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

All I want for my birthday…

Remember the Christmas song, ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth’? All I want for my birthday is the announcement that Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  (6pm Tonight Jan 6)

A few years ago, I wrote a blog on how the Baseball Writers’ ruined my birthday.  ( The best response to this blog was from a friend who asked was it really my birthday.

Seriously, if he’s not inducted, I don’t know what my mother will do! My birthday gift from my parents is to go to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame weekend! (I already have the time off of work and a reservation at a hotel in Cooperstown 🙂

Good luck Mike!


And if you need a laugh this morning…things said to me recently.

“I know you’re not a hugger, so I’ll just give you a good slap.”

“Nice? Doesn’t look like you brushed your hair today.”

“Please don’t report me as a violet old lady.”






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!