Salve for Souls

Friday, October 9, 2015


Which cover do you prefer for my upcoming romantic suspense book, soon to be published by Helping Hands Press? You're invited to cast your vote at the link below. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Imagine someone saying the following to you:
Liz's husband Steve looks at her with disgust as he tells her she's too fat
and her butt is too big.

"I wasted my youth on you! You've let yourself go. Look at you! I don't even want you anymore!"
That's what Steve Cavanaugh said to his wife, Liz, before leaving her for Gloria, a twenty-something plaything.
Seeing the anger in Liz's eyes, he bolts for the door as she hurls a vase at him. Barely missing his head, the vase smashes into the wall.
He mocks her. "You broke it! I was going to give that to Gloria."
This fictional scenario sets the stage for "Love's Sweetest Revenge," Book 1 in my "Castle in the Sun" romance-suspense series.
Although Steve has redeeming qualities, such as being a good father and provider for the twin sons he had with
Liz, he says and does many hurtful things. This continues even after Liz begins a relationship with Carlos Martín, a brilliant, sophisticated and of course, handsome Presidential aide. But Steve just cannot bear to see Liz happy, especially with someone so accomplished.
When I started the series, I didn't expect Steve to play a major role. He was supposed to be a background character, the ex-husband referred to in passing.
As I wrote, however, Steve kept stepping out from the shadows and I realized he has an important role. He is the antagonist or villain essential to every story. He represents the challenges we need to overcome.
Who can better appreciate home's warmth than one who has struggled through cold, wind and rain? Who can better appreciate success, then one who has tasted the bitterness of failure? And who can better appreciate hearing I love you, than one who has been rejected?
Whatever or whoever the "Steves" in our lives may be, they test us, just as the character in my book tests Liz and Carlos' relationship. These people and problems can embitter us or make us flex our mental and spiritual muscles to grow stronger.
A friend who reviewed my book had her own take on Steve. "He's a control freak, wanting to manipulate Liz and Carlos like puppets on a string."
Here is what Steve said to Carlos after learning about the motorcycle accident that nearly killed him. "Too bad about the Harley. Maybe it was just too much bike for you."
So where did I get the dialogue for this character? Much of it came from my mild-mannered husband, Dan. 
Might there be a little bit of Steve inside every one of us?
Meet Steve and other characters in the pages of "Love's Sweetest Revenge," then "Love's Sweetest Obsession, Book 2 in the series.

Book 1, E-book ONLY 99 cents.
Paperback also available

Book 2, E-book FREE for a limited time.
Just as an approaching hurricane, rattling palm trees and pushing ocean waves,
signals danger, Steve's escalating behavior forecasts trouble.