When Hurricane Sandy hit nearly three years ago, we were lucky that my daughter’s just opened surf and skate shop was not physically damaged. Economically was a different story since the area really suffered during that first year. Despite that, and hurting herself, my daughter donated a portion of her sales to Hurricane Sandy relief and even sold her One Direction tickets and donated that money.
She was able to see One Direction last year since I bought her tickets for a conference last year, but she’d love to see them again and is part of a contest. Please help her out by clicking here to like her video!
Who doesn’t love a good tortured hero? One whose dark side has him walking along a very fine edge that threatens to make him fall into the shadows? That’s how I pictured Rick Sanchez from FIGHT THE SHADOWS.
A former Marine, Rick has returned from war and has decided to continue to serve and protect as a New York City policeman. His time in the Police Academy also brings him the love of his life.
Unfortunately, his marriage is short-lived as his wife is gunned down by gang members a few years later. Worse, the NYPD claims his wife was dirty and that her death was due to her being involved with the gang members.
Rick knows better and leaves the force, vowing to find his wife’s killers and clear her name.
Enter the heroine, National Guardsman Patricia Morales, who also happens to be the half-sister of one of the men that Rick believes is responsible for his wife’s execution. Rick doesn’t want to be attracted to her because of that and because he doesn’t want a relationship with another woman who has to place her life on the line every day in order to protect the people of New York City.
But Patricia is strong, intelligent and beautiful and Rick finds himself admiring the gutsy woman and quickly falling in love with her as they work together to stop a terrorist attack in New York City.
Wow, I am just recovering from the conference! I had a great time and it was loads of fun. I was so happy to see some of you there and to also spend time with some long distance friends. The workshops were great and I’m inspired to get to work on some new things. For now, here is Part One for you with some photos from the conference.
We had a great first day at RWA. My friend Nisha started it off by surprising us with a stretch limo for the ride in. Good thing because we needed all the space for our stuff.
We got into New York on record time, checked in, unpacked and hung out with some friends before going to dinner at Dos Caminos and the readings at Lady Jane’s Salon. Here is my tasty Mango margarita and the gang at the salon.
Afterward we ended the night back at the Marriott and Junior’s and this awesome cheesecake. I shared it with my buddy because it was just too rich.
I will keep you posted on our other adventures. Today is lunch with friends 😊, exploring New York and the Literacy Book Signing. Hope to see you there if you are in the area.
P.S.- this is something new. My first smartphone created post! 😨
This is a crazy week, so I’ll be posting off and on due to the RWA National Conference.
I’m very excited to be attending the RWA National Conference in New York City this week. It’s always fun to be able to have a conference in your home town and spend time with friends. I hope some of you will be able to make it in for the big literacy signing on Wednesday, July 22, or if you’re attending the conference, pop by either the literacy signing, the Indie signing or one of my workshops to say hello!
Two years ago I had to have surgery on my knee and since I had to stay home, my daughter and I decided to do a week of recipes from our Pinterest boards. The really funny thing was that both of us had pinned many of the same recipes we wanted to try. We had a fun week of cooking and recuperating!
I love baseball and I especially loved going to watch my daughter play Little League softball. It was always such fun to go and cheer for her and her teammates and watch the games. This is a picture of my daughter when she was getting ready to play. I think this photo was from he year her team was 21-0 and won the championship.
The RWA Conference is almost here and I’m so looking forward to seeing some of you and spending time with you! Part of that time will be spent dining and for those who are not familiar with New York City or the Times Square area, here are some places I would recommend.
Juniors – West 45th St. between Broadway and 8th Ave.: Average deli sandwiches, but amazing cheesecake. Expect to wait. You could also hop over to their location in the Grand Central Terminal Food Court.
Havana Central-151 West 46th Street (Between 6th & 7th Ave): Good Cuban food at reasonable prices. Excellent mojitos! $1 empanadas during Happy Hour (4 to 7 pm)
John’s Pizzeria-260 W. 44th Street: A NY Pizza Icon located in an abandoned church. The Italian food here is also good if you’re not in the mood for pizza.
Virgil’s BBQ-152 West 44th Street (Between Broadway and 6th Avenue): I love BBQ, ribs and hush puppies and Virgil’s has some of the best. Also try their Mac and Cheese.
Osteria al Doge-142 West 44 St.: Elegant dining with Northern Italian food. Their carpaccio appetizer and liver as a main course were delicious! A varied menu of meats, fish and pasta to please everyone.
If you’re willing to venture a little farther from the Marriott Marquis, try these restaurants.
Bryant Park Grill-25 West 40th Street (Back the NY Public Library and in front of Great Lawn in Bryant Park): This is one of my fav places. Great food and ambiance in lovely Central Park.
Pershing Square-90 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue Across Grand Central Station: Another fav. Located beneath – yes BENEATH – the Park Avenue bridge, this place can be a little noisy but the food is excellent. If you need to do a breakfast meeting, they have delicious breakfast fare.
Oyster Bar-Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street: A NY Institution. Enjoy the architecture besides the amazing oyster pan roast made on steam jackets specially made for the restaurant.
Restaurant Row-West 46th between 8th and 9th: Lots of different cuisines all along one street. My favs are B. Smiths for elegant nouvelle fusion Southern cuisine and Lydia Bastianich’s Becco. I’d recommend you get reservations for each of these places.