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Europe Pt 4 – ROME! You’re up!

The next port was Civitavecchia which gave us access to Rome. I couldn’t have been more excited. Honestly, I didn’t think that was possible. But the more I thought of all the places I would have the chance to visit – well– The next morning, I wolfed down breakfast and played the impatient waiting game until everyone else could get their crap together. This was one of the ports where we had things planned for–a tour and the places the tour would take us. The Coliseum, The Vatican – including St Peter’s Basilica, as well as lunch in Rome. I. Was. Pumped! As we drove through the streets, I realized how very little has changed. Aside from technology, most of the streets we travelled on were not paved with asphalt but with a kind of material that resembled cobblestones. It made for a very, very bumpy ride. We were driven by where Julius Cesar was killed, shown the home of the current Roman leader, drove by one of the churches that is said hold one of the …

Europe Trip pt 3 – Napoli – I was in you!

The first port we stopped in was Naples.  At some point in my sleep, early in the morning, I felt the ship doing something of a weird, little shake. I shook it off as rough waters, rolled over and went back to sleep. Then my bladder started calling and I grunted and climbed out of bed. I noticed a little sunlight peeking in through the blinds and decided to look out. The first thing I saw were these beautiful, red buildings. I screamed, jarring my mother awake. “We’re here!” We’re here!” She moaned. “I know.” “Why didn’t you wake me?” I was incredulous! I quickly used the bathroom, then grabbed my camera and darted to the balcony and began snapping as many pictures as I could. My mother, who had cruised before merely pulled the sheets over her head while I was outside, making kissy faces, trying to get the best angle to take a selfie with the buildings in the background. Toward the front of the ship was Naples’ Castel Nuovo – a beautiful castle that sits in the …

Lunch at Bymark – Toronto

One of the things that falls under my job description at work is to plan the Christmas lunch. This includes finding the location, check it out, find out cost, figure out menu, cater to those who have gone vegan and vegetarian-that sort of thing. For months, I called locations, asking questions, emails. Finally, a friend of mine suggested Bymark. Right off the bat I got a good feeling about them. Why? When I emailed the even coordinator, she was super quick in getting back to me. She knew her stuff–explained how it all worked, answered all my questions and furnished me with menus for not only those who ate meat but the vegetarian of our group. Then, one of our attendees told me she was Vegan so I had to contact Bymark again. Without even a fuss, they came up with a vegan menu, specifically for our girl which was amazing.  Then the day of the event, another attendee told me he was vegetarian as well and again Bymark stepped up. Once we arrived, we …

Writing Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! So, it’s that year again! Most of us are neck deep in Nanowrimo – I definitely am. I’m writing two novellas this time around. They aren’t just random stories–they are books 3 and 4 of my GSG 9 CIRO series for the Susan Stoker Kindle World. Book one Miracle and the Beast did amazingly and I am so over the moon and humbled and thankful about that. The readers made this story and me an Amazon Bestselling author – I mean I did make that list a few times before but this time, it solidified it. I’ve decided to put that on my covers (my self published covers at least). This story is about the commanding officer of GSG 9 CIRO – one of Germany’s elite force police teams. (No, CIRO is not real. but the GSG 9 is.). I chose to use a German team because everyone else was using American SEALS or MARINES etc and I wanted to be different.  Beastmode meets Miracle who is in Germany from the U.S.A researching …

Road Trip – Port Perry

A few weeks ago, my mother called me up and suggested a road trip. I agreed and then was stuck trying to find a place close enough to Toronto that we could drive there, have a little fun and get back before the cows come home. After digging through the tons of small town around Toronto, I suggested three and she picked Port Perry. I’ve only been there once, years ago to the casino with a couple of friends. I didn’t get a chance to see the actual town. We got in the car and took off. When we arrived, the town struck me as a true small town. It is the kind of place I write about in my books all the time. I love a good small town with one main street, a few stores, a couple of diners, people who knows each other and everyone else’s business. Stepping from the vehicle here was like stepping into the pages of one of my books. I looked both ways and my heart soared seeing …

