When five middle-aged girlfriends trade in carpools and casseroles for microphones and music halls, look out!

Hayley Swift, a country music diva who has slipped out of the limelight, is invited to perform at her 35th high school reunion. When a bus accident puts her back-up singers out of commision, Hayley begs her long-gone-domestic quartet from high school to join her onstage for the gig. They’re such a hit that she invites them to fill in on a low-budget tour while her singers recover. Thrilled at the chance to flee routine for a dream deferred for decades, the women readily accept. Nefarious flirtations, indiscriminate mood-swings, equipment malfunctions, and a few nasty cat-fights combine to wreak havoc on the Retro Rodeo tour, but it’s a crazed stalker, an overzealous fan, and some unexpected complications that ultimately derail the road trip. In the midst of the mayhem, relationships are restored and redefined as the friends discover new strengths and aspirations.


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Hello — and thanks for stopping by! I’m an author and speaker based in Greenville, South Carolina. I invite you to wander around and learn more about me and my books; take advantage of the resources on my student page or links page; think about whether I might be a good fit for your next event; or just have fun looking at my pictures! If you’d like to stay in touch, you can sign up for my newsletter.

My books: My newest is Hayley and the Hot Flashes, the novel described above. My other books include Poems to Lift You Up and Make You Smile, an anthology of 100 wonderful classic and contemporary poems; The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games, which offers nearly 200 pages of instructions and fun facts about the world’s most beloved games; and A New Mother’s Prayers and Dancing with My Daughter — collections of "reality" poetry that explore everything from the terror of teaching your 15-year-old to drive to the undeniable healing properties of chocolate. My poems are also featured in a number of anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader’s Choice 20th Anniversary Edition, A Daughter is Life's Greatest Gift, A Son Is Life's Greatest Gift, The Harsh and the Heart, From the Porch Swing, and Echoes Across the Blue Ridge.

My websites: Come right here to to keep up with my latest news, see if I’m scheduled to be in your neck of the woods, look for helpful writing or reading resources, or to contact me about speaking at your next event. I'm also editor and host of, which offers an entertaining selection of classic and contemporary poems that I promise you’ll enjoy.


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