Ah, California!

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There's no place like home.

I had forgotten how beautiful my home state is. Our mountains and lakes, forests and meadows. My condo is in the prettiest part of Sacramento; my crummy photos don't do it justice, but if you want to see what it looks like, google Woodside HOA.

I spent time with friends and family, especially my writer buddies

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To the left, my friend and critique partner Diane Farr, whose blog is at http://www.bestbyfarr.com.

Below, my brother and his girlfriend at Lake Tahoe. That's me on the right. I also had a fabulous time in San Francisco with writer Elizabeth Jennings, who founded and runs the Women's Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. I attended a booksigning with my fellow Sacramento writers Brenda Novak, Allison Brennan, Donna Del Oro and Dee Brice.

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My amazing mother celebrated her 80th birthday!

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We visited Palm Springs and spent quality time with my friend Sioux Hemm.