Trust No One

on September 6, 2022

Naturally, I’ve got a short story in the Paper Lantern Writers UNLOCKED anthology! And although I’ve often said “You’ll never catch me writing a World War II story”, when the characters (women working at the Office of Strategic Services), locale (Washington D.C.), and date (1943) called out to me, I had to write! Trust No… Read More


UNLOCKED Announcement & Cover Reveal

on September 2, 2022

What tales are revealed when an old wooden chest is opened? Find out in UNLOCKED, an anthology of eight stories spanning seven centuries from Paper Lantern Writers. UNLOCKED drops on November 1st, but you can preorder NOW at https://amzn.to/3Q2GRdG. This gorgeous cover was designed by Paper Lantern Writer Mari Christie.


Happy Birthday to US!

on August 31, 2022

It’s a kinda special day for me and four other Paper Lantern Writers. It’s the third anniversary of our first meeting…when we all (okay, Kathryn wasn’t physically there, but I was thinking about her) met at Linda’s house and said to each other….   “What if, instead of continuing to promote our historical fiction ALL… Read More


Neptune Beach ~ the Coney Island of the West

on August 30, 2022

In celebration of National Beach Day, I’m sharing a little history of Neptune Beach, which is featured in my currently-being-queried novel THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE. Hope you enjoy your visit to the Coney Island of the West! . . . Imagine that it’s April 1919 and you’re a U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant just returned to… Read More


Introducing…Elsie Clark, Vaudevillian Extraordinaire!

on June 16, 2022

I told you in the latest Paper Lantern Writers Q&A that I inherited the scrapbooks, photographs, recordings, and so much more belonging to vaudevillian and Okeh recording artist Elsie Clark. So here’s the proof. These are just a few photos of Elsie’s career in vaudeville, but I think you get the picture… Publicity Photo #1… Read More


See you tomorrow and Sunday…

on May 6, 2022

…at the Bay Area Book Festival at Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California! Stop by the Paper Lantern Writers booth to chat about reading, writing, and loving Historical Fiction. We’ll have lots of books to sell and sign. Plus some other fun giveaways!  


A New Publisher for Fanny Newcomb

on April 24, 2022

After a very happy five years with Sand Hill Review Press, I’m equally happy to announce that Fanny Newcomb & the Irish Channel Ripper has found a new home with Word by Word Press.   Hope you come on over to see Fanny and the other books published by Proprietor Mary F. Burns, author of… Read More


It’s Vintage Easter Postcard Time!

on April 16, 2022

The Easter Season has always been one of my favorite times of year and these postcards from the NYPL definitely celebrate the spirit of spring:     Finis!    


Getting Ready to…GO PUBLIC!

on April 15, 2022

Join me and other Paper Lantern Writers on May 7 and 8 at the Bay Area Book Festival at Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California. This will be our FIRST TIME together as a group, and we’re SO EXCITED! We’ll be signing & selling our books throughout the event (natch!). Hope to see you there!


It’s Mardi Gras, Baby!

on February 28, 2022

In celebration of Mardi Gras—and the very happy fact that it’s being celebrated in New Orleans this year—I’m sharing some of my favorite vintage Mardi Gras images. And I’m also sharing one of my favorite blog posts: Your Guide to Mardi Gras, circa 1889. Enjoy!                    … Read More