Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Elephant in the Room...

This has been a hectic week. Snow and rain (with more snow on the way) made life a "challenge" as I sprinted to cross each quandary off my list. On Friday morning, I realized I didn't have an idea for Sunday's blog post.

Then I stopped at the library to pick up a book for my mother.The librarian was having "Children's Story Time," and was reading one of my favorite books, Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss. She quoted my most cherished line, and there was my post this week.

In the story, Horton the elephant works to keep safe a tiny group of people, the citizens of "Who-ville," from his neighbors who deny the society even exists. The character of Horton is a gentle soul who is committed to taking care of those who are powerless to protect themselves.

We could use a lot more "Hortons" in the world. Don't you agree?

"Don't give up! I believe in you all! A person's a person no matter how small!"

Have a good week, Everyone!

(photo c/o

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Looking For Spring...

I start looking forward to Christmas as soon as Fall arrives. I love the Christmas Season. Starting with reading the Christmas Romances (still have a few in the pile), the Holiday music (there's a Frank Sinatra Christmas CD still in the CD player), and I'm nursing my poinsettia so that it'll stay fresh a little longer (poinsettias are my favorite plants).

But, it happens every year! The week after the holidays, when the decorations come down, the trees find themselves on the curb for trash collection, there are no twinkling lights in the windows or wreaths on the doors, I find myself with a sense of  melancholy. All that seems to be left is the cold, snow, and ice (and we got all three here in Philly over the last week). 

I find myself wishing Winter would go away, and I'm looking forward to that first flower of Spring.

Anyone else feel the same way?

(Peanuts photo c/o; flower  photo c/o Jonathan1991 and

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"The Book Breeze"

I encourage you to check out The Book Breeze, a wonderful monthly read chock-full of information on the latest book releases, reviews, and author interviews. I subscribe to this fabulous magazine that pops into my inbox every month!

This month, on the top of page three, is an awesome ad for Running to Love, Crimson Romance's bundle of ten great romantic suspense reads including Magic Moment.

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? 

Click here for the January 2015 issue,

Happy reading, Everyone, and have a great week!

(The Book Breeze photo c/o

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Contest & Conference Update

Happy New Year, Everyone!

With the start of a new year, we get back into our day to day routine. For writers this means thinking about contests and conferences. Here are a few you may want to check out…


2015 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest; sponsored by Northeast Ohio RWA; Deadline, February 14, 2015; Entry should consist of first chapter up to 5,000 words for novel, first chapter up to 2,000 words for novella; FMI,

2015 California Hooker Contest; sponsored by OCC RWA, LA Romance Authors, San Diego RWA, East Valley Authors; Deadline, February 15, 2015; Entry should consist of the first three pages of an unpublished manuscript; FMI,

2015 Central PA Writing Contest; sponsored by York College of PA; Deadline February 27, 2015; Submit your best unpublished short story not exceeding 1,500 words; FMI,


San Francisco Writers Conference, February 12-15, 2015; Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, CA; FMI, 

Portland Writing Workshop, February 20, 2015, Radisson Hotel Portland Airport, Portland, OR; FMI,

2015 California Dreamin’ Writers Conference, March 27-29, 2015; Embassy Suites, Brea, CA; FMI

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photo c/o MaxStraeten at