So pleased to announce that Frost is out and available exclusively at Amazon in Kindle format! This story was a lot of fun to write and I hope you all enjoy it this little holiday story!
Two things Detective Holly Monroe has never been able to handle—Christmas and matters of the heart.
Living the job has helped keep Holly sane, but as the holidays approach, she struggles to keep the past at bay. Then Jack Frost—the man she walked out on a year ago—goes missing and Holly is handpicked by Chief Claus to work the case…alone. Feelings she’s denied for the past year resurface and fear soon follow tempting her to run once more. But elves that leave the North Pole don’t survive long and regardless of her feelings for Jack, she can’t allow him to be suffer that fate.
Bringing Jack back is going to take more than just showing up. Holly’s going to have to decide if she is willing to risk everything—including her heart.
Totally a random Friday post, but I was sitting here looking through my Kindle and realized I have a lot of really great books waiting for me to find the time to read them. So what do I have on my reading list you wonder? Well please let me share:
There you have it…five random and quite fetching covers for books currently on my to be read list! What book is currently calling your name?
Yes it has really been that kind of year. If you look at the long gaps in my posting, you will see that I have not been very active on my blog. Hopefully, that is all about to change. My little zombies have been feeling a little like mom has little time for them, so I had to take a break to re-connect with what was important. To realign my priorities if you will.
Well, it is still a work in progress, but we’ve worked out a deal of sorts. With school back in the swing of things, when they do homework, mom writes. When they decided that it is time to watch Duck Dynasty or Storage Wars, mom breaks out the tablet to sit with them while they watch television…and I write. When they go to bed…mom writes and gets up early to get some work done as well.
So far, it seems to be working. Slowly, I feel like I am getting back on track. Oh and I pulled out an old young adult vampire book I’d been working on and encouraged to finish, so watch out! Stayed up a little too late last night working on that one and man…yawn…am I tired! Excuse me. Good news is…one work day down and we are already at Hump Day! Whoo hoo! So, Happy Wednesday and here’s to getting back on track!
My family has endured it’s share of loss during the holidays this year. My grandfather joined my grandmother just before Christmas and is now looking down on us from above. Yes I’m a believer in heaven and an afterlife. And if I know anything about my grandfather, it is that he is looking down on us, with a gin and tonic in hand, smiling and waiting for us to be reunited once more. So for todays Tasty Tuesday, in honor of a man I loved and deeply respected, I’m toasting this Tuesday with his beverage of choice.
Gin and Tonic
2 fingers of Bombay Sapphire Gin (the man’s favorite gin)
Lime (optional and never a preference of my grandfather’s)
Simple and yet refreshing recipe. Ready? Add ice to glass. Pour in about two fingers of gin. Fill remainder of glass with tonic. If you are opting for a squeeze of lime, add a wedge. Give a quick stir and enjoy!
Here’s to you Papa. May you continue to make great music, and save and gin and tonic for when we meet again.
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Happy New Years everyone. I love a good celebration and this year, I’m desperately in need of celebrating any way I can. So how am I celebrating? With a New Year’s Blog Hop courtesy of JustRomance.me. The Blog Hop features lots of wonderful authors and great prizes — including a Kindle — and a chance to expand your ‘to be read’ pile. A great way to ring in the New Year.
I have nothing uber sexy to discuss at the moment, though I do say there is nothing like ringing in the New Year with someone you love (or at the very least are physically hot and bothered for) and seeing as how we’ve all survived the end of the world and zombies aren’t running a muck and chomping on our brains, I think there is plenty to celebrate. So, while I’m a Guinness girl through and through, I thought we should kick off the new year with this little beverage that I like to call the Anti-pocalypse Tini. It is sure to help you get your naughty on…even just a smidge.
1 oz Chambord
1.5 oz honey vodka
.5 oz lime juice
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass or crushed ice-filled rocks glass. Top with more crushed ice. Garnish with raspberries.
And let’s wrap up this celebration with a little music and one of my favorite songs….
Now click on the banner to see the rest of the blog hoppers and play! If you came here directly, go to justromance.me to join in on the fun.
Mondays come a lot faster than they used to. Or perhaps my weekends are flying by at an accelerated rate now that I’m older and have those dreadful things called ‘responsibilities’. I don’t truly find Mondays to be a cause of the blues. It’s not Mondays fault after all. It’s ours. We try to cram everything that we should be doing all week long into two days. Those two days are spent doing ‘catch up’ instead of relaxing. At times, we can find our off days to be more stressful than our work days. I know I find this to be true. Then this morning I read a post by my dear crit partner, Debora Dennis, about routines. It got me to thinking.
