Category Archives: Creative Writing

End Your Week With Happy Kids!

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My thirty-year high school reunion was this past weekend.  I didn’t go, but I was totally stalking the whole thing on Facebook. Everyone looked wonderful, and it sounded like they all had a great time.  But Michael was working, and I just couldn’t take my high-school BFF up on her offer of being my transport. It’s an eighty mile trip each way, and she’s a busy teacher with a lot going on in her life. To be completely honest, I was a little afraid to go. My memory just isn’t anything close to what it used to be. I don’t know if it’s the pain, the meds, the stress, or some combination of them all, but I have huge gaps in my memory. Even with nametags on I’d think – “I know him. We were in homeroom together.” Then I’d realize that wasn’t possible because homerooms were alphabetical. And some names brought no memories. I can honestly say I knew nearly every single person in our graduating class of six hundred . . . but I can’t remember the teachers, the classes, the funny stories – it’s all just gone. And that horrifies me, because I loved high school. Also, how would I answer when people asked, “What are you up to?” I mean, I don’t want to lie, but an honest response would kinda put a damper on the party mood, ya know? Talk of disability, suicide attempts, looming foreclosure, etc is a downer at parties.

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 John and I were able to catch up on the episodes of Doctor Who we’d missed in time to watch the finale together on Saturday. It was a fabulous way to celebrate the end of Marching Season and a break for us all. I wish there were more shows Michael and I enjoyed watching together, but John and I have a whole list: Walking Dead and Talking Dead are our favorites, but Doctor Who and Face Off are a ton of fun as well.

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In fact, SPOILER ALERT we were debating how long Eugene would last with the group now that he’s admitted he has no “secret cure”. Then there he was on Talking Dead afterwards, mullet still intact, so obviously he last quite a bit longer on the show. BTW, is there anyone else who finds the post-Apocalypse Beth more appealing than the actress herself? For some reason she annoys me.

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I did host my first Nerium Twitter Party on Tuesday as planned. It wasn’t a big crowd, and I still ran over a bit, so I’m going to have to edit it down before I do it again. There are just so many important facts to share about Nerium, and so many fantastic pictures! Editing my Facebook and Twitter Parties for Nerium is harder than editing a manuscript.

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Speaking of manuscripts, I’ve been a NaNoWriMo slacker this week. I could make all sorts of excuses, but what it comes down to is I just plain didn’t do it. Right now finances are more important, so Nerium comes first. Someday I will make money from my writing, but with Nerium I get paid every week. So that’s where my time and energy is going. Here’s my Nerium website if you have no idea what I’m talking about. It truly can make huge changes in the way you look and the money in your bank account!

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John turned sixteen on Wednesday! Unlike his older brother, he’s in no hurry to get his permit.  He thinks things through very thoroughly, and is appropriately cautious about the responsibilities driving will entail. Of course there’s also the issue of the sole car in the family being a massive tank that simply can’t be parallel parked. That’s going to have to be rectified before he can take his actual driving test!

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Last night I got to spend some time with the Kennedy Kaboodle for the first time in a LONG time! Even though Maeve slept through my entire visit I filled up on baby cuddling and little boy hugs. Then I got an update from Rachel on her 5K training and her favorite story in mythology. SO nice to hang out with people who understand just getting through the crazy day-to-day and enjoying the moments as they come.  And I always come away with great app or plugin suggestions, a new book idea, and some new songs in my head (in a 45-minute drive!)

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I’m Writing Again!

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My mom has turned into that old woman. You know, the one down the street who’s grumpy and mean to the trick-or-treaters? Yep, not only did she fuss at the kids who grabbed too many pieces of candy, but when some older kids came by she asked to see ID proving they weren’t over twelve. Seriously, she did! It’s a wonder her house didn’t get egged or TP’d. In this day and age it would barely have been a blip on the news if some teen had pulled a gun and shot her for not handing over the candy. And her little dog, too! Then the teen’s parents could likely have brought civil charges against her, forcing her to pay for intense therapy and medications for their child, who’d been traumatized by being refused Halloween candy.

