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My latest novel, Student Body, is book #2 in the Chance O'Brien Mystery Series and is the fourth novel co-written with my sister, Judi Thompson under the pen name, Tess Thompson.

Background Information

My love of reading and storytelling came from my mother, my curiosity and love of learning, from my father. I began writing in elementary school and filled spiral notebooks with stories and story ideas.

After teaching grammar and creative writing for 34+ years, I took the materials I have developed over the years and turned them into grammar workbooks that teachers say they really enjoy using with their students, too. Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School is now available as a download from

In 2010, I published a  Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School with the same notes but entirely new exercises, tests, and writing connection pages. Now you can use this powerful book with more than one grade level.

Both editions are in pdf format which makes it easy for you to download and print one page at a time or the whole book. 

After numerous requests, I recently published an edition of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Elementary and ESL Students.

I have recently posted several free and moderately priced products on that should prove very useful to educators.

You can follow my blog and sign up to receive a free newsletter.

Birth Place
El Paso, TX 

First place in Historical Romance, SouthWest Writers, 1994.
First place in Contemporary Romance, SouthWest Writers, 1996.
Teacher of the Year, Ysleta District in El Paso, Texas 1998.
Who's Who in America.
Who's Who of American Women
3rd Place Authorlink New Author's Contest, June 2001.
Publication of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense 1996
Publication of The Van Winkle Bride 2001
Publication of Accidental Angel 2002
Publication of The Rebecca Bride 2003
Publication of The Cowboy's Treasure 2010
Publication of Middle School Edition of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense 2010
Publication of Elementary Edition of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense 2011
Publication of Simple Steps to Sentence Analysis, 2011

Additional Information

My cousin, Chaz Bourland, a writer and accomplished graphic artist did the covers for The Cowboy's Treasure, Our Hearts Remember, Second Daughter, When an Angel Whispers, and Student Body. His work is amazing. If you are interested in having him create a cover for your book, email me at, and I will put you in touch with him.

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Teachers Pay Teachers
Be sure to check out my store. All of my Simple Steps to Sentence Sense books and educational lessons are available there for an instant download. Some of the lessons are free.

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Check in often for Tess' Tips on Writing and Grammar. I often include a freebie for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Watch A Book Trailer of Our Hearts Remember
This book is available in the Amazon Kindle Store for only $2.99. Download a free Kindle reader to read on your P.C., iPad, or smart phone.

All of my novels are available in the Kindle Store on
Now, the Kindle editions of Our Hearts Remember, The Cowboy's Treasure, The Rebecca Bride, The Van Winkle Bride, Accidental Angel, Second Daughter, When an Angel Whispers, and Student Body are available for only $2.99 each. Download a free Kindle reader to read on your P.C., iPad, or smart phone.

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