Monday, 14 May 2012

Mother's Day

We all have different ideas of what a perfect Mother's Day is.  For some, it would start with breakfast in bed, then gifts, complete with a bouquet of flowers, then the rest of the day would be spent lounging about, being waited on hand and foot while reading a book or writing or sewing or nothing at all -- doing whatever you wanted.  Unfortunately for most of us, the above isn't feasible, yet we do manage to make the most of what we are given.

For instance, my day started off with the news we were going to hit 25 degrees Celsius (yay!), along with a happy Mother's Day note left on the counter by my youngest daughter before she rushed off to work.  Then it was off to the gym for my Zumba class and after that, I went shopping for my garden.  Once all my purchases were safely out of the car, I spent the rest of the afternoon getting my pond going and putting some flower pots where I wanted them.  My son dropped by with roses, along with a quick hug and kiss.  I got a call from my middle daughter and a text from my oldest daughter and then my day was topped off with our friends eating pizza and drinking big people pop.

That was the perfect day.  I hope you all had your perfect Mother's Day.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Taking Hold of the Vision

"Vision" is defined in the dictionary as follows:
1.    The act or power of sensing with the eyes.
2.    The act or power of anticipating that which will 
or may come to be.
3.    An experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present.
4.    Something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience: The vision revealed its message.
5.    A vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation.

Guess which category writer's fall under -- all of them.

1.    Our eyes are what give our characters their traits.  Remember, the people around us influence how our characters move, speak, their facial expressions -- it's what gives us the ability to make our characters and their world real for you.

2.    This is imperative to me especially. Because the story unfolds in front of me as it will for you when you read it.  I need to be able to anticipate what will happen next (or in my case what will happen first).  Believe me, I've been wrong in that assumption on numerous occasions.

3.    This one doesn't really need any explanation.  We all know how "vividly" my characters and their world appear in my mind.  I'm not too sure if the latter part of that is correct -- just joking, I know they're not physically there.

4.    This is when the whole of the story comes together, the ending if you will.  Yeah, I know I always know the ending first.  It still means the same, except for me it's when the beginning pulls it all together.

5.    Another one that needs no explanation.

A writer's vision is their imagination, something that most lose in the transition of becoming an adult and I'm no exception.  However, I've been blessed to get it back and holding onto it, if you can believe it, is what keeps me sane, because ultimately my vision will take you on a journey and hopefully it will help you find your imagination again.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

One Year

Happy Birthday to my daughter, J.

On the 10th of May it will be the first anniversary of Absolute Obsession being published.  Wow!  Already a year.  I want to thank everyone who has stood behind me and supported me through it all and a special thank you to my readers and publisher, Wings ePress Inc.. 

In the next year, I hope to take you on at least two more journeys; the second in the Absolute series, Absolute Obstruction, and the young adult, paranormal, Soul Control.  Let's pray that Wings finds them intriguing enough to publish them.

Here's to another year of writing and publishing. Yay!

Have a great day.

Monday, 23 April 2012

A Beautiful People

Last Friday I came home from San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico.  I spent a wonderful six days at my mom's home there and I have to say, I love the people!  They are the most passionate bunch I have ever met, they always have a smile for you and an "Ola" and the way the media has tainted the whole country is horrible.  Yes, certain areas you must stay away from, but that's true for any vacation you may take abroad, common sense is a must and Mexico is no exception.  The sad thing out of all of it is these wonderfully loving people are the one's getting caught in the crossfire.

My first day there we met a young man named Ernesto on the beach.  He sells silver jewellery from his knapsack and black display case he had tucked under his arm.  He was incredibly sweet and instead of continuing on to sell his wares, he hunkered down on the sand and told us how he had just moved from Mazatlan to live with his brother in Cabo, because Mazatlan was a deserted tourist spot, no one's going there anymore and he couldn't make a living.  We continued to talk for an hour or more, him giving us a Spanish lesson and we returned the favour by helping him with his English and even though he could have been bitter about how things were, he remained thankful, citing the fact that there were people far worse off than he was.
On my first day in a new country that could very well be facing financial ruin, a young man with enormous passion and love of family, reminded me what was truly important – thank you Ernesto, we truly could learn a lesson from you and your people.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

It's Okay. Really!

