Saturday, September 27, 2008

Party Presents

Thank you so much everyone for making my birthday so much fun!!

Now it's my turn to make someone's day....and give away my presents! I put everyone's name into a hat and had my children pull the names one at a time.....Congratulations to:

Download of The Apple of His Eye........Rebekah E

Download of The Theory of Love .........Lindsay Downs

Download of The Troll in the Chicken Coop ...........Leah

Fun-Stuffed Envelopes ...........Latesha and Raonaid

'To Imagine...' notebook and a pen ..........CJ Parker

The 'Love' bracelet .....Deidre

I'll try to contact all of you but if you read your name here and don't hear from me in the next couple of days, that probably means cyber gremlins ate the email or I didn't have a way to contact you--so email me at stacy @ (minus the spaces).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me...and Gifts for YOU!

Yes, it's that time of year again....when you miss being a kid and getting the great parties LOL. As an adult, birthdays kinda get tucked to the side in between laundry and work....and as a wife/mother, we usually end up either baking or buying our own cake--We have to! That's like the best part of the whole day--no guilt birthday cake one day a year LOL.

What's your favorite part of a birthday?

Leave your answer and, even though it's my birthday today, I'll give away the presents today. I'll randomly be picking names and giving away the following:

~One copy of my release, The Apple of His Eye

~One copy of my release, The Theory of Love

~One copy of my children's ebook, The Troll in the Chicken Coop

~Two FUN-STUFFED envelopes full of, well, Fun stuff LOL

~One 'To Imagine is Everything' notebook and a pen


~One 'LOVE' bracelet.

Again, simply tell me your favorite part of a birthday! This is a TWO day party so feel free to invite your friends over--the more the merrier!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Singing with a new Release Date!!

The first book in my new series of short stories from The Wild Rose Press will be released this January! I think it may also be my new favorite cover!!

Singing their hearts out at the Lonesome Star Karaoke Bar...

Karaoke Cowgirl

How far would you go to attract the man of your dreams? Ally Standish re-invents herself every Saturday night to sing for her cowboy. But when they come face to face in the light of a normal day—and he discovers the real Ally—will he let her sing him more love songs or will the music die for good.

Available January 21, 2009 from The Wild Rose Press.

In the meantime, check out my other titles HERE

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Need the tunes....

I don't like's too much empty space to give my mind a chance to go off on it's own tangents that can lead down to some disturbing roads --things like, it's tooooo quiet, must be an intruder just outside waiting to crash my door down or a wicked warlock standing on my roof about to crash through the universal portal....or...the oppressive silence must mean my boss is mad at me or my children are definitely doing something they shouldn't--okay, so the last one is usually true but the others, you know, riduculous thoughts that are never true but you can't stop thinking anyway.

So, needless to say, music is a large part of my life, even just as a filler, behind the scenes sound to keep the voices in my head at bay. But it is also a huge inspiration for me. Writing wise, I've taken to choosing--well, that may not be the right word because I don't exactly sit and choose one, they sort of just pop that it's the right song--for stories. One song that coveys the deeper meaning of my story--And, just to let you into my crazy mind for a scary moment, I've taken to making up music videos in my head as if my story were a movie--Oh wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do montages in books, get over those painful parts and just snap the WOW moments like they do in videos! Sorry, back to the sane part of my world, the music inspires a feeling about the story which helps me stay in the mood and convey the emotions needed whether deep, funny, sad, or angry.

In my home life, I've taken my music with me now with my MP3 always in my purse so walks at lunch, filing in the horridly dark and scary back building are more tolerable. Working out is, well, working out so much better now that I have my own tunes versus what they play over the MUSAC or CD's at the fitness place. It's amazing the difference in my heart rate when I use there's or my own, and I get a far better work out.

Now, I'm sure none of this is surprising and you all use music in your own ways--I was simply inspired to write this today because I just bought a new compilation CD with some songs that I LOVE and know will get me movin' and a grovin' and I can't wait to head out to my work-out later today to try them out.

How do you use music in your life and work??

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Money = Diapers...forever!

To start off, no, I'm not pregnant nor are planning for another child LOL....this is how the title of the blog came to be...

So, we're in the car coming back from grocier shopping--discussing prices as usual--when my husband casually reminds me of the money we'll need for the boys' activity classes which start Wednesday night. Oh crap, right. Then he also adds that we'll probably need another XX amount of money Thursday night for the boys' school BBQ meet and greet the teachers' night...oh yeah...and then of course, their peewee bowling league starts Saturday morning...riiiiight, Damn.

Are you see where this is going?

So, there I was in the car thinking aloud as I so often do to the disgruntled patience of my husband, that how we thought it was sooooo great when the kids were finally out of diapers--how much money we'd save without that whopping added expense every week.

