Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bringing McKenna's Honor to the Big Screen

Amazon and Warner Brothers recently partnered to create "Amazon Studios". With their new collaboration comes the opportunity for me to 'pitch' my books - more specifically McKenna's Honor -- turned into a full, feature length film!!!

We are asking readers to put together one or two minute videos that tell why you like my books, more specifically McKenna's Honor and why you'd like to see it on the Big Screen!

I have a page set up at Facebook for you to follow, stay up to date, and post your videos.You may post your quick one or two minute video expressing why you enjoy my books and why you think this is a great idea! :D I only ask that you speak from the heart. :D And state your first name and where you are from.

When I'm ready to make the pitch to Warner Brothers, I'd like to borrow some snippets from some of the videos and use them in the pitch. I will, of course, get your permission first!

You can see the video that explains it a bit better at YouTube.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you for your support, encouragement and love. I'm glad you can be part of this epic journey!


Official Announcement Made

Hello my beautiful readers!

I made the official announcement this evening. You can watch the video here:

For more information, please visit the official "Bring McKenna's Honor To the Big Screen" page at Facebook.

From the bottom of my heart...thank you!

Monday, December 30, 2013

McKenna's Honor - LIVE at Audible!

Such an exciting day! Just found out that McKenna's Honor is LIVE at audible! I really believe you will love what Brad Wills has done with this book. LOVE his deep, smooth voice!



Sunday, December 29, 2013

Special Announcement

Hello everyone!

I have so many exciting things going on right now and I can't wait to share them with you. Some are far more top secret than others. :D

I hope you can join us Tuesday night for a special event at Facebook where I will be make a formal announcement. I think my readers are going to be very excited to learn what we've been working on for the past two weeks!

Yes, I realize it is New Year's Eve, but I do believe it is appropriate considering what we've got going on! :D

Love you all!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Morning Tradition

I am enjoying a very quiet Christmas morning. Yes. Quiet. Everyone else is still in bed.

I can remember when my girls were very young. There were many, many Christmases where they would wake us up as early as 3:30 in the morning because they were so excited! They would come skipping into my bedroom and squeal with delight to inform us that "Santa was here! Santa was here!"

I remember one Christmas when they were a bit older, before their baby brother was born (there is a ten year gap between youngest daughter and first son, and yes, he was a surprise!), I politely told them that they could not wake me up until 6:00 a.m. because we were not going to have a repeat of the previous year when they woke us up at 2:30 in the morning! I'm sorry, but 2:30 a.m. is just way too early.

That morning, my oldest daughter came into my bedroom, gave me a kiss, and said, "Mommy, its five, dot-dot-fifty-seven. Is that too early? We've been waiting since four, dot-dot oh five." (Gotta love how a kid reads a digital clock!)

I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh at how sweet and innocent she sounded or cry for feeling like the world's worst mother! I didn't think they'd take me so literally!

Fast forward several years to when their baby brother is old enough to understand the whole Santa thing. While my daughters were always excited about Christmas (to the point of waking their mother up at 2:30 in the morning), their brother was not so inclined. The boy will be 16 next month. He has never come crashing into my bedroom at ungodly hours to inform me that Santa has been here. Not once.

Every year its the same thing: we have to wake him up.

I can remember one year in particular when my daughters were beyond excited to watch their little brother open his presents. The girls were much older and I think Michael was eight or nine years old. The girls were up before the crack of dawn while their little brother slumbered. They were stunned that a little kid could still be asleep when it was Christmas morning! (It was, after all, way past five, dot-dot, fifty-seven!)

The girls, Kevin and I enjoyed coffee while Mike slept away as if it were not the most special and magical day of the year. I made the girls leave him to sleep -- much to their aggravation and dismay.  Finally, I couldn't take their leg bouncing and repeated and stunned comments of "OhmygodIcan'tbelieveheisstillsleeping!" any longer. It was 8:30 in the morning. They dragged him out of bed.

Now, don't get me wrong, the boy does love Christmas and yes he was always excited about the arrival of Santa. He's just an odd duck that doesn't feel the need to wake his mom up, not for any reason. This boy, even when he was little, would not wake me up, even in the middle of the night if he was sick.

I can't tell you the number of times I've awakened on a regular, every-day morning, to find my son sick, only to learn he'd thrown up three times in the middle of the night, or had a fever. "Why didn't you wake me up???" His response is always the same. "I didn't want to bother you and its not a big deal." Yes, that is the kind of kid he is.

So here it is, Christmas morning again. I've been up since 5:45. My husband woke up about 20 minutes ago and we waiting for our stoic son to rise. (My husband is worse than any little kid. If he'd had his way, he would have given us our presents last week but that's another story.)

As I write this, I can hear my husband's leg bouncing -- he's in the living room. And I know what he's thinking:  OhmygodIcan'tbelieveheisstillsleeping!

I'll sign off for now. I have a kid to wake up. Its tradition now.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Where has this past year gone? It seems to have flown by!

These past few months have been so busy! I haven't had time to do my newsletter let alone blog. I apologize for that.

The remodel is coming along nicely (that may be a wee generous, but considering everything we've gone through I reckon it fits!) We have subfloors!! Who knew something as simple as subfloors could be so exciting?

The grandkids are growing like weeds and getting smarter and smarter by the day. They're perfect, as always, and I'm looking forward to spending time with them today and tomorrow.

I started making chili at 8:30 this morning. Yes, chili. That is our Christmas Eve tradition: Chili, potato soup, home made bread, and LOTS of cookies, fudge and deserts! What are some of your traditions? I still have fudge and pies to make but I should have those whipped up in no time.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping to make 2013 one of the most amazing years of my life! I couldn't have done it without you! Below is a link to a little video I put together to express more fully just what you all mean to me!

Over the next few weeks I'm going to have some AMAZING announcements! When I heard about one of these things, I was so excited I nearly peed my pants! ;o) Yes...it is B.I.G. news!!!

Again, I thank you all so much! You're simply wonderful and I appreciate, as always, your continued support and love!

So have a very Merry Christmas and a beautiful and joyous new year!!

Gra`dh agus Beannachd
(Love & blessings)