Sunday, July 16, 2017

Some Midsummer Updates

I hope you are enjoying your summer (if you are in the northern hemisphere) or winter (if you are not)! It's been hot during midsummer here in Colorado, even at an elevation of over 4,000 feet. I enjoy all seasons, but I am looking forward to fall this year.

Photo by Breanna Galley
Here are a few updates:

I've been working on the cover and description of When It Rains in the Desert with the help of the supportive bunch over at The paperback edition should be available for sale on Amazon and other online booksellers (or by ordering it through your local bookstore) by the end of July. I will also update the Kindle version during that time.

My upcoming 2017 book of poetry is being edited, and I hope to publish that by the end of August. I plan to host a giveaway of 10 free copies of this book on Goodreads for either one month before publication or one month after.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017


We had a pretty extreme windstorm here in Southern Colorado yesterday. It blew many of the shingles off the roofs of the buildings in the complex where I live. I woke up to the tapping of hammers by the men fixing the roof above us, which was a peculiar if comforting way to wake up.

There's something about Nature unleashed that encourages quiet reflection, and I reflected on the fact that I hadn't shared a whole lot about my upcoming work.

I finished a second book of poetry toward the end of last year, and I expect it to be published later this year (I hope to give Goodreads readers the opportunity to enter a pre-publication giveaway of this book).

In the meantime, here's an excerpt from one of the poems in this year's upcoming book:

From the poem, Turquoise Lake

Like a gem
this clear
mountain lake
in the dark 
green forest 

was found by
some celestial
miner who struck
a hammer like
Odin's staff 

against the
soft earth and
released from
bondage a godly
stream to fill 

its basin
with roaming
clouds and 
sunlight and
millions of 

stars in blue
black night

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gooodreads Giveaway Copies Arriving Today or Tomorrow!

Goodreads giveaway winners:

Your copies of When It Rains in the Desert are scheduled to be delivered today (Thursday, March 2) or tomorrow, via UPS SurePost or USPS. Look out for a package from CreateSpace, the publisher.

Thanks again for your participation in the Goodreads giveaway!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway Copies Are on Their Way!

February 22 Goodreads giveaway winners:

Your copies of When It Rains in the Desert have been ordered and will be sent directly from the publisher, CreateSpace!

The estimated delivery date is March 7.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Kiesewetter ( 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway Is Over---Congratulations to the Winners!!

The Goodreads Giveaway is now over. Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to the winners!!

The reputation of an independent author relies mostly on readers, so if you have the time, I hope you will consider reviewing or rating this book on Goodreads,,, or wherever you can. Thanks!

Photo courtesy of Steve Courmanopoulos (

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Last Day to Win a Free Copy!

Today is the last day to enter the Goodreads giveaway to win a free copy of When It Rains in the Desert!  Good Luck!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Now in the Library...

I visited one of the public libraries in my area today, and I saw When It Rains in the Desert on display right next to Ballistics, by Billy Collins. I love public libraries, and they have been an important part of my life ever since I could read, so it's especially meaningful that my first book of poetry is now part of this library's collection.