New Year Resolutions do they work?

Is it me or do we seem to get a lot of posts on Facebook which have to do with New Year’s resolutions this time of year?  Recently, I’ve seen advertising for courses and links to articles on how to set yourself up for success with your 2017 resolutions.  Call me a skeptic, but after of making resolutions only to wimp out by the end of January,  I searched for a different strategy.

This year I’m picking just one word which encapsulates my focus and intent.  For 2017 it is “balance”.  You may be asking “balance” in regards to what?

With a full-time job, care for aging parents, and writing.  I find I swing between an all-work-and-no play status to hunkering down and recharging my batteries when I reach the burnout stage.  This year I will strive for balance in all activities, such as:

  • Work and play.
  • Implementing a healthier lifestyle in regards to diet and exercise.
  • Dealing with dealing with the role of writer and one-woman business owner.  (Because indie authors must wear both hats)

This time next year I will report on how implementing an overall strategy worked focused on my theme.  It may unravel like previous years by the end of January. Or, maybe it will work out just fine.

Have you tried selecting a word of intent for the year before and how did it work for you?

Welcome Beach Reads Giveaway Hop readers


It’s August and in the central Arizona desert, we’re in the middle of monsoon season.  Now the dry desert heat switches to humid and miserable!  Most people do their best to take their vacations at this time and one of the favorite destinations is to head for the beach.  Sunblock?  Check.  Flip flops? Got em.  And a good “beach read” book, well that is an absolute necessity!

For example, in  Playing with Fire, Matt Anderson not only is charged with protecting Stella Adam’s construction site from theft and arson, but he’s been estranged from his family for over ten years. As his relationship grows with Stella, he begins to consider if he should take steps to reach out to them. Want to read more? Click here to read an excerpt.

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My  prize for this contest is a $10 gift card from your choice of one of either Barnes and Noble, Starbucks or Amazon.

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To enter, simply comment and tell me what you’re reading now. If you would like to increase your chances you can also sign up for my newsletter or like me on Facebook. If you do all three you get three entries for my blog hop prize. (If you’ve already liked me on Facebook or are subscribed to my newsletter, just let me know in your comment and I’ll give you the extra entries for my giveaway hop prize.)

If you are looking for more “beach read” books. use the linky below to visit the other blog hop participants.
Thank you for stopping by and good luck.

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Welcome to Love in Bloom Blog Hop

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Don’t you just love starting a new book? I do. There is the brief moment when I stare at the cover, drinking in the image of the hero or heroine as if to imprint their faces in my mind before I go to the first page and begin.

Today with all the pressures and demands placed upon us from all sides, we all need a little escape. A good romance book can take you away and give you a glimpse into another world and other lives. And if it a Romantic Suspense, you may realize that you don’t have it so tough compared to the trouble the fictional characters must deal with.

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In this contest, the winner can choose a $10 gift card from their choice of Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

To enter, simply comment and tell me what you’re reading now. If you would like to increase your chances you can also sign up for my newsletter or like me on facebook. If you do all three you get three entries for the gift card. If you are already subscribed to my newsletter or have liked my author page, just let me know in the post and I’ll add the extra entries.

To visit the other participating author’s websites,  Click here

Thank you for stopping buy and good luck.


Come join me at Arizona MysteryCon

Just a quick announcement – I will be one of the authors at the Arizona MysteryCon on June 3rd and 4th. If you are one of the first four people who register and place my name in the notes field with your Paypal payment, I will gift you a “Reader Event Survival Bag”. This multi-purpose bag will be filled with beverages, tasty food items, and other fun gifts. (Photos with details to be posted soon)

Register today at

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Congratulations to Trix!

Congratulations to Trix who won my prize for the Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop.  She has been notified and her copy of Someone to Watch Over Me and her gift card will be shipped to her shortly.

Please check back on my website next month as I will be participating in the Love in Bloom Blog Hop.



It’s raining romance books!!


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Welcome!  Is it raining romance novels?  You bet.  It isn’t the number one genre for nothing.  A great romance novel is guaranteed to take you on adventure and deliver a happily ever after.

My prize for this giveaway hop is:

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To enter simply comment and let me know which book you would prefer to come with the gift card if you win.  If you want to get more entries, like me on Facebook or sign up for my newsletter.  (Links to both are on the side column to the left.)  If you are already following or subscribed, just let me know in the comments and I’ll throw in the extra entries.

Use the link below to visit the websites of the other participants
and good luck!

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No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop


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Don’t you love it when things come with no strings attached? When someone comes to the table with hand open, palm facing up and a warm smile that indicates that a “gotcha” isn’t coming. When I read about this blog hop, it just sounded so easy and fun I knew I wanted to participate. So, welcome!


I’m offering a $10 Amazon gift card as my giveaway hop prize and a print copy of Someone to Watch Over Me .  To enter simply comment and let me know what is your favorite sub genre of romance is.

Morgan Kennedy is a woman with responsibilities, a lot of them. Since her father’s heart attack she’s taken over the management of the family’s jewelry store and upcoming annual charitable fundraiser. Still feeling the sting from a recent breakup, she has buried herself in work and is unaware that someone has been following her. When an accidental encounter causes her stalker to emerge from the shadows, she needs a bodyguard.

Shawn Randall fled Los Angeles and a career providing protection for the rich and famous to start again in Phoenix. He’s seen it all and has one unbreakable rule; never get emotionally involved with a client. Learning that lesson almost cost him all he held dear. However, this assignment may deliver more than he’s bargained for. Protecting Morgan may be the easy part safe guarding his heart just may turn out to be the toughest assignment he’s ever had.

Click on the book tab at the top of this page to read an excerpt.

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