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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in General, Writing | 10 comments

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Funny, the way life turns out. Or perhaps God has a weird sense of humor. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how I was ‘waiting’ for Christmas. That for some odd reason, things felt different this year. That I didn’t feel like rushing, or doing much of anything. I mentioned how I no longer bake, that I quit sending Christmas cards years ago, and hadn’t yet bought any Christmas presents. And I also said that, while I knew there was a Christmas tree somewhere out there for us, it would probably be of the Charlie...

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Waiting for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Books, General, Writing | 2 comments

Waiting for Christmas

During Mass last Sunday, our parish priest spoke about the season of Advent. The four weeks of Advent which lead up to Christmas are a time of ‘waiting’, he said. A time of ‘preparing’… a time of ‘coming’. I’ve been pondering his words since I left church that morning. All around our little town in Northern Michigan, I see lots of ‘preparing’ going on. People rushing through the stores, grabbing things from the shelves (50% off! Sale ends soon!), scoping out the best Christmas tree...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in General, Writing | 2 comments

An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a great time to step back, pause, and give thanks for all the gifts we’ve received. But it’s hard for me to make a Top #10 List. I’m grateful for so many things. Still, I’m giving it a try (in no particular order):     For my alarm clock that goes off every morning at 5 am. Yes, it’s early. But hearing the alarm means that I am alive, and have another day ahead of me filled with opportunities. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the days wisely, and make a difference in someone’s...

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The Day I Saw a Ghost

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in General, Writing | Comments Off on The Day I Saw a Ghost

The Day I Saw a Ghost

Do you believe in ghosts? Some people think the mere mention of spirits is silly nonsense. I, however, am a believer in ‘something else out there’. I’ve believed since one summer day when I was 9 years old. That was the day I saw a ghost.   I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where my family lived in a large stately home which was built in the early 1900s. The house had a double living room and a graceful staircase with a polished wooden banister which led to a landing. Beyond the landing, the staircase turned and continued out of sight upstairs...

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Here Comes the Bride Blog Hop

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Books, General, Writing | Comments Off on Here Comes the Bride Blog Hop

Here Comes the Bride Blog Hop

Welcome to Fabulous Fun Friday! I’m taking part in the ‘Here Comes The Bride Blog Hop’, featuring my novel Royal Secrets, about a family owned Las Vegas wedding chapel where dreams come true and are just as easily destroyed. Read on for an exclusive interview with Lily Lavendar of Royal Secrets.  Lily joins us to chat about brides and her family’s wedding chapel. P.S. Don’t forget to enter the ‘Here Comes The Bride’ blog hop contest at the end of Lily’s interview… you could win big!  ...

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Here Comes the Bride

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Books, General, Writing | Comments Off on Here Comes the Bride

Here Comes the Bride

Love wedding movies? Me, too! Love Las Vegas? I’ll second that! And with my new wedding book coming up as an October release, is it any wonder I’ve got weddings on my mind? Secrets of the Royal Wedding Chapel will be published by Booktrope Publishing on October 13th. I’m way beyond excited about the cover (hint: the book is set in Las Vegas). As soon as I get the ‘official nod’, I promise to share the cover with you. Meanwhile, I’ve been having way too much fun checking out different videos featuring films...

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10 Fun Facts on Vegas Weddings

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in General, Writing | 2 comments

10 Fun Facts on Vegas Weddings

You’re got the guy and the ring. Congratulations! Now it’s time for the day you’ve dreamed of all your life. A big, splashy wedding. A drop-dead gorgeous gown (Vera Wang? Pnina Tornai? Jenny Packham?) A reception with free-flowing champagne and a scrumptious buffet. Calories? Who cares? It’s your wedding day, right?   Then reality sets in. Your family (or you and your fiancee) can’t afford the lavish affair you’ve always dreamed of. Worse, there’s family in-fighting. No one agrees on anything....

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Humiliation in a Helicopter

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Books, General, Writing | 2 comments

Humiliation in a Helicopter

When I was 16, I visited Mt. Rushmore with my mom and younger sister. While we were there, my mother had the brilliant idea that it would be fun to take a helicopter tour and view the monument from above. A helicopter ride? How cool was that?! We joined the line at the counter (limit of 7 people) and waited our turn to sign up. I was eager to join in the fun… that is, until the pretty young girl behind the counter asked each of us how much we weighed. “There’s a weight limit,” she explained. My mother (quite heavy at...

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My Two Weddings

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Books, General, Writing | 8 comments

My Two Weddings

I love weddings. I love weddings so much that I got married twice. The first time, my husband Steve and I had an elaborate church wedding. I felt like a princess as I walked down the aisle on my father’s arm. Steve was waiting for me at the altar in front of our 200 guests. During the wedding mass, I was giddy with excitement as the priest pronounced the vows that bound Steve and I together as husband and wife. We were young, we were in love… and we were married!   Twenty years later, Steve and I hopped a jet for Las Vegas and renewed...

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The Right Design by Isabella Louise Anderson ~ Friday Fiction Finds

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Books, Featured Author, Friday Fiction Finds, Writing | 1 comment

The Right Design by Isabella Louise Anderson ~ Friday Fiction Finds

Summertime is the perfect time to indulge with a new romance… or read about one! Friday Fiction Finds welcomes Author Isabella Louise Anderson, a Chick Lit Goddess extraordinaire, who’s visiting today to chat about her debut novel, The Right Design, published in 2014. Isabella is known for her light, witty voice, her fun, sassy style, and for providing her readers with a delicious curling toes-in-the-sand read that will leave you wanting more, more, more long after the sun has set. * * * About the Book * * *  Do business and...

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