Monday, May 28, 2012

On Memorial Day

Today is a day when people get together in the sunshine, have a BBQ, drink beer, eat too much, and enjoy the company of others.

That isn't truly what today is all about.

It's about this:

It's about the men and women who have lost their lives, paid the highest price, and made the largest sacrifice. It's about remembering those who will never again be able to enjoy the sunshine, a BBQ with friends and family, or a cold beer.

So, today, please take a moment to remember those who have given all.

Remember them, and thank them for their sacrifice.

With Love and Gratitude to those who have served and are still serving,


**On a happier note, Purrfect Storm is available for FREE today on the Kindle and Kindle App.**

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

On Bacon, Journalism, and Editing

Welcome back to my humble digital abode. I've been mysteriously MIA in recent weeks from both the blog and Twitter. This has a lot to do with being back in school, not to mention dealing with every day life and the day job.

I'm sorry. I really am, and I'll try to be a better author, blogger, and blog reader. Maybe I should even get into that whole commenting on blogs I read thing. I hear that works wonders for networking. :)

My first journalism class is moving along smoothly (now, anyway). The beginning was touch and go, but it looks like the professor might not be as bad as originally considered. I find that I'm actually looking forward to working on the final project (which I've already started--kinda).

In other news, bizarre and unimportant, but curious all the same...

I've recently wondered what the obsession with Bacon is. It seems like it should be the mascot for 2012. Hasn't that greasy mass of artery clogging fat been around since the *dawn of time (or at the bare minimum since people were hiking through the prairies in covered wagons--)?

I'm not a huge fan of bacon myself, but the thought of eating bacon flavored anything just makes my stomach rumble--and not in a good way. Yet, everywhere I look there is something about bacon. Equating it to money, baking with it, creating huge artistic creations around it--it's crazy. Could someone explain this to me?

As for editing... ummm... I should be doing that. I've got first round edits done and just have to finish making the corrections, but I keep putting it off. I know, I'm a bad, bad, writer. I'll be better about that too.

What have you been putting off recently that you should be doing? What are your thoughts on bacon?


* Now, in all fairness I didn't actually research when bacon was invented, so no snarling or biting at my inaccurate timeline. :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

On Tour Stops With Bunny's Reviews Blog

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a series of posts over at Bunny's Review Blog. I'm really grateful for her hosting me on my very first blog tour for Purrfect Storm.

Here are the links:

Guest Post: Marines Are Hot: Why I Write About Men in Uniform

Author Interview

Excerpt from Purrfect Storm

Character Interview with Purrfect Storm's Leila

Please take a few moments to visit Bunny's Review Blog and check out my posts. :)


On Purrfect Storm is Free!

On May 5th, my novelette, Purrfect Storm will be free for twenty-four hours. What a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! If you haven't already downloaded it, you can do it here, and feel free to leave a review. I'd love to know what everyone thinks.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

On the Melting Pot in Maui

The second night on Maui, after I acquired a sunburn and nearly drowned on the sailboat adventure, my BFF and I decided to enjoy a leisurely dinner at the Melting Pot.

She and I were still stuck on PST, and dinner was running late. We'd slipped from wanting to pass out at the table, to laughing uncontrollably. It didn't help that the first slice of apple I dipped in the cheese sauce flew off my fork and slid across the table directly at her.

"Fondu-me fighting apples" was born.

 We laughed more together than I can remember laughing in years. We entertained our server with jokes and stories of our adventures and life in general, and strolled out of there full and happy. Plus I had a trunk full of books from the Barnes and Noble next door. ;)

It was an amazing night all around.

Do you have any stories of a dinner out with friends? I'd love to hear about it.