Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Perhaps Blanche Dubois always depended on the kindness of strangers, but I haven’t. I have lived too long in a corporate world where nice guys often finish last, where business decisions are just that, business, and therefore often lack humanity. I don’t expect people to be kind or to put themselves out on my behalf. Of course it still hurts when I encounter mean or thoughtless people, but it rarely comes as a surprise. What does come as a surprise is when I do encounter strangers who are so very kind I am left in awe.

My first novel, Highland Solution, will be released on Tuesday. On one hand this is truly a dream come true–I never thought it would happen. On the other hand, I have to market this book, which means putting myself out there in a field I know little about, asking for help and risking being shot down. Contrary to my expectations, I have encountered some of the warmest, most thoughtful and friendly people that I could ever imagine amongst romance authors.

I will be hosted by several best-selling, award winning, authors on their blogs this coming week. As previously announced, USA Today bestselling author, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, will host me on her blog Tartan Ink ( on my release date, Tuesday,
September 3 and award winning author, Laurin Wittig will host me on her blog (, Friday, September 6. Both of these wonderful authors have been more kind and welcoming than I could have imagined possible.

Today, it is my pleasure to announce that I will be a guest on NYT and USA Today best-selling author, Karen Ranney’s blog, Warm Fuzzies on Thursday, September 5 and this is what leaves me in awe. When I asked Karen if she would allow me to guest on her blog, I didn’t know that she no longer allowed guest bloggers. However, she decided to make an exception for me and I feel truly honored. Today she discussed why she did this on her Warm Fuzzies blog and now I am both amazed and humbled. As a side note, she visited this website and liked my pictures. I have to give another shout-out and huge thank-you to the talented young photographer who provided them, Bradley Nguyen

Please stop by all three of these blogs in the coming week to learn a bit more about me, Highland Solution and Fairy Godmothers. Yes. Fairy Godmothers.

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