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Where did the Romanovs get their coffee?

                                                                                     ~ Tsarbucks

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Tsar Nicholas Alexander Romanov

The last tsar,  1868-1918


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How Did I Get Here? is the story of a cynical, funny, very horny Russian medical student during and after the 1850's Crimean War.

Listen to the first 3 minutes of the story and watch the video trailer at

Available at major on-line retailers in paper, eBook, and Audible. If you prefer to support your local bookstore, they can order the book for you.


Dan Smith Oolite AndreySometimes you just get lucky.

I experienced that marvelous quirk of fate when I contracted with video-wizard Daniel Smith of ooLite Media to produce my video book trailers.   Knowledgeable, conscientious, flexible, patient, and a great laugh -- what more could I ask for?

When I mentioned to Daniel that I needed a sound studio to record my audiobooks, he pointed me in the direction of Peak Recording's  Gil Stober, who became the guru overseeing the making of my Audible books. Ditto, ditto, ditto for all the good things I said about Daniel.
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Gil, in turn, lined me up with actor John Hosking to narrate the Audible version of my books.  More dittos, but add a voice that flows like warm caramel.



Elena, my publicist, recently requested that I answer a Q&A about my life.  When I asked her why, she replied, “People are interested.”

My face scrunched into a giant question mark.  Why would people be interested in plain Jane? But Elena’s a pro at her business, so how I could I refuse?  Below are my answers to a few of her questions.


Why do you think are you drawn to books?

My attraction to books can be traced back to my days of pigtails and anklet socks.  Although I was raised in the quintessential modest house, my parents splurged on one item: a wall of built-in bookshelves.  Among my earliest of chores was a twice-a-year dusting of the shelves and their contents.  While flicking the feather duster, I daydreamed of the day I’d be old enough to actually read the novels and Readers Digest Condensed Books.

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What did you read while growing up?

When I reached junior high, I put the Nancy Drew series behind me. Being a typical girlie-girl, I became enamored by the first adult, mainstream novel I read, Gone with the Wind.

During my teens, things changed (as they tend to do). I gravitated toward science as well as James Harriot’s All Creatures Great and Small stories. That combination lead to a fulfilling 30-year career as veterinarian.


Do you have a favorite author?

If only I could be as talented a writer as Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo!  During a seminar on writing fiction, the instructor told us that taking pen in hand and writing and re-writing good passages from favorite books would promote brain neuron connections that would improve our own writing.  I must have copied the same passage from Nobody’s Fool several hundred times.  If you were sitting here with me right now, I could recite all 672 words for you!


What insights do you want your readers to glean from How Did I Get Here?

I hope readers find several take-home messages.  First, the old adage, “Beauty is only skin deep.”

Second, malevolence and injustice can mold a child, but fortitude plus a helping hand can remake the man.

Third, every person is obligated to give back to society.  And not just according to what he received from it, but at a higher level.

Fourth, an enhanced understanding of the demons of war as manifested in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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How Did I Get Here?

2nd in the Petrovo series


While I was conducting research for the first novel in the Petrovo series, I kept bumping into this thing called the Crimean War.  Eventually, I realized it simply had to be the backdrop of my next novel for 3 reasons.

First, the Crimean War was the proverbial guinea pig for a myriad of innovations (such as, railroads, trench warfare, telegraphs, surgical anesthesia, medical triage, nurses) that forever changed the nature of warfare.

Small Map of Crimean War Brown CroppedThe second factor that grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go was the War’s magnitude as a gruesomely ugly historical reality.  Although the battlefield carnage was hideous, an even greater number of fatalities were attributable to disease, malnutrition, winter exposure, and incompetent leadership.  Not until World War I would more people die as victims of war.  

Third, the War forever altered the power in Europe.  Never again would tsarist Russia be considered indomitable. 

Because the Crimean War had little influence on the United States, most history classes tend to skim over it.


I always thought creativity was first and foremost when writing a novel. Wrong! There’s untold amounts of tedium while sitting at the computer. Below is what the second copy edit with my publisher looks like. Three more rounds of editing to go before HOW DID I GET HERE is released in May. My eyes are crossed from overload and my fingers are crossed that every blunder has been fixed. 


Example of Editing


Final Front Cover How Get HereMy next novel in the Petrovo series contains the story of the little-known Crimean War  (1853-1856) seen though the eyes of a cynical, funny, very horny medical student. 

It's a war story that's written in intimate human terms that appeals to both women and men. 

Plus you'll be able to catch up on some of your favorite characters from Who Is to Blame.

The book will be available in May in print, Kindle, and Audible.