Category Archives: holidays

Season’s Greetings!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas!

As one of my friends who lives in Bakersfield recently commented in a Christmas card, since I moved back to my home state of Maryland, I get to have a REAL Christmas again instead of a “wimpy” California Christmas. Now, I have to admit I always missed the chilly weather at this time of year, particularly when I lived in southern California. I recall my first yuletide in Los Angeles. It was warm and muggy. The rains that year had me wondering why I had driven nearly three thousand miles only to be washed away in downpours. After several years, I got used to the warmer weather – never did get used to those 90+ degree heatwaves in January, though.

My relatively short sojourn in Arizona had much more Christmas appropriate weather. It even snowed sometimes! (I was in the central part of the state, not down south were people consider 70 degrees to be frigid.) The snow never stuck, though. A godsend, since I had a wide sloped driveway. But just up the road in Sedona, the snow did stick – maybe an inch or two – and if I really wanted to throw a snowball, I’d hop in the car and grab me some white stuff!

Finding life in the desert southwest was not my thing, I headed back to California, but this time I went north. In Sonoma wine country, it did get frosty, but never cold enough for snow.

Two years ago, just around this time of year, I made the decision to make the move back to the east coast. It was a daunting decision and, I found out, an even more daunting task. But here I am! We’ve already had a couple of days when the snow came down. Just enough to leave a dusting on the grass and not enough to have to clear away – yay! They’re forecasting a storm just before New Year’s Eve and my snowblower is ready. Now I just have to read the instruction manual so I don’t hack off a foot while clearing the driveway and sidewalk. Details, details. All that aside, I am jazzed, I tell ya, JAZZED! Probably because I don’t have to get up early when I’d rather turn over and go back to sleep; don’t have to scrape the ice off the windshield of my car and most of all, I don’t have go to work. That is not to say I don’t work. I just work on the things I want to work on! But mostly, I’m jazzed because there is nothing prettier than a fresh snowfall. Everything is so pristine and the whole world looks like a Christmas card. And I get to sit in my kitchen with a hot cup of coffee and watch the snow fall while one of my kitties – mostly likely Samantha – curls up on my lap and purrs.

So this, my first Christmas in Maryland in forty years, is a milestone. The only thing missing is my daughter. But she and her significant other will be moving back to Maryland in two short months and then I will feel like it’s Christmas all over again!

I wish you and yours a joyous yuletide and only good things in the coming year.

Merry Christmas!

Our Holiday Special!!!!!

It’s that time of year again! What a great time to make all of our eBooks available at low, low prices! So we did!

Through January 1, grab your copies of The Virgin Diaries, Ain’t No Sunshine: Men Reveal the Pain of Heartbreak, American Woman – The Poll Dance: Women and Voting, Dreams and Nightmares, Crazy and Cooper’s Grove for just 99¢!

Our newly released title, Peyton’s Choice, a Young Adult story about a high achieving 17 year-old who faces an unwanted pregnancy, is discounted to just $2.99 and is available exclusively on Amazon.

No coupons, no muss, no fuss; just go to your favorite eBook retailer and get your copy. We’ve just changed the prices, so if the original price at some vendors is still there, just wait a day or so and then go back and check again. Hopefully, you won’t have to do that! The prices are all lowered on Amazon.

Visit our (that would be me and my daughter, Kimberley A. Johnson) website, ARK Stories, and check them out. You can read a couple of chapters of each book and make your picks! For those prices, you could buy the entire library and still have money left over! It’s SUCH a deal!

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter and get a FREE copy of The Chemtrail Conspiracy.

A Thanksgiving Message From My Heart

Thanksgiving already!

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, I don’t know about fun lately, but the time sure has flown by. Seems like I just took down the Christmas decorations and now it’s time to put them up again. (Of course, those decorations have been up in stores since before Halloween and that kind of pisses me off, but that’s a topic for another time.)

If I could have just one wish this holiday season, it would be that people would be kinder to each other and realize that we are all in this together. It’s very disheartening to see how divided we have become, particularly when we all want the same basic things. We want the love of a family, good friends, enough to eat, adequate clothing, shelter and the opportunity to improve our station in life. It’s what this country was founded on – equal opportunity. So I just hope that people will remember that and realize that those things are universal and not relegated to just a few of us.

I know I usually push a book somewhere in my posts, but since it’s Thanksgiving, I’ll forgo that for now and wish each and every one of you all the best this holiday season. May you be blessed with laughter, love and happiness. May you find those things in your heart and extend them to all the people you meet, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or political leanings. We are all Americans and on this American holiday, we are reminded of how our ancestors were greeted and helped by the native people of this country. Let’s pay that forward.

I may not be pushing a book, but I will ask you to join my mailing list so you can get the latest updates on what’s happening over at ARK Stories and all of our titles. PLUS, you get to download a FREE short story. What could be better than that?

Stay tuned because we’ll have some Christmas deals.

mailing list


Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year again and the ghosts and goblins are roaming free!

So are Indie authors and a bunch of us got together and put a great collection of eBooks on sale for All Hallows Eve. But it’s just for the holiday, so if you’re into scary books, no matter of what bent (romance, thrills or otherwise), you’re sure to find something to trip your ticket on this list. Just click on the image and it’ll take you to the listing. Once you’re there, click on the individual book and it’ll take you to the Amazon page where you can make use of the read inside feature to help you decide which one (or ones) you want to purchase before prices go back up.


Happy Holidays!

At this time of year, I think back to when I was a kid and how much I looked forward to decorating the Christmas tree, watching Christmas movies on TV (my favorite was A Christmas Carol), baking Christmas cookies, sneaking a sip or two of spiked eggnog and, of course, diving into the gifts left by Santa.

My Uncle Stanley was a Jesuit Brother. He worked the parish bingo games in Philadelphia and at Christmastime, the prizes were toys for the winners to take home to the kids. There were always some left over and that meant a bonanza for my sister and me. He was our real, live Santa Claus!

We lived in Baltimore, Maryland and about a week before Uncle Stanley was due to arrive, my sister and I would sit outside on the front steps in the hope he would somehow magically appear early. No matter that it was freezing cold. We’d bundle up and warm ourselves thinking of the bounty that would arrive in the trunk of his rental car.

By Christmas Eve we were nearly delirious with anticipation, and his arrival was met with kisses and hugs and gasps of awe as he unloaded a huge carton of brightly wrapped packages from the car. We stayed right on his heels as he carried that carton from the car and, one by one, arranged the packages beneath the tree.

My mother would admonish us, “Now you girls leave those packages alone!”

Yeah, right. As soon as the adults were gone from the room, we would start poking holes in the wrapping paper to determine what lay beneath it. Sometimes we succeeded; most times not.

It always puts a smile on my face when I look back on those days.

This holiday season, I don’t have brightly wrapped packages to give to you, but I do have bright wishes for all the best of the season. And a reminder that if you have friends who enjoy reading, we’ve got books that we’d love them to get, whether on their reading devices or in books they can hold in their hands. So, if you’ve got readers on your list, go on over to ARK Stories and see what we’ve got. Whether it’s a thriller, a love story, a short story or real life experiences, I’ll bet you’ve got someone on your list who would appreciate the gift.

No matter which holiday you celebrate, I wish you and yours all the best this season and in the coming year. Click the pic for a little holiday tune.

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 6.38.40 PM