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As usual, I have a writerly traffic jam happening very soon. It seems like the gods have decreed that when I have one release, it makes sense to have two! So look forward to two new releases from me at the end of May, beginning of June.
First, hold on to your hats. I’m in the Footsteps in the Dark Anthology with LB Gregg, Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Dal MacLean, Meg Perry, C.S. Poe, and S.C. Wynne. This is a group of writers that I absolutely adore! My entry in the anthology is called Pepper the Crime Lab. It’s a novella length story–the planned prequel for a series of cozy mysteries.
Hope you like it! The characters are only getting to know one another in this prequel, so it has a happily for now ending. But they’ll be falling more deeply in love and solving mysteries in the future!
The powers that be have decreed that Lonnie and Pepper will be arriving around May 31, so put that on your calendars! Footsteps is not available for preorder yet, but as soon as it is, I’ll link you to this very exciting opportunity to have a little something, something from some of my VERY FAVORITE m/m mystery romance writers (and me.) It will be available in ebook, print, and eventually audio!
My next release will be Three Vlog Night, the third book in the loosely-related (and when I say loosely, I mean each can be read as a standalone) Plummet To Soar series. Ajax Fairchild will arrive in your kindle on June 4th if you pre-order, HERE
Three Vlog Night
A plummet To Soar Story…
Ajax Fairchild’s online alter ego has caused him trouble before, but never like this. After multiple death threats, his loaded parents decide he needs an enforced digital vacation and the best bodyguard money can buy.
That would be Dmytro Kolisnychenko, former soldier, former hired muscle for the Ukrainian mob—until he lost his happy home life to an enemy with a homemade bomb. Now he wants only two things: to spend every precious second he can with his daughters, and to provide for them by protecting people who can’t protect themselves—even entitled little asshats like Ajax Fairchild.
But Ajax doesn’t fit into the spoiled little rich kid box as neatly as Dmytro would like. Dmytro doesn’t have time for a romantic dalliance, and Ajax is a client, albeit one with unexpected depths. With one coincidence after another driving them to the sleepy seaside town of St. Nacho’s and away from their planned safe house, they grow to trust each other and find that love follows trust. Now they must learn where the threat to Ajax is coming from and neutralize it… before it’s too late for their happily ever after.
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I finally get to show this off. I’m so proud to be among this lineup of fabulous authors! Coming in May. Can’t wait!
It’s January 7th already!
It seems like I haven’t been out on the interwebs forever. Part of that is because my family has been home for two weeks, and part is because we not only have holidays here, we have three birthdays right after Christmas. Busy, busy!
But now that everyone’s back to work, I have breathing room to think about what’s going on in my life.
I hate making New Year’s resolutions. I never keep them. I don’t expect that after the first of a new year I’ll suddenly become a gym-goer, or a radically clean homemaker. It’s way too much pressure.
What I can do is continue making the small changes I started a few years ago. Cook more healthy food. Tidy things on a schedule, move a little more each day than I really want to. Look forward, not back.
I’m not gonna lie–I lost ground at the end of the year with regard to some of my goals. I held on to healthy eating by my toenails, and my 80-20 rule (eighty% of what I eat is supposed to be nutritious) got flipped around to maybe 20% nutritious and 80% Lord Have Mercy. And that’s on a good day. I really do need to get more exercise. I have yet to put away the holiday decorations. But I don’t see any of that as a drastic change. It’s all more of a course correction.
I don’t see my life in terms of what I’m not doing right. I’m all about enjoying the people and things I love. My life is about loving a journey that isn’t always going to go in a straight line.
Every day, I learn new things. Thanks to a Christmas gift from my family, I’ve become a proficient sous vide chef, so we’ve been enjoying a LOT of perfectly cooked fish. I have an Insta-pot, so we can make healthy meals in a flash. I have a local gym membership, and I might decide to actually go. Or I might lie in bed for a whole day reading, and I’ll feel good about that too.
What I believe is every day is a wonderful opportunity for a fresh start. Every day can be the beginning of a brand new journey. All it takes is one step.
Where do you want to go today?
Today I’m a guest over at author’s Lex Valentine’s 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway! To enter and learn more about Lex’s 8th Annual Book Giveaway click here!
As fall approaches in what could arguably be called A Most Difficult Year, I am downsizing to a new house. This is bittersweet for me because I love my old house so much. It’s the house where my kids grew up, the house that has their little handprints in the cement. There’s no real reason for me to feel so sentimental about a place, though, because I’ve lived in many houses, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to take the people you love with you, it’s all good.
My oldest son and daughter have graduated from college. Alexander lives in Escondido now–he’s healthy, happy, in a stable, long-term relationship, and has a great job. My daughter has a great job, but she prefers to live at home because she’s not stupid and rentals are ASTRONOMICAL here.
The twins are still in school so they too, still live at home. Maxfield wants to be an actuary, and Zachary is still undecided what he wants to do, but goes to school and works very hard. The important things will travel with us. Memories. Love. Laughter. Pictures. Films and DVDs of them on Christmas mornings and in talent shows.
No, it’s more that there’s another chapter of my life looming, and I’m not entirely sanguine about it–getting OLD. I feel old. Sometimes, I find myself acting old. I haven’t yet uttered the words, “‘Get off my lawn,” but I’ve been close once or twice.
To that end, I have decided to be like one of those countries in rampant inflation that simply lop off a zero from their money system. I plan to add a decade to my imaginary life span. I am downsizing in every way possible. Eating healthy. Exercising regularly. I plan to live simply, and find a way to bring health and happiness to others too, because that’s what I’ll be missing most from that middle part of my life–the chance to be the nurturer.
To be clear, my kids are in no position yet to have children, so my grandmother days are still ahead. I guess I’ll just have to look elsewhere to do good.
In the meantime:
Hawai’i Five Uh-oh will be out in November 13, 2018
Built To Love will be out in December 18, 2018
House on Fire should be ready by January 15, 2019
And stay tuned for Three Vlog Night, the third installation in the loosely related but in now way serial Plummet Series, and Hellion in the Making, part of the My Cowboy series, coming soon!