Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween

Gracie and I hope everyone has a safe Halloween.  She has been practicing her begging skills.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Book #3

Hey everyone,

   It has been a week since my first book was released and I still  keep pinching myself.   It feels great to be a published author.  Thank you to everyone who helped make my dream come true. 

   Rebel Ink Press contracted to publish the third book in the series.  I received the contract on the same day as Schooled was released.  Needless to say, it was an amazing day.

   The fourth book has already started to form in my mind, but I plan to take some time off before I start writing again. 

Bye for now.



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

See where I am today......

   I'm excited to be hanging out with none other than the terrific Rebel Ink Press author Jane Wakely.  Head over to her blog and take a look around.

Bye for now.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Amazing friends

   Throughout one's life, there will be many friends to come and go.  Only a few will be blessed enough to have true friends that cross the line into chosen family.  Technically I may be an only child but I know what it feels like to have sisters.

   We lead such busy lives that it can be difficult, if not almost impossible, to stay involved with people outside our immediate family.  Somewhere in our hearts, the blessed know their friends will celebrate our accomplishments and grieve our sorrows. 

   Over the last five years, I've watched my friends get married, have a baby, marry off their daughter, have their children grow from barely old enough to start school to nearing adolescence, and finally retire.  In all those years, they always made sure that I felt a part of their lives.

   Since I was in elementary school, I've always wanted to be an author.  When I was younger, I was busy trying to be the best wife and mother I could possibly be.  A little over a year ago, I made the decision to do something just for me.  I can admit that at times it was selfish to spend so much energy on myself, but I needed to see if I could. 

   When I first started the book, I wanted to somehow share it with my friends. The best way I knew to include them was to write about them.  After all, the story was as much about them as it was me and actually all teachers that find the desire to get up every day and mold the future.  I exaggerated their quirkiness and poked fun of them but never in a malicious way.  To acknowledge their contribution and so everyone would know who they were, I thanked them in the front of the book.

   Last night, those same friends celebrated a major accomplishment in my life.  It was an unbelievable moment that I will forever remember.

   Thank you to my friends sisters.  I love you!

The most thoughtful gift.
Best Friends charm
A mouse (based on true story)
A heart for love of romance
Purple hearts for my class camp color
An apple for love of teaching
Pink stepping stones for my journey
Daisy for main character in next book (oops)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Day two of the blogging marathon

   I've rested up and now I'm ready for some blogging.  I hope everyone had a chance to read my interview with Donna Steele.  I enjoyed spending some time with her readers.

   Today I'm with the incredible romance author, Joanne Berroa.  While you're visiting her sight, be sure to check out her books.

Bye for now.

Here's the link for Joanne's blog.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I'm still going strong....

   I hope everyone enjoyed my interview with Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy.  Thanks, Lee Ann, for having me over.

   Between Jennifer Wilck's books and Lee Ann's, my to be read list just got a lot longer.

   Next stop on the blog train is the talented Donna Steele.  She another one of the great Rebel Ink Press authors.  She has been kind enough to interview me.  Enjoy.

Bye for now.

Donna Steele's blog.

Next stop on my blog marathon....

Hey everyone,

   I owe a great big thank you to Rebel Ink Press author, Jennifer Wilck, for letting me spend some time with her readers.

  Now I'm moving on to the phenomenal historical romance author, Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy.  Thanks for taking the time to interview me today.

Bye for now.

Here's the link for Lee Ann's blog.

RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!!!

   I can't believe it's finally here.  My dream has finally come true.  You would think that I'd be floating on a cloud but instead I'm a nervous wreck.  I'm going to blog throughout the day and hopefully I'll eventually settle down.

   I've got a busy day ahead of me.  I'm on a blog tour today.  You'll have to follow me to all of the blogs.  While you're there be sure to check out the Rebel authors that volunteered to host this first time author.

Bye for now.

The amazing Jennifer Wilck will be my first stop this morning.  She's one of the Rebel Ink Press romance authors.  Thank you so much, Jennifer.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Only 5 more days!

   It's hard to believe that release day is almost here.  This has been a dream of mine for so long that I'm having a hard time thinking about anything else.  I know everyone around me will be glad when Thursday is over because they're tired of hearing me ramble on.  Let me apologize in advance because for the next five days I'm going to talk excessively about Schooled. 
   I'm finally finished with book 3.  I'm going to read through it one more time this weekend and I hope to submit it on Monday.  I'd planned to take a few weeks off from writing but I don't think it's going to happen.  Book 4 ideas are bombarding me, and now the premise for book 5 has started to form.  Once I get all these characters in my head, they drive me crazy until I finish their book.  Maybe I shouldn't have said that because people might think I'm crazy.  Oh well, they've probably thought that for years.

Here's today's sneak peak of Schooled Book 1 in The Teacher Series.

“This is my police car, not my personal vehicle.  I spend a lot of time in this car and I end up eating most of my meals sitting in this very seat.  I don’t know the last time it was washed because it isn’t my job to wash the car.  I solve crimes for a living.  I’m not in charge of maintenance.  If it would make you feel better, I can ask my superior for the name of the person who’s responsible for the upkeep on the vehicles.  Maybe you can chew him out.”

“I certainly doubt the city would pay for a worker who only washed cars.  That would be a complete waste of public funds.  My guess is the rest of the police force takes pride in their vehicles and cleans them out once in a while.  Based on the condition of your car, I’m not confident you’re competent to solve this crime.”  Crossing her arms in front of her chest, she turned to the front of the car and ignored the detective.

Taking a deep breath, he dropped it in gear and backed out of the drive.  “My car may not win any beauty pageants, but it’s comfortable and functional.  That’s all that matters.  Would you please give me the address of where I can drop you?  I hope its close by.”

Now she’d done it.  For some unknown reason, she always rubbed people the wrong way.  She really didn’t try to piss people off but she just couldn’t control what flew out of her mouth.

 “They warned me that you were a handful but I had no idea,” the detective commented a short time later.  “And here’s a thought, how on earth can you be a teacher when your vocabulary would make a sailor blush?”

Monday, October 7, 2013

Only 10 more days!

Hey Everyone,

   I'm on the final countdown.  I spent the weekend getting promotional information together.  Several of the Rebel Ink Press authors have offered to let me post on their blogs when the book comes out.  I definitely appreciate that successful, veteran writers are willing to help me.  What an amazing group of people!  I'll list their blog addresses the next time I post.

Bye for now.

Each book in the series has different main characters.  Most of the characters will show up in other books, they just won't be the primary ones.

Friday, October 4, 2013

New Banner

I love my new banner!  I owe a big THANK YOU to Book Cover Diva for creating it.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

                        15 more days!!!!!!!!!!!

   The days are flying by.  October 17th will be here in no time.  Schooled will be advertised on The Romance Studio starting the day it's released.  The book will be rated 2 flames out of a possible 5.  Here is what you can expect out of a book rated 2 flames.

2 flames- Stories will have some love scenes.  These will be more sensual than graphic and will mostly rely on euphemism.

The series is not meant for children.  The books should not be purchased for or read by anyone under the age of 18.


I named two characters after my own kids.  The children have some of Jessie and Nate's traits when they were small.