Monday, August 19, 2013


The Long Road Home was originally published by Silhouette as Tender Trucker under my pseudonym Geeta Kingsley.

It was inspired by an article about a woman who was leaving an abusive husband.   She had two young children with her and a trucker noticed her crying at a popular fast food restaurant next to a truck stop.  When he asked her what was wrong she told him she didn't have any money and had to get to her parents.  The trucker took up a collection from other truckers and in an hour she had enough money to get home and a little left over.

The kindness of strangers toward this woman and her children, impressed me.
I started researching trucks fascinated by the sixty foot sleek state of the art one parked in the lot where I picked up my husband every evening from his van pool.  Noticing the driver was a senior I finally picked up the courage to talk with him and tell him I was a writer researching trucks for a story.  He invited me to climb into his cab and look around.  With an anxious husband hovering a few feet away I did so and the trucker and I chatted.  He asked me if I would like to drive with him to the next truck stop and my husband could follow in the car and bring me back.
But my husband had had enough of my research and told me to come down.

I know truckers work hard and long hours and all of them don't need to be tagged with the same label.

I hope you'll enjoy the story of Margaret who's parents died in a trucking accident and Matt who shows her the long road home entails removing the hurdles of wrong perceptions.
This book will be available through my online publishers, Books We Love.


Monday, August 5, 2013


My second book, Project Valentine was being considered by Harlequin when I became a semi-finalist in the RITA's.  After Silhouette bought Faith, Hope and Love they bought Project Valentine and I was in Writer's Heaven.  FINALLY I had not one but two romance novels being published.   With the amount I thought I would make, I paid off the mortgage, bought myself a car (all paid for naturally) and dreamed several other dreams.

I printed 500 business cards (I still have some if anyone would like one), I shopped for Author Outfits and designer shoes and squeezed my feet into the latter till I couldn't stand next to my editor at the official party thrown for authors and did other things I can't remember.  I had a makeover and had a publicity shot taken (I didn't look any different but it was fun) and printed a thousand bookmarks for each of  my two books convinced everybody would want to buy a book.

The idea for Project Valentine came from an article in the newspaper...the local Mall was having a showing of dogs from the humane society in the hope of getting them adopted.  We had just got our lab-retriever mix from the local shelter and we all felt strongly about abandoned animals and still do.
Suddenly there was a book in the making.

The story is funny and light hearted because at the time I was firmly convinced I could write a line of poignant romances for Silhouette and light hearted ones for Harlequin.  Of course I dreamed twice as much.  Have I mentioned I dream BIG?  Then and now.

I am so happy that Arthur the Great Dane's story is all wrapped up with Molly's, the precocious eight year old.  Jessica Woods and Karl Wagner couldn't have two better matchmakers.  I hope you will enjoy this romance, soon to be published online by Books We Love.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I got into writing seriously when my son started school in 1980.  It wasn't till we'd moved from Michigan to California that I got my first computer and dotmatrix printer.  After many attempts to send in error free submissions that first computer was like heaven had opened its doors to me.
For the next three years I sent out a submission every month and got rejected just as promptly.
I wanted to write mystery and romance as those were the genres I read in extensively.
Writer's Digest was my best friend, guide and source in those early years...I joined Romance Writers of America and entered their national writing competition the RITA.
I was floored when an editor called me and said an assistant editor had read my entry and Silhouette wanted my there I was  in 1990...a published author.


PUBLISHER:  Books We Love.

Faith, Hope and Love was my entry in the RITA.  It was first titled 'Winner Takes All'.  When RWA informed me I was a finalist in the traditional category I was floored.  I can't tell you what it meant to be a finalist along with Debbie Macomber and Lucy Gordon (the winner).
FH&L came out in print the following year and with help and support from my friends in RWA's Orange County Chapter, under the pseudonym Geeta Kingsley, I began life as a published author.

Faith Hope and Love will now be coming out online, published by BOOKS WE LOVE.
Its the story of Luke a man who buries his own needs to do what's right by his orphaned nephew Gordon and Rachel, a woman who rushes back to the States from Bangladesh to try and get custody of Gordon, her cousin's baby son.  She loses the case but Luke takes her back to his thoroughbred ranch, the Diamond Bar, where they both discover the path to true love.  It is a case of 'winner takes all' for everyone finally.

I hope you'll enjoy reading this book as much as I did writing it...