You know what---we're still paying for diapers! A rose by any other name is still arose--money for children by any other names still adds up to diapers. Buying diapers is simply the necessity of reality of how expensive children really are....and continue to be. A pre-practice if you will. You never stop putting out diaper money because you never stop forking out funds here and there to keep your children happy, dry of boredum, and learning.

So, sorry to depress the new parents out there but a word of warning, diapers may come and go but keep adding that diaper money into an account for the next few years because you're gonna need it LOL!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Just Dance

Been a bit of a bummer day already and it's barely noon. You would think you would gain more time after the kids are back to school but for some mythological reason only the universe knows, you don't--no matter how much you plan it out.

Oh, on the topic of those weird mythological reasons only the universe knows and school, another is the sleep in factor--not ours, kids. Seriously, my oldest woke up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:15 am every morning of the summer. EVERY MORNING. Since school started, he has to get up at 6:45...and it's like waking the dead! He literally rolls over and starts snoring again. And you can't say he's simply tired from school, this started the FIRST DAY--like someone threw a sleep switch. I swear, School should be a season of it's own with school School Savings Time and everything.

I'm trying to adapt a new philosophy and not stress out about things as much as I used to....because all you can really do when the universe doesn't give you a dance.

'Cause, hey, even a superhero has bad days (and bad dances LOLOLOL)!

Sunday, September 7, 2008


After a doctor's visit the other day, I now have two of my fingers taped up. You see, I broke my right pinky, six weeks ago. Yeah, I hear you--why the heck did I wait six weeks? Well, sort of one of those weird stories......

About six weeks ago, during the last play of our baseball fun-night, I smashed my poor pinkie beneath the oversized soccer-baseball we were using. I figured I just sprained it so didn't bother getting it checked out. After two weeks and it still hurt, I figured I better get it check out but kept putting it off--after all, it's only a little pinkie finger. But, you know, you don't realize how much you use it until you don't have it.

So, I kept telling myself to make the appointment, promptly forgetting two minutes later. Then I had a really bad case of step-throat and I honestly didn't care about anything but breathing and forcing water down for almost two weeks (a whole other story I don't want to relive-too scary) I was still recovering when we had our family trip to Prince Edward Island. Now, yes, through this time my digit still hurt and I mentioned a number of times on the trip that I really needed to get it looked at when we got back as it was getting worse rather than better. So we finally get home and I make the appointment...for two weeks later (hey, I was impressed I could get in to my doctor that soon LOL)

After the doctor squeezed it and says a stupid question like, "Does that hurt?" while I'm hissing in pain and clenching my teeth, he says that after six weeks it's pretty academic that I probably broke something, sent me for xrays and showed me how to tape it up. Now, I have been the rather fortunate sort not to have broken a bone in my life up to this point so stupid me says, "What? For a few days then?" Yes, he laughed. No AT LEAST three or four WEEKS.

Yeah, so takes a bit of getting used to typing wise and, really, only the 'p' key is my enemy so I figure I got off lucky.

Now I'm just praying he doesn't call me back because he only said he would if he saw something in the xrays that needed surgery (yikes!)

Moral of the matter how small, get it check out earlier!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rolling Sweet Deal!!

The Wild Rose Press is celebrating their Vintage Rose line all month with 10% off books in this line....and it just so happens one is a story of mine. If you like reading about the past...and especially want to reminisce about the Seventies, then have I got a sweet deal for you!!

Bobby Hues has his eye on the Disco Angel jiving around Electric Nights Roller Disco. But what would Miss Spring Break 1976 and the foxiest chick he’d ever laid eyes on want with a lowly grease monkey like himself?

Summer Benton’s heart started racing the minute she rolled her broken down ride into Bobby’s garage. When he gets a gig working at her favorite hang out, she thinks she has it made—but the quiet hunk still isn’t talking. A little push on her part starts the wheels rolling—in the wrong direction. Now she has to figure out how to lose the wrong guy, and convince the right one she digs him enough to be his Disco Angel, forever.

Get 10% off before the special is over!
That's only $1.35! One dollar and thirty five cents!
(I'd say that it's only the price of a coffee and ask you to give up one coffee for a day but that would be cruel....BUT giving up the donut to go with that coffee would help you lose weight! So go on, save a pound and give up the donut for a day and read Disco Angel with your coffee instead!)
Click HERE to get Disco Angel today!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

September is Here

...and a new

If you'll all forgive me, I'm simply going to blame my absence on summer this year--although, it wasn't really a summer up here with the crappy weather LOL.

But I'm back and should be blogging at least twice a week I hope.

Our family went on vacation to Prince Edward Island last month so I thought I'd share some pictures! (Yes, totally what you wanted, I know)

This is me on the shores in our little cove and below is the red sand that the whole island is made of. It is really a great place to go and I'd highly recommend it to anyone!