Saturday, December 19, 2015

Nobody's Fool

Brooklyn Bitters, my second novel, is coming along and the characters are taking shape. This rough excerpt gives a glimpse into the developing love story.

He was too good to be true and I was no debutante showing up with a dreamy guy on my arm to impress Atlanta society. The truth was I knew nothing about him other than he was the master of flattery and I was a lonely forty-year-old woman with a weakness for epic love stories. He hadn’t given me his phone number, told me where he worked, or where he lived. That was a recipe for heartache. Why he picked me I had no idea. I was average looking, had a mere two thousand dollars in my savings account, and a job at a small publishing company with little upward mobility.

Kate is nobody's fool. Oh sure, the handsome guy with the strong jaw and chiseled features turned her head for the night but the light of morning brought clarity. Thank God. Listen to her inner dialogue. Have you been there?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015


Have you known someone that had a strength that surpassed circumstance? That in spite of everything, they stood strong? Where does that come from? I’ve witnessed this kind of strength and am in awe of that kind of power. I’m still searching for the answer to why some people stand tall and are able to transcend anything thrown their way. One of the characters in my new book, Brooklyn Bitters, has that kind of strength:

I smiled, watching her trembling hands struggle to eat the chili. Her soft blue eyes and graying hair was twisted in a chignon and loose curls hung around her face. Somehow, every day she still managed to put red lipstick on her full mouth.  In spite of her illness, she was still a beautiful woman at seventy-two years old. But what shone most was her spirit; she never complained and refused to let her condition define her. You could say she “went around it,” accepting it as a fact of life, but not letting it stop her from doing what she could do. Still, every day I hoped for a remission. No one deserved it more.

Do you know someone with this kind of strength? Perhaps you've been told you are strong in a way that is different from others? Maybe it's optimism or spirituality or something else. Perhaps both and more. I just believe we need more of whatever that is that makes us look at things differently—better.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Where do you hide?

Where do you hide pain? In Pages in the Wind, the heroine begins at an early age to hide her pain. This is seen in the early pages as Emily hides the pain of a hurtful encounter with her father:

My head ached. I didn't want to think about it, so I found a ray of sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows. I hid the pain inside spheres of color reflecting on the walls. God's light show danced on the ceiling, forming beautiful rainbows. As the colors collided, my anxiety faded into a confluence of reds, blues, and yellows.

Emily is a child without a lot of places to hide. Of course, the innocence of this method to ease anxiety will wither in the face of age and continued trauma. Where will it go? Have you thought about this in your own life? 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sally Saylor De Smet: Brooklyn Bitters

Sally Saylor De Smet: Brooklyn Bitters: I'm off and running with my next novel. The working title is  "Brooklyn Bitters." It is a departure from "Pages in...

Brooklyn Bitters

I'm off and running with my next novel. The working title is  "Brooklyn Bitters." It is a departure from "Pages in the Wind" in terms of the characters, setting, and time period. It will be a psychological thriller...can't stray from my genre. I'm still in the character development stage and would love feedback from you as I post excerpts from the draft.

I want to thank all of you for your input for "Pages in the Wind." It helped me and kept me grounded. A special thanks to Regina Farmer, Linda Payne Smith, Jim Lichatowich and Dr. Munoz. I navigate through this next book, I will never forget all the help on the last one! I am excited about "Brooklyn" and we will see where it goes!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Author Website

Pages in the Wind will be available the first week in September. I was lucky enough to receive some wonderful testimonials including a leading psychiatrist and educators. Pages in the Wind deals with psychological issues so these testimonials meant a lot to me.

Advanced signed copies can be purchased on my website. The book will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sites within a week. Shipping is free and books will be signed and sent by me. My author website is:

Thank you to all that left comments and followed me on this journey. Your comments and feedback was so valuable. I have already started my next book and will begin blogging about this soon.

With Gratitude,


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Two Month Deadline

It's finally done. Well, the last edit anyway with a two month deadline. It took longer than I expected but that's okay. I know the characters and doubt I could have developed them without taking the time I needed. I love my characters. Character development was the most important part of the book to me. It's been a journey, sometimes a lonely one but it was worth it. My deadline for publication is August.

I am looking for a cover artist. Please email me or comment so we can talk. Many thanks.