Welcome to my daily blog. If this is your first time, I'm a romance writer and a misplaced city girl currently living in the wild Sierras. I tend to have a lot of I-Love-Lucy moments that I share here but sometimes we talk about books, TV, and our favorite cookies. Okay, my favorite cookies. In any case, please feel free to comment by clicking on the Comments at the bottom of any entry. If you're too shy, that's okay, just know I love having you.
February 27, 2014
So I’m home alone trying on my conference clothes from last year, trying to decide if I have to brave the mall for March’s trip to the Southwest Florida’s Reading Festival. There’s good news and bad news. Good news, my little black dress still fits. Yay me.
Bad news? I hear something outside and I’m alone. Still wearing the little black dress, I grab the Mag-lite and tiptoe out onto my deck in the pitch black night. I shine the light down on my driveway and find . . .
Yes, there’s a big fat ass bear sitting in the center of my driveway, his legs straight out in front of him, my trash from the entire week spread out like a smorgesbord, and he’s moaning in pleasure as he leisurely makes his way through it all.
And yes, I realize smoregesbord is spelled wrong and I don’t care at the moment.
I’m still home alone, which means there’s no Alpha Man here to set off a firecracker at the bear’s ass and scare it off. I tried yelling and Mr. Bear just craned his neck and laughed at me.
Probably it was the little black dress and the tube socks and the wild hair. Apparently he didn’t get the memo about the crazy writer on deadline, and how laughing at her is a big mistake. I marched back out there with a bottle rocket and the matches and I proceeded to accomplish nothing but nearly light myself on fire. So I gave up on that I Love Lucy adventure and went for my camera. Problem is, it’s a pitch black night. No moon, heavy cloud cover and no starlight.
So you’re just going to have to trust me when I tell you this dude is huge and he has an ass the size of a VW Bug. There’s no way HE’D fit into last year’s little black dress.
February 26, 2014
Woot, made the Washington Post! Thanks to Sarah Maclean for a lovely review that made my week: “Aubrey Wellington has spent much of her life stirring up trouble in her small town, but after a particularly bad day that ends in her accidental attendance at an AA meeting, she decides to make amends. Jill Shalvis’s Once in a Lifetime (Grand Central; paperback, $6) follows Aubrey as she rights her wrongs, all while avoiding the worst one, which nearly ruined the life of Ben McDaniel, resident dreamboat. While Aubrey delays telling Ben the truth, the two fall for each other, making her ultimate confession even more dangerous. Sure enough, Ben can’t — or won’t — forgive her. The book is Aubrey’s journey, however, and she isn’t giving up. “Life is one big fat gamble,” she tells him, “The odds are never in your favor . . . but not playing? That’s the coward’s way out.” As Aubrey grows stronger and more certain, readers will cheer for her — and for the love she deserves.”
Hopefully you’ve all already got the book, but just in case, it’s out wide in Target, Walmart, BN, and Sam’s Club, and all your fave independent bookstores.
Amazon … BN … iBooks…
February 25, 2014
So I’m on deadline and I’m completely Out Of Control. I saw a spider earlier and didn’t even have the energy to panic. But I do have the energy to introduce you to my new fantasy husband.
Who’s your fantasy husband this week?
February 24, 2014
I’m on deadline, so of course instead of facing my book, I’m going through photos making a collage for my wall. Want to see some of my fave pics from last year? Here’s Oldest with one of her foster kitties, both showing their bigger than life personalities.
Here’s Middle doing what Middle does — scare her mama.
And Youngest, being adorable.
Or Alpha Man and Dumb Ass, clearly hating each other.
And no one can forget Frat Boy. Here he is wondering where the promised cookies are.
And last but not least, one of my faves of Donner Lake, where I spend a lot of my time, either with the kids or the dogs, writing, or just eating Taco Bell on a dock…
I take pictures incessantly. My family thinks I’m annoying. But pictures mean a lot to me, they tell the story of our lives. The last picture I took was three minutes ago, when Frat Boy farted and looked at his own butt like what the heck? I didn’t quite catch the action, but I tried. How about you? What’s the last pic you took? I’ll be drawing three names from the commenters for a book from my list! Talk to me!
February 21, 2014
I was wondering what I’d blog about today when Frat Boy decided he wanted to say hi.
He also wants to say SEND COOKIES!
What do you all have planned for the weekend? I’m going to finish my book if it kills me. And it might. You?
February 20, 2014
Update: Winners, randomly drawn, are: Maxine and Georgia Oliver. Hit the contact button and get in touch with me with your preference of BN or Amazon gift card.
Yesterday evening I had a live Spreecast chat, and for those of you who couldn’t attend, I’ve embedded it here if you’re interested. I talked about Alpha Man, Frat Boy, bunny slippers, cookies, and what I’m working on. You should have to only click on the play button.
Oh and let me know where you bought ONCE IN A LIFETIME, or where and when you plan to. I’ll be drawing two names, you’ll win a $25 gift certificate from BN or Amazon, your choice.
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- Library Journal (starred review)
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- Publishers Weekly
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