Sunday, May 27, 2018

Remembering Our Nation's First Heroes...

A few weeks ago I made a visit to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philly's Old City. Aside from being an awesome retelling of America's struggle for independence, it also served as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the men and women who fought for liberty.




An inadequately equipped, ill-prepared group who took on a mission that many believed would not succeed. For the men who enlisted, there were never enough clothes, blankets, or supplies. More that 30,000 American soldiers died, not just from battle, but from accidents and disease.




The museum with its collections of artifacts, displays, and documents tells the story of the heroes who through their blood, sweat, and tears created our nation. 

On this Memorial Day, let us remember those warriors who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Men, and in lesser known cases women, who sacrificed their lives in order to create a new country.

For more information on the Museum of the American Revolution, 


https://www.amrevmuseum.org/


Have a peaceful holiday, and a safe week, Everyone!


(photos c/o  facebook.com/AmRev/Museum)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Still Time for Cruising For Love...

One of Crimson Romance's talents was taking past releases with a common theme, reinventing them, and releasing the novels in a bundle with  a really cool name, for a limited time, at a special price.



My novel, Magic Moment, was part of a collection released on January 1st titled Cruising for Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances. Also part of the group were Little White Lies, Romancing the Seas, and Reach for Tomorrow. Like Magic Moment, these stories involved boats, intrigue, the ocean, and sensual romance.

Sadly, as with all Crimson Bundles, Cruising for Love will be retired. Only a few weeks remain to grab four fantastic e-reads for the special price of $2.99. Take advantage, and check it out!

It has been an honor to share the stage with R.C. Matthews, Cait O'Sullivan, and Peggy Gaddis. Enjoy Cruising for Love, and I look forward to future reads from these fantastic authors.

BLURB:

Set a course for adventure with these four couples as they take to the high seas only to find new romance.

Little White Lies: (R. C. Matthews)

Attorney Madalyn Russell may have dumped her fiancé at the altar, but no way is she rejecting the honeymoon cruise. Unfortunately, she didn’t cancel the newlywed package, and now she’s stuck as a single in a lovebird world. That is, until a devilishly handsome man with a secret, Royce Spencer, offers a deliciously indecent proposal: He’ll pose as her husband in exchange for companionship during the cruise. She can’t deny their attraction, but will their little white lies make too many waves when Royce’s past finally catches up with him?

Romancing the Seas: (Cait O’ Sullivan)

When a relationship gone bad sinks sous-chef Pippa Renshaw’s plans, she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to become the head chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. It’s a great escape plan until a mix-up means she has to share a suite with her new boss, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, who is no happier about the circumstances. These two can handle the simmer… but when the heat turns up, is it a recipe for true love?

Reach for Tomorrow: (Peggy Gaddis)

Nurse Claire Frazier was devoted to her fiancé, until he threw that love back in her face. Disillusioned and burning with shame, she books passage on a world cruise, along with an intriguing collection of fellow passengers: an attractive second officer, a detective, and a confidence artist. Is love waiting once again at the next port of call?

Magic Moment: (Angela Adams)

Shortly after the FBI brings in Laura Roberts for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she keeps the books, a gang of thugs snatch her off the street. Chase Donovan boarded his boat intending to spend a few peaceful days getting his head together, but instead he finds trouble when he interrupts two men assaulting a woman in his cabin. What’s more, they claim his father told them to do it. Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they put their mutual attraction and time on his yacht to work to discover the truth before someone dies?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

To my awesome, fabulous, wonderful Mom, and to all of the "Moms" out there, Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy your special day!!!😊



(photo c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Remembering Those High School Classics!

One of the deeds I enjoy doing in my neighborhood is proofreading, sometimes tutoring, several of my high school neighbors when they have a research or Literature assignment (the subject we called "English/Composition" back in my day, our School District now refers to as "Language Arts") to complete.




Recently, one of my neighbors, a freshman, knocked on my door with a copy  of the book and a paper for The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My freshman friend, not only had a great paper, but I was reminded how Fitzgerald's read had been one of my own favorites in high school.

