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Amy's Memorial Video

Posted by nmfacile on February 11, 2017

This is in memorial of my sister, Amy.  Today was not a goodbye, it was just one more memory placed in my heart. 

Something I Hope to Never Have to Write About Again

Posted by nmfacile on November 4, 2015

I haven't written a post in a long while, but after reading this article I feel compelled to speak up.  This is a post from my personal Facebook page that I'm sharing here. 

This is NOT a headline I want to read when I log on to see my son's weekly sports package: http://www.nonpareilonline.com/…/article_e225b278-79a3-11e5…

Three men were arrested after an altercation at Iowa Western Community College Thursday afternoon.

I know many of you will stop reading this about now, but I would like to point out that this happened in a school where MY SON is, not some distant place. It's becoming more and more common every day and it will begin to affect us all more and more. 
Many of my family and friends support the right to carry firearms and are vocal about it. Personally I have a much different view on it and I try to avoid those topics and not get into arguments over it because I know that I'm not going to change their minds, but really what is it going to take to make you see there is a problem and it needs to be addressed? 
Many of you have never had to read an article like this or get a text from the school district saying there was a shooting like we did with Harrisburg recently and worry about where your children are and if they are safe. You don't know the fear that goes though a parent when they read a text or an article about a shooting or a gun being pulled where their child is. How the cold seizes you when you realize that your child isn't in as safe an environment as you thought. I know that my children's safety at all times is not guaranteed, but as a parent I shouldn't have to worry that a gun could be pulled on my child while they are in a supposedly safe place.
I know the security in the dorms at IWCC. They are well guarded and there are many safeguards in place to ensure that things like this shouldn't happen. Yet it did. There has to be a way to change this. 
Now I realize I live in a state with a huge hunting industry and I'm not suggesting that all guns need to be taken away, just that policies need to be enacted to make it harder to get guns, and to make sure that the guns that are out there are in responsible hands and used only when absolutely needed. There is much talk of stricter background checks and mental health evaluations, but there are so many other ways that guns are sold that get through these loopholes. Those are the areas we need to concentrate on. Plus a strict background check isn't going to teach responsibility when using a firearm. It takes more time and training to get a license to drive a car than it does to buy and carry a gun in many places, not to mention the insurance we are expected to have when we own a car. I believe gun owners should have to be insured too. The babysitting class I want to sign my daughter up for is longer and more involved than a voluntary gun safety class I looked up in Sioux Falls. When babysitting classes are more rigorous than gun safety classes that should tell you something. (That is if they choose to enroll in a gun safety class which is not required in all states.)
I know that this post won't change the minds of you who are staunch gun rights supporters. But to those of us who have stayed silent in the past, we need to speak up and use our right to vote for candidates that will help bring about those changes. When enough of us speak up and stand together, changes will happen. Until we do, things like this are going to continue to happen. As we've seen in the past, not all turn out like this with no one injured and it may not scare you, but it terrifies me that next time it maybe my child on the wrong end of a gun. For those of you who disagree, I hope you never have to read an article like this and worry about your children.

Song By the Last Band I Saw Play Live

Posted by nmfacile on September 16, 2014

Vogue by Madonna on MDNA Tour


This isn't entirely true.  The last band I saw play live was my son's middle school band, but no one wants to listen to a middle school band performance.  

The most wonderful sister-in-law in the world took me to Madonna's MDNA tour in Minneapolis for my birthday a couple years ago.  Seeing Madonna live has been one of those life long dreams for me.  It was every bit as awesome as I thought it would be.  I'd complain about the long wait for her to take the stage, but the show was so energetic and intense that it made up for it.  

I know I chose Vogue for one of my earlier posts, but this was the only video from the Minneapolis stop on the tour and I really wanted to post something from the show I was at.


Song I Always Listen To At Least Twice In A Row

Posted by nmfacile on September 15, 2014


You probably noticed I don't have a song linked above.  Great observational skills you have there.  I couldn't pick a song I always listen to twice in a row because I pretty much listen to everything twice in a row, sometimes even more than that.  

When I write, I often use music as my muse and there are some songs that speak to me when I'm working on a chapter.  Often I have these songs on loop as I write.  It helps me set the tone, or find the voice I'm looking for when it comes to a particular section.  It also provides great background noise to help keep me focused on the scene at hand.  

The other time I listen to a song twice in a row are when it's something new and it's caught my attention.  Currently that song would be Mary Lambert's Secrets .  I'm not listing that as my song that I always listen to twice because after a week or so I probably wont listen to it all that often and I'll be on to something new.


Song With My Favorite Guitar Riff

Posted by nmfacile on September 14, 2014

Money For Nothing by Dire Straits

Dire Straits is great for catchy guitar riffs but this one is probably the most recognizable, at least to me.  This riff as a favorite probably has more to do with the memory attached to the riff than the riff its self.  When this song was first released, my older brother use to, for lack of better term, mouth guitar, it all the time.  Every time I hear the song I go back to being a kid and hearing my brother sing this riff and think about how he was the coolest big brother in the world.  He still is the coolest big brother in the world.  


A Song That Reminds Me of One of My Parents

Posted by nmfacile on September 4, 2014

You Are My Sunshine

written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell

This is the only song I ever remember hearing my dad sing.  He sang it to me and a few times I heard him singing it to my daughter.  The video I have linked is a very special video.  This is my daughter singing it a couple years ago.  She dedicated to my dad, her "Papa" after he had passed away.  


Day 33 in 365 days of music challenge



My Favorite Classical Piece

Posted by nmfacile on September 1, 2014

Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

by Tchaikovsky


I admit it, I know very, very little about classical music, much to my husband's chagrin.  He loves classical music, has season symphony tickets even, which I'm all too happy to send the kids along with him.  I appreciate classical music for the creativity and talent it takes to both compose and play, I just don't enjoy it the way I do other musical genres.  Since I already used my true favorite classical piece, Pachelbel's Canon in D for a previous post, I chose my second favorite classical piece. (Thankfully this list doesn't ask for many, because I can probably only name about ten.)  

Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy is light and happy and makes me think of Christmas. I don't have any deep thoughts on what I think about when I hear it.  I just like it for what it is.


Day 32 of 365 days of music challenge 


My Favorite Female Vocal Performance

Posted by nmfacile on September 1, 2014

Vogue by Madonna 

from the Blond Ambition Tour 
In high school I LOVED Madonna. When HBO aired a show off the Blond Ambition Tour I recorded it on a VHS tape.  I played that tape so many times, I'm surprised it didn't break.  I still have it somewhere in a box.  It's the only non-home movie I kept on VHS.  I had every word she said, every dance move she made, memorized and Vogue was my absolute favorite.  I even lip-synced it while preforming the entire dance for a 'no talent show' at a summer camp.  To this day, every time I hear Vogue I mentally start doing the routine.  I have yet to see a female performance that out shines that performance of Vogue, and that includes any of Madonna's subsequent tours.  