When someone finds out that I'm a writer, the very next question, 100% of the time, is "what do you write about?" or "what type of novel is it?" and no matter how the question is posed, it's always the same answer, "it's a romance".  Not once have I turned red with embarrassment when I've uttered those words, nor have I quickly glanced down, while sweeping my toe across the ground, as if I have been caught doing something wrong -- I WRITE ROMANCE! (Sorry didn't mean to yell.)

Even though over 60% of book sales are within the romance genre, readers still feel the need to hide the fact that they love them.  Why is that?  Why is there such a stigma attached to words that can take the reader on a journey that will have them believing in true love again, that chivalry hasn't died, that life can hold happiness, that dreams can come true?  Why is such a wonderful experience for each reader such a horrible admittance when they're asked "hey, watcha reading?"?

I don't want any readers to feel like they have to hide when they read my book or any romance novel for that matter, there really isn’t anything to be ashamed of and honestly, I hope one day while I’m standing in a line or on a plane or sitting in a waiting room, that I spot someone reading Absolute Obsession – that would make my year and beyond.
Have a great day.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Why the Easter Bunny?

There are two holidays every year that we throw the rules out the window.  Christmas and Easter.  They are the days that we allow ourselves and our kids to eat chocolate and candy for breakfast. 

Nothing is as wonderful to see the kids' little faces when they find all the treats the Easter Bunny left them, how excited they get when their baskets are filled to the brim with jelly beans, chocolate Easter eggs and the like.  Easter is a day for families to gather and have a great feast, visit, and yes, of course, laugh -- what fun!

However, let's not forget the real reason why the Easter Bunny graces our homes every year.  It is the day that draws attention to one of the most important things that we should all practice everyday -- forgiveness.  Let's not fail Him.

Have a great day and great Easter!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Life Summed Up

We've all experienced receiving flowers at some point in our lives, along with that little 3 x 5 card that has something inspiring, apologetic and/or nice written on it.

Those written words recall a personal story between the giver and the receiver's life, perhaps to bring a new beginning, or maybe it's an apology because words were too hard to come by, maybe it's congratulatory, or maybe it's an ending.  There are a million reasons for that little card to be cradled within the leaves of a bouquet and if, in your life time, you were to collect an array of those card from all different walks of life and people, oh what a story that would tell -- to catch a peak into a moment of someone's life -- a moment that has been summed up with a few words written on a 3 x 5 card.

Have a great day.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Writer's Block or Not?

Every novel starts with a premise/idea/fantasy and however it starts, it evolves with each letter and word written.  However, what happens when the evolution stumbles and you can't quite find the path your characters are talking about?  Is that considered writer's block?

A new world has been playing in my head for over a month now and I have written quite a bit of it, but have been struggling with vast parts and it was this past weekend when I realized why -- I was trying to write someone else's story at my convenience, not when they needed me to listen.  In essence, I was forcing them on stage and all that got me was storytelling at it's worse, there was no passion in the words, no emotion in the tone -- it was blah!

Was it writer's block?  I don't think so, I simply stopped listening -- that has since been corrected.  I'm armed with a pen and have ensured that paper, big and small, surround me, all at the ready for when Jolecia and Gavri speak.

Have a great day

Monday, 19 March 2012

The Zone and Finding Balance

We've all had moments where we didn't want to socialize with anyone and honestly, there is nothing wrong with wanting a little time alone, but what if that time alone isn't really being alone?

I'm referring to the zone.  The zone is the place that takes me into a completely different world and has me surrounded by a  new bunch of people, ones that set about telling me their stories.  Why am I bringing this up?  Well, the fact of the matter is, it has actually taken me this long to find balance when new characters make themselves known.

When Michael and Rose first entered the stage (and we all know at that time I wasn't sure if I was losing my mind or, well...that was pretty much what I thought) they and their cohorts  completely consumed me, taking over my psyche and throwing the balance in my own life off kilter.  However, in time, I was able to find the balance.  I can now decide which world I want to or need to be in, which "zone" requires my attention the most and even sometimes be in two places at once... figure that one out. Ha ha.

