Monday, February 09, 2015

Tuesday Tales - Valentine's Day Prompt





Happy Valentine's Day.  This week we are writing to the above prompt.  For the first time in a very long time I will be celebrating Valentine's Day with my husband.  Love is a strong word and something no matter our age we can find and enjoy.  


Lorenzo wanted the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration for Pia, but things didn’t go according to plan.  He made reservation at the Angelina’s by the water, reserved the table by the window with the fireplace in not far behind them.  In the morning, he had four dozen multicolored roses delivered to the restaurant. Snowflakes fell from the sky.  After surfing all the news channels, Lorenzo decided that he’d wait to see what happened as the day progressed.

But as quick as the snow came down, it disappeared with the sun taking its place. At six thirty he pulled up in a white stretch limousine.  His Pia deserved only the best. He walked over to her front door with a bouquet of wild flowers. 

“Happy Valentine’s Day sweetheart.” Lorenzo leaned over to kiss her lips.

“These are beautiful, thank you. Let me put them in water.”

“Are you packed?”

“My overnight bag is by the door.”

Within minutes they climbed into the limousine.  “I’m so surprise.”

“Only the best for you.”

“Where are we going?”

“You’ll see when we get there.”

It took them over forty-five minutes to get to Angelina’s. The driver opened the door for them.  Lorenzo got out first, extended his hand out to Pia who led her hand in his.

“Oh my God, Angelina’s!  How did you get reservations here?  They are normally booked for weeks.”

The hostess opened the door for them.  They walked in, walking past the long wooden mahogany bar, over to a table in the corner of the room.  On the table were dozens of multi-colored roses, champagne glasses and a long gold box.

“Go ahead open it.”

Pia opened the box.  Inside laid a diamond rose gold key.  “It’s beautiful, Lorenzo.”

Lorenzo took the necklace from her hands and put it around her neck.  “You will always have the key to my heart.”



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Monday, February 02, 2015

Tuesday Tales - Word Prompt Ring




Welcome to this weeks Tuesday Tales to the word prompt ring.  This is the continuing story of two middle-aged women starting their lives over again. 

“I would feel so much better if he was cheating on me with another woman, but a man, how embarrassing.”
“Listen, no one needs to know the truth but you and me.”
“I know.  Now I have to figure out what to do.”
“Settle things up here and come and spend some time with me.  I can use the company and you’ll have time to sort through things.”
“Exactly.  That’s what I was just thinking.  I’ll stay with you for a few weeks, if that’s okay and while I’m there, I’ll look for an apartment.”

“That would be wonderful, but you can’t run away from your problems here.  You have to rectify what your game plan is with Brian.”
“I’m going to pour us a glass of wine and meet you at your house. I just saw the moving van pull up,” she announced.
“Thanks, I’d love that.”  Erika ran down the stairs and yelled back into the house, “We’ll continue this conversation when you get there.”
A tall well built, dirty blond, blue-eyed man sat on her porch.  He couldn’t be any older then thirty, thirty-five tops and he was drop dead gorgeous. He extended his hand to her.  “I’m Mike, and that is my partner Kevin,” he pointed at the van.  Standing, he took a piece of paper out of his pocket and confirmed, “thirty ninety-six Sparky Lane?”
“Yes.  That’s my new home.”
“Will there be someone there to meet us?”

“Lynn McBride, the real estate agent will be there with a heart shaped key ring to let you in.  Please leave the boxes in the center of the living room.”
“Will do.  If I have any problems, can I reach you on the contact number you have left?”
“Yes. That’s my cell phone.”
“Kevin,” he yelled to the curb, lets get started.
Erika kept her eyes on Mike as he waited for Kevin to meet him.  Meanwhile, Sophia crossed the street with a bottle of wine and two glasses.  When she spotted Mike, a smile appeared on her face and looking at Erika she licked her lips.
“Nice ass,” Sophia commented when she sat down next to me on the porch.
“Maybe this is a sign for things to come.”
“Maybe it is.”  She poured red wine into both glasses and handed Erika a glass.  “Let’s make a toast to new beginnings.”
“Yes...new beginnings.”


