Monday, November 16, 2015

Less Than A Latte

Maybe I should have titled this post: Always The Last To Know

I just learned that the publisher for CRAVING PERFECT has just reduced the purchase price for this book to 99 cents on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble, which is way less than a latte.  Not sure how long this sale will last but I wanted to share.

I wrote this book around 8 years ago but it was published in 2011.  It's the only book that I've had published that contains a fantasy element, although I've written others with fantasy elements.  They just haven't been published (yet). 

This book will always have a special place in my heart.  It was fun to write.  I wrote it when I used to run/jog for long stretches at a time. I used to write chapters in my head when I ran and then go home and pound them out on my laptop.  So, it's no wonder that this one involves a magic treadmill. :)

Monday, November 2, 2015


Last week, it rained in Phoenix.

If that wasn't odd enough, I also saw these pretty discarded flowers in a parking lot.  That was odd too.  But also sad and intriguing and lonely and puzzling, but mostly sad.

And I started to wonder:  why would someone toss away such pretty flowers?  Could they have fallen out of someone's trunk or fallen off of someone's roof because, seriously, why would anyone toss away such pretty flowers?  Did I just miss some kind of blow-out, lover's quarrel in the parking lot?  Did someone just get a break-up text?  It was as though they were intentionally dropped there, right against the tree.  Inquiring minds...

They weren't the expensive, right out of the florist's window, kind of flowers.  They were more like the kind that you snap up from the grocery store checkout aisle, kind of flowers.  But, still.  They were pretty.

And they were discarded. In the rain.  And it made me kind of sad and I started to think about all of the possible scenarios and stories and my brain just started buzzing.

The sad stuff always inspires me to write, for some reason.

I left the wet flowers exactly where I spotted them, just in case the owner came back looking for them.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Arizona Theatre Company: "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin"

This post is for my Phoenix friends, my Arizona friends, any friends that happen to be passing through Arizona between now and October 25, 2015.  Run, don't walk, and buy tickets to see Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at The Herberger.

I love local theatre and I've seen many, many plays at The Herberger over the years and Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin definitely counts as one of my faves of all time, hands-down.  I attended Opening Night in Phoenix on Saturday.

This one-man play is as much a story about the prolific composer Irving Berlin as it is a story behind so many of his famous songs like “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to “God Bless America” to “White Christmas."  Hershey Felder doesn't simply play Irving Berlin; he becomes him.

Compelling personal story + wonderful music + great acting =  a memorable production. 

Loved it. 

Monday, September 14, 2015


Truth? I think so.

By the way, hello. It's been a while.  And, no, I haven't been staring at my phone. Much.




Monday, July 6, 2015

Reading Roundup

I've been on a roll.

Every book I've opened this summer has been a page-turner.  Don't you love when that happens? 

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Loved it from the first page.  Thrillers are not usually my go-to books but after reading this one I'm starting to wonder why the heck not.  If you liked Gone Girl, you should enjoy this one.

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.

This one was totally creepy and unputdownable.  It's YA but I think this story would appeal to adults as well.  Some interesting themes here like, what would you do to survive if the odds weren't in your favor?  What kind of person would you become when you're at your most desperate?  I don't want to say too much or else I'd be giving too much away.

Check this one out.

Finally, I read Listen, Slowly by Thanha Lai.

This one is another YA but I believe it would appeal to middle-grade readers as well.  It's about a teen girl who returns to Vietnam with her grandmother to find her grandfather. 

I loved being in this setting and reading about the mystery concerning her grandfather. Very poignant.  I plan to read more from this author.

Well, it's a long, hot summer here in Arizona.  The monsoons have started.  There's rain and blowing dust almost every night.  Summer is kind of the Southwest's "cabin-fever" time, desert-style.  Time to stay inside where it's cool and read lots of good books (when I'm not writing). 

Hope you're having a great summer! If you happen to live near an ocean and cool breezes, allow me to live vicariously through you.  :)  At least until October.  Also, if you've got any fave books to recommend, feel free to mention in the comments.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, Carina Press!

In denial that it's been five whole crazy, amazing years since Captive Spirit and Craving Perfect

Time flies.  Man, does it fly...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Boy Books

While I was on vacation, a friend of mine asked for some young adult recommendations for her teen son.  Her son and my nephew had a few of the same likes and dislikes (e.g. more adventure; "no kissing books," as my nephew often tells me.) I rattled off a few books that I had read recently that I thought might appeal to her son, including Neal Shusterman's very fabulous Challenger Deep as well as Alex Cavanaugh's Cassastar sci-fi series (my nephew loves!).

I get that people, particularly tweens and teens, like to read books that have relatable characters.  In fact, some might say that young adults need these books, particularly if the goal is to foster a lifetime love of reading.  I think (or perhaps, I hope?) that readers morph into readers that simply want to read stories with protagonists with relatable character traits, where things like gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, etc. do not matter.  In the end, all that's needed is a damn good story.

Thoughts, dreams, aspirations?