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 I got the judges’ sheets back from a contest I entered this week. Actually I got the email last week and just let it sit unopened in my Inbox in case it said, Your writing sucks!”.  When I was finally ready to open it I saw I hadn’t finaled (oh, well), but the first judge’s sheet gave me a score of 68 out of 70! That particular judge loved my book, had some excellent constructive criticism, and offered to read the whole thing when I was done! I was pretty thrilled, but when I looked her up and saw she has three entire pages of books on Amazon, all with great reviews I was over the moon! The two other judges gave me high marks for writing style/voice, romance, and dialogue – YAY!! But one of then nearly had a heart attack over my excessive use of commas, finally reaching the end of her rope and typing in all caps: “GRAMMAR USAGE BOOKS ARE CHEAP! BUY ONE!” Yes, I do fling commas enthusiastically, but I’d never publish something without having someone else delete all the extras. The third judge gave me a truly horrible score, and she said it was because no protagonist, ever, should drink, smoke, or talk on their cell phone while driving.  I don’t think she read the whole first twenty-five pages, or she’d have had more to complain about.

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Anyway, that was a wonderful motivator to get me started out in National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t tried NaNo in a couple of years, but this year I’m going to do it, writing only in the evenings so that when I ignore my timer and keep writing through the worsening pain Michael or John will call me on it and force me to go lie down for a while.  Best part so far? When I posted my daily word count to Twitter and FB one day my very first nurse manager, from when I was a new grad in 1988, mentioned that I was ahead of her. I hadn’t realized she was a writer! So of course I invited her to the next Louisville Romance Writers meeting – and she’s coming!

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John’s high school marching band finished fifth in the state for the season, which I think is pretty fabulous. Even more fabulous is that he’s getting more rest, we’re driving less, and he has more time to focus on homework. Also, he’s got time to prepare for his driver’s permit test – he turns sixteen in a little over a week.

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Michael and I have an appointment Monday to see someone about getting help with our mortgage. He filled out lots of paperwork, copied tax forms and pay stubs, and we scheduled a phone interview on election day. We had them call on my cell since our landline is MagicJack, which isn’t worth $20 a month. Two tins cans and a length of string would be more reliable. Anyway, we were both on the sofa, paperwork between us and phone on speaker. I should have known that wouldn’t work out. Just as Michael was getting frustrated with the government employee who was telling us we didn’t qualify for a particular program because my long-term disability payments had run out (I know, it doesn’t make sense to me, either – your income has been slashed, so we can’t help you. If your income was higher – high enough to pay your bills – then we could help you) Sam started feeling left out and jumped onto the sofa, right on top of all the paperwork. So we were both trying to pull crumpled, fur-covered papers out from beneath her very large rear end when Boss started barking loudly at a squirrel or cat or something. Michael started swearing, I tried to get to the speaker button but wasn’t fast enough, and it was all downhill from there. I’m still waiting on the email this woman (we never got her name) was supposed to send me, so we will probably show up Monday with all the wrong papers.

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This was the song going through my head as Sam wiggled happily, trying to find a comfy spot on the paper-strewn sofa:

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By the way, I’m going to host my first Twitter Party! I’m pretty excited about it, too :D It’s going to be a Nerium Wine and Wrinkles Party – BYOB, of course ;) It starts at 7pm on Tuesday the eleventh, and some lucky Twitter follower will win a bottle of Nerium’s flagship product, the Nerium AD Night Cream ($110 retail value) at 8 pm. It’s going to be lots of fun, and you may get some gift ideas for Christmas! The hashtag for the party is #beautifulskin See you there!

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Give Yourself An Early Christmas Gift!





Romancing Christmas: 10 Love Stories to Spice up the Holidays


Multi-author boxed set
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Genre: Holiday Romance
Cover Artist: http://www.bellamediamanagement.com/


~~Blurb~~

Do you like your Christmas nice…or a little naughty? Bring the season into your heart with love stories to match your mood. This boxed set from 10 of today’s hottest romance authors will warm your heart even on the coldest night.


