Writing and Pets

… Or should I say Pets and Writing? How is it that our pets seem to take precedence over our writing most (if not all) of the time?

You get up in the morning, get through your usual ritual of bathroom use, wash up, and perhaps even getting dressed, grab a cup of coffee … or in my case, a cup of tea, and settle behind that trusty old keyboard to get in the morning word count. (This is provided you’re not the type to devote the first hour or so to email and other social media.) You’re ready; you’re hot; you get into the groove of where you left off yesterday … and then suddenly, there’s a forlorn meow at your feet. You look down into a pair of beseeching green eyes and give a silent “awwww” before lifting kitty into your lap. It’s only ten, fifteen or twenty  minutes later that you realize you have now wasted precious writing time petting and caressing that sweet little creature. With determination, you set her on the ground and shoo her off.  Naturally you get a haughty look before she takes off to explore her food dish … which is empty, of course.  Now you gotta make sure she’s fed or the ever increasing meows will drive you up the wall.Snapchat-20140501033634

Now you’ve got to get down to business. This book ain’t gonna write itself, y’know.  Then … a whine comes from the left and there’s the pooch sitting at your feet with his leash in his mouth. “But hubby just took you out less than an hour ago,” you try to reason with him to no avail. Of course hubby has left for work and you’re the only one home with the critter, so you can’t confirm whether or not the dog did his duty. In the end, you give in … mostly because you don’t want to take a chance of the pooch soiling your carpet.

017With a heartfelt sigh you get dressed (if you’re the type to work in your jammies) and clip the leash onto the dog and begin the morning with a long, brisk walk as the pooch insist on sniffing at every tree and fire hydrant along the way.

Suddenly you realize that this is a good thing. The morning air is fresh, the walk is exhilarating and your mind begins to churn out ideas. Now it’s urgent that you get home to scribble down these ideas, but poochie is taking his good nature time finding just the right spot to take care of business. At last he’s done and you rush home … only to find that the darlin’ children left for school without feeding the hamster, the fish, or the turtle.  Sigh.

Ah, pets. What would we do without them? Our household used to have both a cat and a dog. The cat passed away about four months ago, which leaves the dog, which is a handful by himself. I’ve since gotten a Beta fish and am hemming and hawing over getting another cat. That remains to be seen, but I cannot envision our home without one, so don’t be surprised if we end up getting one.

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Do you pre-order?

Happy Friday! Hope you have had a great week and had the opportunity to read lots of books! It looks like the Magical Musings authors have a lot of books that either recently released or will be released soon. They are writing them quicker than I can read them! Always a good problem to have as a reader. :-)

Speaking of new releases, do you pre-order your books? It is my understanding that people used to pre-order so they did not have to worry about a print book running out of stock.  Now that the world is going digital, is there a point to pre-ordering? This question has come up a few times lately.

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First, I have a Nook and I also read using the Kindle App. Recently there was a book I saw come up for pre-order that I knew I wanted to read but couldn’t on release day, so I pre-ordered it, as I didn’t want to forget to grab it and support that author. On release day not only did the book show up on my Kindle app, but it also showed up on my Nook. Seems I pre-ordered it twice. Oops. Since then, I have not pre-ordered any books.

Now, indie authors have the option to offer their books for pre-order on Amazon, whereas that was not the case before. This is very tempting since a lot of my fave authors publish indie, too.

Should I pre-order or wait until release day? Do you pre-order? What are the benefits to pre-ordering? Authors, tell us why you want readers to pre-order your book. Does it help you hit any lists?

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Covers, Covers, Covers (with giveaway)

Breaking Out 300I have a LOT of new covers at the moment. It is so much fun seeing them all come through, and each one is for a very different type of book.

