Sunday, December 6, 2020
One of my most favorite things about Christmas are Advent Calendars. Which is kind of odd considering that I didn't even know they existed until my freshman year of college. My non-religious college roommate from France received one from her parents. It was like a care package to last a month and I was fascinated by the idea of getting a new surprise every day. I loved the intricacy of hers and I love the variety that you can find today. Beauty calendars, beer calendars and you can't ignore the chocolate ones, the list really does go on and on. I even bought a wooden one of a manger scene a few years ago that I can fill with whatever I want, though usually I'm too lazy. But it's still my favorite Christmas decoration, I just love the promise of it. This year I purchased McCrea's caramel calendar that my wife and I are enjoying everyday. It's just a wonderful way to bring a little bit of joy into the Christmas season. So do you love Advent Calendars as much as me? What's your favorite kind? Extra points if you can recommmend one for me to try next year. Have a wonderful Christmas y'all, I'll see you in the new year.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Do you ever notice that moms are missing from romance novels? Many times dads are left off the page too, but it is the lack of a mother's love I notice most when reading a romance. I think it is because writers know if heroines had moms, their lives wouldn't be so empty, they'd have a home to go to when times are tough and there would be somebody to talk them out of those bad decisions they make. I've always said there's no one who loves you more than your mama. With that kind of love screaming off the page, it could be tough competition for romantic love. And since romance novels are about romantic love, them mamas have to go. So, although we are nowhere close to Mother's Day, kiss your mom for me. By staying out of romances, she's made the lives of all romance writers just a little bit easier!
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Sunday, August 2, 2020
I love country music though I don't fit the demographic of a typical country fan. Growing up I was exposed to all kinds of music, though I can confidently say my parents never turned on a country station. Diversity was simply in the air, literally. My love of country music expanded with the help of a college friend who turned me on to artists like Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. And with the introduction of the Dixie Chicks, it was official, I was a big country fan. And yet, over the last decade I've found myself listening less and less to country radio. Subconsciously when country radio stopped playing women, I found myself less drawn to this art form. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Garth, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and so many other male artists, but without the ladies I find some of the spice gone. Recently I've been missing my country music, and reminiscing. If you'd like to reminisce with me, here are my top ten favorite country songs, with both the guys and the girls. But way way more girls. What can I say, I love the ladies :)
1. Talking In Your Sleep--Crystal Gayle 2. Girl Crush--Little Big Town 3. Strawberry Wine--Deanna Carter 4. Broken Wing--Martina McBride 5. Merry Go Round--Kasey Musgraves 6. Blue Ain't Your Color--Keith Urban 7. She's Got You--Patsy Cline 8. Let Him Fly--Dixie Chicks 9. Three Wooden Crosses--Randy Travis 10. To Make You Feel My Love--Garth Brooks
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Social distancing has been great for watching tv without remorse. What else am I going to do,exercise? I don't think so. And this weekend I had the great pleasure of watching two documentaries that, at their core, explored love. My Darling Vivian is about Johnny Cash's first wife and the seemingly deep love they shared, well at least in the beginning of their marriage. Sadly his love was later transferred to June Carter, while Vivian's love lasted for the rest of her life. A Secret Love focused on love that had lasted for more than 60 years and survived oppression, disapproval and even old age. It warmed my heart to see that love can survive the years and be just as strong even when the object of your affection is wrinkled and grey haired. Both films touched my heart, and are wonderful. Don't sleep on them, they are definitely worth your time.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
I love the show 90 Day Fiance and have from day one. Okay there was one season where the couples were that painful to watch, so I didn't, mostly. It is a fabulous mix of hopeless romance and cynicism (sometimes the participants, most times the audience). At it's core it's like most romance novels. People, from all walks of life, throwing caution to the wind to find true romance. Did I mention the foreigners are usually good looking and from very depressed countries? Did I also mention most of the Americans are looking to find love in the arms of a hottie with an accent? And didn't I mention that I'm sometimes cynical about these relationships? And yet, in every season there is at least one couple that convinces me they should be together, language and cultural differences be damned. So it shouldn't surprise you that on my list of romances to write there is one about a solitary man who finds his true love on a foreign dating site. He's American, she Mexican (or maybe Ukrainian) and sparks are going to fly. Of course it will be a while until that book is written, so do yourself a favor and watch an episode or three of 90 Day Fiance. You'll either love it, or hate me :)
Saturday, March 7, 2020
As spring has sprung I'm starting to have fantasies of getting into shape. You know, like the heroines in many of my romance novels. So a week ago I blew the dust off my hula hoop and started hooping again. In my head I imagine myself looking sleek and sexy while shedding the pounds, a la Hoopalicious in the video above. The reality is that my hoop hits the floor a lot and I'm never going to be a dance goddess, like my heroines. Oh well, I'll keep trying and maybe I find my groove.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And what says love more than a boy in love pursuing a girl (well, maybe a girl pursuing another girl)? Enjoy some Jason Mraz during this month of love. You and I both deserve it (see what I did there?).
Sunday, January 12, 2020
This guy, Kumail Nanjiani, is my January inspiration on so many levels.
1. He could be two different types of heroes. The guy on the left looks like a great beta hero, fit for a chick lit type romance. The guy on the right is a total Alpha, ready to rip off my heroine's clothes. Both are yummy in their own way.
2. This guy could be the before and after in the same novel, going through a great transformation and learning a lot about himself his love and along with way. Hmm, I'll have to put that in my idea folder.
3. And lastly, this guy is totally inspiring me to get on my diet and exercise grind. It's a new year, heck it's a new decade and I need to get on it.
Thanks Kumail for inspiring me this month!