A Song From My Favorite Movie

Posted by nmfacile on September 1, 2014

Storybook Love by Mark Knopfler

from Princess Bride

When asked what my favorite movie is, I usually answer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  I really do love that movie and the love story in it, but when it comes down to it if I were given the choice between watching Crouching Tiger or Princess Bride, I would always choose Princess Bride.  How does a romance author not choose Princess Bride for their favorite movie?  It's the ultimate romance story. That being said, Storybook Love is the ultimate romance story song.  

Mark Knopfler is a brilliant composer and the music from Princess Bride adds the right feel for every scene throughout the movie.  Even more amazing, in my opinion, is that the entire score is only preformed by Knopfler and Guy Fletcher. While the whole soundtrack is great, Storybook Love just brings it all together.  I get all warm and fuzzy when I hear the line "My love is like a storybook story, but it's as real as the feelings I feel." 

Now I have to go re-watch the Princess Bride.  



A Song That Makes Me Sad

Posted by nmfacile on August 28, 2014

I'll Be Home For Christmas

by Bing Crosby

This is a tough one, mostly because it hurts to listen to.  A friend of mine sang it for our Christmas program when I was in high school.  He is no longer with us and every time I hear this song I think of him and that he will never be home for Christmas again.  I miss him.   

Day 29 in 365 days of music challenge

My Favorite Male Vocal Song

Posted by nmfacile on August 27, 2014

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley


I like to close my eyes and be transported when I hear Buckley's version of Hallelujah.  The raw emotion he emanates throughout the song is unequaled in any other version.  It's highs and lows bring the listener on a journey with him.  Slant Magazine puts it best; "Buckley warbles, coos, and whispers the words of the bard with all the tenderness and fragility of a first kiss."  


First Song I Ever Heard (That I Still Listen to Regularly)

Posted by nmfacile on August 26, 2014

Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett



I can only guess that this is the first song I heard that I still listen to.  It's about as old as I am and my mom really likes it.  She use to play a record of it that I think I still have somewhere.  It's a song you can't escape, commercials, summer radio, cover bands, it's everywhere. 

I like the original version fine but there is an amazing cover by Dave Schulz.  I wish I had a link to a youtube video for it, but alas the closest I can get is the link to his website.  It's listed as Margaweirdaville.  This cover brings more of a Mariachi sound to it.  The slower pace and dramatic music really bring a lamentation to the song that you just don't get from the original, not to mention the almost wailing/moaning vocal half way in.  A bit of flare is added here and there in the song with a bit that sounds a little like the cantina music from Star Wars.  All in all it's a great cover and I highly recommend it.  


A Song I Absolutely Despise

Posted by nmfacile on August 26, 2014

Some Nights by Fun

I can't even tell you why I dislike this song so much.  It just grates on me.  I don't know if it's the music or just the fact that all Fun songs sound the same.  I could have just picked any song from them and it would have fit today's prompt.  As soon as any of them are on the radio, I switch the station.  Not Fun, definitely not Fun. 



Oldest Song I Love

Posted by nmfacile on August 24, 2014

Pachelbel's Canon in D 

by Johan Pachelbel (1694)


This is my favorite classical piece. To me it is the sound of life. The first few measures of simple, slow notes are like those of first few months of life. When needs are simple and basic. As the song carries on it becomes more intricate and involved, just as life brings with it more and more complexity. The piano carries throughout with versions of the same notes as the beginning, sometimes complicated, sometimes simple. The same is true with our own lives. At times we may have more difficulty with varying highs and lows. Other times it's smooth and easy. The accompanying melody are those who come into our lives. Everyone adding something different. Some a serene harmony, others a sharpness or a staccato like abruptness. No matter what it is, it flows together to create a composition like no other. As the music transitions back to the lone piano, so do our lives transition back to us alone slowing down until the last note plays.



Song I Like From a Musical or Children's Movie

Posted by nmfacile on August 23, 2014

Kiss the Girl 

from the Little Mermaid


I don't care what people say about this song, I do not think it encourages rape culture.  I've seen this song listed several times as parts of children's shows that encourage rape culture.  In the context of the movie he has to kiss her for her to get her voice back, and her legs.  That was the deal ARIEL made not Eric.  Anyone who has watched the movie should know this.  If anything, she was the one who sets it up so he has to kiss her. 

As fo the song.  I think it's a sweet song about a boy being too shy to make the first move even though she is clearly giving him signals to do so. It brings back memories of first kisses, those awkward moments when you're both holding your breath, with your heart racing, unsure if you should make a move, hoping the other person does.  It's a transcendental moment that has no need for words.  




A Song That I Would Sing on an Audition for American Idol

Posted by nmfacile on August 19, 2014

Give Me One Reason

by Tracy Chapman

I would choose this song because it's simple, soulful, and it's one of the few songs I can somewhat sing in tune.  When I finish, I'm pretty sure the judges would tell me I should never be allowed to sing again.  

(Finally I'm caught up with the days I missed.) 

Day 23 in 365 days of music challenge

Another Song From a Top Five Favorite Band

Posted by nmfacile on August 18, 2014

The Walk

by Sawyer Brown


Time to show some more of my country roots.  Sawyer Brown is one of those bands that at first come off as just another generic country band, that is until you see them live.  I've seen them live several times, and their concerts are some of the most energetic fun shows I've ever seen.  They're almost always on tour, often playing smaller venues.  When it comes to seeing them live, the smaller the venue the better, in my opinion. 

They are more than just a great live band.  They're music can be fun with quick turns of phrase but it can also be insightful.  Take a listen to All These Years.  They song shows how easily a marriage can fall apart when a couple takes each other for granted.  It's a song that reminds me to always be thankful for what I have with my husband and to let him know often just how much he means to me.

For this prompt I chose The Walk because it's another song that shows the band's serious side.  The song resonates with me not only as a daughter who has been on that "walk" with my parents, but also as a parent on that "walk" with my children.  

As with most kids, I didn't always appreciate my parents advice when I was young, but the older I became the more I realized how valuable they were/are.  My dad is gone now and I miss his help and advice.  I'm lucky to have my mom close by and she often tells me she understands what I'm going through because she's been there before.  It's a comfort to know someone understands.  

