Happier New Year!

Hey friends and readers,

Those of you who know me probably understand why 2017 was a particularly difficult year. It's been a time of hard changes and even harder realities for many of us. I don't mind saying I'm glad to see this past year behind us and am looking forward to a  brighter, more productive 2018. It took me much longer than expected to write SACRED GROUND, book three in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series, but it's a bit longer (38k or about 150 pages) and I wanted to take the time needed to get it right. I hope I did the story justice.

I'm happy and proud to announce that SACRED GROUND is due out February 22, 2018 and is

now available for pre-order!

In book three of the Savage Cinderella Novella Series, kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, Brinn Hathaway, joins her friends, Justin, Cody, and Dani on a quest to search for Justin's brother-believed dead after having disappeared from his Marine unit in Afghanistan. When he's reportedly seen at a protest in Wyoming, where Native American land protectors are at odds with a mining company determined to destroy what could be a sacred burial ground, it's up to Brinn to find out the truth and help stop them.

But life is complicated when Brinn and the two men vying for her affections (Justin and Cody) are forced to face off with the corrupt mine developer and his hired guns-one of whom could very well be the man they're searching for. Can they take on the powerful industrial complex to save sacred tribal lands from destruction? And can they convince Justin's brother to turn himself in before he has a chance to run again? What will be the cost to this band of brothers? And who will Brinn choose to be by her side through it all?

Pre-order it today at AMAZON
Only $2.99
(10% of proceeds go to Native Hope, an organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and improving the lives of Native American youth)

This was one of those books that spoke to me. Inspired by the water protectors protesting the Dakota Access pipelines, I wanted to shine a light on the plight of Native Americans in today's world. Not only have sacred lands, National Monuments, and water sources been threatened by corporate greed and America's addiction to fossil fuels, the rampant human trafficking, unemployment, suicide, and drug problems plaguing this vulnerable population are a heartbreaking stain on our country and it's legacy. This should not be a divisive political issue, but instead, is a humanitarian issue that concerns all of us. Unfortunately, without compassionate, common sense legislation to aid and protect this marginalized and forgotten people--people who have loved, honored, and respected the land for generations before white settlers came--I hold out little hope for their survival. Unless WE, the people of this great nation, stand together with our native brothers and sisters to help them preserve the land, the water, and the planet for generations to come, we will all pay the price. It's up to each and every one of us. Together, we can make a difference.

Please donate to Native Hope if you can!

So, that's my big news for now. If you haven't read the other books in the series, check them out and get started now with the original SAVAGE CINDERELLA, the story of Brinn Hathaway, a kidnapped girl who survives in the North Georgia High Country until a young nature photographer finds her and convinces her to come back to the world--only to put her back in the sights of her kidnapper.

A young adult/new adult romantic suspense, this novel won the prestigious HOLT Medallion award and has over 3.6 million reads on Wattpad.









Don't forget to read books one and two in the series!

FINDING HOPE and LOST BOYS are available for $1.99 each at your favorite online retailers.


As Brinn Hathaway recovers from her own ordeal of being kidnapped, left for dead, and surviving for years in the wild, can she overcome her trauma and use her experience to help the FBI find a missing child?








Justin’s friend Cody has disappeared, and Brinn is determined to find out why. Despite an escalation in the tensions between them over Cody and Brinn’s complicated friendship, Justin agrees to join her on a journey that leads to the mysterious jungles of Colombia, where whispers of human trafficking bring them face to face with an old enemy.




I'll have more pre-order links for SACRED GROUND at other retailers soon, so no worries if you read on an i-Pad, Nook, or Kobo e-reader. And if you'd like an advanced reader copy (ARC) in exchange for an honest review, let me know in the comments below!

As always, your reviews and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Peace and blessings,


Holiday shopping!

Happy Holidays, readers!

I'm home enjoying the first snowfall of the season, watching it come down outside my window, the white fluffy flakes clinging to bush and branch, accumulating on the lawn like a thick plush carpet. The house is on its way to being decked out for the season and the sound of holiday music echoes through every room as my husband strings garland up the stair banister.

Like most people, I'm doing much of my Christmas shopping online this year. As much as I want to support small and local businesses, it has become infinitely easier to find exactly what I need at the click of a keystroke. That's why I decided to make it super easy for readers to get exactly what they want from me this year. If you are planning to purchase a Kindle, Nook, or tablet for your teen, why not pre-load it with great books? Click on any of my buy links and you can easily purchase or "gift" a book to someone on your holiday gift list.

