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Beyond Grateful

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 made the Top Ten List of Most Memorable Moments in My Life.

No doubt.

Detractors mocked me, saying it would never happen.

A few people close to me clucked their tongues in disgust, calling me naive and easily duped because there was no way complete strangers would invest their time, money, blood, sweat and tears into bringing one of my novels to the big screen.

Despite all the stumbling blocks and naysayers, all of us involved in turning The Lie into the Indie Film Foreseenhappened.

Yes, yes it did!

I thought my heart would explode when we drove up the movie theater and this was displayed:


Family and friends attended, and it was a thrill to meet bestselling author Barbara Watkins, who drove all the way from Missouri to attend:


We went all out, hosting our own little Hollywood-esque private screening:




We didn't even let the rain dampen our excitement! Sharing this incredible milestone with friends and family was the greatest gift, and I am beyond grateful m…

Cocktails For Ten!

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I am excited to announce that my romantic suspense novel, Suicide Lake, is part of a boxed set along with nine other fabulous authors—and you readers should be excited too! Why? Because Cocktails for Ten contains 10 full length novels ranging from sweet romance, mystery, suspense and all the way to steamy!
For less than $1.00, you get to enjoy the following books:
Donna Fasano – Following His Heart Elaine Raco Chase – Dangerous Places Dee Dee Covas – Dandelion Soul E.G. Fox – Lucky Dawg Meets Lucky Lucy Diane Nelson – Points On A Curve Lorne Oliver – The Cistern Michael Cody – Where Power Resides Ashley Goss – Sexual Desires Angie Dokos – Mackenzie’s Distraction And of course, me – Suicide Lake
Follow @CocktailsForTen on Twitter or swing by and visit our group page on Facebook here to stay up-to-date on the latest news and preorder links! This boxed set will be available as an ebook only on all eretailer sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, 24 Symbols, Kobo, iBooks, Page Foundry, Scribd, Tolino)!
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Some Wounds May Never Heal - Part 5 of Addiction is a Family Disease

Sometimes life leaves you with an open wound rather than a scar This truth is a painful one to learn and a lesson I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Unfortunately, when you have someone in your family struggling with substance abuse, whether actively using or in recovery, there is a 50/50 chance an oozing wound will be your new reality. While my family's injury scabbed over during the last seven months (PRAISE GOD!), I've met countless others still sporting gaping, bleeding sores.

All the devastation and utter heartache of watching someone you cherish destroy themselves stops once they change their trajectory and head down the road to recovery, right?

Not always.

In fact, the journey of sobriety is just as difficult and painful for all involved as when your loved one was actively using, yet for different reasons. The emotional impact hits both the former user and enabler hard. The challenges faced by both include:
Feelings of guilt for mistakes and bad choicesLooking back over…

Review of Unveiled and Interview with A.D. Trosper

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It has been way too long since I hosted the talented Audra Tropser on my blog, so when I heard she had a new release, I was excited and begged her to drop by for a visit to discuss Unveiled. 



Let me share my review of this book, followed by the interview:  


A.D. Tropser is known for creating detailed, fascinating worlds, ranging from ones where dragons fly to peeking behind the veils of time and space. I have read all of her books and enjoyed them all for her attention to detail, vivid descriptions and memorable characters.
Unveiled is yet another winner. Audra’s creative mind went into overdrive as she weaves the story of Jo and her sister as they journey down a new path—one that neither young woman had a clue existed.
Jo was my favorite character because she is the perfect embodiment of strength and vulnerability. When her entire existence is flipped on its axis, the way she handles the unbelievable is tinged with biting humor and lots of snarky comebacks. When the “unveiling” happens, …

Holiday Goodies Just For You!

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Enabling - The Part We Play - Part 4 of Addiction is a Family Disease

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(Image courtesy of Pixabay.com)
ENABLING:  The  Part We Play
The hand is held out yet it's dirty, because that is exactly what we do when enabling our addicts, even though we don't realize it. We aren't helping them, we are enabling their addiction.
How many of you at some point and time have done any of the following things?
Went searching for them in the middle of thenight?Searched their vehicle looking for alcohol or drugs?Paidtheirbillsbecausetheydidn'thavemoney (sincealltheirmoneywasspenton alcohol ordrugs)?Made excuses for them to family andfriends?Bailed them out ofjail?Paid their court fees or fines?Helped them find a job?Bought them avehicle?Walked on egg shells around them afraid to trigger anoutburst?


I've accomplished all of the above except one (searching in the middle of the night) numerous times over the years. With every single act, I thought I was doing the right thing--the loving, supportive thing--for my addict. These are all things we have done that …

The Control and Blame Game - Part 3 of Addiction is a Family Disease

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Trying to control it
As family members of addicts, we often try everything we can think of to get our loved one to stop drinking or using drugs. We feel responsible for making sure they are okay and that they have everything wefeel they need. This usually leaves us feeling frustrated. We tell ourselves that surely there is somethingwecando,buttherealityis,theaddictsthemselvescan’tevencontrol it.
So how in the world are WE going to get themto?
If the addict is not ready to reach out for help, guess what? Our efforts to try and force them to admit they need help usually cause more issues. Only when the consequences of their addiction become painful enough will they reach out for help. Unfortunately, we can’t force them to get help and there is not much we can do until they realize they have a problem and reach out for that help. We can however step back and hand the controls back to the one who CAN control it. By doing that, we relieve so much pressure that we have put on ourselves from t…