Friday, December 30, 2011

RT - Start the New Year off right

Carry her over the threshold, after you return from your new year's eve party.

Show her you still love her and would marry her all over again.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Baby Decision

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The New Year

Keeping an eye out for the new year.

2011 held a number of new challenges. With 2010 ending with the death of my father, I struggled at the beginning of the year to come to term with the lost of not only him, but adjusting to a new house, a new location and the lack of kids at home.

Both boys are now in college and loving it. With the boys gone, Mike and I have taken up the habit of playing golf more and taking long hikes. We have also discovered a few new places like the trip we took up to Big Bear and to some new wineries.

I'm looking forward to a new year and the fun of writing my new series.

Wishing you the best,


Monday, December 26, 2011

MMI - Christmas Cheer

Hope you got everything you wanted this holiday season.
And may your days be merry and bright and all your days joyful.

Have a great New Year,


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hope you have a wonderful day and a happy new year,


Friday, December 23, 2011

RT - Know a few of her Favorite Things

Find out and remember a few things that she/he likes.

Favorite color
Football team

These answer can help you find him/her the perfect gift for any time of the year.

Have a wonderful holiday season,


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Other Stuff - Kitchen Fun

It's that time of year when we are spending lots of time in the kitchen.

Personally, I don't mind as long as I have people talking to me.

Luckily, my family likes to gather at the bar or help me fix the different treats which makes the chore a share experience that we all can enjoy.

Hope you are fun with family and friends.

Here's to a great new year,


Monday, December 19, 2011

Come Read My Article on Whipped Cream Blogspot

Come check out my post on">
Whipped Cream Guests: Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Tina Gayle:
and leave a comment for a chance to win.

Food, Food, and More Food   The holiday is the season of cookies, cakes, candies, and special treats.   I've tried in the past to avoid them...

MMI - Will Roger's Quote

Will Rogers

Saw a movie about Will Roger this weekend so thought I'd share one of his quotes and his website.

"Everyone is ignorant, only in different subjects."

"Nothing you can't spell will ever work."

"People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide."

"No man is great if he thinks he is."

"I guess truth can hurt you worse in an election than about anything that can happen to you."

Have a great week,


Friday, December 16, 2011

RT - Try a New Type of Food

If you enjoy eating out, why not try a new place?

Greek, mexican, irish, seafood... find a new restuarant and give it a go.

Who knows, it might become your favorite place to eat.

Mainly, just have fun.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Beauty of a Rose

One of the really nice things about living in So. that flowers bloom all year round.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WW - Golfing Adventure

With the morning's cooler, we decided to head out to the golf course in the afternoon. There are a lot more shadows and we didn't get in the whole 18, but we did get outside and had fun.

Hope you are having fun wherever you are,


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Recipe for Egg Nog

Found this new recipe. Plan on trying it out today. Will let you know how it went.

1 c. milk
1 (7 oz.) jar Kraft Marshmallow Creme
6 eggs
1/4 c. rum
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (8 oz.) container (3 cups)
Cool Whip non-dairy
whipped topping, thawed
Ground nutmeg
Gradually add milk to marshmallow creme, mixing with electric mixer or wire whisk until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in rum and vanilla; fold in whipped topping. Chill. Mix well. Top with additional whipped topping and sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired. Approximately 10 (1/2 cup) servings. Preparation time: 15 minutes plus chilling. Variation: Substitute 1 teaspoon rum extract for rum.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Morning Inspiration - Courage

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Here's to exploring new possibilites,


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Got this recipe from one of my myspace friends.

Thanks Cindy for the great recipe.

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
2 hr 0 min
Cook Time:
12 min
2 dozen cookies

1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Have a wonderful day,


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The What and How of Murder Mysteries

Tom Mach wrote two successful historical novels, Sissy! and All Parts Together, both of which have won rave reviews and were listed among the 150 best Kansas books in 2011.Sissy! won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award while All Parts Together was a viable entrant for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Award. He also wrote a collection of short stories entitled Stories To Enjoy which received positive reviews. Tom’s other novels include: An Innocent Murdered, Advent, and Homer the Roamer.

