If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Have you ever painted a room or a house, stood back to admire your work, and realized you don’t like the color at all? You feel frustrated, betrayed.  How could you make such a mistake? How much money and time did you invest in something you were certain you...

HILLBILLY LIVES MATTER!

Dear friends, If you happened to stop by here, please understand, that, as a writer, I am encouraged, by those more knowledgeable (and prosperous) than me, to stay far, far away from politics and from all things political.  But, I have a short fuse anyway, and once in...

Against All Odds

So, how was your week? Sometimes, after a particularly challenging period in our lives, it’s nice to get new and unexpected good news. In the past two weeks, not one, but two, of my computers crashed, the second taking with it the most up-to-date versions of two...

Hurricane Harvey, Heroes and Heartache

I am a native Dallas Texan and, for this writer, watching events unfold in Houston and the surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey is an emotional roller coaster complete with prayers, tears, and restored faith in our American family.  The man standing on the...

Country Dreaming

I woke this morning planning to focus on creating an outline for my next book.  Unless I change my mind, book IV of the Appalachian Chronicles will begin in Southeastern Appalachia in the early 40s and the main character will not be a McKinley family member.  With...

You Know You Live In The Country When-

You know you live in the country when neighbor boys stop by to ask if they can fish in your pond, when your Australian Shepherd, Annie, wakes you at 3:00 AM, protesting loudly the raccoon who, uninvited, has come to dinner, when large box turtles amble across the...

Of New Releases and Old Friends

Hello Everybody, Time passes too quickly.  Twenty-Sixteen was a very busy year and things have not slowed down in 2017.  I’m happy to announce that Hard Mountain, book III of the Appalachian Trilogy is finally here, available on Amazon kindle, Nook, and coming...

To Tony in Sarasota Florida

THIS morning I received notice of a new follower to my twitter account, one of my Florida friends, a great graphic artist and designer named Tony.  In addition to the follow, he added this personal message:   Hi Helen, how have you been.  Seeing your book everywhere! ...

New Years 2016

It’s 2016!  Happy New Year!  Happy New Blog! OUT with the old, in with the new, I have a new year before me, now what to do? For starters, I promised myself that I would blog with some reasonable consistency in 2016. So here I am, blogging. This isn’t...