Have a great day.

Monday, 12 March 2012


As a writer I am often asked what inspires me and as you all know it is my characters that help move me along.  Now another question popped up a couple weeks ago "where or how could someone find inspiration?".  When that question was posed to me I stumbled on my answer and it was only after it was too late that the answer came to me.

Inspiration isn't something you can look for, as a matter of fact, I can almost guarantee that looking for it will produce the exact opposite result.  It isn't something that can be found in one certain place and I believe that if you're looking for it, you will never find it, it will evade you like the plague.  That's not to say it'll never find you.  Inspiration can be a billboard that you see along the highway, it can be a comment in passing, it can even be a look someone gives you.  Inspiration is as individual as the person itself.  The trick is, you have to be able to recognize it when it does hit.  Remember this: inspiration is but a fleeting moment in time and it's up to you to capture it.

Have a great day.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Young Love

I was at a wedding this past weekend for my friend's daughter.  It was a beautiful ceremony and a very lovely reception.  The bride, of course, looked beautiful, the groom was very handsome and all had good time, including myself.

As I watched the traditional evening unfold I couldn't help but smile and feel all tingly inside when I saw how the bride and groom looked at each other during their first dance as husband and wife, their little smitten glances -- you couldn't slap the smiles off their faces as they both gazed, yes gazed, into each other's eyes.

It was wonderful to see such young love. It brought me back in time, jogging the memory of what it feels like when you find new love -- the butterflies that dance in your tummy in anticipation of seeing them, hanging on every word they say while they tell you about their dreams and desires, wanting to give them everything, including your soul. It's a time when you feel free, when the future holds everything and the world is at your fingertips.  Ahhh! Young love.

Contrats sweethearts!

Have a great day.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Writing the Perfect Valentine

If you want to write your own perfect Valentine, you'll have to be willing to strip away that protective guard we hide our feelings behind to protect us and unveil your vulnerability.  That is step one.

Next, start writing using basic words, such as love, kind, and happy.  Then explore the thesaurus to change it up a bit.  So, instead of writing "I love you" jot down "you are my passion" and continue writing little quotes that directly relate to how you feel.  It won't be an easy task.  Conveying emotion paper is difficult even for a romance writer, but it can be done.  Go with your gut, listen to that inner voice and I guarantee that what you will end up with, is a Valentine your love will hold onto for years to come -- after all, isn't life all about giving of one's self?  I think so.

Have a great day and weekend

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

At Least Michael Terrance is Honest

There have been some reviewers and readers that have brought attention to Michael's temper in Absolute Obsession.  Yes, I'll agree at times his temper is worrisome, but there is so much more to him than that, including being a romantic to a fault.

The thing is, Michael could have easily been portrayed as a perfect lover and husband, but that wouldn't be him.  He insisted on being truthful about the man he is and wanted me to write his story honestly.  Quite frankly, that honesty and temper gives him depth -- he's real when he enters your mind and I can guarantee  you'll want to know who he really is.

Would I change Absolute Obsession for those who insist on bringing light to the negative -- never!  Michael's story is exactly that... Michael's story and it couldn't be written any other way.

Have a great day. 

Monday, 6 February 2012

The Secret to Romance

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, many are thinking about what is an appropriate gift to buy for the one they love, some may be worrying that they can't afford those expensive gifts and some will simply buy whatever is out there on the shelves.  It's all very nice and we do appreciate it when we receive those gifts.  However, when looking upon that empty box of chocolates, after popping the last succulent one into our mouth, is that our romantic quota for the year?

I believe there is a misconception as to what romance truly is.   Romance isn't diamonds, jewellery, boxes of chocolate, flowers, or anything of the like -- it isn't defined by material goods, or a dollar value.  Romance is a soft touch as you pass by, a wisp of a kiss just so you can be close, a hug with a snuggle into the nape of my neck, listening when I have so much to tell you and yes, my favorite, the sweet nothings whispered in my ear -- that is romance.

