April 20, 2015

Musings

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I spent the weekend in my room in Flagstaff, sorting and packing — and still I barely made a dent. Packing up 15-plus years of accumulated crap is hard, y’all.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I spent Saturday night and Sunday morning with trash bags and cardboard boxes. I also enjoyed a Saturday-morning gabfest/brainstorming session with my Northern Arizona RWA chapter mates. I’m telling you, knowing what awaited at home wasn’t conducive to getting my butt out of the Denny’s booth we were occupying.

I confess to being a bit of a hoarder, so paring down my stuff won’t be easy.

For example, I didn’t want to part with these …

Old business cards

… My first author business cards, which I designed after finaling in the Golden Heart in 2011.

They don’t take up much room. They also don’t match my redesigned website or brand, so there’s no reason to keep them … but it was so hard to just toss them in the recycling bin. I did hang onto about five of them—purely for archival purposes, of course.

Where else have I been?

Writer Groupie Podcast | Kim SmithI still haven’t seen my Writer Groupie interview in my iTunes podcast feed. Will keep you posted as soon as I get it.

JUST RIGHT was featured in the April Turquoise Morning Press newsletter, along with new releases by Bella Masters and May Williams. May’s “Playing the Piper” is another of the “and they lived Happily Ever After” tales.

That’s it. It’s been a pretty quiet week.

Soon, I’ll be ordering books for the Payson Book Festival. And—fingers crossed—moving into a new place.

 

April 15, 2015

Writer Wednesday

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Jennifer AndersonToday, April 15, is, of course, a day many people dread. Tax Day.

Whether you’ve A) finished your taxes and spent your refund or B) plan to race to the mailbox at 11:59 p.m.,  now’s a the perfect time to take a short break and enjoy my first-ever Writer Wednesday post.

I’m kicking off the series with fellow Turquoise Morning Press author Jennifer Anderson, who happens to be well-versed in firsts. Last month, she was the inaugural guest on Maggie Wells/Margaret Etheridge’s Monday Mayhem feature.

That was a lot of fun, and I’m glad to have her here. Let’s kick off Writer Wednesday with a bang, too.

In her own words, Jennifer is a ref, chauffer, master chef and booboo kisser. When she’s not wielding her super mom powers, she likes to weave sentences together and offer a little escape to her readers. You can usually find her sitting in the dark in front of her computer, falling in love with her characters. Send chocolate!

Her most recent release, Finding You, is new adult fiction. The blurb:  

Finding You - Jennifer AndersonJessica Crispin sets out to find her mom but discovers more than she planned.

A long-lost grandfather dies, leaving Jessica Crispin a sizable inheritance. The only catch? She has to find her mom, whom she hasn’t seen since she was two, and she only has thirty days to do it.

Enlisting her best friend Violet, Jessica sets out on a road trip determined to solve a mystery fed by deceit and misinformation from people she thought she could trust.

On the way, she meets Jackson, whose kindness and sexy pale blue eyes make her wish he would come along for the ride.

Clues from her mother lead her far from home and to a secret Jessica never imagined. And as the deadline looms, Jessica must make peace with the ghosts of her past and risk dreaming of a future pursuing her secret passion with Jackson by her side.

Jennifer took time out to answer a few “This or That”-style questions—and I discovered that in a lot of ways, we’re complete opposites.

Preferred breakfast: Sweet or savory? While I love a good donut, my diabetes keeps me from enjoying these so I settle for eggs. Not my fave.

Big purse or barely there bag? Big purse. I have 3 kids and while only the youngest really needs items when we go out, I am usually the keeper of all electronics and even my husband’s keys. Why fight it!

Your favorite writing spot: Home office or favorite coffee shop? I don’t get to make it out a lot to just write without a horde of kids with me, but I do aspire to do this once a year. Instead, I find comfort in my bedroom sitting in a glider and using a TV tray as my computer base.

Night owl or early bird? Unfortunately, a little bit of both.

Iron Man or Captain America? Ooo, that’s tough. But I think if you held a gun to my head, I’d say Captain America, or at least the current version!

