Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial day memories


I’ve always looked forward to Memorial Day. I was a Navy brat and we would have the best celebrations with my Dad, and his friends. I loved listening to their stories about the submarine they were assigned to, and all the exciting places they visited. I had strict Military values instilled in me at an early age. I was taught to respect, and give thanks to anyone who served our country.
Ever since 9/11 I have seen many changes in our military, but the one that is nearest to my heart is how we back our Military men and women more than ever. We openly what they do for us by stopping and thanking them for their service. Our country is a safer place because of the sacrifices they have made.
I understand what they have had to give up because It has always been a part of my life from a young Navy brat to a Navy wife, and now a military mom. I have three in the service, my two sons serve our Navy and my daughter is part of the Marines. As a Mother I have had many sleepless nights. My children have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and my oldest son was a Diplomat working with the North Koreans during their time of aggression. I am very proud of them and it warms my heart when I see a stranger salute them as they walk by.
I’m sure you can see why Romanatic Suspense is my favorite genre to read, and the one I write. The Seals, Special Ops men and our government agents have always fascinated me. I love the intrigue and mystery during a mission and how every move they make affects their family and team.
In my Guardians of Hope series you follow a group of men made up of FBI Agents, Navy Seals and Special Ops working together to track down a ring of gun smugglers and drug manufacturers who threaten our freedom and the safety of our families here at home.acknowledge
To be released late 2012, early 2013 through Black Opal Book, Rescued from the Dark:
What if you woke up from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.
Undercover Agent, Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

What not to do with a broken leg.


Truly you can’t do anything if you have a broken leg, especially when you’re on crutches. I found that out the hard way. Let me tell you a funny story.

     On May 5th I was talking to my son on the phone and he told me to go outside and check out the Super Moon. I decided to go see it while talking to him, but as a last minute decision decided to not turn on the porch light. Bad move on my part because I tripped over the dog. It hurt, but I got up and didn't think much of it. I  iced down my leg,  my elbow, and my pride that night. Went to work the next week limping. Even ran a few days, which hurt like hell. Still didn't think anything of it other than my leg hurt and I should stop being such a wuss. I figured being over 50 everything hurts worse when you fall. Well the following Monday my ankle swelled and turned purple. I had a huge bump on my leg and figured it was a blood blister that drained down, you know gravity affects everything at my age, and I've seen this with patients before. On Tuesday the 16th One of the doctors I work for saw me limping and asked to look at my leg. He told me to get an x-ray just to rule out a break. I thought he was crazy.  Well the next day I was in an Orthopedics office finding out I broke my leg in two places. I was in shock, really thought he was kidding. Well I  have to stay in a knee immobilizer, with no weight bearing for 4 weeks to keep from having surgery. I guess I wasn't being a wuss after all.
     So the main thing to not do with a broken leg is to walk on it, like I did for 11 days. I now find myself with all my evenings free to catch up on e-mails, blogs, and work on my next book. Who said nothing good ever comes from an accident.  

To be released late 2012, early 2013 through Black Opal Books,   Rescued from the Dark:
     What if you woke up from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there?  Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about  FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of  their love. 
     Undercover Agent,Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.

Upcoming Projects:

Last Chance to Run:

What if you found out the daughter you buried was alive and being held captive by the man you thought you killed. Ron Daily, head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Department, races to save his daughter Tracy as she escapes from her captives on her Last Chance to Run.
     Tracy survived being held captive for two years by giving up the one thing she knew would guarantee her safety, but would cost her the only man she had ever loved, Jake.  Determined to destroy her kidnappers, and get back home, she runs with their secrets tucked away in a binder she held close. Soon she realizes she had no where to run and no one to run too with Interpol, the FBI and the terrorist group one step behind her. In a race through the hills of Ireland Tracy fights to stay alive, and to hide the secret that would destroy her family and lock her away for life.

Saving JT:
     This is a poignant story of strength, determination, and never ending love. Amy Wickers was a single mother struggling to juggle a full time job, college courses, and a very active three year old, JT. But her life came to a screeching halt the day the doctors gave her the heartbreaking news. Now she must return home to family that disowned her, and the man that walked out on her, to save the only one that mattered, JT.