Time…

It’s November already. Pictures of snow are popping up on my Facebook wall. I’m wearing my old Uggs slippers instead of my flip-flops.We’re inundated with Christmas commercials and my kids are starting to make their Christmas lists. It’s the month that’s supposed to be filled with gratitude and turkeys. And I’m still stuck in August. If I try hard enough I bet I can still find sand in my suitcase from our beach vacation. I’m certain there’s something in my house that still has the faint smell of chlorine or suntan lotion left on it. I’m not sure how time’s … Read more…

The Heiress of Santorini

I feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many great authors at Booktrope. I’ve only met Angel virtually, although I might need to head to Greece to meet her in person one of these days, but she is kind-hearted and generous. I cannot wait to dig into all of her books! Angel Sefer’s third mystery romance, The Heiress of Santorini, was just published! Her first novel was a #1 best seller and Rone Award finalist. Her second novel just got a rave review in San Francisco Book Review Magazine. I think we can suspect great things from … Read more…

Expectations

When I signed with my publisher, I expected the sun to shine a little brighter. I expected my bathroom to clean itself and the laundry to disappear. I expected my kids to stop talking back to their mother, the published author. Oh and I for sure thought I would never have to plunge another toilet. Lo and behold, none of those things happened. I still tell people way too many times a day to get their hands out of their pants. I burn cookies and mess up dinner in the crockpot. My life changed for half a second when I … Read more…

It’s official!

Booktrope has re-released my second book, The New Ever After. My head’s spinning and my feet aren’t quite touching the ground. To top it all off, my fabulous publicist just wrote a press release about my upcoming book signing at Barnes and Noble. Yes, Barnes and Noble, the bookstore I used to visit in Greenwich Village with my Dad. So I’m filled with gratitude and love. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The New Ever After Heather Meadows has been given a second chance at happiness. When her first husband passed away, she never thought she’d love again but a … Read more…

Yuck, yuck and yuck

Dear Adam, I am an adoring fan. Quite possibly one of your biggest fans, I mean who else has written a whole series of books about you? As far as I know…no one else! I’ve seen you in concert. I have multiple copies of your Sexiest Man Alive cover sitting on my desk. My kids fear I’ll meet you and never come home. I get texts, emails and phone calls from dozens of people every time you’re on television. Basically, I’m your girl and you’re my guy. Except, I don’t like your new video, Animals. Actually, I hate your new … Read more…

My thoughts from a middle school parking lot

I believe having a conversation face to face is best. I believe using a pencil and paper beats any technology. I believe creativity is stifled by our reliance on computers. I believe we are too connected. I believe limiting screen time is the only way. I believe my kids learn more when they play mancala or Sleeping Queens rather than playing a game on my iPad. I believe the sweetest words in the English language are Hi Mommy. I believe we should bow down to the teachers who are constantly forced to implement new and sometimes inane programs into their … Read more…

Speed

Sometimes I speed through things. I rush. I don’t look. That’s not true. Really, I look beyond whatever’s in front of me and on to the next thing pointing my eyes away from the object that’s staring me down. I speed through uncomfortable situations pushing on to the next item on the agenda. Moving quickly gives me the blindspots I crave. Speed paints a blurry picture of the truth. Add a little busy-ness and I don’t have to sit with the elephant in the room. Right now, I’m running from the mirror. I cover my head up with the towel … Read more…

Flirting With Magick Spotlight

Booktrope has re-released Leigh Bennett’s magical contemporary romance Flirting With Magick, a funny, sweet story of finding love, losing it and finding it again.   Flirting With Magick Blurb   There’s nothing like a love spell to get Abby Williams out of her rut and over her ex, but when a gorgeous rocker, a cute colleague, and an apologetic ex–boyfriend come knocking Abby wonders if maybe the spell worked a little too well. If she even believes in that stuff. As emotions run high, secrets are exposed, and feelings change, Abby wonders if flirting with magick is more trouble than … Read more…

Today

I write to share my experiences. I write because it’s the only way I can synthesize things in my mind. I write because maybe, just maybe, my words can help someone or simply make them feel less alone.  When my nine-year-old daughter had a ruptured ovarian cyst, I sat up in the wee hours of the night reading a blog written by a mom who had had a similar experience with her daughter. I love having that me-too feeling when I read a post on Facebook about another mom sharpening 65 pencils or someone searching for a purple plastic folder … Read more…

They’re mine

They squabble. Sometimes squabble is too mild of a term to describe what they do. The glass door of the shower shakes as they run upstairs to list their grievances and place blame. I escape to the bathroom or hide in my closet to find a quiet moment and count the minutes until I get a little reprieve. And then they broker some sort of peace agreement and play soccer until a too tall brother accidentally kicks the soccer ball into an unprepared sister. Or they play Minecraft on separate devices until someone sets someone else’s house on fire or … Read more…