Defining a calorie.

For years, my husband and I have debated the best way to lose weight. He is a chemist so he looks at dieting from a scientific perspective. And when Mr. Jeremy starts rattling off words like thermo-dynamics, my eyes tend to glass over.
Mr. Smarty-pants has always postulated that a calorie is a calorie no matter the source, and the best way to lose weight is to drop those little suckers like a bad habit.

I’ve always said, well a calorie may be a calorie but isn’t an apple calorie better than a cookie calorie, to which his answer would be, not necessarily. Can I smack him now?

I recently read a story about a man who ate Twinkies as calories, and he lost weight. So, what is the answer? What is the golden rule to losing weight?

I decided to go to the library and find some good diet/healthy living books. But there were way too many books. How to choose? And which one is the right one for me? I left with a romance book, that always gets my blood pumping. :)

Scientifically the answer is simple. Cut calories. But that is really hard when a calorie is defined as this:

A unit of food energy. The word calorie is ordinarily used instead of the more precise, scientific term kilocalorie. A kilocalorie represents the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a liter of water 1' centigrade at sea level. Technically, a kilocalorie represents 1,000 true calories of energy.

Who can decipher that meaning? No wonder I struggle so much.

But since May 27th, I have lost 9 pounds.

How have I done it? I’ve cut my calories and exercised. That’s it.

I still have a long way to go, but I’m chopping calories with a very heavy hatchet.

As I am not a doctor, please know that any advice I give is not backed by an MD at the end of my name. I do suggest speaking to your primary care physician to discover the best healthy living route for you. 

The journey continues on July 27th. We'll see how far I get then, how far did you get this month??


UtopYa Con 2015 Takeaways

I have no idea what Whispersync is??

Audio books- Here are a couple things that never occurred to little ole me:

1.     Vision impaired persons use audio books per Librarian 

2.     Many people use while driving because they don’t have time to sit down and read. Busy moms!!

Use Travel guides for research purposes



Audio narrators can be Reviewed on Amazon- some listeners buy books based on the voice they prefer

Send press kit to bookstores to see if they will carry your books.


Don’t over-stuff your swag table. Play games with attendees. Make swag relevant to your series. And be engaging. Make sure all swag has relevant author info

I need to get on Tumblr, Insta-gram, Kik, Snapchat like yesterday. Help me, Jake!

Be genuine in all social media posts. Be relevant to your brand, as well


Rockstar Romance

Enticing Book journey

Net Galley


Ask people to sign up for newsletter in back matter

Club Indie – FB group

Make my author name bigger on my covers


I just wrapped up LaNora Mangano's Love Encounters. She's an author pal. This was her first dive into the paranormal genre, and she did a great job.
Other titles on my TBR June list:
  • A Match for Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens
  • Cowboy Heaven by Cheryl Brooks
  • Against the Tide by Kat Martin

I'll likely read Grey when it comes out later this month.

I'm also going to give Dean Koontz a try. I need some suspense in order to be in the right mind frame for Rachel's Guard, my next Contemporary. In the meantime, give Ember's Center a read. I'll have the next in series, ready for the football season. I'm thinking October. Cross your fingers for me. 

Meet the hero of Mist Revealed—Rune

Rune is a two thousand year old immortal. He’s a child of the mist and plays an essential role in the death and rebirth of the world known in Norse mythology as Ragnorak. The other essential elemental beings are the eldjötnar, the fire demons.

After a battle with the eldjötnar that results in the near annihilation of his kind, Rune made the decision that they would imprison their enemies and sleep the centuries away. It seemed a far kinder fate for his brethren who still mourned the loss of their women and children.

Now awake in a world that’s hovering on the brink of a catastrophe, he regrets many of his past choices, including the one involving his long-dead consort Malin, the human female who died days before their mating. Honor is an important quality to him and the other children of the mist. They strive to adjust to new any challenges and accept the consequences of their mistakes. So when he was ordered to mate Malin because of a mistake he made, he accepted the punishment as his duty and viewed her as little more than an obligation and someone to protect. Love never factored into his relationship with her. In fact, when she died, he never shed a tear.

His brethren labeled him ‘the cold one’ because of his lack of remorse. He never minded the title applied to him. It was true, and he often wondered if he was capable of any softer emotion. In his opinion, romantic love was weakness anyway. Breeders couldn’t take up the sword and fight. He would’ve rather remained unmated and cold than be responsible for another fragile female’s life.

At least he thought he would rather live out his days alone until a woman with raven hair and teal eyes warms his frozen heart. He’s left wondering if he can be the man he was always meant to be, and if can make the transformation in time to earn her love.

Mist Revealed

By Nancy Corrigan

Elemental Desire, Book 1

A woman seeking answers…

Cat, a renowned scientist, embarks on a quest to uncover the source of the unknown deadly virus that claimed her sister’s life. What she finds is a man shrouded in mystery who manages the impossible—swaying her devotion from logic to passion. But Rune isn’t simply a lover. He’s a weapon, one that has the potential to save her or destroy her.

A man searching for treasure…

Rune, a child of the mist, awakens into a world hovering on the verge of destruction. Ragnarok is coming. His enemies have been released from their prison. And he’s discovered the one woman who can thaw his frozen heart. But the race to stop the final battle isn’t the time to fall in love. Or is it?

A discovery that will change everything…

Life evolves, and what was lost can be recovered. But the truth revealed isn’t the one Cat or Rune expects. The impossible has become reality. And two lovers must make a choice—adapt or die.

Author’s note: Mist Revealed was previously released as Mist Unveiled and has been reedited.

Excerpt (PG)

“The cursed ones have returned!” A wrinkly woman with cataracts wobbled forward on the arm of the teenage boy Rune had seen at the hotel.

Francis jumped to his feet, a lithe move for a male of his advanced years. “Irene, hush now, before you frighten Miss Saunders.”

The creases by Irene’s eyes deepened. “Frighten? Well, she should be. You all should be.” Her steady, accusing gaze skimmed the crowd before settling on Francis. “I told you they’d awoken. You did not believe. Now, do you believe? We are doomed!”

Rune squinted to bring her blurry image into focus. The effort it took to keep the dying male’s mind quiet sucked precious energy from him. “What are you talking about, woman?”

The crowd’s cries turned to whispers as if they too waited on her answer.

She clicked her tongue. “They call it global warming.” Her nose wrinkled. “It’s not. I’ve tried to tell them.” She waved a gnarled hand at the crowd. “Ragnarok is coming.”

Gasps and curses drifted from the bystanders. A few people blessed themselves and hurried away. Others shook their heads.

Rune swallowed hard. “What makes you think that?”

The woman yanked the boy’s arm. He led her closer. “My father passed on the stories of the bringers of Doomsday. Eldjötnar, he called them. Fire-wielding blood drinkers who would kill the old gods once and for all so they could shape the new world. I didn’t believe him, not until the staff washed up on shore.”

Rune sucked in a breath, a response he couldn’t stop.

The older female chuckled. “You know of the old gods then too? Their hoarded treasure has been found.”

His heart raced. “Where? Where is it?”

More cackling laughter. “Gone. All gone.”


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A little about Nancy…

A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with women strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.

She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.