I’m Still Here – Update

Hi world! I know – I’ve been MIA for a while and it’s not because anything bad happened. I’ve just been bogged down with adulating so hard. Okay, check this out – So I have THREE Signings this year. So, after battling a kick ass case of writer’s block, I was doing the day job and writing full time.  I went through a complete rebranding with my writing. The website has always been changed. Though there is a link from the old site to the new one, you can simply click here to check it out.  I actually change the website twice in the space of a couple of months to get it to look smexy! Please, give it a look and tell me what you think! Onward to my signings. The first will be in Niagara Falls – Romancing the Falls! It’s my first time signing at this convention but I am nervous and excited about it. My second signing is on a smaller scale in Victoria, British Columbia that I’ve dubbed #Rocksteady! I …

New Brunswick – Why?

For years, while working at the other place, the only vacation I had was during the summer months when I went to Ottawa for the RTC convention (and that was only once) and in December when I hit the good-ole-US-Of-A to visit my sister. I didn’t have vacation time so all the time I took off was unpaid so I really had to dig in and just go. This burned me out something horrible. Anyway, recently my sister (one of them) calls me up telling me she was in New Brunswick and instantly I decided to go visit. My mom decided to tag along and I figured we could have a mother daughter thing, it’d be great. So, I shoved around some things and worked it out that I could go and began plotting. Soon, flight was booked and later hotel and we were ready to go. We would be landing in Moncton and staying there then we could figure out things to do until my sister could get from where she was to spend …

Evening out – All You can eat Sushi!

Recently, my niece finished a contract for her first summer job. We decided the best way to celebrate would be to hit up Springs at Yonge and Dundas for some sushi. We’ve been there before together and I’ve been there previously with friends so nothing about the place should surprise me.   Anyway, I made a reservation during the day because the joint is always packed. So on to Open Table I go. For those of you who aren’t aware, Open Table is this site that allows you to book reservations for different restaurants, review them when you’ve been etc. I’ve used it a couple of times before with no issues. Anyway, I booked a reservation and then my niece told me she might be late so I changed the reservation for a little later. My niece was only a few minutes late so we got there well ahead of our 5:45pm reservation. At the door, hostess #1 greeted us. I explained that we were early for our reservation. She didn’t have to check my …

Rio 2016 – Not feeling it

It’s that time again and I am usually one of those up there cheering on the world and tuning to the opening ceremony and cheering for teams as they enter the stadium with their flags. I mean from what I’ve read Canada is doing pretty well. After all, summer Olympics isn’t our thing because we have #Iceinourveins. Penny Oleksiak killed it in the 100 M Butterfly with a silver medal – super proud of her. The men’s volleyball team slayed – Of course I’m over the moon excited for the red and white.   But, sadly, this Olympics I’m just not feeling it. I mean, you hear about the Zika virus and all the things that can go wrong in Brazil and I get scared for all the athletes participating. It’s gotten so bad now that one US athlete declined to go because of fears of the Zika virus for her future children and people over there are so ‘patriotic’ they boo her now every time they see her. Is that not the dumbest thing you’ve …

My visit to Spice Route

A few years ago, when I was still in university, I had this summer job with a women’s center. My job was the Fundraising/Outreach Assistant and it was to help raise funds for the program at the center. Every hear (before I was there and the year I was) they reached out to the community for donations gift certificates, money and other valuables to auction off to earn dough. One of my task was to research potential restaurants who would like to support the center and their work. During this search I came across a restaurant called Spice Route. After digging through the website, I fell in love and it fell onto my to visit list. I don’t remember if I reached out to them to donate but the years passed by. I graduated university and began working but never had a reason to go. I mean really, from the website, I could tell it was some fancy digs. The years slowly, slithered by at different rate of speed and each year my birthday rolled …