His poetry collection, The Uni Verse, won the Nelson Poetry Book Award. In addition to several awards for his poetry, Writer’s Digest awarded him ninth place in a field of 3,000 entrants. His website is: He also has a popular blog for writers of both prose and verse at

Now let's read about the what and how of Murder Mysteries

I’ve never thought about the question as to what attracted me to murder mysteries and especially in writing one called An Innocent Murdered. But now, after giving it some thought, I do have an answer.

My professional background is a combination of writing (having been a magazine editor and an ad copywriting instructor) and a market research analyst (where I have to dig deep to get answers as to why consumers behave as they do.) Then, of course, is the fact that I enjoy reading certain mysteries. Ever since Wilkie Collins wrote the first detective novel called The Woman in White, mysteries have been popular with people.

Authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Ellery Queen may have influenced me, but not as much as TV detectives such as Columbo and Monk because they are such unique characters. I loved writing a short story called “The Crossword Puzzle Murders”--one of a series of my shorter works in Stories to Enjoy where a female detective uncovers the identity of a mass murderer only minutes before she finds herself a possible victim.

 I deliberately made it tough for readers to find out the identity of the murderer of a priest in An Innocent Murdered, by tossing in some red herrings while making it seem as if the case against prime suspect is open and shut.

As to how I do my research, I have to start with a murder victim and a strong motive as to why anyone would kill him. But in An Innocent Murdered, I wanted the reader to also know more about the victim before he is murdered. I wanted readers to have invested a personal interest in him.

Otherwise, there is no emotional attachment to the victim and the victim is a mere object in the story itself In addition, I have also to research methods for this murder, Should it be a stabbing, shooting, hanging, or poisoning? I wanted to show how this person was murdered at the beginning. Many other authors start with a dead body and eventually uncover evidence to show how he was murdered.

I had to plant my clues carefully so they wouldn’t be immediately obvious to the reader and so the reader might say at the end of the story--“Aha, so that’s why he/she committed the murder.”

Finally, I had to research police procedural techniques, including interviewing methods and the process for uncovering evidence. A lot of work goes into researching a murder mystery, but the time invested in doing so is well worth it.

Book Blurb:

Father O'Fallon has been murdered, and police officer Jacinta Perez is arrested and charged. Detective Matt Gunnison, however, is not convinced and with the help of Susan, an ex-nun, he discovers a fascinating link between the priest's death and the death of a child 25 years ago.

Will Matt be able to solve both murders?
See video:


“No, I understand. Do you think Matt and I can have access to the former rectory? We’d like to look around.”

“Well, I guess not, but why in the world would you want to look around over there?”

Matt showed him his badge. “It’s part of an investigation we’re doing on the murder of that child.”

“By all means, check it out.” He opened a desk drawer and took out a key attached to a plastic tag. “Here, take this.”

Matt pocketed the key and was about to leave when the man stopped him.

“That place is haunted, you know,” the old man said.


Thank you, Tom, for stopping by. Your book sounds amazing.

Don't forget everyone to leave a comment for a $50 amazon gift certificate. Tom will choice the best comment at the end of his tour and the winner will be notified.

Best of luck,


Monday, December 5, 2011

MMI - Face that which you fear with the belief there is nothing to fear.

Today, write fearlessly.

Thanks Cheryl for the inspiration and stop by Cheryl's blog for pictures of everyone's christmas trees.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Check Out My Visitor on 12/6

Tom is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to the commenter that he feels leaves the best comment. At the end of his tour blog, the winner will be notify.

Follow his tour

Friday, December 2, 2011

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Here is ...
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Stop by and visit with me today.

RT - A Rub

A back rub is never a bad idea.

It shows you care and helps work out some of the knots from a hard week at work.

A video to help, but I'll warn you it's not a fun video. Very clinical.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

MY - President Hoover's Front Yard

This is his boyhood home.

A very interesting man, we visited his library a few years back and now, I'm hoping to visit Stanford to learn even more about the amazing man.

If you're ever in Iowa, stop by and visit. You'll find a president that really cared about people.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WW - A Few Blooms

I am very lucky to still have some plants in my yard that are still blooming.

