Last Saturday, I had the incredible honor of being a guest author at Lady Jane’s Salon Silver Spring. For anyone not familiar with Lady Jane’s, this is a monthly event where romance authors are invited to come and read from their books. The original salon was co-founded by author Hope Tarr and operates in New York City, with several satellite locations, including my local one in Silver Spring/Bethesda, Maryland. I was over the moon at being invited and when I found out the other authors I’d be reading with, I just couldn’t believe what tremendous and fun company I would be part of.
I learned that Critique Partners are valuable in more than just getting those first drafts a whole lot less rough, they also serve to soothe nerves. Mine did an excellent job of that and I’m so thankful to both of them–Lynne Silver (Author of the Coded for Love series) and Kerri Carpenter (Soon to be published with Entangled Publishing). These ladies own my heart, not just for their crazy good romance stories that I get to read first but for their generosity and understanding. That night I literally needed something to do to calm my nerves and asked if I could get Kerri a drink. Asked if she’d like ice in it. Got to the soda fountain and had no recollection of whether she wanted ice or not! (She did want ice, I brought it to her without, she smiled like it was the best glass of non-iced Diet Coke she’d ever received. And that is why she’s my hero.)
(Lynne Silver, me, Kerri Carpenter) Continue Reading
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
Today is a great day for a swim, don’t you think? Please join me over at my group blog where the very gracious and talented bassman, Dino Villanueva is my Guy Day guest. We’ve got a great giveaway too. Hope to see you there!
Click here for a quick lift to the Waterworld Mermaid pond!