• Thank you, Nancy Boyarsky, for a wonderful visit. Looking forward to reading The Swap.


  • Thank you to everyone who follows and/or has stopped by my blog, it means a lot to me that you take the time!


  • Excited to announce wonderful author Patricia Gligor will be visiting the week of March 12th! Hint, hint, she has a new book…

And be sure to visit/follow me and fellow authors (1) on Writers in Residence. My latest post is linked below, but there’s sooooooooo much more from my excellent writer friends. Stop by anytime, better still, we love new followers!


Writers in Residence

(1) Jackie Houchin, Miko Johnston, Lindo O. Johnston, Rosemary Lord, G.B. Pool, Bonnie Schroeder, and Jacqueline Vick.

I’m so happy to feature Nancy Boyarsky in my new  Author Spotlight.

Here’s Nancy….

Nancy Boyarsky

Nancy Boyarsky

Nancy Boyarsky was born in Oakland, California. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, her first job was as an assistant editor in a tiny, long-gone publishing company in San Francisco. She has worked as a writer and editor all of her life.

She is married to former Los Angeles Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky and lives in Los Angeles. She still devotes herself to writing, editing, and reading and has added painting to her list of hobbies. She loves the theater, films and travel, especially to the UK.

In Nancy’s own words, how The Swap became a book…

Inspiration for The Swap

The Swap is the story of a house-swap gone bad between a couple from L.A. and a couple in London. The plot is based on a house swap my husband and I did a number of years ago. I had a lot of anxiety before that trip, worrying that the Londoners would rip us off and (alternately) that my house wasn’t tidy enough. I went crazy cleaning and neatening up to the point that my husband said he’d never do another house swap.

The actual swap itself went very well. The house in London had just about the same features and comforts as our own. Also the same messy closets and grotty corners. As in the book, the London couple had a boarder who was rarely there because her work called for a lot of traveling. And there was something a little spooky about the house. The painting in the dining room was pretty much like the one described in the book. It set a mood, making me feel something was a little off.

After we got home, I kept speculating about what would happen if the Londoners had never reached L.A., had never been heard from again.

The trip up the west coast of Scotland was based on another trip to the U.K. when we drove all the way from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye. The house where my heroine was held prisoner was a beautiful hotel where we stayed along the route. It’s called the Isle of Eriska.

The rest, the story line, I made up as I went along. The sense of place was important to the story. In a way, settings seemed to dictate what the action would be and what was going to happen next.

I had a lot of fun writing The Swap, and I hope readers are entertained by Nicole’s adventures as the innocent abroad.



Buy link:


Book launch:

Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, California, February 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

The SWAP Trailer 


Thanks for visiting, Nancy, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading  The Swap.  Much Success!

Sending Good Cheer!

December 25, 2016

Wishing a joyous holiday season to all, and a happy and prosperous new year!


And if you haven’t already, come visit me and seven other wonderful writers(1) at Writers in Residence. Here’s a link to my latest ramblings there. My last post on Writers in Residence

And authors in the spotlight continues here. First up in 2017, February 7th, Nancy Boyarsky will be dropping by! If you want to share your news on my website, just email me email address

(1) Jackie Houchin, Linda Johnston, Miko Johnston, Rosemary Lord, G. B.Pool, Bonnie Schroeder, and Jacqueline Vick.