When I heard about Beckey’s blog turning one year old, and that I could be a part of her celebration, I knew it was something I wanted to do. Through the blog “In the Pages of a Good Book”, Beckey has supported so many authors and books and it’s a real treat to get to thank her and congratulate her. And I love that she chose the theme of Friendship for the blog hop posts.
I recently moved from Virginia (where I’d lived for six years) back home to San Diego, CA. And tonight as I was sitting at the park where my son practices football, with the perfect weather all around me, I couldn’t help but think, “Man, this is the perfect place for the friends I made back in Virginia. But they’re all out there and now I’m here.” You see, I lived in Virginia for those six years, but it took me about four of them to come out of my shell and start making friends.
As an army wife the past twenty years who moved a whole lot, it was just easier not to become attached. Not making close friends meant not having to say goodbye to them when orders came down. It was a mistake I made for most of my hubby’s time in the service. But this group of Washington DC area women, they were a real force to be reckoned with. Once they had me, they really had me by the heart strings. Continue Reading
Hello friends! There are many times when I smile about being part of the Evernight Publishing family and this is one of them. Starting right now and for the next seven days, Evernight is giving 100% of profits from books sold at their site to a truly wonderful cause. Please consider visiting Evernight and picking up a new romance read, or two or three. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, erotic or any other genre of romance, pick up a book during this event and be part of something special.
♥ Take one of Carlene’s Rock Stars home today and give a child an education forever. ♥
Happy Thursday! Today is hubby’s last day at work for a while as he gets back to pursuing a lifelong dream of earning that elusive Master’s Degree. He sent me this note on Monday and I spilled a bunch of pretty pleases his way to let me share it. Please welcome my real life hero, the Fabulous Mr. Flores.
Today is my last Monday of working for the federal government. Thinking about that makes my stomach hurt, makes me nauseous and queasy. However, it also brings a smile to my face. For months, I have struggled to get up in the morning and go to work. In all of my adult life, I have never gotten up and gone to work. My Army career, through all the trials and tribulations, I never once got up in the morning and said, “All right, I am off to work.” I always just got up and did what the Army asked me to do. Being a Soldier was not work, it was my life. It was part of me. I was the Army and the Army was me. It was exhiliarating.
Even near the end, as I got older and tired easily, I loved it. I did however retire when it was time to retire. I never became that fat, old, disgruntled Master Sergeant. Do not get me wrong, I did get fat and old, but I was not disgruntled. I retired when it was time to retire, at the right time, as some might say.
Since retiring, I have worked at perhaps one of the best places to work in Northern Virginia; it is a government position, but not your typical type of government job. I work in a place that utilizes innovative technology to inform government decision makers and warfighters alike, what is occurring around the world. I work at a place that allows me to work a flexible schedule, thus balancing my work life with my family life. I work at a place that most would be envious of. Continue Reading
If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m a huge fan of Depeche Mode. And that’s an understatement.
From the days of being a thirteen year old listening to what my mom called “depressing chanting music”…
to the year 2006, when I met my musical heroes…
and held Martin’s guitar…
Good Morning & Hello May!
I’m sitting here at my desk, feeling so blessed to get to do what I do but even more so, for the family and friends in my life, new and old. It’s the first day of May, and in the spirit of finding ways to stand up and say thank you, or how can I help, or you’re not alone, I am sharing two causes very close to my heart that happen to be kicking off today. So what do you say? Want to help me give them a boost? Great!
Starting today and going until May 15, my wonderful publisher, Evernight, is donating 25% of ALL Evernight website proceeds to support breast cancer awareness. This comes at a wonderful time whether you read on an e-reader or prefer a good paperback as there are several hot new releases available in both formats. So stock up on your Springtime/Summer Romance reading supplies and support this worthy cause!
It’s also the first day of the Brenda Novak Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research which goes until May 31st. Let me tell you, the items up for bid at this auction blow me away every year! There are special sections for Readers and outstanding opportunities for Writers. There’s even cool rocker stuff like a meet ‘n’ greet with Bret Michaels!
I want to take a quick second to share my personal experience with this auction. Last year, I bid on and won a critique from one of my favorite authors, the incomparable Megan Hart. She reviewed the first three chapters of Sidewalk Flower. I’d been polishing, tweaking and submitting that baby for over a year. I can’t say for sure whether it was Megan’s critique that finally helped me submit a publisher-worthy piece of work, but I do know without a doubt that her expert, thoughtful, witty, and often hilarious comments are a part of the journey and something I’ll always be grateful for. Her comment alone, that my hero (Lucky Mason) was YUMMY sent me to the moon. Yep, Megan makes me smile like a giddy little fan girl!
So what I’m saying is, go check out this awesome auction to support diabetes research. Who knows? You may walk away with a life-changing experience of your own.
And on that note, I shall slip back into romance novel writer mode so that my next book, hopefully, touches someone the way I’ve been touched. Thank you all for your beautiful support. I’ve said it before, but truly there never lived a luckier girl.