Coming soon!

It’s almost here! The Sunshine State Festival in Gainesville, Florida will be held on Saturday, January 27th. 2024, at the Hilton Conference Center. I will be among the attending authors present, and hope to see you there. For more information, visit the website here:


Back in the 1980s, necklaces called beggar beads were popular. Chunky pieces of quartz, agate, and semi-precious stones in irregular shapes were strung together with beads. I loved mine, and wore it frequently. Unfortunately, the string broke and the beads and stones scattered. I salvaged what I could but ended up giving the remnants to a friend to use in her craft projects.

A few weeks ago, I had a whim and googled “beggar beads.” Lo and behold, an array of similar necklaces popped up on various sales sites, and I found one very similar (if not identical) to my old favorite. Thanks to the miracle of internet shopping, my old favorite has been restored.

It was such a small thing, but I wear them with a great deal of pleasure. They remind me of fun times from the past, as I enjoy them now.

It’s Never Too Early to Plan…

The Sunshine State Book Festival is coming up in January! On January 26 and 27, 2024, events will be held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference CenterĀ in Gainesville, Florida. I’ve just submitted my registration and hope to be there. The website is and will be updated with more details. I look forward to seeing you there.

Amelia Island Book Festival

This weekend, February 17-18, 2023, is the Amelia Island Book Festival in beautiful Fernandina Beach, FL. Celebrity authors David Baldacci, Kate Quinn, Scott Turow, and Jeannette Walls headline the event, which benefits literacy in Nassau County, Florida. On Saturday, the Author Expo will feature numerous authors and genres (including me!). Visit the website at for more information. I hope to see you there!

A New Year

It’s 2023, and we’re ten days into the new year. I hope this is a better year for all. I’ve been working on the new book. The research has been, and is, fascinating. It’s also book festival season! Coming up is the Sunshine State Book Festival in Gainesville, FL.

This year the festival will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church. You can get full details about the location and events at the festival website:

There will be 150 authors and books in 15 genres, so there will be something for all readers. I will be in space 117, and hope to see you there!

A Good Day


The Orlando Reads Books Festival has come and gone. Useful information at the Industry Day Sessions, and the signing on Saturday was a success. Face masks and hand sanitizer were present, but nothing prevented readers from talking to authors and finding new reads. I really enjoyed it.