The first one that was finalized I’ve sort of kept quiet about, so this is an exclusive reveal *g*. Over two years ago, Edie and Misty put together a short story anthology called Entangled. All the proceeds from the sale of Entangled went to the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, and we raised around $16,000.00 for the cause, which still makes me very proud. My contribution to the anthology, Breaking Out, hasn’t been published anywhere else, and I have tried, when I’ve had time, to work on a sequel to it, although my darn deadlines keep getting in the way, LOL. Anyway, readers will soon be able to buy Breaking Out again in a new anthology coming up in October, finalized title to be confirmed. Having it out there again was the impetuous I needed to have a cover designed for it, so I can sell it on its own, as well. The cover designer I hired was Tatiana Villa at Vila Design, and she did such a great job of creating the dark atmosphere of Breaking Out with the touch of romance that’s in it.

Here is the quick blurb for my story: BREAKING OUT by Michelle Diener – Imprisoned in a secret facility, powerful telekinetic Kelli Barrack and two other ‘special’ inmates grab a chance to escape, only to confront their worst nightmares on the outside.

You can read a short excerpt of BREAKING OUT here.

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silver pear 300My next cover is for a new book – the sequel to The Golden Apple, entitled The Silver Pear. It’s the second and final book in The Dark Forest series, and I have really loved delving deep into fairy tales to bring the world my characters live in to life. The designer who create The Golden Apple cover, Laura Morrigan, also did The Silver Pear, and I think we managed to get a fresh look but one that was linked to The Golden Apple, as well, so you can see they’re part of a series. There is something so magical about it, and it really pops for me. It has to be one of my favorite covers. The Silver Pear should be out in October. Here is the blurb:

An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She’s learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle’s father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane’s brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle’s new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

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DOTS 300And finally, I’ve commission a new cover for my historical novel, Daughter of the Sky. This book doesn’t fit easily into any slot, being set in Victorian times, but in Zululand, on the east coast of South Africa. It has a romance, but that romance takes place in an army column on the march toward war. It also follows the real history of the events mentioned very closely, so there is an element of realism that pervades the book. Designing a cover for this book has been so hard. The original designer and I spent hours on it when I originally published the novel, a year ago, and while we came up with something that looked great, I knew we were missing something. Anyway, after many months, I had a better idea of what I thought would work, and EJR Design took the job on, and did an awesome job coming up with a really powerful cover that conveys the complexities of this book so well.

About Daughter of the Sky:

The Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulus if they don’t accede to their outrageous demands. The clock is ticking down to the appointed hour. With no idea why the British are marching three columns of men and guns towards them, one Zulu general is prepared to take an impossible risk. But the life he’s gambling with isn’t his own . . .

The sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Zululand coast, 15 year-old Elizabeth Jones is taken in by the Zulus, the people of the sky. Six years later, her white skin becomes useful to the Zulu army as they try to work out why the Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulu nation. Elizabeth is suddenly Zululand’s most important spy.

While infiltrating the British camp, Elizabeth’s disguise as a young soldier is uncovered almost immediately by Captain Jack Burdell. However, he believes her tale of searching for a missing brother and shields her from discovery, allowing her to bunk in his tent and giving her a job as his batman. Burdell is war-weary and disillusioned – no longer willing to follow regulations at all costs.

But as Elizabeth and Jack explore their growing attraction to each other, the two armies move towards their inevitable clash. Elizabeth is torn between the guilt of betrayal and her fierce loyalty to her Zulu family, and when Zulu and British meet on the battlefield, both she and Jack find their hearts and their lives caught in the crossfire.

So what about you? How important are covers to you (they are REALLY important to me!) and which one of my new covers do you like the best? All commenters go in the draw to win one of each book when its released!

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Raising Kids While Writing Full Time by Mary Buckham with giveaway!

Mary's photoPlease welcome my special guest today, Mary Buckham!! Always great to have such a fantastic writer with us – I love her Invisible Recruits series. Take it away, Mary!

Thank you to Misty and the Magical Musings gang for having me here, today.  I love this lively and fun blog, so it’s a privilege and a blast to be one of your special guests!

Raising Kids While Writing Full Time

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There’s Got to Be an Easier Way to Drive Yourself Insane

I know, before I first sat down to write my first novel, that I had this image of what writers do all day. You know the one—eating bon bons, reclining on a fainting couch, being creative and mythical. The truth, for me, was slightly, okay, almost the exact opposite as I had five kids under the age of eight running, or crawling, around. My only excuse for thinking writers had some magical abilities to write in utter chaos is because I was too brain dead to know any better.

