Caught Reading: February 2015

Caught Reading: February 2015

I’m celebrating the month of love with romance books!

Caught Reading: February 2015

Last month’s selections were all terrific and while I loved each book, the one that touched me the most was Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. In fact, it touched me so deeply, at one point I had to set the book down and…well, if you’re interested, I shared my discovery over at the Women Unplugged site (What I Discovered While Reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert).

And now I’m looking forward to another month with my nose in some great books. How about you? What are you reading this month?

Here are my February reads:

The Deceived by Linda StyleCrazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan

Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia KentOn Deadly Ground by Susan Vaughan

One in a Million by Jill ShalvisThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Caught In Transition: Scattered and Splattered

Caught In Transition: Scattered and Splattered

I’m usually a mess. Scattered and splattered and easily brought down. I used to blame it on my creative nature. After all, I’m an artist. I wholeheartedly embrace the insanity gene I inherited from some long-dead ancestor. I mean, how else can I account for those voices whispering in my head?

But I’m in transition now, working to separate THOSE voices from MY voices.

Scattered & SplatteredIf I allow it, MY voices loudly berate me because the dust bunnies are on the rampage and the fridge is empty…again. And listen, the roads will be icy tomorrow and I might have to leave my house and navigate ice covered streets better made for skates. And gosh, wouldn’t it be fun to head somewhere warm—sans computer—and lie on a beach and listen to the waves crash against the shoreline? Maybe spend the winter chilling with a bottle of sunblock in my hand instead of a snow shovel?

However, with a deadline fast approaching, my life and my thoughts must revolve around the keyboard, and the voices that whisper their story in my ear. So when MY loud voice intrudes, and I get caught up in thoughts of tasks undone, past regrets, and unlikely-to-ever-occur fears, I take a deep breath, release it, and remember…all that exists is this moment, this day…and I unsplatter and get back to the business of completing this book.

Scattered & SplatteredIt doesn’t matter our age, whether we work inside or outside the home, whether we have children or not, whether those children are at the diaper stage, or full grown and on their own.

Life is too short to focus on past regrets or future fears. There’s only enough time today for…well, the moments that make up today.

So tell me…do you celebrate each moment as it happens? Or do the voices in your head demand you spend time on past regrets and future fears and everything in-between? Please tell me in the comments below what you plan to do in the moments after you leave this page. And then tell me whether or not you’ll intentionally and deliberately block out the disruptive voices so you can immerse yourself in the joy of each moment.

Caught Between Reading & Writing: January Reads

Caught Between Reading & Writing: January Reads

For most of 2014, I didn’t read. It’s sad, I know. For someone who used to read a book a day, the busyness of last year turned me into a text/email/internet/blog addict. And somehow the joy of selecting, reading, and losing myself in a good book became…well, lost.

Thankfully in December I got caught by the reading bug and read four wonderfully awesome books:

Divergent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica RothWhat I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

I’ve set a 2015 intention to read a book a week, and to keep me on track, I’ve joined the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. If you’re a member of Goodreads, or plan to become one, I hope you’ll join the challenge.

And if you choose not to, that’s okay. You can join me right here and help me on my 2015 reading journey by sharing the books you’re reading (or have read or plan to read).

So this month, I’ve chosen:

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertBurned Too Hot by Ann Voss Peterson

Stillwater Rising by Steena HolmesThe Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Happy reading!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas-Tree-2014The Christmas tree is up, the house decorated with Santas, and last weekend I baked till I dropped. 🙂

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost at the end of another year. And now, after all of the mini family emergencies that seemed to consume 2014, I’m excited for 2015.

The current WIP is almost done. Yes, this time for real! The oldest son gave me a deadline of December 23…or he threatened to take away my much loved MacBook Air for an entire month. Gosh, without my computer I might have to resort to clearing the dust bunnies out of the house!

Needless to say, I’ve been madly typing away on the book, and I’m thrilled to say that I’ll have the ALMOST final draft done by the 23rd…although he says we’ll discuss the consequences of not quite meeting the deadline. When he comes home on the 25th, I may have to pad lock the notebook to my ankle.

Christmas-Santa-2014Hey, it’s all okay and I’m looking forward to starting a new story by the end of January. You see, the other night after supper, I sat down to choose my Word-of-the-Year (something I learned from my amazing life coach, Christine Kane) and PROLIFIC is 2015’s word. One of the questions on the Word-of-the-Year worksheet requires me to list 10 things that this word will help me create or manifest or attract. And at the top of my list was “I will have created strategies to stimulate ideas”.

And boom-bang, the next morning I woke up with an amazing story idea…or at least the opening chapter, which is usually what my Muses give me to work with, right before they dump me and tell me to go figure out the rest of the book by myself. 🙂

So until 2015, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. Happy reading!

Addictive Reads Holiday Giveaway!

Addictive Reads Holiday Giveaway!

Addictive Reads Holiday Giveaway 2014Welcome to the Addictive Reads 2014 Holiday Giveaway! Check out the details below. But first, here are my top ten favorite holiday foods (in no particular order):

1) Gravy … on everything but salad and dessert. 🙂

2) Pecan Pie – store bought, homemade, restaurant … it’s all delicious!

3) Chinese Salad – with cabbage, brussel sprouts, slivered toasted almonds, green onions and a delicious dressing.

4) Peanut Butter-Butterscotch Chips-Marshmallow squares – the only thing better is Lindor milk chocolate. Actually, come to think of it, the squares AND chocolate would taste pretty awesome together. 🙂

5) Mom’s lettuce salad – the taste is all in her dressing, which apparently only she can make. I’ve never been able to duplicate it.

canada-cornstarch-shortbread6) Shortbread cookies – straight off the Fleischmann’s Cornstarch box (I’ve been using this recipe forever!)

7) Lazy Cabbage Rolls – rice, sauerkraut and bacon cooked together in the oven.

8) Lindor Milk Chocolate – melt in my mouth!

9) Poppycock – click here for the recipe.

10) Christmas cake slathered with butter

So now what’s your favorite holiday dishes?

And now for the giveaway details…

From December 12-31, 2014, the Addictive Reads authors will be hosting a giveaway. Enter our rafflecopter and you could win a Kindle Fire HD 7 pre-loaded with over 30 novels, novellas, and short stories (an approx. retail value of $239). For all of the details, click here.

Additional prizes include $50, $20, and $15 gift cards. Winners of the gift cards can choose to receive their cards from Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Google Play.

Please note: only U.S. entries will be eligible to win the grand prize of the Kindle Fire HD 7. Winners for the gift cards will be selected from world wide entries.

And one last holiday prize from me … leave a comment below telling me what your favorite holiday food is and you’ll be entered in a draw to win an ebook from my backlist (winner’s choice).

Enjoy and good luck!

[Updated January 5, 2015]
AND THE WINNER of the ebook from my backlist is … Andrea Minier! Congratulations, Andrea. I’ll be contacting you via email so you can let me know which of my ebooks you’ve selected.

To see the list of winners for the Kindle Fire HD 7 (pre-loaded with over 30 novels, novellas, and short stories, an approx. retail value of $239), plus the additional gift card prizes, please click here.

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