Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Cannon Smoke

As I work to finish the first draft of A HORSE NAMED JOE (on my laptop above) I have been working to finalize the paperback cover for CASANOVA COWBOY and working on ideas for the cover of GEM RATS.   Brandie, my graphics gal, came up with a great idea for GEM RATS, she is still playing with the picture and the title etc.  I am really excited to see what she puts together.  Excitement like that keeps me on track to keep going, keep writing, keep coming through the cannon smoke.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Casanova Cowboy--excerpt 2

Time didn’t make figuring it out any simpler. I applied for unemployment as I searched for a job. I finally found one at a clothing shop in the mall close to my parent’s house. I went back to Max but our relationship had changed. I wasn’t the same girl who left Escondido six months ago. I had grown up in many ways, but nothing had changed with him. We fell right back into the same routine as it related to our relationship, his routine. I started spending more time with Liz than with Max.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Casanova Cowboy excerpt 1

My whole life seemed to start changing after the accident.  Maybe it was the concussion that knocked some sense into me finally.  That morning I caught Max in another lie about where he was and who he was with.  So I took his Chevy Blazer to go to a wedding reception with two other male friends, after he specifically told me not to drive it.  Randy liked me and I knew it, so did Max, so I told Randy I could give him a ride.  Tom on the other hand, just needed a way to get there.  I tried to talk Liz, one of my best girlfriends, into rebelling with me but she already had plans.  She found it quite funny that I would defy Max, as I rarely did.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring

It's cloudy today and doesn't feel much like spring but I know it's coming.  We did not get much skiing in this year so I won't miss the snow when it goes.  We are moving next month which will take up a lot of our time in April so hopefully by May spring will arrive in full force, when we are starting over.  I absolutely love summer in Park City, it truly is what reminds me how I get through winter sometimes.  So here's to spring......and new beginnings.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Kindle version

Casanova Cowboy will be offered in Kindle version FREE through Amazon.com on April 1.  Get your FREE copy.

Casanova Cowboy description

Morgan Mallory’s choices haven’t always been good ones.  The day she steals her boyfriend’s car, in an act of revenge, turns out to be one of her worst.  The event sets in motion her realization that something big has got to change.  Despite her strength and sassiness she’s at a crossroad, struggling to understand herself, her relationships, and the meaning of love.   In a desperate attempt to force change she moves to a small resort town in the mountains for the winter.  Ryan, a local mild mannered urban cowboy type, befriends her.  As he deals with finding his own way in life an unconventional friendship develops.  The twisting, turning path they go down together will forever change Morgan’s life in ways she never expected. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Paperback

I am working this week and next to get Casanova Cowboy, paperback version, finished and uploaded into Amazon.  The Kindle version is already available but I know some people like the feel of a book in their hands.  I am also working on Gem Rats cover next week and hope to get that uploaded soon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Back

Parker and I had a great time on our road trip.  It makes me happy that my nineteen year old son would even consider going on one with his mom.  The fact that I paid the way was a bonus for Parker but I know most of his friends would not spend ten days away with their mom.  Parker and I are a lot alike so we butt heads sometimes but we really didn't this trip, it was nice. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Magic Kingdom

Parker and I had a full day at Disneyland yesterday.  I have fond memories of the park but it has changed so much.  I don't think it is just my age, a lot of the magic is gone.  It has gone more commercial, less magic, more money making machine.  It is so crowded and lines so long on every ride, even the tea cups were a 40 minute wait.  No wonder we saw so many melt downs by children, even for adults it is just draining.  I really don't think it has become what Walt would have envisioned.  So I visited again and think I have had my fill for a very long time.  I realize my Disneyland is now on a tropical island, white sand, turquoise water, a cold beer in my hand.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Meet me at the roller coaster

Yesterday Parker was on a mission.  A girl from college has been texting him since we left Park City, she too on her way to San Diego.  She arrived late Monday night and was going to the beach yesterday, Mission Beach.  She told him she was with friends in front of the roller coaster.  Parker and I did taco Tuesday at Pacific Beach Cafe and then headed to meet up with the girl.
"There are five girls and four guys," Parker said, prepping me.
"Is this a girl you like?" I asked.
"She's cute but she has a boyfriend," Parker said.
"So her boyfriend is here," I asked.
"No she just came with girls," Parker answered.
As we walked down the boardwalk from where we parked the car I thought about my own spring breaks, most were wild, in Mexico, no parents for sure.
"Great," Parker said "She's here with friends and I'm showing up with my Mom."
I suddenly felt bad for him, worse for me, no matter what I didn't fit into the spring break crowd anymore.  Parker wasn't shy about introducing me, the girls were very friendly, the boys, no one jumping in to introduce them, shyly introduced themselves.  I told them not to be afraid I wasn't the normal parent, carry on.  It was cold, the girls in bikinis all had goosebumps but hey they looked cute.  I was glad to be able to keep my jeans and sweat shirt on and not look like a dork.  I leaned back on my elbows, sunglasses on and just observed.  No I didn't fit in, but for a minute it sure was fun to be on spring break again. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mission Beach

