Love is in the air!

Winter is a time of blustery winds, warm blankets, and book friends to fill your heart.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Today I escaped the house and those adorable little guys that always manage to lure me away from my laptop. I went to the cafe at Barnes & Noble and was crushed to find my favorite tables were all taken. (Those are the ones near the two electrical units we need to charge our laptops when they start to run down!!!)

I ended up sitting way off to the side where I couldn't easily motitor when one of the lucky people left. But I eventually parlayed my little table for two into a bigger, and closer table for four. I was there for about twenty minutes when the table next to my favorite opened up. I scampered away before anyone else noticed, which was good because right after I moved a tutor came in with her client who was wheelchair bound and the table for four was more suitable for them. It gave them the space they needed to spread the books and worksheets across it.

It took a total of two hours before I reached my desired seat. Last time I came the people at my tables out stayed me. They were there more than nine hours! I was only there for six.

Now all is right with the world. 

And how is your day going?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Fare Thee Well, Annette

And now it's time to say goodbye to one of our family . . . (To paraphrase the old farewell song.)

Even though we had never met, Annette played a big part in my life. She was the big sister I always wanted. She could sing, dance, and people loved her. I watched her as a Babe in Toy Land, she had adventures with Zorro, she was a girl with spunk and heart.

When I learned how to read I devoured a Golden Book fiction series in which Annette was the heroine. Oh the adventures we went on in those chapter books! Annette taught me that a girl could have adventures. 

Then we met Frankie Avalon and spent summers singing and dancing on the beach. (Well, they did, while I watched them in a nice air conditioned movie theater while I ate Raisonettes.)

After my children came along Annette shared her favorite peanut butter with me.

It is with great joy that I remember what Annette meant to a lonely little girl and great sadness that I say goodbye.

This is my favorite MMC memory of Annette.

Rest in Peace, Annette.

Monday, April 1, 2013

My friends, it gives me great pleasure to announce The Counterfeit Bride is now on sale at both Amazon and Amazon UK.


Texas rancher and bar owner Cassidy Flynn is shocked to learn the bride’s name in an upcoming high society wedding – Cassiopeia Dolmides. Cassidy is a woman of secrets; the deepest is the identity she was born with and thought she had escaped long ago. If this bride is impersonating Cassidy, what trouble will that cause Cassidy and her infant son?

Greek tycoon Theron Christofides needs to gain possession of Dolmides Cruise Lines and the little Greek island where it left a shipwrecked eyesore. A lot of people are at risk without his intervention. Old man Dolmides will sell on one condition: Theron must marry Dolmides’ illegitimate daughter. Seeing no other way to rescue the island’s people, Theron agrees to sacrifice himself and his future.

As Theron stands at the altar with his bride-to-be, a fiery-haired woman in snakeskin boots and a cowboy hat interrupts their vows by calling his bride a fraud. In order for the wedding to continue, Theron must convince Cassidy Flynn to drop her lawsuit. Can he withstand Cassidy’s allure while he gains her cooperation? Or will they both be consumed by the fire of desire?

I hope you will stop by and check out The Counterfeit Bride. While you are at Amazon, please add Cassidy and Theron's story to your wish list. (It will help my placement.) After you read the book I would appreciate it if you would leave a review. Good or bad. I hope you will love the book as much as I did writing it.