Mended Wings: Paperback Version Released


The paperback version of Mended Wings is now available from The publication date was April 27, 2017. Thanks to Peggy Nehmen from N-K Creative for the beautiful cover. Thanks to Jason and Marina from Pulgarus Studios in Australia for the formatting of the book’s interior.  I hear from lots of readers that they still prefer holding a real book, rather than an e-book reader. I hope you enjoy! I am working on the print version of my first novel, Painted Wings and hope to have that available in the next few months.

Mended Wings is getting some good press!

It has been a good week or two for Mended Wings. A few days ago, I received notice of a review by Kirkus Reviews. You can read the complete review on the Review page of this website. Kirkus Reviews is a well known, literary review publication, and reviews by Kirkus are sought after by authors of all stripes. The review had many positive comments and a few criticisms as well. That would be what I would hope for. One comment was that there was enough information about brain injury that parts of the book seemed like an educational pamphlet. I did want my readers to have sufficient information about traumatic brain injury that they would appreciate what the main character was going through in her life. Maybe they will learn a little in the process!

The second exposure for Mended Wings came in the March, 2017 issue of the St. Louis Publisher’s Association News and Views. Each month one book is featured in “The Book Corner”. Mended Wings was the featured book in the March publication. The newsletter can be viewed online at www.SLPAnews.03.17.pdf.

The First Reviews Are In!

The first reviews for Mended Wings are in! They came from a website called Readers’ Favorite, a site that links readers with authors and offers free reviews. The reviews were positive and received five stars, the highest rating. You can read them on the Reviews page.  I took a leap this week and submitted the novel to Kirkus Reviews, a major review organization. Kirkus warns authors that they will receive an honest review, including the good, bad, and ugly. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Excerpts from a positive review would make a good cover quote for the print version of the novel.

If you have already downloaded and read Mended Wings, please take a moment to give the book a rating on Amazon.  Even a one sentence review that says you enjoyed it, would be great!

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“Mended Wings” Book Release

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The e-book version of “Mended Wings” was published earlier this week on the Kindle platform. This represents over a year’s worth of writing, editing, and all of the creative energy that goes into a novel.  The story is about a young woman named Flicker and her journey toward independence following a traumatic brain injury.

Several people helped me bring the book to life. Thanks to my editor, Stephanie Ernst, for her helpful suggestions and attention to detail. Thanks to Peggy Nehmen for the beautiful cover design. Thanks to Bill and Pat Imhoff, and Laurel Braverman, for their feedback on the first drafts. Thanks to my amazing partner in life, Rachel Dietz. Your support and inspiration are so important, and seeing the characters through your eyes enriches them. Finally, a special thank you goes to the hundreds of young people with traumatic brain injuries who I worked with in Wisconsin, Florida, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Missouri. I learned as much from you as you did from me.


“Mended Wings: A Flicker’s Tale” is Released!

Paperback & Kindle Editions available now on!

mended wings cover final low resFlicker is a survivor. Or at least that’s what people have been telling her since she was nearly killed by a drunk driver at age sixteen. Mended Wings: A Flicker’s Tale is a story about triumphing over adversity, making choices, and taking risks to achieve one’s goals.

Join Flicker as she experiences the ups and downs that are part of her journey toward an independent life. You may cringe, but also cheer, as you share her adventures. Your life will be enriched as you watch Flicker spread her wings and take flight.

Coming soon… “Mended Wings”

It has been almost a year in the writing process, but my second novel, “Mended Wings”, is nearing completion.  My amazing editor, Stephanie Ernst, has completed her initial edit.  Peggy Nehmen, from N-K Creative, has recently completed the cover design.  The novel should be available on Amazon by the end of 2016.  The story centers on one of the minor characters in “Painted Wings”.  Readers will enjoy meeting some new characters as well.  Here is a brief snapshot.


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Flicker is a survivor. That’s what they call someone who is nearly killed by a drunk driver and lives to tell the tale. The doctors said that she would not live. She lived. Then they said that she would never walk or talk again. Flicker did those things and more. But living as the survivor of a traumatic brain injury sucks big time: the memory lapses, the feeling that your brain operates in slow motion, the sudden outbursts of anger, and the habit of getting into sketchy situations with the wrong type of guys. But the worst part is being able to remember what life was like before the accident, and what the future held in store. For Flicker, those dreams are gone. They did not include living in a group home and working as a housekeeper.

Late one evening, during a date-gone-wrong, Flicker is rescued by Jesse, a middle-aged cook from a local diner. A friendship develops and Flicker soon discovers that there is more to this short-order cook than meets the eye. Jesse helps her begin to think about what she wants out of life. Flicker sets some ambitious goals, including getting her diploma and attending the university.

As Flicker is beginning to see the beginning results of her hard work, a former high school classmate asks her out. He turns out to be the worst kind of influence and takes advantage of her desire for romance and companionship. He leads Flicker down a dark path that culminates in exploitation and a blackmail scheme. Which of these two men will have the greatest influence on Flicker’s life?

Mended Wings is a story about triumphing over adversity. It’s a story about making choices and the dignity of taking risks. It’s a story about the value of good friends, and about celebrating our differences.

Join Flicker as she experiences the ups and downs that are part of her journey toward a more independent life. You will laugh, cry, cringe, and cheer as you share her adventures. Along the way, you will meet some endearing friends. Their lives are enriched by supporting Flicker as she spreads her wings and takes flight. Yours will be too!