Presently I'm feeling the parent role with my oldest.  With his last year of school starting today, I've been reminiscing on those first days of kindergarten.  He didn't shed a tear, just put his game face on and walked away.  I didn't cry that first day either, but I did the second.  I already tear up when I think of him leaving us next fall.  I'm sure he'll put on that same game face and do what he needs to, but I hope he'll always know that we're here for him, just as my parents were for me. 


Most Australian-Sounding Song I Like

Posted by nmfacile on August 18, 2014

Overkill by Colin Hay


It counts that Colin Hay was in Men At Work, even if he was born in Scotland, right?  Men At Work are probably the only Australian band most Americans can name, or at least most Americans I know.  I was pretty young when it was new, but I was old enough to be aware of it.  By having older siblings I was introduced to pop music early in life.  I was more familiar with Who Can It Be Now, because one of my older brothers would sing it.  

Over the course of my life I probably heard Overkill more.  I think it's more "light" radio friendly.  It wasn't until I heard Hay's acoustic version on Scrubs that I took an interest in the song.  I think slowing it down and taking out everything but the guitar lends a sincerity to the music that matches the lyrics.  

The song speaks to me, because I tend to over think things and worry about them, mostly at night when I should be sleeping.  It's one of the leading causes of my insomnia.  There are just times I can't shut my brain off.  It doesn't matter that I know I'm over stressing, I still can't make it stop.  Hay sums it up perfectly.  
"Especially at night
I worry over situation that
I know will be alright
It's just overkill"


Song That Reminds Me of My Most Recent Ex-boyfriend

Posted by nmfacile on August 18, 2014

Love the Way You Lie

by Eminem feat. Rihanna


Yeah it was a messed up relationship.  Fortunately it was a long time ago, and we are both much happier now.  I don't think I need to give anymore of an explanation than that. 





A Song by One of My Top 5 Favorite Bands

Posted by nmfacile on August 17, 2014

The Denial Twist by The White Stripes

The White Stripes are probably the smallest band with the biggest sound ever.  It amazes me every time I hear them, that there are only two people responsible for all the different sounds.  I can listen to them any time, for any mood.  More than just a musical genius, Jack White is a brilliant lyricist.  He inspires a creativity within me that often makes my head spin.

I had a hard time picking which White Stripes song I wanted to put here.  I have a couple planned for later posts, but still there were so many to choose from.  In the end I chose Denial Twist for these lines:

"Make sure to never do it with the singer
'Cause he'll tell everyone in the world
What he was thinking about the girl"

I could say the same thing about an author.  



No Music Just Cats

Posted by nmfacile on August 16, 2014

We took a little last hurrah before school starts vacation this weekend so I don't have a normal music post.  Instead I will leave you with the Golden Kitty winner of the Internet Cat Video Fest at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis this week.  It was an awesome experience that our family now plans to make into a yearly pilgamage.  Because...cats!


8 Signs of Addidction

Bonus video - my new favorite animated cat video.  Cat Song pretty much sums up our cats. 


My Favorite Music Video

Posted by nmfacile on August 13, 2014

Chandelier by Sia




I haven't paid attention to music videos in probably twenty years.  Growing up our cable company didn't carry MTV so the only exposure I had to videos was Night Tracks on TBS.  That just totally dated me.  Videos have never really been an influence on music for me, that is until I saw the video for Chandelier.
My daughter alerted me to it because she knows I love to watch any kind of dancing.  She was right, I loved the video.  I've watched it several times since then.  Yes, I'm aware it's Maddie from Dance Mom's, but that's not why I like it, even though I think she's a phenomenal dancer.  The stark, minimalist setting spotlights the dancer wonderfully. I envy the freedom of dancing through the house like the girl in the video has.  I vicariously live that feeling when I watch the video and it's so liberating.


My Favorite Love Song

Posted by nmfacile on August 12, 2014

When You Say Nothing At All

by Alison Kruass 



This song puts to words all that I feel for my husband.  We have a love so deep we don't need words to express how we feel we see it in each others eyes.  There was a time early on in our relationship where things were rocky.  I took one look in his eyes and I knew I would never do anything to lose him.  We're going on eighteen years now and I look into those eyes everyday and feel the love I did then.  This song puts all that unspoken love into words and every time I hear it I'm reminded of that promise I made to love him forever. 


A Song That Makes Me Happy

Posted by nmfacile on August 11, 2014

Happy by Pharrell Williams 



This my seem like a cop out with Happy being the title, but this song really does make me happy.  It's a bouncy, smiley, feel good, have fun song.  What else needs to be said?  

"Clap along if you know what happiness is to you"


My Favorite Female Vocal Song

Posted by nmfacile on August 10, 2014

Just Like Heaven

by Katie Melua

I love the lyrics written by Robert Smith of The Cure, but they are more meaningful sung in the slow melodic style of Katie Melua.  Her voice adds a whimsical dreaminess to the song that is lacking in the original, yet the ending leaves an ache of lost love.  Katie's version is just perfection no matter how many times I listen to it. 


day 15 of 365 days of music challenge

The First Song I Heard by My Favorite Artist

Posted by nmfacile on August 9, 2014


Down At the Twist and Shout

by Mary Chapin Carpenter


This may not be the first song I heard by Mary Chapin Carpenter but it's the first one I remember that caught my attention.  It's a fun dance/party song with the Cajun feel and just makes me want to move. This may be the first song I remember from MCC but it was a great introduction to a strong female artist with a talent for brilliant story telling through music.  


A Song By My Favorite Band

Posted by nmfacile on August 9, 2014


Whisper by Morphine

I could listen to Morphine all day every day.  Mark Sandman's voice is just the right combination of smooth and seductive.  A little bluesy, a little jazzy, a touch of rock, with soulful lyrics makes the band unique.  Made up of Sandman on vocals and two sting slide bass, Dana Colley on saxophones, and Jerome Dupree on drums, it's a combination you wont find in other bands and they are masters at creating a sound that, at times can fill a room or be as soft and intimate as a whisper.  The lyrics are complex, witty and definitely stay with you.  

I chose Whisper because I have Ty singing it in Cure For Pain.  The song has the allure of the enigmatic cool guy you're drawn to who at times seems like he's into you but you're never really sure and it drives you crazy.  You find yourself obsessing a little too much over every look and word he gives trying to figure him out.  Which is exactly why I had Ty singing it to Mary in Cure For Pain.  



day 13 in 365 days of music challenge

A Song I Always Look for on Jukeboxes

Posted by nmfacile on August 7, 2014

The Stroke by Billy Squire

Are there even places that have jukeboxes anymore?  When I worked at Pizza Hut in high school we would close the night out by dropping all our tip quarters in the jukebox.  It was the best part of the shift.  We would lock the doors and turn the volume up and finish off all the closing stuff.  I use to pick something different each time but one of the guys I worked with always chose The Stroke, which he would loudly sing along.  Even though I haven't seen a jukebox in years, that would be the first song I would look for, just for old times sake.  

