Sunday, November 5, 2017

I Hope You Dance

I'll be honest, I didn't know what I wanted to write about in this blog post. Since last we met, a lot has happened. I lost a friend to breast cancer (too, too many people are dying from this disease), I missed out on a concert I'd been planning to see for 3 years (one day I'll see you Janet), I edged ever closer to my fifties (whatever happened to 30 being old ? :)), and I moved into a motel (only temporarily, thank God). Of course, of all of these, it is the loss of my friend that has affected me the most. So in remembrance of her, and to remind all of us that life is short and to enjoy it to the fullest, here is some Lee Ann.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Little Help From My Friends

Every September I go into the Irish Hills of Michigan with my writer friends and we brainstorm new stories and write. And then we write and brainstorm more stories. It is 2 glorious days of being with my people and a better inspiration, I could not ask for. I hope your friends are as great as mine! Oh and as a teaser, I think I might be writing about an old hero whose story I've been kicking around for years. He's one to love for many many reasons, and though he has no name yet, he's known as Humpman at brainstorming. I'll let you speculate why :)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor of Love

You may or may not know, but I have a day job. And frankly, Labor Day makes me thankful I have that 9 to 5 (actually7:15 to 2:45). It reminds me that I don’t have to depend on my writing income to support myself and my household. Before I joined Romance Writers of America, I thought the life of a romance writer involved eating bon bons, wearing pink boas, and doing a lot of lounging. Every once in a while said writer would effortlessly tap out a book and then go back to eating those sweets. Now I know writing is a hustle, probably more than ever before. It’s definitely a labor. I’m okay if my day job is laborious but I don’t want my writing to become a chore. I want to write what I love and not worry about paying my mortgage. Don’t get me wrong, I’d trade places with EL James in a minute, but for now I’m happy being able to have the best of both worlds. Have a great Labor Day, hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I will (tapping away at my computer).

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Butterfly Girl

Long time so no see my friends. I kid, I kid! I love this image. It reminds me that August is here and autumn is on its way. There is something very bittersweet in that realization. While it will be weeks before the leaves fall, once August is here winter seems so much more of a reality. August reminds me that I need to take advantage of the beautiful weather while I can. I hope you're taking advantage of all that summer offers!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Better Late Than Never

So, do me a favor and pretend this is July 5. That's when I was supposed to write this post. Well, actually it was supposed to be posted on July 2, but then I decided to write about the Seattle fireworks. Unfortunately, I've been having technical difficulties for well over a week and haven't been able to access my blog--bummer, I know. And if you knew anything about me you'd know I'm terrible with technology. I'm still trying to figure out my smartphone (true story). But I digress, I'm still having trouble with the blog. Heck, I hope I can post this. Okay, so it's July 5 and I've just come back from watching Seattle's amazing fireworks. Thanks to my connections (ie my sister in law) I got an amazing view. I just love the boom and reverberation of fireworks and the feeling as if you're going to be singed by one of the flickering lights. Just the best thing ever! I was going to write more, but well, it is clearly not July 4 or the 5th or even the 11th, so I'll keep this short. I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer. See you next month (in like two weeks :) ).

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Learning to Let Go

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I have fallen in love with perfume. It is my new hobby and obsession. An incredible scent can keep me smiling all day long. Or it can keep me online doing research to learn more and trying to find a good deal. But I’ve learned from this hobby that nothing is forever. Perfumistas are constantly bemoaning the discontinuation of a love or howling at the reformulation of a favorite. I recently realized this hobby might exist to teach me how to let go of something that I might love. And, to always remember that a new love might be right around the corner. I suppose my characters also need to learn there is always an abundance of love so long as they are willing to let go of the past and be open to the future. Hmm, I hope Tariq and Katiya from my newest work, The Sheik and the Shake, can learn this lesson quickly or boy are they in for a hard ride (hint hint  ).

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ride'em Cowgirl!

Mia's a brunette and nowhere in Love's Holiday is she in cowgirl gear, but for some reason this reminds me of her. Maybe I need to get her in a cowgirl hat and boots, so she can lasso Eli right up and drag her to bed :)