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Hello! You’ll find posts here for readers, writers, and anyone interested in life. Check out the categories to the right for your favorite topics, or just start browsing. Sometimes I throw in a recipe or a poem, share my writer’s life, or tell you how I came up with one of your favorite characters.  I’ll announce contests and share pics from events. Sometimes I delve into how to handle tough political, social or religious topics in your own books if you’re a writer, or share what I learn about the ever-evolving world of publishing. Whatever the topic, I promise to do my best not to waste your time. There’s enough clutter online without my adding to it.

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Books on Writing

Books on Writing

TIME TO JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING ENGINE? I dug into my bookshelves—physical and electronic—and have some titles for you! Some are classics which I hope you have already discovered, but are well worth dipping into again. A couple are new ones that I plan on reading...

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LWC Artisan Fair

LWC Artisan Fair

Sale prices at author event, Little Whale Cove Artisan Fair in Depoe Bay, Oregon! New editions for books one through four hot off the presses and pre-order sale price for new book, SAFE HARBOR: Logan Book 5, available November 19th. Message me for details.

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Mushroom Season!

Mushroom Season!

IT'S MUSHROOM SEASON on the Oregon coast and now that SAFE HARBOR: Logan Book 5 is up for Pre-Order on Amazon, I'm diving into fresh ground for Logan's next adventure. This week, I'm deep into research mode and mushrooms are currently on the menu. Not that I'm eating...

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Dark and Stormy Night Event

Dark and Stormy Night Event

IF YOU'RE IN TOWN, JOIN ME at Lincoln City Driftwood Library's annual Oregon author event, Dark and Stormy Night!  Signed copies of the newly released editions will be available and you'll get to meet some great people and maybe get one of the free giveaways... I'll...

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Jagged Dawn: Logan’s Beginning

Jagged Dawn: Logan’s Beginning

EXCITED TO SHARE my newest short story, JAGGED DAWN: LOGAN'S BEGINNING with you. I knew the story of the car accident and the events leading up to Logan starting a whole new life, but my readers didn't, so Voila! For the next month Jagged Dawn is FREE as part of...

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Use What You Know

Use What You Know

ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE WRITING, I love research. Every time I sit down to write a new Logan McKenna novel—actually, long before that, when the story first starts stirring—obscure bits of knowledge or experiences pop into my head that spark story elements, plot...

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About Valerie

A self-admitted book addict, Valerie was the kid with the flashlight under her pillow. A life of travel with exposure to many different cultures led to a pervasive interest in people, with degrees & teaching credentials in Cultural Anthropology & English.

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