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            Hello, and welcome to my website. I hope you will look around and get to know me, and my characters of the novels I'm writing. I'm currently in the agenting process, so my novels aren’t available yet. Please check out my blog below, “Riptide – Nothing Below the Surface is What it Seems.” Here, you’ll find my musings about what’s important to me – writing, family, recipes and cooking, and this crazy thing called life.

           I write about the two places I love most. The first is Galveston, Texas. In 1528, Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca declared Galveston the Isle of Doom after shipwrecking there, and many have fared similar or worse fates. Galveston Island has always been an area steeped in mystery. It was built by profiteers and philanthropists, organized crime and faith, families and sea farers, existing day-to-day at the whim of Mother Nature.

             It’s said that Galveston is the end of the road, where Interstate 45 ends - and where strange people come to do strange things. As a lover of mysteries, I find this simply irresistible.

            The second is my hometown of Dallas. The city's a fascinating mix of modern, high-tech sophistication and our state's cowboy and oil heritage. It's also the home of my character, arson investigator Captain Maggie Hayes, rising star of the Dallas fire department. She's not easily daunted. After all, everything’s bigger in Texas.

            As a former Public Information Officer of Dallas’ fire department, I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience walking aside the Department’s top fire investigators to the page.

Hercule Poirot: “Do not allow evil into your heart, it will make a home there.”

Jacqueline De Bellefort: “If love can’t live there, evil will do just fine.”

-Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie.

 

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July 21, 2019

I love this apple cake recipe I got from my sister. It was her go-to cake when she needed something for a work event or one of her children's activities. It's also great therapy for when I miss her.

Ingredients

1 Cup oil

2 Cups sugar

2 Eggs

2 ¼ Cups flour

1 Tsp. baking soda

1...

July 21, 2019

One of the things I like the most about this recipe is that it involves three of my favorites - chocolate, of course, Pepperidge Farm Brussels cookies and Disaronno. The other thing I love is that it allows me to use this cherished heirloom crystal. If you have lovely...

February 11, 2019

I’m one of those bakers who measures everything out ahead of time. I really enjoy the process of baking, so filling all those little bowls with carefully measured ingredients makes me happy. I found this chocolate cake recipe–torn from a magazine–among my thick file of...

February 11, 2019

             In the 1914 poem “Mending Wall,” the great American poet Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.”

            There’s a lot of truth in that statement. Although the phrase didn’t originate with the poet, he did ma...

October 9, 2017

Tortilla soup is a year-round favorite in Texas. Here is our family recipe.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

6 Large garlic cloves, peeled

½ Large yellow onion

2 Tbs. chopped cilantro

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

4 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 Tbsp. cumin powder

2 Tsp. chili powder

2 Bay leaves

1 Large...

October 9, 2017

This is a hearty soup for a cold day, and a family favorite.

4 Large potatoes, peeled and cut in medium-sized chunks

1 Large celery stalk, chopped

1 Large carrot, peeled and sliced

½ Medium onion, diced

2 Cups chicken stock

2 4-ounce cans diced green chilies

1 Cup milk

1/3 Blo...

October 9, 2017

            We live in a world that strives for perfection. Demands it. The fashion, business and technology, cosmetics, lifestyles and, of course, sports industries have made fortunes from convincing people to pursue the ideal of being perfect or of acquiring perfecti...

June 10, 2017

            Let’s face it, the world is getting smaller. And, although we love to travel, it seems that it’s getting more difficult to escape from home.

            When visiting a small village in England, my husband, B...

May 9, 2017

            Every time we visit Galveston Island, I’m reminded of a line from the movie Sarah Plain and Tall: “The past steps on the heels of the present….”

            Galveston, with its historic, stately Victorian homes, P...

May 8, 2017

            While leaving to catch our airplane home at the end of our first trip to London, my husband Bryant and I became separated while getting on the tube at Victoria Station. When the doors closed, he was still st...

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