Quote Of The Month

"There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women."
Madeleine Albright

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Looking For Love in All The Right Places

Do you recall the former TV smash hit, "Cheers"? Check out "Looking For Henrietta".

Author Christine Columbus created a Cheers-type atmosphere and a hero who isn't quite Cliff and not exactly Norm. He's certainly not Sam Malone nor Coach . . . but Henry has a charm all his own and you can't help rooting for him to the very last page.

Christine gave this series the shot it needed by writing in first person and puts us in Henry's heart as he searches for the perfect woman to take to his 25th high school reunion. Looking for love in all the wrong places, he finally finds perfection--and she's been right under his nose all along.

I liked this story from the first paragraph and I know you will, too.

Monday, June 20, 2011

For a hot time at the reunion read . . .

Did you ever attend a public event, hoping you looked your best, acted your best, then watch in horror as it turned into a nightmare?
Did you ever have the 'man of your dreams' behave, in public, like a total and complete rectal orifice?
Did you ever crave, need, yearn for revenge?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, now is the time to pick up Karen Bostrum's "Red Leather Reunion".

Beginning with the cover art, which as always is fabulous, the story line is a been-there and done-that type of story, something all of us can relate to in some way, either personally or having watched our best friend experience.

And the dance scene is a honey.
Don't miss this one.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Maybe This Time

What editor can resist a story which includes a reality TV show titled "Get Lei'd"?
Not this one.
Maybe This Time is a three-peat for Jannine Gallant. Her clever word play always makes me chuckle.
I hope you all enjoy this one--and that it garners many excellent reviews.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

the latest reunion attendee is . . .

Multi-talented author Silver James has followed up her first Class of '85 story and based it in Doogan's Pub, a local hangout briefly featured in Fairy Tales Can Come True.
As much as I like and admire the hero and heroine, my heart is firmly attached to Big Mike Doogan, the hero's father. I liked him so much, I offered to channel my own father to capture some of his more spicy Gaelic curses. Though Silver politely declined my offer, I still like Mike very much.
In fact, in a few weeks time, he'll be visiting Mallory Kane's blog which features Class of '85 characters.
Stay tuned.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Anoither coup for one of the class of '85

The List has been awarded a 4.5 book rating by Long and Short Reviews, which placed it in the running for Best Book of the Week Award.
As the editor of this beauty, I am honored beyond belief.

Other classmates are receiving equally terrific reviews, especially Jannine Gallant.
This is a fabulous group of writers, loaded with talent and quick humor.
I am grateful to have them in my life.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

We have a new alum at the reunion

"Embraceable You" enjoyed a loud, joyous release party complete with paper streamers, noisemakers, and a tasteful quintet of kazoo players.
I recently underwent abdominal surgery; recovery would be smoother if I followed orders, but some of us, as they say in the rooms, have to go out and experiment a bit more. I hope I learned my lesson today and begin to pay better attention to detail.

But more to the point: Dru and Rory are here and looking good. Here's an excerpt:

Suddenly, Dru remembered the back-up phone tucked inside the double zippered pocket in her satchel, right beside the extra flash cards and rolls of antacids. Hot damn. All was not lost. With a grin, she hefted the bag over her shoulder and turned toward the bathroom. “I won't be long.”
Before she made the first step, he slid in front of the door, blocking her access. “Give it up.”
Down to her last strike, she pulled the affronted female card. Granted, she used it maybe once in a decade, but Fiona was probably tearing her hair by now. “I beg your pardon?”
Leaning forward, he brought them nose to nose. “Play much poker, Horvath? Your face just lit up like the Fourth of July, which tells me you've got something more stashed in the tote. Unless you let me search it, it stays with me.”
Clutching the canvas bag to her chest, she sneered, “The only thing in here is my outfit for tonight, McElroy. If you think I'm parading around naked in front of you, one of us is a couple fries short of a happy meal.”
His response came in the form of another gimme motion with those thick, blunt fingers. “I'll close my eyes if I encounter any lacy unmentionables.”
She knew the instant he found the back-up. The screw-you look morphed into a smirk. “It's not wise to mess with Homeland Security, sweetie. Those guys eat small animals for breakfast.”

I hope you enjoy.

Friday, February 11, 2011

After All These Years

Jannine Gallant created another pair of dynamic, funny and multi-layered characters when she dreamed up After All These Years.

Best yet--the reviewers agree. This story is wowing them--and rightfully so.

For a fun interview with Chantal Day, the star of this story, take a walk over to Mallory Kane's blog: www.WildWomanKane.blogspot.com. Chantal kept us all in stitches on January 30th. It's still there, if you look for it.

I know you'll enjoy it.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Changing the Environment

Funny how making changes in the every day environment will bring a new lease on life.
Shortly before Christmas the husb announced we give each other a Christmas gift of new living room furniture.
Uh huh. Just like the back deck he gave me a few years ago. I saved the gift card, occasionally pull it out to brush off the accumulating dust bunnies.
But, nope, he did what he said he'd do and on the day after New Year's, we went shopping. With style ideas and a maximum dollar amount in mind, we spent a few hours in a medium price showroom. What he found took my breath away. We bought the whole set, including throw pillows and angora throw which feels like sin against my skin.

Now for the new lease end of the deal: the living room is neat and clean for the first time in too many years. We're both taking more time and using more care in putting things away, not allowing dirty dishes collect.

It is absolutely grand. And I love it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

We are a finalist

Yesterday wile surfing my favorite sites on the Net I discovered the annual Predators and Editors Poll is out. I stopped by with the intent of voting for--The Wild Rose Press, of course.
Guess what I found?
My name is on the editor list!!!
Yowza. I wonder how that got there. And I am thrilled someone would nominate me.
After looking a bit more, I discovered a book [Package Deal by Donna Bolk] and an anthology [Out of the Dark, by Dara Edmondson, Lainey Bancroft and Kat Henry Doran] are also on the list.
What a day yesterday was for me.
On top of that, I was formally discharged from PT.
Yahoo and yahoo!!