First, a thousand apologies for my silence over the last month. Crazy busy, throw in a holiday or two, the flu ravaging through my household, and prepping for a move, I haven’t even had spare time to respond to texts or waste on Facebook much either. Let alone invest in my writing.
Sadly, I did not meet my goal of finishing Jewel of Solana by the end of 2014. I’m 10,000 words short. 😦
Yep, I’m in the creative doghouse. But strangely enough, that’s not what I’m here to discuss.
I’m here to talk about Winter. She’s cold. Bitter. Relentless. Whipping. At least, from a southerner’s perspective. I know we Texans haven’t received anywhere close to the brunt of the recent cold snaps smothering the country, but it’s way colder than what we’re used to. And for a person who was born in the tropics, it’s doubly brutal.
It doesn’t help that we’re in the middle of prepping our house to put it on the market in just a few short weeks. We have to fix the ‘curb appeal,’ and sub-freezing temperatures makes the outdoor task quite unappealing. Yes, I’m whining about the cold. Full disclosure, I’m a baby when it comes to winter. I love snow, the pretty wonderlands described in carols, the hot chocolate and warm fires. The images you see in Christmas cards and the December/January months of calendars you hang on the wall. All for it. But when it comes with nasty wind chills and ice/sleet/freezing rain, I’d rather curl up in a ball and cry.
When will it be spring? I’m channeling my inner Olaf from Frozen. Imagine how much cooler I’ll be in summer.Bottom line, I’m doing all this because it’s a huge dream for my family. One we’ve been waiting to fulfill for several years. And no matter what time of year it is or the weather, it’s worth it.
Another of my favorite Olaf quotes:
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It’s been over a week and this selfish kidney stone has decided to make a permanent residence in my system. Supposedly, there’s only 1, and supposedly, it’s small enough to pass on its own. But by the number of pain pills I’ve taken since last Wednesday, I’m doubting that information.
Obviously, I can’t drive while I’m on this medication. I can’t even write. Good Lord, what kind of crazy things would come out of a Hydrocodone-induced mind? Kinda scary to think about.
The only way I’ve made it through this past week, aside from Hydrocodone and Zofran, is through the help of my family. Chauffeuring my son around for school and his bajillion appointments every week, cooking dinner, and babysitting my youngest— it’s a lot to ask for. Especially from someone who doesn’t like to ask for help.
I’m so lucky. To have the help there when I need it. There are plenty of folks that have to go through this kind of stuff completely alone. So I give a huge hug and major thank you to my family: you know who you are.
But this damn stone has taken up enough of my life, and enough of my family’s life. So we’ll see what this urologist has to say today, and I hope it can evict this tiny demon stuck somewhere between my kidney and bladder.
And hopefully sometime before the end of the month, I can get back to writing.
I’ll post an update when I can. Any of you gone through this ridiculousness before?
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I’m back from RWA in San Antonio, and I’m completely overwhelmed and inspired at the same time!
Coincidentally, it’s AUDREY’S PROMISE‘s book birthday this week! 1 year ago a dream came true and my debut contemporary romance went live on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble!
So to celebrate, I’m giving away a free copy of AUDREY’S PROMISE and a bunch of books and other goodies I picked up at RWA! 1 lucky commentator on either my Facebook post or Twitter page or this post will win! You have to say what you love about romance novels, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
So tell me, WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ROMANCE NOVELS?
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog, that I thought I should reopen it with BIG NEWS!
Ladies and gents, this has been an incredible two weeks, and I just can’t contain myself!
First and foremost, my son Liam was born on Tuesday, March 4th at 8:25am. Almost 2 full weeks early, completely healthy and with the biggest appetite I’ve ever seen. My oldest son, Caden, is infatuated with being a big brother. Maybe because they look IDENTICAL! Pictures will come soon.
The other piece of incredible news (besides giving up sleep for Lent), is I sold my next manuscript to The Wild Rose Press!
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Prince of Solana is the first book in my romantic suspense trilogy, Royals of Solana. No release date yet, but I’m hoping for early fall 2014. It all depends on how fast I can get these edits done with a newborn in the house!
I’m so overloaded with love and joy, and it’s not from pain meds. Here’s to the beginning of an incredible 2014!!!!
Commence “Because I’m Happy” by Pharrell Williams!
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