One of the great things about living in So. California is plants flower all year round.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Proactiv - Warning

They may have a good face care product. I won't argue about it one way or the other.

But they are a pain to work with.

Once you sign up for their product, they keep sending them even if you have told them not too.

If you send the product back it takes four to six weeks to get your money back.

And if you have signed up with a debit card, you get charged automatically with no way of fighting the charge.

Would I recommend signing up with them, no.

If you like their product find another way to buy it, they aren't worth the hassel you have to go through to deal with them to get your money back.

This is my opinion, your experience maybe different and I hope it is for your sake. This is just a heads up to be forewarned.


Friday, November 25, 2011

RT - Remember

If you remember the important things great, but remembering the little things is even better.

Like your first date,
How opening day of baseball is special to him.
She loves having Black Friday to shop.
What flower she likes,
His favorite ball cap.

We all like to know we are cared about, so give some one a hug today, and happy shopping,


Thursday, November 24, 2011

MY - Some of the plants that leave during the Winter

Gone until next year,
Luckily living in So. Cal. there are still a number of plants in bloom.

Hope you are having a great Turkey Day,


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WW - Feel the Need to Run?

Watching a horse run with such grace makes one want to feel the same joy.

A quick walk or jog can help spark a change of attitude that can turn a bad day into a manageable day.

Get out and breath in some fresh air.

Life is good,


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why Is It Never That Easy

Okay, I just wanted to move the pictures on my cell phone to my computer.

Should be easy right?

The people at the computer store said all I need was a Usb device cable, which would let me transfer the pictures no problem.


When I go in to do it. The instructions,which I had to find on the internet(not in manual) said I first have to save the pictures to a memory card. Do I have a memory card ---No.

So now it is back to the store to figure out if this is really worth it.

Will keep you updated -- but oh how I wish this was easier.


Monday, November 21, 2011

MMI - What to Wear

Of all the things you wear,
your expression is the most important.

Have a great week and smiles to you,


Sunday, November 20, 2011

How is the NFL like a Bad Parent?

It doesn't seem to punish all its children in the same way.

Just look at the fines it hands out. Some players are constantly getting fined while others can do no wrong.

Friday, November 18, 2011

RT - Egg

The incredible edible egg

Looking for something new to fix for breakfast give this site a gander.

I also wanted to share - how a playful adventure can go wrong.

I'm always saying "try to do little things that show your lover that you care."



So to show my lover that I was thinking about him, I wrote a message on an egg. He eats eggs every morning.

Did he see the message and get a warm cushy feeling?

No, half asleep he totally missed it.

Was I upset?

No, it was more fun giving him a hard time about missing it.

I mean I wrote with a black permanent marker.

Oh well, will have to try something else,


Thursday, November 17, 2011

MY - Watching the Waves

How long can you sit and watch the waves?

For me, not long, I enjoy walking the beach.

But I get bored quickly if I'm just sitting in the sun. 

I do however enjoy the fresh air, clears out the cobwebs and gets the brain thinking again.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Take a Break

Do ever wish you could take a break and fly to the beach for the day?


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Having Fun at College

And they say the fruit doesn't fall to far from the tree.

Hey, us fruit have to stick together.



The theory of Feng shui is to arrange your surrounding to attract positive energy.

Which when you think about it is never a bad thing.

But what about other things?

Balance is important in all things. Like after I have spent a day working, I need to balance out my evenings with noise, (because I work in silence) I enjoy then listening to music, watching tv, and talking to my husband.

Do I have the secrets to a balance life, probably not, but I like to think, I work at it.

What more can anyone ask for?


Monday, November 14, 2011

MMI - The Future

The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Mine is to write books.

What is yours?

Have a great week,


Friday, November 11, 2011

RT - Add Candlelight

Turn off the light tonight and eat by candlelight.

So its a TV dinner, doesn't matter. It's the thought that counts.

Could even add some soft music.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Play Starts - "You Can't Take it with You."

All Campus Theatre Presents "You Can't Take it with You"

Nov. 10, 11, 12, 13.

