101 Things I Love


Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme by Novel Heartbeat. It’s a chance to talk about non-bookish passions and interests so you.

This weeks topic is 101 things you love. Here goes…

1. My husband
2. My kids
3. My family
4. My BFFs
5. My 2 pugs
6. Running
7. Country music
8. My old worn cowboy boots
9. Books
10. Warm Weather
11. Espana
12. Malbecs
13. Date night with my hubby
14. Fruit punch flavored G2
15. Trish McEvoy 9 perfume
16. My duct tape flower pens
17. Hablando en espanol
18. Teaching
19. EOS lip balm
20. my i-Pad mini
21. Pittsford Dairy
22. “Gone with the Wind”
23. “Sweet Home Alabama” – the movie
24. Coffee
25. Hardwood floors
26. A clean house
27. Fall
28. Lilacs
29. Peonies
30. Saturdays
31. Netflix
32. Peanute butter and jelly sandwiches
33. Chipolte
34. Lululemon clothes
35. Art
36. My backyard
37. My sister’s potato salad
38. My daughter’s curly hair
39. My daughter’s
40. My son’s dimples
41. Wegmans
42. “Mis zapatos”
43. My strength training class
44. My Hunter boots
45. Spring
46. Small purses
47. Strawberries
48. Coaching Odyssey of the Mind
49. London
50. Las islas canarias
51. Welch’s Fruit snacks
52. Laura Mercier makeup
53. Pittsford, NY
54. Summer
55. Summer dresses
56. Anthropologie
57. Wine parties
58. Watermelon
59. My tub
60. Snow angels
61. Dandelions (because they were the only flowers I was allowed to pick as a kid)
62. Mendon Ponds Park
63. My computer
64. Pajamas
65. Blue eyes
66. The color pink
67. Jeans
68. Musicals
69. School supplies
70. Winter
71. Candles
72. Hot cocoa
73. The Maple Tree Inn
74. Bracelets/Bangles
75. Lists
76. New york City
77. The smell of ironing
75. Pickup trucks
76. Breakfast foods
77. Ice cream
78. The Village Bakery
79. Dance parties
80. Owls – los buhos
81. Photography
82. Artists
83. The Prado Museum
84. Exchange students
85. A fireplace
86. Chocolate Chip Cookies
87. Twizzlers
89. Movies
89. Moleskin notebooks
90. Thin crust pizza
91. sweet potatoes
92. Warm blankets
93. Blake Shelton
94. Luke Bryan
95. Kip Moore
96. Graphic T-shirts
97. Concerts
98. Barcelona
99. Hot air balloons
100. Birthdays!


What’s Up Wednsday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…


I am reading “Playing Patience” for the second time. I really loved this book the first time I read it, so I decided to read it again. I love the main characters Zeke and Patience. The story has a terrific beginning and the same intense feelings carry throughout. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d recommend it to anyone who loves YA Romance.



I’m working on a contemporary romance I started during the summer. Taking a break for a few months from the story has given me fresh eyes.Now all I need to do is sit down and finish it. I’m hoping to have it completed in time for summer reading.


Real students. My Spanish 4 students.



My friend Lee Rowland over at PearTreeSpace has redone my cover for Summer Love. I loved my original cover, but I wanted a more contemporary look for the new year. Once again Lee did an amazing job, accomplishing exactly what I’d envisioned.


Tuesday’s Top Ten

Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun. I love summer. It means no schedules, lots of sunshine, and savory homegrown foods.

Here is my Top Ten List of Things to do this Summer.
(In no particular order)

1- Publish “Summer Love”

2- Continue writing “Fall Into You”

3- Read lots and lots of books

4- Take family bike rides along the Erie Canal

5- Post on this blog

6- Finish organizing the basement and closets

7 – Make homemade ice cream

8 – Host lots of cookouts

9 – Enjoy family and friends

10 – Sell lots of books!

Tuesday’s Top Ten!

What better way to bring in the new year than to recap my top ten accomplishments of 2012, the top ten things I learned, and my top ten goals for 2013.

Top Ten Accomplishments of 2012

1. I self-published “The Perfect Prom Date” in January.

2. My book “Nowhere” was released in June by Muse It Up Publishing.

3. I gave my website and blog a facelift to attract new followers.

4. I have written 48 posts, including this one.

5. My blog has received more than 1,500 visitors.

6. I read 14 books during the summer months.

7. I helped my dear friend, Kelly Mooney, edit her latest book, “Please Don’t Go”.

8. I conducted my first author interview to a group of students.

9. I participated and contributed in my first Indie-read-a-thon.

10. I began writing a new book, “One Complicated Summer”, which is the first book in a four book series.

Top Ten Things I Learned in 2012

1. The importance of Beta-readers (I will be sure to ask several beta-readers to read my next manuscript before I even send out any queries. Beta readers are extremely insightful).

2. I enjoy crafting “Character Bibles.” ( I made character bibles for the main characters in Nowhere and it really helped me get to know them.)

3. I have a difficult time finding my own typos and grammatical errors. (However, I enjoy editing other author’s manuscripts and I am much better at helping them than I am helping myself.)

4. There are advantages and disadvantages to self publishing.

5. There are advantages and disadvantages to publishing with a publishing house.

6. Barnes and Noble does not directly accept non-US publishing houses. They have to go through smashwords. (Hence, I have been patiently awaiting for “Nowhere” to appear on the B&N website for almost seven months.)

7. I am not a fast writer. (Which I am totally okay with.)

8. Some months I have a difficult time making time to write, while other months I can’t seem to stop.

9. I can’t read a book and work on my own at the same time. (Nor can I flip between stations when there is a commercial on.) My brain just doesn’t work that way.

10. Always take constructive criticism, constructively. I used it learn about myself as an author and how I can improve in the future. (Because of course being an author is my future!)

Top Ten Goals for 2013

1. Finish writing “One Complicated Summer.”

2. Receive a contract for “One Complicated Summer.”

3. Continue to blog two to three times a week.

4. Establish more relationships with other authors and readers. (Goodreads is a great forum for accomplishing this.)

5. Obtain more followers on my blog.

6. Spend more time with real teens, so that my writing connects to them even more than it already does.

7. Read at least as many books this summer as I did in 2012.(Nothing is more relaxing than sitting at the beach or by my pool reading a great novel).

8. Take a writing course (I took an on-line course with Anastasia Suen in 2011, and throughly benefitted it.)

9. Visit the YA book fair at Nazareth College. (A truly inspiring experience to be surrounded by fellow authors, such as Melisa de la Cruz and Simone Elkeles, and thousands of wonderful readers!)

10. Sell thousands of copies of “The Perfect Prom Date” and “Nowhere.”

What did you accomplish in 2012? What did you learn? And what are your goals for 2013?