The Golden Donut Winner

I’m pleased to announce I won the Writers’ Police Academy Golden Donut Short Story contest. The challenge – write a story about the photograph below using exactly 200 words, including the title.


Hide and Seek…

“Found!” Bryce yelled.

“Time to go!” their father hollered. “No more of your games. The tour starts in thirty.” The trio headed to the penitentiary. “I must be some big shot to get us on the first tour ever.”

The boys marveled at the old, now closed, jail. All the places they could hide. All the hours they could play.

The tour guide prattled on about the jail’s history, its famous inmates and one inmate never found. Convicted murderer Oliver Seaver. “Escaped, dead, or still here? We do not know.”

Reign and Bryce trailed behind, bored.

The guide continued, “Some say they still see him wandering the halls.” He cackled, scaring no one. “Is it his ghost? Or is he still here?”

“Hide and seek?” Bryce whispered.

Reign nodded and started to count. “Ten…nine…”

Bryce hid under a bed and waited. He heard Reign’s calls. And he remained hidden.

He heard his father’s calls. And he remained hidden.

Bryce heard the jingle of keys and the cell door closed. The lights shut off.

The museum closed for the night.

Leaving Bryce still hidden under the bed.

And then he was found.

But not by his brother.


Thank you to Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series, for choosing my story.


Thank you to Lee Lofland, for organizing another educational, fun and well run event.

Writers– BUY his book.  It’s a great resource.


Thank you to Linda Lovely & Howard, WPA volunteers, who presented me with the award on Sunday morning.

Readers– BUY her book.


Someone in the crowd asked where I was during the Saturday night banquet, when the winner was announced.


Listening to the Mets game of course.

Goddess Fish Promotions

Thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for organizing my blog tour.

Thanks also go to the great blogs that hosted me and ‘Gone But Not Missed’ for the tour.

Readers – Today is the last day to enter the raffle for a gift card.

Also, check out the blogs below on new and exciting reads.

January 30: Fabulous and Brunette
January 31: Welcome to My World of Dreams
February 1: T’s Stuff
February 2: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’ – review
February 3: Edgar’s Books
February 6: Christine Young
February 7: Book Giveaways
February 8: fundinmental
February 9: Hearts and Scribbles
February 10: The Avid Reader
February 10: Rainy Day Reviews
February 13: EskieMama Reads
February 14: BooksChatter
February 15: Long and Short Reviews
February 16: Romance Author Hear Me Roar
February 17: Booklover Sue

Writers – Check out for great promotional tours, at reasonable rates.

A fellow writer told me about her positive experience with Goddess Fish and I concur.


Today is the last day GBNM is on sale, ebook 99cents.

Happy Reading,






Happy Birthday Nathan! (& Mike Piazza)

Happy Birthday to my main character, Nathan Miccoli! I was reminded of the birthday this morning by a friend, who also shares the birthday. So, Happy Birthday Michael too!

Nathan shares his birthday with baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza. Coincidence?

Doubt it:)

For the Nathan Miccoli Mystery fans, here’s the cover for the latest installment.

Gone But Not Free, available later this month!


Have a great long weekend!


It’s the happiest day of the year!

It’s Opening Day of baseball!!!

Last April, I had little excitement (translation – hope) for my team, The Mets. Boy, was I wrong! After winning the NL East, they went on to win the pennant. It’s been a long time since I could wear my blue and orange proudly. (I mean, I still wore Mets gear fairly constantly but it’s been a long time since I could do it without fear of being mocked.)

So, thank you to the 2015 Mets for making it a great season.

And, here’s to the 2016 Mets!

(Just be glad I didn’t go on a rant about how Opening Day’s first pitch should start in Cincinnati.)

In celebration of the Opening Week of baseball, all books in the Nathan Miccoli Mystery Series will be on sale this week. Some titles will even be free this week!


Notes for my standup career

It’s been a while. Not for lack of material.

From work —

“You are a pain in the ass.”
“Sign for what’s her name.”–from someone who’s known me for over 6 months.

“The only pain I have is you.”

