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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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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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Happy Easter/Passover/Whatever…!

Happy Easter/Passover/Whatever…!

EVERY SPRING THE EARTH RENEWS HERSELF and we humans celebrate in many ways. Whether you'll be dancing around the May pole, enjoying Easter Sunday dinner or sharing Passover with relatives and friends, I hope Spring 2019 brings you an opportunity to refresh and renew....

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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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