Salve for Souls

Friday, April 8, 2016


The historic Pritchard House in Titusville Florida,
 inspiration for the "Casa Martin."
Imagine you have won a week of being catered to at the classy Casa Martin bed and breakfast in sunny St. Augustine, Florida. I say imagine because the elegant, Queen Anne, Victorian-style home exists only in the pages of my "Castle in the Sun" romance/suspense series.

The series follows its renovation from abandoned and run-down, into a community jewel, much like its inspiration, the Pritchard House in Titusville, Florida. See this elegant home and you will see how I envision the Casa Martin. But while the Pritchard House serves as a community museum, the Casa Martin serves guests generous helpings of fine food and southern hospitality.

In your mind's eye, step onto that welcoming porch to unload your luggage and cares. Admire the ornate, antique furnishings and framed artwork as the hostess escorts you upstairs to the master suite.
Continue your dream vacation in the pages of "Love's Sweetest Revenge" first in the series. E-book ONLY $2.99: 
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Escape to Florida's sun-kissed shores. E-book ONLY $2.99.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Set aside your cares and enter the luxurious Florida condo featured in my novel, "Love's Sweetest Revenge." Enjoy the "million-dollar" ocean view.
Latino hunks and brothers, Carlos and Jack Martin are preparing ethnic cuisine for love interests, Liz and Rosa.
Relax and enjoy the ocean view, photo by D.R.
Vaca frita (fried cow) is on the menu. It is shredded beef, marinated in lime, garlic and salt, then seared until crispy. Yellow rice, black beans and maduros, (fried plantains) are on the side.
The table is set in elegant dinnerware, while candles flicker to the strains of romantic background music.
Liz cannot resist taking a picture of her meal.
Come join Liz and Carlos, Jack and Rosa, for adventure, romance and a dream Florida vacation seasoned with a generous portion of mystery.
It's all in "Love's Sweetest Revenge," Book One in the"Castle in the Sun,"  romantic/suspense series.  Ebook ONLY $2.99.

In Book II, "Love's Sweetest Obsession,"
Liz and Carlos, Jack and Rosa enjoy a stroll
along Florida's sun-kissed shore.
But trouble is on the horizon.
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In Book I, "Love's Sweetest Revenge" (above) Liz hopes to forget her troubles in the beauty of the forest. Instead she encounters a bear and a locket filled with secrets.
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Saturday, April 2, 2016


As a writer, I am privileged to have hubby, Dan, as my editor and first line of defense against errors. He has earned his nickname. "Ol' Eagle Eye." Whether glaring or subtle, he will spot errors and pounce on them like an eagle on its prey.

Here are some examples:

From my devotional, "Where Your Heart Meets God's," Dan and I read, "while wandering up and down a city street, looking for the hospital where my mother was a patient, I walked into a building."

"Ouch!" Dan exclaimed. "Did you get a bloody nose when you walked into the building?"

To correct this, I changed walked into a building, to entered a building.

My romance/mystery, "Love's Sweetest Revenge," opens as Liz has a dangerous encounter with a bear. She escapes, but is left with a fear of the forest she once loved. Best friend, Rosa is about to venture in, and tells Liz, "I don't expect you to come with me, though I did bring my rifle after you told me about this latest bear.  It's in the car."

Dan was amazed. "How did she get the bear in her car? And does it have a key?"

We re-wrote as follows: "I don't expect you to come with me, though after you told me about this latest bear I brought my rifle.  It's in the car."

And watch out for those double entendres. You be the judge. Ol' Eagle Eye discovered this one and gave me a raised eyebrow.

In "Love's Sweetest Revenge," Carlos recalls the broken femur he suffered in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. "I saw my bone sticking out of my pants leg," he said.

We re-wrote as follows: I saw the bone sticking out of my leg."   

 Before I emailed a story to a newspaper, Dan gave it a once-over.

"Who is Violent?" he asked me.

I could not believe that is what I had called someone named Violet.

Just one little "n" added with the slip of a finger, made quite a difference. It was also something my spell-checker did not flag.

Global changes of a name or word throughout a document can "spell" catastrophe.

While writing my inspirational thriller, "The Face Behind the Veil," I globally changed a character's name from Peter to Cedric. Imagine my surprise when I discovered reference to the biblical book of 1 Peter, changed to 1 Cedric.

Beware of the horrors of homonyms. These are words pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning, and may differ in spelling.

For example, Ol' Eagle Eye found my reference to "The British Aisles," rather than the "British Isles."

 Well, that's awl eye half two say four now.

Flora's devotional, "Where Your Heart Meets God's," published by Helping Hands Press, explores the many expressions of God's voice. These can be as close as a Bible, nature's beauty, music, the words of a friend, even our dreams. Find out more:

Flora's romance novel, "Love's Sweetest Revenge," published by Helping Hands Press, opens in New York State's dense forest, where Liz encounters a bear. Liz runs in panic with the bear in pursuit. Falling but surviving, Liz discovers an old locket with a mysterious love letter. Its clues bring her and friend, Rosa, to romance and adventure on Florida's sun-kissed shores. Find out more:
Flora's inspirational thriller, "The Face Behind the Veil," explores the secrets of the mysterious birth veil, what it meant to three generations of women and what it means to us today.
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