Friday, September 18, 2015


Welcome to the "Gotta Love a Bad Boy" Blog Hop! We have authors who are sharing their bad boys with us. Please visit all the authors. You never know when you'll win a prize! Thank you for coming:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


No, I'm not suggesting you have your pug write your book. Although my pug, Homer, does make a contribution by being my muse. 
I have 30 books of varying lengths published. I do get contacted by aspiring authors from time to time. 
Here's  my list of do's and don'ts for aspiring authors:

1. Never send a manuscript of any length to a published author unless he or she has requested it. Always ask first. It's presumptuous and downright rude to assume that the writer is doing nothing except sitting around, waiting for you to dump your 200 pages on him or her. 

2. Are you sure you want their critique? If the writer agrees to read your work, are you willing to take the hard truth about your writing? Or are you expecting the pro to tell you your ms. is the most brilliant piece of writing since Gone With the Wind and you should submit it to a top publisher immediately, without changing a comma? I can guarantee that's not going to happen. If you can't take the criticism, then don't ask. 

3. If the writer is too busy when you ask him or her to read your work, do not take offense. It isn't personal. Professional writers are not sitting around sipping coffee. They are writing, editing, researching, marketing, rereading. They are an extremely busy group. I never read ms. sent to me by aspiring authors. I simply don't have time.

4. Before you ask a writer to read your work, what have you done for them? Have you read his or her book or books? Have you left nice reviews? Have you liked and shared their posts on Facebook? No? Then I wouldn't even bother sending a request. Life is a two-way street. If you are only traveling one way -- asking for an enormous favor for yourself  while giving nothing in return--you're more than likely going to get turned down.

    5. Study the craft by reading books on writing - Stephen King's book is the perfect place to start.
      6. Buy Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. Memorize it. There should be no grammar or spelling errors in your book. You're responsible for fixing that.
        7. Subscribe to Writer's Digest. It's one of the best magazines about writing there is. The articles in there are so rich, I often have to read them through again and again to absorb every morsel. 
          8. Submit your work to an agent or publisher. Accept their critique with an open mind. If you get rejected, and you will, don't be discouraged.
            9. Above all else, keep writing --if you truly want to be a writer. Gee, I said that already. It bears repeating. Writing isn't easy, but I love it and wouldn't do anything else for a living.

            Comments welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

            Wednesday, April 29, 2015


            Grr! Okay, let it out - short rants welcome. What is one of your pet peeves? Here are three of mine:

            1) Can't stand jealous people. Jealousy is one of the most destructive emotions. It breaks down friendships and families with hatred and resentment. And it's a total waste. Jealousy never builds anything up, it only tears down -- destroying the person who lets it into their hearts.  

            2) Gotta say people who are late, chronically late, annoy the heck out of me. They show little respect for others, by assuming their time isn't nearly as important.  

            3) People who show no respect for others' choices. If people would show basic respect for each other, we'd all live safer, happier lives. Tolerate, don't hate. 

            What is your pet peeve? Leave yours in a comment. I'll post the top ten in a few days. 

            Thank you for coming!

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            Sunday, April 19, 2015


            WELCOME to my book cover art gallery! Most of these covers have been designed by DAWNE DOMINIQUE. She's an amazing artist. All the books are published by SECRET CRAVINGS PUBLISHING. You can find the books on their website. 
            My website link is at the end of this delightful show. 
            Enjoy all the eye candy. Thanks for stopping by. 

            That's the end for this gallery. I hope you enjoyed all this beautiful art. Thank you for coming. Please feel free to leave a comment, tell me which one or ones do you like the best? 

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            Wednesday, April 8, 2015

            Authors in Bloom Blog Hop - Giveaways, recipes and flowers!

            Welcome! I'm offering my recipe for lamb stew, a dish that has a key role in my new football romance novel, Griff Montgomery, Quarterback, first book in my First & Ten series.
            GIVEAWAY - I'm giving away 20 copies of my new short story, SWEET LOVE REMEMBERED, the giveaway starts today!

            Blown apart by a heart-rending tragedy, Matt and Perri Jessup went their separate ways; he to Afghanistan and she to New York City. With loss, acrimony and heartbreak coming between them, was there any reason to stay together? Would a chance meeting five years later bring back old recriminations and accusations? Could they build a bridge between them or was the gulf to wide to cross? 
            TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN, YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN A COMMENT, AS WELL AS YOUR CHOICE OF FORMAT, KINDLE, NOOK OR PDF. AND YOU MUST AGREE TO BE ADDED TO MY NEWSLETTER LIST. You can always unsubscribe if you don't enjoy the issue. If you don't leave your email, it's impossible for me to send you the free story.

            ON TO THE RECIPE! 
            Here's a snippet:

            The day he was due back, Lauren made his favorite—lamb stew. As it simmered on the stove, she finished up some important calls. She jumped as two large hands encircled her waist and lips tickled her neck. Griff’s expensive aftershave, her favorite scent along with his own, wafted to her nose, mixing with the aroma of the mouth-watering stew.
            She ended her conversation abruptly and turned. He kissed her hard, pressing up against her. 

            A bit about the book    
            He wanted a wife. She didn’t want to get married – ever.  Not exactly a match made in heaven. Ten years ago, Griff Montgomery, star quarterback of the Kings and womanizer, became a stand-in father for his widowed sister’s kids. After they moved away, Griff wanted his own family. But where does a “player” go to find his ideal mate?

                Having sworn off marriage forever, Lauren Farraday barely kept her life together after her divorce. With her career shaky and depression closing in, the last thing she needed was a courtroom battle with a sexy athlete.

               Wary of Griff’s reputation with women, and hiding a secret, Lauren holds on to her heart.  Can the quarterback handle the truth or will he walk away, like he has in the past?  BUY LINKS
            Please visit the other authors here, for more fun and prizes. Thank you for coming.You can check out my other books on my website