Hello, my friends!

I want to start this post by thanking so many of you for the birthday wishes earlier this week on Facebook!  I love how easy and fun it is to connect that way and it was lovely to get so many wonderful posts. And all the pics of cakes!  Thank goodness you can’t absorb the calories through the visuals!

Here in my world two things are going on simultaneously on the writing front – Nanowrimo Prep-tober and rewriting the first book in the Anderson Brothers’ series, which is currently titled Passionate Heat. I’ve been toying with my sexy Hanukah story as well, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish that for this year.

I am also working on putting the pieces together for my first newsletter, which I hope will go out later this month. If you’re not on my mailing list, just sign up for the free story (it’s a sexy Little Mermaid retelling called Legs) and you’ll be on the list. The newsletter will include updates, freebies, and monthly challenges which I hope will inspire you to learn more about your heart’s desire. If there’s anything else you want to hear about – let me know!

I know I’m a day late posting this and that’s because I really wanted to take some time to think about what I wanted to write this week and why. I found, re-reading my own posts, that the tone wasn’t what I wanted to be sharing with you here. It read as though it were trying too hard to make a point. There was no fun in what I wrote – and that probably wasn’t going to inspire any of you to take steps toward your heart’s desire, which you know is important to me.

It also wouldn’t inspire you to want to read my books, so I’m working to change the tone to make it more fun here, more like we were talking over a cup of coffee and a favorite sweet at the local coffee shop.

Look – I managed a Wizard of Oz reference

See the woman in the picture above? I want you to get to know her. So, let’s go in a different direction. Here’s a little bit about me at the moment:

I recently read Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline and it was one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s one of my top five ever. When I finished reading it – I couldn’t start a new book for two days. I wasn’t ready to go into someone else’s world. Not yet. I’m listening to it on audiobooks with my son who is a retro video game player and he is loving it just as much as I do. We’re avoiding the trailers for the movie coming in March because we don’t want the filmmaker’s (Speilberg!) visual in our heads until we’re done.

I’m now reading Cherie Priest’s Hellbent, an urban fantasy with a vampire heroine. It’s the second of the series – although, sadly, I don’t think she’s written any more.

I saw It by myself last week when my sons went away for the weekend. I was in a nearly empty theater – and it was terrific. I’m definitely going to see the second one when it comes out. Other movies I’m looking forward to seeing before the year is out:

  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • CoCo (the new Pixar film)
  • The Last Jedi (can you believe it – tickets are already on sale!)

You all know my favorite movie, so what else can I tell you?

I love getting my nails done and I wear them on the long side (acrylic – they don’t break. So handy). I love Betsey Johnson accessories, 80’s music in the car, movie soundtracks when I’m writing. I still love playing with makeup – Ulta and Sephora are danger zones. I’m not a great cook, housekeeper, or good at driving slowly. I love spending time in New York City, at the ocean and in the theater (haven’t been in TOO long!). Broadway and musicals were my first love. I once hoped to be on the stage. I struggle with my weight, having patience, and I’m a terrible proofreader of my own work. I have two sons and will be celebrating 21 years of marriage this December.

Oh, and don’t talk to me before I get through at least half a cup of my morning coffee. Maybe you should wait until I’m a little further into it.

So… tell me about you? And what else can I tell you about me?

About me – let’s go off on a tangent
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