Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happiness is Autumn!

Autumn or "Fall" is my favorite time of year. The weather is generally cool and crisp, and there are lots of activities to enjoy. One afternoon this week, while strolling through South Philly's Marconi Plaza, I noticed that the leaves which were green the last time I walked through the park were now a lovely orange and red. I started making a mental list of my favorite things about the season. 

Autumn Leaves and their Colors

Autumn Wreaths on our Front Doors

A Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 
at South Philly FUEL

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte

October "Post Season" Baseball
(especially if it includes the Phillies)

 Harvest Festivals  

Veterans' Day Parades

What's your favorite Autumn feature and activity?

(Snoopy and Leaves photo c/o;
 Fall Maple Leaves photo c/o;
 Autumn Wreath photo c/o JL;
 Pumpkin Pie Smoothie photo c/o;
 Pumpkin Spice Latte photo c/o;
 Baseball in October photo c/o;
 Trick-or-Treater photo c/o;
 Veteran photo c/o

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Writers Conference Update

If you're like me, you've already started making notes on your 2017 calendar. FYI, these upcoming writers conferences are worth a look.

Super Saturday: sponsored by Florida Romance Writers; Saturday, January 14, 2017; Tigertail Lake Recreation Center, Dania Beach, Florida; FMI,

2017 San Francisco Writers Conference: Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, February 19, 2017; Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California; FMI,

Writer's Winter Escape Cruise 2017: Sunday, February 26 through Friday, March 3, 2017; departing Miami, Florida for Nassau, Bahamas, and Mexico; FMI,

2017 Desert Dreams Writer's Conference: sponsored by Desert Rose RWA; Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, 2017;Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizonia; FMI,

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photo c/o

Sunday, October 9, 2016

And The Winner Is...

The "Milken Educator Award," considered nation-wide to be the Academy Award of teaching, was awarded on Wednesday to a South Philadelphia, 5th grade Science and Math teacher. Given annually to a total of thirty-five teachers throughout the country, twenty-nine year old, Jayda Pugliese, who teaches at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, assumed that morning she was taking her class to just another weekly assembly.

Instead, the gathering was in her honor! Ms. Pugliese stood on stage with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., PA Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera, and Lowell Milken, cofounder of the Milken Family Foundation. Ms. Pugliese was presented with a check for $25,000 which she plans to use to complete her doctoral degree.

Congratulations, Ms. Pugliese!

(photos c/o; coverage c/o and

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Noise or Silence?

This post is for all of my author friends out you write in silence or do you need some background noise?

For me, if it's baseball season, I'm listening to a Phillies' game on the radio, or analysts discussing a Phillies' game.

If it's not baseball season, I'm listening to Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi (although I live in Philly, I can't get enough of those Jersey boys). I've concluded, over the years, that the radio/CD player is a distraction whenever I hit a snag in my thinking. 

So, a question to all of you creative folks, do you need noise or silence?

(photo c/o

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great Bundles from Crimson Romance

Two years ago, I had the honor of seeing my novel, Magic Moment, grouped with nine fellow Crimson Romantic Suspense authors in a bundle titled, Running to Love. I say "honor" because the authors I shared the stage with were talented, their novels awesome, and due to the great reviews we received on Amazon and Goodreads our novels were a good fit for each other.

Over time, I've picked up several of Crimson's bundles and noticed how all of the stories complimented each other. Therefore, let me give a "shout-out" to the editorial folks at Crimson for knowing just the right reads to gather for a collection.

Scroll down for information on several recently released Crimson Romance bundles. Give 'em a try, and happy reading!

THE THIN LINE: 10 HATE-TO-LOVE-YOU ROMANCES by Elley Arden, Olivia Logan, Nicole Flockton, Christy McKellen, Dana Volney, Iris Leach, Jenny Jacobs, Kate Kadence, Shelley K. Wall, and Peggy Bird

There’s a thin line between love and hate … just ask any of the couples in these ten enemies-to-lovers romances. Heated words and angry adrenaline turn to primal passion when fate steps in to set these fighting foes on a path to forever.


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LOVE BETWEEN THE PAGES: 8 ROMANCES FOR BOOK LOVERS by Peggy Bird, Jenny Jacobs, Jennifer DeCuir, Casey Dawes, Terry Newman, Becky Lower, Kathryn Brocato, and Ana Krista Johns

Is there anything sexier than a man who likes to read? Crawl between the pages with these literary hunks and live out your next fantasy chapter...


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MORE THAN FRIENDS: 6 CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES by cj petterson, Monica Tillery, Anji Nolan, Synithia Williams, Jennifer DeCuir, and Christine S. Feldman

What are friends for? In these six sexy stories, BFFs discover there’s more to friendship than a few pats on the back and lending a shoulder to cry on when things get rough...


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SWEETER THAN CHOCOLATE: 3 CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES by Casey Dawes, Olivia Logan, and Jasmine Nightshade

Chocoholics will delight in this trio of delicious romances featuring candy connoisseurs who find true love at last. Sit back and savor these tales that will melt in your heart (not in your hands)!


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Have a great week, Everyone!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

"I Can Drive, Daddy..."

We enjoyed some awesome Philadelphia weather this week. One beautiful, crisp, cool morning, as I walked to the bus stop, I overheard an adorable conversation between a preschool boy and his dad, and I knew I had to share with you. The two were standing on the sidewalk, alongside the family SUV. As the dad fished through his pocket for the vehicle's keys, the little boy said, "I can drive, Daddy. I can drive the car for you."

Daddy chuckled. Having found his keys, he said, "That's okay, buddy. I got it."

But, the little one was not deterred. "No, Daddy. Really. I can drive." The pint-size chauffeur glowed with confidence. "I drive good, too. You said so when I drive my car." I decided it's a good bet that whenever the child drove his plastic tyke-size auto along the sidewalk, Daddy probably cheered him on. 

When I crossed the street to stand at the bus stop, they were out of earshot. As I stepped on the bus, the pair were still on the sidewalk discussing, I imagine, who was going to drive. I smiled, concluding that this is a good father who recognizes the importance of encouragement, positive reinforcement, and lots of accolades where his child is concerned. He definitely deserves a shout-out, applause, and high-fives.

As my bus rolled away from its stop, I gave a parting glance at the pair. I also wondered how "Daddy" was going to get himself out of the "I can drive, Daddy" situation.

Suggestions for the dad, anyone?

(photo c/o

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Philly Loves "The Boss!"

Usually when I'm sitting in Citizens Bank Park, the occasion is Phillies' baseball.

But, not this week...

"The Boss," Bruce Springsteen was in the house, rockin' the Philly ball park on Wednesday and Friday nights in temperatures above 90 degrees and wearing his trademark boots and jeans!!! 

Springsteen is a dynamite musician, awesome showman, and ultimate storyteller. Fans attending on Wednesday didn't know it, but we were in for a real treat! The longest Springsteen U.S. show in history -- clocking in at 4 hours and 4 minutes!

Watching my hero, reminded me that even Bruce has his idols. On the way home, I recalled when Paul McCartney (who rocked CBP this past July) joined Bruce on stage at a concert a few years ago. Bruce was in "awe," and could be heard saying he waited "about fifty years" for this opportunity.

Thanks to Google (and youtube), I found a video of their performance to share with you.

FYI, Bruce is releasing his autobiography at the end of the month. Click on one of the links below for more information.


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If you're a Springsteen fan, please share your favorite song...or maybe you're like me and have toooo many to list!

Have a good week, Everyone...

(photos c/o; video c/o ahouru)