Why not start with a heartwarming holiday story?
Only $1.99

SAMI’S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST brings together the characters from the award-winning novels, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and PIECES OF LOVE.

In this sweet 28,000 word (140 pages) YA holiday novella, all seventeen-year-old Samantha Owens wants for Christmas is a working car, a miraculous improvement in her grades, and a boyfriend who sees her as more than just a friend with benefits. But with a single mom who’s struggling to make ends meet, presents seem unlikely, and with legal troubles looming over her head, she’ll be lucky not to be spending the holiday in juvenile detention. When she’s forced to do community service at the local church, she finds that wishing her life was different won’t make it so, and that avoiding her past may be what’s standing in the way of her future.

It doesn’t help that Travis Vance, a freshman in college and intern for a teen drug and alcohol treatment program, is hanging around and pushing her buttons at every turn. Or that her friends are all going through their own dramas—most of which seem far worse than her own. As she struggles to find peace with a choice she’s made, can Sami bring everyone together to save the church in time for Christmas? Or is hoping for a happy ending one more wish that will never be granted?

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Also available in print at Amazon or  Create Space  

 Or get the Girls of Thompson Lake Box Set including, HEAVEN is for HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and PIECES OF LOVE, plus the  novella that brings all these characters together, SAMI's CHRISTMAS WISH LIST,
all for the low price of  $3.99!
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If sci-fi/fantasy/adventure is more to you or your teen's reading pleasure, check out the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy. The first book in the series, WANING MOON, is available for FREE download at your favorite online book retailers.
Get the whole set for only $6.98!


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For more action/adventure and suspense, follow Brinn Hathaway and friends into the perils of human trafficking in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA Novella Series. And watch for the third novella, SACRED GROUND, coming in early 2018!

Until then, have a wonderful holiday season, and happy reading!

Peace and blessings,



Harvest Time!

Fall in the Berkshires is always a celebration of beauty and life. The nights are cool, the leaves are beginning their miraculous transformation, and the apples are ready to pick! This is my favorite time of year for hiking, biking, kayaking, and all things prepping for the long winter ahead. It's also the time of year I prepare for our annual harvest fair.

Granville, our sister town, is an idyllic community that sits at the foothills of the Berkshires and offers a glimpse of country living at its best. Every year on Columbus Day weekend, crafters and artisans from all over New England gather to display their wares at the GRANVILLE HARVEST FAIR. It's an opportunity for families to get out in the fresh fall air and enjoy a day or two (or three) perusing booths that include all kinds of homemade crafts such as jewelry, wood works, pottery, quilts, soaps and herbal cleaning products, chocolate, baked, goods, and yes...books!

This will be my sixth year in attendance and I'm always excited to see familiar faces come back year after year, many of whom are looking for the next book in one of my series. This year, I'm happy to have a couple of new novellas to offer. Lost Boys, the second book in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series and Sami's Christmas Wish List, a Girls of Thompson Lake novella will be front and center. I'll be hanging out next to the library. I hope to see some familiar faces and meet some new readers this year!

I know some of you have been waiting for the third novella in the Savage Cinderella series, SACRED GROUND. I appreciate your patience. I'm working on it diligently, but I want to get it right, so I'm taking the time I need to do my research. The book involves Brinn and her friends heading to Wyoming to find someone they thought had been lost, only to find themselves embroiled in a battle between the local Native American people and a mining company determined to exploit what could be a sacred burial site. This topic touches on current events, Native American culture, and some complex issues that I want to address with clarity and compassion. I'm hoping to release the finished product by year's end but in the meantime, I'd love to share the cover and a short excerpt with you!

Here's a first chapter excerpt:

I blasted off eight rounds in a row, each “pop” causing me to tighten my grip. When I counted the last shot, I lowered the weapon, released the empty magazine into one hand, and followed the target as it sped toward me on the rail.

Cody pulled the square sheet down and studied the orange and black bulls-eye. “At least you landed a couple of shots on the paper this time.” A sandy brow lifted, along with one corner of his mouth, revealing slightly crooked canines and accentuating a faded scar on his upper lip.

“A lot of good that will do me when I have to take my firearms test again next month.” I had completed my training at the police academy and passed every test—except for marksmanship—and despite daily practice, my shooting was still what my friend and new roomie, Detective Daniella Hernandez, would call, pathetic.

