Sunday, October 14, 2018


Not a shelter dog,
but a treasured gift 
from a friend

I brushed my Collie the other day
and this surprising amount of hair came out.
It's autumn in my corner of the world,
though we've had sunshine and 
temperatures in the 70's. 
However, I did not expect this much shedding!

My son remarked that we might want to save
the hair for when the weather turns cold.

Monday, October 8, 2018


Batman was my second foster dog...
until I gave in to what we both wanted
and adopted him from the shelter.
That was twelve years ago.

Friday, August 17, 2018


Book 8 in Bernie's Legacy 
series of Romantic Mysteries
Posted by Genie Gabriel

The bad boy in a family of overachievers holds the key to why his adoptive dad was killed. But unlocking those childhood memories opens the door to destroying his entire family. 

Available in digital formats
Coming soon in print

How would his life have been different if he had allowed Bernie to be his dad? A knot of fear formed in Thomas O'Shea's belly. He didn’t deserve a father or a real family. How often had his mother shrieked at him about how worthless he was? 

Thomas tumbled back in time to the four-year-old boy hiding in a closet watching Bernie O’Shea choke his mother. But she hadn’t died that night. She had been part of a cruel hoax to blackmail Bernie, with no one thinking of the consequences to a kid who might have experienced the nightmare. 

Now Thomas had a family who covered his back, and a woman who challenged his excuses. He vowed his path was going to be different. 

Without the filter of his adolescent anger, Thomas could see the love Bernie had for each of his kids–even him. And though Bernie tried to hide it, Thomas also saw the hurt and disappointment flicker in his eyes when Thomas pushed away Bernie’s efforts to show that love. 

“Too late to apologize now, Bernie, but I can help prove you didn’t kill my mother.” 

More than a chance to make up for his years of being the family’s bad boy, the future of Thomas’ family and the small town of Halo hinged on the outcome of this dramatic plan. 

Asked to leave her adoptive parents’ house when she was eighteen to make room for more adoptees, Jenny dreamed of college and a new life. These dreams were destroyed in a heartbeat when a drunk driver ran a stop sign and plowed into the passenger side of the car Jenny was driving.

“There’s no physical reason you can’t walk,” the doctors said after months of tests. Yet living her life in a wheelchair seemed small penance to pay for the guilt over her best friend’s death. 

Jenny became a zealous adoption search advocate known as The Wizard for her ability to leave no keystroke untouched to find biological families. 

Meeting Thomas O'Shea brought out Jenny's determination to walk again. Not just toddle around using walls or counters for assistance like a child learning to walk. But to stride across the middle of a room or down a sidewalk. Maybe even ride a motorcycle.

Sharing Thomas' journey to save his family, Jenny finds love and a new career hiding out in boarded up buildings and bringing the bad guys to their knees.  This grand adventure appealed to her desire to see justice done. In spite of the danger, she was excited about this new challenge and thought it might be rather exciting to be someone different with each assignment. 

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Saturday, July 21, 2018


Shadow of the Legacy

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Print book $4.99

Rochelle closed her eyes and drew a deep breath, then moved into her warm-up routine. She hadn't had the time to do any kick-boxing for awhile, but already her body hummed in anticipation of the challenge. 

Johnny was not her opponent, but the cancer that had invaded her body. No battle was more important than this one. No prize more vital: her life.

Her first moves were simple. A few easy punches before she bobbed and danced away, though there was no need for defense as Johnny threw no punches. If only the disease was as yielding. Instead it had snuck up and attacked without warning. Rochelle jabbed with her right hand and followed with a punch from her left. 

Adrenaline pumped through Rochelle's body as the familiar moves flexed and worked her muscles, and brought a smile to her face. Then she lifted first one knee and the other, followed by a series of alternating punches. Right, left, right.

Rochelle drew a deep breath and blew it out, already feeling winded less than ten minutes into sparring and hating that weakness. 

She pushed herself to throw the momentum of her body into a right cross, then spun around to deliver a one-two kick before bouncing away on the balls of her feet. 

She moved toward Johnny again, throwing another flurry of kicks and punches, feeling the heat in her body and fighting the fatigue slowly creeping over her.

"Let's take a break." Johnny caught her in a clinch. 

Rochelle shook her head and moved away, throwing another right hook that fell wide of Johnny's head. 

A vision of the damning spots in the x-rays filled her head, and Rochelle delivered another combination of kicks to Johnny's mid-section. In her mind, the lumps dissolved a little more each time she made contact. 

She threw a knee, followed by a side-kick, and another spot disappeared from her mind's eye. Rabbit punches with her right hand eliminated a few more. 

Rochelle kicked and punched until the vision in her head was clear of spots and fatigue was claiming her body, sapping her energy as it spread from her arms, down her torso, and turned her feet to leaden weights. She fell against Johnny in a clinch, and he supported her as her body went limp. Spent and sweaty, Rochelle surrendered to the exhaustion claiming her. 

(Excerpt copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Johnny O'Shea was a rookie cop 
living an easy-going, playboy life. 
Until a letter from his dead adoptive father turns up, 
confessing he killed a woman.
Under a shadow of suspicion, 
Johnny returns to his hometown to find the truth.
Betrayed and pregnant by her former lover, 
Rochelle Wymer vowed never to love again. 
She became a skillful EMT and firefighter 
in the small town of Halo, Oregon, 
and pursued a hobby of kick-boxing.

Rochelle's daughter, Ariel, became the center of her life. 
Her mother, Della, came to help, 
forming a female family of three generations.
Seeking the truth brings Johnny into danger, 
love, and the determination to 
win the hearts of all three Wymer women.

Shadow of the Legacy

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Thursday, July 19, 2018


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the Romance Studio's
A letter from his dead father 
confessing to killing a woman
 throws a shadow of suspicion
 over the life of an easy-going cop. 

When he returns to his hometown
 to find the truth, 
he discovers love 
with a woman determined to be
 no more than friends.