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Wills & Estates: PLAN for it, baby!

 

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Writing Historical Romance is like digging up Jewels from our past and polishing the rough edges till the glitter and brilliance shines through.

Writing Historical Romance is like digging up Jewels from our past and polishing the rough edges till the glitter and brilliance shines through.

What happens to your literary works, published or still in draft form, when you die? If you’re an artist, of any medium, you need to protect your work beyond your own days here on this beautiful earth. You owe it to your loved ones to set this up now, before you think you need to, and no, it’s not inviting death to your door. Creating a will and setting up survivor’s rights to your real and intellectual property is the same thing as carrying an umbrella–just in case there might be rain, you (your literary works) will be protected.

If you’re still not convinced, click the link below. Neil Gaiman says it best, and he’s made it terrifically simple by providing a Do-It-Yourself form. Fill it out using Option 1 or Option 2, and BAM! You’re done. Thanks for playing!

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2006/10/important-and-pass-it-on.html

And, they’re OFF!

Derby Day at Sam Houston Racetrack

Derby Day at Sam Houston Racetrack

It’s Kentucky Derby day. WooHoo! Captain Bulldog took me to the races at Sam Houston Racetrack today, and we had a blast. We’d been invited to a private party in one of the concierge lounges complete with all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks. Imagine the men all gussied up in Derby Day bow ties and vests or jackets. The women brought out all the finery, including the latest head gear from animal balloons, ornaments, and streamers to feathery fascinators. And, I can’t forget the Mint Juleps, oh my, yum!

Was it fun? Of course! Did I bet on a horse? Absolutely. CB and I placed bets on four horses, actually, and thanks to the three year old chestnut colt, California Chrome, we broke even. It was a fabulous day with great people, and we made it home without empty pockets. I call that a win-win.

Fixed!

Well, that didn’t take nearly as long as I’d expected. Many thanks to those working behind the scenes to get my book title correct. WooHOO!

If you’re not in the know, scroll down to the previous post. You’ll laugh. I did!  Anyway, now Y’all can pop on over to AMAZON and get your copy. Hurry, before the title changes again. 😉

Book Cover & Amazon Page now match!

Book Cover & Amazon Page now match!

Any title will do, right? Um…no!

Wanna see something funny? Quick, before they fix it… Check out the title on my newly released paperback book cover, then look at the title Amazon shows in the description. Talk about a promotional boon! Yeah, I’m laughing, but I’m taking that title for a future book in my string of stories for “The 25th” series.  I’ve taken a screenshot for posterity, but you can see it live, HERE, at least until it’s corrected.

Title mix-up, Amazon

Title mix-up, Amazon

It’s a PAPERBACK!

My debut novel, THE 25th HOUR, in paperback!

My debut novel, THE 25th HOUR, in paperback!

 

It’s here! It’s finally in PRINT! See what the UPS man just delivered? I’m tap-dancing with joy. Okay, some people have waited a long time for my debut novel to be available in paperback. Well, HERE it is!

Quick note: It may take a day or two before the Amazon Geeks upload the photo of the paperback, but the book is there. That’s why I’ve used the link, above, which opens to my eBook on Amazon. Just click on ‘Paperback’ and you’re there.

Here’s a short blurb about the story.

Chased through time by her father’s murderer, a lady architect lands in the arms of a 19th century Wyoming rancher. The time-crossed lovers must find the killer before another life is taken—and the window of time separates them, forever.

Garbage Day, Mani-Pedi’s, and a guy named Kane

J Logo 75I find it quite appropriate today to be blocking out huge chunks of time for various life events all geared toward me moving forward. Suddenly, my world is full of a whole lot of uncommitted hours. Hours that are meant to be reserved for my Writing Life.

And how, you ask, is that working out for me? So far, so good. But, it’s only been two days since I’ve officially retired, so this new lifestyle is a monstrous work in progress.

Wouldn’t you know? Captain Bulldog has already blessed me with a chore he’s done the past several years. I’ll now be setting out the garbage for our weekly collections. Yeah, retirement is that glamorous. Ha!

Don’t think I haven’t been savagely protecting my newly earned ‘free time’. I do have my To Do List, starting with eliminating my house from an upcoming episode of Hoarders. Don’t judge, okay? A woman can only do so many things in any given day.

I had my priorities in order this past year, but things got away from me due to the day job, chairing my home chapter’s annual writing contest, and getting my debut novel published. Those things took the lion’s share of my time. Maintaining a semblance of family relationships sliced the remaining hours. So, keeping the house on the Better Homes and Gardens best dressed list had to go, along with regular mani-pedi and hair appointments.

What are the three top items on my new To-Do List?

  1. Write my own stuff: stories, blogs, and do a few critiques and edits along the way
  2. Get healthy: cut out junk, fix healthy meals, and exercise
  3. Reclaim the house: purge, organize, and clean

See that last item on number two? That’s where a guy named Kane comes into play. I signed up at the gym near my subdivision and he’s the trainer who will be guiding me along my Get Healthy Schedule. My goal is to get back into my size 10 blue jeans by this summer’s RWA national conference. It going to be a challenge, but I’m determined to be the very best I can be—even at this late stage of my life. Never too late, right? RIGHT.

Wish me luck. I’ll post updates every so often.