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Thankful Thoughts…


It’s been a long time since I last made an entry on this site…too long.  Joan Chandler had herself almost four months of publicity for her latest book, Bama Bride, as it was my last entry before I went off the grid.  No, I didn’t spend the last four months at a weight loss boot camp, though I certainly would have benefitted from such an adventure.  I finally changed the background on my computer this morning.  It had the quote, “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.”   Well, yes, I will, but I just keep pushing back “today”, so I changed it to another inspiring background, a picture of Richard Armitage from the Esquire UK photo shoot. Now that, my friends, is truly inspirational, yet I don’t think weight loss is what it inspires in me.

This year has been one of the most difficult of my life.  It rivals twenty years ago when I was at death’s door with pancreatitus.  It rivals those months after giving birth to my incredible son when I fought post partum depression (having a baby at 40 when you are a person with very rigid routines can be overwhelming).  Yet, in spite of it all, I recognize I have MUCH to be thankful for today.  Here are a few of those things, not necessarily in any order of importance (sorry, but the list is more for me than you):

  • My husband is madly in love with me, and thinks I am “so beautiful” (now I will NEVER add my picture to this site!)
  • My son is healthy, smart, kind-hearted, and has a sense of humor that he thinks will have him being “the last comic standing”
  • My father is beating the odds and mystifying his doctors by still being alive when given only months to live after being diagnosed with mesotheilioma over a year ago.  He is not bed-ridden, uses oxygen only as needed, and walks around the yard picking satsumas and lemons off trees he planted years ago.  He will be at our Thanksgiving dinner this evening and not “on the hill by the pond” at a local cemetery.  (This does kind of rank at the top of the list this year!)
  • I have a family that loves each other ( even if we don’t always agree with each other’s choices/opinions )
  • I have close friends I can be my true self with – one that I work with, and one that was my college roommate.  They’ve seen me through the good, bad, and the ugly and have made me laugh through it all, and I mean laugh until you cry kind of laughing!
  • I have found joy in writing, and best of all, there are people that seem to enjoy reading what I write.  That humbles me like nothing else.

This year has been difficult for multiple reasons, but the most challenging of the difficulties has been centered around family issues (Thankfully, not concerning my husband and child.).  It has been over a year since I have been able to write anything.  Writing had become my outlet when needing an escape, but during this time, the words wouldn’t come.  During the last month, a seed of an idea has been planted in my brain, and it hasn’t withered yet.  I am going to move forward with this idea, and hopefully it will grow and flourish, becoming a new story that can provide an escape for those that have honored me with their interest in my work.  Maybe today will be that “today” that I start a new book, and another year won’t go by without something to show for my love of writing.

I hope that each of you find a moment to think of the things you are thankful for today.  When I was a child, I belonged to a girls’ group at my church, and the scripture verse we quoted weekly was Philippians 4:8 (KJV).  It spoke of thinking on things that are true, just, good, honest, lovely, and of good report.  I believe I am going to begin dwelling on such things, even in the face of adversity.  I’ve felt that during the last four months I have “dropped my basket” (YA-YA Sisterhood term).  I felt tired of fighting things I really had no control over, and let a sense of hopelessness settle over me until I had unknowingly wrapped it snugly around me like a hooded cloak.  I have hidden inside that cloak of hopelessness for far too long.  I’ve let myself go for far too long.  I haven’t taken care of myself like I should, and it will be my husband and child that suffer if I don’t turn my ship around now.  I’ve tried to always be positive and encourage others to be positive.  Now, I guess it is time to pick up my basket and start filling it with those things that are “good, pure, honest, lovely, and of good report” because they do exist, I just haven’t looked very hard for them lately.  I’ve been living  Scarlett O’Hara‘s philosophy of “Tomorrow is another day.”  It’s time to start living and doing things that count TODAY.  I can never get these hours back.  I’ve wasted too many precious days already.  I’m glad we had this time together.  You have helped me more than you know.  I hadn’t planned on any of this chatter, but I seem to have convinced myself to move beyond hopelessness and see all the many bright paths that are open for me to follow.   I will just have do what the song says from the Christmas children’s TV special Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and that is “Just put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking out the door!”    HAPPY  THANKSGIVING  EVERYONE!!

Ladies, here’s a little something “lovely” to think about…

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Forget “Elf on a Shelf”…Try “Thorin on a Shelf”!

