Big ’80s Hair, Please

I went to visit my parents at my childhood home this weekend, and my mom has been cleaning things out. She handed me a shopping bag full of old curling irons to take home for my daughters to use. They were ecstatic. Last night my 13yo curled my 11yo’s hair with one that had a barrel […]

A True True-Love Story

I have a true love story for you today. It’s about my sweetheart, Gary. Of course. Four or five years ago, I bought a silk blouse at a consignment shop. It’s so pretty, dark purple, long sleeves, tailored lines, soft as, well, silk. When I wear it, I feel … thin, smart, together. Everyone needs […]

Have I Bored You to Death Yet About my Birthday?

Did I tell you about my birthday? More appropriately I should ask, have I bored you to DEATH yet about my birthday? I actually can’t believe how much I have talked about it this year. It’s weird, like I’m possessed by a birthday-carer or something. Anyway, doesn’t matter. I have to tell you about my husband’s gift! […]

How I Fell Victim Like Sleeping Beauty

True confession. I am a read-a-holic. However, I always buy my books … until now. Today, I accidentally-on-purpose signed up for Kindle Unlimited, the Amazon reading subscription program like Netflix. Almost all my books are offered in it, so I love it. It’s weird I never signed up before, considering. See, there was this email from Amazon, and I clicked […]

The Lure of Spicy Corn

My assignment for the Big Griffith Thanksgiving Party is jalapeno corn. There’s an irony there. I’m from Idaho, a place where the spiciest foods I grew up eating were salty mashed potatoes.  So, as a newlywed I showed up in the Arizona southwest, home of the green chile and the jalapeno. Me, from the Land […]

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The Billionaire Makeovers Get a Big Makeover!

The Billionaire Makeovers Get a Big Makeover!

So, it was time! I needed to gussy up my Billionaire Makeover Romance series, and I decided at first to just re-cover them, but my friend and cover designer told me…nope. They need new faces, new titles, a whole new look. After a few minutes’ consideration, I realized she was totally right! So, here they […]

Snake Oil at the County Fair

Last weekend was our county fair. Do you attend those? We go every year, as it’s our town’s Big Deal. (I think most small towns have at least one Big Deal. Where I grew up, the rodeo was the annual Big Deal, three nights of parades and rodeos and a carnival.) I went with my […]


A few years ago, arguably my most important book was published. BIG IN JAPAN. It tells the story of Buck Cooper, a hapless fat guy in Texas, who goes to Japan and inadvertently becomes the first blond sumo wrestler. A sports underdog/ fish out of water tale, t’s Beverly Hills Ninja goes sumo, and Buck has to […]