Monday, December 17, 2012

Tuesday Tales – Picture Prompt

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tales.  This is from my WIP From Me To You.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support this past year.  
I wish everyone and their family a happy and healthy holiday season full of love and happiness.

 Erika sat on the window seat with a mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows floating on top. The view was spectacular, one right out of a Norman Rockwell picture, with snow topping all the Christmas trees surrounding her house.

The sun had begun to set, despite being covered behind the clouds and fog. Every so often Erika would see snowflakes fall.  Looking out the window she watched Frankie struggling through the knee-deep snow, walking back to the house with wood for the fireplace. 

When Erika moved up to Pennsylvania two years ago, she never expected to meet someone who would captivate her heart.  Frankie waltzed into her life and turned her small business into a local hangout, and the place tourist going skiing stopped by.

Frankie walked in, stamped his feet on the mat and placed the wood on the rack.  “We’re going to be fine for the storm.  We have more than enough wood to last us a week.”

Walking into the kitchen, Erika heated up the homemade hot chocolate she had made while he gathered the wood from the woodshed he had made during the summer.  It took him four trips and over an hour to complete the chore.

Erika returned to the living room where Frankie sat in his socking feet and boxer shorts in front of the fireplace.

Frankie took the mug from her hands. “Come join me,” he patted the cushion next to him.  “Let me take your mug.”

Sitting down, Erika leaned into Frankie and he wrapped his arms round her shoulder.  “This is the perfect end to the day.”

“Yes.  And tomorrow will be even better.  It’s Christmas Eve.  I can’t wait for us to decorate the tree.”  Frankie kissed her.

“Neither can I.  Love you.”

“Love you more.”

Friday, December 14, 2012

SCP 5 Favorite Things Blog Event

It's amazing at how fast this year has flown by. Nothing is like the feeling of unwrapping a present or reading a good book.  Whether you prefer holding a paperback in your hand or cuddling your kindle or nook, it's a wonderful feeling sitting on my bed at night with two of my cats at my feet.

Since becoming an author at Secret Cravings Publishing, I have read books that are absolute page turners, making new friends and finding new favorite authors.

Now, I'd like to share with you my 5 Favorite Things

1. Walking on the Boardwalk

2. Taking Pictures

3. Baking Cakes and Cookies

4.  Listening to Music

5.  My favorite Secret Cravings is Roses

I'm giving  away a copy of Roses.  To be eligible, please leave a comment telling me what you favorite things are along  your email address so I can contact you.


The sudden death of her husband sends Nikki Petrino into a tailspin. Three years later, she's still grieving. Mexico seems the perfect retreat to finish her novel.   Musician Drake Dente needs to get back on track and an excursion to Mexico to work on lyrics for his comeback CD is just what he needs.   Can two ships passing in the night bound for Mexico become the love they both need and want? Attraction sizzles and misunderstandings threaten. When Nikki goes missing can Drake find her before it's too late?



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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop. The hop will be running from December 14th through 17th.  I will be giving away a copy of my eBook Roses or the Boardwalk.  (Your choice.)

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.  What I love the most is decorating the house and baking cookies.  The scent of cookies lingers through the house for days.  One of my favorite cookies to bake is the seven layer cookie.  They are fun and colorful.  I love making trays of cookies and bringing them around to my friends. I make so many different cookies from scratch and decorating each. 

I believe in love and the magic of Christmas.  I’m a Hallmark and Lifetime Movie Christmas Movie junkie.  I love them all.  I especially like watching the city woman going home to her small town and finding love again.  I especially like when love comes when and where you least expect it.

In Roses, Nikki Petrino finds true love when she accidently runs into Drake Dente in Acapulco.  They immediately hit it off sending their life into a tailspin.  Secrets are revealed pushing their love to the limit.

Brooklyn DeMelli also finds love in an unpredictable place proving that things aren’t always what they appear to be, in The Boardwalk.

To be entered into the grand prize and be eligible to win a copy of my book, I’ll ask that you become a friend of my blog, and tell me what your favorite holiday memory is along with your email address so you can be contacted.

My special memory is driving around on Christmas Eve with my mom, grandmother, aunt, my brother and my two cousins looking at all the Christmas Decorations.  We started this tradition when I was twelve, and even after my grandmother and aunt died, I continued this tradition with my kids.

To all my writer friends and readers, I’d like to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season full of love and happiness!

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hopping!

Purrfectly Giftastic Christmas Blog Hop


Welcome to Purrrfectly Giftastic Christmas Blog Hop.  The blog will be live and running from December 14th through 17th.    I will be giving away a copy of my eBook Roses or The Boardwalk.  (Your choice.)

With the holiday season upon us, it is our time to reflect on the year gone by and start getting together a list of resolutions for the New Year. This is one of my comic relief poems.  I refer to it as my quick pick-me-upper when my muse comes to a halt.  This is my version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my friends gave to me:

Twelve hours of nonstop writing,

Eleven great plots ideas with a twist,

Ten true to life characters,

Nine boxes of tissues,

Eight books on writing,

Seven sites on marketing,

Six unique promo tips,

Five colored highlighters,

Four packages of post it notes,

Three colorful loose-leaf binders,

Two boxes of colorful paperclips,

And a bottle of merlot to stimulate my mind.

To all my writer friends and readers I’d like to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season full of love and happiness!

