No Straight Lines

My life does not move in straight lines. There’s never a short shot between Point A and Point B. Ever. It looks more like this:


No matter what I do or how I prepare before I leave Point A, I still have to get through the curve ball, the zigzag, the yarn tangle, and the loops of doom before I reach Point B. At 39, you’d think I’d be used to it by now. Nope. I fight it. I cry and complain every time there’s an unexpected plot twist.

But lately I’ve been thinking it’s time for a change. Maybe it’s time for me to learn to relax; to learn to enjoy the convoluted journey. Maybe life, a full, good, happy life, is all tangled up in the snarls and loops and knots. Maybe getting there really is half the fun.

With that in mind, I want to share something with you. This is the new and finally final cover of my first book, The Uncovering. I love it. Really.


It has been a twisty, tangled journey. But here we are. The books are shipping out. In a few weeks, I’ll be holding one of them in my hand. The book. My book. My real, actual, paper and ink book. *Sigh* 

It hasn’t been a short, straight shot between getting the offer from MP, my publisher, to actually seeing my book on the shelves, but it’s been an interesting one. I’ve learned a lot and I’m looking forward to what I’ll learn next. To the messiness of it. To the rumpled parts. To the double-backs and parts I never saw coming. And now, when there’s more craziness, I’m going to stop, yell “Plot Twist!” and then just move along.

I hope I’ll see you on the road.


The Frustrated Cat


Point A: How I look right now.

Life can be so frustrating sometimes. Things pile up. Laundry. Bills. Responsibilities. There’s all this stuff I have to do, which leaves very little time for the things I want to do. And it makes me crabby. See that cat? The face he is making in that picture is pretty much the exact same face I’ve been making for the last ten days.

I want to stop making the frustrated cat face and start making a happy, smiling cat face instead. Like this one.


Point B: How I want to look










Anyone with tips on how to get from point A to point B should contact me immediately. Before I do something drastic…like eat a bag of Oreos.

This link will take you to Diary of a Sad Cat from Zefrank (who I love more than my own children, mother, and boyfriend combined). I recommend you watch it if you like hysterical things and/or cats.


Romance is Dead

Yesterday I sent my boyfriend a lovely poem that really expresses my feelings about him in a very clear, honest way. It’s sort of personal, but I’d like to share it with you now. It goes like this:

roses are red,
foxes are clever,
i like your butt,
let me touch it forever.

Did he love it? No.

Did he swoon? No.

Did he feel thankful to have the affection of a woman who takes the time to admire his rump using a construct that has its origins in the epic poem The Faerie Queene written by Sir Edmund Spenser in 1590? Unbelievably, the answer is no. No he did not.

Instead, he said, and I quote, “Um, I’m suddenly thinking sales of the book may be a bit disappointing….” Then he suggested that next time I might try saying it with flowers or (oddly enough) apples.

That’s it. No more romantic gestures for him.



The Uncovering: the Ebook

On November 3, 2013 The Uncovering was released as an ebook. So although you’ll have to wait until 12/10 to buy the actual, physical book, you can go over to right now and buy it for your kindle. (As I mentioned before, it’s a different book than it used to be. It’s better. I admit it.)

If you read the earlier version, which you lovingly remember as Tab Bennett and the Inbetween and you don’t plan to read the new one, maybe you can go over to Amazon and write a review for me telling new folks how much you loved reading it. (If you hated reading it, kindly disregard this message.)

In other news, the second book in the series, The Delving, is will be out in the middle of April. You can pre-order it now if you like. I’m not sure when the third book will be out, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do.



Lady Jane’s Salon

Do you live in the New York Metro area? Do you live elsewhere but like me enough to travel? If you answered yes to either of those questions, please come to my first official author event at 7pm on October 7th when I will be reading an excerpt from The Uncovering for the Lady Jane’s Salon romance reading series. You can get all the information here: LADY JANE SALON_Press Release_Oct_2013 I hope you’ll come if you can. It would be good to see some friendly faces in the crowd.

I’m in the process of picking out an excerpt. Suggest something.