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Celebrating love

WeddingKiss

This week I celebrated my 19th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been that long since we walked down the aisle, but I've been happy about it every day since.

There’s a reason I believe in love and happily ever after, and it’s my husband. 🙂

From big, scary goal to big news

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I’m ready to jump off a metaphorical cliff here because…

I’m excited to announce that my first romantic suspense novel BLIND FURY will release at the end of the month!

A risk-averse programmer must rely on a thrill-seeking mercenary to keep her safe when her quest for the truth about her brother's death makes her a target.

Last year I shared a big, scary goal with you: to independently publish my romantic suspense series, starting with my 2011 Golden Heart® finalist, BLIND FURY. Well, friends, I’m doing it. My little book baby has been edited and polished and is in the process of being proofread and dressed with a hot cover.

The process so far has been exciting, exhausting, and a bit overwhelming. And it’s only going to get worse. But also better. 😉 Sure, I self-pubbed that little booklet on productivity tools, but this is a whole other ballgame.

I’ll have more news—as well as a post about the process—in the coming weeks. So, stay tuned.

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My first newsletter—with the winner announcement—will go out on release day (hopefully February 25th). Good luck! 🙂

Anyone else here in the process of self-pubbing, or already a veteran? Any tips or thoughts?

Photo from Unsplash.com.

Where’s the romance? (at ENLR today)

Wow, is it really March already?! Unbelievable. It's also the first Friday of the month, which is my day over at Everybody Needs a Little Romance. Click here to find out why I got married a year early, and how two pragmatic people (i.e. me and my husband) keep the love alive.

Happy March!

Double-header Friday

I'm so excited to be featured on the Murder She Writes blog today, talking about Scrivener and Scrivener For Dummies! I'm hoping someday I'll be there talking about my latest RS, but for now, this'll do. 😉 BTW, stop by for a chance to win a signed copy of my book!

Today also happens to be my regular Friday over at Everybody Needs a Little Romance. I'm talking about what my husband bought me for our first Christmas together when we were dating. It's not really a holiday story; it's all about my idea of practical romance. What's yours? Come on over and let me know.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Practical romance

My friend Christine got me thinking about gifts and romance with her recent post about men in the doghouse, and I was reminded of my first Christmas with my husband (a.k.a. The Engineer) back in our dating days. He bought me aftermarket cruise control for my car. Seriously.

Right up there with vacuum cleaners you say?

Well, maybe. Would I have swooned for some jewelry? Oh yeah. But romance is about more than cards and flowers and gems. You can have all that and still end up with a dud instead of a stud. Flowers and jewels are easy outs. Pick one and I’ll probably like it.

No, the real challenge in my mind—and the real definition of romantic—is knowing your partner well enough to get a gift he or she will truly enjoy. It shows you’ve been listening and have given a lot of thought to what would please.

In that respect, in spite of what his roommate thought, The Engineer’s gift was wildly romantic. We had been driving two hours each way to another city every few weeks for weekend visits. Without cruise control, I was constantly battling my lead foot and my (then) sporty five-speed to stay within a reasonable speed limit. How much nicer life would have been if I had a newer car with cruise so I could relax. I definitely didn’t need any more speeding tickets!

Well, the newer car was out. We were poor college students, after all. But the cruise control… Who knew you could put something like that on after market? The Engineer, of course! And he installed it too. See? Smart, handsome, and handy. How could a girl go wrong? 😀

And every once in a while, he gets totally impractical and buys me something pretty that I don’t need. Like jewelry. Which makes it all the more special, because he also understands that sometimes I just want something that sparkles.