My Least Favorite Song

Posted by nmfacile on August 7, 2014

Wiggle by Jason Derulo

This one is hard for me because I generally try to find something good about everything.  Other than liking Snoop there is nothing about this song that I like.  I flip the station as soon as it comes on.  It's not even the objectification of women in the song that I find the most offensive, it's the complete lack of effort in both lyrics and music.  It sounds like a group of thirteen year old boys put this together. No, I take that back, that's an insult to thirteen year old boys.  Other than boo and do the closest thing to a rhyme is 'hot damn it' and 'planet' and that's just pathetic.  After lack luster lyrics all there is for a chorus is "wiggle" repeated over and over.  I've heard better songs from The Wiggles, at least they give a decent beat to dance to, not to mention more cohesive lyrics.  Don't even get me started on the slide whistle in the song.  

This is hands down the worst song I have heard in years and I have a seventeen year old son who listens to gangsta rap, a twelve year old obsessed with Ke$ha and Iggy Azalea, and a ten year old who favors songs from the Disney/Nickelodeon music factory.  I'll take a day locked in a room listening to any of those over ever having to listen to Wiggle again.   

Opening Theme Song For a Series Based on My Life

Posted by nmfacile on August 5, 2014

XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)

by Trisha Yearwood

There's not much to say about this, the song sums it all up perfectly.  May days are filled with family and work and finding the balance between them.  I love it and wouldn't have it any other way!

A Song That Reminds Me of My Childhood

Posted by nmfacile on August 4, 2014

Our House by Madness

Growing up our house was in the middle of the street (it was the only house on the street) and it was almost always crowded.  It was a big house because I have 7 siblings.  Although I'm much younger than my siblings and most were out of the house by the time I really remember things, our house was still the gathering place for them and their kids.  Holidays were always big events with lots of people, laughter, and food.  As I got older I always had friends over.  My house was never a lonely place to be.  
Every time I hear the song it takes me back to that house and all the memories I have of it.  My parents moved after I graduated and I always regret that my children will never know what it was like to be there when it was crazy full.  I know it's the family that lives there, not the house that makes it a home, but that house will always be my home.  The following verse pretty much sums up my childhood home.  
"Our house it has a crowd
There's always something happening
And it's usually quite loud
Our mum she's so house-proud
Nothing ever slows her down
And a mess is not allowed"



Another Top 5 Favorite Song

Posted by nmfacile on August 4, 2014

You've Got Growing Up To Do by Joshua Radin

This is another one of those songs that tells such a wonderful story.  I played it often while writing Across the Hall.  I would love to say that this is the song that inspired Across the Hall but I didn't find it until many years after I started Across the Hall. The theme of the song lends itself well to Sylvia and Quinn's story.  I envisioned Quinn standing in the rain across from Sylvia's house wishing he could just go talk to her. He stands there shivering knowing he can't or they would end up back together and that Sylvia wasn't ready for it, but someday she would be and they would be together again. It makes it a song of loss and hope.  There should always be hope.


Day 8 in 365 days of music challenge

Favorite Cover Version of a Song

Posted by nmfacile on August 2, 2014

Power of Love by Huey Lewis 

Covered by Early November

I never really liked this song when I was young. The original by Huey Lewis never appealed to me. In my opinion, the original version is just a toss away bubbly gum pop song that fits great as the song in Back to the Future, but the music is just over powers the lyrics.  It's a quintessential 80's song; loud over the top drums and keyboard with passionless vocals.  Even when Huey Lewis shouts the lyrics it still feels forced or theatrical.

The first time I heard this cover I was blown away.  This is how this song was meant to be played.  The mellowness of the cover gives the lyrics a chance to shine, bringing a deeper meaning to the song.  I can connect to the cover in a way I never could with the original.  It comes across as heartfelt and and more sincere than the original ever did.  This cover made me see the song in a new light and it quickly became one of my favorite covers.  Quite a surprise since it was done for an 80's tribute album by punk bands.  


I love discovering cover songs that are way different than the original. Any suggestions for me?




Song With the Highest Play Count On My Playlist

Posted by nmfacile on August 1, 2014

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls


This is probably the highest due to the frequency I listened to it while writing Cure For Pain.  One of the overarching themes in Cure for Pain is Ty's longing to be seen by Mary, for who he really is, and Iris sums it up beautifully.  In the book Ty just wants the time he has with Mary. The two have a connection that most don't understand.  Ty senses the sincerity and goodness in Mary, and he's drawn to that. She is the cure to the pain he is in; the pain of self loathing.  He is living a life with a past he's ashamed of and a present he has to hide from everyone, while being someone who he desperately doesn't want to be. When he's with Mary, he can live in a moment where none of that matters. 

Yet, he knows it wont last forever, the odds are against the budding relationship from the start.  It's not just people who have warned them both off, it's Ty's own secrets and his past that endangers any possible future he could have with her.  Even though things may not be as they seem, the danger he has put himself in is very real, and he knows it puts Mary at risk too.   

I listen to Iris and feel Ty's emotions.  It was one of my greatest inspirations when creating his character.  It's such a beautiful song that expresses the desire to have a true connection with one person and for that person to see past your flaws and love you for the person you are.




day 5 in 365 days of music challenge

A Song That I Listen to When I Travel

Posted by nmfacile on July 31, 2014

On Broadway by The Drifters


This is not by choice.  It doesn't matter where we travel, there is always some town or city with a street or avenue named Broadway and my husband can't help but burst into song every time we come upon it. I'm pretty sure this is why headphones are top priority when my kids pack.  


The other song my husband tends to spontaneously sing when we travel is Jackson by Johhny Cash and June Carter.  Do you know how many states have a Jackson? Not as many with Broadway Streets but enough to give us a brief reprieve from Broadway. 

What do you listen to on road trips?


Day 5 in 365 Days of Music Challenge

Another Top 5 Favorite Song

Posted by nmfacile on July 30, 2014

Past the Point of Rescue by Hal Ketchum



This song haunts me.  It has been one of my absolute favorites for many years.  I hadn't heard the original by Mary Black until recently.  I didn't even know it wasn't written by Hal Ketchum.  I had always assumed it was because he has such a great way of telling stories with his music and Past the Point of Rescue fits right in with that.  I prefer Ketchum's version to Black's. The Celtic beat in Black's takes away from the heartbreak of the song.  I would love to hear a real slow acoustic cover of it. One even slower than the live version by Ketchum.  Someone needs to make this happen. 

