Cover Reveal for LIBERTY’s PROMISE

Welcome Readers,

I know it’s been ages since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been busy writing the next novella in my SAVAGE CINDERELLA series. With fall upon us, I’m deep in edits and can’t wait to deliver the final chapter (for now) of Brinn’s story. I am satisfied with where she leaves off in this book. I hope you will be too!

It has been an amazing adventure to see Brinn through her growth and recovery since I discovered her in the wilds of North Georgia in 2012. I won’t give anything vital away, but I felt like Brinn’s story came to a natural conclusion in this fifth novella. At least it feels like a good place to take a pause. If you’ve been enjoying the series, have no fear, there is always room for new adventures and more books down the road!

For now, here is the fabulous cover for this latest installment…


(Book 5 in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series)


Liberty’s Promise continues the journey of kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, Brinn Hathaway. After barely escaping with her life after her previous case, Brinn travels to New York City where her co-worker and current roomie, Detective Daniella Hernandez, is attending to a family crisis. When Dani’s old flame—a superior officer—threatens to destroy her career and her family’s legacy, Brinn vows to do whatever necessary to protect her friend.

Investigating a sergeant in the NYPD for his personal and criminal misconduct might be overstepping jurisdictional boundaries and not exactly a good career move. But bringing to justice the man who had once tormented her friend and righting an old wrong is worth the risk for Brinn. When it becomes clear the serial stalker won’t be an easy target, and that he’s willing to go to any lengths to escape his dark deeds, Brinn discovers that taking down one of New York’s finest could cost both women more than just their jobs.


Watch for a release date and pre-order links to come…

If you haven’t read the other books in the series, now is a great time to get started. The original novel, SAVAGE CINDERELLA is available for FREE download. You can get the first four novellas for your Kindle for only $5.98

Also, don’t forget it’s almost harvest time and I’ll be at the Granville Harvest Fair in Granville, MA. on October 12-14th. Stop by for a meet and greet the author, signed copies, and treats!

Peace and blessings,



I’m so happy to celebrate this book birthday with you!

BROKEN ANGEL is now available for purchase. Buy it now for only $2.99 or gift it to a friend for Christmas…

And may all your holiday wishes come true!

Turning twenty should be cause for celebration, but for Brinn Hathaway—kidnap survivor turned rookie cop—all she wants is to be alone. At least that’s the plan when she hikes into the North Georgia High Country, desperately in need of respite from the complexities of relationships in the so called “civilized” world. With two guys taking up so much space in her head—and her heart—Brinn finds the call of the wild and the company of her trusty canine partner, Eliot, a balm to her soul. But going back to the cabin she spent eight long winters in may not be exactly the restful haven she hoped for.

When Brinn stumbles upon a young woman trapped in a desperate situation, she can’t help but get involved. Leaving the girl in the hands of two drug dealing brothers isn’t what a good cop would do—no matter the risk.  With no time to call for back-up, Brinn is forced to take on the ruthless duo alone. But after a failed rescue attempt, she soon finds herself in way over her head with no help in sight.


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Happy Holidays, my friends!


Peace and blessings,


Pre-order Broken Angel!

Hey friends and readers,

I hope your holidays are bringing you joy and happiness, and that you’re finding some time to relax and destress. It always seems I have a book to launch just before Christmas, so relaxing and enjoying family this time of year can be challenging, but finding balance is what it’s all about, right?

I’m happy to announce that BROKEN ANGEL, book four in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series is now available for pre-order!

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If you haven’t read the series yet, the book that started it all, SAVAGE CINDERELLA is available for FREE download at these major e-retailers.

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And don’t forget to catch up with Brinn, Justin, Cody, and friends in

You can purchase them as a set on


You can find buy links for other retailers here

Wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift for the avid reader on your list? This series is full of hope, emotion, action, adventure, and romance (of the sweet variety). It’s suitable for teens and anyone who loves reading about kick-butt heroines and feisty sidekicks!

Have a happy holiday season and make sure you take time to relax with a few good books.

Peace and blessings,


Cover Reveal for BROKEN ANGEL (Bk 4 in the Savage Cinderella Series)!

Hey friends and readers,

I’ve been off grid for several months, crazy busy with working on the latest book and living life:-) You’ll be happy to know I’m in final edits for BROKEN ANGEL (Bk 4 in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series).

So, without further suspense, I’m thrilled to present one of my very favorite covers!

Thank you, Kim Killion of the Killion Group. You are a genius.

