Wednesday, December 30, 2009


In preparation for the New Year, the release of my newest novel, NEXT TIME I'M GONNA DANCE, and as I reflect on the past year, I'm inviting my characters and yours to come by and share something about themselves and their hopes for 2010.

My first guest blogger is Emmie Steele who stars in NEXT TIME I'M GONNA DANCE. Help me to welcome Emmie.

Emmie Steele (NEXT TIME I'M GONNA DANCE - January 1, 2010 - Champagne Books)

It's been quite a year for me. Actually it's been quite a couple of years. I dodged a bullet a few years ago when I survived breast cancer. Then my husband (better known to all of my friends--and occasionally to myself--as 'the ass') walked out. I was just getting back on my feet, back into the rhythm of my life when I got a second diagnosis of breast cancer. The hardest thing was telling my daughter, Lisa. She's just graduated from Penn State, you know. I'm so proud of her. I'm also very grateful this year, especially, for my brother, Andy, and for my four best friends: Brett, Lynn, Chris, and Polly. Oh, God, you should meet them--Polly in particular. She's a real piece of work. They are the fiercest, kindest, most loyal friends a woman could want. These friends, along with the help of a handsome hunk named Sonny, taught me to dance again.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope you dance--for whatever that means in your life.

You can find out more about my story at

Love, Emmie

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eleven Days and Counting

Counting down to January 1 and the release of Next Time I'm Gonna Dance. Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite and pique your interest.

Next Time I'm Gonna Dance

Just breathe. Breathe. You don’t have a final diagnosis—yet. Emmie turned the key and the engine purred. Maybe she would head west and keep driving. Perhaps if she kept moving, this wouldn’t be real. Lurching to a stop at the garage attendant’s booth, she paid and eased into traffic.

Other drivers whizzed past her as if she were standing still. The drive that normally lasted ten minutes, took her twenty-five. She parked in her driveway and sat for a moment, staring at the fence. I need to paint the fence this summer. A laugh escaped at the incongruity of that thought, as if painting the fence would set her world right.

When she opened the back door of her house, a fly buzzed past her and made a beeline for the window above the sink. She didn’t have the heart to chase it down and kill it. Tossing the car keys onto the kitchen table, she dropped her purse in a chair. The red light on the answering machine blinked, but she ignored it. She wandered through the house, trying to decide what to do first. Tears threatened when she thought of telling her daughter, Lisa, this news.

Tension crawled up her spine, across her shoulders, and into the base of her skull where everything knotted together. She walked to the kitchen and parted the mini-blinds, looking beyond her car to the next driveway, hoping to see her sister-in-law’s SUV parked there.
She must have stayed after school, probably monitoring detention.

Her eyes filled and the need for comfort chilled her. Emmie wrapped her arms across her chest, her fingers grasping just above each elbow. The empty embrace made her feel even more alone.

Panic gripped her. She swallowed hard and ran to the bathroom, heaving, but nothing came. Rising, she studied herself in the mirror. Her hair that had grown back curly and a darker shade of brown. She sank her fingers into the thick curls as tears spilled down her cheeks.

She closed her eyes, taking in deep breaths to hold back the terror that threatened to suffocate her.

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If you're one of those lucky folks to whom Santa is delivering a new e-book reader, be sure to order Next Time I'm Gonna Dance, available in a variety of e-book formats.

Happy Reading -


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Next Time I'm Gonna Dance

Coming in January from
Champagne Books:
Next Time I'm Gonna Dance.

At forty-four, Emmie Steele has already faced more than her share of challenges. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and undergone a mastectomy at forty-two. Three months later, her husband announced he was leaving.

Now, a cancerous lump has been detected in her other breast. Terror grips her, and Emmie fears the worst. This time is different. This time, she knows what to expect. Emmie believes in second-chances--and she has already received one.

Surrounded by the love of her family and her four best friends, Emmie faces her fears, entertains regrets, and wonders about third chances. She decides that, if there is another shot for her, "Next Time I'm Gonna Dance.”