Monday, July 21, 2014


This past weekend, in honor of Dick Button's birthday, I offered a Buy One/Get One Free Deal on my Figure Skating Mystery novels. Now, I am happy to report that all five titles will be available FREE to borrow via Amazon's new program, Kindle Unlimited, where readers can read as many books they like a month, all for the same price (in even better news, the service is offering a FREE one-month trial).

All five Figure Skating Mystery novels were originally released as paperback originals by Berkley Prime Crime. But, once the technology became available, they were turned into enhanced e-books, with professional skating videos courtesy of The Ice Theatre of NY performing my characters' routines.

Why just read about skating when you can watch it as part of the story?

Nothing like this has ever been done before, and I hope all skating fans - not to mention mystery novel fans - will check out this cutting edge multimedia experience, especially now that it's FREE!

Click on the links below to get your books!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Today is my husband's birthday. Today is also Dick Button's birthday. (To be clear, Dick Button is not my husband.)

However, I did have the honor of producing Dick Button's live Twitter commentary during the Sochi Olympics earlier this year.

It was an amazing experience. As I always tell people when they ask what it's like to work with Dick, "How often do you get to sit in the same room with a genius?"

So in honor of Dick's birthday - and my husband's - I have a special offer for my readers: Buy any one of my enhanced e-book Figure Skating Mysteries (you can use the handy links below, just click on E-BOOK), and I will send you a second enhanced e-book of your choice book absolutely FREE.

Email me at with a copy of your receipt from either Amazon or B&N and tell me which book you'd like to receive FREE, and I will send it to you next week. Offer good through Sunday, July 20.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Ryan's Hope's Delia Reid showing up on General Hospital as Ava's mother made me think of other soap-opera crossovers, both good and bad.

I recap the most memorable ones in my regular post for Entertainment Weekly at:

I mention The Young & the Restless, The Bold & the Beautiful and, for longtime soap fans, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, Another World, All My Children, One Life to Live and more!

Check out the trip down memory lane and make sure to let me know what you think!

Monday, July 14, 2014


EDITED TO ADD ON 7/14/14: Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in NBC's live production of Peter Pan (and, personally, I think he will be absolutely fabulous). But, does he have a secret Guiding Light past? The rumors have been circulating for years! I get to the bottom of them, once and for all!

The below was originally posted on 10/14/08

Believe it or not, the above is a very controversial photograph.

While everyone agrees that it is Charita Bauer playing the role of The Guiding Light's Bert, and Lyle Sudrow as Bert's husband, Bill, the identity of the little boy has long been in question.

Several sources claim that it is a very young Christopher Walken as Mike Bauer, even though the actor is officially billed as Glenn Walken.

It is true that Christopher is not the Oscar-winning actor's given name. But neither is Glenn. Christopher Walken was born Ronald Walken and, up until 1965, was billed as "Ronnie Walken" in Broadway plays and on television. His younger brother Glenn is still called Glenn to this day.

While there is some evidence that young Ronnie may have filled in for Glenn on occasion on The Guiding Light, the above photo is definitely of Glenn.

Glenn Walken played Mike from 1954 to 1956. He was born in 1945. Christopher was born in 1943 and would have been too old to be the boy in the GL picture, even assuming it was taken early in 1954.

In 1956, the Walken boys' mother told TV Radio Mirror:

Ronnie and Glenn parlayed their modeling careers into TV and radio careers via that bill-payer of all time – commercials. When he was five, Glenn got his first call for a commercial try-out … on TV’s Chance Of A Lifetime. Among the other contestants was brother Ronnie. Eliminations were made and eventually it dwindled down to the two Walken boys. Mrs. Walken started worrying. This was the first time any of her boys had been in direct competition with each other. One had to lose! How would he take it? How should she handle the situation should friction and jealousy result? 
As it turned out, her worries were all for naught. The directors obviously liked both boys, but the decision was made in favor of Glenn … Ronnie was a little too old and too tall. Upset? “Not one bit”, smiles Mrs. Walken. “And being the older and more experienced of the two – he had already done a number of commercials – Ronnie willingly did all he could to help Glenn over his first hurdle. In fact, it's been that way ever since....

For one so young in years, Glenn has shown a remarkable flair and ability dating right back to his early modeling days. “He always seemed to know just what to do,” his mother explains. “Long before the cameraman could tell him what pose to strike, Glenn would seem to sense that in this picture he probably should have his hand in his pocket, or be putting on his gloves, or whatever the case might be.” 
When Glenn went into TV and radio, this ability stood him in good stead, as did his very quick memory. He not only memorizes his own lines quickly but, by the time rehearsals are over, he’s apt to know most of the lines of the other characters. 

“Actually,” Mrs. Walken continues, “all three boys have fast memories, and when we’re studying scripts at night I’m always pleased to see how they honestly try to help each other and accept all criticism in the spirit in which it was intended.” 

This somewhat unusual Walken spirit is quite the talk of the network casting departments, for when one is called in for a tryout and told he is either too big or too little, the casting director is sure to hear: “I’ve got a brother …”

Wednesday, July 09, 2014


Holiday episodes are a big deal on soaps. Sometimes, a single festive day can last an entire week (on Passions in 2003, one night lasted from August to November). Soap fans expect fireworks on their shows all year round (of the emotional, if not literal, variety), but they especially want to witness some dramatic explosions on the Fourth of July.

Did The Bold & the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young & the Restless deliver the goods on the big day?

We rank this year’s drama pyrotechnics at Entertainment Weekly.

Click the above link to read the entire article and to find out how GH's Molly is exactly like her mom, Sharon's latest bit of warped logic on Y&R, Liam's confounding lack of self-preservation on B&B and the costumes DOOL's men should consider wearing more often. Like, all the time...

And make sure to leave a comment to demonstrate the power of soaps!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


My earlier post on TV and Theater actors too young to play parents and children was such a hit, that I've created a follow up version, Movie Actors Too Young To Play Parent and Child (this includes one All My Children star who was actually younger than the actor playing her son).

Find out who she was, along with a list of other odd casting choices, here.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


It’s a right of passage for any soap opera fan. A person you’ve never seen before walks onscreen, and a distant voice intones from above, “The role of So-and-So is now being played by Total Stranger!”

Some character recasts prove almost seamless. Others require a period of adjustment, and still others never quite manage to gel at all.

Then there are those recasts that prompt viewers to sit in front of their screens, day after day, and wonder what in the world The Powers That Be (TPTB) could possibly have been thinking. Check out some of the strangest instances after the jump!

Read the entire post at: and please leave a comment. I hope I can count on your help to prove that soap operas still have plenty of fans and that they deserve more mainstream press coverage. Make your voice heard!