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 Wednesday


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 have put off reading this book because I knew it was going to be sad, but finally I was in the right frame of mind to read it, and I am so glad I did. I think it will turn into a classic and it’s too bad kids can’t read books like this in school. It was a great book filled with deep messages that I can’t stop thinking about. Imagine the effect on kids when they read it. It opens the world up for heavy conversations.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is by Hazel,“life is not a wish-granting factory.” Ain’t that the truth?!?!?!?


I’ve crossed the finished line. “Never Far Away” is complete. I sent it off to the formatter yesterday.

I’m planning a release date of May 21st.

Here is my beautiful cover designed by Regina Wamba at www.maeidesign.com

Never Far Away

Never Far Away


The same as last week…Teaching Spanish. I’m thinking about a new character who is bilingual…

One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it other than my professor in college, and if you know who said it please leave a comment, but here goes…

“To speak two languages is to have two souls.”


I’ve been driving my kids all around town this week and in a few short days it’s about to pay off. They are preforming in this year’s Sing-Out show. It’s always a huge success. The kids work so hard. It’s all about kids raising money for kids. It doesn’t get any cooler than that! My two daughters are playing in the band and I plan to attend the show both nights to support them and a great cause. I’m so proud!


What’s Up Wednesday

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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…


Lately, I’ve been into rereading books. Last week I reread the first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I was craving a dose of Jace. At some point I will reread the fourth book in this series and then read the fifth and sixth for the first time. The sixth book is to be released in 5.27.14, according to her website. You can check out the latest with Cassandra Clare here.



I’m still working on my Contemporary Romance. My word count is up to 42,000. I’ve decided once it’s done and ready to send off to the editor, I’m going to jump right back into finishing book #2 of the Senior Year series. I’m not sure which I will release first.


Phtography. It has always interested me and my main character for my Contemporary Romance is a photographer. Specifically the work of Ellen Von Enwerth


Last week I had a really bad cold and I spent the time drinking tea and reading. This week I’m back to the writing cave.

Tuesday’s Top Ten–Research

Today’s top ten is a list of research questions for my current project. Research for any author is on-going. The questions below range from essential to trivial. If you have any answers or suggestions to where I might find the answers, please leave a comment.

1- What is it like to be an only child?

2- What college would someone attend in NYC who wanted to pursue a computer science degree?

3- What is it like to be a college student in NYC?

4- What is a popular, or maybe not so popular, cafe in or near Greenwich Village that has a small collection of board games?

5- What is a popular bar in NYC where college students hang out at?

6- Would it make sense for a photography major to minor in graphic design?

7- Cameras- digital and old school

8- All things Paris

9-What is a nervous tick other than running your hand through your hair?

10- How long would it take someone to complete a Sudoku puzzle who did them regularly?

What research are you currently working on?