Circle on Home Releases Today!

Circle Nook


Circle on Home is the 5th Lost in a Boom Town book, but a good place to jump in. Some of the characters from the first four books appear, but are not integral to the plot.

This story has been in my head for over a decade. I think it was in 2002, we were driving through New Mexico on the way to the Grand Canyon. Fred pointed down a road and said, “I wonder what’s down there.” By the time we got to Arizona, I knew who was down there, a large animal vet struggling to make ends meet, with a drunk brother, a disabled sister and a father on his way home from prison after killing their mother. Initially I wrote Circle on Home with the father murdering the mother in a jealous rage, but I thought that was too dark for these books, so she died when the father was driving drunk. That’s a lot for Noah to forgive.

One of the reasons this book took so long to write was that I didn’t have the right heroine for him. I was pretty sure I wanted a girl from his past, someone who KNEW his past. And I wanted someone who thought she knew what she wanted, but it turned out that wasn’t what she wanted at all. So here comes Miranda, sister to town judgey-person Allison. The sisters still have some work to do on their relationship, but I have Allison’s story coming down the road.

It was good to go back to Evansville for this book, and to kind of touch on the bust that’s happening in the oilfields of Texas. Fred and I went down to the Shale this weekend and it’s sad to see the abandoned businesses that had grown up around the boom.

Check it out at these vendors.


Goals the Week Circle on Home Releases



It’s SPRING BREAK!!!! I’m enjoying my breaks this year, not pressuring myself like I did last summer. I need to learn to relax.

Now, this list isn’t going to look like it, but most of this stuff is FUN, and I’m more likely to do fun stuff if it’s on my list, see?

  1. Launch Circle—newsletter, etc.
  2. Go to a birthday party
  3. Work on new book
  4. Take out ads
  5. Day with Mom
  6. lunch with the teachers
  7. organize closet
  8. clean refrigerator
  9. organize craft room
  10. DO CRAFTS!
  11. Cook at home.

Goals the Week Before Spring Break



Last week was very productive. I edited my book, cooked home most nights, actually got to leave school on time every day. This week may be more of a challenge, but more fun things, too.

  1. Start new book
  2. Pick up tax return from accountant (and cringe—our first year without claiming Josh)
  3. Help Brother move
  4. proof audiobook
  5. update website
  6. Put together a newsletter
  7. Take out ads for my book releasing next week