Bitch Defined

Ten years ago I was hired as the marketing director of a WNY continuing care retirement community.  It was a great job with a big salary, a staff of 5 and a community of almost 100 seniors to sustain and grow. There were only two drawbacks to this gig–I was hired for my community connections more […]

Quote of the Day 8.23.14

“You know it’s going to be a great story when it starts out with…..’So this bitch’ “.—unknown

Quote of the Day 8.20.14

” I pray that it will challenge our government to look deeply within and find a way to protect courageous Americans, humanitarian workers, journalists, who do this.” -Diane Foley, mother of executed American journalist, James Foley

Not Even in a Novel

I an currently reading a novel written by Brad Thor. The title is Act of War. It’s a military thriller with the story line of America fights the bad guys and ends up winning, despite all the odds, This action-packed novel has caused me to wonder how often American operatives actually go behind enemy lines […]

And Guest

Yesterday I received two invitations in the mail—one for a wedding and the other for a wedding anniversary celebration. That brings me to a total of three wedding celebrations on my calendar in the weeks between August 30st to September 26th.  And while each celebration is different in color and theme, they all have one […]

Quotes of the Day 7. 13. 14

“The most difficult part of dating is the initial invitation.”—JANELL L. CARROLL, Sexuality Now “The urge to connect with others, and to love and be loved, is ageless and universal. No matter what your age, lifestyle, or personality, whether you’re seeking a one-night fling, a whirlwind weekend, a summer romance, or a lifetime love, dating is […]

Self-Published Authors: We Are NOT Literary Rubbish Anymore

Recently I read a blog written by Gavin C Pugh, a 30-something reader/writer/book reviewer from Cardiff, Wales. The title of Mr. Pugh’s blog was, Thoughts— Reasons Why We Reviewers Won’t Read Your Self-Published Book. For those unfamiliar with the term, Miriam Webster define self-publishers as: those who publish books using their own resources. However, according […]
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Recently I read a blog written by Gavin C Pugh, a 30-something reader/writer / book reviewer from Cardiff, Wales. The topic of his blog centered on  self-published authors. From Mr. Pugh’s article I learned that the powers-that-be, in the book reviewing world, generally define self publishers as annoying appendages; one more layer upon the crushing […]

Quote of the Day 7.9.14

“Having the ability to write is one thing, but actually sitting down and doing it (and re-doing it, and refining it, and editing it, etc.) takes a degree of perseverance and discipline that few possess. It’s an amazing accomplishment.”  –Karen Bisset, a woman of beauty, grace intelligence and …my cousin.  

Twenty-one Boxes

My father passed away last Friday.  He was the last of that generation of my family… the only person still alive who had known me from birth. As I write those words, I feel my mind rattling the fibres of my heart and soul  It is desperately trying to generate the tears that it knows […]

Home Again

My editor, Holly Loriincz, has returned Crown Hill with her suggestions for making my novel the best it can be. I have awaited Crown Hill’s edited transformation as I did my children’s first year at college; aware that when my daughter and son returned they would be changed….no doubt for the better relative to their […]
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Quote of the Day 5.2.14

“There are plenty of bad editors who try to impose their own vision on a book. A good novel editor is invisible.” ― Terri Windling, American editor, artist, essayist, and the author of books for both children and adults.