Sometimes Family Ties Come from the Heart…Instead of Blood

 

Sixteen-year-old Maxine Marmarino is stronger than she looks. She’s grown up Italian to the core in the Big Apple, just her and Dad against the world. He’s been her champion and that’s  enough for her—until he dies. Max is cast adrift in the Social Services network of New York City with nothing to her name except what she can fit in a backpack. When she’s shipped upstate, armed with her father’s leather jacket, his army shirt, and an attitude that is much bigger than her, she’ll feel as small as a mouse. Forced to leave everything she’s ever known behind, Max doesn’t know if she can cut it in this strange place with a man she’s never met.

 

Clay Thatcher is titanium tough. It’s been his best friend since he lost his leg in Operation Desert Storm. Life has forced him to be strong, but he’s still not sure he’s strong enough to go on after losing the love of his life. He has no clue what to do with a teenager. His best friend, Ray Marmarino, saved his butt on the other side of the world over twenty years ago. The least he can do is return the favor for his daughter. Clay has a feeling it’s going to be the hardest thing he’s ever done.

 

When the City Mouse is forced to become the Country Mouse with no turning back, Max and Clay will learn a valuable lesson. They might not be able to fix the shattered pieces of their past, but maybe they can build a new beginning.

 

These characters had me from the start. They just wouldn’t leave me alone until I got their story right so I could share it with you. It’s about opening hearts and building bridges between an unlikely pair. They’ve both been beat up by life and are afraid to open their hearts…but prove love can mend fences every time.

 

I hope you’ll fall in love with Max and Clay. You can find Mouse in print and on the kindle. It’s at Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and your bookstore can order it too when you want to support your local business!

This. Right now. Right here. This is YOUR Life.

Nobody gets everything they want. Nobody gets perfect. There are going to be ups. There are going to be rock bottom downs. You may be going through tough times. You may have had a hard life…but you still have a chance to be happy. To be grateful. To find that light in the darkness….even if YOU are the light. Your life is what you make it. Even if it is the little things. You woke up today. A cup of coffee. A warm blanket. A kind word. A smile. Look for the good. Always.

Make Magic Happen in the New Year

2019. A new year filled with endless possibilities…if you believe it. If you believe in magic. The magic of your smile. A helping hand. The power of kindness.

Someone has to shine a light in the darkness. Why not be the lantern?

How’s that for your resolution?

May 2019 bring you blessings upon blessings and your cup runneth over. All my best…always.

Because There is Always Something to be Thankful for…

Thankful Thanksgiving is here again. My favorite holiday. It isn’t about presents. It isn’t about the mad frenzy to get everything just right. It’s simple and sweet. A day to gather with loved ones to share a meal and to count our blessings.

Every day should be Thanksgiving.

It’s all too easy to think about what we don’t have, to complain about what is wrong in our lives or in this world. We all need to take a moment to think of what we do have.  To hold on tight to those who matter. To cherish another day to live as fully as possible, dawn to dusk.

Mother Teresa once said, “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”

While you’re picking out something good in your life, I give you a challenge. What can you do to make a difference, to be the reason someone else wears a smile and says…thank you?

Happy Thanksgiving to all, near and far. Wishing you health, hope and happiness. Always.

Accepting I’m Right Where I’m Supposed to Be

I haven’t been myself lately. It’s hard to find that sparkle. I smile. I laugh. I put on a brave face. Inside…I’m struggling. Maybe it’s because I will be 48 tomorrow. Maybe it’s because my nest is empty. Or because I have doubts about reaching my goals. To fully be who I am meant to be.

Usually, I can pick myself up and shake it off. I’m not there yet.

I’m sure you understand.

So I’m taking a little time to dig deep and pay attention to the quote I shared today. To remember. God chose me. Lit the divine spark inside of me. Wanted me. And set me right where I am supposed to be. It will be all right.

For you as well.

They Say You Write About What You Know…What You Love…What is Inside of You

Making Mountains into Molehills 2

I’ve fallen in love again. It happens every time, with every story I write. I can’t help it. The characters in my novels are like the best of friends. I’ve figured out why. They’re the kind of people I admire most in the world. They have qualities that shine a light in the darkness. Like my parents. Like my teachers. Like my extended family. Like my best of friends. The everyday heroes who show us the extraordinary in the ordinary as they dig deep and show us how to cut our problems down to size. Every time.

Wyatt Henry is my new favorite.

You fell in love with the Henrys in A Man of Few Words and Hindsight’s 20/20. The journey began with Jackson Henry and continued with his youngest son, Emmett. Now, it’s his oldest son’s turn. Meet Emmett’s big brother, Wyatt.

Wyatt Henry has always been his brother’s keeper. It’s been his job. That, and learning how to be a horse farmer and a man above measure like his father, Jackson Henry—the Henry Way. Emmett made his arrival when Wyatt was two years old, and his kid brother has lit up his world ever since. He’s been the light in the darkness—when his mother died when he was only six, when his father died in a tragic accident on the farm. So what does he do when that light could be snuffed out?

When Emmett jumps in to help a damsel in distress in a barroom fight, he suffers a severe head injury that leaves him blind. It nearly destroys him, taking Wyatt with him. Wyatt has to try and help his brother pick up the pieces. He won’t give up on him, no matter how depressed and angry Emmett is. While he is dealing with Emmett’s challenges, Wyatt will face a life-threatening illness of his own. Through it all, his wife Samantha will be at his side as they work together to take Jackson Henry’s advice and make mountains into molehills.

Out now on Kindle, Nook, and in print at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or ask at your local bookstore. If they don’t have it, they can order it! I hope you’ll fall in love with a Henry the way I have. These men are some of my favorites! Everyone needs a Henry! 

I Didn’t Study for This Test!

Do you ever feel like you’re doing it all wrong…or you’re not good enough, not measuring up?

Stop looking at someone else’s tape measure.

We are all so afraid we aren’t living up to what is expected of us. Just worry about what YOU want out of your life. Keep trying. Pick yourself up when you fall. Do YOUR best. And at the end of the day, tell yourself, “I’m good enough for me. I AM ENOUGH.”

And start all over again tomorrow.