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USA Today Bestseller

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Circle of Influence has once again hit the USA Today Bestseller list, this time cracking the Top 100. This is something you always hope for and never expect. Thanks to everyone who have supported this book and this series over the last few years.

I also want to thank my publisher, Henery Press, not only for backing me (and Zoe and Pete), but also for the beautiful bouquet that arrived today. 


Kensi (who is feeling MUCH better, by the way) is convinced they're for her!

The Next Cat Thing

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I'm convinced that the Universe sends me special-needs kitties because the Greater Power knows I will take care of them. I've had cats with kidney failure, cats with thyroid issues, one blind kitty... Sammie had cancer. Skye had Bartonella's disease.

Kensi? Well, up until now I thought Kensi was my gift for having cared for the others. Finally, a healthy, low-maintenance feline.

This winter has been a rough one for everyone in my family. First Mom's failing health and her death in early January. Since then, I've been sick with one thing or another. Stress related. Diminished immune system stuff. If' I've not been ill, Hubby's had this bug or that.

And Kensi has been sneezing and wheezing through it all. I wasn't panicked because she hasn't acted sick otherwise. She's eating. She's ripping and racing through the house. But she's had this upper respiratory thing that just would not clear up.

Monday, I took her to the vet. Diagnosis?

F…

New Mexico, June 2016

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My most recent trip to New Mexico happened last summer. I had already turned No Way Home in to my editor, but it was still a research trip in the sense that I was confirming what I'd already written in case I needed to fix anything during the revision phase.

I grabbed a photo of the airport as soon as I arrived. This is where Zoe and the gang fly in and out of.

There is talk about fishing tournaments. This is the San Juan River just below Navajo Dam, a prime fly fishing area.

Zoe and Rose enlist the San Juan County Sheriff's Office in their search. This is the entrance they used.

Allison teaches Zoe about communication on the Navajo Rez. Because cell service is often non-existent and most families can't afford a landline, this radio station is one of the main sources of information.

There are many places out there where you can see forever with nothing blocking the view. No place to hide.

But there are also awesome rock formations, bluffs, and canyons.

I hope you've e…

New Mexico, September 2015

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My third trip to New Mexico was a solid no-bones-about-it research trip, and my photos reflected that goal. It was all about scouting locations.

The San Juan Sheriff's Office played a HUGE part in No Way Home, and unlike Pete's Vance Township Police Department back in Pennsylvania, this one is absolutely real.

As are most of the other locations in New Mexico. Navajo Dam is mentioned in the story. It's both a real dam and a town. 
The cabin in the story isn't far from Abe's Motel and Fly Shop. Honest. It's real and that's it's name. We stayed there our first trip to Aztec, so I know from personal experience.

Moving on to Hart Canyon, where much of the action takes place. Yes, Hart Canyon is also real.

A location in the canyon that plays an important role is "the cave." This is it. You can even see the wood someone left for a campfire.

You need one of these big high-clearance pickup trucks to get around out there. The "roads" leave mu…