Now She Flies

The Indie Author Community lost a member this past week and it has taken me this long to come to terms with how best to express my feelings regarding the situation. You see, this particular author was a friend to many, including me. Many days and nights were spent chatting with her through messaging. The days when our lives and schedules (usually mine) got in the way and our daily conversation could not be had, felt like they were lacking something. So here is my open letter to a dear friend, who is sorely missed.

Billie Jo,

Everyday I find myself signing in to Facebook, hoping that your smiling face will be there to greet me, as you were on so many mornings. You were such an amazing woman. You were a loving and caring daughter, wife, mother, and friend. You had so much compassion and positivity that it was infectious (even on my worst days). It literally spilled out of you and into the lives of everyone you touched.

During the past year, it became routine to sign on and chat with you throughout the day, share little snippets of books we were working on, and to encourage each other on this crazy career path we’d chosen to pursue. Now there is a huge void in my collection of ‘must talk to’ friends because you are no longer here on this plane to fill it. I read through our past chats, needing to feel your presence and be touched by your beautiful spirit just one more time. I know you watch over us all now and will be checking in, but it is not the same. I’m selfish and want you here so we can finishing planning a possible trip to Tahoe to do book signings, share a room, and stay up late into the night talking about pursuing a dream we both shared.

My life is better because you were in it, Billie Jo. My heart aches because you are no longer here. My soul is forever changed because you called me friend. Now you fly with your own wings, watching over us all from up on high. Fly to the angels, my dear friend. Know that you are dearly missed, that you are loved, and you are thought of every day.

Sweet dreams, angel. Sweet dreams.

Your sister in writing and eternal friend,

If you are feeling up to it, why not hop on over and check out the cool stuff up for auction from all the authors and friends who would like to be able to help out the family in this time of great loss and sadness – Memorial for Billie Jo Hanlin


Angela Ford’s Holiday Hop

Welcome to my little home on the web! I hope you are all having fun playing along in Angela Ford’s 2014 Holiday Hop! Keep in mind that this runs through December 15th!

Holidays get a little hectic for everyone. Around here, I don’t even know if I’m coming or going. I have kids birthdays, a holiday party to help get ready for, and of course, all the normal day to day happenings. If only I could find a moment to sink down into a nice cozy chair and escape into a book or two…or several. I know that makes it seem as though I don’t love the holiday. I do! It is one of my favorite times of year. So much tradition and family surround this time of year. For the most part, everyone seems in such good spirits. Every year, my family does a huge open house on Christmas Eve that is a ton of fun. Oh and this year, my boys and I have started watching one Christmas movie every evening (it gives us that chance to put things on hold, step away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday and relax as a family). In fact, I love this time of year so much, I wrote a short little Christmas novella for fun that released last year. Here’s a little teaser:

Isn’t that fun? Yes I’m biased. But guess what? You have a chance to win a copy of Frost! I’m going to give away two copies today. All you have to do for your chance to win is tell me what is your favorite thing about the holidays in the comments and I will draw two winners.

Now check out these amazing authors and enter for a chance to win more fabulous prizes!

2014 Holiday Hop Authors – Our readers are most important to us! We are celebrating by giving away a Kindle and a $25 Gift Card. Please stop by and visit the authors listed below for more giveaways. Happy Hopping!

Jamie Brumfield  Amanda Bennett  Michele Mathews  Julia Mills    Elizabeth Inglee Richards  Carol Ann Kauffman   Jennifer Chambers  Diane Rinella  Angela Ford Terri Carle  Sharon Kleve     Melanie James  Mariah Dietz   Serena Zane   Jennifer Conner  Amanda Bennett  R.E. Hargrave  Ella Medler  Aubree Lane  Rebecca Sherwin  Teri Riggs  Ava O’Shay  Andie Lea  Dzintra Sullivan  Andrea Perno  Jennifer Theriot Chris Karlsen  Al Parks L.A. Remenicky Emma Lee Skye     A.L. Wood Jayne Hyatt Amber Daulton  Joanne Jaytanie  Kelly Cozzone   J.D. Hollyfield  Patricia Kiyono Elle Klass  T.I. Lowe  Tammy Tate  Jackie Marilla  Casey Harvell  Denise Kawaii  Natalie-Nicole Bates  Kelly Ann Jacobson  Moira Keith Michele Gwynn  Tracey Alvarez  Mary Bernsen

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Here is the direct link for the giveaway raffle

The raffle directs the entrants to a Pinterest Board called Angela Ford’s 2014 Holiday Hop of Favorite Christmas Stories – each entrant can PIN to WIN! By pinning a picture of their favorite Christmas movie or book to the board and enter their name in the description. Here is the link for the pinterest board.

