Aug 262014

1. Because you are a young adult.  Notice I didn’t say if you are a young adult. Stages of change “theory” shows that while society thinks of age as a sequence, it’s really a selection. Age really is a state of mind. I understand how it’s non-intuitive. Our bodies sequentially go from children to young adults to [CONTINUE READING]

Aug 052014

I have always strived to live by the age-old wisdom that we must come together to make the world a better place – that anything we can do to help the world and those who live in it is not just “nice,” but mandatory. I believe that we must each give in our own way [CONTINUE READING]

Aug 052014

If I could wish ANYTHING for you, other than unlimited good health and happiness, it would be to experience that ethereal place I write from. It’s a place I learned to trust implicitly a long time ago. With Palmetto Moon, I wrote about Round O, South Carolina as if I knew it like the back of my [CONTINUE READING]

Aug 042014

DETROIT, 1974 To become the King, you have to take the crown. It won’t be given up lightly. Heroin kingpin, Willis McDaniel, has been wearing that particular piece of jewelry for far too long, and youngblood, Lennie Jack, thinks it would look really good on his head. When a junkie tells Jack about a big delivery, the young Vietnam vet makes [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 232014

Have you always wanted to be writer? Yes. Could you elaborate on that? I felt destined to write, I felt as if it was almost inevitable, that was who I was born to be.  And yet, it took a long time for you to get published. Why is that? I grew up in South Africa [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 222014

Claire Sanchez, 25 year old medicine woman, curandera, is a young woman who has lost her mother when she was five years old, witnessed her murder at the hands of a black robed man. She is a woman of tremendous courage and resolve. Fear tries to get her by the throat and squeeze the life [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 222014

Running “errands” for her mob-boss employer, Joey “The Knife” Manetto, often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 172014

Maria Loggia’s kitchen door is always open. Her home and garden are a gathering place for friends and family, who come to share her easygoing enthusiasm and generosity – and her inspired Italian cuisine. In this, her second book, Loggia celebrates the seasons with 16 sumptuous menus – from a spontaneous al fresco garden party [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 152014

Just like we need our BFF to love us, keep us grounded, support us, and knock us upside the back of the head at times, our main characters need their own best friends to share in their wonderfully, fictional existence.  One of my favorite parts of getting lost in a great novel is falling in love [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 102014

It might be because I have a background in theatre, but for me, a novel is an entire production. It’s about the story, but also the cover and the teasers and the trailer, and especially the title. I suppose it’s also my background in literature and poetry that makes me go for these artistic titles [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 092014

“Ladies and gentlemen, please step to the back of the time machine and face forward.  That’s right.  Crowd in there, young man. We can still get a few more inside.  Madame, if you would remove your hat, it would make the journey a little more comfortable for the man behind you.  Please turn off all cell phones and music [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 082014

As an author, I am often asked if my characters are based on actual people, or do I make them up. The answer is always yes and no. Usually when I create a character, I take a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and mix it together to get just the right [CONTINUE READING]

Jul 052014

When a powerful witch has an idea that will get her back to her home world known as, Wanderamid, it backfires. The spell she created the night before had already begun. The clouds in the sky became thicker and darkness increased greatly with silent flickering lights of lightning. It was too late to put a [CONTINUE READING]