Red Rock Fever–Falling in love all over again
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Red Rock Fever–Falling in love all over again

My father was a rock hound, so I developed my love of geology early. He’d bring home a new find and hand it to me proudly. “This is schist,” he’d announce. Or, “Take a look at this snowflake obsidian!”  His excitement was infectious, and I got excited, too. So when I moved to Sedona, I…

5 ways to deepen emotional layering in your writing
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5 ways to deepen emotional layering in your writing

Even experienced wordsmiths struggle to portray deep emotion in their writing. It’s as hard as mining copper from sulfur-laden rocks. Writers may either tell about the emotion, for example, “He felt really, really angry.” Or, they may use the “dot-dot-dot” bypass popular when describing sex in 40s novels: “They entered the bedroom, the lights went…

Circling back to the beginning: a Free Kindle mystery!
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Circling back to the beginning: a Free Kindle mystery!

About four years ago I decided to write a mystery series based on young rookie sheriff’s deputy who lived in the Verde Valley of Arizona. The Verde is a unique place, an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert, with one major river and five tributary creeks. It is on the flight path between…

Book Review: Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors
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Book Review: Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I was 19, I spent a summer as a forest fire lookout. It changed my life indelibly, and for that reason, I was interested in Philip Connors’ book. He does not disappoint. Phillip, for the past 8…

The setting of FIRE IN BROKEN WATER: Montezuma’s Well
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The setting of FIRE IN BROKEN WATER: Montezuma’s Well

When I chose the setting for the third Pegasus Quincy Mystery novel, Fire in Broken Water, which centers around the ongoing Water Wars in Arizona, I knew parts of it had to be located at Montezuma’s Well. The Well is surrounded with mystery and magic. Who expects to see this blue-green water in the midst of the…