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Prizes Galore, Q&A, Authors, Readers, Books, and FUN! So what are you waiting for? Come join us and have a blast!

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Broken Protocols 3.5 by Dale Mayer



When Charmin Marvin wonders when Christmas Day would be in their new time frame, he sets events in motion no one could have expected.


Dani and Charmin lost a lot when they were brought 200 years into the future. But nostalgia brings the possibility of Christmas back into Dani’s life – if she can make it happen.

Levi hates to deny Dani anything, but all holidays were removed from his society by the government decades ago. He has no idea what she’s talking about – and when he does research and finds out – he wonders if something can be done. And someone outside of their small family wonders, too…

Dani has the best of intentions – but creating Christmas in a world that no longer knows what a holiday is makes her life very complicated very quickly.
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Shades of Holly by H. D. Thomson



Do you like murder and mystery with your mistletoe?

Enter Zach Howard, a man who’s finally managed to get his life on track this holiday season, until that is, he comes across a pair of otherworldly sunglasses. They reveal scenes of a terrifying future. Holly, the one woman he’s never stopped loving, is in danger of a psychopath. This time around, he’s determined to fight for Holly, even at the risk of his own life. But even if he manages to save her, can Zach restore her faith in him? He prays that this Christmas miracles and angels do exist.

Season For Love by Chantel Rhondeau



The specter of death tempered by beautiful miracles is all in a day’s work for head nurse Tess Riggs and pediatric specialist Dr. Dash Brisson. But discovering Christmas is the season for love could be their biggest challenge yet.

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Christmas Hope (2013 Golden Heart finalist) by Leslie Lynch 


A one-man landscape business keeps a roof over Sam Bledsoe’s head and food on the table—and keeps his badly scarred face away from curious eyes. Free spirit Becca Sweet is pregnant—and down on her luck. With Christmas and a storm on the way, living in her car is no longer an option. When Sam comes to Becca’s rescue, they discover that Christmas hope applies to all, even to them. Will hope lead to love, the most precious Christmas gift of all?

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A Christmas Miracle (a 2014 Carolyn Reader’s Choice winner) by Sandy Loyd



Megan Jenkins isn’t looking forward to Christmas, a holiday that reminds her of what she had and lost, a husband who died right after Christmas the year before, leaving her a young widow with a fatherless son to raise. During the course of this Christmas Eve, Megan experiences her own Christmas Miracle as she learns the true meaning of giving with the help of Kevin Murdock, a long-time friend who’s always been there for her.

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The Salty Carmel Christmas by Barbara Lohr


Nothing ever changes for Rachel Morgan in Paris, Indiana. And then Eli kisses her. When Rachel returns home for Christmas, she’s not exactly the family success story. The soft-spoken guy with killer blue eyes makes Rachel take a second look. Paris offers her a second chance. Sometimes life can be like a salty Christmas carmel—sweet but with a tang you remember. Sometimes the boy you leave behind is the man you want forever.

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Heating Up the Holidays by Marcia James



When Chris Spencer returns home with his daughter, he’s not looking for a second chance with his first love. And the last thing Nicky Paxton needs at Christmas time is her high school heart-breaker. But thanks to a hairless dog and a lonely child, they might get their Christmas desires.


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Insanity Claus by Carolyn Hughey


A widow of two years, Mallory Gardner is struggling to keep her business alive and still function in her dysfunctional family. Having two daughters, one of which who blames Mallory for her father’s death is enough to test anyone’s sanity. But when Arden J. Miller waltzes into town, he has other ideas—like capturing Mallory’s heart even though love is the last thing on her mind.

Can two irresistible forces deal with immovable objects, or will the effects of the holiday spirit help resolve issues previously thought to be unsolvable?

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A Family for Christmas by Tallulah Grace



Erin Matthews returns home to find closure, but she soon discovers truths that change her life forever. Luke Simmons never expected to meet a woman who sparks fire in his soul, even as his heart is breaking. Together, they find healing, and the true spirit of Christmas, in the love of a patchwork family.





A Father for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala

Single mother Kelly Kennedy can’t afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn’t believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.
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