Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 Year In Review

Well…the ball has just dropped in New York City.  It’s still 50 minutes before 2013 reaches here.  I didn’t think 2012 could be better than 2011.  I mean – I became a published author!!  (An indie published author but still…)  However 2012 was better.  It was incredible.  Here’s some highlights…

Jake graduated from High School


There was a lot of track and field (and volleyball)…




I indie published three novels and one more children’s book


Jake went to college (and we missed him very much)


There was A LOT of college football.  It was the first year I can truthfully admit I hardly cheered for the Hawkeyes.  I cheered very loudly for the Knights and by the end of the season I had no voice.


We hung out with the Cougarbots


And to end the year – I signed my first contract with a publisher!

So what do I hope for 2013?   When 2011 ended I thought the same thought for 2012.  With a half serious laugh I thought “My first contract?”  It couldn’t happen, could it?

So, I guess with the same half serious laugh I think “New York Times Bestseller?”  Because that can’t be possible.

Can it?

Whatever happens in 2013 I’ve decided to live by this motto…



Happy 2013 Everyone!!


Just Because I Had To Share

So I was just about to set up my coffee for tomorrow when I found this on my coffee maker…


Yep – it’s the Stayin’ Alive Alien!

My kids are just awesome!

The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop

Thank you Heidi for the nomination – it’s my first one on WordPress!  And rest assured – it’s coming back to you so you can tell us about another one of your fabulous books.  Since my current project is the sequel – and it’s the book on my mind right now – I’m going to talk about Black Irish.

What is the title of your book?

Black Irish

Where did the idea come from for the book?  The idea for this book came from a lot of places – my own experience as an indie children’s writer, my Irish grandfather, a course I took at the University of Iowa that at the time bored me to tears but seems to be the one I took the most away from.

What genre will your book be?

Contemporary/Suspense Romance

Which actors would you choose to play in a movie rendition?

When I wrote Black Irish it was the first time ever I did not have an actor or athlete in mind for my  characters.  The original template for Sloan O’Riley was my grandfather.  It was months – and a lot of debate between my favorite people – before I discovered which celebrities fit.


Wade Barrett as Sloan O’Riley

I soooo didn’t intend this.  I have a guilt pleasure – pro wrestling.  For me it’s mindless entertainment.  And up until now I was not a Wade Barrett fan.  But one night while I was agonizing over the question “Who would play Sloan?” Wade’s entrance music hit and he came striding out and yep – that was it!  He’s tall, he’s built, he has a sexy cocky smile and he almost has a Irish brogue (he’s British).  He’s close enough for me.

jennifer lawerence

Jennifer Lawrence  as Abbey Wright.  

I was looking for someone who didn’t swoon openly because Abbey doesn’t – at least most of the time.  She can put up a pretty steel front to Sloan during the second half of the book even though inside she’s weak kneed.  And we all know Jennifer Lawrence can kick butt *coughkatnisscoughhungergamescough*.

liam neeson

Liam Neeson as Gordon

To me he has the gentleness to be protective of Abbey and the father figure to Sloan all the while being able to kick ass as a former IRA Commander.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

With a boyfriend back in Iowa how can Abbey stay in New York and work intimately with the sinfully sexy Sloan even if he is gay?  And when Sloan is threatened to be deported, how far would Abbey go to keep him in the U.S.?  What would Abbey do if she ever discovered the truth about Sloan’s sexuality – or learned the deeper, darker secret he’s been hiding?  (Yes – it’s three sentences…)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am still happy dancing.  I just signed with Secret Cravings Publishing to publish Black Irish and it’s two sequels!!!

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Eight weeks – I think.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The funny thing is – I don’t normally read this genre.  I read paranormal.  So I have no idea.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My grandpa and therefore my Irish heritage.  My husband has a great deal of Irish in his family too (our poor kids…)

What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

Black Irish takes several strange twists.  Just when you are settling into the plot line it takes an unexpected turn.


Now on to my five nominees……….

Heidi (backatcha’!)


Cristian Mihai


Lesley Carter

I Have Good News…and I have Bad News


Don’t you just hate it when someone tells you that??

So I am all imagining you telling me “So, give us the bad news first”.  So here it is.

I will no longer be posting excerpts of Black Irish on this blog.  In fact I will be deleting previous posts that included parts of the novel.

Now for the good news.

Nah…it’s great news.

Nah…it’s blow your mind, choirs of angels singing news.

Here it goes…

I have just signed my first ever contract to be published!!!!!!!!  Black Irish 1, 2, and 3 will soon be published by Secret Cravings Publishing!!!!  

(Yeah…I’m just a little excited!!!!  Here’s their website which Black Irish will be a part of –

Thank you everyone who has been reading my blog.  I promise to keep blogging more – it’ll just be more about my new adventure while balancing a life of three kids and a hubby instead of sharing hunky Irish billionaires.  I really appreciate it!!

Here’s to a incredible 2013!!




BI2 – Chapter Eleven


So Snowmagedon is here and gone.  In its wake it left several inches of snow, ice and high winds.  The snow was thick, heavy and wet so a lot of tree branches and power outages were all over town.  I was woken up at 6:00 by College Son telling the Hubby and I that we had no power.  It was a perfect reason to roll over and go back to sleep – at least until the alarms went off on our phones.

On the upside…four more months until Spring!!

Until Spring comes I will nurse my burnt thumb.  I was making sweet potato casserole for my Holiday party at work tomorrow.  I thought the potato was cool – wrong.  It was still blazing, blinding hot.  Ugh.

BI2 – Chapter Ten

snow on deck

Well, I honestly wasn’t dreaming of a white Christmas but I’m getting it regardless.  There is already a nice blanket on the ground with the prediction of 8-12 inches.  Ugh – so not a winter kind of girl!!

So I’m finding it best to stay inside with my entire family (Jake got home from college), sip something warm and get more writing done – of course only after I get what I have done organized!


BI2 – Chapter Nine

peppermint hot choco

Had my first Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate of the year tonight.  It was super yummy.  My nasty old cold is about gone so I felt a treat was in order.  I of course prepared it in oxymoron style – I asked for non-fat milk then had them add whipped cream.  Still…incredible!!


BI2 – Chapter Eight

east iowa airport

It feels like it’s been forever since I blogged.  It feels like forever since I did anything that dealt with writing.  The Robotics team did great – second place in their first match ever!  And belly dancing class etc, etc, etc…

Well…now I have a cold.  Not a bad one.  Just bad enough to be annoying.  So I’ve been sleeping instead of blogging or writing.  And when I’ve been awake I’ve been trying to find new and interesting ways to promote Black Irish.

Speaking of Black Irish (2)…