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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cover Art Is Coming!

Hello from the hotel!

Last time I had internet this slow I was using dial-up and AIM. No matter. I'll survive. The internet is slow but how many hotels offer a full kitchen with dishwasher and oven? Other hotels offer fresh-baked cookies, this one lets you bake your own!

If you're stuck in a hotel for a week or so in the Kansas City area I recommend Chase Suites and Hotels. Having a kitchen is a miracle.

And so is having cover art. The fabulous Victoria Miller who designed the cover for EVEN VILLAINS GO TO THE MOVIES came back to do EVEN VILLAINS HAVE INTERNS and she's really knocked it out of the park.

So, here's the deal. I really hate newsletters because my email is already full enough. However, for a lot of people reading the blog and hitting social media is hard to do daily and they miss announcements about new releases. The happy compromise between these two is for me to only send out a newsletter when I have big news, new cover art, or a new release. And to compensate you for taking up email inbox space everyone who subscribes to the newsletter is automatically entered in a drawing for a free copy of the new release.

Newsletter subscribers also get a free first peek at the cover art and stories. Which means I'm sending a letter out this weekend to everyone with a sneak peek at the cover art for EVEN VILLAINS HAVE INTERNS. And you need to sign up for the newsletter so you can see that cover art and read the opening pages of INTERNS.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Turning The Page

A forgotten shoe. A backpack stuffed with treasured plastic toys that couldn't be packed. Mountains of brown cardboard and dim yellow lights. We've been in this house eleven months and seven days, hardly long enough to leave an impression or build a home some would say.

I would disagree.

A life is made of a moments. A home is built out of choices and chances. A word here, a look there, tiny things building something bigger.

Often you don't even know what's being built until you stop and look back. Sometimes what you set out to make isn't there. Sometimes you have a disaster on your hands. Sometimes a work of art.

I'm not sure what I created in Kansas. We're leaving behind good friends and good schools. I never fell in love with the weather, but there's a solid, quiet sort of beauty in the Midwest. I understand why people love it even if I wasn't persuaded to buy a retirement home here.

Our next move will be into a hotel. Something I found thrilling at five lost its splendor over the past twenty-odd years of living. Bad mattresses, stiff pillows, and not being able to find a snack at 3am all take the magic out of transient living. We'll survive. There are worse things than cheap hotels. At least we aren't trying our luck camping this time of year. And, when you get right down to it, a roof is a roof. Being dry, warm, and safe make up for everything else.

After the hotels it's on to the wild frontier of Alaska. From Pensacola with the forts and pirate history to the Great North and cities almost three decades old! I don't know what to think. I don't know the area or the wildlife. I can't instantly name six edible plants to forage in any given month in Alaska. My kids are trained in winter survival. When's tsunami season? I don't know!

Let's be honest, for someone who prefers being over-prepared this is a little bit scary. Not zombies-breaking-the-windows scary, but unnerving. It's an adventure. I'm turning the page, closing a chapter, and I don't know what happens next. I can't peek at the last page and make sure this has a happy ending. All I can do is build a happy life, one choice at a time, and hope the life I create will look as beautiful in Alaska as it would with a warmer climate.

Here's to adventure, my lovelies! May the next plot twist always be the best.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Big Hug For You

The news this morning was rough. After the hostage crisis in Sydney and the shooter in Pennsylvania comes the news of the death of 126 sweet children in Pakistan. I can only imagine how heartbroken and devastated their parents are.

I have the luxury of living in a very safe neighborhood. My kids walk on a well maintained bike path a quarter mile to one of the best schools in the state. They walk with other kids and are watched over the whole way by other adults who all have children and want them all to be safe. I have the luxury - and it is a luxury - of sending my kids to school each day knowing they'll arrive home safe every afternoon.

My heart breaks for the parents who don't have this. Especially the mothers and fathers in Pakistan who sent their children to school, undoubtedly praying that they would return safe, only to have their children taken from them by hateful men. To those families I want to say, the world grieves with you.

Flying to Pakistan to hug those people and hold their hands through this horrible time isn't an option for any of us I imagine. But we can do something. We can all be a little kinder today. Give a little extra. Count to ten before we lose our tempers. Forgive. Tell a friend we care for them. Tell a co-worker we admire them. Tell a loved one how special they are.

After the heartbreak of the last few days the whole world needs a hug. We need people to be more caring, more forgiving, more loving.

I know you're busy. I know you have your own problems today.

If you read the blog comments you know one of our Lovelies is fighting cancer. One of our Lovelies has a mother in the hospital this week because she had a heart attack Sunday night. We're all fighting something. No one has a pain free life. I wish I had a magic wand to make it all better, but I don't.

What I do have is love for you, and my neighbor, and every person I meet today. I can do that much. I can be kinder, smile more, lift people up instead of tearing them down. And so can you. Try to do one more nice thing than you planned today. Try to help one more person in whatever way it is.

Give some change to a buskar. Call your grandma you never talk to. Whatever it is. The world needs love today, and you, my Lovelies, can be the ones who save the world today. You are the heroes we need right now.