“You’ll have to wear a hazmat like suit to visit that patient.”

Book related —

After reading the tagline for the next book, “Whoa” & “What?!?!? Now I’m going crazy.” from beta readers.

“I heard a NPR report on why you shouldn’t buy flowers at convenience stores. I thought of you.” No bodega roses, people!

“Its my favorite series that has not been made into a feature film worth over a billion dollars.”

“I wait for the new release the same as I did for Harry [Potter] at midnight.”

The Nathan Miccoli series is on sale for Feb 29th.

So ladies, instead of proposing to a man this February 29th, read Gone But Not Missed. Some ‘Gone But Not…” fans wouldn’t marry Nathan, but I love him:)



So…that could have gone better.

I attended a book fair today for self published authors. I ‘sold’ one book. (It was really a barter. I swapped books with a fellow attendee.) So, for hours, I sat awkwardly in a small basement room with 12 other self published authors. For those that know me, I think you can picture it–seated in a corner, squirming, avoiding eye contact. There was a particularly awkward scene when a fellow introverted author tried to talk to me. Poor man should have stayed with the chattier authors.

I was glad when I swapped books with Dan. I had something to read! My most lengthy conversation was with an author about the Mets. I think he was surprised by my vast knowledge on steroids, Ralph Kiner, and the Hall of Fame. (For those friends and beta readers who are muttering their admonishments, I did say hello to the one customer who came by. Everyone else who visited the basement was friends and family of the authors!)

Friends, via text, tried to encourage me. My favorite was”You are a successful author…” I think he and I have different definitions of success:)

People have ghost writers. Could someone go as me to these events?

My parents and a friend came to show their support. My father was encouraging as always–“How much you pay for this?” No worries. The event was free.

Due to the readings running late, and my overwhelming nausea over the thought, I left prior to reading the first chapter of “Gone But Not Missed.”

Check out some of the other attendees —

Karen L Bonett –

Daniel R Cillis – Author of Statehood of Affairs

Phil Farina – Author of Gravesend

Melissa Kuch – Author of The Assumption

Cris Pasqueralle – Author of Destiny Revealed

J.B. Rafferty – Author of A Perfect Wave

Sorry to the other authors whose cards I either didn’t take or I lost!

If you live on Long Island, be sure to check out Turn of the Corkscrew Bookstore in Rockville Centre, NY. It is a lovely bookstore with a varied selection. It also has a spot to get food and wine.  Learn more at

The Hard Sell

A couple weeks ago, I went to a salon to get my hair done. (It’s not my usual place so I hope they’re not reading this:) But truthfully, my usual place is much nicer.  Whenever I walk in there, sometimes very early for an appointment, I’m met with smiles and a personal greeting.

But, I was in this place’s spa, had a coupon, so decided to get my hair done. All I wanted was to get my hair blown out.  That’s all I wanted. When I initially met the hairstylist, she tried to up sell me on several treatments. I repeated I just wanted my hair blown out. After my hair was washed, I was faced with another series of questions–how did I want my hair done and was presented with three options (that to me all sounded the same.) My reply–I don’t care. I was then presented with every product for purchase that was used on my hair, was told about the range of services they had, and was told how I could have a consultation with a colorist (Thank you young lady for pointing out the gray hair. I know it’s there.) By the time I left I was exhausted.  I should have just done my own hair:)

Does the hard sell work? Doesn’t work for me. All they did was make me nervous. It reminded me why I don’t go there anymore. (If the hard sell works on you, BUY MY BOOKS NOW!).

But for the rest of you, why don’t you read my books? I was told today that ‘Gone But Not Missed’ is “addictive.” As someone who gets lost in a good book, I can appreciate that. (I still want to marry Sirius Black…and Roland Deschain…They’re in alternate universes so it could work. I bet The Doctor–another fictional crush I have… in all of his last five (numbered) personas–could help me with that… sorry that sentence got away from me…)  That is an unusual list of fictional men to have crushes on…it may explain why I’m single.

