Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl Commercials 2016

The Super Bowl is the one time of year where I love to watch the commercials and hope for something funny and clever and mostly funny. And, btw, go Broncos!

There were a lot of funny ones yesterday (and a few weird ones--hello, monkey baby puppies?). That was bizarre.  And I have no idea what they were selling.

Ryanville was still my favorite, although the Weiner dog stampede one was pretty weird-cute.  And I liked the one where the father was being overprotective of his daughter.  Sweet, funny, and cute.  Although it doesn't mean though that I'm gonna go out and buy a Hyundai.

Noticeably missing this year: Labrador puppies and the Budweiser Clydesdale horses.

What about you?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Christmas in February

I just learned that both Hooked and Played are being offered for $2.99 on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

Not sure how long the publisher will be offering this promotion but I'm calling it Christmas in February.  And I'm pretty sure I paid more than $2.99 for my last latte. 

So, there's that.  :) 

Happy Reading and have a great week!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Got Resolutions?

I'm typically not a fan of New Year's resolutions.  Resolutions seem to be synonymous with failure.  I prefer to call them goals.  I know, silly.  But it works for me.  Here are a few of mine for 2016:

1) Paint more.
2) Write more poetry.
3) Travel more. (Three trips planned thus far for 2016)
4) Cook more.  (Translation: Less takeout; more home-cooked meals)
5) Disconnect more from technology.

Curious.  More seems to be a common denominator in my goals...

#5 was one of my 2015 goals and I think I had moderate success.  When I disconnect, I'm more productive. 

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Wishing you health and happiness and more in the New Year.  Happy 2016!

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.