Tuesday, February 10, 2015


I think The Last Best Place is my attempt to stand feminism on its head and see what happens. I am all for feminism as regards women having the vote and being considered equal to men. But I wanted to have some fun with the twists and turns of feminism and femininity. There are four major female characters in the book, and I love them all. And they are all based on real women, pieces put together in different ways of women I have known.

Lynda, the heroine, is a bit of the Diana the huntress type, out there taking on all comers, including men and beating the pants off them. But there are other ways to have fun with men.

Shawnee is Venus, every bit as tricky and sly as the Goddess herself. And since this isn’t ancient Greece, we can say that old Venus was a tad on the self absorbed side and given to delusions of grandeur, just like Shawnee.

Rhonda is Terpsichore Goddess of Music and Dance, a muse to all the men in her life, and a romantic diva who wants it all: Love that knocks you off your feet, the huge diamond, swooning, and stylish New York wedding to die for, a classy wedding for a forty year old first time bride.

Dottie is the Earth Mother who’s actually never been a mother, but she’s one of those sensible, loving women who mothers everyone, subtly and with great love and understanding.

Of course a novel that is going to stand feminism on its head HAS to take place in Montana, the last bastion of manly men. And all the women try their luck at conquering the ultimate woman, Mother Nature.

All the women are affected by their encounters with each other and with Montana. I guess we’re all our truest selves when the chips are down and civilization is out of reach leaving us at the mercy of NATURE! Whoa, watch out. But that’s the fun of the book, I think. Each character’s adventures pummel them until they wake up and smell the coffee and the bacon on the campfire. Life is good in Montana. There are four weddings and blizzard. 

And there are also four masculine characters, who I also love. I will tell you about them in my next post.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Romance is Fun and Fascinating

I wrote this book because romance fascinates me, and I think it's one of the big important things in the world. I'm sure there are other big important things, like duty, honor, patriotism, religious feeling, parental love, and more. But romantic love is right up there with all the biggies, no matter how people scoff. Poor them. I also think romance is learned, and has to be fun, which is a lot harder than most people realize. Having fun, really having fun, is an underrated talent. But I think this book is about the fun and the delightful sexiness of romance, its sweet heartache, its joys and triumphs. Writing it was the most fun I've ever had.

Click on the picture of my book, top right, be taken to Amazon to purchase your copy of big fun. You won't be sorry.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My book is finally up on Amazon.com. Click on picture of book to buy.

And they have the read inside feature, too, so you can see if my writing and story are your kind of thing.

I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Published at Last!

My first novel, The Last Best Place, is now finally availiable on Amazon.com. Wow. It's a pretty nice feeling.

The very saddest news is that I lost my husband of 32 years on September 13 of this year. I spent years writing the book, of which he was very proud, as well as very critical, and he contributed many thoughts, ideas and funny lines. But it also took me years to figure out the best way to start getting the book out to the public. When I discovered Createspace, he had already been diagnosed with cancer. I rushed my work on the PDF files and cover to try to get the book into his hands so he could see it in case we lost his battle. Getting the book ready also helped me to keep going during our long stuggle against his cancer. Immersing myself in technical details was one of the few things that took my mind off my worries and fears for my oh so very dear husband, Tom O'Rourke.

Unfortunately, his condition took a sudden turn for the worse and on the very day that I was told he had less than 24 hours and would never recover consciousness, the proof copy arrived in the mail. He never saw it. Except I hope he's watching over me and his son, and that he is seeing it. And I hope I've made him proud. I wrote the book because I believe in love. Tom and I had a great and long love affair called marriage. Every day got better, sweeter, and we fell more deeply in love. I know I was one of the luckiest people in the world to find someone to love who loved me.

I'm grateful for every second we had together.

Here are two websites where you can read more about Tom's career and see his last videos on Youtube, before he became ill. I hope you enjoy watching him.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Last Best Place

June 10, 2009

I'm putting the final touches on The Last Best Place to get it ready for publication. I created this blog so I can list a blogspot in the front pages of my book for a reader, or potential reader, to find out more about my book and me. In this blog, I will provide a synopsis of the book, my photo and biography, and some stories about the writing of my book, the triumphs and travails. Thank you for your interest in my book.