I've put myself through the cruel cycle of breaking up and getting back together with someone, thinking that each time it would be better than it was before.  During the split, they're all you can think of, dwelling on every detail of the relationship, hoping they feel the same yet knowing they probably don't.  If there's the slightest possibility of repairing it and getting back together you jump at the chance, even when your better judgement tells you not to.  By then you're past the point of rescue and you know it.  When the cycle repeats you tell yourself "this time is it" whether it's going to work this time or it's finally over, it doesn't matter you wont go through it again.  But you do. 

Will someone please find me a slow cover of this song?!?


My Favorite Song with a Color in the Title

Posted by nmfacile on July 29, 2014


Little Green Bag by George Baker Selection

I have no reason for picking this other than it just makes me want to dance!

I have to say though I love that this song makes me feel better about all the times I mishear a lyric.  The original title is Little Greenback not Little Green Bag.  Listen close enough and you can hear the lyricis as "little greenback." Makes sense now how track rhymes so much better with back than bag.  Turns out the song was about chasing the American dollar not a bag of weed.  Same message either way: the unending quest for drugs or money can leave you lonely.
The mistake was made when the record for the single was mislabeled as Little Green Bag.  Instead of just printing out new labels they went with that title.  Was it really a mistake or was the mislabel just a Freudian slip? Does it really matter?  Just play it loud, sing whatever lyrics you want and dance like no ones watching. 



My favorite Song of All TIme

Posted by nmfacile on July 28, 2014


Ray of Light by Madonna

This song is my zen.  It's the song that grounds me when I feel I'm spinning out of control. The happy, upbeat tempo is reminiscent of the positive attitude I try to keep and I identify with the fast pace and swirling sound.  Similar to the beginning, my mornings start out like the melody, but the beat kicks in and either my mind or my body seems to be moving from one thing to another with barely a breath between.
 "Faster than the speeding light she's flying.
Trying to remember where it all began.
She's got herself a little piece of heaven
Waiting for the time when Earth shall be as one."

Like the song I know that the end of the day there will be time to catch my breath and regroup before the next day starts all over again.  When that time comes it does "feel like I just got home."  It's the break I need to calm myself and put my mind to rest.  

Not only does my life mirror the song, my creative process reflects it as well. Ideas come at me out of nowhere and then continue bouncing around in my head.  Once I start writing things come into focus for a time and then I'm back to the ideas pinging around. 

What's your favorite song of all time?


My Favorite Song Today

Posted by nmfacile on July 27, 2014

Yesterday I had a discussion with my husband and tweener son about why I don't blog or tweet more than I do.  I told them I didn't know what to write about.  Later that night I was scrolling though Pinterest, which is my go to procrastination/happy place.  I saw a pin with a 365 day music challenge My husband is a music buff so I shared it with him.  We decided this was something we could do together, I would write a daily post on the topic and he started a Tumblr for his. 


So here it is, my first 365 day music challenge post:

 My Favorite Song Today

The Impression That I Get by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I took this to mean the song I like most today and not my all time favorite song, that will come later on the list.  This song does rate in my top 100 and on days like today I sing it as a reminder.
We've had the whole water in the basement problem going on for a while and today we felt the full extent of it.  It was hard not to have that sinking feeling as we tore down the walls and discovered more and more damage.  The cost kept mounting, in dollars and time as I thought of all the repair work we're in for.  

When faced with something like that it's hard to stay positive, but in truth we really don't have it that bad.  In a world such as ours people are facing way worse things than water in the basement on a daily basis.  I'm not going to turn this post into a list of all the problems in the world, we all know them and know someone who has suffered them at one point or another.  I'm just going to say the next time something seems insurmountable to you or things keep piling up and you aren't sure how you're going to make it through, listen to The Impression That I Get and be thankful because you've never had to knock on wood.

"I've never had to knock on wood, but I know someone who has.
Which makes me wonder if I could.
It makes me wonder if I've never had to knock on wood.
And I'm glad I haven't yet because I'm sure it isn't good,
That's the impression that I get."


What was your favorite song today?

Visit to Where it All Began

Posted by nmfacile on July 12, 2014

It's been years since my husband and I have been back to Vermillion, South Dakota where we met as students at the University of South Dakota.  Today we woke up and decided it was a good day to go back. We had more than just a trip down memory lane as our motivation to spend a free Saturday visiting the past, we took our younger kids to the National Music Museum on campus. Both of them are musically inclined, playing several instruments each.  It was something they were interested in seeing and for me it was a bit of a time travel adventure. 

We started with the museum and then moved on to a tour of the various places we lived in Vermillion, both as students and then after we were finished with school and married.  The last stop was my first apartment.  It was more than just my first place, it was where I came up with the plot to Across the Hall.  

The summer of 1995 was my first summer on my own.  I stayed in Vermillion and took a few summer classes and worked full time at Pizza Hut (which is where I met my husband.) That summer was lonely for the most part.  Many of my friends were gone for the summer, my family was about 2 hours away, and I didn't have a car.  I spent some of my free time with my new found friends from work, but most of it was spent alone in my apartment.  There's only so much cleaning and reading a person can do so I began to write. I had always wanted to be an author and that was my first real start. 

Across the Hall began as a daydream of how things would be in the fall when my on again/off again boyfriend at the time would be moving into the apartment. I was only subleasing the place from him from the summer with the intention of moving back into the dorms when the fall semester began. The daydream shifted to what if I stayed in that apartment and he moved into the one across the hall.  We hadn't exactly been a couple for awhile more like close friends.  In letting my mind wander I started to plot out Across the Hall.

Soon I was writing my ideas out longhand in a spiral bound notebook. By the end of the summer I had a loose outline and the first couple chapters written.  Then the new semester started and I went back to the dorms and the boy took over the lease on the apartment.  The story got tucked away in a box and with the constant state of flux I was in that year, I ended up not getting back to it.  

Several years later I was at a point in my life where I wanted to begin writing again.  I had several stories in my head by then and had taken a crack at starting a few, yet Across the Hall kept creeping back into my mind.  Being a pack-rat, I dug up the box it was packed away in and pulled out the tablet.  While I didn't change much to my original outline, 13 years distance from it, gave me a new perspective on it and also gave me some personal additions to round out the story.  

