Remembering to enjoy the season

Christmas is next week. Ach!

Are you ready? I’m ready but I’m not ready, know what I mean? The tree is up, the gifts are mostly bought, and I’ve been baking cookies and breads for our family and to give to neighbors and friends. Yet, somehow, even though the stores and media have been cramming the holidays down my throat since before Halloween, I can’t believe it’s the end of the year already.

Part of it is because I need to slow down and savor the good times. I want to enjoy the season, make lasting memories, and have fun. It’s been a great year and I’m sad to see it end.

It’s not easy to enjoy the season when you’re trying to balance regular, everyday life with all the commitments this time of year brings. I’m learning to say no to those things I really don’t want to do or the commitments our family has outgrown. It’s not personal. It’s self-care!

So here’s to the holidays. I’ve gathered a couple of things to remind us to slow down, reach out, and enjoy our lives as we say goodbye to 2014!

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Thoughts on Writing…and Coffee

People ask all the time, “where do you get your inspiration?” I give them the standard speech about being inspired by rainbows, puppy dogs, my husband, and life in general. My real answer should be…”Coffee.”

Others ask, “how do you write so fast?” I tell them about schedules and to-do lists and being organized. The real answer? Coffee.

“What’s your favorite thing about writing?”

Coffee.

“What’s the one thing you can’t do without?”

Coffee.

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I’m really not a coffee addict <cough, cough> but it’s my one vice in life. I’m inspired by many things, and I enjoy them more with an espresso. I write fast and have lots of ideas because I’m hopped up on caffeine most of the day.

Okay, so my favorite thing about writing isn’t necessarily coffee. It’s entertaining my readers, but, swear to God, I would be far less entertaining if I didn’t have my daily cuppa joe.

And I couldn’t be a successful writer without my laptop, my wonderful assistant Amy, support from my family and friends. I couldn’t do without any of them. Or my dogs. Or my bookshelf of books that inspire and motivate me.

But in the end, don’t mess with my coffee. I’m a writer. I NEED my coffee.

Luckily for me, my husband is roasting beans and selling coffee again. I get to taste test everything he makes. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. 🙂 He’s concentrating on organic, free-trade beans, and can do any kind of roast. Now I have my own personal source for the dark roast I love so much and I can have all of it that I want! Mwahahaha…

Yes, he’s totally enabling me, but isn’t that what best friends are for?

Which reminds me, it’s time for my daily pour-over.

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Now that I’m well caffeinated, I better go write!

Readers, what’s your addiction? Books? TV? Ryan Gosling?

Halloween Romance

What’s Halloween without a good romance, right?

Wait…Halloween and romance? I know what you’re thinking: Misty’s gone off the deep end. Romance is for Valentine’s Day.

Yes, it is. But romance works for any holiday, even a scary one.

Think of costumes…isn’t it fun to dress up as a couple for Halloween costume parties? Check out these ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/gailfrazier/couples-costumes/  I especially love the Pretty In Pink couple.

Even the Huffington Post has 10 Tips on How To Find Romance On Halloween: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samantha-daniels/10-tips-for-finding-romance_b_4171576.html

And what about in movies? Edward Scissorhands, anyone? The Corpse Bride? Not to mention The Lost Boys, Bram Stoker’s Frankestein, and even Ghostbusters.

In books, there are plenty of paranormal couples. Check out books by our own MM gang, many of them featuring a love interest or two:

Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep

Vampire Series by Dale Mayer

Haunted Hearts Series by Edie Ramer

Biting Love Series by Mary Hughes

Romance and Halloween do actually go together beautifully. There’s nothing like watching a scary movie with your significant other.

So embrace your wicked self and get your romance on. Who is your favorite Halloween couple?

Fall is here!

Congratulations to Anita…you’re the winner of the $10 gift card! I’ve sent you an email. 🙂

Fall…what a lovely time of year. If only winter wasn’t just around the corner.

I’m trying to enjoy any day the temp reaches 55 or over. Where I live, that can be a challenge in October.

October is a special month for me. My hubby’s birthday is this month, I found out I was pregnant in October seventeen years ago (it wasn’t until mid-November that I learned it was with twins). I love Halloween – the candy, the costumes, the ever present hint of the supernatural. Apples to make pies and applesauce. Hot cider. Pumpkins and squash and Indian corn. Oh, my!

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What do you love about October? The cool, crisp air? Pulling out warm sweaters? The leaves changing color? Digging into a good book? One lucky commenter will win a $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N (your choice!).

Celebrating Romance with Readers by Misty Evans

What is the best thing about being a romance author? I’ve been asked that question many times in interviews. Without a doubt, the best thing is the readers. Romance readers are a special brand of people—kind, caring, and generous. They send fan mail, write reviews, and act like my characters are real (they are to me, too!). Fans give me inspiration and motivation to show up at the keyboard every day.

A second “best thing” about being a romance writer is working with other romance authors. Like their fans, romance writers are a kind, caring, and generous bunch. They band together to help others, never say no if you ask them for a favor, and have your back no matter what happens in this crazy world. Many of my besties are romance writers and there’s a reason for that…they’re awesome people!

heartsI believe writing romance may have something to do with that. Romance authors are passionate people who live for a good HEA. Spreading love and happily-ever-afters around is like being a romance fairy—who wouldn’t love that? We sprinkle love dust on our characters, enchant readers, and when all looks lost in our stories, we wave our magic wand and love conquers all. In real life, we may not have magic wands, but we still believe love will conquer all.

One of the ways I love celebrating my own love for romance and HEAs is to participate in group projects. Two of my dearest friends co-write series with me: Adrienne Giordano and I write the Justice Team romantic suspense series, and Nana Malone and I write the Hit & Run Bride contemporary romance series. I’ve also been blessed to have participated in an anthology that raised money for breast cancer research and recently have had several of my books included in multi-author boxed sets. The latest set is Danger & Desire, ten full-length romantic suspense novels by bestselling authors who love a HEA as much as I do—and every one of our characters has to work for it. <wink>

Teamwork seems to come naturally to romance authors. Every author I’ve worked with has been fun, innovative, and smart. We share ideas, marketing and promotion strategies, and hopefully readers—and we’re making friends along the way.

In all of my books, multi-author projects included, you’ll find brave, damaged heroes, and tough, determined heroines. Every story looks at love in a different way, yet examines the difficult, and sometimes dangerous, road to happily ever after. For me, there’s nothing better than bringing two things I love—readers and fellow romance authors—together to celebrate romance.