Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Midweek Escapes is ALMOST LIVE!

Starting next week, my "Midweek Escapes" feature will kick off!  I'm so excited to talk to author friends, new and old, and find out about their favorite places to escape to...and their BOOKS!

Here's the lineup for January:

January 4 - Michelle C. Reilly
January 11 - Letisha Stanton
January 18 - Cynthia Vespia
January 25 - Gwyn McNamee

I hope you'll pack your suitcase and join us for inspiration and tales!


Monday, December 26, 2016

Did This Challenge Change You? (week 52)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge


One way it challenged me was to be consistent in focusing each week to write and post a gratitude blog, which was harder than it seems.  We all say we have time, it’s only once a week, but believe me, it’s tough.  There were a few times, I’d have to post a few weeks’ worth at once just to catch up.  Where did my time go?  Was it sucked into facebookland?

I challenge YOU next year!  Can you do it?  Can you keep it up?  


Love and Peace,  


Monday, December 19, 2016

100 Things to be Thankful For (week 51)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

In NO particular order:

1.       My son
2.       My family
3.       My ancestors
4.       Chocolate milkshakes
5.       Magic
6.       Candy corn
7.       My pets
8.       That I have always had “enough”
9.       The places I’ve traveled, and the means to get me there
10.   Mexican food
11.   US mail
12.   My writing buddies
13.   My editor
14.   My publisher
15.   My mentors
16.   Good shoes
17.   Comfy jeans
18.   Warm, soft sweatshirts
19.   Cocoa
20.   Lemonade
21.   Good craft beer
22.   Strawberry shortcake
23.   People who have read my books
24.   Favorite authors
25.   Good movies to look forward to
26.   My son’s teachers
27.   Reliable internet
28.   Netflix
29.   Amazon prime
30.   Heat and ac in my house
31.   Heat and ac in my car
32.   Safe, long road trips
33.   Happy meals
34.   Email
35.   Texting!
36.   Camera phones
37.   Smart phones
38.   Tablets
39.   Doctors
40.   Warm socks
41.   Hiking
42.   Sturdy shoes
43.   Birds that visit my feeders
44.   Nurses
45.   Animal vets
46.   Animal boarding
47.   UPS
48.   Fedex
49.   New friends
50.   Old friends
51.   High school reunions
52.   Mutual funds
53.   Real estate agents
54.   Coke
55.   Cool neighbors
56.   Fun games
57.   Stupid games
58.   To-do lists
59.   Dishwashers
60.   Home Depot
61.   JCPenney
62.   Amazon
63.   Windex
64.   Car that runs
65.   State of Nevada
66.   County of Clark
67.   City of Las Vegas
68.   Gravity
69.   Chiropractors
70.   Pain pills
71.   Nail polish
72.   Freedom
73.   Being American
74.   Short drive to son’s school
75.   Magic
76.   Full Moon
77.   Creativity
78.   Christmas decorations
79.   Friendly strangers
80.   Credit
81.   Delivery food
82.   Vacations
83.   Clean sheets
84.   Purple
85.   Drinking games
86.   Online strangers
87.   Funny memes
88.   Meditation
89.   Good movies
90.   Personal recommendations
91.   Hot chocolate
92.   80’s bands
93.   Spa treatments
94.   Warm showers on cold day
95.   Exterminators
96.   Grocery store selection
97.   Google – seriously!
98.   Comfy sweatpants
99.   Dove soap
100.  New friends

Love and Peace, 


Monday, December 12, 2016

Lessons Learned this Year (week 50)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Sometimes it seems we have to learn the same lessons over and over until they sink in, and others it seems we only have to learn once. 

A lesson I learned this year is to focus more, and to challenge myself.  I can do it!  I got a book published, with a respected publisher.  More than that, I have two more books on the way and a novella.  Knowing a publisher wanted my books gave me a huge shot of confidence.

Most of the lessons I learned this year were about trusting myself, my knowledge and my wisdom to overcome obstacles, and handle situations as they pop up. 

Love and Peace,  


Sunday, December 11, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS170

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "Sexy in Space".  My paranormal novella "Under the Granite Lies" which was a finalist in the "I Heart Indie" contest, features a hot love scene under the aurora borealis.  AND, it's FREE until December 31.  Just follow the link at the bottom.  

Here is the blurb:

Lauren Madison’s life started unraveling at a speed too fast for her to keep up with. Every truth was torn away, and the pieces that were left painted no clear pictures at all…only more confusion.

The pillar of strength in her fragile life was David Wagner, her bodyguard who was placed in witness protection, and she was to have no more contact with him. But, what had he seen that day, and why couldn’t she remember?

She had no choice but to run. And if her life was threatened again, who would be there to protect her?

      My Sexy Saturday ( http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/ ) has provided a great place for authors to showcase snippets of their works.  7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Things You Like About Winter (week 49)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I like the crisp air, the snow on the mountains surrounding Las Vegas (I also like that the snow is up there – not down in the valley, usually).  I like the bare trees, I think seeing their skeletal structures against a sunset or cloudy sky is beautiful, and a favorite photography subject of mine.

I like that I don’t have to worry about my vegetable plants dying the in the dry heat, as they’re non-existent in the winter.

I like watching my big wolf-dog run around my yard, happy for the colder air. 

I like sipping hot cocoa while decorating for Christmas and wrapping presents. 

Fall is my favorite season, but winter is a second, for sure. 

Love and Peace,  


Your Job (week 48)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I was happy to be able to work nearly 15 years at a job I loved, with people I enjoyed being around every day.  That’s a rare thing.  Sure, there were days I wanted to walk out, but it wasn’t ever because of anyone that I worked closely with.
Since then, I’ve taken on a new job.  I’ve been able to follow my passion of writing, and I’ve self published three works and currently have one traditionally published novel.  I’m so glad to be able to have been afforded the opportunity to pursue this dream job.
What’s your dream job?  Is there a way you can work toward it today?

Love and Peace,