Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wichita Falls, TX, the day job & my newest release…

I’m in Wichita Falls this week doing day job (AFSO21) stuff.  Have a GREAT class, with an awesome group of folks.  Didn’t hit the gym yesterday, since I’d been on my feet all day and my dogs were killing me, but I’ll definitely be giving it a shot after we finish tonight.

On Sunday night I got a TON of revisions done, really good stuff (or at least I hope my critique partner thinks so), and last night watched my Monday night staples, Bones & The Following.

In parting (before I head to class), shameless plug for my latest short Keira book, Into the Fire ( is available now for $1.49.

Okay, off to get ready for class…talk atcha tomorrow!


Wine Review: Ravenswood Zinfandel

Ravenswood Zin
I was thinking about other things I could blog about, and I thought about the things I do.  I read.  I write.  I cook (a lot).  And I drink wine (a lot 🙂 )
So what better than to share a few of the wines I enjoy and what I like about them, as well as some food  pairings.  With that said, here we go!

Ravenswood Zinfandel (2011)

When I was younger, I was a total Cabernet Sauvignon girl.  As I got older, I rolled through Merlot and Pinot Noir, and right now (and for the past few years), my favorite red is Zin.  There’s just something multidimensional about Zin, especially when you get a good one.  I happen to love the Ravenswood.  It’s affordable (usually about $15/bottle), and because of it’s round, soft texture, pairs with everything from spicy chicken and fish dishes to the traditional red meat fare.  I also enjoy it because it has a bit of bite on the back of your palate, kind of a “hey, this is WINE” zing that makes me smile.  Also a plus is that there’s no discernible aftertaste, so you won’t regret it if you’re sipping with hors d’ourves, rather than a full meal.

If you’re a red fan looking for a wine that pairs well with a broad spectrum of meals and nibbles, then give this one a try!

Media Monday: Alias

So, I started watching Alias last week on Netflix, and I just couldn’t get into it.  I really, really wanted to.  I mean, hello, kick-ass spy chick, lots of intrigue and over 100 episodes to feast on.  But I never really bought Sydney as a spy.  Two pieces I loved?  Her portrayal of the grief in losing her fiancee.  It was fabulously done, and made me root for her.  The second?  Bradley Cooper, of course.  What’s not to love there?  So to say I was disappointed that I didn’t care for the intrigue bit is a bit of an understatement.

The Following premieres tonight after Bones, and I can’t WAIT to watch it!

Book Review: No One Left to Tell, Karen Rose

I cannot begin to express how much I adored this book.  Rose is one of my auto-buy authors, so it’s no surprise that I’d enjoy this book, but I was blown away by it.  For those of you who have read Ms. Rose’s works before (specifically You Belong to Me ), you’ll recognize some of the characters.   In this story, we watch as Paige Holden and the hero, State’s Attorney Grayson Smith, both come to grips with their ugly pasts.  These two have been damaged by their pasts, but still managed to find a way to make their lives positive.   I won’t recap the plot, but I WILL say that the depth and circuitous routes it took made me dizzy (in a good way).  Paige and Grayson were perfect for each other, and in true romantic suspense fashion, they wouldn’t have reached their happy ending (never mind survived) had they not learned to love and rely on each other.  Romantic suspense at it’s finest!

Workout progress and all manner of good things…

I’ve been kicking ass on the workout front…five days a week on the treadmill, and outside exercise when it’s not stupid frosty.  So (cross fingers), I can totally see myself hitting my 13 miles per week by the end of the month.  Been doing okay on the rest of my goals as well.  To be honest, I wanted to make the exercise and water portions a habit before I started to go balls to the wall on the rest of my goals, so I’m willing to accept a few areas where I’m not meeting them in order to make all of them my new reality by the end of the year.

How are you doing on your goals?

TABT, The Black Hawk, Joanna Bourne

This is my first book by Joanna Bourne, but it certainly won’t be my last.  In The Black Hawk, she introduced me to a world of espionage spanning Europe in the late 1700s and early 1800s.   The characters, Adrian (Hawker) and Justine (Owl) were gorgeously drawn.  Both flawed, both from REALLY screwed up childhoods (if what they lived through can be called a childhood).  In each other, even as children and spies on often opposite sides, they find that indefinable something that makes them perfectly matched.  Decades later, as adults, they must work together to discover who is targeting Justine, and why.  I loved this book on so many levels.  The characters were unusual, and so real they leapt off the page.  I understand I have three previous books to catch up on, with characters mentioned obliquely in this book and I can’t wait!

Treadmill Playlist Goodness

Been hitting the treadmill for the last two weeks, and have been working on a playlist to keep it interesting.  This is what I’ve got so far…

  • Run Around, Blues Traveler
  • Ants Marching, Dave Matthews Band
  • You Get What You Give, New Radicals
  • West End Girls, Pet Show Boys
  • Smooth, Rob Thomas & Carlos Santana
  • Rise Above This, Seether
  • Bodies, Drowning Pool
  • Wild, Wild Life, Talking Heads
  • The Middle, Jimmy Eat World
  • Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, KT Turnstall
  • The Sweet Escape, Gwen Stefani
  • So What, Pink
  • Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
  • Devour, Shinedown
  • Stupify, Disturbed
  • Hey Ya!, OutKast
  • Time Bomb, Rancid
  • You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid, Offspring

Any other recommendations with the same tempo?



Ringing in the New Year

This will be the first of my monthly “check ins”.  Obviously I don’t have a whole heckuva lot to report yet 🙂

On the writing front, got my cover suggestions and file of Into the Fire up to my awesome cover artist, April Martinez, and really fine-tuned the first three chapters of Shoot to Thrill, which went through some pretty massive changes.  Think I’ve got a good grasp on it, and am now diving into the rest of it.  The additional threads I’m adding in aren’t necessarily huge in wordcount (I’ll probably end up adding about 5K), but they’re vital in expanding my main character’s motivations.

I’d LOVE to get the revisions done by the time I head back to the day job on the 7th (and hand them off to my critique partner), so I can start work on something new, so cross fingers.

Love the energy I feel with the start of the new year, and hoping I can leverage it into a looooong span!