weekend musings

After two different people told me this week how much they enjoyed reading my blog posts, particularly the more personal ones, I knew what I had to do—write a blog post, obviously!

The weather is sort of crappy today, but it didn’t bother me because I had obligations that kept me from enjoying the outdoors anyway. After a morning excursion to the gym, I spent several hours working on my eighth novel, the third installment of my Blogger Girl series. Now I’m doing laundry while I simultaneously write this blog.

Let’s continue where we left off last time. I’m convinced that online dating is not the way to go for me. I haven’t had any desire to meet the various men who have reached out to me. The one guy I was corresponding with before my vacation to Barbados disappeared before we could set up a date. The fact that I wasn’t at all surprised or disappointed spoke volumes as to my actual interest. The truth is, I’m incapable of getting excited about someone until we meet face-to-face and until that happens, I have nothing vested.

Since I brought up Barbados, let’s change direction, shall we? I spent six days there with five of my girlfriends over Memorial Day and it was wonderful! It was my third time there because it’s a triple threat—aside from an occasional brief thunderstorm, the weather is amazing; the seafood is fresh and delicious, and the people are super friendly. Rest, relaxation, cocktails in the pool, amazing food, and time with my besties? Yes please.

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I didn’t want to come home, but I softened the blow by taking a few extra days off from work. I caught up on the writing I didn’t do in Barbados, met up with the president of my publishing company, Henery Press, who was in town for the Book Expo America conference, and attended a cousin’s wedding with my family. I also got home just in time to watch the newly streaming third season of Bloodline. Anyone else watching it?

Back to dating. One of my author friends wants to set me up with someone—her friend’s friend. Apparently, he was very excited to get in touch with me. I gave my friend the go-ahead and haven’t heard a peep yet—shocker. Again, nothing vested. I’m also strapped for time right now due to writing obligations so it’s best not to go out of my way to add things to my social schedule. Which brings me to deadlines!

I have until September 1st to deliver my next book to my editor. I’m heading toward the end of my first draft and gave myself a self-imposed deadline of August 1st to finish. I already sent the first two hundred pages to my beta readers to give them a head start. I’m nervous because summertime always brings more social outings and I hate to miss out on excursions with my friends. I’m already stressed out about the plans I’ve made so far. My oldest sister is also visiting from Denver in late July and my close friend from Seattle in August. I need to reserve enough time to write in between my day job and all this fun stuff. On top of that, as much as I love being social, I’m an introvert at heart who is not only very comfortable with alone time, but craves it. I need it to recharge. It’s one of the reasons I’m very selective about who I date. I have very limited free time as it is and I need to enjoy my time with him as much as and hopefully more than my “me” time. That’s my test. Most men don’t make the cut, but I’m confident he’s out there. Maybe I already know him and we just haven’t crossed the line from friends to more yet. Anything is possible!

Before I bid you adieu, heads up that I will be announcing the title of my next stand-alone romantic comedy in my next blog, shortly after July 4th. I am more excited about this new release than any of my others so far. (Although I probably always say that.) Maybe I’ll also share my pictures from the mini-break I’m taking to the vineyards in Connecticut over the holiday.

Finally, my contemporary young adult novel, Kim vs. the Mean Girl, is currently on sale for $0.99 cents. If you haven’t picked it up yet, this would be a good time to get it
cheap. It’s a great read  🙂

Giveaway – 32 e-books and a Kindle Fire! (Humorous fiction June BookmarkIT Giveaway)

How would you like to win a Kindle Fire and up to 32 e-books? My publisher, Henery Press, is hosting a fantastic giveaway where you can do just that between June 7th and June 13th. Enter here!

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Good luck!

 

 

#ChickLitMay Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

“I can’t help that I’m irresistible.” I said that to my girlfriend, Kim, on our first date. It wasn’t exactly a date, more like the first time we—never mind. In any event, she was all pouty because Hannah, her high-school nemesis, was touching me.  We were at her ten-year reunion and Kim was jealous of […]

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simply catching up

Today, I’m not revealing a book cover or announcing a new release, I’m just going to share a few thoughts currently on my mind. I broke down and joined an online dating site last month. I’m not going all-in and revolving my life around “the search,” but I check out my matches every couple of […]

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Happy Release day! Kim vs. the Mean Girl

I’m thrilled to announce that my debut contemporary young adult novel, Kim vs. the Mean Girl, is now available! Kindle (Paperback should be up any minute now…) Nook High school sophomore, Kim Long, is no stranger to the “mean girl” antics of Queen Bee Hannah Marshak. When Hannah steals Kim’s diary and in front of the entire […]

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Cover reveal: Kim vs. the Mean Girl

As promised, here it is! I hope you love it as much as I do. The big release is April 20th, but it’s already up on Goodreads if you’d like to add it to your shelves. I can’t wait to share this book with you. I hope you’ll love reading it as much as I […]

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Kim vs. the Mean Girl: blurb

“Even when Hannah acts like a she-devil, she manages to come out looking like Maria from The Sound of Music.” – Kim Long “Kim Long without a story to read was like a dog without its chew toy.” – Hannah Marshak As many of you know, I planned to release Kim vs. the Mean Girl, […]

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where I’m at from A-Z (2/2017 version)

I haven’t written a “Where I’m at from A-Z” blog in a long time. Since my followers seem to enjoy it and I have fun doing it, it’s on! I’m stressed out and feeling a bit out of control about all those things I can’t make happen exactly when I want them to, so we’ll […]

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Happy release day (times 5)!

Happy Publication Day to me! With one click (times five), my sassy and humorous romantic comedies with an edge can now be downloaded to your e-reader. If you prefer print copies, don’t despair as all the books are also available in paperback AND hard cover! Even if you read the previous versions of these books, […]

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how I spent my “vacation” from being a published author

You might recall the blog I posted in May of 2016 when I told you how my publisher was closing its doors and my books would be temporarily unavailable. I confessed that I had no idea what would become of them, but promised I was working on it. I posted another blog in July, 2016 […]

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