I introduced it to the world as a Twilight fan-fiction even though it had been more my story than it ever was a Twilight one. Yes, some of the characters took on traits of the characters from the Twilight Saga, but I also blended in my own characterization of them.  Much of what happened in Across the Hall came from a combination of personal experience, stories shared to me from others, and just pure imagination sparked from daydreams.  I shared it with the Twilight community where it did well with readers. I made the decision to pull it from the fan-fiction sites because it had always been more my story than an alternate Twilight story anyway.  

Both in the summer of 1995 when I started it and again in 2009 when I picked it back up, I never once thought that it would sell as well as it has.  Recently on Amazon it was rated #621 in paid Kindle Store and #9 in Women's Fiction/New Adult & College.  I thank all of you who have read the story either as fan-fiction and bought it to support it and;or recommended it to a non-fanfic friend or as a reader who found it on your own and bought it.  Across the Hall has been a journey for me, one that is still ongoing.  I hope it will keep leading me to more and more interesting places, but every once in a while bring me back to where it all began.  

Below is the actual hallway that inspired it all.  I lived in the apartment behind the second door to the right. 

Inspiration for Across the Hall

Happy Holidays

Posted by nmfacile on December 23, 2013

Here it is end of December and I haven’t updated this blog in months.  I’m sorry to all of you who stop by here and wonder where I’ve went or what I’m up to. I’ll share a little year in review 2013 edition.

Cure For Pain came out in December of last year and it’s been slowly gathering followers. There have been some great blogs and reviews for it that have been amazing boosts. Just a quick little list of some of them (if I’ve missed your’s I’m sorry, add the link in the comments and I’ll make sure to give you a shout out on it.)

This summer we revealed the cover of Definition of Sin due out in 2014.


Creedence Mathews lived a sheltered life.  Growing up in a strong Biblical patriarchal home, she had little contact with the world outside of her family and church community.  After seeing her older sister shunned for choosing a life different from the family's expectations of women, Creedence vowed never to second guess the decisions her father made on her behalf.  Pure in thought and action, she believed she was on God’s path until Tommy Murphy stepped in her way.

In the small town of Quarry Springs, the Murphy name was synonymous with trouble.  Living with their grandmother in an old farmhouse on the edge of town, the Murphy brothers and sister were always in one scrape or another.  With his dark, devilish good looks and piercing, blue eyes, Tommy Murphy was the walking definition of sin.  When he finds Creedence crying on the bank of his favorite fishing hole, Tommy decides that this proverbial good girl needs a little fun in her life---and just maybe a little temptation will, in fact, deliver her from evil.





My progress on Definition of Sin has been slower than I had planned. Not because of writer’s block or external factors, but because I’ve grown so attached to the Murphy family that one book has now turned into six books. One for each of the five Murphy siblings and their grandmother’s story as well. I keep going back and fleshing out more of the family as I not only introduce them in Definition of Sin, but also set up their upcoming stories.  It’s been an exciting process bringing to life all the possibilities for them and I can’t wait until I can share them all with you.  I wish I had a connection from my brain to my laptop so my thoughts would immediately transfer to it.  Writing would go so much faster.

I’ve also been doing the occasional post for That's Normal too. It’s a wonderful site where you can indulge in all your quirky obsessions and feel totally normal about them. So far I’ve only done a few recaps of Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and co-blog the Guys We Google posts with my great friend Pix. I hope to contribute more to the site in 2014.

My personal life took a new turn this year as I started working part time in the box office at a local movie theater. I love a job where I can both read and write during my downtime, plus I get to meet many interesting people daily, often providing some new inspiration or idea to tuck away for future use.

This year also brought the chaos of having three kids in three different schools.  Our oldest is a junior in high school.  We’ve started the college search and scholarship essays.  Fortunately he’s a driven student and has known that he’s wanted to be a sports broadcaster since he was four.  It helps narrow down the search. On the other side of it, each day is a reminder that he is one day closer to leaving home and I’m cherishing all the time I have with him here.

Our middle son started middle school. We’re finding that with all advanced classes there is always some big project due. I marvel at how easily he balances his schedule and handles the deadlines with a focus and dedication that I only wish I had at his age. Both him and his sister share a love a music and our house is often filled with the sounds of him on viola, percussion, or piano with his sister joining in on violin or piano. Both have the musical talent from my husband’s side.  I can’t carry a tune or keep a beat but I can appreciate the effort they put in and talent they have.

Our daughter turned double digits this year.  She is opinionated, brilliant, beautiful, and wonderfully geeky.  Normally a quiet student, this year she found her voice and was elected as her class representative for student government.  We spent summer break together sewing Barbie dresses as we watched the entire series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with breaks for My Little Pony and Batman (both movies and cartoons).  She’s also the best DM (Dungeon Master) because she thinks every great Dungeon and Dragons campaign needs a dance party.

All in all it’s been another wonderful year with many things to be thankful for including all of you who support me in my writing efforts; my family giving me my time and space to work, my friends who are my sounding board, Michelle Halket, my publisher extraordinaire, and you, my readers.  Thank you all for the reviews and recommendations and sticking with me.  I promise you more to come in 2014. Happy Holidays to all and I wish you all the best in the new year to come.

christmas_selfie.jpg  NM Facile




A Few Poems From My Family

Posted by nmfacile on April 30, 2013

Today I was at my children's elementary school. There was a small assembly to cap off Natinal Poetry Month. After hearing a few poems from some talented college students, the libraran challenged the students to write a poem about the first thing they saw when they walked in the door at home.  I told my son that both my husband and I would write one too.  I even managed to get my 16 year old son to rattle off something that could be considered a poem.  I'm sharing these poems with you.

      Shoes by NM Facile 

A pile of shoes on the floor

 once again blocking the door.

I kick them aside

then speak my mind:

"Come pick up your shoes."

It should come as no surprise

I get four different replies.

"I'm busy. Can't now, gotta go.

When I'm done. At commercial."

I shake my head, this is not a battle I choose.

Later that night I spot them again.

In the same spot they've always been.

I mumble and sigh

at least in the morning they'll be easy to find.



      To The Metal Santa Sitting On My Stairs     By Michael (my husband)

A metal Santa used to grace our door

It sat upon a nail, greeting guests

We set it down when spring came in again

And winter didn’t fit with the decor


But Santa couldn’t put himself away

He sat, and stared straight up into the room

He might have wondered, “why does no one come

and put me on basement shelf some day?”


We do know how to clean, and really are

aware of just how strange this Santa looks

We know that people stopping by might say,

“Santa on their steps in May? Bizarre.”


We’re proud of how our family works, and yearn

to keep our house clean, putting things in place

But when we get behind and can’t keep up

Then Santa will just have to wait his turn.