Joan Chandler and I did a bit of holiday shopping this weekend.  We couldn’t help but grin about seeing the signs of the movie “The Hobbit” there in Toys-R-Us.  Lego sets were all over the shelf.  Of course you have to buy them all if you want to have the complete cast of characters.  We moved on from Legos to the boys’ toy section, only to turn the corner and find a huge display of “The Hobbit” action figures.  It is no secret to our faithful followers that Joan Chandler and I have an appreciation for the talents of British actor, Richard Armitage who will play a leading Hobbit character, Thorin Oakenshield.  Joan and I spied a Thorin action figure in a set of characters and she chuckled and said, “Forget the Elf on the Shelf.  I’ll take Thorin and Kili on the Shelf!”  She took out her trusty phone and snapped a quick pic of the toys and promptly posted it on Twitter, standing right there in the middle of Hobbit toys!  Kili is the nephew of Thorin, and played by Irishman, Aidan Turner (from BBC’s Being Human).  He has a faithful following as well!  Here is here snapshot of the two dwarves:


If you enjoyed The Lord of the Rings trilogy, this movie is for you.  It is the prequel to the “Rings” trilogy.  It will be released in three parts, and was directed by Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings films.  As you can see from my countdown calendar, there are only 12 days until the premiere of The Hobbit in Los Angeles.  This will be an early Christmas present for MANY fans!

Have a great week!

Our Own Version of BLACK SKY…

Richard Armitage in picture tweeted by director of BLACK SKY  (yes, this is the official “costume” of a high school teacher.  I should know.  I’m married to one!  Can’t go wrong with a button-down shirt and khakis!)

If you are a Richard Armitage fan, then you probably know he is already working on his next film, Black Sky.  It is a “weather film” dealing with tornadoes I believe.  Well, here on the Gulf Coast, we are hanging out with Hurricane Issac.  We’ve been out of school for two days now, and will be out again tomorrow (it’s actually Wed. now, but 2:15 in the morning).  We had one full week with our students and then got 3 days off for Hurricane days, and will have next Monday off for Labor Day.  What a way to start the new school year!!  It is really messy outside and the wind is blowing fairly strong.  My husband, also a teacher, has been glued to the Weather Channel for days now.  I got up tonight because I heard the Civil Defense alarm go off in the distance indicating a tornado warning.  My three Pomeranians are sawing logs right now, so I think that we may be okay.  They are our personal bad weather indicators.  Guess I’m just listening out for the “freight train” sound.  At least over the summer we cleared out our tornado safety closet in the basement.  It was piled chest high with the toys my son had accumulated for the last 11 years.  At best, all we could have done is thrown ourselves on top of the pile and hoped for the best.  Now, it is basically empty and we will not risk being pelted with Thomas the Tank Engine trains and track.  Well, guess I’ll go back to writing.  I am trying to finish the last 2-3 chapters of my next book before I have to go back to school on Thursday.  My cover for Memphis Heat arrived today via email.  It is interesting to say the least.  I was thrilled with the cover of One Sizzling Summer.  The cover artist for Memphis Heat is new and I will just have to stare at it for a while to get used to it.  Hey, it’s a book with my name on the cover.  I’m living my dream to be a writer, so I am happy.  Hope you all stay safe.

Inspiration, Encouragement, and Just Plain Funny!

Sorry to have been MIA for the last week or two.  I am up to my eyebrows in completing my second book, Memphis Heat.  I hate to not write a thing this week, so I am going to leave you with a few posters that have inspired and encouraged me, as well as some that made me really laugh out loud.  Several (maybe all?) came from  fellow blogger, I Want to Be a Pin Up, whose blog never disappoints me.  She loves vintage everything, and does a great job posting these vintage posters and advertisements.  She also shares an appreciation for all things Richard Armitage, which practically makes us blood sisters in my book!  If you’d like to check out her vintage- themed site, go to www.iwanttobeapinup.wordpress.com .  I’ve been following it for quite a while, and will continue to do so!  Now,  for the promised posters…ENJOY and have a wonderful, productive week!

This one is the background on my laptop, and has helped me continue to follow my “Get in Better Shape” routine!

    Here is another one I like for this purpose: 

Now,  for more inspiration and encouragement:


Now, these are just for laughs (I love the sassy ones!)


And finally, just to make your day (mine anyway…):

  Richard Armitage  (soon to be seen as Thorin in The Hobbit!)

Jazzed and Ready to Write!

Joan Chandler and I got home this afternoon after spending three days in workshops about writing, talking to writers, and even doing some writing.  We learned a lot, and I am ready to put into action some of the things I learned from those more experienced in the writing world.  I am setting some new goals and have a few new ideas for the blog.  One thing I’d like to do is share with you the good books that I come across in the romance genre.  I got a ton of new books at the conference, and I’m itching to get started reading them.  As I complete the books, I will let you know how they were (without giving away any crucial information to ruin it for you if you choose to read it, too!) and maybe it will turn out to be something you like as well!

Tomorrow, I will tell you about the most recent book I read, The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Rachel Van Dyken.  I had trouble putting it down, even though it would be 1:00 in the morning, and I knew I had to get up in a few hours to go to work!

