Monday, November 16, 2015

Reporter interviews a storm victim in the aftermath of a category 5!

Welcome to the garden everyone. This week we’re taking refuge in the Rose House, it’s warm and we can watch the snow fall and not freeze. As always, we have plenty of refreshments, fill your plates and settle in. Today we have a reporter who is covering a story of a victim who lost her memory during a category 5 hurricane near Panama City, Florida. The storm is over, but the clean-up is just beginning.

Reporter: Miss, are you okay? You look like you’re lost. They’ve set up a shelter over at the local high school. I’m sure we can get a volunteer to take you.

The reporter pulled her hood closer around her face, looked around at the carnage, and then back to the frightened young women. She signaled to her cameraman.

“I’m sorry I know you’re scared, but I’d like to ask you a few questions about what happened during the storm and then we’ll all find some shelter.“

The young woman shrugged and glanced around. “I guess that would be okay…I’m not sure if I can really help you, though.”

Reporter: What were you doing when the storm hit? Do you live here?

The young woman inhaled and then shrugged. “ I don’t know where I live or what I was doing when the storm hit. What city is this?”

Reporter: What? What do you mean you don’t remember? You’re near Panama City, Florida. Are you hurt?

The girl nervously glanced around, as if she expected to see someone. “My head is tender when I touch it near my temple. To your other question, I don’t remember anything, not what I’m doing in Florida or why I’m dressed in only my shorts and shirt. I don’t even know why I’m wearing this ugly bird pendant.”

Reporter: You don’t remember if you live here, or your name?

The reporter looked to her cameraman, who shrugged at her. She looked around and seemed to spot someone.

“Let me call a police officer over to help you.”

Jane Doe turned around in alarm, when she spotted the officer the reporter had been about to wave to, she said, “No. I have this awful feeling someone is trying to hurt me. I don’t know why, but I just want to stay away from everyone. I’ll find my own way to safety.”

Reporter: Miss, you need help. Honest, I do not see anyone lurking around paying any attention to you. Everyone is trying to get out of what remains of the storm.

Jane Doe swallowed and shook her head. “ No. Thank you for trying to help, but I need to keep moving.” Then the girl hurried off in the direction opposite from the Police temporary base.

Reporter: Wait, Miss. Don’t leave….

Thank you for joining us, I know that we’re all concerned about the safety of all the people displaced in the storm. We’ll be watching the news reports to see what happens to Kellee.

If you’d like to find out what happens, pick up a copy of Dead Reckoning by Stanalei Fletcher.

Egan Maddox isn’t sure he’s the right man for the job when Northstar director, Byron O’Neal, asks him to find his missing daughter and protect her from an unknown danger. Egan’s never shaken off his attraction to Kellee O’Neal and hiding away with her, could be more than trouble than this former Navy SEAL can handle.

Kellee is lost, with no memory, and believes someone wants to hurt her. When Egan appears and seems to know her, he convinces her she’ll be safe with him. As her memories resurface, she turns to Egan for comfort, and her youthful crush transforms into a womanly passion she can’t deny.

With the Russian Mafia closing in, Kellee learns her entire life has been a lie. How can her love for Egan be enough to help her navigate the murky waters of her past and prove that her heritage doesn’t matter as much as the woman she’s become?

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Joline from the DC Georgetown Gazette Interviews Marnie and Melissa.

Welcome everyone, fall is officially here, and the weatherman has predicited snow in the near future. I've made arrangements to have our weekly get-together's in the Rose House. So enjoy the weather while it's still nice. Fill your plates and have a beverage. Next week we'll be indoors.

This week and for the next couple of weekends we'll be enjoying being the audience of interviews for several magazines.

Welcome Joline from the DC Georgetown Gazette, she will be interviewing identical twins. Marnie and Melissa are prominent business women in the DC/Georgetown area. Have a seat and let's begin.

Joline: Thank you for joining me, Marnie and Melissa.

Marnie smiled and looked to her sister who wore an identical smile. "Should we give her a hint?"

"Yeah." Melissa grinned. "I'm the marketing representative."

Joline: Okay then. Now I know that Marnie owns the Coffee shop in Georgetown. Thank you.

Marnie folded her arms over her chest and lowered her brow. "I don't own a Coffee Shop. I own a coffee boutique where you can come for coffee, pick up a book for book club, find just the right art to hang in the bathroom, and take a perfect bottle of wine home to pair with dinner."