At the 2nd Presbyterian church on 2829 Kingston Pike.

in Knoxville, TN

Only wish I could be there to see it.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WW - One Woman's Desire for a Celebration

Turkey Day was not official celebrated until November 26, 1789 by presidential proclamation.

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the famous "Godey's Lady's Book, started a campaign in the 1830's to make it an annual national day of Thanksgiving.  It was not until 1863 that she succeeded when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.

Check out

to learn more about the lady.

Thank you, Sarah, for fighting for a cause that reminds us to celebrate the wonderful gifts in our lives.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cooking Tip

Want to skim away fat quickly?

Dip a lettuce leaf in the soup and it will disappear quickly.

Hope this helps,


Monday, November 7, 2011

MMI - Intentions

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

Have a great week,


Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Interview with a Reviewer

I want to thank Tina for having me on her blog today.  It’s really an honor.  Most people don’t want a reviewer on their blog much less having them talk about reviews.

Okay, right to it…a little background on myself.  I live in East Texas, raised in Dallas, married with one son in 1st grade and work an EDJ.  I review for CBLS Reviews, The Romance Studio and The Forbidden Bookshelf.  I also have a review blog that I update semi-regularly.  Why the information about me?  To let you know, that I’m a real person, with a real life and real everyday issues.  I’m not a god, a fairy, or an ogre.  I bleed just like you do.  Why the dramatics about me?  I have some things that I want to talk to you about reviewing and what goes through my mind when I’m reading a book for review.

1. I get to pick the books that I review.  Bet you didn’t know that?  Well, I do and I choose books/authors/publishers that I normally don’t read or know much about.  I pick books that are way out of my comfort zone.  When I decided to review, I decided that I wouldn’t read books or authors that I was comfortable with.  In the year that I began reviewing, I have found authors, genres and publishers that I seek out on a regular basis.  I have been given books to review from authors for my blog and again, I follow the same guidelines if I was reviewing it for one of the sites that I review for.

2. When I review a book, I look for the following:  plot (does it hold my interest), characters (do I even like them), flow (am I having to start and stop all the time) and lastly, did the characters connect emotionally and was it believable?

3. When writing a review, I don’t give out spoilers, the ending, the conflict, nor do I give out plot points.  I will however, talk about what I did like about the book and what I didn’t.  I hate when book review blogs from individuals give you a dissertation on the book.  I mean, why buy the book in the first place?  The blog already told you everything that you needed to now and more.  This is becoming more and more commonplace with so many people reviewing books on their blogs and it really pisses me off.  I have books on my Nook that I bought that sadly, I’ll probably never read because of it.  Grrr…

4. Also, if you get a bad review, just remember, its only ONE reviewer’s opinion.  Some people are going to love your stuff and some won’t love it.  Reviewing is subjective and therefore, should be taken with a grain of salt.  That said if the review is snarky and/or down right rude and mean, please, please let the review coordinator/owner know.  That should not be tolerated at all.  That does happen and it puts all reviewers in a bad light.

5. Lastly, why do I review?  I review because I love to read.  Period.  Some reviewers crave the power they have over an author but for me that’s the wrong reason to review.  I review for the simple pleasure of reading and then telling people why I liked it.

If you’re an author, tell me some of your experiences good or bad with reviewers.  No names, please.  If you’re a reader, what do you look for in a review?  I’ve listed below links to where I review to check me out.  I look forward to hearing from you. - personal review blog - Marika is my review name - Kate is my review name

 And you thought reviewers were stuffy and not human?

Thanks Marika for sharing with us.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

A towel's costume for Halloween.

Hope you have a great day,


Friday, October 28, 2011

RT - Read

To each other before bed.

If you need any suggestions just look around.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What Are You Planning to be for Halloween?

I kind of like this one.

Just as long as my nose doesn't grow.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Special Guest - Stephanie Campbell

1- Was your road to publication a delightful stroll in the park or a tiring jog over hot coals?

My road to publication was like running over hot coals, winding a corner, and then finding a beautiful park. It’s a bit funny, actually. For many years I had no publishers, and the amount of manuscripts I had under my belt just kept growing and growing. (I am a writer that keeps pumping out ideas one after the other.) Now, I have many great publishers and love all of my editors, so I am “in the park.” I have to admit that there were times when I wondered whether any of my manuscripts would get picked up, let alone seven of them. It really was an incredibly experience.

