A New Version of Me

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving found a joyful, if not traditional way to enjoy the holiday, in view of the problems we’re facing during this pandemic. My son and his lovely wife invited me to visit their home and stay for a few days, because I haven’t misbehaved during the pandemic – their trust in me was completely heartening, because they have a new baby, Jaxson Shea, who became just three weeks old on Thanksgiving Day.

Anyhow, my job as a prose composer has been offering readers my version of earthy predicaments revolving around a character’s lifestyle, struggles and subsequent victories. Most of all, I strive to entertain with lessons, tears, but most of all, chuckles.

Being said, I recently veered off track and finished writing about what it was like to grow up with a special needs sibling in the sixties with an abusive, alcoholic father. I began the narrative some time ago (about fourteen years now, I think), but since I favor authoring humorous romance that entertains, this nonfiction tale was left to simmer on the back burner.

My late husband and editor Joe Ricci urged me to complete the manuscript during our marriage, so I finally did. Running On All Fours is now available for pre-order and will be released on Dec. 3rd. All I can say is recreating the events of a lifetime has not only been a labor of love, it’s exorcised some demons that have haunted me, and on behalf of my brother, during our lifetime.

Here’s a short blurb: “Being raised in a dysfunctional family with a special needs sibling and an abusive dad either makes or breaks the human spirit – especially decades ago, when there was no social intervention on behalf of minors, or active support for the parents.
It was written with the hope that some of the content will prove helpful to others in similar situations, or aid someone you, the reader, may know.”


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Commercials: Beautiful Christmas Thoughts and So Much More

Hello and Happy Black Friday, although this year may not be as big a shopping blow-out as in previous years. I, for one, am avoiding all stores and in-person shopping. There is nothing I need so badly that I can’t find it online or in one of the three places I shop for food and stuff.

With so many of us staying home this year, television has become a bigger part of our lives and many of our attitudes are framed by the big box.

As a child, there were some things you never, ever spoke of out loud–things like feminine hygiene products, incontinence, impotence, diarrhea, constipation, pregnancy tests, condoms, I could go on and on, but you get the gist. Today, more than half the commercials deal with these formerly forbidden topics, luxury cars, and fast food. The others are relegated to insurance, banking, and upcoming programming. But Not all commercials are created alike.

This year, I was particularly touched by McDonald’s commercial. Having gone through this with my own sons growing up and seeing mt daughter doing the same with my grandchildren, it touched me deeply.

Another one that touched me was the one for Coke

Sometimes, they just get it right. But my all time favorite was last year’s Air Canada one.

So, like Christmas movies, there are Christmas Commercials. If you believe, you can dream. May all your Christmas wishes come true.

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The Beauty of … being thankful. @josieriviera, #mgtab

November is such a special time each year. The cool crisp air and shorter days bring us to a time where we can slow down. Relax a little. And be thankful for what we have.

This year of 2020 has been both a different and a difficult one. We have seen “unprecedented times,” and tragic situations, but there also have been blessings.

Here are a few:

  • We have come to realize how essential the essential workers who have continued to do their jobs during the pandemic really are. From grocery store workers to the hospital staff, and the agriculture and transportation workers who keep the country running, I am thankful.
  • For healthcare workers who have cared for patients and stood in for their patients’ families when they could not be there, I am thankful.
  • Bringing food to the elderly or singing to the lonely neighbor isolated in their homes, for those who have shown kindness, I am thankful.
  • For the animal shelters who cared for, fostered or adopted pets during this time, I am thankful.

I’m also thankful for my readers who continue to enjoy my books and support me!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving full of everything you are thankful for.

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Working Heroines

My heroines have guts. They are all career women who struggle and succeed. But their world is not centered around work only. They often carry a heavy load on their own. Single mother, or a woman hiding a physical handicap, or even one trudging despite an emotional turmoil, they often represent the strong modern women around us.

Once upon a time, I was the career woman who had to struggle to succeed in a man’s world for thirty years. And I made it. But I was lucky to have a supporting husband at my side. My heroines are alone and will find love after their long battle.

Three heart-warming Christmas stories in the Love You Doc Series.


When novice skier Gabriella Levano finds herself stuck on a dangerous slope, volunteer ski patroller Dr. Nathan Dutton guides her safely down the hill and offers her lessons to improve her skills. Spending time together on the slopes, Nathan and Gabriella are attracted to each other. An orthopedic surgeon, Nathan promises to fix an old injury to her knee that afflicts her with pain and gives her a limp. Gabriella is afraid to let him examine her. So many men have mocked her in the past. So many doctors have assured her she may end up in a wheelchair if anyone touches the injured nerves of her knee. Can she trust Nathan with her love and her knee?


LOVE IN THE ER: Book 2 of Love You Doc Series.

Following a traumatic experience as an ER attending physician, Dr. Sophia Dixon vows never to set foot in that department again. After completing a new residency, she applies for a position in Internal Medicine (IM). When she receives an offer at St. Emmanuel Hospital, not in IM as she hoped, but in the ER, her first reaction is to refuse. Yet she badly needs money to support herself and her three-year-old daughter, help her mother, repair her parents’ crumbling house, and…

Dr. Ryan Todd is the perfect boss, professional and courteous, and Sophia easily adjusts to her new job. While multiplying their effort in the ER, Ryan and Sophia get closer. Over the next few months, they exchange passionate kisses and Sophia often ends the night in Ryan’s arms at his condo. A no-commitment situation that suits them both. But she doesn’t share the pain and the secrets of her past.

When the truth comes out, Ryan is frustrated by her lack of trust and her continuous guilt feelings. Yet he doesn’t hesitate to brave a hurricane for her sake. Will Sophia ever be able to redeem herself and reach a closure?

A COMPLETE FAMILY is Book 1 of Love You Doc Series.

Nurse Melody has an adorable four-year-old girl, a protective German shepherd, a meddling neighbor-nanny. But Dr. Aidan wants to give her a complete family.