Because You Have To Follow Your Heart!

Sometimes this writing thing drives me crazy, drives everyone crazy, because it has taken over my life. Having a dream is hard because it won’t leave me alone. Won’t let me stop thinking about it, going after it. My life was so much easier when I didn’t have all these characters and stories demanding to be told.

So, I have come to accept I have to tell the stories. No matter who reads them, what happens, or where they take me. They are a part of me, my heart and soul, and have brought so many gifts into my life.

Follow your heart and dreams. The journey will take you somewhere…even if it is only to know yourself better. It will be worth all the ups and downs.

I promise.

Sometimes Heroes Come in Small Packages

Sawyer Mountain cover

Every time I write a new book, I fall in love. The story, the place, and the characters wrap themselves around my heart. They’re so real that I carry them with me everywhere I go. They are like family or old friends, welcoming me home.

I have a special place in my heart for my Lost in the Adirondacks series, the series that truly set me on the path to becoming an established author. Conservation officer Graham Scott took over my life on his quest to find Sarah Waters in Adirondack Sundown. He kept me coming back for more in the next three novels. Graham and my leading men, police officer Jim Pedersen and survivalist Kane Johnson, are back again in the fifth installment in the series, Nightmare on Sawyer Mountain.  They rise to the challenge and don’t disappoint, but I have a new favorite.

Shepherd Jude Kendrick.

He’s only nine years old. He might only be a kid, but he has had to grow up fast, taking his name seriously. He’s been his twin’s protector from the moment she was born a few minutes after him. When Sawyer Willow becomes devastatingly ill, Shep will take on a life and death battle to save her. He’ll give everything he has to help her, like St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases, shouting at Death, “Not today. She’s mine.”

Doing his best to live Paul Coelho’s wise words:

“Faith as tiny as a grain of sand allows us to move mountains.”

I hope you will fall in love with my new hero too. You can meet him now  and join him on his perilous journey whether you like to read on kindle or  want to get lost in paperback.

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,, 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.