And the SECOND winner is …

October 20th, 2014


I goofed.

Big-time!  Emily just reminded me that there were supposed to be TWO winners announced for the recent giveaway of A LITTLE WOMEN CHRISTMAS!


So with no further ado, the second winner is HANNAH, who chose this as her favorite Louisa May Alcott quote:

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy
and life lovely.”

That quote always reminds me of my own mother. She had a gift for doing exactly that.

And as a thank you to Emily for her sharp eyes and reminder that there was supposed to be a second winner, I’m adding a THIRD winner — EMILY herself!  Here’s her favorite Louisa May Alcott quote:

“Love is a great beautifier.”

Seriously, was Louisa a fount of wisdom or what? I’m in awe of her amazing gift for sharing that wisdom so eloquently.

Congratulations to all three winners!  And for those of you who didn’t win a book this time around, stay tuned. My new novel ABSOLUTELY TRULY will be published in early November, and there’ll be another giveaway party to celebrate. Meanwhile, click here to read a sneak preview…


And the winner is …

October 15th, 2014


Her favorite Louisa May Alcott quote is:  “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

I love that one, too.

I’ll be contacting you directly soon, Genevieve, and a hot-off-the-press copy of A LITTLE WOMEN CHRISTMAS will be winging its way to you shortly.




Saturday Story Starter

October 11th, 2014

October snuck up on me!  I guess I’d better post a story starter before it completely zips by….

As those of you who have participated before know, Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, on the computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise! (And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)

Before we get started, I need to let you know the location of the “magical staircase” which was the inspiration for last month’s story starter. Remember this picture?

Magical Staircase

I LOVED all the stories it prompted!  And yes, it’s a real place. It’s called the Mosaic Steps, or the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project. Next time you’re in San Francisco, head over to 1700 16th Avenue between Noriega Street and Moraga Street. Click here for more information and pictures. And here’s a cool YouTube video as well, which gives you a sense of how completely awesome these stairs are. I want them in my backyard.

Now, on to this month’s story starter. Here’s our inspiration:

Doll under a rug

Yeah, I know.

It’s a little weird.

What can I say?  It’s getting close to Halloween!

Tell us a story. Paint a scene. Make us laugh or give us the shivers. How did this doll get there? Or is it a doll? What is it doing? Who put it there? Or did it get there all by itself….

Ready, set, WRITE!



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