Now available!

Clear Blue Sky is now available on ebook –

The paperback version should be coming very soon. I will update here as soon as it’s ready.

Don’t forget, reviews sell books, and I’m really at the mercy of reviews, which are almost totally out of my control. All I can do is beg for reviews and hope they’re good. Amazon has cut their giveaway program and Goodreads now charges an arm and a leg for that option, as much as $599. I’m left with organizing my own giveaway, and I’ll get that worked out as soon as I can.

I’ve been so busy lately, but I will do my best to get a great giveaway started asap! Stay tuned!

To be honored soon, first female jockey to win…

1969 was a very exciting and pivotal year in many areas, not just horse racing. That’s the year I was born, so… πŸ˜‰

Feb 8, 1969 was the day Diane Crump rode in her first race, the first for any female. It was hard enough to ride along side several angry jockeys out to get her, but before the race, she had to get to the paddock, bobbing and weaving through the crowd with a police escort, as so many fans were angry about her riding in a pari-mutuel race.

A week later, I was born. πŸ˜‰ (omg, am I almost 50??)

Another week later, Barbara Jo Rubin won her first race and was the first female jockey to win a pari-mutuel race. I wish I could have seen that!

February 1969 was definitely an exciting month.

With many more firsts in her future, Barbara Jo enjoyed a time as not only a successful female jockey, but a successful jockey.

It is jockeys like Barbara Jo Rubin and Diane Crump who inspire my writing. I even mentioned Diane Crump in “Chivalry” in the prologue and then again at the end in a short “women in horse racing” history lesson. Of course, I also mention Barbara Jo, as well as several others.

Want to read more about Barbara Jo? Click below.


Get your “Don’t punish…” magnet today and show your support

Show your support for your friends and family in pain by sporting this magnet on your car. I predict one day in the future we will have our rights back and will be treated humanely, and at that point, you can just take off the magnet. No bumper sticker residue! πŸ™‚


Don’t Punish Pain Rally in your state, SOON

When I was in Kindergarten, there was a kid, Ben, who was always getting into trouble. The teacher would always punish the whole class for his behavior. Finally, one day, we had been forced to put our heads down and turn out the lights, and I started crying.

“What’s wrong, Kristie?”

*sniff* “I didn’t do anything wrong.” *wipes eyes*

“…” *Shuffles feet*

She wasn’t sure what to do. Finally, she told me that I could put my head up. I looked around and wondered why no one else said anything. Were they okay with taking the blame for Ben’s horrible behavior? That certainly wasn’t fair of the teacher to punish us for Ben!

So, why are doctors punishing their patients for the behavior of drug addicts?

Well… Our current president called for a war on opioids. The CDC answered with guidelines for prescribing. The FBI took up the torch and decided to punish doctors for over-prescribing. Most doctors don’t over-prescribe, but they were very afraid to be labeled as such. So they started reducing their patients’ doses and not treating new pain at all. After exhausting all other options, patients demanded strong meds. Doctors told patients they’d have to go to a pain specialist for stronger meds. Pain specialists popped up everywhere as people in pain scrambled to find help.

In comes the media. The media jumped onto the bandwagon because it would make great headlines. They broadcasted made-up statistics and outright lies, and then another media organization picked it up and changed their lies to be even worse. On and on it went until people were, and are, worked up into a complete frenzy.

Not only are the ill-informed public in a frenzy, shaking their fists at doctors for treating pain (as they were called to do in the 90s and 00s. Remember the faces and the number scale? That was from guidelines for treating pain, and new in the 90s), but now people in pain are panicked because we are losing our right to live life. We’ll be stuck in bed and house-bound without strong pain medicine. It’s just downright CRUEL to deny us medical care.

Don’t Punish Pain!!

Don’t punish patients in severe pain because 15% of patients abuse their meds. The rest of us are responsible and never abuse them. We take them as prescribed, and have been for many years. It’s the only way we can function in society and not remain house- or bed-bound. Don’t punish me for having a spinal tumor, Arachnoiditis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Neuropathy, and Migraines. I did not choose to have this crappy body. Addicts choose to take too much of a drug. I choose to play by the rules.

Don’t Punish Pain!!


Asking for a favor…

Friends, please help me with How (not) to Grieve. Reviews sell the book, so if you have bought the book (or if you would buy it) or have read it on Kindle Unlimited, could I please trouble you for a review? If you’re not good at writing reviews, I can help you with it if you want, without writing it, of course. Possible customers who read reviews are looking for something in the story that will evoke emotion: happy, sad, exciting, whatever. They’re also looking for the “verified purchase” symbol, so if you haven’t bought the book, it doesn’t do any good to write the review, though I would appreciate the effort. The Kindle version is only $3 (less than a cup of coffee) and you can read it on your computer, phone, tablet, or Kindle. It’s “free” with a Kindle Unlimited membership. Remember to scroll all the way to the end before closing the book so the author gets credit for every page. Thank you so much for supporting me!


Reviews, anyone?

Wanted: Reviewers for “How (not) to Grieve,” book four in my Backstretch series. Each book is mainly set on or around horse racing tracks, and is about the people who live and work on the backstretch. I’ve always wanted to be someone strong enough and physically able enough to work with race horses, but I could never do it with my health issues. Instead, the next best thing is to write about life at a race track.

If you or someone you know works at a race track and might be interested in reading my books, even if only to see if the writer got it right, head over to Amazon. By the same token, if you love horses and/or historical fiction, you might like this book. AND it’s got a paranormal twist to it. Better yet: it’s only $2.99! Three bucks. You spend more than that on a cup of coffee, and for me to work years on something and only charge three dollars is crazy! πŸ˜‰

“Grieve” and the other books in the series are all available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback.

See the next blog post for more info.

How (not) to Grieve

Available now on Amazon!