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Tuesday Tales - Word Prompt - Ruthless






Welcome to Tuesday Tales.  I've been away for a while, but now I'm back.  This is an excerpt from my WIP From Me To You.  It's about two women who are going through divorces and starting over.  This is where I had left off where Sophia finds out who are husband is cheating her her with.


“I took the walky-talky part of it and sat outside in the car around the corner listening to see if anything was taking place.  I did this for close to a week.  Just when I thought I imaged things and was going to throw out the monitor, something told me to check it out one last time.”
Tears began filling Sophia’s eyes as she sat on the edge of her bed.  Erika grabbed a few tissues out of the box and handed them to her.  Erika broke down twice in a day was something she never expected.  Erika started to feel bad about moving away, not being able to be there for Sophia like she was for her, but there was no turning back.
Sophia stopped crying and her sadness turned into rage. She turned around, blew her nose and faced Erika.  “I was ruthless as I sat around the corner in front of Betty’s house. I ready to shut the walky-talky
off when my cell phone rang.  I spoke to the receptionist from work and became distasted when I heard Brian’s voice come over the walky-talky.  I hung up and listened as he spoke.  I tried to figure out the other voice...it sounded so familiar...but it couldn’t be...I didn’t want it to be.”
“Who was he with?” 
“I don’t know how to tell you, or even how to describe the way I felt when
 I realized who the mystery person was.  How could I have been so damn stupid not to realize it?”
“You are not stupid.  You are a kind and loving person.  You always trusted people and always found the good in everyone.”
“Erika you don’t get it, do you?”
“No.  I guess I’m the one being stupid,” Erika said crossing her arms, fearing the worst.
“My husband is having an affair with another man.”
Erika’s mouth dropped open.  She didn’t know what to say or how to process the information Sophia just revealed.  Could it be she misunderstood what she said?
“By the look on your face, I can assure you that you did not misinterpret what I said.  And the sad part is they were carrying on inside the house while I was sitting outside with his wife.”
“His wife?”
      “Yeah.  Can you believe it?  You know them, the couple he always invites over on a Sunday, Will and his wife Bev.”

“I can’t believe it.”
“Neither can I.” 
Tears welled in Sophia’s eyes again.  Erika took a tissue packet out of her pocket, grabbed a tissue and wiped away her tears.
“Don’t worry, we’ll figure something out together, just like you did for me.”
“I would feel so much better if he was cheating on me with another woman, but a man, how embarrassing.”
“Listen, no one needs to know the truth but you and me.”
“I know.  Now I have to figure out what to do.”






Saturday, January 17, 2015

Tuesday Tales - Bottom







Welcome to this weeks Tuesday Tales to the word prompt bottom.  This is the continual story of my WIP From Me to You.



“Please Sophia tell me what’s going on.”
“Come on, follow me up to my bedroom. I will be better able to explain what’s going on.”
Erika walked close behind and followed her into the bedroom.  Sophia stood in front of the walk-in closet, opened the door and walked in.  Erika leaned against the door and Sophia stood with the monitor in her hand.
“You see, I planted it here.” She pointed to the floor, moved the shoebox to the side, and placed the monitor back on the floor.  “The plug is over here behind the shoe rack so there was no way he could see it. Besides,” she said waving her hands, “he never walks into my closet.”