So for all you men out there who are struggling to figure out what to get, the above is the gift that keeps on giving and will immortalize you in our hearts.

Have a great day.

Friday, 3 February 2012

A Humorous Antidote

What kind of person would I be if I couldn't laugh at myself?  I had the occasion to do just that yesterday, especially when I knew the looks and snickers were directed at me.

Again I was at the gym (yes, I'm addicted) and you can just imagine my surprise when the gym pants I pulled out weren't mine.  Somehow a pair of my mom's sweat pants got into my drawer and made into my gym bag and of course, I wouldn't look closely at them -- heck they were in my drawer! Anyway, my mom wears a few sizes larger than me and because there was no way I was going to go all the way home or skip the gym, I put them on... they slid down, I pulled them back up, they fell down again.  So with them crumpled on the floor, I put my workout top on, which is spandex and fits snugly, then tucked my pants under my shirt -- it became my belt.  Unfortunately the pants were very baggy and... too short, I looked like a wanna be Erkel, all that was missing were the suspenders.  Needless to say, during my whole workout I was constantly tucking my pants under my belt-shirt.  You can just imagine the looks... it was hilarious.

How did the pants get in my drawer? The conclusion I could come up with is:  Last summer my mom stayed with us for a couple of weeks and somehow those pants in these past months made it from her house, to our spare bedroom, through the laundry, then into my drawer -- the strange thing; it took them six months to make to my dresser -- spooky.

Keep on laughing

Have a great day and week-end.  

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Words of Commendable Encouragement

At the beginning of this month, when I went to the gym, I noted something a tad different -- it was busier.  My guess was because of all the New Year's resolutions that had been uttered the weeks prior to January 1, 2012.  Some of the new faces were there simply to get in shape, maybe tone and do a little weight training.  Others were there to lose weight and feel better about who they are -- it is to those that I give the following words of encouragement, as I myself was once a very large woman.

I know what it feels like to walk in the gym and not have that perfect model body (not that I have one now mind you).  The embarrassment, the feeling of inadequacy, the stares from those who have those perfect bodies, all those horrible feelings that are added to the already crappy pile of sh** you place on yourself.  What I want you to know is this: 
I do look at you when I see you working hard on the treadmill, or the bike, or jogging, or ... Well you get the picture.  But I'm not thinking what you think I'm thinking -- I'm not thinking "how could someone let themselves get like that" (I know all too well how easy it is) or "that's disgusting".  No, I'm not thinking that at all, what I'm thinking is "good for you", "keep it up", "don't let the skinnies get to you" and I'm trying to get up enough courage to approach you, to give you a high five and encourage you to keep going -- keep going, you've already taken the hardest step. You go guys and gals!!!!

Have a great day

Monday, 30 January 2012


I've heard it said, on numerous occasions, that one of the hardest things for some authors to do, is pick a title for their masterpiece.  Up until now, I found that interesting, because for me, the titles were always the next thing that popped into my head after the first paragraph did.  However, the bunch that took the stage this time are stubborn.  Yes, another book is on the horizon and the story is being told, but my characters have yet to reveal the title and honestly, it's driving me crazy. Arg!!! (I think they're rebelling).

As their words flow across the pages, the fact that their story doesn't have a name is never far from the forefront of my mind. Which, of course, means, I'm constantly shushing them when my brain decides to change direction and runs through a plethora of possible titles.  In essence... this bunch has me struggling.  Hmm, maybe I'll push them to the back of the line and see who's next.  I'm allowed to do that, after all, I'm the author.

Have a great day.

Monday, 23 January 2012

What Do I Do Now?

The weekend went well and Soul Control is now in the hands of the judges at Amazon. Fingers crossed that my *##@@ 300 word hook sends it to the second round and if not... well, we won't think about it.

For the past couple of months I've been working on Soul Control and it is now fully and utterly complete.  I've read over and over, and I don't think I can tweak it anymore.  Now what do I do?

Well, I'm simply going to give my brain a rest, even though I'm certain others are already sneaking in the back door and will soon step on stage, wanting their stories written -- until then, I'm going to enjoy the silence, because it will probably only last a day, if I'm lucky.

