Love is in the air!

Winter is a time of blustery winds, warm blankets, and book friends to fill your heart.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day

Once upon a time I was a cocktail waitress in a blue collar, country music bar.

It wasn't really a date night type of place, although Saturdays were when you found established couples, not the regulars who tended to take their dates somewhere else because Mr. G's was the place they went to hook up on Fridays. (They also loved Tuesdays, which was "ladies' night.")

Valentine's Day is a happy place in upscale bars, but it's very sad in a hook-up establishment. If you were in Mr. G's on Valentine's Day it was because no one cared enough to want to spend time with you, if you were a woman. And a place for desperate men who thought they were finally going to score.

There is nothing worse than a holiday that causes good women to feel the devastation they feel when they are alone on Valentine's Day, although the next day at work might be even worse if the woman at the next desk received a diamond.

It is much better since Parks and Rec created Galentine's Day. I'd rather see people celebrating friendship than watch the despair and desperation of people who are made to feel like failures because they aren't being wined and dined on a day the ancient Roman's chose as their start of spring.

It doesn't matter if you are celebrating with a lover or with friends. The most important person you need to love is yourself.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

What a Year!

Please forgive me while I whine for a few lines.

In the past year I had a major household move, a concussion which is still affecting me eight months later, a hospitalization for a heart issue, and I lost a brother.

I have never left you, but I have had to take time off.

While I was grounded due to the concussion my librarian turned me onto "Playaway". A small devise which has an entire book loaded onto it.
If you haven't tried one yet, ask your librarian if they can get you a few. They're great in the car, at the beach, or if your doctor says "No reading."

I have found listening to books not only entertaining, but better for my knitting than television, which occasionally makes me look at it.

To paraphrase a slogan from Timex--I can take a licking and keep on ticking.

I am easing back into writing and blogging. I hope you will stay with me while I do.

Until next time--Keep on Reading!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A New Year (Belated)

It's still January, so this isn't as belated as it could be--after all, I am getting it done before July. 

The first month of the year has passed the two-thirds mark and I have not met my goals for the last half of 2017. There is good news, my characters have not forsaken me. They and I shall come back stronger than ever in February.

In the meantime, if you too have felt as if life has been keeping you from achieving your goals, sometimes you have to just go with the ebb tide and see where it takes you.

Ebb Tide at the Atlantic Beach, Newport, Rhode Island

Tomorrow is another day when you can set new goals.

(A special thanks to all of you who have been hanging in there with me.)

Friday, June 30, 2017

My New Name

Last July, right be before I headed out to Nationals I did the thing I had wanted to do for decades--I dyed my hair purple. Not all of it, just underneath the back. Where it could be hidden if I didn't like it. (Small chance of that, but I listened to my adviser.) Since my hair is waist length, that is still quite a bit of purple hair.

The purple was still in my hair (the color stayed nicely) a few weeks ago when I decided to refresh the color. Now it is so bright it glows in the sun!

Yes, that is my real hair, the day after it was colored and trimmed.

Yesterday I had a business meeting I drove to in an unairconditioned car. I had pulled my hair into a high pony to avoid knotting and being blinded by it when it blew in my face because I had to drive with all the windows open, listening to NPR.

The traffic on 95 was a tad unpleasant until a car with three men rushed up beside me, and one of the guys yelled out his window, "I love your hair!"

I have reached the age where an unsolicited compliment can make my day, even if it could be classified as a cat call. 

I switched the radio to an "oldies" channel and the first song I heard was Mellencamp singing "Hurts So Good." Needless to say I started rocking out in the car and played drum on the roof while drivers played cat and mouse with openings in the road.

I am not a sedate woman, as any of my children will tell you. In fact, I can sometimes be downright embarrassing. (Think Auntie Mame!)

Last week my daughter Amanda Torrey dubbed me Nannylicious, much to the distress of my teenage grandsons. But you know what? I like it.

And so I enter the next stage of my life as Nannylicious.

Who do you plan to be?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cover Reveal

I am pleased to announce The Designer Bride, book five in the Boundless Billionaire series, will be released in July!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Busy Times!

May was a busy month! Two daughters in less than two weeks had to have major surgery. Both are fine, but it is very nerve racking for Mama.

Tomorrow a good friend is going into surgery. 

I don't write medical romance, nor do I watch medical shows on television, even though back in my club hopping days all my friends were in nursing school. (I refused to be in the lab when my biology partner dissected the earth worm and the frog, I just transcribed his notes into passable reading material. Which is why I didn't even consider being a nurse.)

Even though I do not write medical romance, I do enjoy reading a good one, thanks to years of reading Betty Neels.

Last week at the Maine Romance Writers Retreat I met the lovely Susan Carlisle. I highly recommend her newest book, THE SURGEON'S CINDERELLA.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Maine Retreat Intro

I love Maine!!! Especially when it allows me to enjoy a second spring.

My lilacs had just passed from blooms to none, but the ones in Maine opened to full glory while I was there.

I hope you are enjoying spring where you are.