“You just have to get past the flinch factor, said Cody, loading a new target and sending it zinging twenty-five feet down the indoor range—still an entry-level distance.

It didn’t matter how many times I fired the 9 mm M&P Shield, the anticipation of the loud discharge made my hand falter. I set up for another try, loading a fresh magazine and chambering a round. I readied my stance and released the safety, but before I took aim, Cody came around behind me. At a few inches over six-feet, he towered above me. For all I’d been through, I should have been threatened by his proximity. Instead, an odd and confusing attraction kept me rooted.

He took control of the gun—laying his hands over mine around the grip—and raised it toward the new target. With my back pressed against his large, solid body, and his arms essentially locking me into place in front of him, my pulse sped to a ferocious flutter in my ear. The scent of him, a mix of spearmint gum and some earthy soap that sparked a flood of heat to my cheeks, made it impossible to concentrate on anything.

“I’m not sure this is helping,” I said, sounding breathy.

“Relax, Brinn” he said, a smile in his voice. “Loosen your grip. Create only enough push-and-pull tension between your hands to steady your aim.”

I complied, but the distraction of his proximity and his warm breath in my ear had the hair on the nape of my neck standing at full attention. What Justin would think if he could see us sent a renewed shard of guilt through me. The two men had enough challenges to their friendship without me being confused and being caught between them. It was bad enough I’d moved out of Justin’s apartment and into a flat with Dani, but the amount of time Cody and I were spending together was a source of tension that was only complicating my already ridiculously complicated life.


What do you think? Team Cody...? Or team Justin? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. One randomly chosen commenter will be awarded a prize pack of three of my books...readers choice!

Yes, Brinn continues to struggle with her recovery, the complexity of relationships, and feelings that seem to have a life of their own--all new territory for a girl who survived unspeakable abuse and grew up in isolation in the wilderness. As complicated as things get, she has found a purpose in life that she is determined to pursue--that of law enforcement and helping others who are being victimized. Follow Brinn's journey as she continues to heal, grow, and thrive, despite the daily challenges of fighting crime and learning to follow her heart.

If you haven't read the original SAVAGE CINDERELLA, it's now available for only .99 cents!




Eighteen-year-old Brinn Hathaway has survived on her own in the Northwest High Country of Georgia since she was left for dead in a shallow grave by the man who kidnapped her as a child. When a young nature photographer, Justin Spencer, catches the wild girl on film and the two form a tentative friendship, Brinn must decide if coming out of hiding is worth the hope—and the danger—that may await her.

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Print books available on Amazon and Create Space




FINDING HOPE (Book one in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series)


FINDING HOPE, Book One of the Savage Cinderella Novella series, picks up a year after Brianna Hathaway’s return from the wild. As she and Justin struggle to work through her recovery, Brinn must come to terms with who she is and discover her place in this strange new world. When Cody asks for her help in solving a kidnapping case for the FBI, it brings her worst nightmares to the surface. But will it be what she needs to finally put it all behind her and move on? Or will it lead her down a path into a dangerous world? A child is missing...and time is running out.

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Print copies available at Amazon and Create Space





LOST BOYS (Book two in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series)


Justin’s friend Cody has disappeared, and Brinn is determined to find out why. Despite an escalation in the tensions between them over Cody and Brinn’s complicated friendship, Justin agrees to join her on a journey that leads to the mysterious jungles of Colombia, where whispers of human trafficking bring them face to face with an old enemy.

Brinn and Justin join forces with friends to do the unthinkable—enter the dangerous jungle on a rescue mission, sparking a battle for the lives of nine young boys and a fight for their own survival. Brinn’s haunted past rears its ugly head as she is forced to once again take on a brutal killer. But in risking her life to save her friend, will she lose the one man who has sacrificed everything for her?

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Print copies available at Amazon or Create Space



That's it for this month! I hope you all get out and enjoy some of this lovely weather while it lasts. As we've seen in recent weeks with the hurricanes and extreme weather events across the world, each day that we can enjoy warm days, cool nights and the safety of a sound home, we should appreciate the gift. Let's not forget to send love and prayers (and any financial assistance we can give) to our neighbors in need.

Peace and blessings,




Enjoy Summer Reading with a .99 cent Beach Reads Sale


Hello fellow readers!

