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I don’t remember how I first learned about Star Wars, but I do recall my being desperate to see it. Lucky for me, the movie was going to premiere at a theater in Philadelphia – just a quick train ride from my home town in NJ. Then, I got even luckier. A local radio station was giving away tickets, not to the premiere, but to a special, private screening. The winners also got a Star Wars prize pack with a pin and the movie soundtrack. All you had to do to win was be the correct caller and answer which of two musical groups had “the force”. For days on end, I sat in my room with the phone in my lap dialing and dialing in hopes of being the right caller. For days on end, I got nothing but busy signals. Once or twice a voice would answer and my heart would leap. “You’re caller number 6. Try again.” Click. So close and yet so far. This was back in the days when we only had one phone, which means I had to keep my family off the line so I could keep dialing for Darth. It was aRead More →

We found this fantastic, rotary telephone at an estate sale today. We’ve been looking for one to add to our retro tech collection but when we saw that this one was in Irwin Allen orange, we had to buy it. The previous owner still had it attached to the wall! We went to lunch after and were tempted to take it into the restaurant and talk on it like it was a cell phone. If we had, we probably would have ended up on quite a few social media feeds. “Look, kids! That’s how we communicated before we had mobile phones.” Talk about Life on Mars!Read More →

Do you like ghost stories? Mysteries? Romances set in a small New England town? How about culture clash romances where the hero and the heroine come from different sides of the tracks? Yes? Super! Rush right over to Amazon right now and download my new ebook Waiting for Ethan. In the book, Joyce is forced to choose between two lovers: one is the most eligible bachelor in all of Mystic Harbor, and the other is, unfortunately, dead.  A lighthouse, an orchard, a high school dance — Mack and Joyce are about to discover the dark side of love as they unravel the thirty-year-old mystery that left one young girl Waiting for Ethan. And look, back when the book was in print, I got a wonderful review from the biggest magazine in the industry, Romantic Times. Here’s what they had to say about Waiting for Ethan. RT (aka Romantic Times Magazine) Review: “This haunting tale of a love that transcends time, space and even death is reminiscent of a Victoria Holt novel. When the main character, Joyce, is torn between the love of a ghost and that of a living, breathing man, she finds that some decisions can be deadly. WhenRead More →

My first original novel, How Many K’s in Delaney, was a scifi epic inspired by Jules Verne and Star Trek and it had an incredible, Twilight Zone-esque twist at the end. The hero of the piece was John Delaney, an astronaut on a one-way mission to go as far as he could go. A solo mission with nothing but a HAL like computer to keep him company and an occasional six-months-later message from the folks back home. One day, he receives a message that isn’t from the computer or Alpha Control. This message is from a group of aliens who are as curious about Delaney as he is about them. Glad for someone to talk to, Delaney tells his life story with emphasis on all those little details that make humans human. He tells the aliens about playing little league and about birthday parties with cake. He tells them about his first date and the drive-in theater, about prom and fraternity pranks and falling in love with the woman he married then had to leave behind. It feels good to talk about home, but there’s a tiny niggle at the back of his brain. There comes a point where DelaneyRead More →

You asked for it, you got it. There is now a paperback version of my Supernatural Interview book Come On In, the Water’s Bloody. If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s a collection of interviews I did with the cast and crew of Supernatural back when they thought they were only going to run five seasons! A few of the interviews such as the ones with Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Eric Kripke are from the Comic-Con press room. But the majority are one-on-one interviews that I conducted over the years. One of my favorites is the first interview I did with Misha Collins before Castiel even made his first appearance on the show. These interviews are a fun blast from the past and they’re often funny – because we know how much things have changed since then. (Misha said he wasn’t very internet savvy. LOL!) Order your paperback copy of Come on In, the Water’s Bloody at Amazon. Or you can order directly from me: $18.99 includes US shipping. Please contact me for international shipping   Related Images:Read More →

Castle is one of my favorite TV shows, but back in 2009 it was a new series trying to find it’s audience. The show premiered in the spring with only 10 episodes in the first season. Now, we’re used to staggered starts and short runs but in 2009, it was tough for a show to kick-off mid-season. Nathan Fillion, the star of the show, set off on a whirl-wind, phone tour with reporters to drum up support. Usually, these events are handled as conference calls so every reporter comes away with the exact same quotes. Instead, ABC set up one-on-one calls which must have been crazy for Nathan, but was great for me. I enjoyed Nathan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly but I loved him even more on Castle and I told him so. “You are the sweetest. You’re already my favorite,” he replied oozing that devilish, Rick Castle charm. At that moment, the fangirl in me battled for dominance but I beat her back and dived in. What you have here, is the rest of my conversation with Nathan Fillion. It’s slightly edited (so forgive the jumps) due to the fact that my end was extremely loudRead More →

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m running a special on my romantic suspense novel Saving Hill. From now until Monday, you can download the ebook completely free from Amazon. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. You can read Kindle books on your computer or almost any mobile device with the free Kindle app.

To get you in the mood. . . here’s the start of something sexy between the lead characters Abby and Jacks.Read More →

Lost in Space Chariot

I’ve often heard the story about my in-laws visiting the set of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea when the TV series was filming at 20th Century Fox in the 60’s. But no one ever told me that my husband also visited 20th Century Fox studios when he was 8 years old. That’s why I was so surprised when I found these two while sorting through two boxes worth of old family photos. This is the Chariot from Lost in Space. It was an actual, working vehicle built on top of the tracks from a Snowcat. We have models and miniatures of this all over the house. I can’t imagine what it was like to stand right next to the real thing. This is the Batmobile from the 1960’s TV series with Adam West. Because the full-size ones pop up at car shows and conventions all the time, it’s less impressive to see here. But still cool to see it sitting on the lot. My husband, Lars, is the box in the white shirt. That’s his brother Glenn in the green shirt. Pretty nifty, don’t you think? Related Images:Read More →