March 17th

cover_art_thanks to my momIf you are one of the 99.9% of my readers, you probably looked at the title and assumed I am going to talk about the green holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. I like St. Patrick’s Day, its a chance for normal people to consume alcoholic beverages mixed with green food coloring, and wear  shamrocks and bright green clothing with buttons that read “Kiss me I’m Irish!”  I’m not Irish, but my flaming red hair and green eyes might lead you to believe that I am, so I’ve been known to wear such a button a time or two. Its a fun and silly holiday.

But back to my point, I am not here to write about St. Patrick’s Day.  This year March 17th is also the release of the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled, Thanks to my Mom.  It is a wonderful book filled with 101 stories written by those of us that owe so much to our moms.  I am honored to be one of the writers in this collection.  Nine years after my mother passed away, it was a joy to be able to write something honoring her memory.

Please read this book. We all have mothers. And even if you didn’t have a great mother of your own, I’m sure you had one or more women in your life who played a mother role for you. Join me in honoring these great women by picking up a copy of the book.

Upcoming book signing

the cat did whatHi everyone.  I just wanted to let you all know I will be signing copies of my latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, The Cat Did What? this coming Saturday at the Centerra Mall in Loveland,  Colorado, from 1-3 p.m.  If you are in Northern Colorado please come by and get yourself a personally signed copy! They also make great Christmas gifts!  If you love cats, this is the book for you!  There will also be six of my author friends there signing their books. There will be other Chicken Soup books, mysteries, romances and romantic suspense. Don’t miss this chance to meet the authors and get signed copies for everyone on your Christmas list! Happy Thanksgiving to all. May you have a wonderful holiday and not forget everything you have to be thankful for!

Published again!

the cat did whatAs a new writer I am still working on my first novel, but am happy to announce that I have yet another Chicken Soup for the Soul story now in print!  This is the third story that I have had published by them in the past year, so I must be doing something right.  My story The nine lives of Smokey came out today in their latest book “The Cat Did What?”  It is the true story of my beloved cat named Smokey, who survived against all odds a high level of smoke damage when he was trapped in a burning house. (And yes, his name really was Smokey years before the fire). He proved the age old saying that cats really do have nine lives! This amazing book, royalties of which support the American Humane Association, is now available in book stores everywhere.  Besides my awesome story (page 57) you wont want to miss the 100 other heartwarming stories about cats who have touched our lives and the forward written by Miranda Lambert. I am so honored to be a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and hope to continue to have stories published in their inspiring books!

Quote from my story– Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish–John Quincy Adams

My first book signing

Well, it’s almost here, that moment that all aspiring authors wait for, when we not only got something published but also venture out into the world to publically sign our books, hoping desperately that someone will show up and want to buy one! One with my very own signature.  Whoever thought that anyone other than my bank would really care if I signed my name.

So anyway, any of my friends who live here in Larimer County, please come out to my inaugural book signing this coming Saturday, November 30th from 2-4 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble at the Centerra Mall.  I will be signing copies of my two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, From Lemons to Lemonade and It’s Christmas.  They would make excellent Christmas gifts! And I would be honored if you would like to purchase one of these great inspirational books. Besides my stories, they each contain one hundred other inspiring stories from fabulous authors.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.