This summer is flying by and I've been reading...and writing up a storm. Which means my garden looks like an overgrown wildflower meadow, but I love it. The day lilies and flox are in full color and I'm seeing signs of my black-eyed suzies, daisies, and bee balm starting to unfold. There's nothing I enjoy more than sitting on my rock up on the hill overlooking the garden and reading a good book...except sitting on my front porch in a comfy chair doing the same, lol.

If you're looking for a good book to hang out with on your porch or take to the beach, why not load up your e-reader with these amazing .99 cent books, available this week only from my Glass Slipper Sisters. Ten books for under $10!

As for me, I'll be spending the next month finishing up the first draft of SACRED GROUND, the third installment in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series. I still don't have a cover, but as soon as I do, you'll be the first to see it!

If you haven't started the series yet, now is a great time to pick up the original SAVAGE CINDERELLA for only .99 cents as part of the Glass Slipper Sisters Sale noted above.

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Print Edition Available at Amazon and Create Space

FINDING HOPE and LOST BOYS (books one and two in the novella series) are also available in e-book format for only $1.99!

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Print Edition available at Amazon or Create Space

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Print Edition NOW Available at Create Space!

Well that's all for now. Enjoy your summer and don't forget to take time to smell the roses, dig in the dirt, and read a few good books!

Peace and Blessings,


Summer Beach Read Season is here!

Welcome Readers!

With the rhododendrons  in full bloom and warmer weather here to stay, I feel like I'm coming to life again. It's been a long winter season and I can't wait to hit the beach. I'll be headed up to Maine in a few weeks (with kayak in tow) for a sisterly visit and a bit of respite from the daily to-do's. No doubt I'll be in need of a good book to take with me.

Leave a recommendation in the comment section below and you'll be in the running to win a signed print copy of LOST BOYS, the second novella in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA Novella Series before it's available to purchase!

(A name will be randomly drawn by Random.org. Contest ends June 15th at midnight.)

Good luck!

LOST BOYS (A Savage Cinderella Novella-#2)

Justin’s friend Cody has disappeared, and Brinn is determined to find out why. Despite an escalation in the tensions between them over Cody and Brinn’s complicated friendship, Justin agrees to join her on a journey that leads to the mysterious jungles of Colombia, where whispers of human trafficking bring them face to face with an old enemy.

Brinn and Justin join forces with friends to do the unthinkable—enter the dangerous jungle on a rescue mission, sparking a battle for the lives of nine young boys and a fight for their own survival. Brinn’s haunted past rears its ugly head as she is forced to once again take on a brutal killer. But in risking her life to save her friend, will she lose the one man who has sacrificed everything for her?

Follow Brinn, Justin, Cody, and a cast of new characters through a series of novellas (30-40k word short novels). Each story will bring a new adventure, another crime to solve, and more danger for Brinn and company as they delve into the world of human trafficking and beyond.



And speaking of sisters, we have several new additions to our Glass Slipper Sisters group and a brand new website. The Glass Slipper Sisters welcomes Marie Higgins, MJ Summers, Roxanne Snopek, Allie Burton, Jean Joachim, Jina Bacarr, Nicole Zoltack, Caroline Lee, Kelly McClymer, and Sela Carsen! The GSS came about in 2015 when Stacy Juba (our fearless leader), and several other authors got together and created the Cinderella Treasure Trove, a compilation of excerpts from our Cinderella and rags-to-riches-themed stories. We added some fun party ideas and recipes and continue to offer it for free so readers can get a taste of what we write and maybe find some new favorite authors. Since our inception we've had Facebook parties and giveaways and hundreds of avid readers have joined our FB group. If you love fairy tales, romance, and Disney fun, feel free to pop over and make a request to join our group. Recently, we've started Magical Mondays, where each of us takes over the group for a day, hangs out to interact with readers, and offers a giveaway or two. Tiara Thursdays is for members to share fun memes, games, or anything fairy tale/Disney related. And then there's Fairy Tale Fridays, when our authors can post about their books, new releases, and what's coming in our fairy tale world! If you'd like to find out more about us and our books pop over and browse our new website and feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Another fun group of fabulous authors, led by my pal Jessica Ruddick, are joining together for a YA Beach Reads Giveaway from

June 5-12th

With 21 winners and $500 worth of giveaways, this will be the kick-off event of the summer season!

Win signed copies of your favorite YA novels and find some awesome (new-to-you) authors.

