Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love You, Pooh Bear!

"How do you spell love?" 

"You don't spell it, you feel it." 
...Winnie the Pooh

If you're a visitor to my Facebook page, you know that I often post quotes and pictures of my favorite children characters, Winnie the Pooh and friends. I still have Winnie picture books, Winnie figurines, and my stuffed Winnie. As a child, I loved my "Pooh Bear" who was always there whenever I needed a cuddle or a hug. As an adult, I realize that my affection for the characters in the Hundred Acres Woods stems from their friendship and loyalty to each other.

Some people may not know that Winnie was inspired by a real life bear. 

This week I came across a couple of reviews for a children's book, due to be released in January, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, John Voss and Jonathan D.Voss. I'm counting the days until January to read this book. In the meantime, all you Winnie fans (and I can tell by the post reach on my FB page there are lots of you), I've included the book's description, the Publishers Weekly review, the Kirkus review, and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble links for the book.

"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
...Christopher Robin 

Publisher Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." 
...Winnie the Pooh

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired 
       by Sally M. Walker, John Voss, and Jonathan D. Voss

Who could care for a bear?

When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear for sale at the train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training for World War I.

Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company’s home town, and he brought her along to the training camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment’s much-loved mascot.

But who could care for the bear when Harry had to go to the battleground in France? Harry found just the right place for Winnie while he was away—the London Zoo. There a little boy named Christopher Robin came along and played with Winnie—he could care for this bear too!

Sally Walker’s heartwarming story, paired with Jonathan Voss’s evocative illustrations, brings to life the story of the real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh.

Available for Pre-Order


Barnes & Noble

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photos c/o

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Salute to Our Veterans!

I had an uncle who returned from World War II with a great sadness and immense respect for those who didn't return, and a lifelong commitment to help his fellow military personnel and their families. Throughout the years my uncle was consistently active in his VFW post. He organized events for the post, ran errands for those veterans who had challenges getting around, and collected canned goods and toys at Christmas time. 

After my uncle retired from his carpentry job, he would drive Vets who could no longer drive themselves to their doctor's appointments, and he spent a couple afternoons during the week reading to those who lived in the VA nursing home. My uncle would eventually become a resident of that same nursing home, and he passed away this summer at the age of 89.

There are few greater sacrifices one could make than to leave his/her home and family, go off to a strange country, and make it their mission to keep those of us who live in this country safe.

Two simple words mean a lot to folks who deserve to hear them. So, not only on November 11th, but any day you happen to pass one of our military members, please don’t forget to say those two words. The words, “thank you.”

If you like information on organizations that help our military service personnel, I've noted a few websites.

Disabled American Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Wounded Warrior Project

The Veterans Site

USO (United Service Organization)

If you have a Veterans' organization that you'd like to add to this list, please feel free to note in the comment section. If you have a story to tell about your special Veteran, please share. We'd love to hear it.

Have a great week, Everyone!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Conference Update

A huge "THANK YOU" to everyone who shared my blog post last week announcing the release of Running to Love. I'm so grateful.

Writing conferences are wonderful opportunities to learn from other writers, meet industry insiders, network, and share our experiences. Listed below are some upcoming events that may appeal to my fellow writers.

Eckerd College Writer’s Conference: Writers in Paradise 2015, Boca Ciega Bay at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida; January 17-25, 2015; FMI,

San Francisco Writer’s Conference, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California; February 12-15, 2015; FMI,

Pages to Publication sponsored by CRW Chesapeake Romance Writers; Williamsburg Regional Library in Colonial Williamsburg, VA; March 14, 2015; $10.00 discount for early registration by February 14, 2015; FMI,

2015 California Dreamin’ Writers Conference sponsored by OCC RWA, LA Romance Authors, San Diego RWA, East Valley Authors; Embassy Suites, Brea, California; March 27-29, 2015; FMI,

Have a great week, Everyone!

(Photo c/o Scarab and

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Release Day...Running to Love!

