Thursday, November 21, 2013

Happy Kindleday - Giveaway

I suppose by now you guys may have surmised that this holiday season I'm crushing on the Kindle Fire HDX. And why not? As reader/tablets go - this one is tops in user-reviews. So I'm sharing in another giveaway hosted by my fave blog hop hostess, Kathy: These contests are super-fun and I'm so happy to take part! There is also the opportunity to win some cash, too! With December looming - who couldn't use a little bump in the wallet?

This time around I'm asking you lovely folks who drop by to sign-up for release notification of my New Adult/Mystery novel THE MAKING OF NEBRASKA BROWN which is nearly ready to be hatched! Yikes! We are getting SO close now, gang. I can practically smell the corn basking beneath that pretty Midwestern sky. I can nearly taste the sweet Italian wine. Wondering why? You will be! You will want to know more about Ana - or is she Ann Leigh?  Her story will keep you guessing, and hopefully keep you entertained. This isn't just a book for the young readers out there. It's a mystery/suspense for all ages. Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse of what TMONB is all about.

I truly appreciate your interest and support. I do hope when the time comes you will give it a read and let me know what you think. Good luck to each one of you. And Happy Kindleday :)


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gratitude Giveaway Hop

I'm happy to be a part of this fab giveaway which pays tribute to YOU - the sweet and kind folks who follow this blog and/or have taken the time to become a Facebook fan.

November is all about giving thanks and being mindful of our many blessings. Let's face it - life can be hard. There is no denying the suffering on this earth that comes along with the human condition. That said - who among us can argue that even when - and perhaps especially when - times get tough, we each have a stockpile - be it large or small - of blessings we turn to which help us through. For many these include our families, our friends, our pets, our faith. And let's not forget our books that we escape to when we absolutely positively need a break from the rigors of reality. These are all on my list of things for which I am thankful. I'm also ever-grateful for the bounty of new friends I've made and continue to make through the many internet venues I roam - the likes of Facebook, Twitter, my website, this blog and so on.

So - here's your chance to win a $10.00 Amazon e gift card, a small token of my esteem. All you need to do is choose ONE of the options on the Rafflecopter below (read more,) Just one will give you an entry.

I hope you will all take a moment to think about and perhaps share with us, some of the things you are grateful for in your life.

Peace and love to all :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Free Fiction Delivered with Hope and Faith

Hey gang! I'm bringing you a quick-note today. I just had to be sure you knew about this fabulous website -

That link brings you to my featured short story in this issue entitled THE TROUBLE WITH JOY.  offers beautiful, quirky, and FREE stories and essays monthly or bi-monthly for your reading pleasure. The CEO of this fine eZine is Patricia Crisafulli - an amazing best-selling author who has a gorgeous gift of prose.

If you haven't as of yet experienced this site, please do so! You won't be sorry. Make it a great day :)


Saturday, November 9, 2013

BLAST Bullying - Imagine

It isn't often that I utilize this space for things serious in nature. Rather I prefer to indulge this blog with the lighter slices of life. Yet every now and again diversity strikes a chord in me and I think, "mix it up." It's then I'll notice a certain something that begs to be devoted to. A cause. A gripe. An axe to grind.

My axe is quite large today. It's directed at the mean girls and boys out there. You know who you are. You're the ones for whom the crafty and careful hand of karma will one day come calling. You are the bullies that skulk among us. You choose your words and deeds without regard for others. You demean. You taunt. You cause unjust and unspeakable pain.

Each day another story of the devastating effects of bullying makes itself known. Sometimes it even hits a bit too close to home. With the ease of access and the convenience of hiding behind a computer screen - online bullying is at an all time high. Young people launch relentless attacks on their contemporaries using the keyboard as their weapon of choice. Even older bullies posing as mature adults with an opinion have been known to wreak havoc.

We are a society who thrives on critiquing others. We judge. Often harshly. And we do so publicly and without apology. Our popular television shows not only exemplify this behavior, they glorify it. Is it any wonder the up-and-coming veterans of the grown-up world behave so poorly?

I'm here with two simple words of advice. STOP THAT. Bullying Leaves A Scar. It may be old and faint or fresh, new and raw, but either way it's there with you for life. That is why I present the Bloggers BLAST Bullying Campaign. The T is for talking about this dreaded disease. It is only through an open and honest dialogue accompanied with a no-tolerance approach that we will begin to bring bullying to an end. I urge other bloggers to share this post or one of their own on this urgently important topic. Help the victims of bullying to know that they are not alone. They do not need to resort to unimaginable lengths to deal with their grief. We are here. We are your friends. We care.

To those mean boys and girls out there - here's a newsflash - we don't care about your excuses. We don't want to hear how you were unloved as a child, or pushed around and now you're returning the favor. One bad turn does not beget another. If it's help dealing with your unresolved aggression you require then seek counseling. But leave those innocent bystanders alone. Or don't. But know this - one day your personal justice will find you. And it will not be lenient.

With this post I also pose an open-ended invitation. If you have suffered a scar at the hands, words or actions of a bully and would like to share your story either anonymously or otherwise, my blog is open to you. Always. Simply drop me a note to through my "Contact" page at my website: In return I will be happy to send you an autographed bookmark as a small token of my esteem.

I will close with a song lyric from the late great John Lennon: "Imagine all the people, living life in peace."

Yes, imagine that.


Saturday, November 2, 2013


First off I'd like to thank ALL of you sweet people who joined the Spooktacular Giveaway. Our winners have been selected and will be notified shortly. And there's more winning right around the bend. Thanks to Kathy at : - you great folks have a chance to win one of TWO Kindle FIRE HDX's or cash!! Follow above link for deets.

In the meantime we are getting closer and closer to the birth of my novel THE MAKING OF NERASKA BROWN. I hope you'll each take a moment to sign up for the RELEASE NOTIFICATION to be alerted the second this baby is out of the gate!  Simply go here and join in the fun.

You could win a free book and more!

So tell me, now that Halloween is many of you guys have already started putting up Christmas decorations? Are you a Turkey-disser? Do you pretty much blow off Thanksgiving for the fa-la-la of Santa and all?

No judging. I'm pretty excited about the holidays, too. Don't forget to save some love for the Big Bird himself. No, not the guy from Sesame Street!

Good luck to everyone! Glad you dropped by :)