Monthly Archives: December 2011

This will likely be my last blog post this year (unless something crazy-awesome happens to share with you guys). I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! May you find lots of fabulous reads under your tree and may Santa bring you love and joy for your heart. I hope you get to spend time with your loved ones and friends, as I will be doing. A peek into my Christmas… When my kids were itty-bitty and thought ornaments were their play toys, I stopped using glass balls. Instead, my tree was decorated … Continue reading


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I know the blog has been extremely quiet lately…though, with all the holiday chaos, I’m sure you haven’t noticed. But it’s true and it’s mostly because I’m trying to wrap up as much as possible with Devotion so I can take a few days off for Christmas. And then – and THEN! – maybe start on a Shiny New Idea for 2012. I still have lots to do for Devotion, though. I seriously can’t wait for its release! You get all the characters you love plus some new ones and a wickedly awesome story. Yeah, I just said that about … Continue reading


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The Onyx Talisman, the final installment of The Talisman Trilogy by bestselling author (and my bestest author friend) Brenda Pandos, releases today! This is Brenda’s best book yet, definitely a grand slam for the series. If you haven’t read this series, you have no excuse. The first book, The Emerald Talisman is still FREE on Kindle! About The Onyx Talisman: “Alora looked back and the corner of her lip turned up. “It’s always darkest before the dawn, Julia. Good luck.”  Her words sent chills up my spine as she vanished.” Unrest stirs deep in Scotts Valley. Filled with uncertainty, Julia … Continue reading


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I’m still working diligently on Devotion, hoping to get it wrapped up for the last round of critiques and the copy editor before Christmas so I can enjoy some time with the family. BUT, I wanted to share a couple of FREEBIE ebooks, including Promise! That’s right – Promise is FREE in ALL ebook formats! iBooks (go through your iTunes account) Kindle Nook Sony All Others (on Smashwords) And if you haven’t read The Talisman Series by the awesome Brenda Pandos, get started now with The Emerald Talisman, which is also FREE! I just finished beta-reading The Onyx Talisman, the … Continue reading


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Christmas is the time for traditions and this includes traditions in the kitchen. Anyone who cooks (and even many who don’t) have at least one recipe they make every year that has been handed down the generations. Whether it’s for a pie, cookie, salad or entree, it’s a family favorite and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without it. My family honors its Portuguese heritage with a soup recipe that I make every year around this time. Kale is one of the primary ingredients and it begins showing up in the stores around Thanksgiving. My version of the soup is … Continue reading


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