Goals the Last Week of July

This is it, my last week of being a hermit. I’ll have a couple of appointments, and a day with Mom, but for the most part, I’m on my own. Fred’s on vacation next week, so I’m trying to get as much done this week as I can.

  1. Day with Mom
  2. Work on new book–to 40,000 words
  3. get hair cut
  4. sew something
  5. clean bedroom
  6. walk the dog
  7. Finish watching Outlander
  8. read Laura Ingalls book

Cover Criteria

I’ve been looking for new cover images for the Bluestone books. Since I’m revisiting Bluestone with a Christmas story, and need a cover for that, I decided to rebrand the lot of them. And I’ve spent WEEKS going through stock photos to find just what I want. I got a new logo this week, which I love:

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Here’s the picture for the Christmas book:

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Here’s the one I want for Bluestone Homecoming.

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I just need two more to kind of match these. HARD TO FIND.

Here are my thoughts as I’m looking for covers:

  1. Don’t look at the camera
  2. Don’t smile
  3. Don’t be wearing white. Or shorts. Or a scarf with a short-sleeved shirt. Or a hat. Or a suit on the beach (for REALZ)
  4. Don’t be holding something, like a globe. Honestly, I found the BEST picture, and he’s holding a globe. WHYYYYY???
  5. No ridiculous haircut
  6. Put a shirt on. Geez! It’s Minnesota!

What are your cover requirements?

Goals the Week of Nothing!!

Let’s see if I can turn this around. Last week I was WORTHLESS. I wrote MAYBE 20 pages all week, and I really did nothing else. I didn’t sew or craft or clean or read….ARGH. I’m so mad at myself.

  1. Day with Mom
  2. Vet appointments–one for Polka, one for YaYa
  3. Work on new book
  4. sew something
  5. clean closets
  6. walk the dog
  7. take out ads
  8. Get new covers for Bluestone books, including the Christmas one
  9. REALLY look into getting an assistant

Beach Reads Sale–20 Contemporary Romance Novels Free or 99 Cents!

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99 cents!
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99 cents
Amazon  Nook  iBooks
99 cents!
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99 cents!
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Happy Release Day to MEEEEE!!!!

The Love I want to be in Final Right Back to You Final

 

Two new books, same series. The Love I Want to Be In is already in Summer on Main Street, if you bought that. Right Back to You is Fitz’s story. And in 2 months, Mercedes’s story is coming out! Yes, I’m busy busy busy!

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Single mother Brioney Mayburn has learned about responsibility the hard way, working as a maid in the motel in the small beach town of Avalon Island, Texas and looking after her younger brother. Local jack-of-all-trades Blue Maddox was her sister’s high school boyfriend, but stayed behind when she went off to college. He’s now drawn to Brioney, admiring her drive, her determination to give her daughter the best life she can. But will Brioney look past his beach-bum facade to see who he really is?
Fitz Dawson has come home to Avalon Island after a stint in the army. After raising his brother and sisters when their dad died, his responsibilities are done. It’s time to follow his own dreams, which include remodeling an old motel on the north, less touristy, end of the island. It will take a lot of money and effort, but it will mean he can stay on the island he’s loved and missed.

Rachel Hamilton isn’t surprised when Fitz turns up at her front door when he comes back to town. They’ve always been friends and since high school, have added “with benefits” to the description. She often wonders what might have happened between them if his dad hadn’t died, if he hadn’t been left with the responsibility of raising his siblings, if he hadn’t thought his best option for providing for them was the army. She has dreams of a happily ever after, but he wants to live life on his own terms. She has to show him that she can take care of herself, and him, if he needs it. Can she turn their friendship into benefits for her?

Goals the Week of Josh’s Birthday AND Two Book Releases!

We celebrated Josh’s birthday last night, though his birthday is today, so I’m chilling, trying to figure out how I’m the mother of a 24-year-old when I don’t feel much older than that myself! Okay, maybe I get a lot more tired than I used to, but mentally…

Two books releasing Tuesday means it’s going to be a busy. I am :thisclose: to hiring a virtual assistant, but getting all that set up makes me freak out. But I probably should do that before I go back to work.

  1. Josh’s birthday
  2. Work on new book
  3. Day with Mom
  4. Lunch with friend
  5. Launch Avalon series
  6. Newsletter/ads, including an extra promotion that I’m doing with 20 authors
  7. Look into rebranding the Bluestone books
  8. Clean closets
  9. sew something (which I haven’t done all summer)
  10. walk the dog
  11. And I REALLY want to start reading that Laura Ingalls book!
  12. WATCH OUTLANDER–I’ve been putting it off until I wasn’t busy, but I’m never not busy!
  13. Color hair. Blue highlights this time, I think.

Our NYC Adventure–the Last Day

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Monday, we had planned to get up early to go to The Today Show, but then we were going to meet the boys at Grand Central Station, and didn’t want to walk back to check out, so we slept in a bit, then packed and dressed and checked out. While we were on the elevator, Sharon went to our room looking for us, and came back down and was waiting for us in the lobby. We spent about ten minutes sitting with her and Bill, then they headed off to breakfast with his brother and we went to Grand Central to meet the boys, who were late, as usual. Mike was meeting his friend from Florence, who was there in town for a bit on his way home from Flordia, so we met up, had lunch at Shake Shack (GOOOOD burger) and bought Magnolia cupcakes. Then Mike and Will were supposed to meet his family at our hotel at 12:30, so we took the subway (and we were in the BOWELS, let me tell you.) Took us longer to walk down than it would have taken us to walk the distance. When we got out, the family texted that no, they were meeting at the OTHER hotel. So we could have stayed at Grand Central longer, because we just came back so we could see everyone. So Mom and I did some souvenir shopping, then just sat at a shaded table in Times Square, because we didn’t have to meet the shuttle until 2.
We went back to the hotel around 1:30 so we could use the restroom and get something to drink from the gift shop. We sat in the lobby and ate our cupcakes. There was a German lady and her daughter and they smiled when they saw the boxes and the lady patted her behind, like they were fattening. Probably, but we walked it off, I’m sure!
We got on the shuttle, and the driver had to go to different hotels to get different people, so we were in traffic (OMG TRAFFIC) for an hour! But we got to the airport with plenty of time, he dropped us RIGHT off at the Delta place. We walked in, printed our boarding passes, checked our luggage, went through security (For some reason on this trip, we got the TSA precheck, which meant we skipped all the PITA security. We didn’t have to take out our electronics or anything). Our gate was RIGHT there, on the other side of security. But JFK has put in all these tables instead of rows of chairs like San Antonio has, so it was hard to find a place to sit. There aren’t enough seats for everyone who will board the plane. So ridiculous. We found a seat because another flight was boarding, but there were no plugs to charge our phones. I went to get us some drinks from Wendy’s and when I came back, Mom had moved to one of the tables and was charging her phone, lol. So she talked to Joe while we were there and he said we could ask if we could sit together so I did, and they changed our seats! I didn’t get to work at all, but I was relieved because I thought Mom would be too nervous by herself.
Then Fred came in to meet us at the terminal. He’d had dinner with Joe and then went to the house to hang out until we called. When we got home, I talked his ear off for like 2 hours. He’d cleaned the house and even made the bed!
Whew!
Okay, what we ate:
burger
fries (an order split 3 ways)
Magnolia cupcake
Wendy’s strawberry lemonade
cookies on the plane

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