screenshot_2016-03-26-09-56-13-1.pngWe had a terrific time while my son was here this week, although the time went WAY too fast.  We hung out, visited a few of his favorite haunts, and had his buddy out for dinner one night.

Since my boy would too soon be land-locked once again in Nebraska, we made sure we got out to the beach one day.  While walking along, my husband spotted this.  The photo and caption are his.

Which explains just one reason why I love this man so much.

Launch Day!

It's Launch Day! rannigan 2

My new book Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue is out today on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, & Smashwords.  It’s the continuation of the story of the complicated relationship between highpowered Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan and Maggie Flynn, the smart, spunky redhead he hired straight out of law school.

Michael Rannigan is running rogue. Since Maggie’s abrupt departure from the law firm of Murphy, Rannigan, & Metheny, he’s been in a tailspin. As he limps along in the new normal, he misses her more than he ever imagined.

Maggie misses Michael as well. But she makes the best of her new job at the District Attorney’s office. Occasionally they cross paths in court, each assessing the other. Like Michael, she finds herself making questionable personal choices.

When opportunity knocks for Michael he leaps at it, maybe as much to avoid Maggie’s absence as anything else. The fact that his decision impacts everyone else at the firm doesn’t slow him down at all.

Then comes news that shakes him to his core. Now that he’s burned all his bridges, who will be there to help him pick up the pieces?


This is what I came home to today.  My sweet wanted to surprise me for Launch Day.  It’s reason #497 I’m the luckiest girl on the planet.





Saturday Night Serenade–Truly Madly Deeply

Mr. R. and I enjoyed a lovely Christmas Eve date night (more on that another time) and a very nice Christmas day.  We slept late, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, exchanged our own gifts, and spent a few hours visiting family.  Our time together reminded me of the lucky girl that I am.

Tonight’s serenade is Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden.  It’s a beautiful song, and the bonus is that the video is shot in Paris, one of my all time favorite places.  And it reminds me that I am truly, madly, and deeply in love with my sweet.

I hope that your holiday was special.  Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Smile

Mr. R. and I have been having the best summer.  His odd work schedule, which we hated while I was still working, has been an absolute God-send.  We’ve stayed up late at night, slept in late in the morning, hung out until time for him to go to work.  We’ve had the luxury of being able to enjoy each other.

I’m studiously ignoring the fact that shortly, I’ll be back to the grind, and we’ll be back to the weeks where we don’t really see each other from Sunday night until Friday afternoon.  There is a possibility that he’ll get back to a more normal schedule before too long.  I just want to make sure I appreciate the moments.  I love this song.  It reminds me of how I feel about my sweet.  I hope you like it, too.  Happy Saturday night!


You’re better than the best
I’m lucky just to linger in your light
Cooler than the flip-side of my pillow (that’s right)
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me
It lets me know that it’s okay (yeah, it’s okay)
And the moments when my good times start to fade

You make me smile like the sun,
Fall outta bed
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head
Spin like a record,
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Oh, you make me smile

Even when you’re gone
Somehow you come along
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack
And just like that
You steal away the rain
And just like that


Don’t know how I lived without you
‘Cause every time that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile

You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Oh, you make me smile


(Oh, you make me smile)
Oh, you make me smile
(Oh, you make me smile)
Oh, you make me smile

Saturday Night Serenade–Summer

With my school year over, it’s officially summer, despite what the calendar says.  It’s time for long lazy days of appreciating each other and the life we’ve built together.  I’m such a lucky girl.  Happy Saturday night!

Come Away with Me by Norah Jones

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can’t tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me


1 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with!
You registered on one year ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
I received this little Valentine from WordPress today.  I didn’t realize it’s been a whole year since I started posting our Adventures in Date Night.  It’s been quite a year, now that I stop and look back on it.  Since then, I’ve added a few other blogs.  Read’em if you can find’em.  😉
We plan to keep right on plugging away.  I’m four work days away from summer bliss so I look forward to more adventures in the very near future.  Thanks so much for joining us on our journey.  We appreciate every one of you.

Saturday Night Serenade–Memorial Day Weekend

Here in the States we’re celebrating Memorial Day on Monday.  Many people are enjoying a three-day weekend.  The Indianapolis 500 is tomorrow.  There will be barbeques and cookouts, trips to the beach, and huge sales at the mall.  Hopefully folks will also take a little time to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy and the people who gave all so that we could have them.

I’m the daughter of an Army veteran, the wife of a Navy veteran, mom of an Airman, mother-in-law of an Airman, step-mom of an Army veteran, and extended family of a Coast Guard veteran and a Marine.  I appreciate them all.

Happy Saturday night!

So Here’s The Deal–Update

Yesterday I posted about Mr. R.’s visit to the Emergency Room, having been referred by his doctor due to an ‘abnormal’ EKG.  We have received an incredible outpouring of support and well wishes from our WP family and I want you to know how much it means to us.

So to update everyone…He was moved from the ER to a ward late yesterday afternoon.  The entire time he was at the hospital, Mr. R.’s blood pressure was high despite the fact that he’d taken his previously prescribed medication.  The doctors tweaked with the blood pressure medication to try to level it off.

Mr. R. spent the night on the Telemetry Floor where they kept him hooked up to monitors the entire time.  They drew blood every four hours, even through the overnight hours, much to Mr. R.’s dismay.  When we spoke this morning before I left the house he said that he’d had little or no sleep because of all the poking, prodding, and general hospital activity.

I sat with him all day today as the same monitoring continued.  When the doctors finally explained the results from all the tests, we were told that his ‘episode’ was not, in fact, a heart attack because the ultrasound they did in the ER showed no damage to the heart muscle.  That’s the good news.

On the other hand, they told us that Mr. R. is diabetic.  He’s going to have to make some big lifestyle changes.  It’s sobering, but not the disaster we’d feared.  He was released late this afternoon and is feeling fine.  The tightness in his chest has subsided and the blood pressure is now back under control.

I want to thank everyone who reached out to us during this time.  It means so much to both of us.   ❤