Speaking of crushes, I don’t think anyone has ever said that about main character, Nathan Miccoli. That’s a shame–He’s quite handsome. On Monday, a fan of the series told me ‘how clueless’ Nathan is.

Happy Holidays & remember to fill up that new Kindle/iPad/whatever with The Nathan Miccoli Mystery series. Or give one of the books (or the whole series) as a gift!

All five books (& a cookbook! with other writers) are available at

Quotes from the last few weeks — from me & others–


“Let me know if you see Nathan [Miccoli] anywhere.”

“The schnauzers! They will all survive.”

(No schnauzers were harmed during that quote.)



Points to anyone who got the quote from my favorite Doctor Who episode, Blink.  🙂

Happy Holidays from my perfect schnauzer, H!



A book recommendation…

My best quote of the week — “So what I’m hearing is, you want me to get electrocuted.”

I just read Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of short stories. If you’re a fan of Stephen King, go get it now. It’s a great read. My favorite story is ‘The Dunes’. If you read it, you’ll know why. (No spoilers here!)

Before each story, King wrote a little bit about what prompted the story. Prior to one of the stories, he talked about his favorite horror movies from his childhood. That got me thinking about my favorite horror movies from my childhood.  This should come as no surprise that I watched a lot of horror movies as a child. But I think you will be surprised by my favorites. (And when I say favorite, I mean the ones that scared the bejeezus out of me!) All are movies I’ve only seen once…I think once is all I could take!

There are three that always spring to mind. One is a classic — Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. For years, I was terrified of birds. A trip to the Galapagos a couple years ago has tapered that fear.

Another is ‘Tourist Trap’. I don’t know how old I was when I watched it on TV. You can watch the trailer on Youtube. I still clearly remember the ending, that’s how much the movie stuck with me.

But the worst one was “Don’t go to sleep.” For many years I didn’t know the title and didn’t want to know the title. I never want to see it again. But, I googled it after reading King’s book. It’s actually a TV movie. It explains my fear of pizza cutters, why my heart skips a beat when I see a frisbee on a roof, and why I shake my head if I see someone has a radio in a bathroom. I have no desire to see this movie ever again. And no, it’s not because I’m afraid that it will scare me. It’s because I’m afraid it won’t!  Have I wasted years of my life being afraid of pizza cutters running up a bannister because of a lame TV movie?

If you like short stories, check out my friend, Alex McGuigan. She has a collection of short stories that will make you reconsider blowing out a birthday candle and going on honeymoon in Ireland.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Need a little holiday reading….All the ebooks in The Nathan Miccoli Mystery Series are on sale now, 99cents. And I do mean all of them…


So this happened over the weekend…

Best quote of the weekend — “Well, I’d rather be considered weird and polite than weird and rude.”

For research for my next novel, (no, not the next Nathan Miccoli Mystery), I attended a Doctor Who Convention. As part of my package, I was invited to Paul McGann’s birthday party. You should get a gift for someone’s birthday, right? Even if you’ve never met him & don’t know anything about him (except he’s British, incredibly handsome, & played the 8th Doctor)?

I decided yes. And I wouldn’t have this incredible picture if I hadn’t!


He was genuinely pleased. He told me I was raised right and hugged and kissed me! (If I concentrate, I can still feel his scruff against my right cheek and smell his lovely scent as he leaned in to kiss me on my cheek. And yes, I have washed my face since then…although I did consider not doing so:)

But seriously, this is my new favorite picture of me! (Sorry Mike Piazza:)

So, that was without a doubt the highlight of my weekend:)

Happy Reading!



Many things about my writing — the process or the writing itself– can not be explained.

But, for some reason, my books seem to start around holidays.

Gone But Not Missed – started on Valentine’s Day.

Gone But Not Goodbye – opens on Christmas.

Gone But Not Healed – Thanksgiving has a big event (Ok, this one’s a stretch…but it’s within the first few pages:)

Gone But Not Together – starts 4th of July weekend.

So in honor of the Fourth, all 4 books of the Nathan Miccoli are on sale for 99cents.  Perfect for reading at the beach, at the pool, wherever you’re spending your three day weekend.