On the personal writing front, I'm still working on the third installment of the SAVAGE CINDERELLA Novella Series, entitled SACRED GROUND. I'm hoping to have the release date by summer's end. In the meantime, LOST BOYS will soon be available in print and I'll be revealing the cover for SACRED GROUND late in June.

And if you're still feeling a little sluggish after the long winter, or need a quick but thorough guide to self-care, pick up a copy of


E-book now available for a limited time for only $3.99!

So, that should get you through June with plenty of options for reading enjoyment. To meet me in person, check out my EVENTS/Calendar page for upcoming appearances and signings. Please feel free to connect with me on social media by clicking on the links in the right hand sidebar, and don't forget to leave a book recommendation in the comment section below to enter the giveaway for a signed print copy of LOST BOYS.

Thanks so much for spending time with me and the characters of my heart.

Each and every one of you is a blessing!




Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Welcome and thank you for dropping by to celebrate the

6th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

For ten days from March 27th-April 5th, dozens of authors have gotten together to share a recipe, a gardening tip, or some other inspiration that you, our readers, might enjoy. Giveaways and prizes abound as you "hop" from one site to the next, but to be eligible for the Grand Prize (A Kindle Fire or Nook--winner’s choice--along with a 2nd prize of a $25 gift card), you'll have to visit each and every author's site and either leave a comment with your email address, or enter their Rafflecopters. Some contests are only open to US residents, so check the individual rules at each site. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 5th, and prizes will be announced by April 7th. Winners will be listed at both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (Bloomin Thyme) websites.

In addition to my gardening tip and recipe, I'm giving away an e-book copy of


(A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes).

(Contest open to US and International residents. Contest ends April 5th at midnight.)

To enter my contest, simply leave a comment below with your email address (in the format of: janedoe(at)gmail(dot)com), and share your best tip for staying fit while reading/writing your way to fulfilling your dreams...

And don't forget to visit all the other author sites to enter to win the grand prize!

Now, I'd love to share one of my passions with you that I'm sure everyone can get on board with. It's still early to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd), but as far as I'm concerned, every day is Earth Day and now is a great time to plan a clean up of your town or neighborhood after the long winter. I don't know about your area, but even though I live out in the country, I'm astonished and saddened by the amount of litter I see along the roadways this time of year. In the spirit of taking care of our Mother Earth, I've organized a local "Clean Sweep" event for the day after Earth Day. If you live anywhere near Tolland or Granville, MA., please join us. Residents will be out in force, making the throughway to the Berkshires that much more beautiful for travelers and visitors to our lovely hilltop towns. See our FB Events Page for details and to sign up. If you can't make it to ours, organize one of your own, or even take a hike along your favorite route and bring a trash bag or two to fill. If we all pitch in, we can make a difference toward keeping America beautiful.

Don't forget to recycle!

Here's my gardening tip:

Add a healthy dose of manure tea to your soil every couple of weeks throughout the growing season.

Manure Tea Recipe

I know this doesn't sound the least bit appealing, but brewed and used correctly, your plants will love it. Give your garden the boost it needs to produce incomparably hearty veggies or bright fragrant flowers.

It's important to start with composted or aged manure since fresh manure may contain harmful bacteria like E. Coli. You can usually buy it from local farmers, but since you won't need a truck load, you can find it in bags at your local garden shop. Whether from poultry, cows, horses, sheep, or even bats, manure is nutrient rich and loaded with microbes essential for healthy soil, but in its raw form may be too acidic for most plants and can "burn" out the roots. Mixing it with water, steeping it, and further diluting it to the correct strength isn't rocket science, but it might take a bit of practice to get the blend just right. Gardeners often amend their soil with composted manure at the beginning and end of the season, but the nutrients wash out quickly and the smell is sometimes a bit hard to take...unless you love it like I do, lol. Applying manure tea every few weeks throughout the growing season is the perfect compromise.

You'll need a five gallon bucket, a generous shovel full of manure, and water. Put the manure in the bucket, fill with water and mix until  "muddy." Cover and let sit for three days, stirring daily to break up solid waste and allow for nutrients to infuse the water. This will likely still be too strong to put on plants directly, so you'll want to thin it further by adding more water until it comes out the color of iced tea. I recommend keeping the bucket next to the garden and using an old sauce pan as a ladle. Mix a quart with a gallon of water in a watering can. Stir and pour around plants, letting the goodness seep into the soil.