Here’s a little bit about the book…

“Turning twenty should be cause for celebration, but for Brinn Hathaway, kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, all she wants is to be alone. At least that’s the plan when she hikes off into the North Georgia High Country, desperately in need of respite from the complexities of relationships in the so called “civilized” world. With two guys taking up so much space in her head,–and her heart–Brinn finds the call of the wild and the company of her trusty canine partner, Eliot, a balm to her soul. But going back to the cabin she spent eight long winters in may not be exactly the restful haven she hoped for.

When Brinn stumbles upon a young woman trapped in a desperate situation, she can’t help but get involved. Leaving the girl in the hands of two drug dealing brothers isnt what a good cop would do, no matter the risk. With no time to call for back-up, Brinn is forced to take on the ruthless duo on her own. But after a failed rescue attempt, she soon finds herself in over her head with no help in sight.


I hope you love it as much as I do. It was great to see my vision come to life. A few stock photos and an exchange of ideas, and Kim did her magic once again:-)

Stay tuned for excerpts via my Facebook page

So, what do you think?


Summer Fun

Hey friends and readers,

I know I’ve been off-grid for a bit, but I’ve been taking some much-needed downtime from my writing and doing something else I love…digging in the dirt, lol. This old house and its unruly acreage are taking up much of my free time as of late, but rest assured, I’m plugging away at the next novella in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA series.

My current work in progress, BROKEN ANGEL, takes Brinn and her trusty canine companion, Eliot, back to the North Georgia High Country where her story began. After dealing with human traffickers in FINDING HOPE, a Colombian cartel in LOST BOYS, and a corrupt mining operation in SACRED GROUND, Brinn is in need of a break from the real world…especially since her love life seems to grow more complicated by the day. But escaping to the hills she called home for the better part of her young life turns out to be less of a respite and more of a rescue mission gone terribly wrong. Stay tuned for more details, excerpts and a cover reveal over the next month or so. I’m hoping to have the book out later this fall!

As for what’s up and coming, I’m visiting with author Ally Shields today at her blog, Coffee Chat with Ally, talking about writing novellas and how this series came about. I’m also giving away a novella (reader’s choice), and if you haven’t read SAVAGE CINDERELLA yet, you can download it for FREE or read it on WATTPAD to get started on Brinn’s harrowing tale of survival and triumph. Check out the entire novella series, available at Amazon for only $6.97.

If dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy is more your thing, WANING MOON, book one in the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael is available for only .99 cents.

Or get the whole set on Amazon for less than $10… You won’t be disappointed in these action-packed reads!







And if you’re looking for a sweet contemporary YA romance to fulfill your summer beach reading plans, you will love the Girls of Thompson Lake in HEAVEN is for HEROES, ON THIN ICE and PIECES of LOVE. Get them all in the box set which includes the novella, SAMI’s CHRISTMAS WISH LIST (because who doesn’t love Christmas in July)!

That’s it for now. Sign up for my newsletter for more updates on contests, appearances, guest blogs, and new releases! You’ll also receive a free download of SOUL REDEMPTION, the prequel novella to the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy and first three chapters of OVERCOME YOUR SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE, a non-fiction health and wellness book full of great tips for getting and staying well as you read your heart out this summer.

Thanks for hanging out with me:-)

Peace and blessings,


Indian Tacos and an Edible Porch Garden

Welcome Hoppers!

I’m happy to participate in the 7th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. So glad you stopped by.

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Make sure to leave a comment (with your email address to be used only for notification of winnings) so we’ll know you visited every site and you can enter to win the grand prize of an e-reader (winner’s choice up to a $200 value). Second place winner will receive a $25 gift card to the eBook retailer of their choice. Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and the last (Bloomin Thyme) websites listed on the links below by April 29th. See the main event page for full details.

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If you leave a comment you’ll also be automatically entered to win my basket of goodies, including a leatherbound journal, a book of puzzles, adult coloring book, assorted teas and honey, and a handy carrying bag with swag items. Also included is a signed copy of my holiday  novella, Sami’s Christmas Wish List.
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 The hop runs April 18-April 27th.
Feel free to browse around while your here. Sign up for my newsletter to receive an e-copy of SOUL REDEMPTION, the novella prequel to the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy. You can also download the eBook SAVAGE CINDERELLA, the award-winning novel that began the Savage Cinderella Novella Series. Get it FREE for a limited time.

On to the yummy part of this post where I share a favorite recipe with you.

While writing my latest novella, Sacred Ground, book three in the Savage Cinderella Series, I was researching Native American foods that might be found at an Indian Pow-wow. I came across this recipe for Indian Tacos and had to try it. Slightly labor intensive but totally delish!!! I didn’t want to post the recipe here because I want to give Hilah’s Cooking Blog all the credit, but I’ll share the link here and you can judge for yourself.