Happy Hopping & Happy Holidays!

Fool for Love Blog Hop


Welcome to the Fool for Love Blog Hop! Hope everyone is doing well and will follow along for some fun, games, and prizes. Lots of fabulous authors, a variety of things to dish on. There are many things that came to mind when I found out the theme for our blog hop. I’m a fool for romance novels. Even more so, I’m a fool for movies and though I do go for the blow ‘em up, shoot ‘em up, arrest ‘em all kind of movies fairly frequently), I like to indulge in a good romantic comedy or a love story that seems to resonate through the years. Here are a few of my favorites along with a quote from each movie.


I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. ~ Harry, When Harry Met Sally



Open your eyes and look at me. No, I don’t think I will kiss you. Although you need kissing badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often and by someone who knows how. ~ Rhett Butler, Gone With the Wind




Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic. ~ Sam, Sleepless in Seattle




It was sort of sweet actually – I mean, I know she’s an actress and all that, so she can deliver a line – but she said that she might be as famous as can be – but also… that she was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. [pause] Oh, sod a dog. I’ve made the wrong decision, haven’t I? ~ William, Notting Hill




I may dissect each little thing and put myself out there so much but at least that means that I still care. Oh! You’ve think you won because women are expendable to you. You may not get hurt or make an ass of yourself that way but you don’t fall in love that way either. You have not won. You’re alone. I may do a lot of stupid shit but I’m still a lot closer to love than you are. ~ Gigi, He’s Just Not That Into You



You can’t navigate me. I may do mean things, and I may hurt you, and I may run away without your permission, and you may hate me forever, and I know that scares the living shit outta you ’cause you know I’m the only real thing you got. ~ Troy, Reality Bites



“Maybe I didn’t really know you. Maybe you were just a mirage. Maybe the world is full of food and sex and spectacle and we’re all just hurling towards an apocalypse, in which case it’s not your fault. I’m been thinking about all these things and… you’re probably standing there monitoring. And one more thing – about the letter. Nuke it. Flame it. Destroy it. – It hurts me to know it’s out there. Later.” ~ Lloyd, Say Anything



Okay, so I got carried away a bit and I could’ve kept going. I mean there are a TON of great romantic movies out there, some funny and some serious. Each one of them has a line or several that just scream that they are a fool for love (or a fool in love). Here are a few more of my favorites, without quotes, otherwise we’d be here all day! What are some of your favorites? I know I haven’t seen everything out there so shout em out…I just may be able to add a few more to my favorites list.




Kissin’ in the Tail Lights

Monday has rolled around once again. Yep. Like a bad penny, it just keeps turning up. Control the things we can and let go of the things we can’t. That’s what my mom always says. So I’m controlling Monday the only way I know how…musically (and for all my non country loving fans, I promise we will be getting back to something a little harder in the near future, but for now, we need to keep it country). New discovery for me folks! Shane Lee. Hope you enjoy and don’t be afraid to go doin’ a little of your own Kissin’ in the Tail Lights. :) P.S. look at that little countdown time over there…who’s getting excited?

Frost is Here!

So pleased to announce that Frost is out and available exclusively at Amazon in Kindle format! This story was a lot of fun to write and I hope you all enjoy it this little holiday story!


Two things Detective Holly Monroe has never been able to handle—Christmas and matters of the heart.

Living the job has helped keep Holly sane, but as the holidays approach, she struggles to keep the past at bay. Then Jack Frost—the man she walked out on a year ago—goes missing and Holly is handpicked by Chief Claus to work the case…alone. Feelings she’s denied for the past year resurface and fear soon follow tempting her to run once more. But elves that leave the North Pole don’t survive long and regardless of her feelings for Jack, she can’t allow him to be suffer that fate.

Bringing Jack back is going to take more than just showing up. Holly’s going to have to decide if she is willing to risk everything—including her heart.

On my Kindle Read List

Totally a random Friday post, but I was sitting here looking through my Kindle and realized I have a lot of really great books waiting for me to find the time to read them. So what do I have on my reading list you wonder? Well please let me share:



There you have it…five random and quite fetching covers for books currently on my to be read list! What book is currently calling your name?


Yes it has really been that kind of year. If you look at the long gaps in my posting, you will see that I have not been very active on my blog. Hopefully, that is all about to change. My little zombies have been feeling a little like mom has little time for them, so I had to take a break to re-connect with what was important. To realign my priorities if you will.

