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Saturday, February 16, 2013


Love to unscramble words? Try these. The words are character names from my two newest books. Unscramble any one name, leave it in a comment with your email and be entered to win your choice of either book. I'll draw a winner on Sunday evening at 8pm Eastern time. Scroll down for a peek at the cover for my book, RED CARPET ROMANCE, coming out in March. Have fun!
Scrambled names:    WERD,  DYMIN,  TYFISH,  LARIP,        RIBNA,  ULO  
Can attending a wedding and a funeral on the same day change your life? Mindy Winslow’s life was altered forever when she met gorgeous lawyer, Drew Armstrong, and found out about her inheritance from her mentor, Lou. Embraced by the townsfolk at the wedding of her college roommate, Mindy sought to make her goal a reality in tiny Pine Grove, New York. But the exposure of a promise made then broken secretly, destroyed her dream. Will she be forced to face “I told you so” from her father or will love find a way to resurrect hope from the ashes?
Does love always mean total truth? Successfully shunning the limelight, Megan Davis kept her family secret safe. Disrespectful of tabloid superstars, Meg was shocked when selected to launch a celebrity division in her investment firm. Gorgeous, magnetic movie star, Chaz Duncan valued privacy above all else. Drawn to Megan for more than financial advice, will he share a secret or continue his high profile but lonely existence? Jealousy, deceit and scandal threaten two careers and the quest for true love and trust in this roller-coaster-ride contemporary romance.        

Why is gorgeous, rich movie star, Quinn Roberts, sharing his space with a baby he calls “Junior”, if it isn’t his own? Susanna Barnes, his beautiful live-in nanny, can’t figure him out and Quinn refuses to comment. Though wildly attracted to him, his distance from the adorable child puts Susanna off.
Daughter of “Coach Joe”, famous college basketball coach and an assistant art curator at a well-known art museum, Susanna lost it all at the hands of a drunk driver. Her dad was killed and her job given away while she recovered in the hospital.

Forced to find another job, she relies on her experience with her sister’s two kids to show Quinn she can take charge. Their overwhelming mutual heat melts his guarded heart and her reserve until a slip of the tongue shatters his dreams. Will she unravel the mystery of Junior’s birth and will they regain lost trust?   

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Once a week, I'll be running my movie review column called, MOVIE CHOICES FOR KIDS, here on my blog. The column is written to help parents make good movies choices for their children. Feel free to comment. This is the kick-off column. Please remember this is not an opinion for adults.
WARM BODIES (Running time:  1 hours 37  minutes)

RATED PG-13     Starring Nicholas Hoult, Theresa Palmer, Robert Corddry, John Malkovich

I was not expecting to like this movie. In fact I was expecting to hate it. Boy was I surprised! So much for accurate movie trailers. A zombie romance, what could that be about? The story was much broader than that. The story begins in an apocalyptic world where a virus infected people, killing them and turning them into zombies and then some into “bonies” skeletons that run around eating living people. Zombies kill people and eat their brains, which was pretty disgusting and a bloody, horrific, scary part of the movie.

One zombie, a guy about twenty years old (Hoult) who doesn’t know who he was or is gets an inkling that living humans have it better and he’d love to rejoin the living, who are barricaded behind a huge iron wall. This is a poignant part of the story where our zombie friend ponders what it would be like to have memories, dreams, be able to sleep, feel hot and cold and love.

A party of young human military personnel venture out of their safe place to find a pharmacy and bring back medicine. All but two are killed, one being Julie (Palmer). Our zombie, named “R”, has eaten Julie’s boyfriend’s brains. I know, yuck! And has his memories. So he knows Julie and falls for her. He saves her and takes her to an abandoned airplane where they get to know each other quietly.
Slowly, R begins to come back to life, which is the underlying theme of the movie – that zombies can be warmed back to life by human acceptance, support and love. I like that theme and smiled to find it in this movie, which I thought would be simply silly.

Warm Bodies is a sci fi thriller with a moral and plenty of humor. There are quite a few scary parts and the “bonies” can give you nightmares. There’s bloody violence, zombies eating brains (pretty disgusting), the “f” word mumbled once, but otherwise no bad language, no sex, one simple kiss. This film is best for kids who don’t scare easily and are not prone to nightmares. Most likely fine for children 13 and up and adults will get a kick out of it, too. 
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Monday, February 11, 2013


Today's post is part of the continuing story, FINDING LOVE IN SANTA'S THRIFT SHOP. Will has shown anger and indifference to Giselle. She's still in love with him and doesn't understand his coldness. Has his son, Bobby, managed to softened his heart?

 Christmas Day was the quietest day of the year in Pine Grove.  Giselle arose early. Her small house seemed more lonely than usual. Time to close up shop. She forced some cereal down though she had no appetite.  She planned to return to the city by the end of the week.  

Pulling on her boots, she sighed as she zipped up her down jacket and headed for the car. Santa’s Thrift Shop was the only shop open. She pulled down boxes to store the holiday decorations. Sell them. Not doing this next year. Too painful being in the same town with Will. While putting a box up in the back, she heard the familiar tinkle of the bell on the front door.  She raised an eyebrow as she climbed down the stepladder.

“I told you she’s not here,” a deep voice said as she came around the corner.

Bobby Benson stood in the front of the store, snow clinging to his boots, his cheeks red from the cold.

“She is here, Daddy. Told ya.” Bobby carefully removed his mittens and stuffed them in his pockets.

“The store is closed today, sweetie.” Giselle tried to avoid Will’s glare. Bobby took a small red box from his father’s hand and stepped forward. “This is for you.”

Giselle moved closer. “You shouldn’t have…I…” Will shrugged and nodded. She opened the box slowly. Inside was a lollypop ring.

“Will you marry me, Giselle?” The little boy asked.

“I didn’t know about this,” Will said.

“Bobby, you’re too young to get married,” she said, gently, tearing up.

“Daddy’s not too young. Marry her, Daddy.”
Giselle glanced at Will’s hard face before casting her gaze to the floor.   
“She doesn’t want to, Bobby.”
“Who says?” She muttered, wiping her eyes with the back of her hand.