in love with each other in the process.

Mary Hollister loses her job as a governess, so she becomes a mail order bride for Lester Packard, a man who is a tad rough around the edges. Can Mary soften him up enough to make him lovable?

Youngest sister Sara has never had to worry about a thing, until she is forced to grow up. When she becomes a mail order bride for Marvin Olson, she is faced with what is involved in becoming a full-fledged woman.

Widower John Hollister misses his daughters, so he moves to the West to be near them. Loneliness overwhelms him, so he sends off for his own mail order bride, Viola. They have quite a bit to overcome, with the biggest problem being Viola's relationship with one of his daughters.

Here are links to these books on Amazon:
Julia's Arranged Marriage
Lenora's Inconvenient Marriage
Mary's Improbable Marriage
Sarah's Suitable Marriage
John's Christmas Bride

Or if you would like to purchase the boxed set: Hollister Sisters Mail Order Brides Series

Try the prequel for free: Elizabeth's Unlikely Marriage

If you read these stories, please leave an honest review on Amazon. Thank you!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


There's a reason Summerville has the nickname Flowertown. There are flowers everywhere, and they seem to do better here than anywhere else I've ever lived--besides Hawaii, of course. Last spring, I purchased a bunch of healthy looking flowers and vegetables, and while I was at it, I picked up some withered dianthus from the clearance cart at Lowe's.

Fast forward a year, and this is what they look like now. All they needed was a good home, lots of sun, and just enough water.

We also picked up a hydrangea. It was pink at the store, but it turned a soft purple when we planted it in the front yard. Unfortunately, it got too much sun there, so I had to move it to a shady spot in the backyard where it took on this very bold blue hue. It's now my favorite flower ever!

My vegetable garden is also doing well. All I have this year are tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. I should have gotten some green bean plants, but we had so many beans last year I got tired of them. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Spring into Summer 2016—Let the Fun Begin!

I had a crazy busy winter, followed by a spring that flew by. Now summer is upon us, and it doesn't appear that anything is slowing down. And rather than fight it, I'm embracing my busyness. It's better than being bored, right? 


I've been writing 2-3,000 words almost everyday to stay on top of my personal and assigned deadlines. If you haven't read some of my latest books, just click on the links below to see if they're something that would interest you. And please leave an honest review after you finish my books so other prospective readers can decide whether or not they want to buy them.

New releases:
In Love and War (Collection with Miralee Ferrell, Trish Perry, and Kimberly Rose Johnson)

Etiquette for

You might already know that I'm the etiquette writer for the information site When I first started with them four years ago, I covered the basics, such as how to set a formal table, what utensils to use, how to teach children manners, and how to behave in a professional setting. Now I get email daily from people who have specific situations. If I think others might benefit, I write articles dealing with these issues. Check out the latest: Etiquette.

Here are some of my most recent etiquette articles:

If you have any questions about etiquette, please email me at, and I'll do my best to answer. If I'm not sure about anything, I'll research it and get back with you.