Today, tomorrow, five years from now – what will you thank yourself for doing today?
Today, tomorrow, five years from now – what will you thank yourself for doing today?
Yeah, I know. Kids think they get all the fun. All the romance and all the good times. Well. Sometimes, the adults like a little fun too. Let’s let them, okay? A book from last year – hope you enjoy!
My last series was set on a dude ranch in gorgeous southern Illinois. I’m heading out of my comfort zone for my next one. Set in the small town of Blizzard, South Dakota, it has all the wildness and alpha men that, hopefully, a reader will want.
The first book, tentatively titled Stormy’s Season (Stormy Season?) should be finished by the end of the month.
Brent Cumberland, ex Navy, now college professor, has taken a sabbatical to work on his book and care for his mom, Joan, who has cancer.
Miranda Storm Wagner has lived in Blizzard all her life, and has been helping Joan. She also has a stalker, who started out innocuously, but has recently ramped up the harassment.
“Do you understand me?” Brent said, fiercely. It wasn’t a question, she could tell.
“I understand,” she said, shivering despite the heat. “I trust you, but, still, just feel,” she couldn’t finish the sentence.
“Just feel what?” he asked, and cupped her ass with his free hand. Nice. She liked that.
“I don’t know. Like my life is under a stranger’s control, I guess. That someone is taking over my life and I can’t do anything to stop it. ”
“The only one planning to control you is me, Miranda Storm,” Brent said it so decisively she almost felt convinced. Then shook her head, causing her hair to fall in her eyes.
“I don’t need controlled,” she glared at him.
“That is a true fact,” He nodded. “But you really like it, and as time goes on, you’ll like it more. ”
Hope they can figure out what’s going on outside the relationship so they can start concentrating on the fun stuff!
I’ve been dreaming of being an author for years. I wrote a whole slew of multi rejected books when my kids were younger, but between jobs and kids and life, book writing got away from me for a while. Yes, I wrote other things, articles, blogged, etc, but I finally got book published in 2016.
My first book was released end of Jan this year. I screamed for days when I heard it got accepted and honestly, I still do when I get another acceptance, just a little more quietly. Oh and it looks like this one is 99 cents on Amazon now!
The last one of the year came out end of Nov.
And there were six other ones in between. Seriously. Did I do anything else this year? Well, actually, I have another full time job, that I’m trying to cut way back on for next year. Plus the best kids and family ever I try to throw a little attention at occasionally.
I’m working on a new series for 2017 and some new goals and hopefully some more fun.
Have you set your 2017 goals yet? Plan to? What’s on your list? Will be sharing my writing goals here in the next few weeks. It will be interesting to see how far we all get! I’m ready for the new year!
Some days this is really good to remember. Often plan H is the one that should have been A anyway.
Holidays are coming upon us! There is -nothing- I love more than having all the family I can gather home for the holidays. I love cooking big meals, loving hearing the kids play, having a crowded holiday table full of people I love.
All the puppies from the last litter should be at their home by then, hopefully getting a bite or two of turkey from the meal and sitting on someone’s lap or under someone’s feet. Oh, come on, you know you want to spoil them! Why have a puppy if you can’t spoil it? What’s the point?
I’m hoping to concentrate on my writing after they all go home mid month. Well, writing, and then Thanksgiving and then Christmas about two weeks earlier than you all will be because most of the family is off that day …. Since I’m nuts about fall decor, its going to be a fast flip to Christmas decorations and tree up this year.
But oh well. What else am I doing? Oh yeah, writing a Christmas story, due in ten days. NO I’M FINE! (was that convincing? Hope so!) And then have a brand new series coming soon. Oh, and the house and dogs and kids and…deep breath.
If you’ve not seen my work – check it out, please! Pretty please? Sugar on top?
The latest book
My latest book is out on Amazon – a sequel to Rose’s Ranch and those hot Lyon men – there is one more coming out to tie up all the loose ends and maybe a few happily ever afters. Will let you know the date as soon as my lovely publisher gives it to me.
A year ago this month, I got my first ‘we want to publish your book’ letter and I since it was like 5 in the morning when I read it, I screamed for hours alone till people woke up and I could share.
