Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Sizzles at The Romance Reviews!



Get ready for Summer fun with 
 The Romance Reviews!


The Summer season is here which means lots of time for pool and beach reading! I'm excited to be one of over 300 authors taking part in The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads!!

Beginning 12 a.m EST on June 1st until the 30th, check out TRR website (http://www.theromancereviews.com/) for lots of fun, games to play, and awesome giveaways including a print copy of Magic Moment along with a Starbucks Gift Card.There are over 350 prizes up for grabs with TRR's Sizzling Summer Reads Grand Prize of a $100 Gift Card.

For a list of participating authors and publishers, visit, http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php?prize=1

Enjoy the party, and have a great week, Everyone!



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Remembering our Heroes...





This Monday, May 25th, in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day. 

While we think of it as the "unofficial" beginning of the summer season, and enjoy picnics and parades with our families, we all should stop and reflect on the philosophy behind our day off from work. 


Memorial Day, set aside each year as the final Monday in May, is a day to honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Let's take some time to remember and say a prayer for those who gave their lives for us to celebrate on this day.


Friends, have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day.



(photo c/o pippalou at morgueFile.com)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Misunderstood Friend, the Wolf...





Yes, he's big, but no, not bad! I find that stereotype rather annoying. I refuse to read tales like Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs without offering a disclaimer first. 

Wolves are highly social (with each other), protective, loving creatures, and the image portrayed over the years is a gross misinterpretation. As I once said to my little four-year-old neighbor, "wolves are more afraid of you than you should be of them."

Last week I saw the obituary for Michael Blake, who passed away in Arizona at the age of 69. Blake, who was an outspoken advocate for numerous social issues, including literacy, is best know for writing the novel, "Dances With Wolves." Published in 1988, I read "Dances With Wolves" long before seeing Kevin Costner's movie because of my love for the wolf. The film went on to win multiple Academy Awards including a Best Screenplay for Blake and Best Director for Costner.





There are many organizations offering protection to wolves in their natural environment, and refuge to those with circumstances that prevent them from surviving in the wild. If you love, and respect, wolves as much as I do, here are a few organizations you might want to check out.


Wolf Sanctuary of PA

http://wolfsanctuarypa.org/

Wolf Haven International

http://www.wolfhaven.org/

Defenders of Wildlife

http://www.defenders.org/


Anyone who may be interested in reading the novel, Dances with Wolves, I've included the Amazon link for the 2002 reissue, http://www.amazon.com/Dances-Wolves-Michael-Blake/dp/0972475303/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y


Have a great week, Everyone!



(photos c/o facebook.com/WolfSanctuaryPA)
























Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!


I'm taking a break from blogging today to spend some time with my mom on her special day! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there -- "Moms, you all rock!"







(photo c/o www.facebook.com/Snoopy)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Do You Have a "Celebrity Crush"?




When I was twelve-years-old, I saw the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It took me all of two minutes to fall in love with Robert Redford, and I've been in love with him ever since.




I've seen all his movies -- even when he was the voice of "Ike the horse" in Charlotte's Web -- the popular ones (The Way We Were, The Sting, All the President's Men, The Natural) and the not so popular (The Clearing, An Unfinished Life -- an excellent movie, by the way). I won't consider getting rid of my Redford movie VHS tapes even though I no longer have a VCR to watch them on. I've seen movies he hadn't starred in, but directed (Ordinary People, Quiz Show, The Conspirator to name a few) because his name was attached. "Bob" and I were both born in August, we're Leos, and Leos are very loyal people.


My family enjoys teasing me about my "love affair with Bob," and a colleague of mine once joked that I've been "involved" with Robert Redford more years than the total number of years she's been married to a combination of three husbands.



This past January Turner Classic Movies chose him as their "Star of the Month." Every Tuesday night was "date" night as I enjoyed an array of movies like The Way We Were (for about the hundred and tenth time), The Candidate, and All The President's Men.




Is there a celebrity out there, Readers, you've been smitten with? Someone that you have never actually met but have an undeniable fascination with? 

Have a great week, Everyone!



(photos c/o facebook.com/RobertRedfordToday)