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The Girl in the Sparkly Tiara!

So, who is this mystery girl and why is she wearing a tiara?

It’s ME! Because today is my birthday….oh, yes it iiiisss…tiara

Yep, (mumbles) years ago, my mama gave birth to a Joanie! First born, spoiled, endowed with many wonderful gifts from her wonderful parents, destined to cure the ill and injured and to fulfill her dream of writing for publication! Showered with gifts, (red check stuffed elephant with vinyl ears, Rebecca the doll soon covered with bandaids, Make up vanity, a REAL stereo) I’ve had great birthdays. 

The celebrations are a bit more subdued now…spread out as schedules with friends are hard to match up. While I’ve given myself some great presents (trip to DISNEYWORLD *hint, hint* Susan. I mean KY is between Minnesota and Florida..just sayin’) I’ve received many from friends. This years?

1. Flowerpots and dirt. These are per my request ffrom my brother along with dinner at my favorite steak house. It came THIS close to being the adoption fee for a new kitty….but decided I needed to wait on that.

2. One friend is taking me shopping….for new silverware. She and I BOTH noticed while she came to help out during my knee surgery that I only owned 4 forks??? WHO stole my forks?

3. Hugs and snuggles from my baby cats. Though raw tuna is a poor breakfast in bed..shhhh don’t tell them! It’s the thought that counts!babies

4. The Bandits. And all our BB’s. How lucky is this birthday girl to have so many great friends? Who put up with her? 😀

These are great gifts of course, but I’d love some others. Given that we live in a world of imagination, what birthday presents would you send? A hundred downloads of THE PATRICIAN’S FORTUNE?

 If ANY are half naked men…I want them fresh and not over handled 😀

Grab some cake, toot your horn and throw that confetti! It’s my birthday, oh, yes it iiiissss….




The Victor Is….

The winner of a download for Nook or Kindle OR a print copy of THE PATRICIAN is…

Demetrius, the trumpet blare if you please….


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Next Big Blog

What is the title of your book?

The Patrician. First in the Roman series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always been a fan of period history especially the Roman time period. I think it started with lazy Sundays watching all the “classic” movies with my Dad…Ben Hur, The Robe. Also a fascination with the intricacies of an Empire. All powerful. All consuming. Corruption undermining lofty goals. Plus I like guys in tunics 😀

 What genre does your book fall under?

Historical fiction specifically historical ROMANCE

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

Gilles Marini would make a GREAT Jared. Sigh, love me some Gilles. As to Bryna? A combination of Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. As for Cuini the cat? Cricket 😀

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Love conquers empires

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

This week I went live with THE PATRICIAN via Kindle/Nook/Kobo/Smashwords and soon Createspace. I love sharing my stories with readers!

 How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

THE PATRICIAN is the evolved version of my first manuscript. VERY first one? Probably 18 months. During that time though, I was learning and reading and networking all to make the story even better.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The decision to begin writing came during one of those moments when you reexamine your life and what you want to do with it. My mother had passed away and the loss of her light hit me hard. I am proud to be a nurse but I wanted to make a larger impact. I love the energy that comes from crafting a story.

What else about your book might interest the reader?

Number one would be the non-traditional time period. I love Regency, westerns but crave the vibrancy of other eras. Vikings, Colonial, Civil War, Ancient….all of them have stories to tell.

As part of the Next Big Blog, I’m to tag four other authors. This opportunity came a bit on the shorter notice side so other bloggsters were committed. But I’d love for you to check out these Bandits websites and their books! ,, and

Do you have a Kindle? A Nook? What draws you to a new book?