Have a great day.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Nathanael and Saydi in a Contest

Well, I'm a bit nervous for Sunday night.  Why?  Because I'm going to enter Saydi and Nathanael in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Yes, I believe they're story is that good.

Because it is not a contracted work nor a published work yet, I am eligible to submit it and am very excited/nervous.  So guess what I'll be doing all weekend.  Yes, the dreaded of all things... a 300 word hook, which of course runs along the same as a (gasp! Choke!)... query.

Wish me luck. Oh! By the way, the title of Nathanael and Saydi's story -- Soul Control.

Have a great day and weekend

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Share A Blessing

This morning we woke up to minus 26 degrees Celsius and it's been like that for the last few days here in the great white north.  Yesterday morning was even worse, we woke up to minus 33 degrees Celsius and with the wind chill, it was minus 41... Yes you heard right and the day before that it was a balmy minus 28 with a wind chill that put us at minus 30 something.  Brrr! These kind of days make me wonder why I live here.  However, they also help me realize how blessed we are.

Why do I bring this up?  Because it’s on these days that the homeless sit heavy on my mind.  Have you ever noticed during the warm days their out and about, doing their daily routines?  Such as finding bottles to make enough cash for a meal, maybe scoping out a certain area they want to claim for a nights rest, they're there in plain sight -- but it's on these extremely cold days that those same people become invisible.

They hide from the cold, trying to find a place to stay out of the wind and when it's this cold, it's almost impossible to scour the back alleys to find those ever elusive bottles they so desperately need.  Not only that, let's face it, we all hunker down inside, not wandering to far from the comfort of our warm buildings, complaining how cold it is and whining to management to turn the heat up, so we don't have wear that sweater that's draped over the back of our chair.

On these days, the homeless' fight for survival, is no longer to get through the next twenty four hours, it's trying to get through the next minute, hoping a hot meal might be on the horizon or better yet, that they make it through the night. The reason they're there is not for me to question nor judge, everyone's story is different and it would do some of us good to remember that 60% of middle class families (yes people you know) are one paycheque away from homelessness themselves.

We are blessed with our ability to be able to give a toque, mitts, scarf or maybe, something as simple as putting those empties out in a back alley instead of taking them to the bottle depot.

Have a great day. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New Year - New Me?

It is a new year and most have made resolutions, whether they're successful or not, remains to be seen.  Did I make a resolution?  No, but I did make myself a promise to change something that I noted about myself (yes another discovery, geez!).  What I noted since writing, is I found myself somewhat shy.  Actually, it felt like I was in highschool again, a place where I was enormously shy.

When did I discover this?  Well, it took a small thing to enlighten me to such a huge problem -- my eyes would constantly stay on the ground, in a room of strangers and I would only engage them if they approached me or if I had no choice, such as a clerk at a store.  Then upon further investigation, it came to light that even at my book signings, I simply smiled, but would never approach someone unless they took an interest.  Not a good place to be when you're an author.

Truly, I don't know where it came from, because after highschool I conquered that stigmatism and became quite outgoing (no, not annoying outgoing).  So, whatever triggered my old ways I'll  never know.  All I know is...I'm going to change it with one eye contact and one smile at a time.

Have a great day.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Wonderful Times

Happy Monday everyone!  I only say that because, if I speak it, it will come true... Right? 

Well, regardless of what today brings, I'm forever thankful for this past weekend.  I was in Jasper and it couldn't have been more beautiful.  As we strolled along main street, checking out what each and every store had to offer, a light snow fell, there was no wind and it was warm -- it truly stepped you back in time, making it feel like an old Christmas all over again.  It also helped that it was the yearly festival they call "Jasper in January" and that meant all the Christmas lights and decorations remained, giving the town even more of the ambiance of times gone by.  It truly was a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

Have a great day.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday the 13th

Everyone today will be all abuzz about it being Friday the 13th, supposedly the unluckiest day of all.  Why?