As for gardening tips, I haven’t had a huge garden in some time. I still grow perennials and have some lovely hanging baskets every year, but my herbs and vegetables are strictly grown in pots on my front porch these days. So much easier on my lower back, and with only two of us, it doesn’t make sense to have big garden beds anymore.

It varies from year to year, but typically I grow lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, string beans, snap peas, peppers, and various cooking herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and dill. I’ve done root veggies like beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and garlic in deep pots, but with a short growing season, I need to start them early in the house or let them winter over. Nothing is off limits though! Be creative and have fun.

The herbs are easiest. I buy already established plants from a local greenhouse the third week in May. We almost always have a late frost up here in the hills so I wait until Memorial day to plant anything. The dill goes in it’s own pot in a sunny far corner of the deck since it grows tall and bushy and is very aromatic. You can plant violets or nasturtium with it for a beautiful splash of color against the green. Both flowers make tasty and attractive garnishes to salads and dress up any summer dinner plate. Oregano, thyme, and basil go in one pot just outside my kitchen door since I use these most often for cooking. And rosemary gets her own hanging pot , so I can bring her in and use the fresh herb for soups, stews, and seasoning meats through the winter.

My husband built me a bean trellis with deer fencing and 2x4s attached to my deck–which also works for small pickling cucumbers. I plant the seeds in long window boxes just below the trellis and they grow, grow, grow until the trellis is bursting with beans and cukes. It’s good to stagger your planting every few weeks so you keep them going all summer. Weed out older plants as they start to grow leggy or the beans get tough.

The same applies to lettuces and spinach. To have a long, productive season, you need to plant new crops about every two to three weeks. I line up three foot window boxes along my deck railing and across a long garden bench and grow all my leafy veggies in a row so I can pick and choose my salad mix, clipping off a few of each variety. Don’t forget to grow several different types of greens, including kale, swiss chard, and romaine for a healthy selection.

All of this is providing your porch gets at least 6-8 hours of sun. I have to put my big tomato pots on wheels so I can move them easily since an oak tree is beginning to cast shade on our front deck and tomatoes need lots of sun. I plant two or three varieties of tomatoes, including cherry and grape tomatoes in one container and beefsteak, roma, or another meaty variety in another. Just a few plants produce more than enough tomatoes for us right into late summer, early fall.

The best porch gardening tip ever though, is automated irrigation! My husband has automated the watering by setting up a food grade PVC tubing drip irrigation system (similar to what they have in greenhouses and grocery stores) set on a programmable timer for ten minutes twice a day. This is especially helpful when going on vacation. All I have to do is plant, fertilize with compost, and watch my garden grow until everything is ready to pick!

I hope you’ve found this helpful and that it inspires you to try to grow your own front porch garden.

Please share in the comments section if you have any other container gardening tips!

Peace and blessings,


Fill your Easter basket with books!

Happy Spring, friends!

It’s been a slow transition from winter to spring here in the hills. After three big snow storms (the fourth amounted to nothing), we still have a foot-and-a-half of snow on the ground and a pile up to the windowsill on the North side of the house where the sun never shines. We’ll probably be digging out in May!

I did, however, see these little gems poking their heads out from the winter debris. These snow drops are making me lust for that first warm sunshiny day when I can clean out their beds again and maybe even plant something new. Hopefully, my back cooperates! It’s been a tough winter for my body, despite the fact my husband hasn’t let me lift a shovel, and heaving forty-pound bags of pellets is now a thing of the past. I’m sure it’s nothing time–and a few warm sunny days–won’t improve.

One thing the cold weather and a recalcitrant back has given me is an opportunity to stay in and write. My standing desk has made an amazing improvement in my productivity and I’m well on my way to writing the next book in the Savage Cinderella series. I’ve already entitled it–BROKEN ANGEL. (Shh! You guys are the first to know:-)) I’m on chapter four and as soon as I get to the halfway point of the story (at about chapter ten), I’ll start working on the cover! This is the most fun and exciting part of writing for me. I love building a story out of nothing but a grain of an idea, feeling the life inside the characters blossom, and seeing them form and grow on the page. Once I have the bones of the story in my mind, I quickly begin to visualize it unfolding like a movie. You know that feeling when you’re in a theatre, eating popcorn and escaping into a great show? It’s that excitement, wonder, and love of the unfolding mystery that keeps me writing. There is a joy and a mania to it, but also a peace in the creative process and satisfaction in the completion of the work. It’s hard to explain, but it is most certainly a driving force. In these inner movies and mysterious motivations, I don’t always know what comes next, but the characters in my unconscious brain seem to know where they need to go.

