The Scent of Pine
a collection of short stories
What happens when a neighborhood watch couple take their jobs too seriously?
What does one couple do when a houseguest overstays his welcome?
Will an older couple finally find love?
Ten short stories filled with humor, heart, and unexpected endings.
Romance, Mystery, and Middle-Grade Adventure Author
Joan’s earliest memories of writing go back to the fourth grade. An avid reader of The Happy
Joan lives in Bakersfield, California with her family, along with four rescue pets: two energetic Australian Shepherd mixes (Madison and Jackie), a claustrophobic Maine Coon mix (Molly), and a tuxedo cat (Stormie) who believes she is the real head of the household.
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A Romantic Suspense
She never thought going to an auction could be deadly.
If only Alex had known getting his wish would turn his world upside down!
A Cozy Mystery
Everyone wanted Buck dead. His wife. His girlfriend. And especially his nextdoor neighbor, Ella. But when she becomes the prime suspect, her best friend and partner, Shelby, must prove Ella’s innocence.
March 28, 2020
Spring Conference, Book Signing • Bakersfield, CA
Head over to the Writers of Kern Spring Conference and learn from leaders in the writing industry. Joan will have her books on display and will be available to chat with readers and sign copies of her new book, Fly on the Wall.
My Writing Blog
Is it just me? Or are jeans' pockets shrinking? On a recent trip to purchase a pair of jeans, it shocked me to discover the front pockets were only a hint of what used to be there. I lugged my plethora of pants to the dressing room. Tried each one on for the pass/fail...
Each year our writer’s club, Writers of Kern, encourages members and non-members to take part in an annual blog challenge. I’ve put my name in the ring several times and finished once. Though it sounds simple, it’s not. Thirteen weeks, 26 posts—an average of two per...
When I’m mulling over my writing, my garden always provides inspiration (story-wise and writer-life-wise). With several stories in different phases, I tend to take time outside to sort things out. Lately, my garden inspiration comes from my camellias. Three plants,...