Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fat Chance!

I'm so pleased to share the cover for my next book; Fat Chance!!

Your feedback is most you like it?  Does it make you want to read the book?

In other news, the Women of Substance Book Club Revamped (Tallahassee, FL) just selected "Confessions" for an upcoming reading!!

Shout out to those ladies for their interest!!  Many thanks for your support!

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Nun Rides Again!

In case you're looking for her, the nun will ride again!  Several times.

I'll be in full habit for the Liftbridge Bookstore's Authors Under The Awning, August 10th, from 1pm - 3pm.  You can find more about it here:

I've also been invited by the Carrollwood Book Review Club, based in Tampa, to do a reading and book signing.  I'm not sure how these good people will react to a fully-garbed nun, but I'm not going to let it scare me.  It'll either be a rousing success or a flaming failure.  I'll post pictures of it, either way, and that's a promise.  I'm an equal opportunity blogger.

Lastly, I'm thrilled to share with you that A Different Path Gallery (also in Brockport, NY) asked me to be a part of their Fall/Winter Reading Series!

I've never done anything like it before, but on Saturday, October 26th, I hope to entertain whomever is in attendance with a couple of readings and great story-telling.  Hopefully, I can channel Aunt Elizabeth for that particular event, because she'd love it.

Even better,I won't be the only one in costume...all of the attendees will be encouraged to dress up, too!!  With Halloween only a few days later, we can consider it a dress rehearsal.

I consider myself ridiculously, crazy lucky to have these opportunities!!!  Many thanks to those of you who continue to make this happen.  I'm humbled.

I hope you enjoy the next book even more....

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Next Book!!

On the way to Miami airport last week for a non-stop, action-packed mother/daughter adventure in Seattle/Vancouver, Canada, inspiration struck.  It struck hard.

I've been working on books #2 and 3 over the past few months, but wasn't terribly excited about where either was headed.  Last week, book #3 (which is completely unrelated to book #2) began to take off in an unexpected direction and I became really excited about the possibilities.  I almost regretted our travel plans because I hate to interrupt a great writing streak, but it couldn't be helped.

About halfway to Miami, the book took a hard turn in my brain and guess what we have on our hands now, people?  Are you ready?

A thriller!!!

That's right!  A thriller!  The plot has taken a dramatic and semi-evil twist and I'm very excited to see where it will go.  (I never plan these things.)

Equally exciting  -  the book now has a title:  Fat Chance.

Stand by for more.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I Did It!!!

An enormous shout-out and heartfelt thanks to the members of The Literary Ladies, a book club based in Shelton, CT!!!

Just this afternoon, those friendly bookworms selected "Confessions of a Catholic School Dropout" for their next read!!  Yep, that's right!  

I hope they enjoy it and look forward to their honest feedback.  This is great!

Just as exciting, the organizer of a book club in Pittsburgh has invited me to host a reading/discussion/book signing event for their members!  I'm just looking into the logistics at this point, but am very excited about the idea.

THANKS to everyone, every single one of you, who support me, encourage me and humor me.

Have one on me!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Signing Event

I've been asked by my hometown bookstore - The Liftbridge - to participate in an event next month, which makes me very proud.

In early August, I fly into Rochester, NY, late one Friday evening.  The next morning, I'll dress in full habit and make my way to Brockport's Authors Under the Awning, a two-day event showcasing local authors.

Read more about it here:

I hope to see you there!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Look what I found while doing a google search!

I'm in no way affiliated with the blog owner, so it came as a wonderful surprise.  It's not uncommon for indie authors to review each others books and sponsor each other on blogs, but this is not the case with The Review Board.

I'm tickled Merlot.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Need A Bigger Candle

Several weeks ago, I had a bee in my bonnet and thought it would be a good idea to go back to a full-time job.  There were a few reasons for this way of thinking, but first and foremost was money.

Yep.  Money.  I want more of it.

Lauren and I have some small-scale adventures planned for this summer and an HUGE one for next summer.  You can keep track of that plan on another blog:

We are the unofficial poster children for the "Go big or go home" approach to vacations.  The one we have planned for June 2014 is going to cost mucho dinero.  Mucho.

My newspaper work and book sales aren't really enough to fund our big plans.  Sad, but true.  I decided a year of full-time work would pay for our adventures and then some, and I was right.

In addition to the lure of the Almighty Dollar, I simply didn't have enough to do.  I felt my brain was beginning to go a little soft from the perpetual Happy Hour that is so often part of Keys living.  I wanted a schedule and responsibilities outside my home, as well as mental challenges to keep me from becoming a Keys Critter.  And since I'm bearing my soul, I admit it felt nice to dress in suits and heels again after five years of shorts, tank tops and bare feet.

One month later, I am exhausted, frustrated and wondering when I'll ever figure things out.

Ten hours away from home leaves little time to 1) be a Mom, 2) be a Wife, 3) contact individuals and business about news stories/write for the paper and 4) work on book #2.

I know you don't want to hear this, because you work full-time and somehow manage to get everything done.  Sure, you're tired but what choice do you have?

I've no doubt, the last thing you want to hear is complaining from someone who lives in Paradise, but this is my blog and I'll whine if I want to.  It's one of the reasons to write a blog.  You know, getting things off one's chest and such.  Bear with me, please, whilst I unload my chest.

Anyway, I find that after getting home around 5:15pm and writing until 9:30 or 10:00, nothing I do is fun any more!  I resent my full-time job because it keeps me from writing by the pool and getting lost in my fictional silliness.  What's worse, I'm so tired after work, I've discovered my creativity seems to have moved away.  Perhaps it felt neglected and ran away from home?  Maybe it felt cheated on and is off in search of a new mate?

I've considered posting "Missing" posters, but my neighbors already suspect I'm a whack job.  I hesitate to give them proof.

At the ripe old age of 45, I find myself in the type of quandary I thought was reserved for people half my age.  Do I quit a job I started only a month ago because it prevents me from doing what I really want to do on a daily basis, even though it will most certainly fund our walk across Ireland?  Or do I bite the bullet, quit whining and find a way to maintain my creativity while working a full-time finance job?

Until I figure out exactly what to do, I in the market for a bigger candle because the one I'm burning at both ends is in danger of going out.