“Okay.  And I still don’t understand what the baby monitor has to do with anything.”
“I took the walky-talky part of it and sat outside in the car around the corner listening to see if anything was taking place.  I did this for close to a week.  Just when I thought I imaged things and was going to throw out the monitor, something told me to check it out one last time.”
Tears began filling Sophia’s eyes as she sat on the edge of her bed.  Erika grabbed the last few tissues from the bottom of the box and handed them to her.  Erika broke down twice in a day was something she never expected.  Erika started to feel bad about moving away, not being able to be there for Sophia like she was for her, but there was no turning back.
Sophia stopped crying and her sadness turned into rage. She turned around, blew her nose and faced Erika.  “I sat around the corner in front of Betty’s house. I ready to shut the walky-talky off when my cell phone rang. 
I spoke to the receptionist from work and became distasted when I heard Brian’s voice come over the walky-talky.  I hung up and listened as he spoke.  I tried to figure out the other voice...it sounded so familiar...but it couldn’t be...I didn’t want it to be.”
“Who was he with?” 
“I don’t know how to tell you, or even how to describe the way I felt when I realized who the mystery person was.  How could I have been so damn stupid not to realize it?”
“You are not stupid.  You are a kind and loving person.  You always trusted people and always found the good in everyone.”
“Erika you don’t get it, do you?”
“No.  I guess I’m the one being stupid,” Erika said crossing her arms, fearing the worst.
“My husband is having an affair with another man.”


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Tuesday Tales Picture Prompt



The restaurant was vacant when he walked in.  Earlier he had called the Bayou asking if he could drop off a bag for later on that evening when he came back in with his girlfriend.  Reaching into the bag, he took out a wrapped box, and carefully placed it under the table in the back of the restaurant at a table near the lit fireplace.

A few hours later, Suzie and Charlie arrived for their dinner reservation. When Charlie said they were going to the Bayou, she wore her black and ivory dress to the Mardi Gras theme restaurant. 

The waitress led them to the table in the back.  Once they were seated Charlie ordered a bottle of Presecco.  Within minutes, the waitress was back and popped opened the Italian champagne.  From the moment the champagne touched her lips, she feel in love with the sweet bubbly taste.

Suzie looked at the menu, which was handed open to her.  The first thing she spotted was a hummus appetizer.  When the  waiter returned Charlie order the hummus appetizer for two.  While they waited for the appetizer to come, Charlie handed her the gold box that he had the waitress hide under the table before they got there.

“What’s this?”

“Just a little something.”

“I’m so excited,” Suzie excitedly said.  “I haven’t gotten a gift in a very long time.”

“Go ahead unwrap it.”

Suzie untied the gold ribbon and carefully took the red paper off.  She opened the top of the box and inside was a small gift bag amongst all the tissue paper.  She took the bag out, reached in and took out a ring box.  As she opened it, Charlie went down on his knee.

“Suzie, will you marry me?”

Without hesitation Suzie answered, “Yes.”  

He slid the ring on her finger, sealing the proposal with a kiss.







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Friday, January 09, 2015

Secret Cravings Publishing's "4th" Anniversary Blog Hop




Secret Cravings Publishing celebrates their 4th Anniversary this month.  Ive been part of the Secret Cravings family for three years.  Being part of their family has been a wonderful experience.  Thank you Secret Cravings for making all my dreams come true.

In celebration of their 4th anniversary, I will be giving away an ecopy of your choice from my catalog of books:



Roses:  Contemporary Romance

The Boardwalk:  Contemporary/Suspense Romance

 Love Challenges and Desires:  Contemporary Romance


Mystical Wonders (4 Book Series): Contemporary/Women's Fiction Romance
Circle of Friends
Second Chances
The Right Call
Survivor - Dealing with Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island


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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Stuff Your Kindle Blog Hop


In the spirit of the Holidays, we are giving you a chance to win free e-books to build the collection in your Kindle Library.

I want to share with you the spirit of Christmas for me this year.  This spring I met an incredible man who swept me off my feet.  Every year once the kids got older I would put up a four foot Christmas Tree, but not this year.  The man I met in the spring is now my husband and this is our first Christmas together.  My four foot tree turned into our eight foot tree fully decorated.

It's hard to believe that miracles do happen if you believe. So this holiday season, don't give up.  If you have a dream, live it and achieve it.  The same miracle came with my writing.  I've written since I was fourteen years old.  Through the next thirty years I had written books that were horrible, but after each book I continued to improve my craft.  When I got the acceptance letter for my debut novel Roses, that part of my life came into place.

Keeping the season of miracles in mind, I'll be giving away a copy, your choice of any of my books. 


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I write Women's Fiction/Contemporary Romances.  Please share with me what your favorite genre is and why.  Don't forget to leave me your name and email address.

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