Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm not traveling this year so I can't give any advice as to travel. However, I can surely offer my empathy if, like myself, you found yourself needing to go to the grocery store the DAY before Thanksgiving.

Let me assure you, I had a list. Checked it not only twice but three times. I was ready. I had a strategy to "get in and get out."

When I came through the door, I noticed that almost every check-out lane had an actual cashier. PERFECT. Thirty minutes and I'd be back in my car.

So...what's that saying about best laid plans? 

The first sign that there'd be a ripple in my timeframe was the fact that there was no celery where there was supposed to be celery. I kid you not. How...how I ask you, are you to make dressing (or stuffing depending on where you live) without celery? Can it even be done? If it can, this was not the year I wanted to find out such a fact. Anyhoo, I had to wait for the celery to be replenished. No real biggie. I just went on with my shopping.

The second sign that this would be an adventure in patience was the fact that there were only two boxes of unsalted butter where there should be piles of boxes. (Perhaps it's not called a box of butter, but you know, the thing with four separate sticks of butter inside? Yes, that's what I'm referring to). Out of the corner of my eye, I spot a woman and her husband at the top of the aisle. She was reading off her list and clearly said "butter."

I like to think that I'm a gracious person but to be perfectly clear, I needed that butter to bake my million dollar cake. Oh yes, I did. As casually as I could manage, I picked up the two boxes and deposited them in my cart. Then, smoothly executed a U-turn with my cart and left the scene.

The third sign that this would in no way resemble a typical trip to the grocery store? The flour I normally purchase to make said million dollar cake was NOT on the shelf. GASP! I need to bake that cake. I could almost taste the sweet blend of almond and vanilla extract. Was this payback for taking both boxes of butter?

One hour and forty minutes later, I was pushing my cart to the car complete with everything on my list...and a headache.

What wisdom can I impart if you find yourself in the unenviable position of having to stop at a grocery store the day before Thanksgiving?

  • Patience is most definitely a virtue and a necessary addition if your sanity is to be maintained.
  • The store hasn't run out of items. They're simply in the storeroom. Don't be afraid to paste a smile on your face and ask for assistance. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes. I add this because if, like myself, you were coming from work you may have not anticipated being in the store for a length of time.
I hope you enjoy your day with loved ones. I'm off to bake my million dollar cake and I bet that's exactly what'll taste like.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cover Reveal

Blurb:  Postponed Pleasure


Who needs love when you have job security? Career is advertising executive Laila Donovan’s sole focus. Faced with the opportunity to land a high-profile account, she is determined to win. Retired pro quarterback Matthew Parker is enjoying a life filled with hosting gigs. When his teenage love re-enters his life, Matt intends to keep her in his life this time.

Will Matt succeed or will Laila decide winning at all costs is the most important play to make?












Sunday, October 08, 2017

Second chance for a first love?

Who hasn't wished for a do-over of a relationship, an argument, or to spend more time with someone who exited our lives before we were ready?  

Postponed Pleasure is the story of Matthew and Laila. Remember your first love? The overwhelming feelings that you just knew would last forever? Well, sometimes life has other plans. Sometimes, we are forced to pick up the pieces and move on. But in the back of your mind, always lurks a small "what if". I was looking through high school photos which provided the kernal for this story.

PostPoned Pleasure Blurb

 Who needs love when you have job security? Career is advertising executive Laila Donovan’s sole focus. Faced with the opportunity to land a high-profile account, she is determined to win. Retired pro quarterback Matthew Parker is enjoying a life filled with hosting gigs. When his teenage love re-enters his life, Matt intends to keep her in his life this time.

Will Matt succeed or will Laila decide winning at all costs is the most important play to make?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Coming Soon: POSTPONED PLEASURE

Postponed Pleasure 

Postponed Pleasure is close to wrapping up. Edits completed. Cover finalized. 

Here's a WIP blurb for Postponed:
A retired quarterback suits up to make the most important play of his life–winning the heart of the woman he has loved since third grade.

More details to come...





Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Wherever you are this weekend, please take a moment to remember those who died while serving in our country's armed forces.





We are truly grateful!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Edit Mode

Editing makes me happy. Well, sort of.  I'm in the middle of edits of a story that is frustrating me. Why? Because I can so clearly see the finish line and yet...not quite there.




To make matters worse, my brain is hopping with energy to return to one of my current WIPs.  I'm in a battle with myself--needing to focus on edits and yet the creativity of writing is literally making me salivate.

The hardest thing I deal with when editing is controlling the voice that questions whether a scene is finished.  Can I make it better? What if it's too much description? Not enough?  AARGGH!  It's enough to drive me crazy(ier). Editing generally is one of those processes for me which creates the answer when I least expect it. Sometimes I know when a scene isn't working but just can't put my finger on why it's not. I mull it over when going about my day and then BAM! the answer hits.

I'll keep plugging along because editing is a necessary process, I just hope the WIP stays in a holding pattern.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Draft 2 Digital

Home, Hearth & Heaven is now available at the following sites:

I used Draft 2 Digital to upload to these sites and I'm pleasantly pleased with the ease in using D2D.  I'll definitely use them again. I believe creating my account used the longest amount of time and even then it wasn't terribly.

I uploaded my files and that was it. I received emails each time my book was uploaded to a site. Easy Peasy. Can't ask for more than that. Especially when I need to use as much time writing as I can.






Saturday, January 14, 2017

Home, Hearth & Heaven

I had a lot of fun creating the following teaser for Home, Hearth & Heaven.  Let me know how you like it.


Although, several times I had to make myself stop studying images and get back to writing! 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Home, Hearth & Heaven

Home, Hearth & Heaven is now live at Amazon. It will be uploaded to other retailers soon.


Blurb

Cancelled flight? Alexa Jordan hadn’t expected to hear those two words during a layover. When her Caribbean vacation is put on ice due to a snowstorm, her coworker Lucas Massino offers to help. But will his assistance cost more than she can afford?

Alexa is no fan of the holiday season—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—doesn’t matter. She has no use for the celebrations because they stress family and that’s the one thing she doesn’t have. When her brilliant plan to travel on Christmas Day backfires due to a snowstorm in Atlanta, Alexa is in no mood for any more mess. The absolute last person she wants to see is the one man who makes her feel out of control.

When Lucas Massino spies his pretty coworker acting like the last kid selected for a team, he jumps at the opportunity fate provides and offers her a place to stay. He’s had a man-size crush on Alexa since they first met, but no matter how he turns on the charm she keeps him at arms’ length.

Alexa is no fool and spending time with someone she knows is preferable to being in a hotel with strangers. But alone, the two cannot fight their mutual attraction. Alexa chalks their behavior up to one of convenience, but Lucas knows better. He just has to make Alexa realize she’s his heaven and he’s her home.