2- Tropical or European vacation?

Without a doubt, European. I actually spent many of my summers with my relatives in Rottendorf, Germany. On top of that, I’m not a big fan of direct sunlight and beaches. *Ducks head. Nobody shoot me.* I am one of the few people who favor wind and rain over sunshine. Plus, I like cuddly sweaters (because nobody would be in a bathing suit in the rain), delicious European food, and cute cottages instead of resort hotels.

3- Tell us about your real life romance.

Many people ask me this. I think it’s because I’m twenty. I date some, nothing serious, but I guess that I haven’t found Mr. Right or something along those lines. I am in love with writing and with books. Plus, right now I am so busy that trying to get an hour with me outside of business is about as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. (Yes, it seems like a boring answer, isn’t it?) I suppose it might help if I spend more time with people my age. Most of my friends are married and are in their forties.

I am looking for Mr. Right, though. I believe in love and all that creamy goodness, but I’m independent and don’t need to rely on some else for my own happiness. I suppose that’s all there is for now. *Laughs.*

4- If you were going to cast the hero of your book, what actor would get the part?

Viggo Mortenson! Viggo Mortenson! Viggo Mortenson! Though that isn’t at all because he reminds me of my main character. In fact, he probably wouldn’t fit at all. I suppose it’s a good thing that I’m not a casting director. He’s my biggest celebrity crush. If he ever worked on a movie based on one of my books, I would stash him in my closet. (Just kidding. I’m not THAT crazy.)

5-Where is your favorite place to write?

My office in my little “cave.” That’s what everyone else calls it, anyway. I disappear in there and don’t come out all day. I’m very crazy about my environment. *See statement above about my inner crazy.* I love quiet. I even write with ear plugs so that I can’t hear a thing. If I so much as get jolted out of my “scenario,” heaven help whoever it was that interrupted me.

6- What is your favorite dessert/food?

I thought that I would end this interview with the most important question. My favorite food is ice cream. I am neurotic about it. I think that it should be considered an addictive substance. If I don’t have a scoop a day, I develop an eye twitch. If I have enough, I’ll have a scoop for every meal. You would think that I would get tired of all that creamy goodness, but I never do…Mmm.

I would like to finish off this interview by thanking Tina Gayle for hosting me! Thanks Tina. By now, you probably are aware that I waste a great amount of time sucking down fattening substances while watching Viggo Mortenson. At the very least, I hope that you feel much better about yourselves after you read this.

Book Bio:

Ronnie Toll has never played with other kids. He's never slept soundly throughout the night, turned a corner without checking first, or laughed for the sake of laughing. All Ronnie knows is a world of shadows and monsters. His mother and father, Marion and Leon, are the only ones by his side. But all that is about to change when his mother is murdered by the monsters that only he can see. With his only safe haven crumbling around him, Ronnie becomes a poacher for the other side to help protect human civilization as he knows it. The problem is, he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he tangles with creatures that are larger than life—and himself.

About Stephanie:
Stephanie Campbell had her first book, Until We Meet Again, published at the age of seventeen. Now, at twenty, she is still wacking away at her computer, one day at a time. When she isn't reading or writing, she likes to dance, take karate lessons, and run. After all, you never know when you're about to be sucked into another world.

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Weekend

I wanted to share with you what I did this weekend.

Mike and I visited a few of the So. Cal. wineries.

Here is the link if you ever decide to do the same.

But I have to say I miss the NE wineries.

Have a great week,

MMI - Friend

"Your friend is one who knows you and still likes you." - Hubbard.

Friday, October 21, 2011

RT - Go for a Drive

Stuff lots of pillows in the back seat and use your imagination.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

MY - Living in the Clouds

I enjoy just looking at the sky sometimes because it reminds me how truly amazing the world is around us.
Mother Earth does her thing without any help from us.

Proves how insignificant we are.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WW- Donkey Trouble


It's the middle of the week and I'm sitting on my as.....

Guess I better get something done.


Monday, October 17, 2011