Joline: Goodness, that is empressive. I will most definately need to visit. I certainly meant to before this interview. But life and work got in the way.

Melissa's soft chuckle drew Joline's attention. "I certainly know how that is. I can have plans months in advance, that doesn't mean I'll be able to keep them."

Joline: Since we've established we're all busy women, I suggest we move along with the interview. And what a beautiful place for an interview. I can't believe how many flowers are still in bloom. Not that I know what any of them are.

Marnie gazed out over the array of colors. "You should garden, it's so relaxing. And the wonderful vegetables you can grow with your own hands, it is very rewarding."

Melissa shook her head. "She's telling me these things all the time. I have the black thumb of the family. Anything I touch dies."

Marnie giggled. "They'd do so much better if you watered the damn things."

Melissa shrugged at Joline. "I don't have time to remember."

Marnie just shook her head. "Excuses. Excuses."

Joline: Well I can see I'm more like Melissa than you, Marnie. I bet you two were those twins who were always trading places. Like in the class room and... Even dates?

Both Marnie and Melissa laughed, after a moment Marnie took a breath and answered. "You have no idea how much of a handful we were. The one good thing though, I did all the homework in arts, home econimic, you know all the artsy stuff. On the other hand Melissa had head for business so she did the math, english all the hard stuff."

Melissa stood and walked to the rail. "I think I got the raw end of the deal. While Marnie was out in the garden, I was hard at work at the office desk."

Joline: But both of you are extremely successful in your own fields. How hard is it to run a business or be a marketing representative in this town?

"I'll go first. My career is more traditional. In an office, and all that. But I have stiff competition. Luckily more and more women are my counterparts. Back in the day, the men would have out numbered the woman by a long shot. Still, as I think like a woman, I know I can take on any competition. Men are a different breed, though I'd still place my money on me."

Marnie winked at her sister. "I on the other hand only have Starbucks and the several other coffee shops that spring up on a daily basis. But that is why I have my local artist niche. I carry mostly locals of all my books and arts. The wines are only the best. I have tastings of wine with my buyer once a quarter and I do the same with my coffee buyer. It's more expensive to have the best, but word of mouth is the best advertising you can find."

Melissa turned to Joline. "I think out of the two, she's by far the business woman, she just leads us all to believe she's this modern day free spirited hippie."

Joline: You both stick up for the other and support each other, I love to see that your career's haven't put a wedge between. Any plans for the future?

"I plan to keep the shop running the same as always, I don't see any expansion in the future. I don't want to franchise. I like the small quint feel of the boutique coffee shop. I don't want to loose that."

Melissa nodded in agreement. "Expanding would take the charm away from Marnie's shop. Now me? I'm still trying to decide. I like what I'm doing, it's fulfilling. But is it enough? On the other hand I've always wanted a family, it wouldn't be fair to take on more. I don't want to hire a full time nanny to raise my kids. Right now I can do most of my work from home. Right now I could work from home with just a visit in the office once or twice a month. But I like the powers that be to see me there working my bottom off."

Joline: Oh, I don't see a ring, is this an announcement?

Marnie put her hand over her mouth to keep the laugh in. "No, she's just this big romantic. She believes in the white picket fence and prince charming. No one has the heart to tell her what rubbish it is."

Melissa drew her brows together. "I believe you just did."

Again Marnie held in her chuckle. "Yes, I did. But my dear sister, you need a keeper. But don't worry, I have a plan."

Joline: Oh, I'd really like to hear this plan.

Melissa was shaking her head. "Oh, no you don't. Her plans always go awry. Marnie, I've told you, I do not need help, I can handle my love life on my own."

Marnie grinned. "And you've done so well."

Joline: Well this is certainly interesting. I believe I'll end our interview now and follow up in a couple of months. I think everyone will want to hear how things go. Are you both up for a followup?

Marnie grinned at Melissa. "Yes."

Melissa frowned in return. "I guess."

Romance and Misconceptions
What happens when one small misconception changes the lives of six people? Oops, I mean seven; I keep forgetting little Abbie gets a dad.

Marnie and Melissa Hansen are identical twins, they are totally opposite of each other. Marnie loves anything artsy fartsy, dreams of marrying a passionate struggling artist someday, and she can't stand businessmen. She refers to them as suits, and she doesn't mean it as a compliment. Melissa on the other hand dreams of a family and a white picket fence. The American dream. Mostly she dreams of a future with her boss, David Bowman, who is most definitely a suit and does not want the American dream. Thank you very much!

