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Guest Blogger at The Write Way Cafe

// November 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

Since my last blog, I’ve traveled to Cape Cod and released my long awaited new novel, Wicked Moon! What an incredible journey which I’m thrilled to share with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, I was honored to be a guest on The Write Way Café’s Blog this week.

Stay tuned!

Australian Romance Readers Association Interview

// October 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Uncategorized


Oh my gosh—it’s not possible the leaves are starting to turn to brilliant colors here in Illinois! Where did summer go? Hope yours was filled with lots of fun and memories! I was busier than ever trying to get Wicked Moon to the publisher, golf matches, and time with family and friends.

Things are on track for my mid October release of Wicked Moon in Cape Cod. I’ll be giving you an update on what’s happening there and how you’ll be able to get your copy of Wicked Moon, both in print and e-book format. Enjoy the book trailer for Wicked Moon on this blog.

I’m thrilled to share an interview I did with the Australian Romance Readers Association recently.

Stay tuned for the release of Wicked Moon coming to you soon!!


Wicked Moon’s Backdrop – The Simes House

// August 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

038Wicked Moon has gone to the publisher and will be released in October.  I want to share with you some background information about the mansion, The Simes House, which I used as the backdrop.  Here’s a sneak peek at the forward of the novel:

Wicked Moon is purely a work of fiction and labor of love. The setting is a real house called the Simes House. The location is the wonderful coastal village of Manomet in the Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts which is ringed by the Pine Hills, peppered with ponds, and fronted by Cape Cod Bay. The roads, landmarks, and businesses in Wicked Moon all exist.

The Simes House is a rare, unusually ornate Mansard roof Italianate Victorian built in 1863. She was built by Joseph Simes, a wealthy transportation and investment magnate, as his summer resort. In old New England, buildings of such vintage are not generally considered especially aged or significant. Known to natives as the Manomet Mansion, over the years she fell into disrepair. Her massive size was no match for pockets wanting, but her granite was flush, her bones strong, floors level, and walls plumb. She was worth saving.

The House and her remaining acre of land were taken for taxes. In 2010 the town proposed an article to tear her down and build subsidized housing. Villagers argued to Town Meeting that the Manomet Village Master Plan looked to preserve the village’s unique, historical features, and to create a village green in the vicinity of Point and State Roads. It was like a gift dropped from heaven, noticed, and meant to fulfill a prophecy of village unity and identity. Town Meeting declined the new housing, the non-profit Simes House Foundation was established, and a $1.5 million Community Preservation grant voted by Town Meeting toward historical restoration. The first floor is reserved for community events, upper stories for offices and apartments to sustain the premises. The yard is now Manomet Commons, there for all to enjoy.

Wicked Moon is inspired by the aura of the old home and the grass roots effort to save her. More resources are needed to complete the House and Commons. Profits from this book are dedicated to the effort, and you can be part of it too.

The Simes House and Manomet Commons can be visited at 29 Manomet Point Road, Plymouth, MA.

Arrangements for tours or events can be made at

A virtual tour, membership in the Foundation, history, pictures and apparel can be found by visiting the website

Where Did Summer Go?

// August 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged, but it’s been a whirlwind of a summer!! In July I met my son and his family at a resort on Ft. Myers Beach for a week. Priceless memories were made as it was the first time my granddaughtFt. Myers Girlsers, Olivia and Marissa, had flown and first time for getting their toes in the ocean. We played hard every day enjoying the great weather and warm surf. We rented a boat one afternoon and got to see the manatees up close and dolphins. Wonderful memories for all of us. Marissa got to experience her first jet ski ride with her dad.

July and August have been full of fun golf with my friends as we visited reciprocal courses and have been working on getting our matches completed. This week-end is our ultimate “end of the season” Hullabaloo, so it will be an all week-end event with a little more pressure to get points!

In between all of this, I have been working diligently on Wicked Moon. And if you’re my friend on Facebook and Twitter, you saw I sent the novel to the publisher on Sunday!!! Huge sigh of relief to have accomplished that. We’re still on a tight timeframe as I need to have the physical books in my hands the first of October as I am planning a trip to Manomet, Massachusetts to do a book signing at the mansion, speak at the local library, and whatever other events we can come up with to promote Wicked Moon.

In the next blog I’m going to share with you a little more about the real backdrop for Wicked Moon—a mansion that was in disrepair that has been saved by the Simes Foundation.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful and safe summer. Hard to believe school has started already for some, including my granddaughter who just went into first grade.

Stay tuned each week and follow the journey of how this mansion became the backdrop for Wicked Moon and why the profits will benefit the Simes Foundation..