Not only did I decide to revisit Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, but started a list of those High-School-Required-Reads that I so admired.

Here are the top three!



The Great Gatsby






The story of wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for married Daisy Buchanan.


Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Gatsby-F-Scott-Fitzgerald-ebook/dp/B000FC0PDA/


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-gatsby-francis-scott-fitzgerald/1116668135


http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Great-Gatsby/F-Scott-Fitzgerald/9780743273565



Jane Eyre





Follow the encounters and passions of our heroine, Jane, including her love for the mysterious Mr. Rochester.


Buy Links:


https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Eyre-Charlotte-Bronte/dp/1503278190/


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jane-eyre-charlotte-bronte/1116670758


http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Jane-Eyre/Charlotte-Bronte/9780553211405


To Kill a Mockingbird





A mesmerizing story seen through the eyes of a young girl as her lawyer father defends a black man wrongly accused of a horrible crime.


Buy Links:


https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Mockingbird-Harperperennial-Modern-Classics-ebook/dp/B00K0OI42W/


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-kill-a-mockingbird-harper-lee/1100151011


http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Kill-Mockingbird/Harper-Lee/9780446310789



Have a great week, Everyone! In the meantime, care to share your favorite high school reads? 




(flowers photo c/o facebook/com/Urban-Jungle-Philadelphia-284855057305)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Looking for a Writing Contest?

Writing contests are often valuable tools for polishing our writing craft. Writers receive beneficial feedback from experienced judges, and sometimes an entry may catch the eye of an agent or editor. Listed below are a few current competitions that may be of interest. 



"The Molly"
Sponsor:  Heart of Denver Romance Writers
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Entry: First 25 pages of a manuscript; synopsis up to 5 pages
FMI, https://www.hodrw.com/the-molly-contest


"The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest"
Sponsor:  The Master Review
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Entry:  Unpublished short fiction pieces under 1,000 words
FMI, https://mastersreview.com/flash-fiction-contest/


"Pages From the Heart"
Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Entry:  The first 6,000 words of unpublished work
FMI, http://fthrw.com/pages-from-the-heart-contest.


Have a good week, Everyone!



(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Love, Honor, and Respect Our Planet

"Earth Day" was started by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. A committed environmentalist, Senator Nelson was concerned with the welfare of our land, air, and water, and the quality we were leaving to future generations.



While this day, April 22nd, is set aside to advocate ecology, we should make it a common practice to value our planet not just today, but every day.

Below I've listed the website for "Earth Day Network." Take a peek and learn what you can do to ensure a healthy planet, Earth.

FMI, https://www.earthday.org/


Have a good week, Everyone!


(photo c/o facebook.com/drseuss)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happenings in Historic Philly!

The idea for this post came to me while leaving the National Constitution Center last Friday. Their current exhibit on Alexander Hamilton is simply awesome. Or, as my cousin noted,"Hamilton was more than a hit Broadway musical."




April starts the Historical District's busy season as tourists begin their visits to the great city of Philadelphia, and learn of our nation's beginnings.

Here are some highlights for the 2018 season...


The National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

"Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes that Shaped a Nation"


Featured until December 31st, an awe-inspiring special exhibit explores the rival ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries.




Museum of the American Revolution
101 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Celebrate the Museum’s One Year Anniversary April 19-22, 2018!


The Museum opened on April 19, 2017. To start off the anniversary celebrations, the Museum is offering FREE general admission on Thursday, April 19th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Along with the exhibits, enjoy trivia, games, and food and drink specials in the Cross Keys Café. The festivities continue with various events and activities throughout the weekend.



Fete Day
Elfreth's Alley
2nd Street between Arch & Race




Saturday, June 2nd, join the residents of our nation's oldest continuously residential street for an afternoon of colonial crafts, music, food, and games.

FMIhttp://www.elfrethsalley.org/


Have a great week, Everyone!


(photos c/o  facebook.com/constitutionctr
                   facebook.com/AmRevMuseum
                  facebook.com/elfrethsalleymusuem/)