Help Water Signs Go Hollywood!

Help Water Signs Go Hollywood!

I just created an IndieGoGo Campaign to help fund my dream of bringing Madeline and Ken’s story to the screen:

It’s every writer’s dream to have their book turned into a movie. And now that dream is coming to fruition and I need your help.

Water Signs, my first novel, which is a loosely autobiographical tale of first love and second chances has the opportunity to GO HOLLYWOOD! My book has been called “A Truly Great American Romantic Novel,” but how it came into existence is a story unto itself…

In 1994, after relocating to Florida I discovered that the man I was deeply and wildly in love with was engaged to another woman. Too painful for my heart and soul to bare, I forced myself into having amnesia about him. Summoning all my strength, I accepted the experience as a catalyst for personal and spiritual growth. I embraced the Sunshine State as my new home.

Or so I thought.

Fourteen years later, on a Sunday afternoon, a psychic blew the floodgates of memories wide open by speaking his name and describing the relationship. Everything I thought I’d forgotten about him and about “us”, came rising back up to my consciousness.

I didn’t have a choice. I had to write about it. With the help of detailed, handwritten journals I had kept, I began the story; within four months, I’d written the first draft and a few months after that, I published Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal.

I had no idea the impact my autobiographical tale of first love and second chances would have on others. One reviewer says, “Water Signs is one of those rare books that makes you feel like you want to meet the characters in person. Yes, they are that real. It is beautifully written with passion for our country and romance. It is one of those books that is just like a good movie, where you hate to see it end.”

I want to get this story out to the world in a huge way! It’s my dream!

Making my book an Amazon Bestseller and building a platform of engaged readers could mean the difference between a producer green-lighting the project or tossing it into the garbage.

Please consider contributing to my fund to help bring this beautiful story to a larger audience through the magic of movie-making. I am grateful for any amount you can donate and have created some perks as my way of saying “Thank You.” Check them out on my page.



I’ve created some perks on the site, beginning with donations as little as $5, since every dollar counts. Click here to see my IndieGoGo Campaign.


Miracles from Heaven

I had the chance to watch this incredible film the other night, based on my mom’s recommendation. With all of the ugliness in the world, it was a refreshing reminder that miracles are all around us and a Higher Power is in charge.

Jennifer Garner turned in an outstanding performance, as did the entire cast, especially young actress Kylie Rogers, who plays Annabel.

And here’s an interview with the real life Christie and Annabel.

In today’s crazy political and social climate, I’ll take many more films like this, please.


A Review of Salon 46 Hair, Nails and Day Spa in Hollywood Florida

Owner Mary Jo and stylist Kandi Shrove.
Owner Mary Jo and stylist Kandi Shrove.

Wow, I just returned from a much-needed hair appointment at the fabulous Salon 46 in Hollywood, and couldn’t wait to sing their praises on my blog! It’s always a little daunting to entrust your hair to a new stylist and salon, and in my case since I’d been happily using the same wonderful hairdresser for many years, I was especially apprehensive. But I figured life was all about change and at times, trying something new. Even if you’re happy with the way it’s been for decades, it never hurts to get out of a rut and do something different.

And I am so glad I did.

The reasons for my visit to Salon 46 were many — including convenience and the glowing recommendation of a friend. I’m sure my female readers understand what it’s like when you get to that point where you’re just absolutely sick of your hair, especially if like me you put it through various processes like highlighting and color. Mine had been badly in need of a trim and shaping up but partly because I’d gotten into a comfort zone knowing my faithful hairdresser would never chop off more than I wanted, I was nervous about someone else nodding in agreement, then lopping off several inches anyway.

That was definitely not the case with Kandi, who was not only friendly and personable, but extremely talented and capable. Which should not have come as a surprise since everyone I’d dealt with prior to walking into the salon today had been friendly and helpful, starting with Mary Jo, co-owner with her mom Mary Lou.

Located at the corner of 46th and Sheridan, Salon 46 exudes an atmosphere of chic yet down-to-earth professionalism, with large glass windows; a clean, modern interior; neat displays of funky jewelry and high-quality hair products; and even a nice little “coffee corner” where customers can enjoy a cup while waiting for their color to work its magic. While it is obviously clean and trendy, it has none of the pretenses of other high-end salons, so I felt very comfortable even before I met Kandi.

Posing with Kandi after a successful hair treatment!
Posing with Kandi after a successful hair treatment!

One of Salon 46’s hairstylists and extension specialists, Kandi spent a few minutes asking me questions about my preferences, making sure to clarify everything before starting. As she worked on me, we had a nice conversation on everything from life in South Florida and writing for a living to social media and the upcoming Easter holiday. A few feet away, another stylist was busy at work on an adorable little boy’s hair, displaying great patience and skill even when he started crying about his sideburns. By the time she was finished, he looked even cuter than before so if you have kids, this is definitely a kid-friendly salon. And yes, in the end the little boy broke out into laughter once he realized what an excellent job she’d done on his hair. 😉

As for me, Kandi provided the perfect haircut, layering just enough to provide some bounce and swing while maintaining a long look. To her credit, she also managed to cut my bangs at just the right length — not too choppy or too long — something no one has ever done before. Usually I leave a salon consoling myself that my shorn bangs will grow out in a few weeks and to deal with the fact that they’re sticking out of my forehead temporarily, but thankfully not this time. And being a talented, innovative colorist, Kandi whipped up a blend of three shades to successfully concoct a color that complements my skin tone, remains true to the original, and covers up some (gasp!) grey.

In addition to its professional staff of skilled stylists and its pleasant atmosphere, Salon 46 also offers reasonable prices. For more on their services visit the Salon 46 Facebook Page and the Salon 46 website. And if you go, be sure to send me feedback about your experience. 🙂

Thank you Mary Lou, Mary Jo and Kandi — I will definitely be back!