New Orleans, Louisiana

            Ok.  The gardens are planted, the sun is out, and June is right around the corner.  What does that mean?  SUMMER IS HERE.  What else does that mean?  It’s time to plan my summer vacation and I could use some recommendations.

Don’t worry.  I narrowed it down to a city:  New Orleans, Louisiana.  Why?  I’m not exactly sure.  I asked myself, “Where do you want to go?” and the answer that popped into my head was, “New Orleans.”  I’ve been to a lot of different places, but never to Louisiana.  It has a rich history and I think it would be a fun place to explore.  Also, the food sounds AMAZING.

Some people just pick a city and go where the mood takes them.  I can’t do that.  I have to plan my trips with military precision.  We will eat breakfast at 8am.  We will tour the zoo at 9am.  Yes, I even choose which restaurants I’ll go to ahead of time.  When we went to Disneyworld, I planned which rides we’d go on in which order.  Is that neurotic?  Yes, very.  Was I able to do 8 rides in two hours and impress my family?  Absolutely!  For that reason, my vacations tend to be more stressful than my everyday life.  That’s just how I roll!

So I got a library book and started my planning.  Let me first tell you that I HAVE to start at the library.  If I just google “New Orleans,” then ninety million websites will pop up and that will freak me out.  I have to start simple.  The library books gave me some basic information and I got some cool ideas.  Yes, I wrote them down in a brand new fresh notebook that I cracked open just for that purpose.  I also have separate notebooks for each book I write.  That means I have so many notebooks that are 90% empty except for a few pages with random scribbles.

Next I went to my favorite travel site, “Trip Advisor.”  I love reading REAL reviews from REAL people who actually went to the places that I want to go.  I clicked on some lovely hotels and I got to see REAL rooms in those hotels and really awesome views that looked out into seedy alleys.  No thanks.  People leave the BEST comments on that site.  One person said the room was lovely until she found a g-string under the couch cushions.  Number one…that’s really disgusting.  Number two…why was the lady looking under the couch cushions?  That’s just asking for trouble in my opinion.

In case you’re wondering, my plans include a gator swamp tour, a culinary tour, and a cemetery tour.  Normally I wouldn’t book tours, I would just walk around and explore.  However, I don’t want to get eaten by a gator or mugged in the cemetery.  All these guide books say that New Orleans is dangerous and don’t go down that street and don’t tour the cemetery by yourself….don’t do this and don’t do that.  I’m wondering if it’s really that bad?  Should I be packing pepper spray?  Can I even bring that on the plane?  Don’t get me started on the “no liquids over three ounces” rule.  Not happy with that one at all!

I’m most excited to tour the cemetery and see Marie Laveau’s tomb.  I like vampires, zombies, and all that scary paranormal stuff.  If I come back with any special psychic superpowers that I picked up in New Orleans, I’ll make sure to let you know!

So if anyone out there has ever traveled to New Orleans on vacation, knows anyone who’s gone there, or if you live near there…please leave me a comment on your experience.  I’d love to know the best places to see, where to eat, and any other advice you can give me!

As always, thanks for reading and have a great day!

Shameless Self Promotion

My new book, Nights in the Fast Lane, is now LIVE on Amazon!  I thought it wouldn’t be quite as exciting to see it LIVE on Amazon because it’s my second book.  I was wrong.  I still giggled like a second grader and yelled, “It’s ALIVE!” like I was the evil doctor bringing Frankenstein to life.

Since I’m a writer and this blog is all about my writerly pursuits, I have to get some shameless self promotion in here every now and then.  I know, I know…you’re thinking, “You told me about your book already, how many times am I going to have to hear about it?  I came to your website/blog for the funny posts and not to hear you constantly trying to sell me stuff.  You’re worse than a telemarketer who calls me while I’m in the middle of making dinner!”

You’re absolutely right.  I promise this is the LAST blog post where I’ll shamelessly promote my book.  It’s just that…I’ll be honest with you…there are certain luxuries in life that I would like to be able to enjoy.  Book sales help with that.  To what luxuries am I referring?  I’m SO glad you asked!  FANCY GARBAGE BAGS!

Yes, folks, you read that right.  I am very cheap.  No, that sounds bad.  I am very THRIFTY.  I buy the cheapest garbage bags that the store sells because…they’re GARBAGE BAGS.  I’m literally buying a product that I’m going to throw away.  So I refuse to buy the good bags.  That means I’m stuck with the giant rolls where you can NEVER find where the bag ends and you can NEVER, and I mean absolutely NEVER, get the damn things open.  I have to sit and mess around with those babies for a good FIVE MINUTES before I can get them open.  It tries my patience and gets me agitated.

So I asked myself what I would like to splurge and buy with  my first Amazon royalty check.  “GARBAGE BAGS” was the immediate answer.  Don’t laugh at me!  It’s the little things in life that make all the difference.  Let me tell you, they were worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY of the ten bucks they cost me.  I’m talking NAME BRAND, DRAWSTRING TOP, REINFORCED, GLAD brand 90 count mega-pack.  I literally felt like I won the lottery.  I can get a bag out of the box (no cheap rolls for me, these come in a BOX!) and put it into the garbage can in THREE SECOND FLAT.  So exciting!

In conclusion…..Here is the link to my new book on Amazon.  Buy it for $2.99 or read for FREE with the Kindle Unlimited Program.  Thanks for supporting a struggling author and keeping me in fancy garbage bags.  Those are not the only thing I bought.  Don’t get me started on the fancy cheese!