To be eligible to win a copy of my book, I’ll ask that you become a friend of my blog, and tell me what your favorite holiday treat is.  Mine are the Christmas cutout cookies and Linzer tarts.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tuesday Tales - Future

Welcome to Tuesday Tales where tales turn into novels.  This week word prompt is Future.                                                

Pia had called Larry asking him to meet her at Dai Noi, explaining she needed to discuss something with him.  At twelve-thirty, she pulled into the small parking lot behind the restaurant.  As she walked in, she rehearsed in her mind what she wanted to say to him.  The big question was how she would end their nonexistent relationship without ruining the business they built together.

A few months ago, she had thought about venturing out on her own.  She had been the one with the real estate license doing ninety percent of the work.  Larry had taken the exam a few times without success, leading to Larry becoming the silent partner. 

During the past year, Larry spent most of his time on the golf course or at the bar with his friends.  He’d insisted she was able to handle all the office business, and do all the administrative work.  She did it, but felt that at this point, she was ready to break away and start her own office, or possibly buy him out.

Pia ordered herself a mimosa.  Anything stronger would have to wait until later on when she got home.  The waiter brought over her drink and a plate of bruschetta.  As usual, Larry arrived late with a stupid smirk on his face, the one she wanted to slap right off.

“Hope you weren’t waiting long.  I got tied up on a project I’m working on with Greg.”

“Really.”  Pia sat back and crossed her legs.  “And what might that be this time?”

“I’m trying to nail a deal on a piece of property down on Edgewater Drive.”

“Larry, we need to talk.” Pia took a deep breath, then a sip of her mimosa.

“I’m all in for talking.  But first,” he signaled over to the waiter, “I need a drink and something to eat.  I hate drinking on an empty stomach.”

Pia crossed her arms.   The thought of this conversation plagued her mind all night.  What she wanted was to get it over and done with, but instead, she sat as Larry drank his beer, ate a dish of pasta and texted from his iphone.  Reaching across the table, she swiped his cell phone.

“Hey, what are you doing?” Larry held out his hand.

“I’m holding onto your cell phone until we finish the conversation we have yet to start.”

“Oh come on, don’t be such a drag.  There isn’t anything that can’t wait.  I’ll try and plan some sort of a weekend for us.  Maybe Myrtle Beach?”

“No.  I don’t want a weekend.”  Leaning forward she spoke softly,  “It’s time to reevaluate our relationship.”

“What relationship?  Remember, we are just friends.”

“Fine,” she snapped.  “Then you won’t have any problem with me telling you I want to keep our business strictly professional.”

Larry’s eyes narrowed.  “Are you telling me you don’t want to see me anymore?”

“We haven’t been together as a couple in over a year.  I can’t even remember the last time we went out to dinner, made love or when you’ve even been at my place.”

“This is a joke.”  Turning around in his chair, he called across the restaurant to the waiter.  “Bring her a double espresso.”  Turning around he shook his head.  “How much did you drink before I got here?”

Pia lifted her glass.  “This is the only drink I had.  I am highly insulted you would even think, let alone say that.”

“What are you banging someone else?”

“Oh, no,” Pia waved her finger back and forth.  “You must really think I’m a idiot.  Do you think I fell for all the empty lies you’ve told me the past year?  And do you think I don’t know what you’ve been up to every time you said you had some sort of meeting with one of your friends.”

“And what was I doing.”

“Getting laid.”  Her words were loud and caused everyone in the restaurant to look over at their table.  She felt her face heat up.  Lifting her hand she mumbled, “Sorry.”

“See, you just caused a scene for no reason at all.”

“I want to buy you out,” she blurted out.  “I’m done.”

Larry leaned forward in his chair.  “We’re a team.  You aren’t walking away from me or the business.”

“I am not living like this anymore.  I want a normal life.”

Larry stood and dropped a crisp hundred dollar bill on the table.  “You should have thought about that four years ago, when you set the stage for our future together.”

Pia rolled her eyes. “What are you talking about?”

“Think about it.”

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Tuesday Tales - Silent

Welcome to this weeks Tuesday's Tale to the word prompt - Silent.  When you're done, don't forget to click the link on  the bottom to return to Tuesday Tales.


Pia stood on her porch, with her arms folded watching Lorenzo’s convertible pull down the street.  When his car was totally out of sight, she walked back inside.  For the first time in two weeks her house was silent.  Most of the time she spent running around cleaning, organizing and figuring out how to handle this unbelievably flawless relationship she had going with Lorenzo.

The past two weeks had been like heaven.  Lorenzo turned out to be a loving, compassionate man, despite the rumors he had been a ladies man.  But who was she to judge.

Pia had some big time problems to deal with.  Opening the top drawer of her mahogany breakfront, she pulled out the picture frame of Larry and her, the picture of them on his boat down in the Virgin Islands, three years prior.   The only reason why she stayed in this dysfunctional relationship was because they were business partners.

She would have to tell him, and he shouldn’t be surprised.   They never spent any time together unless they were in the office, which was hardly ever.  Over the course of the past few months, she started doing most of her work from home.  Deep down she knew she had to approached this head on.  She had to make the break.  They hadn’t had sex in over a year, nor did she feel any attraction to him at all.

With Lorenzo being on the road for two weeks this would be the perfect opportunity to tell him.  Pia had gotten involved with Larry six years ago when they went into business together.  Larry had put up three quarters of the money for the business.  She put up the other quarter and went for her real estate license.  One thing was for certain, she couldn’t continue any kind of relationship with Lorenzo while technically being involved with Larry.  Her relationship of convenience with Larry had to come to an end, now.