Since then, I’ve published 7 and written 8. Can this next year get much better? Yeah, it can and will be. I have a long list of things to learn and things to do better and I hopefully next years books will surprise you,in a good way!
Looking forward to that. Loving this writers life!
One of my favorite quotes of all time:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”–Calvin Coolidge
Do you know why? There is always someone more talented than you – me. Always someone who is smarter, who has forty-two letters behind their names. People who were born with natural abilities.
Yet. Does that matter long term? We all know baby ‘geniuses’ who walked, talked, and did everything first. But, walking into kindergarten, no one can tell who started walking at eight months or fourteen months. Who began talking in complete sentences at six months, or three years old. By the time they get to college, no one even cares when they were potty trained. Well, maybe their mom.
Its the long haul that matters, how persistent you can be, you are, how many hours a day, or time you put into reaching your goal.
Me, I spend most of my day in front of my keyboard. But hot damn, this is the dream, and with time and persistence, I will only get better at what I practice doing every day. Writing books.
Cute puppy. Just because.
“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
― C.S. Lewis
My favorite ‘childish’ thing to do is swing. I love soaring in a swing. Pumping, going higher and higher – and well, I did give up jumping out a while back. But I still can swing higher than any of you!
So I’ve been alone for over five years now and have recently delved back into the world of dating, specifically by going on sites. This is just a little vent today. Ignore if you want.
I’ve been on a few sites. Not sure why, because basically they are mostly the same.
The free ones are mostly scammers.
The paid ones have mostly scammers on them, too. Out of ten messages I got the other night – 7 were scammers. One said ‘good morning’, the other said I ‘deserved a flirt’ and the other guy used his words. I like words. Guess who I’m talking to and have an actual date with? Yes. Word Guy.
Scammer are pretty easy to tell.
Profiles: Out of state. One or two pictures, and mostly of only their face in what comes to look very staged (because they are – stolen from other people, often models) after you see a few of them. They are usually widowed with one kid. Right now, they are probably working overseas….Nigeria anyone??? They want you to either facebook or Yahoo instant message them Right Now. They don’t get on this site, often you see. And/or their time is running out. Its right there in the profile! “You all can use this nasty ol’ site if you want. Me, I’m too important!” No, buddy, you’re a scammer. (The latest profiles scammers are streaming right now have their ‘real’ names for FB in ALL CAPS separated by spaces – I guess to let us know its a SECRET).
IF a scammer manages to put up a ‘normal’ profile and you get sucked in, you can usually tell from the first message. Your smile blinded him. How can you be so wonderful? Questions? No – they neither ask nor answer them! More than likely because English is their third language – or there are multiple people answering your notes and going off a stock phrase book.
Scammers – always suspect and ask something specific, the same question – in your first and second note. “where did you go to school” “Tell me your first car” “Describe your last meal” anything practical, but weirdly – they just never answer specifics. its all flowery words and OMG I love you so already. Let’s walk on the beach! See the sunset!
Report them. Frustratingly, you never hear if they get blocked or not. But honestly – they won’t let me put my book covers up on the sites, so there is someone there monitoring something. If I can tell these profiles are scammers, why can’t the people who do this for a living? Curious.
My latest book cover. I’d put it on the site! Love it!
Then there are nine tenths of ‘real’ guys. They do short profiles. Which are fine – dates are for finding things out. But most of them also don’t speak.
A FLIRT IS NOT SPEAKING. A flirt is the least you can do, and still do something. I rarely answer a flirt, I’m actually kind of insulted. I’m worth more than a button click – if you don’t think I am – move on. Say something, then ask me a question. 2 lines. You can DO it, I have faith! Then when I reply, and I will – we have a conversation going!
But no. I’m not giving you my phone number and I’m not calling you before I learn a little something about you. I KNOW you don’t like computers! So – you signed up for a dating site….why again? You know, on the computer? Suck it up and try a little. I don’t ask for much, but I work two jobs from this phone and I’m not handing the number out to you unless you give me a good reason. Not liking computers isn’t a good reason. Try.
A friend put up something on her FB page “I don’t want a knight in shining amour. I want a weirdo who makes me laugh.” Yeah. That.
Now back to writing about my pretend alpha males and dreaming of that weirdo.