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A Weekend with Warren

I’m pleased to announce that my next book, A Weekend with Warren, will come out on December 3. Yay! This will be book three of my sweet, romantic comedy Love and Work series and will feature Bridget, an ex-beauty queen, and Warren, a.k.a. “The Top Dog of Sales.” Bridget and Warren work together at anContinue reading “A Weekend with Warren”

Eek! CA Ants, Spiders, and Fires

Last fall, hubby and I moved to California. Though it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, change is still change. And we have to get used to everything that comes with our new surroundings. Including ants… Spiders… And fires. Eek! Apparently, ants like the end-of-summer climate around here. It’s hot. It’s dry. AndContinue reading “Eek! CA Ants, Spiders, and Fires”

Summer is passing so fast…

What’s happening to our summer? It’s going by so fast. It’s already late-August. Sheesh. I’m clearly not keeping up. But time has been weird during the pandemic, hasn’t it? The days can be slow yet fast. They go by in a blur or hover like a cloudy haze. Bizarre, indeed. I hope that you andContinue reading “Summer is passing so fast…”

My Achy Breaky Heart

My heart is breaking. A common feeling for many, I think. First, the pandemic hit the news. Coronavirus ravaged China. Then, Italy. I remembered the trip I took to the north several years ago to Lake Como and Milan. I recalled the breathtaking view from a scenic lookout at the top of the Duomo, andContinue reading “My Achy Breaky Heart”

Ryan Gosling for Christmas?

In my new whimsical holiday romance novel, Santa Bring Me a Ryan, Jules Carmichael asks Santa to bring her a Ryan for Christmas, as in Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds. She’s single and has been unlucky in love, especially during the holidays. Jules realizes that Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds are a little bit busy.Continue reading “Ryan Gosling for Christmas?”

Fruit Picking and Cobbler

A couple of times a year, hubby and I like to go fruit picking. Now is the time of year when peaches are available. Last weekend, we decided to take advantage, despite the kind warning on the farm’s website. Unfortunately, a lot of the peaches had been dinged up from a previous hailstorm. We decided toContinue reading “Fruit Picking and Cobbler”

I’m Trying Meditation…Again

I’m trying out meditation. I’ve done it before, years ago, and it didn’t work so well. I’d heard that you should picture a calming environment. I closed my eyes and imagined a beach, bright blue ocean, waves lapping… How calming, how serene… But after a minute of that, my mind wandered, probably thinking about whatContinue reading “I’m Trying Meditation…Again”

IDK, Am I Hip? Part Two

Last week, I wrote about #WriterAcronyms, and how important it is to understand them if you’re a writer using social media. I also joked about the word “hip”. The concept deserved its own post. So here we are… “Hip” Awareness and Lack Thereof Per Dictionary. com, one of the definitions for hip is: “familiar with orContinue reading “IDK, Am I Hip? Part Two”

Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder

I was inspired by a can of Campbell’s Well Yes! Sweet Potato Corn Chowder to find a comparable soup that I can fresh make at home. The answer was this Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder recipe by Pinch and Swirl. It’s pretty easy to make, with good whole ingredients, like sweet potato, onion, red bell pepper, corn… …And,Continue reading “Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder”

The Double Doink and Writing

“Oh, my goodness. The Bears season’s going to end on a double doink…Unbelievable.” — Chris Collinsworth, commentator of NBC’s Sunday Night Football I have to do it. I have to blog about the double doink that took place in football on January 6, and how it relates to writing. I’m a bit late to theContinue reading “The Double Doink and Writing”

Fish Stew? Really? Yes!

I have two go-to soup recipes that I like to make, this Chicken Noodle Soup and this Cheddar Broccoli Soup. Variety is nice, though. So when I stumbled on this Fish Stew recipe, I thought: Fish stew? Really? I was doubtful. But the ingredients intrigued me—things like white fish, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and parsley… Honestly, anythingContinue reading “Fish Stew? Really? Yes!”

Our Stories Are Like Socks…

Socks have come up a lot recently. I think it’s because the weather’s gotten cooler—and colder still. So I’m trying to up my sock game. I’ve had a couple of unsuccessful shopping trips on a quest for new socks. There are so many kinds out there. Striped, argyle, conservative, fun, boot-length, no-show, and anything in between. YouContinue reading “Our Stories Are Like Socks…”

Cranberry Apple Nut Bread and Cold-Weather Blues

I don’t like cold weather, which means I’m less than amused when late-Fall rolls around. To combat that feeling, I try to concentrate on the wonderful things that only happen during this time of year. Football. Holidays. Family Gatherings. And Autumn-inspired foods. That includes cranberries. Boy, do I love cranberries. I’ll take them dried andContinue reading “Cranberry Apple Nut Bread and Cold-Weather Blues”

The Bachelorette Blogger, a Story, Chapter 9: The Final Chapter: Full Disclosure

Chapter 9: The Final Chapter: Full Disclosure There’s so much that Zoe needs to tell Trevor, all of the things that went through her head during the ten-mile race.  But first, she starts with, “I didn’t think you were going to make the race. And if you did, I thought you’d be helping out atContinue reading “The Bachelorette Blogger, a Story, Chapter 9: The Final Chapter: Full Disclosure”

The Bachelorette Blogger, a Story, Chapter 8: Collision

Chapter 8: Collision The ten-mile race doesn’t start for another fifteen minutes. Zoe maneuvers her way through the group of participants and spectators, glancing at the faces, hoping to see a familiar one. Trevor.  “Need help?” asks a lady with a bright green volunteer shirt. Zoe responds, “I’m looking for a volunteer named Trevor Dobbs.Continue reading “The Bachelorette Blogger, a Story, Chapter 8: Collision”

NaNoWriMo, Day One…Again

It’s November 1, the first day of National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo, a.k.a., NaNo. Still don’t know what it is? Here’s the skinny. Starting November 1, “participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.” — National Novel Writing Month So I signed up. I’m oneContinue reading “NaNoWriMo, Day One…Again”

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