Ninny Rhino Achieved! Camp NaNo Challenge Accepted!

In the month of March I took up D. Wallace Peach’s Ninny Rhino challenge – mostly because I wanted the awesome Rhino Badge, but also because I needed to get back on track with disciplined writing sessions and immerse myself in Miss Livingstone’s twisty time travel plot until I solved the remaining plot knots. It…

On the Road Again

I promise I’m working hard on completing Book III for release, but it’s been great to be out the last 3 weekends meeting readers and finding new inspiration at book booths with NiWA and my friends at Clockwork Dragon. Here’s a photo from the So NW Women’s Show in Tacoma. Next stop, Norwescon at the…

Honored to be Featured Author!

I’m honored to be January Featured Author on Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA) home page. Here’s a snippet of the interview. Just click on the photo to see more, or CLICK HERE. Be sure to scroll down the page to find the article. Enjoy!  

A Little History & Holiday Shortbread

  While searching my cupboards during my Christmas shortbread baking, I realized the cutters I’d used for the Miss Livingstone Book II Release Party would fit perfectly into my traditional cutter tin. I’ve had the tin for more years than I remember, but my cutter collection had outgrown its bounds. Fortunately I kept it for sentiment……

Party’s Over…Book IV Begins!

The Launch Party for Book II was a blast! I’ll have photos posted soon, but today I start the draft of Book IV and I’m participating in Camp Nanowrimo for fun and motivation. My goal is the full 50,000 words in 30 days! I’ve got my Squatch shirt on and I’m ready to roll…Here we…

Miss Livingstone’s Fine Tea

Miss Livingstone’s fine tea can finally be yours! I procured some Mariage Freres tea for the Book II: Memory Key Launch Party on June 28th. I found only one place in Seattle where this excellent French tea, that our Miss Livingstone is always sipping, is sold. I made a special pilgrimage to Watson Kennedy to get some to share with…

Miss LiV Book II: Memory Key – Released!

So excited! The final formatting, edits and cover tweaks have been completed, and the final buttons pushed. Just waiting on the gears at Amazon and Kindle to crank into production on May 31st. Just ONE DAY AWAY! That’s right…Mark your calendar, Pick up Book I Now, and get set on May 31st to snap up this long-awaited sequel! I’ll…

Book II’s Train is Coming

The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone, Book II: Memory Key is coming down the tracks and will be released soon. ‘Soon’ instead of a firm date has been a bit frustrating, to be honest, but I’m not going to send the story to publication until it lives up to Book I’s Miss Livingstone’s…

A Mad Dash

Here’s a snippet of the Beta version – Chapter 6 In Which Miss Livingstone Doesn’t See What’s Coming to Her…

“That was a sudden departure, Caprice,” Mr. Scott called as he offered his arm and glanced after the girl and her brother.

“Mr. Scott, please!” I looked up and down to see if anyone had observed his over-familiarity — most especially Abigale. But she was still busy marching off. Master Henry turned his head and shot me one more crooked grin.

Yes, I Love Costumes & Mark Twain’s Wit and Wisdom

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” -Mark Twain I apparently love any chance to dress up and express myself with costumes and dramatic clothing…much to my mother’s dismay. I grew up in the era when you only got to wear fairy wings on…

Whoo hoo! First Amazon Review!

The first review is up for The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone: Journey Key…And it was 5 stars too! Let the celebration begin! And in regards to the wait…sorry about that. I’m writing and editing as fast as I can! -KJQ

Way Back Wednesday-Palmer House

One of the most difficult parts of writing a time-travel adventure is also one of the best parts for me. I’ve never been a history buff, so this came as a surprise. When I strike out on a path to find some historical texture or a particular reference for a scene, I lose track of time. When I…