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Epitaph III

Eight months is far to short a time to spend with you
After waiting eight years to find you.
You wagged your way into our home,
All big ears and smiles, you were perfect for us
And filled a void that we didn’t know was there.

Always ready to run and play,
You put up with everything our daughter did to you
With a patient look and gentle kisses.
Even though we said you were hers,
You were really ours.

Even when the seizures ranked your little body,
You shook them off
Not understanding what was going on.
We called your name and stayed with you,
Bringing you back to us.

You waited until I came home,
Fighting off the spasms long enough to say hi.
We kept watch,
But you needed something we couldn’t give.
We loved you too much to have you suffer.

Though it doesn’t make it easier for us,
Who are left with the hole you filled,
You can now rest easy, little Buddy,
Chasing the tennis ball in the sky
And forever smiling.

Sleep well, without fear of the tremors in the night, Kringle. We love you.


June 26, 2011 – September 3, 2012

In Memory Of

**As some of you may know, I lost my grandmother, Martina, this week. I was asked to write something to read at the funeral and thought I’d share a little about the great woman she was.

My grandmother, Martina—my Nonnie—had a pretty good life. She told us so on one of our last visits to see her while she was in the hospital. While in her final days, she was but a shell of the vibrant person she used to be—old, run-down, unable to do a lot of things by and for herself. I ask you not to remember her this way, as she wouldn’t have wanted that. I ask you to remember her through the eyes of a child. Continue reading In Memory Of

Epitaph II

You were my first.

My very own. And though I may not have picked you out, you waddled into my life on those tiny little legs and stole my heart with your silly smile. I could not deny your big brown eyes anything.

I grew with you.

Just as you learned much from me, I learned from you. I watched as you grew and developed your own quirky personality. We learned how to live with each other and in our own space. We learned to communicate and you were always there to lend me an ear. We played late into the evenings, enjoyed quiet time doing nothing, and I held you when you were scared.

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Status Update: On The Mend

So, I had to have emergency surgery over this past weekend. Everything went well and I’m on the mend, but I’m behind in my reading and editing. As much as I know my body needed it, losing one day to the hospital and two days to sleep set me back. Oh well, life happens.

In other news, I got some great news from my pal Bill Talcott: he’s made me his official editor! I got the news this morning via Facebook that he has officially added me to the book. I’m thrilled! He writes a good story, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next! And if you haven’t checked out The Mission yet, see my review (written before I was his editor) and then go get a copy! It’s a quick read with good characters and thrilling plot – easy enough reading for a nice sunny weekend.

And let’s face it, Bill breaks in here enough that I just might as well give him the key anyway. 🙂

I also just finished the (as of yet unreleased) sequel to Jim Galford‘s first book, In Wilder Lands: The Fall of Eldvar. This is one book I can’t WAIT til it comes out! (Officially, that is…) The cover art on the first book is being updated and the same guy, Darryl Taylor, is doing the second book’s cover – his work is awesome! The book itself, called Into the Desert Wilds, picks up where the first one left off (kinda) and follows the characters across new lands. There are some details on Jim’s website, but I’m not going to give much away (yet!) though Jim has given me permission to rave about his book, so there will be future posts about it, I’m sure!

Oh! I almost forgot! I got interviewed! You can find out a little more about me and the authors I’ve worked with here.

I won the Illuminating Blogger Award!

Holly over at Full Moon Bites nominated me for the Illuminating Blogger Award! Thanks Holly!


How it works:

1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
2. The nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award.
5. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (


Random thing about me:

I read several books at once, and am rarely without a way to read.

The five blogs I nominate are:

1. Cambria Hebert

2. Indie Book Blog

3. Unwritten

4. Bill Talcott

5. Fighting the Good Fight

Happy Mother’s Day

To all you mother’s out there, have a very special day. Becoming a mother has changed my life so much, and I can’t even imagine what it would be without my beautiful daughter.

So thank you for all your kindness,

Thank you for all your care,

Thanks for all the love you’ve shown,

And thanks for always being there.

New Novels for Seniors Venture

Just a quick note today to let everyone know about this great new venture from IBC. This sounds like a great idea to get books into the hands of seniors! Here’s a little more info and some links. Please share with all your book-loving seniors!

The IBC has started a new venture – Novels for Seniors.  I’m including a graphic and some links so that you can blog about it if you want.

The principle behind this site is that any senior who signs up on the site will be given one free kindle book each month (from Amazon).  This is a book that they can keep, not a loaner.  This website has a Facebook page and a Goodreads group that you can check out also!