Not all writers are diplomats, not even in their own families. Especially in their own families.

Some golden advice from seasoned author and life-expert Florence Witkop. (Who says she’s not a diplomat?)

Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings on the subject below–no battles to ensue. I promise ;^)

Write on!

I’m a writer. Now that’s normally not too important in the grand scheme of things. But writers are communication professionals and that changes everything.

A few of us have been known to use our ability to communicate for more than just writing.

Like for giving political opinions whether that opinion was asked for or not.

But most of us also, like everyone else, love our families.

So when family discussions turn to politics, like many experienced writers, I try to shut up in the name of family love and unity. Like the one writing this post.

It’s for the best because, where politics is concerned, sometimes silence truly is golden.

So I try.  Sometimes I actually succeed.

What about you? What do you do — or don’t do — that’s really, really hard but that you try to do anyway because — well — just because?

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Sit-down with Rene Penn; dear friend, soul sister, and a hilariously good writer!

Okay. Rene and I don't write exactly the same genre. She's sassy comic romance where I'm trying to be strictly sweet. Trying. She's flirty with the lines--steamy in places--where I'm firmly drawing some. For a change. Bedroom doors weren't always shut in my earlier writing ventures, but life brings many changes. Although I could be …

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Merry Christmas~and the very best of the season’s greetings to ALL!

Let me start by saying THANK YOU for the well wishes, prayer, and positive thoughts offered for a happy family reunion. Las Vegas was the bomb. A complete success and an entree to more of the same--warm family gatherings where "being there" for each other is the top priority. In between Black Jack successes -- …

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Sit down with multi-publshed Anne Greene–Boxed-Set Sister #4. The suspense is killing me!

Anne Greene - confirmed panster! So here we are, finally, getting cozy with the last of my Romancing the Billionaire Boxed-Set Sisters, Anne Greene. (That's for the year 2019. I'm onboard for Winged Publications MISSletoe Mistakes, another boxed set, due out Christmas 2020. Stay tuned.) For now, it's spotlight Anne. *********************************** What moves you to …

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The Grinch Who Stole My Mattress

Just checking back to let you all know the mattress is AWESOME!

After a year of getting to know my Boll and Branch lovely, I have to say letting go is the way to go. So if you’re holding on to old stuff–just because it’s familiar and it would be a hassle to get something new–consider the why behind the behavior.

Then…

1) If it’s broken–fix it or toss it.
2) If its no longer serving its purpose–whether its pooped out or you’ve changed–get rid of it.
3) If it brings you down mentally–or makes your body ache–gots to GO!

I’m no psycho therapist, obviously, but being on the user end of mental health techniques, I have to fully endorse reassessing the why behind behaviors. Review the new things you’ve welcomed in 2019 and apply that magic 3–not magic but common sense. At least according to the gleeful Grinch who shook things up in the most delightful way.

Write on!

Ann Malley

The resemblance is uncanny, but this is not my husband

No, my husband is not Jim Carrey. He doesn’t have a shaggy, lime-green Grinch suit, but his insistence on taking away my Christmas comforts—all year comfort—has me cranky. Grinchy. In the mood to grouse, gripe, suspect everything, inspect and find shortcomings where none exist.

Why?

The man STOLE my mattress. You know when anyone says they just want to go home, they’re really talking about their bed. That’s their bed. Not some foreign thing that feels different, smells different, sleeps different—you get the idea.

But now, my pillow topped lovely bought at a Monkey Ward’s super sale—if you remember Montgomery Ward’s brick-and-mortar stores we should talk—is tossed out. Donated. (To whom I have no idea. Who would take a 27 year old mattress?)

Not the slumber party you were thinking of

The springy wonder where I bounced…

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Sydney Winthrop, boxed-set sister #3, discusses the slings and arrows of “supportive” family! Special guest star: Last Light Falling’s Jay Plemons!

All right, guys, the countdown to Christmas is ticking. LOUDLY. It seems that way with deadlines, real or self-imposed, going blizzard in the confines of an otherwise calm headspace. https://youtu.be/Mse17xZYoZc Imagine this scrolling in your mind when you're supposed to be sleeping. Pretty menacing, no? But I'm the nervous type who often imagines things being …

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#CyberMonday: Get down with a GREAT DEAL and my Boxed-Set-Sister Diane Tatum!

Now ONLY .99 cents thru December for the entire confection--that's SWEET romance, Mystery, and MONEY. Hello! Okay, so you've been waiting to hear from the rest of the team behind Romancing the Billionaire: 5 RICH ROMANCES. Far be it from me to keep you waiting. LoL! I'm thrilled actually, over the moon with this new …

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Pies and other good things

Yes, it’s Black Friday with all the crazy deals and the scramble to make good on them, but wise words are always the best bargain.

Here’s my talented friend, multi-published author Florence Witkop with something to seriously consider. This season and all year round.

Please, consider following her blog and mine as an early New Year’s Resolution. You can never have too many friends. (Although the jury is out about pie. I broke my diet SO badly yesterday. Ugh.)

Write on!

pie

The church I attend serves a community Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of people. And we deliver meals to those who can’t make it in person.

This requires huge effort on the part of the congregation. My part this Thanksgiving was pies. I promised two pies. Then, when I heard they might run short, I increased that to four pies. Good enough, I thought.

So two days before Thanksgiving I set to work making pies.

There are a lot of lost pie pans after the meal! I bought the disposable pie pans so no one would have to worry about getting them back to me. Since disposable pie pans are smaller than regular ones, I ended up with extra filling. A lot extra.

I got more pie pans and filled and baked them. I ended up with ten pies. I decided to bring eight to the church and we’d have the…

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ROMANCING THE BILLIONAIRE Book Trailer: Indulge me, please!

Feels like that ... SOMETIMES. Hey Guys. I'm back with an AMAZING book trailer. Amazing because I finished it this weekend with no fatalities. My boxed set sisters--Anne Greene, Stephanie Guerrero, Diane Tatum, and Sydney Winthrop--have been kind enough to let me take a stab at this shared promo. I'm honored. I'm also flying high--and …

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