I think the job of teacher takes a lot out of you, and one of the things is the joy of any holiday, because there always seems to be something super-stressful around any holiday. This week–the carnival. I’m with the coach, who is in charge of the haunted house, which makes the most money from anything at the carnival. He doesn’t want to do it, but he’s asked to do it, even though he does OTHER things that he doesn’t have to do. Anyway. It’s a huge pain and not at all fun.

Add to that, Fred’s been having knee problems since early this year. He’s done steroid shots a couple of times but now is having surgery. On Halloween.


Add to that, it’s still HOT. Like, unseasonably hot. Ugh.

This week:

1) Breakfast duty

2) Boy Scouts

3) PLC

4) Get ready for carnival/carnival

5) Get ready for Fred’s surgery/Fred’s surgery/take care of Fred

6) Write

7) Cook/clean/exercise

8) Enjoy Halloween???

Goals for Another Hopefully Easy Week

Not feeling great so I’m moving slow. Good thing there’s not much going on this week.

1) Work on Boom Town #3

2) Sew

3) PLC meeting. These are honestly the most boring meetings in the history of the world. An hour talking about ONE objective. Zzzzz…

4) Big grocery trip

5) Cook more. I made a menu and will shop accordingly. We’ve been eating out TOO much–bad for calories and the wallet!

Goals for a Hopefully Easy Week

I’m back from a weekend at the coast. Did absolutely nothing but eat and walk on the beach and watch sunrises and sunsets and drink wine on the balcony. I never opened my laptop, or even turned on my Nook. It ended too soon! The nice thing about this time was that Josh was here to take care of the critters. It rained yesterday here at home, so he could make sure everyone was safe and dry.

Tomorrow is an inservice, and Tuesday I’m in the gym with Coach, so I’m only teaching 3 days. Hopefully that will make it an easy week.

1) Finish short story

2) Work on the new Boom Town book

3) Faculty meeting

4) Maybe have to cook–Fred’s back at work Tuesday, so it’s back to me!

5) Exercise. I’m getting my steps most days with my Fitbit, but I’d like to move this along a little faster.



Goals for the Week of Fred’s Other Vacation

Hey, at least I don’t have to cook this week :)


1) Finish short story

2) Write majorly short short story (not sure I can do it. 1200 words? Eek!)

3) Work on 3rd Boom Town book

4) Faculty meeting

So, really, if I can squeeze in writing time, not a bad week! I see some 4 AM wake-ups ahead.

New Release–That Wild Texas Swing (Lost in a Boom Town 2)

It’s here! The second book in my Evansville series, Lost in a Boom Town, is out today! I can hardly believe this is my 25th book!

Liz Salazar has a reputation for being wild, and it’s well-earned. But the women of Evansville, Texas, choose to overlook it since she’s an excellent stylist, with her own shop on the square. But when the handsome young mayor shows interest in Liz, that’s a different story. Suddenly everyone has an opinion, and none of them are positive.

Killian Dawson has always toed the line. He continued his father’s legacy by running for mayor, and is leading the town of Evansville through the changes brought about by the oil boom. His one rebellion is his interest in Liz Salazar. He’s had a crush on her for years, and he’s ready to make his move despite the town’s disapproval.

The reaction of the town is predictable, but the more time he spends with her, the more he knows she’s the one for him. And she is ready to change her ways, but not until after taking him on a wild Texas swing.

This book gave me some fits, but I did love these characters. And I LOVE Evansville. I’m working on book 3 now and, well, I don’t want to leave!

Kindle US:  http://amzn.com/B00MD1FLNK

Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/that-wild-texas-swing-mj-fredrick/1120403116?ean=2940150490437&itm=1&usri=mj+fredrick

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/that-wild-texas-swing

iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/LV/book/id906539372?l=en

This Wild Texas Swing final

Goals for the Week That Wild Texas Swing Releases

I told Trish the other day that I could not sleep for a week and still not get everything done, between school and writing. We had TWO HOURS on Friday to work at school, and I barely made a dent. This week I’m feeling my way through a new book and doing promo as well, sooooo…..crazy. Let’s not mention that my TiVo is exploding as well. You may notice you’re not seeing me as much on Facebook, lol! Only when I’m really really tired!

So, this week:

1) Work on Two-Step Temptation

2) send out newsletter

3) update back matter in Waltz (I keep putting this off!)

4) Take out some ads for Bluestone when I get my Amazon check

5) guest blog

6) work on short story

7) Professional Learning Community meeting after school on Wednesday. No, I’m not sure what that is.

8) cook maybe? Clean? Exercise? Sew? I was really bad with calories last week, and my scale weighs me at 10 pounds more than the one at school that I used a couple of weeks ago. Oops. I knew the FitBit and the Keurig would be at odds.

So, New Covers and a Bundle

I’ve gotten the rights back and updated two books, Where There’s Smoke, my first book, and A Ghostly Charm, my paranormal. AND I bundled my three stand-alone contemporaries in one. Pretty, no?

a ghostly charm final where theres smoke Final happily ever after Final

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