Stop Calling My Name

October 11, 2017

I love October–including the spine-tingling, afraid-to-look-behind you aspect. A few years ago I wrote about an experience that happened to me while I was doing lesson preps in an almost empty, ancient school house. What’s worse than a scary story that really happened, right? Link to it here. Enjoy! And scary October to all.



Mechanized Halloween

September 23, 2017

This is an excerpt from The Kavanagh House from the chapter Mechanized Halloween. Parker’s guests have filled the house when Declan shows up. He is her father’s campaign manager who she crushes on. She takes Declan to the…

Kavanaugh House

Floor Plan for The Kavanagh House

April 29, 2017

DH finished transcribing the floor plan today for The Kavanagh House. The originals, found in metal cylinders in Vincent’s workshop, had aged to the point of nearly crumbling when touched. Thanks to DH, they once again look…

Kavanaugh House

Based on a Real Haunted House

March 21, 2017

The Kavanagh House began as a story based on the Standrod House.   A prominent citizen of the time, Judge Drew William (DW) Standrod built a house on the west side of a western city in…

Kavanaugh House

The Kavanagh House is published!!!!

February 20, 2017

(Balloons, noisemakers, definitely squealing!) Tag Line: Living in a mechanized house controlled by the dead, vengeful creator. Book blurb: Built at the threshold of the steam-driven, Gilded Age, The Kavanagh House is filled with mechanical wonders,…


Time for a Woodland Walk

August 18, 2016

Einstein said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” Yesterday I went up a local canyon for a woodland walk. Just driving there, as neighborhoods gave way to narrow hairpin turns around…


Even a Threadbare, Bony Old Cat

July 24, 2016

I used to believe that a girl could fall in love with anyone. “Even a blind dog with a note in its mouth,” I’d say.  Any highwayman who would stare into her eyes, and speak more…


What Not to Do with a Broken Rib

July 8, 2016

Do not go to Instacare on Sunday. The doctor will thump you on the back to make sure you hurt, have you pee in a cup, then write you 3 prescriptions—I think they get a commission.…


One Step Ahead of the Escape Artists

July 5, 2016

Three days a week I spend with five young boys. In eight hours we do lessons, such as math, history, etc., make lunch, two take naps, arts and crafts, and what I term “creative play.” But…


Blank Canvas

June 30, 2016

My talents are varied. I can make a mean marshmallow launcher from a piece of a pool noodle, a balloon and duct tape. A trial run proved that pom-poms performed poorly, but mini, (colored) marshmallows soared.…

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Susan is the author of Cold Pursuit, Hot Pursuit and other projects.
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