Saturday, April 6, 2013

VN2 being shown some cover love

My novel VN2 is being featured at the Romance Lives Forever Blog for their Cover Love.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bragging rights

About a year ago a studio in Great Britian contacted me and my close friend, Mel, about using a series of character biographies/studies I had developed for the late 80s television series- Tour of Duty. They were releasing the entire three seasons in the UK on DVD, complete with the original soundtrack and a lot of extras that would include my character work. :) The complete series is now out and available and I take great pride in being able to count this under my writing accomplishments and credentials (under my real name) for something that is my real joy when it comes to writing- character development.

I had a great deal of help with these, including not only Mel (who made it all possible) but from the late Lee Russell who was a military advisor for the first two seasons of the series. We still maintain the original website where not only the character biographies were came from, but several other interesting elements for those writing about the Vietnam War. If interested please check out

Saturday, January 5, 2013

It has never been about the destination

This actor I really like and follow avidly says he doesn't understand why anyone would watch police procedurals- they're predictable and always catch the bad guy in the end. Okay, I don't dispute that. But that's not why I watch his series or a couple of other ones I try to catch here and there- it's not about the who done it but the journey the characters take along the way in that 42 minutes. I'm invested in the characters- who they are and what's behind them. That's what the real stories are for me. It has always been about character for me.

It's the same with romance stories. The formula in the end is the same- girl gets guy or guy gets girl (or in my case, guy gets guy!). It's the rule there has to be a happy ending. They are escapism, that's all, pure and simple. But it's not the fact that in the end the two lovers pull it off (or get it off depending on your frame of mind) but the journey that we came along on to see them to that point. Again, it's that investment in the characters, what they do, what draws me that I'm interested in. Not that they fall in each others arms and live happily ever after.

Take Eve and Roarke in JD Robb's futuristic murder mysteries. I know Eve will get her killer in the end- we all do. You don't even have to read the books to know that. That's not why I read them, or look forward to the next one. I read them because I'm sucked into the universe Robb's created and I'm invested in her characters. She's made me do that. I want to know what's happening there. The murder mystery and how Eve and everyone around her solve it is just one element of the fun.

You take a trip, you know how it's going to end, right? You plan it, you go on it, you come home. End of story, right? So why go? We know how it ends every time, so where's the fun? I think we all know the answer to that.

It has never been about the destination, but rather how we got there and what we did in the first place. Be it the twist and turns, partners that snark at each other, or characters so damaged you can't imagine they could ever find happiness again, that's what I'm buying into. Okay, that and some really beautiful travel porn and eye candy in the case of my Monday nights. (Because sometimes being shallow for one hour a week is okay too.)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Saw this article on NBC Nightly News about an organization called Troops Direct. This isn't care packages, but a direct supply line to our front line troops who can't wait and shouldn't have to when it comes to urgently needed supplies. Now I'm a supporter.

Check them out here at Troops
So it's a bright, shiny (and right now very cold) New Year? What to do with it? Yeah, there are goals and/or resolutions but I'll be honest, I fail miserably at that stuff. Last year was rough, I made some changes that turned a lot of that around. Now to get back on track with what's important and not sweat the small stuff so much.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Because I have nothing really interesting to say I'll start with I'm in the middle of an epic pantry cleaning. Note, I don't have a pantry, but what I do have is two large utility shelves that take up a wall in my kitchen. They got out of hand, well, lets say I'm embarrassed to admit how long ago it has been. But now I'm rectifying the situation.

And because I'm being a good girl I'll treat my self to some of Hawaii's nicest scenery out there...

My boys are back on Monday night! How excited am I? Okay, I took Tuesday off. No, really. I did. :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Hee! My favorite day indeed, mateys!