Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Nonny: Betty Knutson My Memorial

There are so many things that I could have said had I been given a chance.  It was taken away from me by those who are supposed to be loved ones and family.  Now she lays unable to speak. Waiting to take her last breath.  They tell me she is not in pain, that the drugs they give her are making her comfortable.  They say that she is really not in there anymore.  They say it is a matter of minutes, hours, days. 

My Mom and Dad
I love her.  I will miss her.  I will remember her. I will remember her words of wisdom.  What she really wanted was for the family to make peace. For all of us to be a family again.  I will honor that and try to help facilitate that peace.

 Nonny, you are my heart.  You are my soul.  You loved me unconditionally.  You will live forever in my memories.  My heart is breaking into pieces as I sit here, waiting.  Shedding tears that only I can shed. 

I want to be the little girl again who climbs up into Nonny’s lap when she came early in the morning.  I want to be that little girl again that she taught how to crochet.  I want to rest my head on her shoulder and have her tell me it’s going to be okay. 

But it will never be the same again.  The world has lost one of its brightest and shiniest stars.  She gave of herself and loved unconditionally.  She made people smile, and she was feisty.  Every time I look up in the sky, I will remember her.  Every time I pick up a crochet hook or a needle and thread, I will think of her. For it was through her I am the creative person I am now.  Every time I reach out to another human being to help or offer words of comfort, I will do it in her name because that is who she always will be to me. 

Nonny, Betty Knutson, My grandmother, I will miss you. I will remember you.  I will always love you.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shawtelle Madison's Book Launch Party!

Shawntelle Madison's Book,  Coveted, Had it's Launch party at Rose's Book House.  The awesome author was on hand signing books and chatting away with all that stopped by.

Refreshments were to be had,  including the cake plus some wonderful WEREWOLF PUNCH. I am hoping I can convince Shawntelle to part with the recipe as it was absolutely delicious.

I am looking forward to reading Coveted, just the blurb alone has me wanting to start it immediately!


For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she's stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home--and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.
Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves--and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it's enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012



Thursday, November 10, 2011

An Awesome Authors Day...

Author Charlie Kenmore and Photographer Jaime Leach

The nice thing about having a page for my writing is I can pretty much say what I want.  If people don't like it, don't read it.

My writing has come to a standstill.  I am unsure of how to proceed.  I want to create a piece that people will want to read.  Can I do it on my own, after so many years of not writing "creatively?"  I am not sure.  Can I write?  Yes.  What do I need to do?  How do I motivate myself?

Author Charlie Kenmore and I went to a book signing on Saturday, and I met some phenomenal authors there.  I kept saying to myself I want to be successful like they are.  Silly perhaps, some have been doing this for many years.  There was so much talent in Rose's Book House that day, I can't help but be inspired by these amazing people.

Here are some photos of some talented authors all of whom I think you should read.

Kasey is very personable.  She actually just gave me a book!  I met her for the first time at ARCHON in early October.  Her books Red Hot Fury and Green Eyed Envy   are linked here.

Kasey Mackenzie lives with her husband and son in St. Louis, Missouri; home of the Gateway Arch, the baseball Cardinals, and the world’s greatest thin-crust pizza.  Kasey was one of those students who always had her nose in a book—so no big surprise when she was voted “Teacher’s Pet” in her high school yearbook.  Today, she is a voracious reader of fantasy, romance, suspense, and “soft” science fiction.  She adores her German shepherd puppy, two cats, playing softball, and has recently taken up knitting.  So far she can cast on, do the knit stitch, and cast off.  Hey, it’s a start!

Ms. Ivy was very nice and signed a book with author Angie Fox.  Their anthology The Real Werewives of Vampire County  you can also find her Guardians of Eternity series here.

 You can find her book listed here at Amazon.  I enjoy Jade's books.  My favorites being her Tigress Series.

Shannon is a very talented lady.  Writing both in the paranormal genre and Romantic Suspense.  I love all of her books.  you can find a her books here on Amazon
 Jade Lee
Kind enough to take a picture with an admirer.  Here I am complete with "THE LIST".  Every Book I own or want is listed in this folder.  

Ms. Angie said I was the best dressed at the book signing.  I came wearing my Angie Fox "Kiss My Asphalt"  t-shirt that she sent.  You can find all Angie's books listed here at Amazon

Shiloh Walker was very nice.  I enjoyed the few moments I spoke to her.  I did take Pictures but out of respect for this wonderful author I posted some of her books.  Shiloh's books can be found here on Amazon

Shannon Butcher
Shannon makes the most beautiful jewelry and glass book marks.  Multi-talented  writer and crafter. With Me!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.

