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Luggage, Road Trips, and a Sleepy Muse!

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My new luggage. Love!

My new luggage. Love!

I’m in luggage heaven. Look what just arrived! I’ve been searching for carry-on size luggage pieces that are suitable for a long weekend trip, or longer. These fit in the overhead bin or under the seat, are very light weight, have space for my writing stuff as well as clothes and toiletries. And, the unexpected bonus: the two pieces fit inside the itty-bitty trunk of my Z4 with plenty of room left for my travel partner’s stuff. Road trip!

Speaking of road trips, I’ve got two trips scheduled for 2015. My sister and I will be heading up to our old stomping grounds this coming summer. We plan to see a few family members as well as attend our high school reunion. It’s been a while since either of us have seen the home town crew, so I’m sure we’ll be checking out those name tags. Ha! The trip will take us from Houston up to Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and back to Texas, with various stops along the way. With all that gorgeous scenery and fun, my artist’s well is sure to be restocked and well fortified by the time we get home.

My second road trip in 2015 will be to attend a week-long writer’s retreat near Nashville. I’ll be meeting up with my online critique group, The Lalalas. This is still in the planning stages, but be forewarned, there will be about 18 of us in the neighborhood sometime in October. Oh, yes, while we’re there, many books will be plotted, brainstormed, revised, edited, and written. I know this is a whole year away, but I can hardly wait to spend time with these incredibly talented ladies. I’ll be plotting and storyboarding a new writing project just for this event.

See what a couple pieces of new luggage did for my sleepy muse? I’m all but salivating with the urge to pick up the pen. I can already visualize the settings for a story, and a couple characters have popped into the fray, ready to create some mischief. So, have you ever stumbled onto a strange way to kick-start your muse? I’d love to hear what works for you. Apparently, my muse has been pouting for luggage.

 

HUGE Book Signing Event!

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Yup, my name’s on the list! I’ll be at RWA’s 2014 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. 

If you’re anywhere near the San Antonio area this coming week, I hope you stop by this annual event. It’s sponsored by Romance Writers of America, and I’ll be signing my debut novel, THE 25th HOUR. This is a mega book signing with hundreds of your favorite romance authors. I hope to see you there!

Follow this link for more details.  Here are the deets:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
3rd Floor Ballroom
101 Bowie St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Y’all come!

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.

Ever wonder what sparked the idea for my novel, THE 25th HOUR?

THE 25th HOUR, a Time Travel / Historical Romance

THE 25th HOUR, a Time Travel / Historical Romance

J Logo 75This is a question I hear all the time. Where do I get my ideas to write my books? Well, the ideas come from life itself, from all directions, and when I’m least expecting that specific inspiration. Sometimes, the story comes fairly well developed in my mind. Other times, the story might take years to simmer on the back burner before all the pieces fall into place. I wish I could say I was a fast writer, but the latter is how this book came into being.

Back when I lived in Wyoming, I was in the market to buy a house. My realtor friend and I found an amazing Victorian that was far above my price range, but we toured the mansion anyway, because, in my heart, I love to explore. As pricey as that house was, it still needed all the updates to make it livable in the 21st century. Yeah, we’re talking everything: indoor plumbing, electricity, phones, heating and air conditioning, cable/wireless/Internet, etc. As I walked through each room, the feeling was like I’d come home, but I’d never lived in a house that old or so incredibly gorgeous. The pièce de résistance was the attic, itself, which appeared to be an almost finished third floor. The full-length windows let in the sunlight which played along the exposed rafters. I could almost smell my writer’s haven in that attic, and swore that if I ever won the lottery, I’d buy that house…or have an exact replica built. Since the odds were against me on that, I did the next best thing. I wrote a book with that Victorian house as one of the key characters. That story is my debut novel, a time travel romance titled THE 25th HOUR, and is now available here, at Amazon.com.

Ever have something so special, so unique, happen in your life that no matter how much time has passed, you can’t let it go? What inspires you to jot down a few notes, then find the memory will not leave you alone until you flesh out that story? I’d love to hear about your special moments!