Just this past weekend I was talking with two mothers who had teenagers and then an oops baby, who was still in diapers, and these writers were struggling with how to write with their changing family dynamics. Most mothers juggle this situation at some point in their careers and, even if you don’t write, you might face it doing something else that matters a lot to you but tends to get set aside for the needs of everyone else.

I wish there was a one-answer-fits-all solution, but there isn’t. Raising children (and working an outside job) while harboring a dream to do something different can work, with a little creative strategy and a down-in-the-soul determination to make it work. Here are a few words of advice:

* Expect the process to challenge you. Get rid of the ‘ideal’ creative environment and embrace what you have to move forward.

* Kids are the world’s best time-management trainers. Use them to teach you to think when you can, work when you can, and accomplish what you can when you can.

* Create a routine. Light a candle. Turn up a specific song. Use a reoccurring small routine to train yourself to start what you want to accomplish, even if only in small increments.

* Keep focusing on what you can do, not what you can’t do.

* Remain flexible with your schedule and your expectation of what can be accomplished.

* Remember that what you’re doing is not only reaching for your dream, but teaching your children that it’s important for them to do the same.

Okay, bring on your own suggestions, whether you’re writing or reaching for a different dream:  How can you work on what matters to you with kids underfoot?

One commenter to win WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1, an e-book in the expanded MaryBuckham_WritingActiveHooksBook1_1400pxWriting Active Series! (available for pre-orders now) It’s really good and, for writers, it’ll make a huge difference in your writing! For readers? You can have WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS or any e-copy of one of my Urban Fantasy Invisible Recruits series. Your choice!

Mary Buckham is a USA TODAY bestselling, award winning author of both fiction and non-fiction writing craft books. Her Urban Fantasy series, The Invisible Recruits, focuses on five women recruited to fight preternatural threats in a contemporary world that is unaware of the danger around InvisibleFears_1400them. The sixth novel in the series, INVISIBLE SECRETS, will be released in Fall 2014. She also co-authors with NYT bestseller Dianna Love the YA dystopian Red Moon Series, with the 3rd book in that series, TIME LOCK released in June of 2014. The WRITING ACTIVE SETTING series (in e-format and book form) helps writers of all genres dig deeper into their craft and her next Writing Active book; WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1 will be released in Fall 2014. She lives in Washington State with her husband and has lost track of which kids and grandkids are at home at any given time. She can be reached via her website www.MaryBuckham.com or on her Facebook Reader page www.facebook.com/marybuckham,

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Books Like Food

Poison-Promise200I’m going through changes in my reading and my writing. I used to binge read in categories. After a while, they all started to feel the same, so I have to switch off what I read. Lately, I’ve discovered Robyn Carr‘s Thunder Point and Virgin River series. These are complex, well-written books, and make me care for the fully-fleshed main characters – and the secondary characters. They’re longish books that involve a whole town and many people.

Jennifer Estep does that in all her books, too, though she writes paranormal, YA paranormal, and urban fantasy. And I wouldn’t say hers are longish; they’re just right. :) In Dale Mayer‘s Psychic Vision books, she often brings in characters from other books in the series, too. She’s building a community in her books. So does Mary Hughes in her punk rock musician Nixie books (with a new release out now, Murder at Chipmunk Lake) and Michelle Diener in her three series.

FindingAwesome200x300My contemporary romances are set in a community, and it makes me a little crazy to remember characters from previous books. Right now, I’m writing a Halloween novella for a box set that will be published in early October. The hero is from a Rescued Hearts book, and the heroine is from a Miracle Interrupted books. Before I could start writing, I had to go back and read to find out the ages of everyone and calculate how old they’d be now. And since one character was pregnant in Finding Awesome, I had to figure out if she had the baby or not. (She did. :) )

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Nixie’s lost her mojo!

