- Age 3: Story-teller! As a child, I got into a lot of trouble for “making things up.” Now, I get rewarded for making things up. I’ve been writing fiction since I was in middle school and have the rejection slips to prove it. In high school, I even submitted a script to “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” on yellow-lined paper in pencil. Not surprisingly, that was rejected, too.
- Age 18: Failed out of college! Lost my grants and scholarships to university due to GPA below 3.0 my freshman year.
- Age 21: Earned BS in Psychology! Went to “night school” to raise my GPA and reapplied to college. Graduated Cum Laude from University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- Age 23: Precognition. Dreamed I would marry a man after meeting him in elevator for thirty seconds.
- Age 24: Marriage and an MA! Nine months after that chance meeting (and dream) I married my husband of 41 years. I also earned my MA in Psychology from the University of Hartford, West Hartford CT.
- Age 30: Nurse! Worked in healthcare for five years, returned to school, and earned an AAS in Nursing from SUNY Maria College, Albany, NY
- Age 31: Mother! After years of infertility, I became pregnant and was told I was a high risk pregnancy because I was “an elderly primigravida”—i.e., an OLD first time mother.
- Age 40: Doctor! After being told by a professor that I would never finish my dissertation, I earned my PhD in Public Health from University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago. The dissertation and subsequent publications are still being used by current researchers.
- Age 56: Textbook Author! Published first edition of best-selling textbook in health care management, now in 3rd edition, because my co-editor and I didn’t like what was available for our students. Bette Davis was right. “If want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do it.”
- Age 59: Romance Novelist! Published my first novella and first full-length novel. After writing and publishing numerous pieces of flash fiction and short stories, I pushed myself to write longer stories. My first novel was revised ten (10) times (not a typo). I was rejected by publishers and agents and despaired of ever succeeding. But I kept going.
Sometimes life can only be understood when looking back. These ten “random” things come together and emerge into a larger pattern, a plan not always of my own making. Be persistent at whatever you love, whatever makes you happy. You may find yourself creating a beautiful life.
Here’s a bit about Legacy of Evil, my latest novel…
When a wild mustang is shot in Montana, renowned horse whisperer and telepath, Emma Horserider, is called in to calm the herd and find out what happened. Once on scene she is almost killed by a bullet-spewing drone, and calls her black ops brother for back-up.
Emma’s help roars into her life covered in tattoos and riding a Harley. Remote viewer Bronco Winchester takes the assignment because he is ordered to, but he wonders what type of assistance, his boss’s sister needs. That is until he sees Emma, a valiant Warrior Woman proud of her Crow heritage.
Posing as a married couple, Emma and Bronco go undercover to infiltrate and stop a hate group. Both are anxious enough without the now growing attachment they feel for one another. When the lives of many are on the line, they are not sure if they will live or die—let alone have a chance at love.
One battle, one outcome. Who will win? Good or evil?
Bronco now stood squinting in the late afternoon sun, knocking at a door with no bell, and waiting for a response. Dogs barked and a window curtain twitched. Good. Someone was home. He adjusted his pack, leaned his head back, closed his eyes, and said, “Any time now.” As the words slid out of his mouth, he heard the unmistakable sound of a shotgun being pumped.
He raised his hands. “Don’t shoot. I’m unarmed.”
Turning slowly to face his fate, his jaw fell open, and his heart rate kicked up a notch from being on thewrong end of a shotgun or from the weapon holder’s looks, he wasn’t sure. A raven haired Amazon in a tank top, jeans, and metal tipped cowboy boots held the Mossberg 500 in a perfect military stance. Long strands of hair blew across her face in the hot breeze. A large purple bruise bloomed on her left cheek. She squinted her dark brown eyes and gave him a laser-beam once over from his dusty black boots to his sweat soaked do-rag.
“Who are you, and what do you want?”
If he hadn’t been so intent on not getting killed, he would have spent more time staring at those full, luscious, kissable lips and thinking about how she would taste. As it was, he guessed he had less than a minute to respond before getting blasted into the next county.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/qBbgsW_GiMI
“Buchbinder gives readers the chance to check back into the Hotel LaBelle with this fast-paced and hot sequel. The characters — even the bobcat — are fully realized, as is the Montana setting. The enemy this time is racism, and in what is an eerie coincidence to real life events, it is white supremacists and neo-Nazis who are presented as the titular evil.” ~~ RT Book Reviews, Karen Sweeny-Justice
“The author is a stickler for detail, as well as research, and I loved this story. There’s enough of the paranormal to intrigue fans of it, plus there’s enough reality to make you quake in your boots at the thought of such evil in the world. You’ll be a fan of Buchbinder once you start this series too.” Manic Readers, Alberta
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