Get It Free

Greetings dear friends, followers, and fans. Today is the first day that Mending Fences is available for free on It will continue to be free through October 1. The story is about a Viet Nam veteran turned pastor named Robert McGinn. He loves the Lord and his family but seems to always be away helping [...]


Merry Christmas!–writing 101

Christmas at our house was the happiest time of the year. My mother loved to decorate and her taste was ecclectic. Our tree was filled with lights, shiny ornaments, and tinsel. We had gold garland and silver. The neighbors would come over every year to see our tree. Garland and greenery were draped and hung [...]

The Park in Three Parts–Writing 101

First Person-- Our family goes to Bluestone State Park in Hinton, West Virginia every year.  Due to road construction and bridge work, the front entrance to the park is closed. We had to take the back entrance. We left Whitesville and drove to Beckley. We could have just taken Rt. 3 but that would have [...]

Kill The Adverbs–Writing 101

It's autumn in West Virginia. I'm standing at my favorite overlook at Grandview State Park off of Rt. 9 in Raleigh County. As I descdribe this, keep in mind that my winters are spent in Florida where there is very little color change in the leaves. Florida is flat and straight compared to these blue-gray [...]

Just Three More Days

I am in the Eastern Daylight Timezone, so three more days until my novel, Mending Fences, is available at no cost on If you choose to get a copy, please review the book after you have read it. You can also contact me here or send me a tweet. I will be happy to respond [...]

Contrast in Dialogue: Writing 101

The subject in the psychology class was punishment. The professor was also a practicing psychologist with several degrees behind her name. Most of the people in the class were fresh out of high school, I was the lone thirty-something-year-old. "Punishment doesn't work," Dr. Atkins said. I raised my hand. "Do you equate punishment with discipline?" [...]

The Country Preacher–Writing 101

This is my assignment about the most interesting person I've met this year. It has been an interesting summer as we have traveled to see grandkids in Alabama and Tennessee, then to West Virginia to visit my brother-in-law and his family, and go to family reunion there. It is our practice to find a church [...]

The Countdown Begins

It's almost time. Excitement is building. Will it be a success? Will anyone notice? Will anyone care? Maybe I'll polish my nails to take my mind off of the anxiety. It's a good anxiety but still, I need to relax. Relax. Can I? I have lots of books to read. Maybe that will help. I'm [...]