Garden Post…coming soon

Well, it too waaaaaaay longer than I originally anticipated to get the raised beds rebuilt, but we finally finished. Of course, now the yard where the old garden used to be is nothing short of a barren wasteland, but it’s a WIP, what can I say.

We managed to get plants in the ground and an arched trellis build. Oh, and bean teepee too! This year we’re hoping for a bumper crop of tomatoes (six plants, 3 different varieties), peppers (six different kinds!), eggplant, beans, acorn squash, zucchini, summer squash, spaghetti squash, honey dew, and cucumbers. Oh, and pumpkin and a ton of herbs including tarragon, cilantro, lemon balm, mint, oregano, rosemary, lavender, dill, and thyme.

Next on our to do list? A fire pit!

Thursday Workday Cupcakes

Every so often I get a chance to do a little baking to treat the folks at work. It’s amazing how much something as simple as a cupcake can lift someone’s mood. So glad I got a chance to sweeten a few people’s day. 

Two flavors in the box this time:

Chocolate Orange – chocolate orange cake with chocolate fudge filling, orange buttercream and a chocolate drizzle.

Raspberry Lemonade: a vanilla cake with a lemon glaze, lemon cheesecake filling, raspberry buttercream, and a fresh raspberry and mint leaf garnish. 


Genre: Post-apocalyptic fiction, with a dash of humor and a bit of romance.


Anticipating Release Date:

Summer 2020


Because life after the apocalypse is about more than just survival.

From a last-row parking spot at the Elizabeth, NJ IKEA, August Steward decided the unexpected appearance of the Northern Lights was a sign. Divorcing Brett, her cheating husband, was undoubtedly the right move. By the next morning, the first thousand deaths from the JN-1675 virus had thrown the world into chaos. She’d have her new start whether she was ready for it or not.

Four years later, what she wouldn’t give for some wi-fi and an hour to kill on Pinterest. Armed instead with a small collection of how-to books, August is trying to give her daughters a normal childhood. One that includes things like pancakes, birthday cake, and bubble baths.

But when Brett reappears with the guns and manpower to force them into a “protection zone” under his control, August escapes and flees north to the small town of Warwick, far from Brett’s attempt to reconciliate. Now, she must earn her citizenship from the town council, even as someone in Warwick is working to ensure she fails.

August is ready to start over. Again. Will she be able to prove to the council that she deserves to stay? Or will Brett’s growing power force her to flee once more?

Wood-Powered Hot Tub…Totally

It’s pretty amazing how just seeing or hearing about something can give life to entire plot. I actually heard about a wood-powered hot tub while watching an episode of The World’s Most Amazing Homes and then the research began. Because August, my MC isn’t your typical post-apocalyptic heroine, I needed DIY projects that she would make a priority. 

Yep, who cares if 90% of the world’s population has died off…a girl’s gotta have a soak at the end of the day.

While I’m not in any hurry to build one of these for myself, I wouldn’t be suprised if I was able to find one of these feeder troughs for a decent price if one magically appeared in my back yard. We’ll call it research for the sake of my art. Now all I have to do is convince my husband.