New Book Cover

Since its release two years ago, my first novel,  A Second Helping, has received so much love and support from readers. And I have received a number of emails from readers that said they were initially draw to my book because of the chocolate cake on the cover. One reader even stated that the couple on the cover […]

My 2017 Summer Reading List

Now that school is out and the summer is in full swing, I can finally take a breath and relax a little. One of my favorite things to do when I have the time is read. I’m old-school so my reading format of choice is a good old-fashioned paper book. I love the feel of […]

Summer Loving Giveaway

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A Mother’s Hope

Eleven years ago, National Big Swirlee was born on Thanksgiving Day. During my pregnancy, I was so concerned that something was wrong, even though my OB/GYN assured me that everything was perfectly fine. Big Swirlee barely moved—unlike his brother who spent twenty-three hours a day running around like he was on a gerbil wheel—and I […]

When The Heart Dreams 2017

Last February, I had the opportunity to present a little workshop at the first When The Heart Dreams conference. This event was an opportunity for romance readers and authors to mix and mingle for the weekend. As an independent author, I thought participating in this event would be a good way for me to be […]

The Eighth Grade Blues

Big Mony Merchandice is thirteen, and I am struggling. Every time I look at my oldest son, I want to cry. He was just born, and now he’s interested in girls—and I’m not one of them. Not too long ago, Big Mony wanted to marry me. Now I’ve been kicked to the curb for some […]

Pick The Nice Guy

Today is my anniversary, and for the longest time I never talked about my relationship with Big Daddy outside of my family and close friends. I thought that talking about my marriage in public would somehow jinx it. That fear was put to rest by my editor when she said, “Oh, bull%$#@! That’s some superstitious […]

Keep Moving Forward

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I completed my first novel. By July 2015, A Second Helping had been re-written six times, edited and proofread. I hired a group of really talented people who helped with the editing process, photo shoot for the cover, cover design and book layout. As an indie author, I […]

Mother’s Day Rehearsal Brinner

This post is sponsored by Johnsonville. It’s hard to believe that I will be celebrating my 13th Mother’s Day this year. Not to sound too cliché, but it seems like only yesterday I was seven months pregnant with Big Mony Merchandice (formerly known as Luke) and celebrating my first Mother’s Day. It was such a […]

Just take the pants and say thank you

Let me begin by saying that I’m not too familiar with a lot of mom blogs. I’ve visited a few, and they seemed nice, and the parenting advice was pretty much rainbows and butterflies. I’m a mom, and I have a blog, but today I am feeling far from rainbows and butterflies. I pride myself […]