I’m so pleased to welcome Eliza Watson back to MM. Not only is she a friend, she’s a wonderful writer. She’s doing a giveaway for a lucky commenter, too. You can see the details in her post. I’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday.
Congrats to Chelsea B for winning a copy of KISSING MY OLD LIFE AU REVOIR!
Who Moved My Brie?
I had the same computer monitor for years. It got to the point the screen was a funky gray color and it took ten minutes for it to turn on. One time when I was traveling for business, my husband called to surprise me that he’d bought me a new monitor. Rather than thanking him, I said, “Put my monitor back.” I completely wigged out. I returned home to find my old monitor intact. Phew. Disaster averted. My husband once again accused me of not liking change.
I will admit, like my cats, I am a creature of habit and I like routine. I cling to stability where I can because there is a lot of uncertainty in many aspects of my life. Eleven years ago I quit my full-time event planner job to pursue my writing. I left a stable income for freelance work, and I never know where my next paycheck is coming from. For each meeting, I am in a different hotel and city and have to adapt my eating, sleeping, and work schedules. And my writing life makes me even a little more, er, unstable. Will I publish my next book? Will I receive good reviews? And how about the sales???
It seems that when I do make a change it’s usually a major one, like quitting my job or purchasing a vacation cottage in Ireland. My husband has never been to Ireland and I never stepped foot inside the cottage, only viewed it from the outside on a recent trip there. Purchasing the home has been a roller coaster ride, but I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life when we visit there for the first time in September. I hope to pen several novels at our new cottage.
I try to remind myself that resisting change inhibits growth. Just like me, Samantha, the protagonist in my new book Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir, strives to maintain the status quo. When she escorts a group to Paris, her stability quickly deteriorates. It takes her life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life. Her story demonstrates that although change isn’t always easy, and can be very scary, it can open the door to amazing possibilities!
Do you fight change or welcome it?
I would like to thank Magical Musings for helping me celebrate the release of my women’s fiction book, Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir. Please answer the above question to enter to win an autographed print copy of Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir. (U.S. entrants are eligible for a print copy, and international winners are eligible for an e-book.) Thank you for stopping by!
Eliza’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.
When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Wisconsin working on her next novel. She enjoys bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.
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Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir Blurb
Event planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn’t foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn’t knock back beers with her clients. Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister’s whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha’s life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life.