Tomorrow is release day for Crimson Romance’s Running to Love, 10 fabulous novels of romance, suspense, thrills, and mystery!  For less than $1.00! It’s an honor to be grouped with such a fabulous array of authors.

Drum roll, please...

In these ten exciting novels of romantic suspense, clever and courageous heroes and heroines flee from danger to seek safety and security in the arms of their soulmates. Can love soothe their fearful hearts?

Magic Moment by AngelaAdams: Bookkeeper Laura finds herself questioned by the FBI, then assaulted by thugs-until Chase appears to get to the bottom of these attacks.

Thunder in the Night by Karen Fellowes: An investigative journalist is insulted at being assigned a routine travel story, until it becomes anything but ordinary-or safe.

In Hot Pursuit by Karen Sue Burns: Quinn's calm, relaxed life goes up in smoke when someone steals a multimillion-dollar gift to her employer, and the donor looks both suspicious and oh-so-tempting. 

Killing Casanova by Traci McDonald: Infamous womanizer Jake has never met someone like Cassie, a blind woman who is oblivious to his normally irresistible charm-and to the danger stalking her.

Desperate Obsession by Anji Nolan: It's love and intrigue in the skies when a special branch detective at Heathrow airport tries to protect a passenger agent from terrorists.

Love's Secret Fire by Rena Koontz: The biggest story of reporter Valerie Daniels's career asks her to choose between loyalty to her twin brother and a stranger who is out to frame him-if she survives to tell the story.

Trial Run by Anne Metikosh: A gruesome small-town murder becomes more than another local story when Nina finds herself falling for the suspect.

Unbound by Nikkie Locke: Dean survived his family's massacre as a child, but now a simple kiss puts Payten in these same killers' target.

Saving Maggie by Glenys O’Connell: Reporter Maggie's psychic gift incites a serial killer to play games with her, but can detective Joshua break this bond in time?

Deadly Star by CJ Peterson : An amateur astronomer spots the wrong thing through her telescope, and only her CIA ex-husband can help her find the light.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Buy Links:

Crimson Romance


Barnes & Noble

Happy reading and have a great week, Everyone!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Contest Update...

Friends, you never know! Your writing success may just start with feedback -- or perhaps winning -- a writing contest. Contests are a great way to get your work seen by industry insiders. Here's an update on a few approaching deadlines. Good luck!

15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition sponsored by Writer’s Digest Magazine; early bird deadline, November 17, 2014; Entry deadline, December 15, 2014; cash prizes, and winning entry in Writer’s Digest Magazine. FMI,

The Smooch 2015 sponsored by Yosemite Romance Writers; deadline January 9, 2015; Entry “First Kiss” scene, 4-8 pages of an unpublished work. FMI, visit,

2015 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest sponsored by Northeast Ohio RWA; deadline February 14, 2015, first chapter up to 5,000 words. FMI, visit,

Have a great week, Everyone! 

(photo c/o FlashBuddy and

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Columbus Day!

...or as I think of it "Happy Three Day Weekend!" There's so much to do here in Philly this weekend -- the Columbus Day Parade, Olde City Fest in the city's historic district, and the Craft Fair in Rittenhouse Square. 

And, today the sun is out. I hope everyone is enjoying Autumn and the holiday!

See you next week.

(photo c/o pippalou at

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Reading to Baby Brother...

Earlier in the week I was at the library. While I waited at the counter for the librarian to find a DVD I’d placed on hold, a booming little voice echoed from the Children’s section and grabbed my attention.

A woman, about six or seven months pregnant, sat in a chair. Across from her sat her daughter who was about four-years-old. The little girl held open a picture book, propped up on her knees, facing outward at her mother. Although I doubt very much if the child was saying the exact words in the book, she was clearly telling a story. Her eyes occasionally shifted from the book to her mommy’s stomach and back to the book.

And, this child was L-O-U-D.

Her mother said to her, “Shh. You’re supposed to be quiet in the library.”

The child’s reply was adorable!

“But, Mommy,” she said. “I’m reading to my baby brother and I want to make sure he can hear me in your tummy.”

Have a good week, Everyone!

(photo c/o digitallatina and