Category Archives: At the Shore

Behind the scenes and other info for the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series set on the Jersey Shore and in New York City.

#WriteWed Fiction from the Heart

It’s hard to believe 2018 is already here and so much is happening! I’m working on #3 in the AT THE SHORE series and #1, ONE SUMMER NIGHT, is specially priced at 99 cents. WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER is now avaible for pre-order and I’ll be giving you some tidbits about that one today over at Fiction from the Heart! Visit with me for a chance to win a ONE SUMMER NIGHT t-shirt and baseball cap!

You can purchase ONE SUMMER NIGHT at the following retailers:

      Amazon Kindle:
      Amazon Paperback:
      Radish: Read three chapters for free –

WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER is available at the following retailers:

      Amazon Kindle:
      Amazon Paperback:
      B&N: Coming soon!
      Kobo: Coming Soon!

#ThriftyThursday ONE SUMMER NIGHT on sale!

Borrowing a hashtag to remind you that ONE SUMMER NIGHT is on sale for only 99 cents! If you’re headed away for the holidays or just need a fun and sexy beach read, this is the book for you! You can get this Publishers Weekly Top 10 Fall Romance at these retailers or read the first three chapters for free at Radish:

#ThrowbackThursday – Oh the weather outside is frightful…

But it could get worse! I took a spill nearly a month ago on some wet subway grates and my butt and knee are still hurting! Today was almost another spill on the subway, but luckily I righted myself. Even a little snow can make things rough, but at least it’s not like the 2011 snowstorm we had right around New Year’s. This photo was taken on the sand in Bradley Beach. We easily had over three feet of snow with even higher drifts.

Stuffed Mushrooms – #Tuesday Tip

I think I mentioned that you’ll get to see more of Carlo, Emma’s caterer and Prince Charming, in What Happens in Summer. A Sea Kiss Christmas (tentative title) is Emma and Carlo’s story.

So you may be wondering, why make Carlo a caterer? Well, I love to cook and eat and food is sensual. I can picture some sexiness with Emma as Carlo feeds her something fabulous.

Today I’m sharing with you a recipe I made for Thanksgiving and which was a big hit! It’s also very versatile as you can change up the ingredients for lots of fun variations.

Stuffed Mushrooms

    12 Extra-large stuffing mushrooms
    3 cups cooked rice
    4 Italian Sausages
    1 cup diced onions
    1 stalk celery diced
    1/2 diced carrots
    1/2 cup parmesan
    2 cups ricotta cheese
    2 cups gruyere
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup red wine
    salt and pepper to taste
    olive oil


Preheat oven to 350.

Wash mushrooms and remove stems. Chop stems into small pieces. Cook diced mushroom stems in olive oil at high heat until almost golden. Add carrots, celery, onions and cook until onions are translucent. Remove skins from Italian sausage and add to onion/mushroom mix. Break up the sausage until it is in very small pieces. Drain off grease and cooking juices and cool.

In large bowl, mix cooked rice, 1 cup gruyere, 1/4 cup parmesan, ricotta, onion/mushroom/sausage until well-blended.

Grease 9×13 pan. Lay mushroom tops in pan. With a spoon, place about 1/4 cup of mixture on each mushroom. Make a nice little mound with the mix. When you are finished filling all the mushrooms, drizzle a little olive oil over each one, then some parmesan and finally the gruyere.

Cook for about 30 minutes and remove pan and add water/red wine to the bottom of the pan to deglaze juices that are already there. Cook for another 15-20 minutes. If gruyere on top is not yet brown, broil for about 2 minutes.

Remove mushrooms to serving dish. Take water/red wine/mushroom drippings from pan and place in a small saucepan. Reduce by half and then stop mushrooms with this sauce. If you want to make it decadent, finish the sauce with a tablespoon of butter.


  • Substitute hot Italian sausage or chorizo for some kick.
  • Replace rice with 3 cups stuffing. My fav is Stove Top Corn Bread Stuffing
  • Try goat cheese instead of ricotta for a sharper taste.
  • Use crab or chopped shrimp instead of the sausage. This is a little trickier since the crab and shrimp can dry out.
  • Of course if you’re not a fan of gruyere, try any good melting cheese, like asiago or fontina.

#ManCandyMonday – Carlo from A Sea Kiss Christmas

I’m hard at work on #3 in the At the Shore Series and it’s taken a turn to becoming a Christmas story so I’ve tentatively titled it “A Sea Kiss Christmas.”

This story picks up where #2 – What Happens in Summer – ends, but I don’t want to give you any spoilers for that one! Actually, I will share that this story is about wedding planner Emma and her sexy caterer Carlo.

Carlo has always been a gentleman and Emma’s go-to guy, but somehow I think I’m going to have to peel some layers off Carlo to get him and Emma together. Maybe even a little bad boy side we hadn’t seen before, like this sexy Santa. What do you think?

If you haven’t checked out the first book in the series, ONE SUMMER NIGHT, you can read three chapters for free at Radish or pick up the e-book for only 99 cents at various retailers.

Man Candy Monday Carlo from A Sea Kiss Christmas

#ManCandyMonday Jonathan from What Happens in Summer

One of my favorite things about ONE SUMMER NIGHT was the interaction between Owen and his younger brother Jonathan. I loved the dynamic and I also loved bad boy surfer dude Jonathan because I knew he had a very special story that needed to be told. Jon’s story is in WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER which has turned out to be one of my favorite books ever! But back to Jonathan . . . He projects this “I don’t care” kind of persona and yet he cares deeply about so much. His brother for starters. By-the-book Connie who has never forgotten after their summer love affair. Emma, his female best friend of sorts. Dudley, his little rescue dog. The mother who went missing over twenty years earlier and still plays such an important part in Jon’s life. I loved doing Jonathan’s story and I hope you’ll check it out! WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER releases in June 2018, but is available for pre-order now at the following retailers:

Amazon Kindle:
Amazon Paperback:
B&N: Coming soon!
Kobo: Coming Soon!

Anyway, here is how I pictured Jonathan (or at least his lean surfer body)!

#FreebieFriday – Almost Free One Summer Night

My publisher has dropped the price of ONE SUMMER NIGHT to .99 cents for a limited time! If you haven’t already picked up your e-book, please check out ONE SUMMER NIGHT at the following retailers: