Monday, March 16, 2015

Fill those Easter baskets with fun books

Looking for great books to put in your kids' Easter basket? Here are a few to consider.

Will, Middle Name Trouble

Sometimes we find more than we're looking for... 

Will Moran is always getting into trouble. But this time, Will, who cleans and cooks and takes care of his younger twin sisters while his mom works, didn't do it. Will's class is collecting donations to benefit the local soup kitchen. Every time his teacher catches Will earning a buck from a bet, it ends up in the donation can. When the money goes missing, Will's the prime suspect. After all, most of the money came from him. Will and his eclectic group of friends set out to find the thief and prove his innocence, but they end up finding so much more.

Freaky Frank

In many ways, Frank Fratello is a typical teen. He plays baseball, hangs out with his friends at the mall and gets in trouble at home. But there's something very different about this sixth-grader-he can read minds. And reading minds can cause problems. Like when Frank says what someone is thinking before they say it. Or answers a question before they ask it. Despite being telepathic, Frank must deal with everyday middle school life, which includes battling a bully who hates him. Nasty Nate and his flunkies live to get others in trouble-especially Frank. But Frank and his friends aren't giving up. There has to be some way to bring Nasty Nate down. They just have to find it.


High Street Dares

Dares and danger... 

Dare Mags to do anything and she’s game. Make it a double dare, and face the whole High Street Gang. 

In the Locket of Doom, Mags' sister and A.J.'s brother, double dare the gang to walk through the cemetery at midnight and perform a spell to make a stone statue cry. But weird things have been happening ever since A.J. started wearing an old locket she found in the park. For one thing, she can’t take the locket off. When an old woman who smells like rotten garbage and has different-colored eyes shows up, things go from bad to worse. Every time A.J. sees the old woman, the locket shrinks. Somehow the locket, the stone statue, and the lady are related. Can the gang figure out the mystery in time to save A.J.? 

In The Ghostly Connection, the gang faces another dare—sleeping in a haunted barn. But there’s a lot more to the dare, including another mystery to solve. There’s a good ghost, a bad ghost, and an important message to deliver. Oh, and a treasure to find!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Publication day for "Ella's Rain"



I can't even begin to explain how it feels to finally have ELLA'S RAIN published. Thanks to Prism Book Group Joan Bauer Alley Jacqui Hopper for believing in this book and for believing in me.

Many of you know this is the first book I wrote. It's extremely special because it helped me work through a lot of grief, having lost my parents, sister and her husband and numerous friends. It was a dark time in my life and I struggled to find the light. But my faith sustained me. 

I'm especially proud of the 365 notes at the end of the book. When I wrote them, I thought about what I'd want my sons to know if I wasn't able to grow old with them. What advice would I give? What would I want them to think about? Do? Know? In many ways, the notes are my legacy. 

I think this book is meant to be read by women of all ages, from grandmothers to granddaughters. I hope that you'll give this book a chance. I know I'm asking a lot. There are so many great books out there. But this book is one of those that speaks to all of us. And the ending, well, the ending makes me cry just thinking about it. Anyway, thanks in advance for considering this book. I hope that if you do read it, you'll review and share it with others. Many blessings, Buffy  

Here is the first review by Fiona's Book Reviews

First review: 5 stars

This is a book of two halves. The first part is the story of Ella, a young girl who is struggling to cope after the death of her beloved grandmother Dorothy.
Grandma D has written letters/notes for Ella, one to be opened a day for a full year, 365 notes. These notes are inspirational, funny, thought provoking. During the story you see how these notes help Ella. Her Grandma was definitely a very special person.
Ella is struggling with other things too, so all in all in she isn't having a great time. And her journey to enlightenment isn't an easy one. There are several obstacles thrown in her way. Does she get past those, or is she halted in her progress?
It isn't only Ella who is helped during the course of the story. Grandma D was, indeed, a wise woman, as it appears she is helping others from beyond the grave.
The second part of the story features all 365 notes/letters Grandma D wrote for Ella. These make wonderful reading, and I came away with a lot of great advice which I would hope to use in the future. I started highlighting my favourite quotes to feature in my review. But, if I'm honest, by the time I got just a few weeks in I had to stop, as it was all such good advice I would have had to feature most of them!
This is a lovely story, sad for obvious reasons, but uplifting in so many ways. I would honestly recommend you read this story. I love this author and can't wait for more from her.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

'It's in the Stars' released today


It's release day for IT'S IN THE STARS. WOOT! I had so much fun writing this book about a journalist who decides to turn her eyes to the sky and leave her love life up to fate. We're talking following her horoscope, baby, in search of love. This book will have you in stitches as Sydney's new tactic provides plenty of laughter -- and maybe some love. You'll have to read to find out.

Here's the first review:


I loved the idea of this book, run your life by what your horoscope tells you to do! Is that really possible, and if it is, can it work?

Sydney is disillusioned with her love life, or the lack of it. Following complaints at work she checks out the horoscope section. While browsing she decides to throw caution to the wind and try something new. And why not? Her love life couldn't get any worse than it already was, so anything is worth a try. Right?

This book has a lot of laugh out loud moments. The humour comes out right from the first page, where the author describes the main characters initials. I won't say more than that, but it is funny to say the least.

Living her life based on the stars leads to some strange moments for Sydney. It definitely makes for some interesting situations.

I really enjoyed this book and loved that it ends exactly where I wanted it to. This author is a firm favourite of mine who never fails to surprise me with her writing, and she is one I intend following in the future.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

11 books in 18 months


A friend just pointed out that I've had 11 books published in 18 months. Wow, putting it like that kind of makes me proud. 

For those of you who have been with me on this journey, thank you for your love and support. It hasn't been easy. There's been a lot of hurdles along the way and many disappointments. I've made a lot of mistakes and I've learned tons. Mostly I've learned to believe in myself even when no one around me is.

I'm grateful to my readers who have given me a chance in a world crowded with great books and great authors. Thank you for choosing my books and I hope there are many more to come. 

Blessings, B

Monday, February 2, 2015

Get rom-com 'It's in the Stars'


10 days until IT'S IN THE STARS is released. Preorder today. Here's the skinny:

Love always turns up…

Newspaper journalist Sydney Turner Davies is the last person you’d call clueless when it comes to romance. She knows what she wants in a man (if in a little too much detail!) and is everyone’s go-to girl when it comes to relationship advice. So why is she still single? Turning 26 only makes it clearer—it’s time for a change!
Where you least expect it. 
When inspiration strikes in the form of her daily horoscope, Sydney decides to turn her eyes to the sky and leave her love life up to fate. What her horoscope says, she does! With her straight-talking best friends and the zodiac to guide her, what could go wrong?
Navigating the dating game has never been simpler. But for Sydney, finding love is just the first step. When romance finally blossoms…will she be brave enough to follow her heart?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cover reveal: It's in the Stars

Here's the cover for my newest book, IT'S IN THE STARS, coming Feb. 12, from Carina/HarperCollins. *Happy Dance*


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Crazy idea for a new year: Tracks inside supermarkets

How's that saying go? Necessity is the mother of invention? Well, I and a lot of other people have a necessity and I have a solution that would be a win-win for a supermarket. Don't stop reading. Just hear me out.

When it's cold outside, people need a place to walk. When it's hot outside, people need a place to walk. For me, this used to be the nearby mall, but the mall is being torn down and replaced with a strip mall. There goes my place to walk over my lunch hour when it's too cold or too hot to walk outside.

Here's my solution. Supermarkets should invest more completely in the health craze and provide a walking/running track on the perimeter of their store. Don't laugh. Just think about it. When it's hot, people flock to the freezer section of the supermarket to hang out for a while. So, imagine if a supermarket (those located in areas where there is extreme cold and heat) integrated tracks into their designs. People would flock to the supermarket to walk or run. And, they might need a drink afterward or pick up a loaf of bread or bananas or whatever. The supermarket offers a service, gets people in its doors who might not normally come there, and so forth. Seems like a win-win.

So, if you're a supermarket and you want to talk out my idea, contact me. I have a billion ideas running through this crazy head of mine!