Monday, February 24, 2020

Romantic Weekend Getaway

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to take time with your significant other and connect as a couple.

If you're still single, as I was for many years, it's also important to take time for yourself and treat yourself to some time away from 'real life'.

My husband and I weren't able to do this for Valentine's Day weekend as we had other obligations. Lucky for us we found a lovely, quaint little Bed and Breakfast with an amazing Spa Tub with an opening. To be completely honest, I searched for a place that had a spa tub because I've missed having one of my own so much and haven't had a proper bath in ages. My husband is only too happy to join me.

The entire evening was magical, complete with white wine and Strawberries. My handsome husband made me feel like the most beautiful woman on the planet and treated me like the queen he thinks I am. Altogether it was a most wonderfully romantic mini-holiday and I can't wait for the next one.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Destinies Series

Happy Valentine's Day!

A few years back I started a series called 'Destinies'. It is based on the premise that we all have soulmates out there, but we may not have found them yet. For some the reason is tragic. Death separates many. For others they were unfortunate to think they had fallen in love but it was with the wrong person. All can be corrected with a little time and attention and the right person helping. 

To correct the separations of true soulmates let me introduce you to Agatha, a granddaughter of Zeus. While in a jealous rage, Zeus ripped apart the souls of the humans he had created, dooming them to roam the earth forever in search of their other half. His wife, Hera, was determined to help correct this horrible wrong. She convinced Zeus to talk to Hades and he found Agatha. Her status as a demi-goddess has given her the ability to unite soulmates, even through time and space. Cupid isn't exactly a fan of her doing his job, and will try to show her up by matching couples who aren't always the best fit. Isn't it great to think that the heartbreak you've experienced was just because some god was jealous of another and had a fit? At least we have Agatha to correct those mistakes. Now if she could just find her own soulmate, everyone would get what they want.

Using the Destinies Series as the backstory, I have plans for some hot, spicy fun short stories that will get the blood pumping and juices flowing. Some will be about self discovery, some about learning about love for the first time and others will be how to recover after a tragic loss. All will be stories of woman, as real as my mind can create, who experience life to the fullest to become the best or better version of themselves. I believe in happy endings and my own life is proof of that. If I found mine, you can too! 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Self Development - Planners

A couple weeks ago I received my Legend Planner and I love it! It's a journal to plot out your goals for both personal and career. Since taking this leap of faith to become a writer full time, I've realized that I really need to plan things out and set goals to make sure that I can plan for success.

I took about an hour of my morning to go through it and immediately fell in love with its design and helpful prompts for goals and success strategies. The stickers filled with helpful motivational quotes and colorful graphics made me smile. I know I'll be using this daily to keep me on track with my personal and career goals and am excited to share with you.

I bought one of these planners for both myself and my 13 year old daughter. I'm hoping that it is something we can work out together. Mine is pink and hers is Teal, and we both love the stickers and themes. I bought some washi tape and more sticker books on this huge sale at Marshall's.  (I guess they are going out of business, so everything was 70% off!) Stickers are such fun!

Each morning I go through and check off the goals I'm tracking and update where I am. I love how it helps hold me accountable, and I love how I can customize the dates and goals for when I'm ready to set them. That way I don't feel like I've wasted pages if I miss a week or a month. For example, since I didn't get this until the last week of January, I didn't even put that month in the planner, I started with February. 

If this sounds like something you'd like to check out, you can find a planner of your own by clicking the following link. I am not paid to endorse this product. Legend Planner - Deluxe Weekly & Monthly Life Planner to Hit Your Goals

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Love Believes

I've always believed in romance. 

Even when it seemed like it was just a fantasy created for gullible people like me so they wouldn't give up on life after being single for what seemed like forever. After two failed marriages and being a single mom for seven years I had actually started to doubt in romance and happily ever after. I felt like life had lied to me and I had a really hard time writing about true love and soulmates when it seemed pretty obvious I was writing a lie. I still had that belief hidden deep inside. 

One night, shortly after my divorce, I was feeling particularly lonely and sad over the loss of my dream of happily ever after. Maybe it was the wine or maybe it was the whispering echoes of the many romances I'd read over the years, but something made me open my journal and start to write. What  I wrote about that night was the image of a man my heart had been looking for. In vivid and intimate detail I described him. How he would treat me. His likes and dislikes, his height and body type, even the color of his eyes and hair. Nothing was left out, down to the most intimate details of his physique. I wasn't leaving anything to chance. Deep in my broken heart was a spark of hope, a prayer that if he was out there, somehow we would be united. 

It was seven years and countless encounters with Mr. Wrong before the man who is now my husband finally found me. In that time I would meet men who made my heart perk up and start to hope. It would seem like perhaps he could be the man I'd been looking for, but then I'd remember my journal and go read that entry to see how he measured up. There was always something missing. Something not quite there. He didn't play an instrument or get along with my kids or wasn't financially stable. By the time I met my husband I had almost forgotten about the entry because it seemed no man was ever going to meet every quality. 

The night we met we both felt something strongly for the other and what was supposed to be a Friday night dinner date ended Sunday morning. Three months after we started dating something made me think about that journal entry and I dug it out again. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Years before I met him, I had described my husband down to the most intimate detail! Literally every single quality and trait I had listed was there. It was as if I had known him and was describing him. Chills ran down my spine when I realized how accurately I had pictured him. I showed him and he almost didn't believe me, until I showed him the date I had written it. 

That's when I began to believe in romance again. Until my own true life romance story happened I was sure it was all just hogwash. My husband made me believe that romance in real life is actually possible with the little things he does for me every day. His passion for me and fierce love of who I am still amazes me. He never asked me to change one thing about myself, and I am far from perfect! He adores all my faults and sees beauty in me when I can't. Every morning when he gets to work he sends me a sweet text telling me he loves me, and he has done this every day since we met. That's just a small sample of how he had made me believe in romance again. 

Because of him I've gone back to writing - romance stories about love and hope. This world can be a harsh place when you're alone and I want to give others hope. It happened to me and it can happen for you too. Just believe!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Next Up - Forbidden Destinies

I know you are all dying of curiosity about what I've been working on. Let me introduce you to Anne. Her entire life is a lie. She doesn't know it yet but the world she thought was so safe is about to take a turn she never saw coming.

Agatha must work hard to fix the frustrating mistake Cupid made when he shot his love arrow at the wrong girl. This romance might require rocking the conventional boat a little before everything is right again. Are you ready for the ride? Look out, steamy rocks ahead!

Author's Note

I'm still working on Anne's story but wanted to let you know what is coming next! Publishing Date will be Spring/Summer of 2020.