Jared Collins is a friendly business rival of David's and they compete for many of the same accounts. When Jared's young, impressionable gardener, Shane, overhears a conversation, he decides he needs to take revenge on behalf of his boss. Shane's not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he means well. That small misconception is what changes the lives of all of these people, including the beautiful caretaker of Jared's lodge and her daughter.


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Interview with International wedding dress designer, Heidi by Design

Welcome to the garden. It's cool in the garden today, but we have some barrels with fire in them to keep warm. Every year there is a Halloween theme in the garden, this year it is Legends of Camelot. Fill up your plates and pour yourself a goblet of wine and let's begin.

Today we have two guests. Carmella from Today's Bride Dress Magazine who will be interviewing International wedding dress designer Heidi by Design. This will be fun because we have front row seats for this exclusive interview.

Carmella: Wow, this garden is more beautiful than I read in the brochure. I hear that they have fabulous weddings here. And speaking of weddings, my guest helps make a brides' day perfect. Because a bride can't have the perfect wedding without the perfect dress, right?

Today I have Heidi, she is the owner and designer for Heidi by Design. Heidi, thank you for joining us.

Heidi took a moment to gaze out over the rose garden before she replied. "It is beautiful here, thank you for inviting me, Carmella. I must confess, I arrived a little early so I could tour the venue for weddings. Fabulous is correct. It gave me some ideas."

Carmella: I'm intriqued. You design dresses, not wedding venues, what kind of ideas?

Heidi smiled at Carmella. "I design creations, not dresses. My brides come to me to find the perfect dress..."

Carmella: Excuse me, I'm going to interrupt you a moment with a question.

Heidi raised an eyebrow, and nodded her head in agreement for her to proceed.

Carmella: It's rumored that you believe that your dresses are the soul mate to the bride. How can that be? Are they magic?

Heidi's laugh tickled over the garden, a pure delightful sound that managed to blend with the theme, of King Author and Guinevere. "I'm not sure you would say they are magic. I like to think they're enchanting. I interview each bride and work with them and their mum's and we match them with their soul mate."

Carmella: Mmm. So you're not going to admit that you sprinkle fairy dust on a dress before you deliver the creation to the bride.

Again's Heidi's laugh tinkled out. "Heavens, I'm not a fairy god-mother you know. Let me give you an example; A bride comes in and we chat, I'm interviewing them, but I don't let them know that. Within fifteen minutes, I know their favorite colors, flowers, day of the week, holiday, etc. And they do not always use their favorite colors for their wedding."

Carmella: Really? Why not, you would think that would be the first color's they'd use.

Heidi nodded. "Some brides have always wanted a fall wedding, but their favorite color is pink, doesn't really work."

Carmella: I see now what you mean. But doesn't every dress designer do that?

Heidi frowned in thought. "I guess they do, however, I'm not trying to get a picture of what they have in mind for their wedding or their colors. I'm interviewing them for their personalities, My creations have to speak to them. Be theirs alone. I do not mass market, I never make the same creation twice.

"I name my creations, they have personalities of their own. And just like any other marriage they have to be soulmates. Take someone who loves roses, candlelit dinners, walks in a park, I'm going to create something feminine, something delicate with maybe small rosebuds, something romantic."

Heidi stood and went to the rail and looked out over all the flowers, turned slightly and continued. "Someone who loves sunflowers, loves picnics on the cliffs after a hike, I'm going to create something feminine but a little more daring. A bold pattern of large flowers with white on white."

Carmella: I think I understand now why you're an International name. You're very passionate about your creations, aren't you?

Heidi's smile widened as she returned to her seat. "Yes, they're my babies."

Read about one of Heidi's creations in:
Three Brides and a Dress
Hi, my name is Bella and I'm one of Heidi by Design signature creations. I'm a wedding dress. Someday I'll find a young bride with stars in her eyes and dreams of a future with her groom. I can imagine it now. The groom standing at the altar waiting, his gaze fixed to the door where his bride will appear and then walk toward him. I'll hug her curves and she'll shimmer and shine with the promise of what their life will be.

It all sounds simple and easy, doesn't it?


My journey is more of a zig zag than a top stitch along a straight seam as I search for the perfect bride who is my soul mate.


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Monday, October 19, 2015

5 years in the making!

Welcome to the garden. It's that time of year when everything is crisp and cool. So fill your plate with goodies and pour yourself a beverage, find a seat by one of the many heaters scattered around. I'm really excited to announce that a project my grandsons and I have been working on for five years is almost done!