It’s up to me, the writer, to follow…and trust.


If you’re new to my site, check out the Savage Cinderella Series here. The original award-winning novel, Savage Cinderella, is now available for FREE!

Of course, I have something for everyone. Maybe you enjoy a contemporary YA romance, like Heaven is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, or Pieces of Love. Do you prefer a little sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian? Check out the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy.


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Coming soon, I’ll be participating in the 7th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop from April 18th-April 27th. Each author along the hop will share a recipe, a gardening tip, or both! There will also be prizes and opportunities to win at every site! Grand prize is an e-reader of winner’s choice (up to $200 value) and a second prize of a $25 gift card to the eBook retailer of winner’s choice.

Stay tuned for more details…

Oh, and before I forget, OVRCOME YOUR SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE (A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes) is now on sale in e-book for only $2.99!


Peace and blessings,



Happier New Year!

Hey friends and readers,

Those of you who know me probably understand why 2017 was a particularly difficult year. It’s been a time of hard changes and even harder realities for many of us. I don’t mind saying I’m glad to see this past year behind us and am looking forward to a  brighter, more productive 2018. It took me much longer than expected to write SACRED GROUND, book three in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series, but it’s a bit longer (38k or about 150 pages) and I wanted to take the time needed to get it right. I hope I did the story justice.

I’m happy and proud to announce that SACRED GROUND is due out February 22, 2018 and is

now available for pre-order!

In book three of the Savage Cinderella Novella Series, kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, Brinn Hathaway, joins her friends, Justin, Cody, and Dani on a quest to search for Justin’s brother-believed dead after having disappeared from his Marine unit in Afghanistan. When he’s reportedly seen at a protest in Wyoming, where Native American land protectors are at odds with a mining company determined to destroy what could be a sacred burial ground, it’s up to Brinn to find out the truth and help stop them.

But life is complicated when Brinn and the two men vying for her affections (Justin and Cody) are forced to face off with the corrupt mine developer and his hired guns-one of whom could very well be the man they’re searching for. Can they take on the powerful industrial complex to save sacred tribal lands from destruction? And can they convince Justin’s brother to turn himself in before he has a chance to run again? What will be the cost to this band of brothers? And who will Brinn choose to be by her side through it all?

Pre-order it today at AMAZON
Only $2.99
(10% of proceeds go to Native Hope, an organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and improving the lives of Native American youth)

This was one of those books that spoke to me. Inspired by the water protectors protesting the Dakota Access pipelines, I wanted to shine a light on the plight of Native Americans in today’s world. Not only have sacred lands, National Monuments, and water sources been threatened by corporate greed and America’s addiction to fossil fuels, the rampant human trafficking, unemployment, suicide, and drug problems plaguing this vulnerable population are a heartbreaking stain on our country and it’s legacy. This should not be a divisive political issue, but instead, is a humanitarian issue that concerns all of us. Unfortunately, without compassionate, common sense legislation to aid and protect this marginalized and forgotten people–people who have loved, honored, and respected the land for generations before white settlers came–I hold out little hope for their survival. Unless WE, the people of this great nation, stand together with our native brothers and sisters to help them preserve the land, the water, and the planet for generations to come, we will all pay the price. It’s up to each and every one of us. Together, we can make a difference.

Please donate to Native Hope if you can!

So, that’s my big news for now. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, check them out and get started now with the original SAVAGE CINDERELLA, the story of Brinn Hathaway, a kidnapped girl who survives in the North Georgia High Country until a young nature photographer finds her and convinces her to come back to the world–only to put her back in the sights of her kidnapper.

A young adult/new adult romantic suspense, this novel won the prestigious HOLT Medallion award and has over 3.6 million reads on Wattpad.









Don’t forget to read books one and two in the series!

FINDING HOPE and LOST BOYS are available for $1.99 each at your favorite online retailers.


As Brinn Hathaway recovers from her own ordeal of being kidnapped, left for dead, and surviving for years in the wild, can she overcome her trauma and use her experience to help the FBI find a missing child?








Justin’s friend Cody has disappeared, and Brinn is determined to find out why. Despite an escalation in the tensions between them over Cody and Brinn’s complicated friendship, Justin agrees to join her on a journey that leads to the mysterious jungles of Colombia, where whispers of human trafficking bring them face to face with an old enemy.




I’ll have more pre-order links for SACRED GROUND at other retailers soon, so no worries if you read on an i-Pad, Nook, or Kobo e-reader. And if you’d like an advanced reader copy (ARC) in exchange for an honest review, let me know in the comments below!

As always, your reviews and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Peace and blessings,