I’m finding I like novellas a lot, as a writer and a reader. If they’re fully fleshed out and don’t feel rushed, they can be a satisfying and fast read. I’m so busy that it’s often pleasing to read a story in one night. But sometimes I’m hungry for the complicated, bigger books.

It’s really a lot like food. I don’t want to eat the same food all of the time. I like a variety and I wish I had more time to experiment in my cooking. Yet we usually have pizza once a week. And that’s good, too.

What about you? Do you like a variety or do you tend to read one genre and one size?

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Skin – Yes, another new release!

Hi everyone,

I find it hard to believe but this is yet another new release for me – and in a way, one that is very special to my heart. I hadn’t planned on writing a contemporary romance as I love getting lost in my twisted thrillers and romantic suspense. Maybe it was coming off of writing lighter books as in my Broken Protocols series or maybe I just couldn’t stop thinking about a woman so full of pain, so full of hope and so ready to make change happen in her life – that I just couldn’t resist.

This is a story of healing. A story of rising above and going the distance to do what needs to be done. It might make you laugh, it might make you cringe. It might even make you cry – as you smile through the tears. What it will do for sure – is make you feel.

SKIN by Dale Mayer

Skin R1.1

A journey of exploration…

A journey of healing…

A journey of love…

Two people are forced by circumstances into a therapy class to help them deal with their problems. They are strangers. Forced to be partners. Naturally opposites.

Kane is dealing with anger of betrayal at the deepest level, needing to find his way back to forgiveness. Tania is a previous rape victim hoping to deal with her fear of intimacy so she can have a loving relationship.

Tania’s medium of expression – her camera.

Her subject – the human body – Kane’s physical body.

Looking through the lens of a camera, she learns to find beauty and compassion…and the strength to find wholeness…with him.

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Guest author – Kristine Mason!

Please welcome my friend and fellow author Kristine Mason!

Are you afraid of the laundry room?

The laundry room evokes many emotions for me…frustration, disgust and, yes, fear. I’m afraid of what lurks inside, especially during football season. The shoulder pads that smell like sweaty, dirty boys, the jocks that had been tossed on the floor, the muddy, stinky cleats. This room frustrates me because I have baskets to house the football equipment, only my three boys can’t seem to grasp the concept that everything has a place. This room disgusts me (remember the jocks?). But am I really afraid of my laundry room? Okay, fear is a strong word, but I do dread going in there. Since it’s the easiest way to get to the garage, I have no choice but to face what I truly dread.

My three-year-old daughter doesn’t fully understand the concept of fear, but she’s finding things that do scare her and I’ve had to find ways to reassure her that, for example, the sounds at night are just crickets singing (she’s still unconvinced and refuses to sleep with the window open). Then there’s my middle son who won’t go to sleep with the window open because what if a robber uses a ladder to climb the roof and comes through his window (I’m seeing a trend with open windows)?

I recently Googled how to overcome fear and came across several articles that all gave similar advice: A: Analyze your fear and define it. In other words, what’s your fear and what triggers it? How does it affect you? Is it dangerous or life threatening? What would be the outcome if you faced your fear? B: Don’t let fear control you. Numb yourself to those fears and confront them. C: Don’t allow your fear to hold power over you. One site I looked at suggested to “make your fears a source of fascination” and discover why your fear holds so much power over you.

When I was a kid, like my middle son, I was afraid of someone sneaking into my room, and terrified of horror movies. I could remember hating Halloween because horror movies would be airing during that week. I would become physically sick when I checked the Sunday paper TV guide and saw that Halloween or Jaws was going to be airing. Don’t even get me started on The Exorcist. That fear stayed with me until college. I can’t remember what the course I’d taken was, but I do remember that the professor had analyzed The Exorcist as a way to give the class a better understanding of how subliminal messages can affect people and, in the case of this particular movie, arouse fear. If you pause The Exorcist at certain points in the movie you’ll see these creepy flashes of a white, skeletal face. The first time I saw it, my skin crawled with unease, but it did waylay my fears to a degree and it turned my fear of horror movies into a fascination. I began watching them, studying them and had come to love them. Now when I put on a horror flick, I’m ready, waiting and wondering…will this movie scare me? Some do, but most don’t. Slasher films are meh, demonic ones? Well, those tend to scare the crap out of me. The Paranormal Activity movies had me very tense. I think taking ordinary people, living in the burbs and having strange things happening in the house is beyond creepy.