One summer day my three oldest grandsons were staying with me and we decided to write an adventure. We went on a walk-about in our small town of Magna, UT. We took lots of pictures and came home and made a map of our fictional town of Cliffdale, California. Then we plotted the chapters of our mystery. For five years we've been working on it, and it's almost time for release!

History Mysteries

by Mary Martinez, Marcus, Zack, and Tony
Coming spring 2016
Nick Adams has mixed feelings about visiting his nana for the summer. On the one hand, he’ll get to see her and his two younger cousins, Zeke and Bart, but then they’ll be stuck all summer in the small coastal town of Cliffdale, California—a place they all believe will be boring.

When the boys arrive, they ask Nana if they can ride their skateboards around town. Nana agrees as long as they stay away from the house next door. She explains that fifty years ago the owner, Albert Smith, arrived out of nowhere and bought the house, then disappeared just as mysteriously.

Despite Nana’s instructions to stay away from the house, Bart convinces his cousins it’s haunted, and they can’t resist exploring. They are determined to use their special gifts to discover what happened to Albert Smith….and while they are busy discovering, they find they have a lot in common with the people in Cliffdale. Gifts.

News of when it's released to come!

Monday, October 12, 2015


Welcome, it's fall and football, my favorite time of year. Find a spot, I have heaters spread around. You're welcome, as always, to fill your plate with goodies and have a beverage of your choice!

I'm going to ramble a bit about family. A few months ago my family expanded. You're probably thinking, new baby. And if you are, you'd be incorrect. I believe I shared with all of you my adventure of finding my birth mother. I went and visited her in May, we had a great visit and even went Ziplining. This weekend she came to visit me and meet, for the first time, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

My husband and I are very busy, if not with family or friends, with our favorite college football team, the Utah UTES. When she was trying to figure out what day to come and visit us, I told her not to worry about our plans. We'd just take her with us. And this weekend just happened to be the ESPN College GameDay in Utah.

I'll share our itinerary:
My daughter and I picked her up at the airport. Then we went to meet my other daughter and two daughters-in-law for lunch, after they had to go back to work. So my daughter and I took her to my work and I introduced her to the few people that were there. Friday is a low key day at my work. Then we went for pedicures. After we went to the University Book Store to buy her a red UTE shirt for the game the next day. Later that evening I made dinner and while she visited with my husband, I made potato salad.
Just arrived

We were at ESPN College GameDay at 7:00 a.m. After we went to the tailgate lot for breakfast, where she met some of my friends, and my husband's brother and his wife came just to meet her. (They are not football people) Then we rushed to see my grandson's little league football game. And then we RUSHED back to the tailgating, where we relaxed and hung out until dinner. After we went to look around some of the booths they had for the kids, and back to our spot in time to get ready to head off to the game. It was an 8 p.m. game, luckily the UTES won and we got home at 1:30 a.m. Oh, have I mentioned my birth mother is 80 years old?

Setting up for tailgating and breakfast
Of course, we have to have mimosas
Ayden's little league game
Utah vs Cal

Relax and sleep in. Around 2 or 3 p.m. the family came for a BBQ and potato salad and a few other things. Where the rest of the family were introduced to June. She met her three grandchildren and their spouses and one of her step grandchilren and spouse and ALL eleven great grandkids. And relax the rest of the day.
All eleven grandkids
Ashlyn made a gift her her new Nana

Breakfast with one of the great grandchildren, then we'll walk her to kindergarten. After, she'll pack up and I'll take her to the airport where I'm sure she will sleep on the plane all the way home.

We've probably completely wore her out and she won't have enough energy to visit again.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Social Media

Welcome everyone. It's a little cool in the garden. Fill up a plate and poor a beverage and have a seat.

Social Media. What is there to say about it? It's a forum used to keep up with people, celebrities, events, and much to my dismay some people even think it's a political foram and / or a house of worship. That aside, it's still a good place to promote your book, song, or product. But there are so many of them. Every day a new social media pops up.

And there comes my dilemma.

There are only so many hours in the day. I would love to write full time, be able to set aside some promotion time. But with a day job, any time for promotion takes away time I could have used to write. How to know when to use the time for promotion and when to forgo the promotion and just write.

With minimum time, it's important to choose wisely. How do you know? is there a tutorial for social media? Is there a place you can go to find which best for your art? Whether it be art, song, or books.

I'm truly asking, because if there is I don't know how to go about finding out.

Thanks for listening to my rant.