December 10, 2018 @ 10:50 PM
I hope you’re enjoying family and friends. Did you get any Black Friday shopping done? I’m more of a Cyber Monday person myself. I do like *some* brick-and-mortar Christmas shopping for small items, but I try to avoid the stores' busiest shopping hours or days.
What are your favorite holiday rituals?
Most nights I can't wait to turn on the Christmas tree lights and don my holiday leggings (I hoard them) and holiday socks (hoard those, too). I'll cheat with a cup of hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows or whipped cream in a holiday mug that makes me smile. Sometimes I go for eggnog, sans the spirits. That would make me too sleepy to read a ............
October 3, 2018 @ 10:48 AM
Blue-ing up and showing my support.
October is anti-bullying awareness month. Lion Brand Yarn launched the #hatnothate campaign in partnership with https://stompoutbullying.org/Click through for more detail.
A percentage of the proceeds from Lion Brand’s blue yarn sales (during the month of October) will go to the cause. Wear and/or post the blue hat you've knitted or crocheted to spread the word and help eradicate bullying.
Don't knit or crochet? Wear any blue hat or blue shirt/top and post on your blog or social media with the #blueup message.
Details about picture above.
Yarn: Lion Brand Jeans (in Stonewash)
Pattern: The Port Haven Beanie /designer jms.............
August 17, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
I know this sort of thing has been going on for years in retail, but I'm STILL startled seeing this in July when it's 98 degrees outside in these parts. (I snapped this photo last month when I was in Hobby Lobby buying yarn.)
I love the holidays, but can we just take a minute to fully appreciate fall, my favorite season of all? Crisp, sunny days for savoring my outdoor runs, pumpkin spice lattes, changing leaves, and sweaters etc. (I'm a sweater person. Can't have enough.)
Can we give Halloween and Thanksgiving their time to shine without Frosty over here (see photo right) and Holly Jolly Christmas horning in??? lol
Speaking of holiday deco, I know I've been hella slooooow as ............
May 27, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
*I believe I willed The Vet Life, reality series, into existence. Law of Attraction. The show, which airs on Animal Planet, follows three African-Americans who attended the same veterinarian school and opened a full-service vet practice together.
If you’ve read my Mistywood Lane series, you know it features three African-American heroes who went to the same vet school and opened a full-service vet hospital together. The Vet Life debuted on Animal Planet in June 2016, about a month *after* I released my first romance in the series titled Welcome to Mistywood Lane (May 2016), highlighting Dr. Gabriel Cameron and introducing his two partners, Dr. Lance Donovan and Dr. Julian Phillips. There aren’t that many black ............
April 14, 2018 @ 10:28 PM
Didn’t want my blog to get too stale. :)
Popping in with a quick update post.
What’s up with me on the novel front?
Welp, I thought I was all set for the April release of book # 3 in The Mistywood Lane series, One of a Kind Love Affair, which features the third and oldest Sommers sister, Blaire. But revisions are taking waaaaaaay longer than I'd anticipated. I had to go back to the drawing board quite a few times.
As I mentioned in a previous post, these characters have been KICKING MY A#$. It’s not Blaire at this point. Now Julian is cutting the damn fool. They’re tag teaming me, obvs. lol
Every time I think I have a handle............
February 11, 2018 @ 11:58 AM
I hope you have a...
During this month known for romance, will you curl up with a good love story? I read and watch all subgenres of romance, but I have a weakness for romantic comedy. That's what I write. Let me rephrase that; that's what I *attempt* to write. I added *attempt* because humor is extremely difficult to nail and, like a lot of things, it's highly subjective. There's extra pressure. It's been said that it's easier to make readers weep.
What makes me double over in stitches will leave my husband stone-faced, even after I explain the ............
December 16, 2017 @ 9:25 AM
We actually had some snow after several days of above-average temps in the late 60s. What a pleasant surprise!Just a dusting. But hey, it was snow! And it looked pretty for a short time before melting because the ground was still too warm.
This season also makes me think of an unfamiliar word I noticed was a trending hashtag on social media.
What the heck is hygge?
I searched for the answer, and I found plenty of articles and even books on the topic. Talking about late to the party. I can't believe I just took note of it. Hygge, a Danish word, seems to mean enjoying life's simple pleasures at home or out-- with friends, family or alone. Some describe it as a "conscious ............
October 9, 2017 @ 11:27 AM
I've been eager to post the cover for my upcoming romance, but I forced myself to wait until I had a complete draft of the manuscript… and a title. lol
Last month, I wrote about bouts of writer’s block. And I kept ping-ponging between two titles. Couldn’t decide which one to use, so I polled a few trusted people.
The winner is One of a Kind Love Affair, inspired by the classic Spinners song. It fits the characters, and I like the throwback sound of it. If you’ve visited this blog before you know I love golden oldies, especially R&B, blues, and soul; my characters love oldies, too.
I will probably use the runner-up title, which is slightly edgier, for the fourth book in the Mistywood Lane series. ............
September 12, 2017 @ 4:47 PM
This Nora Roberts quote is hilarious. It’s a much-needed kick in the keister, too.
About my work in progress, in an earlier post, I announced the story was just “pouring” out of me, and I couldn’t type quickly enough.
Welp, I should’ve known that wouldn’t last long. With every manuscript, I always battle a bout or two of writer’s block. I’m a pantser, meaning I don’t do a whole lot of outlining, pre-planning, or pre-plotting. (I research a few things and try to do character sketches, though.)
I took a few days away from my WIP to reflect on why I’d lost some of my mojo. For me, it’s usually one of two issues 1) I don’t know my characters as well as I ............
June 27, 2017 @ 9:36 AM
Some weird glitchy stuff has been happening to my blog. If you visited earlier and got a bunch of odd repeated chunks of copy, computer code, and missing photos, sorry about that. I double-checked the post before going live. Still, something went wrong after posting. Wonder if it's associated with the stuff I've seen in the news. Anyway, here goes AGAIN. I hope we're done with that cyber craziness.
Check out the *new* cover for Welcome to Mistywood Lane. (left) Will change the look on retail sites soon.
I love the original cover of Welcome to Mistywood Lane. (lower right) When the designer sent it over, I couldn’t stop grinning at it for days. Super-duper cute in my humble opinion.
But with a ............