Keep a lid on the five gallon bucket and apply as needed every couple of weeks through the growing season when plants start to fade or slow their growth. Enjoy watching those plants thrive!

Since we also want to maximize our own nutrition, here's a yummy smoothie recipe from OVERCOME YOUR SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE...

Beets & Greens Smoothie

This one is my own concoction and has taken some time to perfect. Greens like kale and spinach have tons of necessary vitamins and minerals but how many of us eat them as often as we should? There’s far more calcium in our leafy pals than there is in dairy and none of the saturated fat and inflammatory properties. They are loaded with phytonutrients that have many healing benefits to the body and should be eaten often. Since our American diets don’t consist of nearly enough of these green leafy superfoods, juicing and adding them to smoothies is a great way to fit them in. However, greens can have a very…um…earthy taste. Beets and root vegetables are also loaded with micronutrients, minerals, and antioxidants, but again, American diets don't provide nearly enough of these nutrition powerhouses. Since adding even a slice of beet to your smoothie or juice can make it downright unpalatable, I’ve discovered some tricks to getting these all important veggies into my diet.


8 ounces filtered water

½ a small fresh beet (cut in two pieces) NOTE: A little bit of beet goes a long way for flavor. It’s also a potent liver cleanser so more is not better. Try one slice your first time around and decide from there if you need more.

1 cup of kale leaves chopped (I prefer to use baby kale and remove the center stems or ribs)

1 large carrot (cut into pieces)

1 large apple (cut into wedges)

½ avocado (peeled and pitted)

A slice of lemon (peel and pith removed)

A 1 inch slice of fresh ginger root

½ cup ice (tastes best when cold)


Blend all ingredients on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, or use the “Whole juice” setting on your Blendtec or Vita-mix. The result is a thick, creamy, smoothie with a bit of a bite and a gently sweet aftertaste. Although it may look awful in terms of the brownish/green color, I assure you, the taste isn't half bad. I drink it as a meal replacement on days when I’m on the road through lunch and don’t want to be tempted to eat out. It’s filling, nutritious, and dare I say…tasty.

I love hearing about new smoothie recipes so if you have one to share, mention it below or visit my website and leave me a note on my contact page, or find me on Facebook or twitter and spread the smoothie love. Let me know you've visited my FB page, followed me on twitter, or signed up for my newsletter and you'll earn extra entries for my e-book giveaway!

Enjoy the hop, and do something good for you and the planet today...

Peace and blessings,


An Early Spring

Hello Dear Readers,

It seems February has slipped past me while my mind was fraught with distraction. Unfortunately, my writing has taken a back seat to greater concerns about what's happening in our country and around the world. I won't get political here, but I will suggest that being an informed and active citizen is essential,however now more than ever. Get involved in your community, take an active role in our democracy, and stand up for what you believe in. You aren't alone, and together, we CAN make a difference.

Now, onto what's been happening here in my writer's cave as I fight the urge to procrastinate further.

I enjoyed this past week's warm-up and ventured off to the beach for my birthday--an annual tradition I founded years ago to celebrate reconnection with the vast water element that is so much a part of my Piscean constitution. Ironically, it was a beautiful day here in the Berkshires, but by the time I reached the shore two hours away, the sky was so cloudy I could barely see past the surf, lol.

A cloudy day at the beach is better than a sunny day at the office!

I took advantage of the time alone, however, to write, reflect, and be in the moment--a useful practice if you want to preserve your mental health during trying times.

Despite the obvious effects of global warming, we're expecting temps to dip back into the teens later this week. Just the same, having a good hard Spring rain the other night and a few warmer than seasonal days seems to have washed away the doldrums for me (as well as the three inches of ice and remnants of two feet of snow that had covered my deck). It was a much needed boost of Vitamin D and nice to feel the warmth of sun on my face after a dreary winter here in New England.


The month of March will find me working to play catch-up on my writing biz. Among a laundry list of to-do's and word-count goals to meet, I have a cover to produce for the print edition of LOST BOYS, my second Savage Cinderella Novella. If you loved the original SAVAGE CINDERELLA and haven't read the series, FINDING HOPE is available for only .99 cents and LOST BOYS, the e-book edition, is only $1.99!

Here's a bit about this 30k word (130 page) action-packed novella...

