About the book- Welcome to New Orleans- home of Mardi Gras, jazz music and voodoo. Eighth grader Melanie Belaforte is home for Spring break and itching for excitement. Late one night she discovers a hidden chamber and a secret journal in her deceased Aunt Florence’s bedroom. The diary contains the writings of a mad woman, along with vague clues to the whereabouts of a ruby necklace that once belonged to Cleopatra.
The ruby bestows upon the wearer the power to hear other people’s thoughts- even the thoughts of the dead! And so the hunt begins. Melanie, her best friend Sybil, and a haunting specter unravel clues that take them from crumbling graveyards, to the busy streets of the French Quarter, and then into murky swamps, all to find the prize. But they need to watch out, because a murderous cult is matching them step for step, and they won’t give up, ever.
People often ask me- How do you find time to write when you have six kids? The truth is that it is really hard. My family comes first, so I have tons of places to go and things to take care of. When I do find the time to write it is usually in bursts, for two weeks at a time or so. I rarely write everyday. I find the time either after my pre-schooler heads to school or sometimes at night when everyone is home and occupied. The hardest part is the first draft, because that takes the longest. After that it is mostly edits and rewrites. My poor kids have heard me stay often, "Shhh! Monmmy's writing." But, they now take it in stride. Plus, my older ones can help my younger ones. That help really makes the difference.
I hope you'll take the time to check out my two books, The Emerald Ring and The Ruby Pendant. Both are available as a papercopy and as a Kindle.