Now, I don’t write horror. I write romantic suspense. But one of the great things about a good horror movie is the suspense. You know something is going to happen. The music is telling you to prepare yourself (or in the case of Paranormal Activity it’s the time stamp on the video camera), and yet when that scare moment happens, I still get all jumpy.

I might be over my fear of horror movies, but I have plenty of other fears. Bridges and heights terrify me. Going past my knees in ocean or lake water, being stranded on the side of the road late at night with nothing but woods surrounding me and no cell phone reception. But if you want to know what really scares me…it’s in my latest release Ultimate Fear (Book 2 Ultimate CORE). I’ll give you a hint. I’m a mother of four.

So…what’s your ultimate fear? One day next week I’ll be posting more of mine on Facebook and Twitter and asking people to tell me what they fear the most. One commenter will receive a signed copy of my new release Ultimate Fear. So like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. Tell me what scares you and enter for a chance to win a copy of my book. I’m anxious to read what people fear the most…dying, the dark, spiders, snakes…or maybe what lurks inside your laundry room?

barnesnoble-coverUltimate Fear—Kristine Mason

When a deranged mother’s grief drives her to replace her dead son over and over, obsession leads to murder…

Chicago detective Jessica Donavan will never stop looking for her missing daughter. Her obsession has destroyed her marriage, but the search is the only thing that helps keep her sane and her mind off of everything she’s lost—her husband and her baby girl. When she uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances and reappearances of a number of baby boys, Jessica turns to her soon to be ex, Dante Russo, a former Navy SEAL turned investigator for the private agency, CORE, to help her fit together the pieces in this perplexing puzzle. But as Dante helps her, she realizes just how much she still craves his support—and his touch.

Dante is still in love with his wife and would do anything to have her back in his life again. He’s been miserable since she left him to deal with the grief over their daughter’s abduction, never understanding how much he grieves as well. When Jessica tells him about the case she’s working, he jumps at the chance to take part in her investigation. He’s hoping not only to save their marriage and ease his personal pain over the loss of their daughter, but to stop a serial kidnapper from taking another victim.

As Jessica and Dante work side by side, pregnant women begin to turn up missing or dead, and they start to uncover the consequences of another woman’s unfathomable grief. The childless mother doesn’t just want a baby. She wants a newborn straight from the womb.

And when forced to confront the dark and twisted perversion of a mother’s obsession, can Jessica and Dante find their lives again…or merely more death?

Ultimate Fear is available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes!

IMG_0234mason2Kristine Mason bio - I didn’t pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good came from writing it. I realized my passion and found a career I love.

When I’m not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I’m chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs.

 

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Expanding the Love plus preview–plus Giveaway!

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Thanks to everyone for reading, and your great comments! The winner of two ebooks from Lori Handeland’s stories is Charlene Fraley! Charlene, please email me at mary @ maryhughesbooks.com to claim your prize.

This month’s Favorite Things has been pre-empted for a Special Announcement! The Favorite Things Countdown will return next month in its regular time slot. :)

I write mostly romance, and mostly first-meet. New couples just starting out on their love journey. It’s great, because I get to be with them in their first flush of attraction, the heart-pounding, giddy flowering stage.

But I don’t get to explore a lot of the meaty moments found as a couple’s relationship grows–and is tested. What if he snores? What about her cold feet at night? Why does she always insist on putting those ice cubes where he’s the warmest?

What do we name the baby?

Nixie’s lost her mojo!

So I’m thrilled when Biting Love readers ask for more Nixie and Julian. I get to deal with some of the same topics that make real, committed love work over time. July 30 I released the latest in their journey as a married couple, Murder at Chipmunk Lake. *Paranormal. Hot.*

Nixie Emerson, punk rock musician and first-time mom-to-be, has a stalker. Warning: contains a cranky pregnant lady trying to control her swearing, a master vampire appeasing his wife with food and creative sex, murder, mayhem and several arguments over what to name the baby.

