In the Doghouse Wins the National Indie Excellence Award!

In the Doghouse Cover with NIEA Winner Seal
National Indie Excellence Seal

I’m super thrilled to announce that In the Doghouse has won the National Indie Excellence Award in fiction. This is a big deal for me because last year, Tiger Drive was a finalist. This year, we took the win! Congratulations to all involved, and thank you NIEA for supporting the indie community. Press Release.

I’m In the Doghouse with V. M. Burns

In the Doghouse books by Teri Case and V. M. Burns

I’m In the Doghouse with author, V. M. Burns

Dear Friends,

One of the hardest things to do is choose a title for a book. There are many things to consider, but here are two of the most important:

  • Does it convey, aka “sell”,  the story and genre? A buyer only spends 2 seconds on a title and book cover (2!!!) before deciding if he/she will read the book description.
  • How many other books have the title? The more books that exist with the same title, the harder it is for readers to easily find your book on the internet.
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My Review of Caroline Leavitt’s Cruel Beautiful World

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt Book Cover

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Have you ever read a powerful, well-written book that makes you uncomfortable not because it is exposing you to an unfamiliar lifestyle but because one or more of the characters reminds you of yourself? While reading Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt, I didn’t want to look in the mirror, to see myself in some of the characters’ predicaments or contemplate the similarities.

And yet, I couldn’t stop reading this novel because I was desperate to know how Lucy’s, Charlotte’s, and Iris’s journeys would end or even begin again. Or how their choices might inspire new ones of my own. I didn’t want to put it down, and I’m glad I didn’t. Sometimes we need a prompt to reflect on our lives and choices in order to make changes. Sometimes it’s safer to do so while living vicariously through the characters of a novel. I’m not going to go into detail about which ones resonated with me or why, but I’m happy to say that change is in my horizon.

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New in Books Recognizes In the Doghouse!

New in Books Humorous Fiction: In the Doghouse

New in Books Recognizes In the Doghouse

Bow wow! If I had a tail, I’d wag it, but I don’t so instead, I’m smiling beatifically.

New in Books has recognized In the Doghouse as a “book to read if you like humorous fiction.” Yahoo!

And IMHO, NIB is right. Need a laugh, Skip is just the wise and hysterical dog you need.

Happy reading. Let me know what you think, and please consider posting a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Social Media, etc. Your opinion will help others decide if this book is right for their precious time and money.

Thanks for being you,


Announcing the 2019 Tiger Drive Scholarship Recipients of Carson High School

Tiger Drive Scholarship

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce the 2019 Tiger Drive Scholarship Recipients from Carson High School. This year’s scholarship is in fun-loving memory of John Langdon Lane and recognizes students who are reaching, learning, and growing beyond their familiar environment.

The scholarship is funded by a portion of the proceeds of my novels, Tiger Drive and In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View. Some incredibly kind individuals also donated to the scholarship, of which, one of them will be gifted with a signed copy of Women Warriors: An Unexpected History by Pamela D. Toler. Pamela, thank you for this excellent work of history and for your support!

And judges–thank you for reading each essay with such care and intention.

The winners are . . .

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Music that Inspires My Novels

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Zoetica Music Inspires My Writing

Have a listen to all of Zoetica’s music. Not only were they great about giving me permission to use Love’s Gotta Look as my book trailer music for In the Doghouse, but all of their songs spark a novel in me. Let me know what you think. On the above, scroll down on the image to see all their songs.

Thanks for being you.