Maurice Sendak Dies at 83 – Where the Wild Things Are

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind….

I cannot tell you how many times I have read this book, from my preschool teaching days to my own son, who is now 19. Eventually, I knew the words by heart and only turned the pages for the sake of pictures. So many children, mine included, became lovers of reading because of Maurice Sendak’s, Where the Wild Things Are.

Believe it or not, Mr. Sendak’s book, In the Night Kitchen, is among the 100 most frequently banned books because the main character, a little boy of about 3 years, is (at times) naked in his dream where he floats to the Night Kitchen and becomes part of the batter for Morning Cake. This makes perfect sense, for all mothers know…3 year-old children NEVER take off all their clothes!! Seriously, In the Night Kitchen is a wonderful read! I have read it to my preschool classrooms and to my own children – kids love the book, and they are the world’s toughest critics!!

I was saddened to hear Maurice Sendak had passed from this life, but his work will live on forever! Thank you Maurice for Where the Wild Things Are – it will Roar it’s terrible Roar forever, and children will continue to love books and reading because of you!!



IPPY Update and other announcements!

Update on IPPY Nomination and a few announcements: Sadly, Echoes of Pemberley was not awarded a medal. There were so many excellent entrants and deserving authors…Congratulations to all the winners!! I was truly humbled to be nominated by my publisher on my first novel – Thank you again, Meryton Press! The other Meryton Press entrant, Author Karen M. Cox, won a GOLD in the romance category for her new release Find Wonder in All Things. Congratulations Karen – I’m so proud to be part of this publishing agency!

Better news: Yesterday Echoes of Pemberley was featured in the May/June issue of Southern Writers Magazine in their Magnolia Corner.  All southern writers out there need to tap into this great resource!

Lastly: On Tuesday May 8th @ 7:00 pm, I will be doing a book signing and a short talk on Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, and what inspired me to write Echoes of Pemberley for the Biltmore Lecture Series at the Lake Club House – If you live in or around the Asheville area and still haven’t gotten your copy be sure and stop by!! Pictures will follow!

Will chat soon – Have a Blessed Day Everyone!!

Lastest News and Winner Announced!

Happy Beautiful Sunday Everyone! It is Bright and Sunny here in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

First let me announce – The winner of the Saint Patrick’s Day Book Giveaway is Ms. Sara Bryson! Congratulations, Sara! I hope you enjoy the book! And a special thank you to all who participated.

So much has been happening over the last couple of weeks that I wanted to take a moment and share the latest exciting news for Echoes of Pemberley. The blog tour has begun! Just this week I’ve been booked on two book blogs – My Jane Austen Book Club and Laurie’s Here. Also, Southern Writers Magazine has agreed to highlight the novel in their “Good Reads” section. I will post these as soon as they are published. Speaking of good reads, if you are on stop by and leave a review. Here is the link –

Lastly, my lovely publisher has nominated Echoes of Pemberley for a 2011 Independent Book Publisher Award. This would be a big “leg-up” for a new author like myself, so wish us luck!!

Please know, I have loved hearing the positive feedback on the novel. Thank you all!  I especially love hearing others talk about my characters. It may be silly, but my characters have become like family to me. I have truly enjoyed sharing them and their story with you.

Have a Blessed Sunday,



St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway!

1 March 2012

Top of the Mornin’ to ye!

As many of you know Echoes of Pemberley, my debut novel, was recently released, and it has been an exciting first couple of weeks to be sure! Firstly, I wanted again to thank you all for the support and encouragement. Truly, I couldn’t have come this far with my writing without my family and friends (old and new). My heart goes out to you all, and know I’m both honored and humbled by each of you.

To show everyone my appreciation, I thought we’d have a St. Paddy’s Day Book Giveaway in honor of one of the novel’s main characters, Sean Kelly. Sean is an Irishman from his flat cap to his boots who finds himself at Pemberley Estate for the summer after being temporarily exiled from Ireland – more or less by his own mother. Sorry, you’ll have to read the novel to know the whole story.

As for the giveaway…it’s simple! Just leave a comment at the bottom, “click” to share this blog on Facebook or Twitter (or both if you’re so inclined) and voila – you’re entered! All wee lassies and wee lads are welcome to participate so fill ye boots and put the word out. The winner will be announced on Sunday March 11th and will receive his/her free copy of Echoes of Pemberley by St. Patrick’s Day.

Luck of the Irish to ye one and all…

God Bless,



Cover Art!

I am excited to announce that Echoes of Pemberley’s cover has been completed. I’d like to extend a very special thank you to Ellen Pickels for her hard work and for seeing my vision. The cover is exactly what I have always imagined! Hope you, my future readers, like it as well! Please leave a comment and share this post on your Facebook or Twitter!

Hello world!

Hello World is an understatement. A little over two years ago I started writing a novel as a personal challenge and now I’m blogging on Meryton Press. Wow! It has certainly been a journey, a not-so-easy journey, but a  journey that I would do all over again.

For my initial blog, I thought I would share a bit about what inspired me to write Echoes of Pemberley,  my debut novel. Like most of you reading this blog, I too love Jane Austen’s  novels. Immersed in books like Pride and  Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility,  and Emma, I discovered characters  that were passionate, imperfect, endearing, wicked – in other words – they were real. Jane Austen could create jealousy, attraction, bitterness, longing, any human emotion imaginable in a mundane parlor conversation. The human spirit was her canvas, and readers are picking up her novels 200 years later. That, I’d say, is a feat.

For myself, I have always been particularly drawn to Georgiana Darcy, the sixteen year old younger sister of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Though I’m certain her life was spared the hardships of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, creating a main character with the added complexity of being an orphan intrigued me. Initially, I considered writing a novel about the beautiful and accomplished Georgiana. What her life must have been like – wealthy but parentless with the reserved, unsocial Fitzwilliam Darcy for a guardian. Yikes! Now there’s a story to be told! However, with Pride and Prejudice’s 200th anniversary looming, I decided to take a road only lightly traveled in the genre of fan fiction sequels – I wrote a contemporary novel.

Echoes of Pemberley is just as its name suggests…a repeat! Many years have passed since Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, eras have come and gone – while at Pemberley Estate in Derbyshire, England, history has done what it has the propensity to do…it’s repeated itself. Catie Darcy, the novel’s main character, is the modern-day counterpart to Jane Austen’s Georgiana Darcy. At sixteen Catie has spent the last eight years in the custody of her only sibling and elder brother, Bennet Darcy. Echoes of Pemberley is a coming-of-age romance that is emotional, funny, dramatic, and heartwarming. It is my hope that readers will come to love Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s modern offspring as much as Ms. Austen’s original characters for they have become like family to me.

Echoes of Pemberley has a “like” page on Facebook that will keep you updated on release dates and cover art! Thanks to Meryton Press – the journey has begun indeed!