We walked the beach yesterday at Mission Beach.  It was a bit windy and a little cool but not much beats a walk on the beach. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Break

I am off with my son Parker on his spring break.  Just the two of us are headed to Southern California.  It's the first time the two of us have gone on a road trip together.  A little mother son time.  We will be gone a week.  The great part is that I get to write while he drives.  So today while venturing through traffic on the 15 I concentrated on my story instead of the traffic--it was wonderful.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Amazon

CASANOVA COWBOY got uploaded tonight to come out in Kindle version-----

Casanova Cowboy is almost ready

I worked yesterday on social media stuff and getting CASANOVA COWBOY finished.  I believe I will be able to finish uploading it into Amazon today.  I will also be submitting MY FORECLOSURE STORY as a single to Amazon to see if they will approve it.  I gave Brandie (my social media and graphics go to girl) my thoughts for GEM RATS cover as well as A HORSE NAMED JOE.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

www.myforeclosurestory.com

If you haven't looked at my other blog maybe take a look.  I really can't say anything better today than I already did.

I'm excited about working on CC this afternoon and even though it kept me up part of the night I like the description better.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CC

CC as I affectionately refer to Casanova Cowboy will be worked on tomorrow.  My web designer, social media guru, friend, is coming over at noon.  I hope she's ready, I've made quiet a list of questions.

Pictures

Yesterday I had some photos taken so I could change my profile picture now and again.  I would never have guessed I would be participating in social media.  It doesn't come especially easy for me, this talking to no one but everyone.  It's easier for me to write books but I also understand the world has changed and I have to change with it.  I noticed in the pictures that were taken that I have more lines around my eyes----and this would be why a lot of people don't change their picture.  Oh well I earned those lines, I want to hope most are there from laughing.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Surprise

     When I walked through the gate I searched for Gayle in the crowd.  Not seeing her, I started down the terminal toward baggage.  I figured we'd miss communicated.
     "Hey kid," I heard him say.
     I froze knowing instantly that it was Mathew.  I waited until he was in front of me.  My eyes locked with his, my mind racing.  Mathew?  Mathew?  How?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Twitter

I find some of the things people post on Twitter so amusing.  I especially like it when I can tell the person has a sense of humor.  Life can be pretty amusing after all.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Keg--Boy in a Band

     I went to fill up my cup before leaving the Keg.  I picked up the nozzle and squeezed the black lever and watched the beer come out fast and foamy.
     "That's what happens when you squeeze to hard.  You have to go slow," Mathew said as he took the nozzle from me.  He reached for my cup.  He was talking about more than the beer tap and he knew I knew it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reminder

I didn't get to write yesterday, life took over, but I WILL write today.  Funny how things happen sometimes--a friend I haven't seen in years showed up at my door to do the appraisal on my house (http://www.myforeclosurestory.com/).  I knew him from my other life in the mortgage business, we haven't kept in touch.  His story was so much like mine, losing eveything, and now working to reinvent himself.  He is doing well at it and it gave me a renewed sense of hope.  We talked about all kinds of things and just before he left I told him about my writing.  His face lit up and without a moments hesitation he said "you found your passion".  Tears sprung to my eyes so unexpectidly that I had to take a deep breath.  I finally said "I did.  If nothing good came from this whole mess but that, I guess I did".  Sometimes when you least expect it someone shows up to remind you, to give you another push forward...............

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yesterday

I had a really good day writing, the story flowed which I love.  BOY IN A BAND came out in Kindle version and I'm making progress on CASANOVA COWBOY getting published.  However when I sat down last night the doubt spread over me like a blanket--some times I think I should stop, put the dreams away.  As I verbalized my worries my wonderful husband asked me "what else would you do?"  I'm still pondering his question, what else would I do?  I guess there are a lot of things, none to desirable, and how could I help run his business and property manage and call my own shots...............and write.  So today on this first day of March I am shoving the doubt back down and writing.