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NYTimes bestselling author Lori Handeland

 

Preview: Coming September 25! I’m thrilled that New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Handeland will be my guest.

GIVEAWAY! To celebrate, I’m giving away winner’s choice of two ebooks from Lori’s backlist.

Phoenix Chronicle, Nightcreature, Rock Creek Six…which would you choose? See her books here or view on Amazon or B&N.

To enter, just comment below. Let me know which is your favorite series, or if you’re new to Lori. Or tell me your favorite part of romance–first blush, making a home together, the golden years, or…?

Comment through Sunday. I’ll pick a random winner and announce on this post Monday, August 25.

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Surf’s Up!

Happy August everyone! It’s crazy how fast summer is flying by. I want to stop time. Like right now. I would not, however, have wanted to stop time two days ago. Because yesterday, the first book in my Kisses in the Sand series released! KEEPING MR. RIGHT NOW is a Red-Hot Bliss and I’m so, so excited for readers to meet Zane and Sophie. Since Zane is a pro surfer and it’s summertime, I thought I’d share a little surf speak with you today so you can be in-the-know the next time you’re at the beach.

Ready?

Backdoor: This is where Zane takes off on a wave on the far side of the peak. Then he continues to surf through the barrel.

Blown Out: Where the onshore wind turns the surf into unrideable mush.

Carve: When Zane performs a long, smooth, often powerful longer turn.

Surfer On The Beach

Cheater Five: When Zane puts five toes over the nose of the board.

Epic: Top class surf or extremely good waves. Also used to describe an awesome wave or surf session. 

Goofy foot: If you stand with your right foot forward you’re a goofy footer! Zane is a goofy footer. A regular foot is a surfer who stands left foot forward. (It’s supposedly slightly more common.)

Grubbing: Falling off your board while surfing. This would be me.

Macker: Derived from Mac truck – it means a big wave.

Men In Grey Suits: SHARKS!!

Sex Wax: The best-known variety of surfboard wax. Made by Mr. Zog. He follows me on Twitter! Totally makes me smile.

Shaka: A common hand signal used by Zane and his surfer pals, with an extended thumb and little finger. Hang loose!

Here’s a picture of me and my Shaka with some writer pals at the RITA ceremony last month during the RWA conference. Yeah, I know I’m not at the beach, I’m just dorky.

IMG_0957Happy summer!!

Keeping Mr. Right Now CoverA temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide. 

For a limited time the book is available for ONLY .$99!!

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Entitlement

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courtesy of elixher.com

What is this with entitlement, self-esteem and “you deserve (fill in the blank)”? I noticed this trend seemed to have appeared in the past ten or so years. Or its just the fact that I have a daughter and these little “self-esteem” issues seemed to pop up every time you turn around. Got a child in kindergarten? Well, you have to have a graduation into the grade school. This usually involves a dress cap and gown and a certificate is received. Excuse me … but, big whoop. We didn’t do anything like that in the olden days when I advanced from kindergarten to grade school and I like to think I turned out okay.

And, of course, the process continues when you go from grade or elementary school into high school. Used to be that the only graduation certificate you got was upon yo compleation This I gotta see

Oh, and we mustn’t damage his or her self-esteem. Who knows what damage you can unknowingly wrought in later years when she’s in therapy blaming the parents for every failure bad or short-coming he or she might manifest. Can you picture that? :lol:

Then there’s the “Getting what you deserve.” Since I now work part time, I’m home and watching more television. This subjects me to some pretty hokey commercials. The car commercials are bad enough, but when they throw in the law firms or the attorneys commercials, I just want to puke. These firms always manage to get their clients umpteen million dollars because “They deserve it.”

What’s your opinion on these entitlements? Me? I’m a believer in hard work and perseverance … which is probably the reason I’ll never be rich and famous :wink: . I can’t see having everything handed to me on a silver platter.

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