Monthly Archives: December 2011


Burnt Cream Cook-off

December 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

I’m no domestic diva, but when it comes to Burnt Cream (or crème brulee, the French translation) I may actually have a leg up on my mother this Christmas—sorry, Mom. Kate in False Alarm may never get to cook again with her mother’s new boyfriend around—he really is the Pillsbury Doughboy in the kitchen. But thanks to technology and the Crazy Husband’s 50,000 btu butane torch, my sugar crust is […]
False Alarm – chapter 15 podcast

December 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here’s the last chapter, chapter 15 of my podcast of my novel, False Alarm. You can also download it free on iTunes and Podiobooks. I’d love to hear your comments. The 49ers win and Kate arrives at the New Year’s Eve party at Skanky’s after being thrown in jail, looking like something the cat dragged through the back alley. The bonus race ends at midnight and she has to figure […]
High-maintenance Pet

December 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

The vet called this morning alarmed that Zar has ballooned up to 109 pounds from 90 pounds in just six weeks. She ran an extensive panel of blood work, certain of a thyroid condition, but turns out Zar’s blood was “gorgeous,” and guess what? He just eats too much. No more table scraps! the vet says, which puts a stop to the roasted Whole Foods chickens that my mother brings […]
False Alarm – chapter 14 podcast

December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here’s chapter 14 of my podcast of my novel, False Alarm. You can also download it free on iTunes and on Podiobooks. I’d love to hear your comments. Kate heads to the big game on New Year’s Eve but Peter gets in her way. Will she get to Pedro before the other guys sign him? Promo from Mike Bennett: Underwood & Flinch
Writing Inspiration–The Mad Man from Moscow

December 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

A tidbit for you about Chapter 10 in False Alarm that I also talked about on my podcast: The kerosene that Sandy used to hedge the yard? Seems clearly like the pyromania that Kate suspects, but actually, where I got this was from my grandfather, Brick Stallings, who was funny and tough, and hedged his yard with kerosene and it wasn’t due to pyromania…that I’m aware of anyway. He was […]
False Alarm – chapter 13 podcast

December 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here’s chapter 13 of my podcast of my novel, False Alarm. You can also download it free on iTunes. I’d love to hear your comments. Sandy moves into the firehouse and Kate prepares to close the deal with Pedro. She’s accepted his offer to attend the 49ers New Year’s Eve party with him.
False Alarm – chapter 12 podcast

December 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here’s chapter 12 of my podcast of my novel, False Alarm. You can also download it free on iTunes. I’d love to hear your comments. Kate’s husband, Sandy. packs his bags for the firehouse and Kate goes to see caped therapist Axel Staperfene. When Kate delivers Pedro’s new car to the 49ers training camp, Pedro asks some tough questions.
New York City Holiday Window Displays

December 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The dogs passed their interview with Mike the Trainer’s assistance (with him, they look trained as circus dogs!), and we made it out of town for Thanksgiving. The polite report was that when Zar barked (a barking frenzy, I have no doubt) he was “redirected.” The trainer says that the goal for the dogs is to be invited over to someone’s house with us for dinner, but so far they […]