Every day I look out my office window and see this:
And typically from October to March, when I stand up from my desk to take a break, I see this:
While the winter landscape can be utterly gorgeous, by January we’re dying to leave our winter jackets and gear behind, and escape the cold.
This year we headed to sunny Las Vegas to enjoy the heat and catch a few shows. Unfortunately, a cold front had moved into the city and we were forced to take our winter jackets along with us. (Yes, seriously, I’m not kidding!)
One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to The Mob Museum. Located in the downtown section of the city, we hopped onto the local transit bus and made the six mile journey from Caesars Palace north to 300 Stewart Avenue.
No doubt you’re wondering why we would choose that particular site to visit.
Book four in the Caught Between series, titled Caught Between the Mob and a Hot Cop, is set on Serendipity Island at the Heavenly Estates Retirement Home. This story is about a plain Jane princess who is trying to save her family’s legacy, a hot cop who’s investigating a money laundering scheme, and retired mobsters determined to keep their home.
Of course, my story won’t have the violence level of the movie The Godfather. In fact, there won’t be any mobster violence at all. Instead, you’ll find humor, hijinks, a love story or two, and aging mobsters who will do anything to save their home, even if it means resurrecting their old careers.
Have you ever been to The Mob Museum in Las Vegas? Do you think a laugh-out-loud romance story with mobsters is possible? Let me know in the comments!
I recently took some time off from writing the upcoming books in the Rocky Mountain Series to clean up my website. If you don’t already know this about me, then I have to tell you how much I love building websites. It’s like play, so taking a few days off from writing to work on the site is no hardship.
Anyway, a couple of years ago, I created pages for each individual book with hopes of giving you all an insight into the development and writing of each story. However, I didn’t complete the pages and they’ve been sitting there. I’ve never really talked about them because they’ve been half done and messy. But now, finally…
Ta da! Just go to my books page, click on any cover, and you’ll get the inside scoop on that particular story. Character info, blog posts I wrote giving the inside scoop on the stories, and more. Or click on the images on this blog post and get taken directly to the first book in the series (where you can then access the other books in the series).
I’ll be adding more tidbits and extras to these pages, so check back occasionally to see what’s new.
Do you like getting the inside scoop on your favorite stories? If so, what kind of things are you interested in seeing more of?
Did you take part in the Be My Valentine Giveaway? My Sweet Man did the honors and drew from the names of everyone who entered. If you posted a comment in multiple places, then your name went into the draw multiple times.
And the winner is … Angel H. C. Congratulations Angel! Please send your mailing address to my email at sheila @ sheilaseabrook-dot-com so I can mail you your book.
Thanks so much for playing along, everyone.
Did anyone do anything exciting to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We joined my siblings over at my mom’s place, ordered in food, and enjoyed good food with good company.
While I’m working on storylines and figuring out timelines for the Rocky Mountain books four, five, and six, I decided to do a giveaway of a very special book.
This book has never been released to the public in print or ebook form. In fact, I put it together specifically to send to Oldest Son’s father-in-law who lives in Columbia and wanted something short to read so he could practice reading his English.
The book is comprised of one short story and two novellas (Baby Fever, Wedding Fever, and The Valentine Grinch). All you have to do is find this Valentine image on Facebook, Instagram, or right here on my Blog, and leave a comment. The more places you leave a comment, the more often your name will be entered into the draw.
Say hello, tell me what the weather is like in your part of the world, or share the color of your favorite food…whatever you’re in the mood to talk about. One lucky person will win a signed print copy of this very special book.
Deadline to enter: February 17, 2018
[Special Note: My apologies to everyone who received a duplicate newsletter this morning. Oops…my fault…sorry!]
Do you ever have the urge to just pack your bags and run away…from like, everything? The day job? The night job? The housework, the laundry pile, the grocery shopping, cooking and paying the bills? The utility representative who totally pisses you off? Maybe even (shut the door!) the husband and kids?
I totally get it because I’ve been there more than once.
Sadly, I was born with the responsibility gene, and I’m sure that many of you were too. It’s one of those genes that makes you put all other needs before your own, even when soul deep, your body is shouting NOOOOOOOOOO!
My favorite spot to run to is this little island in the South Pacific. Ocean, beach, gentle surf…a little bit of heaven on earth. And when I can’t escape to paradise…
…I’ve found escape in books. It’s one of the reason why I decided to set my laugh-out-loud Caught Between series on a tropical island in the Caribbean. When I’m feeling the urge to escape and can’t, I can always immerse myself in reading and writing. And what better place—especially in the dead of winter—is there to write about than a place with the sound of the ocean waves in the background and warm temperatures year-round.
So now tell me in the comments…where do you go to escape? And when you can’t escape, what’s your favorite escape activity?