          Untitled     by Dylan age 16

When I came in 

 I saw the stairs

I walked up the stairs

and said hello


        Winter the Kitten     by Bayliss age 11

I have a kitten named winter

 he loves to eat

when he is done eating

all he does is sleep

sometimes he wakes up though

and wants to go outside

all he does when he goes out

is attack all things that fly

occasionally he will play with his friends

but they're only friends to him

he jumps and strikes and pounces

until I put him out instead of in

Winter is an amazing cat

I love him so so much

even though he eats a lot

and is annoying just a touch


     Empty Bag     by Serie age 9

Empty bags hold anything

 from little dolls to balls of string.

from bottles of glue

to things that are blue.

Like ponytails to put in your hair,

but it could never fit a chair.

It could fit lots of things you see,

but it couldn't fit me.

Empty bags hold anything.



Message To Our Daughters

Posted by nmfacile on February 26, 2013

I've been absent lately due to life and really the lack of anything that struck a chord with me enough to blog about.  Today though I read an article about Jada Pinkett Smith's defense of her daughter, Willow's, hair cuts and styles. I'm sure many of you are saying the same thing I normally would: "who cares." What caught my attention orginally to the article was Willow's name. My daughter has her on her girl power playlist and likes her music. I do too becuse it generally sends postivie self esteem messages. From reading the article I can now see where Willow gets the inspiration for those messages, from her mom.

This is what Jada Pinkett Smith had to say:


This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.

The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women,girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be. More to come. Another day.


WOW! This is an excellent response. I too hope to instill this in my daughter. How many girls and women grow up with the belief that they have to fit some image others would thrust upon them? I tell my daughter that her true beauty and power come from her beinging true to herself. When a woman is confidant in her self others will see it too. I hope that being given this advice and power over her own self help her in the future when major life choices can be affected by how she sees herself.

Reread the quote from above and take some time to truely think about it.  If you are a parent or even have influence in a child's life, think about what messages you are sending them. As hard as it can be remember Mrs. Pinkett Smith's advice, "... little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires."



Appeal of the BBC

Posted by nmfacile on January 27, 2013

I am the youngest of a large family. When I went away to college, it was the first time in almost thirty some years of marriage that my parents finally had an empty house. Before I left my parents were often busy on weekends with visiting family or playing cards with friends; when my brothers were still at home there were always sporting events to go to. I was always busy and my parents seemed to be too.  It wasn't until the second year of my abscence that I began to notice my parents picked up a new Saturday night hobby. Instead of going out or visiting with family after the Saturday night mass they would come home put their pajammas on and watch British Comedies on PBS.

My parents, while not the biggest tv fanatics, did watch their share of shows. I don't really recall any particular show that they 'had' to watch. We had a VCR and it was used to tape Days of Our Lives for my mom, but other than that it was used more to record tv mini-series when they wouldn't be home to watch all three or four nights of it.  So it struck me as odd that they suddenly picked up the habit of having to be home to watch "their shows." 

When any of us kids or grandkids came for a weekend visit we were invited to join them. Pajammas were put on and popcorn was popped and more often than not there was ice cream at some point because my dad loved ice cream.  Then for the next couple hours old people with a British accent carried on with plots and jokes that I didn't understand and frankly just bored me.  My parents, on the other hand, were throughly entertained by the antics on Keeping Up Appearences, Faulty Towers, and Are You Being Served.  They would laugh and repeat the jokes to each other and laugh again. It was just strange and I wondered if that was the first signs of my parents aging.  I would roll my eyes and think it was sightly pathetic and in time make jokes with my husband about it.  There was no way I would ever end up like that.

Tonight after watching Downton Abbey on PBS my husband and I flipped to our DVR que to pull up the Dr. Who special that had been recording the same time as Downton.  It was then that it hit me, I too have succombed to the powers of British television.  Like my parents, I too look forward to the quiet weekend night when there is no other place I'd rather be than sitting with my sweetie watching the goings on in Downton or how the Doctor will save Earth this week.

It's not just limited to those two shows either. My parents only had whatever PBS decided to share but we now have a whole slew of channels and ways to watch British shows and belive me, we watch them all.  Unlike my reaction to my first exposure to the BBC, my kids have embraced it with open arms. The BBC has something for all of us, from the family shows of Robin Hood, Merlin, and of course Dr. Who, to the more adult fare of QI, Torchwood, Downton, and the newer series of Copper, and Ripper Street, there is always something for us to look forward to at the end of the weekend.  Our kids are still young and Saturday night is still busy for us but on Sunday nights you can find us in our pjs, snacks on hand, watching "our shows." I guess my mom and dad were on to something. 



Ty's tattoos

Posted by nmfacile on January 17, 2013

I've had several questions about Ty's tattoos.  I'm sharing the images with all of you.


King Arthur My Once and Future King

Posted by nmfacile on January 12, 2013

The legends of King Arthur have long been some of my very favorite stories.  The stories change from time to time and teller to teller.  I love all the different ways the story can be told.  I don't remember my first introduction to the stories but whatever it was hooked me.  I read or watch just about whatever comes out with the tales: from comic books to historic literature, movies to tv series. I love how each new version puts its spin on the legends.  

Every generation is exposed to new tales of the king. I think what  keeps people coming back to the stories is the fact that they incorporate all the elements of fiction in one nicely bundled series of tales. It reflects the tales of our own human nature and the mystical which leave us with a sense of wonder. There are elements of love, betrayal, comrade, war, family relationships, adventure, magic, and above all hope.

My son and I finished the BBC tv series of Merlin today.  We started it a few years ago and it's been building a bond between us.  I don't understand his interest in Minecraft or video games and he doesn't get my love of horrible reality tv.  Both of us love to daydream and write and watching Merlin has brought out many discussions about the different elements in the stories and what we like or don't like about them.  We talk about the similarities of things in the stories with the things we do like.  I point out the more human emotions of the tale and he gravitates to the mystical.  Together we combine how the mystical affects the human and vice versa.  It's been a wonderful time and now that the series is over I'm sad.  I'm going to miss our afternoons where we watch an episode or two and then talk about it over the course of the next few days.  I'm sure we will find another thing to bond over but until then I'll be waiting, just like the people of Camelot are waiting the return of their king.  

Do you have any suggestions for either tv or book series that are in the realm or spirit of Camelot?


Reading Quirks

Posted by nmfacile on January 9, 2013

The other night my daughter picked out a new book at the library. She was going to read to me for her manditory nightly reading time. When she sat down to read it she opened it to the middle of the book and read a paragraph then stopped.  She looked up at me and said "When I start a new book I like to open to a random page and read the last paragraph on the page.  It's even better if it ends in the middle of a sentance.  It makes me wonder what's going on and what's happened to get to that part.  It makes me want to read it all the more."