Justin’s friend Cody has disappeared, and Brinn is determined to find out why. Despite an escalation in the tensions between them over Cody and Brinn’s complicated friendship, Justin agrees to join her on a journey that leads to the mysterious jungles of Colombia, where whispers of human trafficking bring them face to face with an old enemy.

Brinn and Justin join forces with friends to do the unthinkable—enter the dangerous jungle on a rescue mission, sparking a battle for the lives of nine young boys and a fight for their own survival. Brinn’s haunted past rears its ugly head as she is forced to once again take on a brutal killer. But in risking her life to save her friend, will she lose the one man who has sacrificed everything for her?

Follow Brinn, Justin, Cody, and a cast of new characters through a series of novellas (30-40k word short novels). Each story will bring a new adventure, another crime to solve, and more danger for Brinn and company as they delve into the world of human trafficking and beyond.

 Check out the book's page for purchase links or read a chapter on WATTPAD.

I'm now working on the third installment in the series. Working title...SACRED GROUND. I'll have more information on that soon!


I hope you'll join me again this year for the fabulous 6th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

Monday, March 27 thru Wednesday, April 5th.

Here's how to participate: Any time during the ten day event, simply hop from one author's site to another to see what kind of recipes, gardening tips, or inspirations they have to offer. (I'll be sharing some ways to Celebrate Earth Day!) You'll find awesome prizes and giveaways along the way, and don't forget to gather clues to enter for the GRAND PRIZE--an e-reader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card for winner’s choice of book retailers, available to US and INTL residents, except where prohibited by law. Individual authors will note US or INTL for their giveaway eligibility. Where US or INTL is not specifically noted, US eligibility will apply. The grand prize is available for US entrants only. Winners will be announced by April 7th when we will post the grand prize winners on the main page and the landing page, BloominThyme.

And if you're looking to find a spring in your step, or need to drag yourself off the couch and get moving, perhaps you should check out some stay healthy tips and stress busting techniques in


(A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes)

Available in print (Color and B&W editions)

Or get the e-book for only 3.99 for a limited time!

Be well and may your Spring be filled with peace and blessings!



New Release and a Holiday Novella

Happiest and healthiest of holidays, my friends!

I hope you're all well and enjoying some much-needed relaxation through the holidays. There's nothing like time with family and friends to help us remember what's important. It's been quite a year--a difficult one for so many. As we approach 2017, may we all commit to spreading a spirit of love, peace, and unity with our fellow countrymen and women and our brothers and sisters around the world. If we all do our part to treat each other with respect and dignity, I have faith that love and compassion will triumph over hate and division. We must remember that those things that divide us are not as strong as the common bond of humanity that we share.

Having been terribly distracted by world events these past few months, I'm looking forward to returning my focus to being productive. Although I plan to remain vigilant and continue to do my part as a citizen, I also recognize that forging on in daily life is necessary to bring order out of chaos.

Fortunately, that's what we writers do! We take a spark of inspiration, feed it with imagination, and cultivate chaos into a garden of beauty that nourishes the heart, mind, and soul. Doesn't it sometimes feel that way when you read a great book?

In hindsight, 2016 was actually a very productive year for me on the writing/publishing front. In January, I published my first non-fiction title, OVERCOME YOUR SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE, and by year's end had added two novellas to my Savage Cinderella Novella Series, FINDING HOPE and my latest release, LOST BOYS.

I also republished SAMI'S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST as a stand alone title. I had previously included it as part of the Girls of Thompson Lake box set.

I've really enjoyed revisiting the characters from my previous novels and I hope you've been able to follow along with their journeys through the tumultuous twists and turns of teen life and young adulthood.

As always, reviews are greatly appreciated!

As for coming plans, I've already begun my as yet untitled third novella in the Savage Cinderella Series and hope to have it finished by late Spring.

On the health and fitness front, I've been working on an idea for an OYSL 30-day challenge. Wouldn't it be great to have guided activities to help you eat smarter, and specific tasks to jump start your health and fitness goals? More news on that coming soon!

In the meantime, I'll be at the Blue Umbrella Book Store in Westfield, MA. on Thursday, January 19th from 6-7 p.m. talking about strong female characters in young adult fiction, and signing books.

I'll update my events/calendar page with appearances once I have a few more locked in. Thanks so much for sticking with me, reading and reviewing my books, and sharing this crazy writer's journey with me. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Peace, blessings, and good health in the new year