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Nights-Fast-Lane-Contemporary-Romantic-ebook/dp/B01FQ3ZM80

Amazon UK Link:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nights-Fast-Lane-Contemporary-Romantic-ebook/dp/B01FQ3ZM80

Synopsis/Blurb:

            Dane and Izzy.

            Complete opposites.

As the New Year begins, they find themselves facing very different circumstances.

Dane is a street racer stuck with a blown engine, no money, and no options after he gets fired for saving a damsel in distress.

Izzy can’t believe she was just rescued by the same handsome stranger she walks past, and lusts after, on a daily basis.  With a massive blizzard about to bury the town, she ends up taking him in for the night.

Sparks fly when she brings out his playful side, and he shows her a passion she’s never known before.

As they slowly begin to trust each other, walls come down and tragic pasts emerge.  Dane is haunted by the family he never had, while Izzy will stop at nothing to deny her birthright.

When Dane receives an offer he can’t refuse, will one bad decision cost him everything?  Or will fate intervene and send these two down the path they were destined for?

This is a full length, stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers.  Please be advised that you will find strong language, attractive men with tattoos, a dog with a cat name, steamy bedroom scenes including one involving Doritos, plenty of character backstory,  and a very healthy dose of humor.

Cover Reveal…for my next book!!

Nights in the Fast Lane

Guess what?  Well, if you read the subject of this blog post then you probably already know.  I have a NEW book about to launch on Amazon.  It’s very exciting!  Ok, I should re-phrase that.  New books, much like new babies, enter the world every single day and nothing is really out of the ordinary about that.  But this is MY book, so I’m extremely excited.  If you’re still reading then you probably want to know more.  I’d be happy to tell you!  I’m sorry about all the exclamation points, I’ll try to tone it down a little.

My new book is called “Nights in the Fast Lane.”  Here is a sneak preview and a cover reveal.  Wait.  I’m not ready yet.  Before I show you the stunning cover, I would like to tell you about it.  Be patient.  It’s worth the wait.  I tried to do a cover by myself.  I’m a writer, not a graphic designer.  I did a sample cover and I showed a few people and they politely said, “Oh…that’s…interesting.”  Which meant that I should get help and do it properly. This is where it gets good.  The incredibly talented Kathryn Dee of KatDeezigns stepped in and created a beautiful cover.  If you’d like to contact her for anything design related, find her on Facebook at :  KatDeesCC      Without further ado…..check out my new book!

nights in the fast lane cover final

Dane and Izzy.

Complete opposites.

As the New Year begins, they find themselves facing very different circumstances.

Dane is a street racer stuck with a blown engine, no money, and no options after he gets fired for saving a damsel in distress.

Izzy can’t believe she was just rescued by the same handsome stranger she walks past, and lusts after, on a daily basis.  With a massive blizzard about to bury the town, she ends up taking him in for the night.

Sparks fly when she brings out his playful side, and he shows her a passion she’s never known before.

As they slowly begin to trust each other, walls come down and tragic pasts emerge.  Dane is haunted by the family he never had, while Izzy will stop at nothing to deny her birthright.

When Dane receives an offer he can’t refuse, will one bad decision cost him everything?  Or will fate intervene and send these two down the path they were destined for?

This is a full length, stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers.  Please be advised that you will find strong language, attractive men with tattoos, a dog with a cat name, steamy bedroom scenes including one involving Doritos, plenty of character backstory,  and a very healthy dose of humor.

Coming to Amazon on MAY 19, 2016

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

I wanted to take a moment to give a “Thank you” to the following groups on Mother’s Day…

THANK YOU to all the hardworking moms of the world who put their children’s needs before their own.  Whether you work two jobs to put food on the table, forgo a decent night’s sleep to take care of your sick child, or wrestle every day with the decisions you make wondering if they’re the right ones. Happy Mother’s Day!

THANK YOU to all the adoptive moms and step-moms of the world who are raising children that are not biologically theirs.  It can be tough when people treat you like you’re not a “real” parent because you didn’t give birth to a child.  You are just as hard-working, loving, and supportive as parents who are related by blood.  A “real” mom is someone who steps up to fill the place when another mom isn’t able or refuses the responsibility.  Happy Mother’s Day!

THANK YOU to all the grandmothers raising or helping to raise your grandchildren.  Although you might not get around as fast as you used to, your knowledge and wisdom are priceless.  Thank you for trying to teach the next generation everything you learned.  Your skills are valuable and appreciated.  Happy Mother’s Day!

THANK YOU to all the ladies who are taking care of pets instead of human children.  Just because your “baby” has four legs, paws, feathers, or gills, it doesn’t make you any less of a caring and loving person.  Some people weren’t meant to have babies and that’s absolutely fine.  All God’s creatures are precious and he’s gracious enough to entrust them to our care.  Happy Mother’s Day!

THANK YOU to all the children of the world who are caring for their elderly, sick parents. It can be heartbreaking to have to become the caregiver of the person who took care of you for so many years.  Once the roles are reversed and you have to slowly watch your support system become no longer able to perform the basic functions…it can be devastating.  Your patience and care for them are invaluable.

Finally, one last shout out to all those who are facing their first Mother’s Day without their moms this year.  I know several people who have lost a parent to illness and this will be the first time in their lives that they have no reason to celebrate today.  Celebrate it ANYWAY.  Just because your mom is not physically present doesn’t mean that she’s not with you in spirit!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Thanks for reading and have a good one!