I thought that was interesting and remembered a friend once telling me that she always reads the last page of a book first for similar reasons.  I've heard of others who read the last page first so if something happens and they don't finish the book they know how it ends.  

To me that's part of the mystry or the journy of the book.  I don't want to know how it ends.  If I lose my page I don't read more than I have to to figure out where I left off.  I'm just not a spoiler person.  I like to try to guess how events will unfold or how it will end.  

I do have a reading quirk though.  I don't like to see pictures of the characters on the cover of a book.  I like to picture them  in my own mind from the descriptions given by the author.  

So what are some other reading quirks do either you or someone you know have?

Can You Blog Better Than a 5th Grader?

Posted by nmfacile on January 5, 2013

Thursday morning I was in my son's 5th grade class, which is a normal Thursday morning pasttime for me. Normally most of the mornings are spent on math but this past Thursday they were learning to blog.  As far as I can remember in 5th grade we wrote to pen pals and now kids write to the world.  It made me think about my blog and wonder if I should be doing more with it.  So far my postings have been few and far between, but I decided for this year I'm going to try to post more.  Also I'm going to bug my husband til he fixes the coments so they work, so if you have any ideas for blog posts let me know.  Happy 2013 to all of you. 

Review, Interview, & Giveaway

Posted by nmfacile on December 11, 2012

Check out the review and interview with A Tale of One Housewife.  Enter to win a signed printed copy of Cure For Pain.  


Cure For Pain playlist set 14

Posted by nmfacile on November 30, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 13

Posted by nmfacile on November 29, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 12

Posted by nmfacile on November 28, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 11

Posted by nmfacile on November 27, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 10

Posted by nmfacile on November 26, 2012

A playlist for a beautiful day spent at Como Park.


Interview With Central Avenue Publishing

Posted by nmfacile on November 25, 2012

My publisher posted an interview with me for the release of Cure For Pain.  You can find the interview here. 

Cure For Pain playlist set 9

Posted by nmfacile on November 25, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 8

Posted by nmfacile on November 24, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 7

Posted by nmfacile on November 23, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 6

Posted by nmfacile on November 22, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 5

Posted by nmfacile on November 21, 2012

Cure For Pain is Available on Amazon

Posted by nmfacile on November 20, 2012

Cure For Pain ebook is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Cure For Pain playlist set 4

Posted by nmfacile on November 20, 2012

This is a special one in the story.  I wont give anymore spoilers than that.  Enjoy.

Sell My Soul by Jill Tracy


Cure For Pain playlist set 3

Posted by nmfacile on November 19, 2012

Cure For Pain playlist set 2

Posted by nmfacile on November 18, 2012

Cure For Pain Playlist set 1

Posted by nmfacile on November 17, 2012

I'm releasing a few songs at a time from the Cure For Pain playlist everyday until the December 1 release.  Up first:

Angel by Matt Nathanson 

Emergency Exit by Beck

Mary Wont You Call My Name by Morphine

Release Date

Posted by nmfacile on November 15, 2012


Edits took awhile with my missing key I had a bunch of run on sentances.  Cure For Pain now has a release date of Decemeber 1st.  



Bad News & Good News

Posted by nmfacile on October 24, 2012

As the title of the post says I have some bad news, or I guess more dissappointing news, and some good news.

Unfortunately Cure For Pain will not be out Nov. 5.  It will be out later in Nov.  We are making some changes to the story and the edits will push the release date back.

The good news is with the changes the story is even better and I'm excited to share the new and improved Cure For Pain with you all.

With the realease of Cure For Pain I will be doing a Q&A on Goodreads and will also be doing a blog tour.  Anyone interested to hosting and reviewing Cure For Pain for a blog please feel free to contact me at nmfacile@gmail.com.

Just want to remind everyone that the chance to win a copy of Cure For Pain is still open on Goodreads.  Enter here http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16008097-cure-for-pain

Cure For Pain Trailer

Posted by nmfacile on September 6, 2012

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Across the Hall in print

Posted by nmfacile on June 21, 2012

I'm excited to let you all know that Across the Hall will be available in print in July.  For now I know it will be available through all online bookstores.  I will update when I know more about local book stores.  


Mother's Day

Posted by nmfacile on May 12, 2012

I want to wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother's Day and add a special thank you to my own mom.

My mom is the one who came up with the brilliant plot for Cure For Pain.  

We were driving home from the theater after having seen Erin Brockovich and talking books.  Yes, I remember the whole conversation from 2000. That's how important it was.  She told me she had this idea for a great story.  She then gave me the basic idea.  I played with it in my head for a few months, did a little tweaking, started researching, and putting an outline together.  I even went so far as to write a first chapter.  

Alas it was put on the back burner once I was pregnant with my second son.  I had to go back to work to be able to afford two kids at home.  Not long after, a third one surprised us.  A full time working mother of three really doesn't have the time to focus and write and I wanted to do this story justice, for my mom. 

The story stayed with me though. Ty's voice would pop into my head, or I would dream up ideas for new scenes.  Once I started Across the Hall, I gained confidence.  After a time I began to share my plot idea with a few of my always helpful advisors.  They encouraged it.  It's been almost two years now that I've been working on it, but it's all pulling together wonderfully.  With my mom's constant prodding I hope to finish it soon.  So thank you Mom for not only the idea but for the constant encouragement, love, and support.  

Love Unspoken

Posted by nmfacile on April 20, 2012

While writing Across the Hall, I fell in love with all my other characters beyond Sylvia and Quinn, but none more than Sloane.  My thoughts kept going back to him.  He was this strong silent man to whom the entire group looked for counsel.  The relationship between him and Kai was one of mystical orgins.  I look back now and wished I had saved them for their own story.  Unfortunately, I've revealed their entire story in Across the Hall.  The only detail that I left to them was Sloane's proposal.

I've written Love Unspoken to give us all a better glimpse at the very special relationship he has with Kai. The only fitting way to see Sloane is through Kai's eyes.  I truely believe that this little tale shows a love so deep and passionate that there really are no words for it. 

Read it here - Love Unspoken

Music for Across the Hall

Posted by nmfacile on March 1, 2012

My First Blog Post

Posted by nmfacile on January 20, 2012

Hello all!  I'm excited to get this site up and running.  In the upcoming days I will be posting some extras to Across the Hall and a preview of my upcoming story Cure For Pain.  Please feel free to email me any comments or questions, I love to hear from you all.

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