Friday, November 30, 2012


Kids and I had fun creating a special Gingerbread House for their aunt to celebrate the Macy's Day Parade party.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Next Big Thing

Welcome and special thanks to Donna Michaels, for tagging me to contribute to "The Next Big Thing"....a little trip around the blogesfere to see what we're all up to.  I love it!  And I get to share the travels by tagging and sending you on to more special authors and good friends, Natasha Deen, Johanna Riley, Vonnie Davis and Adelle Laudan for their blog posts next Wednesday December 5th--you won't want to miss them!

Now, what's the Next Big Thing for me?  A handsome cowboy who is faced with a memory that has haunted him for two years--the one that got away, in the worst way.....

What is the working title of your book?

Lonesome Cowboy

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was honored to be asked to write the story for the main characters of The Wild Rose Press’s Honky Tonk Hearts series. First up is the long-time hired help and hunky bartender, Marshall Dekes. Since he works at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, and he’s a bull rider, the idea came to write about a Lonesome Cowboy. Then I just had to figure out why he was so lonesome...and since I write romance, what's better to leave a cowboy lonely than losing the woman he loved in such a way that holds him back from everything else.

What genre does your book fall under?


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I picture Marshall as Sam Worthington like this...a little haunted, a little rugged, and all broad shouldered.

Amy is softer, more of a Rachel Adams as a brunette/redhead effect.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Two years earlier, Marshall Dekes returned from the rodeo season with a title under his belt, a purse in the bank and a ring in his pocket only to find the woman he loved at the alter saying 'I do' to another man, but what his head can’t forgive, his heart can’t forget.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Lonesome Cowboy is contracted by the Wild Rose Press and will be coming out next year as part of the Honky Tonk Hearts series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

OMG, ridiculously, it took me the better part of a year!! Life had gotten in the way of writing for awhile, so to me, this is my “come back” story as it brought me back to my writing life.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Finding Their Way Back anthology.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

While our children were bowling, I was jotting around ideas and my good friend asked some questions, which ended up in a great brainstorming session, inspiring the ideas for the book.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

There is actually a twist to the story that readers find out at the end of the very first chapter which changes the whole dynamic of the story. 

And here is an added special excerpt for you...

With a crisp nod, she turned her head away, but not before he saw the tear streak down her cheek.

Turn away, too, Marsh. She made her bed two years ago...and it wasn’t yours.

He turned and stormed down the length of the bar, jaw tight enough to bite through steel and muscles coiled in a battle not to spin and call her back.

A battle he was losing.

His head dipped of its own accord, turning slightly to glimpse her in his peripheral. One of her hands shook as she moved away from the bar, and Marshall whipped his focus away, angry at himself for the protective feelings surfacing so easily.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this; he’d hardened himself the day he left, and pushed those feelings for Amy deep down into a cast-iron box with a cast-iron lock on it. 

Yet one visit, one look from those smoky eyes and his stupid body was begging for her again.

No way. 

He couldn’t, wouldn’t do it. That moment she’d turned towards him with the ring of another man on her finger was the equivalent of a bull horn rammed through his chest. How was a man supposed to get over something like tha—

A guttural cry of pain crashed into him from behind, hauling him back around in time to see Amy double over, a white-knuckled grip on an old wooden chair the only thing keeping her upright.

What the hell? Vaulting over the bar, Marshall was at her side before the nearest patron could react. Her weight collapsed against him... 

Thank you so much for taking the time to pop over today!  And please take advantage and enjoy some more insight into other great stories and visit the noted blogs next week!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's heeeeeerrrrreeee

Snow...need I say more.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What is it about doing your own resume that is so....hard.

I do them for other people all the time, no issues at all.  But when I sat down to update mine this week, what a pain LOL.

Maybe it's the fact that we were raised with a sort of "don't brag about yourself it's not polite" type mindset--help others, not yourself so to speak.  So now, whenever I have to list my good qualities/qualifications or talk about myself, it is REALLY HARD.

I look at my resume and think, Really?  That's me?  Can't be--I must have embellished something. Yet, if it were anyone else, I'd be thinking, That's a pretty good bit of experience and abilities.  Heck, I'd hire me LOL. 

So then what makes it so difficult to look at ourselves the same way as we would look at say, our best friend?

It really is true what I read in the WW magazine. We would never pick on our friends and put them down half the way we do to ourselves.  In other words, instead of saying "No, you can't do that, what were you thinking, idiot."  We should be saying, "Hey, nice job.  You can do this. I have faith in you!"

Think of yourself as your best friend and what would you say to them.  Definately boost them up, not draw them down.

Just a thought to ponder for the day. 

Friday, November 2, 2012