Fairy Tale Fantasy…

Yesterday, Joan Chandler and I made a trip to meet with other writers to prepare goody bags for those that attend our GCCRWA Silken Sands Writers Conference that will be held at Pensacola Beach next weekend.  We took a long “detour” to our destination, but did arrive for the last few minutes of the gathering.  While there, I realized that the room was filled with men and women that write fantasies for people to read to escape from their everyday lives for just a little while.  The genres are everything from paranormal, romantic suspense, young adult, erotic romance, to classic fairy tale romances.  A lot of active imaginations were there, and will converge on the shores of Pensacola Beach next week.  I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new ways to polish my craft.  I love fairy tales, and that is what I have written in One Sizzling Summer. 

Joan Chandler came back from our meeting and created another book trailer to let people know about the fairy tale romance that can be found in my book, as well as her book, Perfectly Imperfect.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I watched it this morning!  Find yourself a good fairy tale to read and embrace the “Happily Ever After“.  Have a great week!  If you have a day that is less than happy, just drop by and watch this video again…it will boost your spirit! :)



Smokin’ Hot Book Trailer!


 My buddy, Joan Chandler, has done it again!  She has created a book trailer featuring her book, Perfectly Imperfect, and my book, One Sizzling Summer  in a “friendly face-off”.  All fans of Richard Armitage need to pull up a chair for this one, because YOU WILL hit “replay” when it is over!  Her trailer for Perfectly Imperfect was awesome.  Her video of “Little Guy in the Big Easy” was hooty, but this… you’ll have to decide for yourself,  Here is the link to YouTube to watch it:


Alas…All Good Things Must End…

Well, my friends, it is Sunday evening, and at the stroke of midnight, my week-long vacation will officially be over.  But I must say this week has been sheer bliss.  I have made no demands on myself, neither has anyone else.  I have spent the better part of this week here in my raspberry red leather club chair, with my feet propped up on the matching ottoman, with my laptop firmly attached to my lap, with my faithful ChowPom, Sasha at my feet. (another sentence that is nearly “paragraphic”, riddled with commas!).  My SO has been right here with me (as he was off as well), and never once did he walk past me in my cozy nook and whisper the word “Slug” under his breath.  He kept cups of hot coffee, hot tea, and cold Diet Dr. Peppers coming my way as I read emails, blogs, made comments, viewed videos, wrote blogs, and took up residence in the blogosphere.   He sat across the room and told me how much he loved me and to do whatever made me happy this week.  So I did.

I made a trip to New Orleans with my dear friend Joan Chandler so we could  try to give our kids a getaway this week, and ended up making the trip all about us and “Little Guy” (my son still calls him “Little Richard“, so I guess I’m fighting a losing battle on that one). You can check out our blogs for a link to YouTube to see a video of our day in the Big Easy with Little Guy.   I worked into the wee hours of the morning on my new romance novel.  I would have gotten more accomplished if I hadn’t gotten sidetracked reading the posts and past posts of fellow bloggers, Angie, Pin Up Girl, bccmee, and RAFrenzy.  These women became real friends over the past week, and have my upmost admiration for seemingly being themselves and not some persona they want to project into cyberspace.  They may have fooled me, but I like the voice I hear when I read what they have to say.  They are funny, insightful, and don’t seem to take themselves too seriously.  I love that most about them.  I’m always in it for laughs, and this week has been full of them.  There is also the added bonus that they are also “major players” in the Richard Armitage Admiration Society.  I couldn’t be in better company.  Thanks, ladies!:)

Well, I must close and make sure everything is ready for the week, so that I can sit down with my husband and watch the Oscars.  I might even put on an evening gown, jewelry, and heels for the event.  Nah…probably not..who knows?  Funny thing is, my husband wouldn’t even bat an eye if I did.  He may finally be immune to my crazy antics after 25 years!

This has been a wonderful week.  Thank you to everyone that made that possible.  Now, I ask that you say a special prayer for my students as I am going in tomorrow ready to teach ARMT TEST prep with a freaking vengeance!!!!!!

Here is a prediction for next year’s OSCARS…


   RICHARD ARMITAGE  for “The Hobbit”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!l



Check out who I spent the day with in New Orleans…

As we buckled our seatbelts, about to head West to NOLA, my friend Joan Chandler announced we had a guest along for the ride.  When I saw who it was I was incredulous.  This is someone I have admired – okay, I’ll admit it – CRUSHED on for ages now.  I couldn’t believe he was now a passenger in my front seat!

Joan and I documented the trip to prove we are not lying.  Go to the link below to enjoy the pictures, and be sure to wait to the very end for a special bonus surprise!