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8 Great TV Shows that Inspire Me to Write

The Mindy Project
There's romance and humor. But I'm sad about how things went down with Danny. I hope Mindy can find a great new guy. I love Mindy Kaling and admire the fact that she writes and acts in the show.

The Family
It's so dark and disturbing but the way they build suspense keeps me on the edge of my seat. I want to stop watching because the subject matter is so dark, but I can't.

The Blacklist
The suspense, the plot-twists and James Spader keep me watching. Oh, and the guy who plays Tom, he's not bad to look at and he's a bad guy that's easy to love.

The Flash
This show has the appeal of a superhero story but it also has heart and not too much violence. And it's  a show my husband will watch with me, so that's a plus.

The Goldbergs
I was a kid in the eighties and I love how this show gets everything from the time period right, the costumes and the toys like Cabbage Patch dolls make it a nostalgic joy to watch. It's funny and touching and t…

Enter to Win FREE Paperback of Sarah Starting Over on Goodreads

Goodreads Book Giveaway Sarah Starting Over by M.J. Greenway Giveaway ends May 17, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

5 Surefire Ways to Avoid Writing

It's been a busy year. I wrote three books, one of which was co-authored by my writing partner Amber Roshay. But I'll be honest, I enjoy a little break time in between big writing projects. So I thought I'd share ideas for things you can do when you are blocked or needing a break and you want to avoid writing all together for a little while.

1. Take a Walk
It's just become evident that it's spring around here in the Portland 'burbs. The sun is out occasionally and the tulips are in bloom. I'm lucky because I have to walk to the bus stop to drop off and pick up my kiddo five days a week. So I'll just head out a little earlier and look around the neighborhood. Recently I spotted two chickens squaking around in someone's front yard. Hey, maybe that will spark a story idea, ya never know.

2. Bake
The other day I was mulling over the storylines in my books wondering if there was a commonality. And then I realized they all have some areas where food is the…

The Life of a Book

Yesterday I was at the Goodwill perusing the book section, already feeling guilty about the prospect of buying a paperback for ninety nine cents at a used goods store instead of going online and buying it new so the author could get some of the proceeds...or going to a local bookstore to benefit the local economy and the author. As consumers, most of us probably think about how we can get what we want for the cheapest price, or maybe that's just me. Hey, Goodwill does good things for our community, I reasoned. And then I didn't end up buying a book. But instead bought a winter coat and khaki pants. I know, I know...so what's my point?

The outing got me thinking about the life of a book. What if one of my books ended up on those Goodwill shelves? Or worse, at the Goodwill Outlet (junk-ebay breeding ground) store where you pay for stuff by the pound? Maybe it's already happened. Who knows. And then instead of feeling depressed, I got excited about the idea. I'd be in…

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Get the e-book of SARAH STARTING OVER for FREE Saturday April 16th and Sunday April 17th only! Click here to get the free e-book on Amazon



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Spring Has Sprung

I just had to share this sweet picture of baby bird eggs in a nest beneath our grapevines. It's country living in the suburbs up in here:)


Books Laid Bare Blog Review of Sarah Starting Over

My heart was warmed when I read this review from the Books Laid Bare Blog. It's encouraging to read kind words about Sarah Starting Over from someone that is not a relative or friend:) 

As authors we put our hearts on the line when we share our stories with the world. It's a vulnerability that still exists no matter how many times we put something creative out into the world. While not every story will suit everyone, I have my own reading preferences, it's nice when a story resonates with a reader.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

"A Short, Sharp Read, Really Enjoyable...This may be just over a hundred pages but the author packs a lot into this sharp little book. I was completely captivated by the story, it had more than just romance on offer, it had a good old fashioned mystery to solve and piecing together the clues were Sarah and Greyson..."

Click here to read the full review


Woohoo, A Review:)

The talented blogger and author of Reaching Prague, Amber Roshay posted such a nice review of Sarah Starting Over. Here's an excerpt:

"I highly recommend this page turner, not only if you enjoy romances or mysteries but if you’ve ever lost someone you’ve loved or know someone who has. For me it reminded me how much I lost when I was struggling with my infertility and how the birth of Eli gave me my second chance.


The novel is only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle or $7.99 for the paperback. And it’s a quick read for those who only have a short time before the little one calls." Click to read the full review on the Delayed Mama Blog

Lindsay Detwiler's Then Comes Love Excerpt

Three generations of women, Three second loves, All with a dose of chaos mixed in. Author:Lindsay Detwiler Title: Then Comes Love Genre: ChickLit Release Date: March 18th Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing Sometimes in life, changes can be good…
After losing her husband, her five cats, and her home, Charlotte Noel hates feeling dependent. As Charlotte tries to find her identity in this new stage of life, she comes to realize that drama never ends, dance aerobics can be a war zone, and love is always a possibility.
You never know when a midlife crisis is going to strike…
Charlotte’s daughter, Annie, is going through struggles of her own. Recently divorced, she is feeling frumpy and worn-out. Run ragged, Annie mourns her youth and wonders where her life is headed, all while hoping she can help her daughter Amelia get it together.
Settling down can be overrated, especially when you’re falling for a rock star look-alike…
Amelia is the wild child of the family. Working three jobs, because she just hasn’…

Sarah Starting Over: My New Romantic Mystery Release

Woohoo. My e-book is available on Amazon today. There will be a paperback version available in a few days as well. If you want a sweet, quick read about a woman starting over and getting a second chance at romance you might enjoy Sarah Starting Over. Here's the link: 


Sarah Starting Over Cover Reveal

My new novella SARAH STARTING OVER releases next week.  Here is the blurb and the cover:)
She lost a husband. He lost a leg. Together they will search for answers and re-discover hope.

Was Sarah’s husband’s death murder or suicide? She searches for answers while raising her young son alone in the sleepy seaside town of Siletz Bay.

To make ends meet, she's working in a donut shop where she encounters Greyson. He's a hot, black P.I. with a prosthetic leg. He offers to help Sarah unravel the mystery of what really happened to her husband.

Their friendship provides answers and a second chance at love for two people who’ve survived great loss.

Raining Down Rules by BK Rivers .99 Sale

Purchase your eBook copy now and have it loaded on your Kindle faster than you can do the dishes! 'Cuz let's face it—reading is just WAY more fun! Book Blurb:

Jemma Bowers hasn’t kissed anyone in over a thousand days. She knows—she’s counted.

For twenty-year-old Jemma, rules are not meant to be broken…even if she’s the one who created them. Friendships have boundaries, relationships mean trouble, and don’t even get her started on sex. Haunted by the death of her mother and her father’s abandonment, Jemma finds herself hungry for something meaningful and permanent, but is afraid of what may happen if she pursues it.

Jordan Capshaw can’t fight his addiction. Not even if it will cost him his career…

When Jemma finds Jordan drunk and barefoot in the street, she convinces him to get in her car. Aside from the fact he’s the lead singer of her favorite band and pretty much the rock star of her dreams, she quickly realizes his addiction is a monster neither of them can control.

Who knew ch…