Henry A. Kissinger

What does this mean to you?

Monday, October 17, 2011


With federal elections just over a year away, I am enacting the following regulations:

1) Anyone posting any drivel promoting religious, racial or sexual intolerance is subject to summary removal from my friends list.

2) Anyone sharing any drivel from Lori Foster or the Tea Party is subject to summary removal from my friends list.

3) If you wish to engage in political discourse, there must be a basis in fact. This means anyone posting any drivel from Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly or Fox News is subject to summary removal from my friends list.

4) I am pro-choice. Any posts advocating the restriction of female reproductive rights may subject the poster to summary removal from my friends list.

5) Nihilistic negativism or extreme right wing demagoguery may subject the poster to summary removal from my friends list.

6) It is acceptable to refer to Cainsian Economics as “Nein! Nein! Nein!”


Thursday, October 13, 2011


Have you ever had a negative review?   I am here to tell you that this is not a perfect world.  If all you want are the happy happy joy joy feeling from a 5 star or what ever a particular reviewer uses, GET OUT NOW!  Not gonna happen unless you write all the reviews yourself, pay someone to give them to you, or happen to have a wonderful family that will write whatever you ask for.  

Negative reviews are not necessarily the end of the world.  It is still publicity of sorts.  But the most important thing to look at is why.  Why is the reviewer giving you a negative review?  Read what they say, and ask yourself, is there any basis for the negative review? Can you say this free piece is the best example of your work? Did you put everything into it that you would have put into a manuscript that you were/are going to submit to a publisher?  Perhaps, perhaps not, but I think it is something we all need to think about.

1:  “The editing was poor, and it kept me from enjoying the book.”  I actually read one of those.  I read the entire thing, taking much longer to read it than I normally do.  This is a review that might be helpful.  Is there a problem with the editing?  I doubt the E publisher for the one I read even sent the book  to an editor before it went out.  It was wrong on so many levels. 

If this is the case, and you go back and read it, then there is a valid reason for the negative review.  I managed to find the story underneath, but I really let the author know that it was a tough read.  This is fixable.  What you do here can either make you a jerk for being mean to the reviewer, or a better author for actually taking the time to follow up and even correct the problem.

2: Recently I heard from an author about a negative review because the reviewer said that the story contained anal sex.  The book in question did not have anal sex in it at all.  With this type of negative review, you have a right to be upset and a response is warranted.  Whether or not  the reviewer is a responsible person is another story. But before jumping to conclusions, maybe the reviewer has over extended herself and got the story mixed up with another story.  I myself only read one story/book at a time, so that I do not make such mistakes!

3:  Another thing that I’ve seen is that a reviewer will only read two or three pages in and decide that that is enough to give a value judgment on a person's life work.  This seems to happen even when the piece is free.  I ask myself why.  I have no good answers for you. Is it fair?  Is it right?  Is it ethical?  I have no clue. But if a review is based on less than an evaluation of an entire work, the reviewer should state that is the case.

4:  Do reviewers actually do reviews on books they have not read?  WOW-- scary question.  I have read every single book I have reviewed.  Good, bad, mediocre, I have read them all.  The reason you do not see me posting a review a day is because in reality, I do not read that fast. I read, I actually take notes, If something Doesn’t feel right, I might reread the paragraph or page.  I then write the review.  After writing, I send it to my editor. He often asks questions if I was not specific enough or unclear.  Once it is edited, I post it with the blurb, author bio and any photos. I have no clue how other reviewers review, what format they use, or what they look at.  Are there unscrupulous reviewers out there?  I personally don’t know any.  I have heard rumors, but without verification or proof, that is all that it is.

5:  Are authors mean to reviewers and maybe other authors?  I have heard rumors, some substantiated, most not.  Is it fair? Is it morally or ethically correct?  Probably not.  In reality, the only person it hurts is if one is malicious is oneself.  

6: Do some reviewers get paid to review?  Yes.  I pay very little attention to those reviews.  Personal preference, not a judgment. Caveat and FTC Disclosure-I accept free copies for reviews (some may argue that is getting "paid').  I review books because I love books. I love the authors that write the books.  If I got paid, it would become a job, although I have been heard to joke that I wish someone would pay me to stay home and read books.  

In closing, reviews and reviewers are as different as the types of books they review.  Are there things that I won’t review? M/M erotica is not high on my list, neither is horror. I'm not fond of nonfiction either simply because I read a lot of it for work. When I review a work, I will give my opinion. Like any review, It is subjective. Take it for what it is worth. 

Edited By Bruce Cohen Gateway Editorial  Services