Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cover Reveal - Roma & Runa

Good Morning!!

I am so psyched to reveal the cover for Roma and Runa!!
My two short stories releasing with Torrid June 21, 2017!!

These two were a huge challenge for me, as I have never written short and was basically afraid to. 
YES, I said it, I was afraid to write short!!

Why? Well because anyone who knows me, knows I write like I talk -- A lot 😀hahahahaha

I guess you could say I was afraid to write novella length (20,000 approx) until I did and found out how much I loved it.

Most of my early writings (never published) are near or over 40,000 words.

So, yes! I was afraid to write short, because you have to be so tight with your words. Every word needs to count and move the story forward.

But when asked, I took up the challenge, because I wanted to see if I could do it and step outside my comfort zone.

And now look whats happened -- I have a release!!!!😃

With a lot of thanks to my publisher at Torrid, Jan and my editor Mary!! Without their support and push, I think I may have faltered.

And is my cover not the coolest!! Thank you Kelly!!!

What's Roma and Runa about--well here are some blurbs 😉

Roma Rinnali is a Centurian Guard. An elite warrior of the Galactic Forces. On her way to retrieve her nephew, she meets General Gorian Ocano. As their passion ignites, they must team up to fight a twisted professor when the kids are sent to a neglected detention center, where they’ve been forced to fend for themselves.

Runa the Lost is promised to Brax Del’Nor, leader of a rival clan to ensure the safety of her own. Yet after Runa’s arrival to his home, she discovers a plot within his family to kill her new husband and the answers to her mysterious gifts are uncovered.

Until next...

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

C ~

Friday, April 14, 2017

Fun Drink Friday - Red Ruby Punch w/Pinnacle Vodka

Something nice and easy for the holiday weekend

1 1/2 Parts Pinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka
1 Part Fruit Punch
2 Parts Dry White Wine

In a punch bowl, mix all ingredients, stir add ice.
Garnish with fresh cut up fruits or berries.

And of course... DRINK RESPONSIBLY!!

For this and other recipes, please visit our friends at:

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!
C ~

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Recovering from a Loss

As I was driving home yesterday, I heard a voice. It was my auntie, saying. ‘Alright Cindy that’s enough.’

My auntie passed a little more than a month ago, and it really hit me hard. Then a medical issue with my son, where he lost consciousness in the doctor’s office, went down and hit his head. After three hours in the emergency room by ambulance, he’s ok, no concussions or anything to that nature.

The 10K they charged is another blog!😖

So needless to say, I’ve been OFF my A-game. I’ve felt overwhelmed and exhausted, even with my day job.

My auntie was never one to sit around.

So, it’s time to pick myself back up, dust off and pull up my big girl panties and get on the roll, or else she just might ‘Gibbs’ slap me on the back of the head, LOL.
                 (If you don't watch NCIS, you may not understand that, lol.)

Losing someone very close to you is not easy, no matter if it was sudden or an ongoing illness and for those with other medical issues, like depression, it can feel as though you’re sinking, struggling every day to reach the top and take a breath of air.

So, Yes, my auntie! I heard you! I love you and I’m regrouping!

To do list for today…

·      Finish edits for two short stories releasing in June - get back to editor (before she kicks my butt),
·      Blog (check),
·     Author Newsletter,
·     Calendar to organize my time between; day job, writing, RWA chapter items and personal.
·     Make meatloaf for my Hubs. 😊 He’s going to Omaha for the next few weeks with work.

2nd cup of coffee in front of me, I’m checking out for now to hit my to do list and as always --

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

C ~


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Editing and Selling Your Manuscript - March 18th 2017

Come Join us March 18th!! 

Dylan Newton is a wonderful author and presenter!!
I can't wait!! Tips for RWA Orlando in July!!

For more information, please go to:

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

C  ~

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Winner of January's Drawing

Hello and welcome February!!

Lots of wonderful things happened in January and the best one was to pick the winner of my drawing.

If you signed up for my newsletter in January 2017, your name was entered into the drawing for a set of handmade sea glass jewelry from Eden and Eve.

And the WINNER is ....

Barbara J.
I have already been in touch with Barbara and her package will be mailed on Friday!

Again, Thank you to everyone who signed up and congrats Barbara!!

C ~

Read Lots and Stay Spicy

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fun Drink Friday - Coke and Captain's

Must display the hubby's Christmas gifts 😊

Stormtrooper Decanter from the in-laws
Shot Glasses from hubs brother and sister-in-law

Yes, he likes Star Wars as much as I 😋

and what better to put in the decanter than good ole'
Captain Morgan!
What can I say, Coke and Captain's is still all time favorite.😊

Drink Responsibly!! Read lots and Stay Spicy!!

C  ~

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Drawing Item ~ Sign up before 1.30.17

Drawing for this beautiful set of handmade sea glass jewelry.
During the month of January 2017, if you sign up for my quarterly newsletter, your name will be entered into the drawing.

One lucky winner will be notified by email on January 31st, 2017 and announced right here on my blog Wednesday February 1st, 2017.

I will have the set with me at The Central Florida Book and Author Expo,
January 28th, 2017.
So if you want to stop by, say hi, take a look 😉, buy a book, you can find me at:

The Eisenhower Recreation Center
3560 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages Fl 32163

From 9 AM - 3 PM

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