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 next door neighbor, Ella. But when she becomes the prime suspect, her best friend and partner, Shelby, must prove Ella’s innocence.
Postponed Until Further Notice
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
In the last month I’ve written 1,102 words. Not my usual 3-5k a week. Like many others, I’m finding it hard to write. Except in my journal. I write long entries each night where I complain. Share my anxiety. And then I list the things I’m thankful for. I’ve never...
When we moved into our home back in June 2015, two majestic Queen Palms stood sentry in the front yard. Next to them was a tiny oak tree, kindly deposited by a bird. Two smaller Queen palms stood tall in the backyard. I’d never owned a house with palm trees and it...
Photo by Michelle Jackson This past week has been filled with emotional memories. Memories of three births, spanning over sixteen years, landing only five days apart. Between February 17 and February 22, all three of my children were born. If they’d stuck with their...