Hello and Welcome!
Thank you for joining me today. The website has a whole lot of information about my books, but right now I want to get personal. Each month I hope to share some insight as to what inspires me, and what I am up to when I’m not writing.
Hello again and thanks for visiting. Even though it’s early September we still have some hot weather ahead, especially if you’re in the South. I don’t know about you, but when the temperature is about to burst the thermometer, I don’t feel too much like cooking so I will share some easy recipes besides digging into a carton of ice cream.
Kids are going back to school, and I am sure there are mothers and fathers out there who are doing cartwheels!
The cats are still running my life and I am very happy about it and so is Harvey. He thinks they belong to him. If you don’t have a pet, you don’t know what you’re missing. I’m serious. There was an article in the news a couple of weeks ago about how petting animals can lower your blood pressure and reduce stress, unless you’re awakened in the wee hours when one of them hits the remote and Columbo is in your living room looking for clues. It’s happened more than once. One night I heard voices and it scared the bejeezus out of me. After listening for a few more seconds, I realized it was Opie and Andy talking to Aunt Bea. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, go to COZI TV. Great television shows from days gone by.
Before I go any further, I want to advise you of a scam on Facebook. (What else is new?) This is the second time someone has used my contest to try to get credit card information from you. I WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR ANY SUCH THING. EVER. So PLEASE BE CAREFUL.
I also want to thank the people who take the time to write to me. I cannot tell you how much it means to hear how my books have helped you, whether it’s nights of insomnia, or sheer entertainment. Please keep sharing your experiences. I read all your comments. Recently I received one who has been a fan for many years. She claims she’s addicted. LOL. At least it’s a healthy addiction!
So here we are in September and Halloween decorations are up. I actually saw boxes of holiday ornaments being offloaded at a big box store. Time moves too swiftly. Can we please slow it down a notch?
On the book side of things, LIAR! Book 4 in the Lost and Found Series is on sale now in mass market. Lot’s of twists and turns and an insider’s view of New York City.
ROCK BOTTOM – Sisterhood # 35 (can you believe it?) library edition is available the end of this month.
A new Christmas hardcover SANTA & COMPANY is coming in October when four friends, Frankie, Amy, Nina, and Rachael meet up in Lake Tahoe for another zany adventure. FALLING STARS in paperback will also be available. There are also many e-book promotions that will be running so tune into my Facebook page often.
This month’s contest is for autographed copies of a few of my favorites with a special autumn surprise.
Stay well, healthy, and strong!
All the best,
I still have a lot of tomatoes, so I’m going to be making a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches. Here are a couple of my favorites. BTW, did you know you can substitute mayonnaise (the real stuff) instead of butter? I recently discovered that many diners use it in place of butter.
Grilled Swiss Cheese, Bacon & Tomato – I like it on Rye Bread
Make sure the bacon is cooked first.
*Slather up two slices of bread with either butter or mayo. Place slathered side down on medium heat in frying pan.
Place 2-3 slices of swiss cheese on each slice of bread. When cheese starts to melt, top with bacon and a slice of tomato. Let melt for another minute. Carefully flip one of the slices over and place on top of the other – cheese meets cheese. Yummy.
If you want a little tang:
*Same routine as above substituting cheeses
Even more tang:
Your choice of bread
Jalapeno peppers – as much heat as you can stand.
*Same routine as above substituting cheese and adding peppers
For something fresh and easy try a Caprisi salad or sandwich.
Get fresh mozzarella, I mean fresh, not the stuff hermetically sealed. If you can.
Fresh beefsteak tomato
Make ¼ inch slices of the cheese and tomatoes.
Lay them out like a fan alternating cheese, tomato, basil leaves.
You can make a sandwich out of this or serve it with bread on the side.
Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar. It looks refreshing and tastes delicious.
Note: Never refrigerate fresh mozzarella. It makes it hard. You can keep it in a cool place for up to a week. NOTE: Cheese never lasts that long in my house.
If you’re like me, technology can be a little confusing. Okay, a lot confusing, so here’s a little more info to help you navigate.
We put all my books from 2022 on the 2022 page and all the upcoming releases on the 2023 page.
Thank you! Enjoy!