I know thinking, on a Monday too! Seriously though, maybe Mondays wouldn’t be so loathed by the masses if things weren’t put off until the weekend. What if we did the laundry every other evening while watching our favorite show? Or perhaps we sat down and read with our children while they were doing their assigned reading time for school, if you go to college like I do…then do your homework while the kids are doing theirs and you have dinner cooking, or as Debora suggests- utilize that morning coffee routine to get some things done. For me it’s not so much a thing of routine, but of time management and procrastination.
I can change these things. So can you. Then perhaps we won’t loathe Mondays anymore. Perhaps when the weekends roll around we will actually have a chance to sit back and enjoy them. Then when Monday’s come, we can bound out of bed with joy and perhaps even look forward to facing the day instead of dwelling on what we could have gotten done over the weekend if we just had one more day…
Now go out and celebrate the start of a new week. A chance to show your world who the boss is and that you are taking no prisoners! Go forth and enjoy the day and make it what you want it to be!
You ever have those mornings where you wake up and think…there is something that I need to do – or that I forgot! I’m having one of those moments now. School? Nope. I checked the website, class is up and available a week ahead of schedule. Promo spot? Nope. Have interviews still to respond to and a few other things in the works, but nothing due this morning that I know of and I’ve scoured my email to be sure. Lil zombies? Did I leave them somewhere? Ah no, they are sleeping safe and sound in their beds. Fall asleep with the stove on? Forget to pay a bill? Nope and double nope.
I ran through everything I could possibly think of and I still have this nagging feeling that I am missing something. Guess I will have to let it go and put this obsessive focus on more productive pursuits like writing. Yes I did do that last night. Between plotting and writing I added a few words to my contemp western. Big goals for that to be finished soon. Thanks P.G. for the 1k in 1 hour marathon. Are you ready to go again tonight? We both have deadlines/goals that we need to meet. That is the beauty of connecting with authors. When you need a push, there are usually a handful out there willing to stand behind you and shove. I have quite a few I can rely on at any given time. Maybe they will help me remember what I’m having my mid-week meltdown over? Well, for what its worth, have a great Wednesday!
My job is complete. Have a great Monday. Okay seriously, I loathe Mondays. It is entirely possible that I’ve mentioned that before. Mondays mark the end of the weekend, the beginning of a week, shorter periods of available writing time, hell…shorter periods of time to do anything other than work, sleep, and maybe squeeze an hour or two in with the lil zombies before they have to go to bed and we can start the craziness all over again on Tuesday. Has anyone ever had anything good to say about a Monday? Sure I woke up, which inherently makes it a good day, but there has to be something positive about this day that is dreaded by many. Please someone give me something that will make Mondays a day to look forward to. Anyone? Anything? Man it just got awfully quiet around here. Well, don’t give up hope. Together we will think of something that makes Mondays something other than…manic.
Yes that about sums up my life at the moment which is why I’ve been so scarce here on the blog. I’m slowly working my way toward my bachelor’s degree. On top of that I am planning a 40th wedding anniversary celebration for my folks because why should we not celebrate a couple truly living out their happily ever after? Let’s add into the mix that I am in the midst of final round edits on Blood and Moonlight that will be releasing next month. Then I get to tackle the fun, exciting, and nerve wracking task of self publishing. Thankfully, I am not the first to travel down this road and I have a lot of support from a very helpful editor and critique group.
So what’s next? What am I working on? Isn’t that enough? Well hardly. If my hand isn’t in fifty different pots, stirring up the cauldron, or adding unnecessary ingredients, then I’m likely under the weather. On top of all of the above items that are in the mix for the next month, I’ve started working on a contemporary western series, began drafting the second book in the Moonlight series, and have made a good attempt at organizing and planning which books I will write for the next oh…five to ten years? Yes the list is long my lovelys but it is full of goodness, hope, and promise of magic and mayhem waiting to be discovered and put onto paper. Stick with me folks. I have a feeling that the next month or so is going to be a rough but exciting ride!
Not in the sense one might think. I’ve been bad about blogging. In my defense, I do have a very good excuse? Don’t I always? Well here it is-
I’ve been working on edits for Blood & Moonlight, getting it ready for release. I’ve also been up to my neck in writing Bewitching Ways and dealing with school. Let us not forget the zombie twins and all that they demand (Hey when the lil zombies call I need to get a runnin’ or risk losing some brain matter and I need all I can get).
Ooh plus I almost forgot to mention that my dear friend Bethanne Strasser is releasing her book, For Love or Duty, in five days! OMG I can hardly wait. She will be stopping by for an interview. And I will be doing a guest spot over on her blog on Tuesday to help her celebrate! So you see, I’ve been busy. I will leave you with a song that I keep listening to lately – Shinedown‘s Bully
Talk to you all soon and have a great Sunday! Stay tuned.