Well, we all know that it started with movies and media branding the 13th an unlucky day, but my thoughts are this:  If you keep repeating that its going to be unlucky, then it will be... if you speak it out loud, it will come to pass.   You are the creator of your days, you have control in how you look at it... if you choose to point blame at a number, on a certain day, remember...when you point a finger, three are pointing right back at you.

I choose to make it my luckiest day.  What about you?

Have a wonderful day and weekend.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Time is Precious

A friend and I were talking this morning and she brought up something that happened back in October or November and when she did, it felt like she was talking about eons ago, not just a month or so ago.

The older I get, the faster time seems to go. Years ago, I remember telling my kids, for one reason or another, that it'll only be a blink of an eye and they'll wake up one morning 30 years old, wondering what they did with their life (thankfully they all listened and are successful.  I'm so proud of my babies).  However, the one thing I didn't think about when I was being so wise, was that meant I would wake up that same day much older too.  Yikes!

Time is a gift, use it well.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Taking Time for Yourself

Yesterday when I was at the gym, trying to get through my set of squats, I started thinking about how easy it is to get caught up in looking after everyone else, ensuring they're happy, that you forget about yourself.  I know what that feels like, I did it my whole life.

It takes a complete lifestyle change to make yourself number one, but not only that, you must believe that you deserve it and you're worthy of it.  You see, most nurturer and caregiver personalities tend to think that they should come last, putting they're wants and desires at the bottom of the list, and everyone else's first.

Well, from experience let me tell you, if you don't take the time for yourself, there is no way that you're completely happy.  I also want to say that you are worthy and if it takes you an hour or a week or months to find yourself and nurture your soul, you won't regret it.  The people closest to you may not like it while you're on that self-discovery, but they will love the person that comes out the other end.  I can guarantee it, I'm living proof.

Have a Great Day.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Being in Writer Mode

Well, the past week has been spent getting back to everything normal. Such as watching a little bit of television, going to the gym, conversing with real people, not one's that are in my head, ahahaha... Sad but true.

Being in writer mode means, as I've said before, being somewhere else completely, telling the story of the characters as they see it and for me to be able to do that, I need complete silence.  I'm not one of these writers who can listen to music or have background noise. If there are those types of disturbances, then I'm not able to listen to the characters properly and I most certainly am not able to be in their world, therefore won't be able to write their story as it should be. 

Why am I bringing this up?  Well its an explanation as to why this blog, along with marketing and not being around all that much, fell to the wayside.  Don't get me wrong, all those things are important because they are what brings me my readers and the readers are the most important thing to me. Unfortunately, on the other side of that, if I don't write a good story then I wouldn't have any readers.  Hmm!  That's right along the same lines as "what came first, the chicken or the egg?".

Have a great day.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Now I'm Lost

Well, Saydi and Nathanael are officially at the publishers under review and I can't help but to feel lost now. It's hard to see them go, especially when they were so much part of my life. However, their story has been written down and they have left the stage for now... Something tells me we'll be seeing them again because they haven't left the building.

Now I'm not certain who will take the stage next, but rest assured it will be good -- someone left the back door open again and some others have trotted through it, standing at the back of line waiting for their chance to be heard.  Yes it's going to get very interesting.

Have a great day.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Saydi and Nathanael

Well, it's been a wacky couple of months, but Saydi and Nathanael are in the home stretch. Wings has asked for the manuscript and I will be submitting it in the next couple of days once my editor, Melanie Saxton and I go through it quickly one more time.  If anyone is looking for an excellent editor who will go above and beyond to make your work a masterpiece, then Melanie is who you are looking for. 

I must say I'm very proud and excited about this novel.  It is a Young Adult, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance with an interesting bunch of twists. So much so, there is a stack of notes about two to three inches thick by my computer, that I had to write down to keep track of what was happening, where people were, and what people could do (yes they have powers), it was confusing at times,  but with the way it turned out, it was well worth it.

However, what excites me the most, is how well the characters developed through it all, I really like them and I hope you will too.

Have a great day.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

It's 2012

Happy New Year everyone. May this coming year find you healthy, with a plethora of family and friends and lots of joy and excitement -- most of all, may all your dreams come true.

Have a wonderful day.