Are you a city dweller or rural gal? More a rural gal. I don’t really like the country, or being in the country, but I like the idea of nature. I’m scared of anything that crawls. But I currently live along a river where I’m sure there is a snake (eek) sitting in my yard waiting for me to find him. I may not participate much in the outdoor stuff, I do enjoy the view!

Another way Jennifer and I are nothing alike? When it comes to promo, she has it all together — she even has a book trailer! You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY1ttbkhMGA.

Want to read Finding You? Get it here: IBOOKSAMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO 

You can check out Jennifer’s other Turquoise Morning Press books here: http://www.turquoisemorningpressbookstore.com/collections/jennifer-anderson

Find her online at http://jenandersonauthor.com/ on Twitter (@JenniA8677) and on Facebook.

Join the discussion: Weigh in with your answer to one of the questions.

April 13, 2015

Musings

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How’s this for a manic Monday: I finally finished my taxes. Yes … #TaxesDone.

I’ve been putting it off for months, dreading the result. Fortunately, the experience wasn’t as painful as I’d feared it would be. That was a relief.

Writer Groupie Podcast | Kim SmithAnother thing to chalk up in the “not as painful as I feared” category? Taping the Writer Groupie podcast with Kim Smith. Leading into Friday afternoon’s appointment, I was both excited and fearful. Since it was my first podcast — I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I shouldn’t have worried. It was…So…Much…Fun. Sitting down to chat with Kim was like running into a long-lost friend.

There’s always the chance I’ll end up sounding like a chipmunk on helium when I listen to the podcast. I’m not alone in hating the sound of my own voice, I know. I used to DJ at my college radio station, WUEV, and with a  microphone in front of my face, my voice drops into a different register … one that had guys calling up to ask me out and/or say they listened to me in the shower. (“Do you know what that voice can do to a man in a shower?” Someone actually asked me that once.)

But Friday, I was just sitting in front of my computer — no microphone in sight. Oh well. At least I wasn’t coming down with a cold when I talked with Kim. No, that came on Saturday afternoon, evening … and now I have a head full of congestion. Ugh.

Here’s a link to the Writer Groupie Podcast on iTunes. My episode isn’t up there yet, but it should be later this week. I’ll keep you posted.

In other news:

— I added a “subscribe to my newsletter” pop-up box to my website’s home page. It’ll show up the first time you visit — but when you close it, it’ll stay gone for 30 days. Of course, I’d love for you to sign up for my newsletter. (Pretty sure once you do that, the pop-up will go away forever.)

The newsletter is still a work in progress. Right now, it only comes out when I have a new release … but I’d like to start putting it out regularly — maybe once a quarter or once every two months.

April 11, 2015

Excerpts

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I won’t waste time with a long introduction. This week’s My Sexy Saturday snippet is from my newest release, Just Right, which came out on Tuesday. Callie, who’s pretty handy thanks to her handyman father, has volunteered to help the Behr brothers work on her house. Ty, the hero of the story, has asked oldest brother Will what she can do.

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Just Right | Arlene HittleShe felt Will studying her, sizing her up. She narrowed her eyes and drew herself to her full height, five feet, four inches. At times like this, when dealing with judgmental men who looked at her and saw nothing but a helpless female, she’d gladly give up stardom for six inches of height and ten pounds less hair.

Finally, he spoke. “You know how to swing a sledgehammer?”

“I think I can manage.” It couldn’t be much harder than swinging a twenty-pound kettlebell, right? She could do that in her sleep—and sometimes did, when premiere parties ran long and interfered with her workouts at four in the morning with Gunnar Glory, personal trainer to the stars. She’d completed more than a few sweat sessions less than half awake.

He nodded. “Good. You can help Ty knock out the kitchen cabinets.”

Ty looked worried. Probably afraid she was going to clock him with the sledgehammer.

His words confirmed her suspicion. “Isn’t there something…easier she can do?”

Perhaps clocking him was a good idea. Might knock his sensibilities into the new millennium.

Like what you read? Just Right is available now at Turquoise Morning PressAmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunesAll Romance eBooks and Smashwords. Or add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.