Well, it is still a work in progress, but we’ve worked out a deal of sorts. With school back in the swing of things, when they do homework, mom writes. When they decided that it is time to watch Duck Dynasty or Storage Wars, mom breaks out the tablet to sit with them while they watch television…and I write. When they go to bed…mom writes and gets up early to get some work done as well.

So far, it seems to be working. Slowly, I feel like I am getting back on track. Oh and I pulled out an old young adult vampire book I’d been working on and encouraged to finish, so watch out! Stayed up a little too late last night working on that one and man…yawn…am I tired! Excuse me. Good news is…one work day down and we are already at Hump Day! Whoo hoo! So, Happy Wednesday and here’s to getting back on track!

A Taste of Nostalgia

My family has endured it’s share of loss during the holidays this year. My grandfather joined my grandmother just before Christmas and is now looking down on us from above. Yes I’m a believer in heaven and an afterlife. And if I know anything about my grandfather, it is that he is looking down on us, with a gin and tonic in hand, smiling and waiting for us to be reunited once more. So for todays Tasty Tuesday, in honor of a man I loved and deeply respected, I’m toasting this Tuesday with his beverage of choice.

Gin and Tonic


2 fingers of Bombay Sapphire Gin (the man’s favorite gin)

Tonic Water

Lime (optional and never a preference of my grandfather’s)

Simple and yet refreshing recipe. Ready? Add ice to glass. Pour in about two fingers of gin. Fill remainder of glass with tonic. If you are opting for a squeeze of lime, add a wedge. Give a quick stir and enjoy!

Here’s to you Papa. May you continue to make great music, and save and gin and tonic for when we meet again.

Please stop by and see my fellow Tasty Tuesday partners in crime…

Apple Pie Oatmeal, by A. Catherine Noon

Great Balls of Italian Soup by Selena Robins – :

Stay in Bed Stew by Nancy Lauzon



Naughty New Years Blog Hop

Happy New Years everyone. I love a good celebration and this year, I’m desperately in need of celebrating any way I can. So how am I celebrating? With a New Year’s Blog Hop courtesy of The Blog Hop features lots of wonderful authors and great prizes — including a Kindle — and a chance to expand your ‘to be read’ pile. A great way to ring in the New Year.

I have nothing uber sexy to discuss at the moment, though I do say there is nothing like ringing in the New Year with someone you love (or at the very least are physically hot and bothered for) and seeing as how we’ve all survived the end of the world and zombies aren’t running a muck and chomping on our brains, I think there is plenty to celebrate. So, while I’m a Guinness girl through and through, I thought we should kick off the new year with this little beverage that I like to call the Anti-pocalypse Tini. It is sure to help you get your naughty on…even just a smidge.

Anti-pocalypse Tini

1 oz Chambord
1.5 oz honey vodka
.5 oz lime juice
3-4 raspberries

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass or crushed ice-filled rocks glass. Top with more crushed ice. Garnish with raspberries.

And let’s wrap up this celebration with a little music and one of my favorite songs….

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Monday Morning Blues

Mondays come a lot faster than they used to. Or perhaps my weekends are flying by at an accelerated rate now that I’m older and have those dreadful things called ‘responsibilities’. I don’t truly find Mondays to be a cause of the blues. It’s not Mondays fault after all. It’s ours. We try to cram everything that we should be doing all week long into two days. Those two days are spent doing ‘catch up’ instead of relaxing. At times, we can find our off days to be more stressful than our work days. I know I find this to be true. Then this morning I read a post by my dear crit partner, Debora Dennis, about routines. It got me to thinking.


I know thinking, on a Monday too! Seriously though, maybe Mondays wouldn’t be so loathed by the masses if things weren’t put off until the weekend. What if we did the laundry every other evening while watching our favorite show? Or perhaps we sat down and read with our children while they were doing their assigned reading time for school, if you go to college like I do…then do your homework while the kids are doing theirs and you have dinner cooking, or as Debora suggests- utilize that morning coffee routine to get some things done. For me it’s not so much a thing of routine, but of time management and procrastination.

I can change these things. So can you. Then perhaps we won’t loathe Mondays anymore. Perhaps when the weekends roll around we will actually have a chance to sit back and enjoy them. Then when Monday’s come, we can bound out of bed with joy and perhaps even look forward to facing the day instead of dwelling on what we could have gotten done over the weekend if we just had one more day…

Now go out and celebrate the start of a new week. A chance to show your world who the boss is and that you are taking no prisoners! Go forth and enjoy the day and make it what you want it to be!