Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hey Everyone,

Jennifer Slayden from Missoula, Montana was randomly chosen as the winner of the Thanksgiving contest.  Jen can be found at

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Thanksgiving Giveaway.  All participants who did not win this time around are automatically enrolled in the Christmas Giveaway which ends on 12/31/2009.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Follow me on Twitter or Facebook!

Hey everybody,

Click on the link at the right to become a fan on Facebook!

You can also follow me on twitter.  It is found here:  


Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Here are a few of the responses that I have received:

The smells and the family rushing around preparing the wonderful food we are so fortunate to have. 

  Marla Coggins - (Facebook fan)

I love that my extended and extended-extended family gets together at someone's house somewhere in the US every year to enjoy each other. No other family I know has a group of 50-60 second, third and fourth cousins that not only know each other but carry on a tradition of getting together once a year. And each year we give thanks to having each other as family, loving each other, thanking that we have our health (kinda) and new babies every year, and that we are lucky enough to have so much food that we have pounds and pounds of leftovers each year. And each day after Thanksgiving we make over a hundred of sandwiches and my cousins take them back to NY and give them to homeless people and charities feeding the poor.

I love that Thanksgiving is a holiday that has not succumbed to commercialism. My family keeps a "thankful" jar throughout the month of November, and the kids write down one thing each day that they are Thankful. On thanksgiving, and throughout the stressful holiday season we will pull more sheets out of the jar and continue to recognize how blessed we are. Thanksgiving gives us a time to reflect on the things that we value in our life.
   Jen Slayden

I love gathering with my family and sharing one of my favorite dishes...Turkey

Family reunions - 

  Maria Grazia (blogger follower)

I think we should look at the word "Thanksgiving". To me it is backward. It should be
"Givingthanks". We should be giving thanks for everything in our lives. Everybody has something to be thankful for. Maybe it is your health, your wealth, your family, your career, your job, your church, your country, the food you eat. The list goes on and on. 

That is what "Thanksgiving" means to me.
  Gale Laure

Thanksgiving to me represents who I am and where I came from. Being thankful for my
family, friends, pets and our health, I reflect on past Thanksgivings of my past and the
family and friends that we have lost. It's a bitter/sweet holiday. Also, I wont forget about
the people who have lost their lives to protectoour freedom. I truly am thankful and love
the fact that we have this day to share with the ones we love.
  Sandy Hanrahan - (Facebook fan)


Thanksgiving is the one day each year when the entire family gathers around the table
Each one, in turn, shares what they are thankful for and then we all join hands, bow our
heads and pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God for all our blessings. It is also a time to
remember the many Thanksgivings of the past and to laugh about our memories. We have created traditions that will be carried out through the generations to come.
Alice Clark - (Facebook fan)

One Lovely Blog!

One Lovely Blog!

This award was given to me by Jennifer at
Reading with Tequila.
Thanks Jennifer!

Here's the rules:
Accept the award. Post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered and remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I'm giving this award to:

  1. The Rachel Papers
  2. Clay in His Hands
  3. Confessions of a Country Girl
  4. Froggeritaville's Bookcase
  5. Parajunkee's View
  6. The Morris Bunch
  7. Through My Eyes
  8. The Shewbridges of Celebration, FL
  9. Austenesque Reviews
  10. Sugar Daisy
  11. Petticoat Junction
  12. All Things Print
  13. Maria Leinin Photography
  14. Scraps of Life
  15. Studio Eight Four Eight

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Barnes and Noble - See Inside the first five chapters

Hey all,

If you have an account with Barnes and Noble, you can "See Inside" the first five chapters of my book "New Beginnings".  Go to the link for Barnes and Noble and check it out!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Hey Everyone,

I am developing  a New Beginnings Website.  It is still a work in progress.
It includes to two sneak peeks and a Character introductions.

See it under New Beginnings links

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Please check out my personal blog: Does it Always have to be this Noisy?

For rambling from my personal life and links to other blogs that I follow.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

First Amazon Customer Review - Hooray!

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Romance!September 27, 2009
New Beginnings was a very enjoyable novel. It involves everything in life: family, heartbreak, sacrifice, friendship and love. The main characters are very likable and conversations between them seem like real life. I feel like I could have the same conversations in my back yard. The author also includes many humorous situations in this novel, which also makes it fun to read, and you find yourself having a hard time putting the book down. A few times, I found myself laughing out loud, and at other times, crying.

The story centers around two love stories. One romance begins with love at first sight, and centers on their struggle to be together. The other love story is about two people who start their relationship as friends, and then that friendship grows into love.

The main characters:

John Stanton: a widower who had lost the love of his life, Jenny, to cancer. At the beginning of the book, he has been re-married for three years, but it is a loveless marriage. Everyone who cares about him has been telling him to throw in the towel, including his two children from his first marriage. He is determined to make it work, even though he knows in his heart that it is hopeless.

Maggie Stanton: John's daughter. In the beginning of the book, she is 16, and at the end she is 18. She experiences much change in to book, going from an innocent and immature teenager to a confident young woman. She is curious about love and relationships, and knows what she wants.

Wendy Burke: A waitress that John meets and he is instantly attracted to. Wendy has made some mistakes in her past, and although she is close to her family, she has decided to live on her own. When faced with a tough decision she returns for the support of her family, and sacrifices her own happiness for the man she loves.

Michael Burke: Wendy's cousin and best friend. He has had a history of one-night stands, and has avoided serious relationships like the plague. His forbidden attraction to a younger woman sends his life into a tailspin, and may affect the happiness of his cousin. He struggles with this attraction, and tries to do the right thing. He is forced to ignore his instincts and choose what he thinks is best for everyone else. 

Book Review

My book has been reviewed on Maria's Space, and I have also done an author interview.  

Please check it out and check out Maria's  fabulous blog: