Archive for February, 2013


Please Stand By

Posted under odds and ends 2 Comments

Hi!  I haven’t forgotten all of you, I’ve just been experiencing a few technical difficulties (translation: I got myself locked out of my own site when I had a temporary brain fog on my passwords).


But I’m back on now and I’ll post again tomorrow!



On the Horizon

Posted under Reading Tuesdays 7 Comments


One more week until ASSAULTED PRETZEL releases!! 🙂

In the meantime, what are you reading right now? What’s an upcoming release you’e looking forward to getting your hands on? For me, it would be Harlan Coben’s new book, SIX YEARS (comes out a week after mine, I think).



The Lesson You Wish They Could Skip

Posted under Dreamer Mondays 4 Comments

There are few greater joys in life than watching your child succeed. Likewise, there are few greater sorrows in life than seeing your child hurt as the result of a broken heart, a shattered dream, or both at the same time.

So tell me, has anyone ever stomped on a special time in your life? If so, what did you do?



This and That

Posted under Bits & Pieces Fridays 10 Comments

Bits & Pieces time. 

1) What’s the farthest you’ve ever walked?

2) Where do you want to retire?

3) You have a 10 minute speech to give at a high school, what is it about?

4) What word describes you best?

Have a great weekend, everyone!



Passing it Over

Posted under Writing Thursdays 6 Comments

Silly question time.

If you could hire someone to do the household chore you hate the most, what chore would that be?




Posted under That's Life Wednesdays 5 Comments

Any day now, the Fed Ex man should be showing up at my house with my very first official copy of ASSAULTED PRETZEL (book # 2 in my Amish mysteries). As always, I’m excited to hold this first glimpse in my hand, knowing that soon my readers will get to hold one, too.

This will be the 16th time I’ve had a “first glimpse” at a book I’ve written and that moment never gets old.  Two more are already in the hopper behind it (as in, they’ve been turned in and covers are being created by the publisher), with another two contracted books still waiting to be written. 

Not bad for a ten-year-old with a dream, eh?

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were little? Ever still think about it?



Imaginary Bits

Posted under Bits & Pieces Fridays 2 Comments

Now that the dreaded FAFSA and CSS forms for DD#1’s upcoming first year of college are behind me, I find myself dreaming of life on the other side of the debt mountain. You know, the dream house, the dream vacation, the dream car…all the stuff that doesn’t matter an iota in life but is still fun to fantasize about every once in a while…

1) Tell us where your dream house/apartment/bungalow would be located.

2) Describe your favorite room in that dream house/apartment/bungalow.

3) Your suitcases are packed beside an airline ticket to…where?

4) What’s the view from your hotel room/cabin/retreat when you finally get where you’re going?



Happy Valentine’s Day

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However you spend the day–whether with big people or little people or even just yourself–I hope you have a happy day.

Be good to yourself.

And write a love note.  To a spouse, to a parent, to a sibling, to yourself.  



Clearing the Room

Posted under That's Life Wednesdays 14 Comments

When I was little, I was deathly afraid of the flying monkey scene in Wizard of Oz. Those guys came on the screen and I was out of there. And still, no  matter how fast I moved, they gave me nightmares. 

When Dear Daughter # 2 was little, she was afraid of the Oompa Loompas in the Chocolate Factory movie (which she saw during a Dive-In Movie on vacation one summer). I remember her coming out of the pool to cower next to me on the lounge chair. I guess it was something about their strange skin color that got to her.

She was also afraid of one particular Wiggles episode that had a horse of some sort. Despite the fact that she was only three years old at the time, she knew the exact part of the episode where this horse came on and always made sure to clear the room in haste. Her favorite retreat-of-choice had her escaping to the kitchen where she’d hold onto my leg and suck her thumb until she deemed it safe to return to the TV. 

So, how about you? Do you remember being afraid of something as a kid?



From the Page to the Screen

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What’s a book you’ve read recently that you think would make a good movie or television series and why?