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Week 5 of Gloria’s Notebook Reveal

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 | 0 comments

I’m deep in Magdalena with A Family Affair: Winter, but wanted to take a second to let you know that Gloria’s at it again! It’s Wednesday and the 5th installment of her notebook is oozing with hatred and a vow to get even. We’ve only got a few more installments to go, so get ready, because you won’t want to miss next week when Gloria goes after Nate and exposes a secret he may or may not have known about. Could she not leave that poor man alone? Apparently she is not going to let anyone enjoy a second of happiness, even if it’s her own...

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Week 4 of Gloria’s Notebook Reveal

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Don’t miss this week’s installment of Gloria’s notebook where she learns a disturbing truth that will change her life forever. AND, she’ll get her first look at the “other woman”.  Click here to go to Gloria’s Notebook.          ...

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Week 3 of Gloria’s notebook reveal

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 | 0 comments

In week 3 of Gloria’s notebook revelation, she is attempting to come to terms with her husband’s infidelity. She watches him, tries to detect changes in his behavior, and all the time, wonders why she has not confronted him. But then she considers a possibility that disturbs her. Perhaps she’s not confronted him because she fears he will make a choice and he will not choose her. Perhaps he will choose his mistress and his other life. Oh, that does smell a lot like fear, doesn’t it? Fear would be an unwelcome emotion for her, one she does not...

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Week 2 of Gloria’s Notebook reveal

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 | 7 comments

Week 2 of Gloria’s Notebook reveal

Hello Reader Friends: Welcome to week 2 of Gloria Blacksworth’s reveal. Take a peek here and read what Gloria is thinking when she learns her dreaded fear is true: Charles is having an affair. There’s a moment here where Gloria teeters with indecision…should she confront her husband when he walks in the door on his return from seeing the other woman, wait until they finish their “welcome-home” dinner, or should she remain silent? If you know anything about Gloria, she’s not a silent woman, and yet we all...

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Notebook secrets revealed

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 | 3 comments

Remember Gloria Blacksworth and the infamous notebook she sent her daughter?  Over the next 8 weeks, I will reveal the secrets hidden inside…You’ll know what she’s written before the residents of Magdalena do…and some of it is NOT good! Gloria’s...

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How many days until Christmas?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 | 3 comments

How many days until Christmas?

A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella Book 5 in my popular Truth in Lies Series will be released on November 18th. Here’s the opening… For weeks, people talked about the storm that would hit Magdalena right before Christmas. They said it was going to be the worst in history, even worse than the one in ’75 when the roof on St. Gertrude’s church collapsed and Father Reisanski had to hold Mass at the high school until the snow stopped and the roof could be repaired. Pop had lived through the storm of ’75 and he’d live through this...

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Pretending to be someone I’m not

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 | 0 comments

Pretending to be someone I’m not

For years, when someone asked me what I wrote, I fidgeted, cleared my throat, and forced out the words, “I write romance and women’s fiction.” You can imagine the comments, the raised eyebrows, the little smirks that made me want to say, “No, wait! I write stories like Joyce Carol Oates…and Margaret Atwood.” That certainly would have squelched the look. Problem was, that’s not what I wrote. More importantly, that’s not what I wanted to write. If you are going to write a book, you had better darn well want to hang around with those people and...

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My Mother’s $125 Apple Pie

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 | 0 comments

My Mother’s $125 Apple Pie

Yes, you read that right. I wrote an article about my mother’s $125 apple pie. And because I’m a middle child, would it not be fitting to tell you she made it for my oldest brother? The pecking order at work! In order to give this story the most impact, I have to also admit that when my brother requested the pie, Mom had just returned from an extended visit to California, where my two brothers live. She had plenty of time and loads of kitchen space to make ten apple pies. Big brother had only to ask, but he didn’t because he’d sworn off...

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My Mother and Technology

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 | 0 comments

My Mother and Technology

My mother hates technology. She doesn’t have a cellphone, doesn’t have a computer, doesn’t have a flat screen TV, no garbage disposal, dishwasher, or air conditioning either. It’s not that she hates technology; she detests the notion of actually having to use it herself. She does, however, know how to get everyone else using it to “get done what needs done”—code for do what our almost eighty-six-year-old mother tells us to do. Let’s take a look at my mother and technology and see how she navigates through this unfamiliar maze and how she’s...

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My Mother is a Character

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 | 6 comments

My Mother is a Character

My mother is a character. No really, she is. She’s appeared in many of my books—a comment here, a drop of wisdom there, and always, always an opinion. But it wasn’t until one of her church friends commented on the similarities between my mother and Simple Riches’ Stella Androvich, that Mom asked me about it. We live more than two hundred miles away from each other, so the phone provides our daily, sometimes twice daily connection. “My friends say I’m that Stella lady in your book.” “You mean, Stella from Simple Riches? Um,” I say into the...

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