So Much is Happening

Wow, the month of February is over, and we’re halfway through March.  Time is really flying by.  But suddenly, many of our activities have come to a stand still.  Staying busy and maintaining the norm is crucial during this critical time our nation is facing.

For me, this means more time to read.  If reading is your passion, let me help.  Effective immediately, I have lowered the price of all of my ebooks to just $2.99 -including my latest release.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, this is the start of my busiest time of year at work.  People begin to receive their income tax refunds and many of them spend it on new cars.

And since I am an insurance agent, I have really been busy trying to keep up.  I think I’ve already written more new policies this month, than I did the entire months of January and February combined.  Needless to say, I come home exhausted.

I’m so thankful that my sweet husband cooks supper for me and brings my plate to me on a tray.  After nearly 33 years of marriage, I think I’ll keep him.

Today is the first day I’ve worked with my publisher all month.  I’ve got to finish editing Shattered Dreams.  Special thanks to my two beta readers, Chuck and Dorinda.  Y’all did a great job.  I’ve finally gotten all of your corrections added to my rough draft, now I’ll start back on page one and see how it reads.  I’m really close to submitting Shattered Dreams for print. More details to follow.

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day.  Being on the Keto diet meant no chocolate for us, but we survived. As a nation, we’re going to survive this epidemic we’re facing too.


“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA

Intriguing mysteries, with great characters, that hold you in suspense.” –  CB



TGIM Books: What inspired Fire Light Fire Bright?

Many people have asked what was my inspiration for writing Fire Light Fire Bright.  I guess I would have to say, the Vietnam War.  I lost some close friends there and I wanted to write this book as a tribute.

I originally planned for the Vietnam Veteran to be the main character and, of course, be the  hero. However, as I began writing, my characters developed minds of their own, and they sort of took over.  My vet was pushed to the background, and Dodge, the sheriff, moved front and center.  I started putting in hints to make the readers suspect that the vet was the bad guy. Then to really muddy the waters, my mind did a complete reverse and I decided I really would make him turn out to be the guilty party.  Then, I changed my mind again.

I seesawed back and forth throughout the entire writing process.  To tell you the truth, I wasn’t positive who was going to be the one, until I wrote the final chapter.

***Spoiler Alert*** Nope, not going to do it.  You’ll have to read the book to see if he turns out to be the good guy or the bad guy.

Fire Light Fire Bright

The small north-central town of Glenwood, Texas is being methodically burned to the ground. Every few days another fire. Acres of scorched pasture, and skeletal remains of the once majestic trees that surrounded the township attest to the skill of the arsonist. Sheriff Dodge Brewster is frustrated by his inability to find even a single shred of evidence.

Several teenage girls in surrounding communities have been brutally raped. When the rapist finally targets Glenwood, the girls are not only raped, but murdered also. Deep in the woods outside of town, a Vietnam vet lives as a hermit. The people of Glenwood accuse him of every misdeed that occurs. The arson, rape and murders are no exception. They are demanding that Dodge arrest the vet, but new evidence in a turn of events point to his own friend.

Will Dodge be able to prove his friend’s innocence? Will he have to arrest him? Or will he go along with the townspeople and arrest the Vietnam vet?

Elsie Varn Harrell Virtual Book Club

Date: Sat, January 13, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST

Cost: Free

Where: Online