Goose and the Danger Zone

He opened the truck door for me after taking me out for sushi (I have never had it, nor will I again, but it was fun to try something new). I climbed into the seat carefully as I was wearing a sundress and heels. He paused while I rambled on about the Grad school class I’m currently taking. Feeling self-conscious, I stopped talking. He leaned in and kissed me softly, sweetly. And there it was – butterflies!

We have spent countless hours talking on the phone; even once talking through the night. He made me feel like a silly teenager again; laughing and giggling through the night. I love his sense of humor. We have so many shared experiences, grew up in the same period, and love the same music. Our histories are the same, yet very different.

Starting over again in the dating world after a divorce is frightening, challenging, and horrifying … on a good day! I took some time away from it; to go back to school, to heal, to figure out what I wanted. And it helped a lot. I wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin. I wanted to make sure I didn’t make the same mistakes I did in the past. It takes two to make a successful marriage, and two to make it fail. It’s not always the easiest thing to admit, but the honesty does make a difference in how you perceive yourself at the end of the day.

Road trip – perhaps a little earlier than expected, but occasionally you must throw caution and common sense out the window. He drove, I rambled; which I tend to do when I’m nervous and nervous doesn’t even begin to describe how I was feeling. I was nauseated and dangerously dehydrated the entire trip. I had to remind myself several times that he was not a serial killer who was going to rape and dismember me tossing my remains out in the scarce desert we were surrounded in. I had to put my trust and faith in my gut and my gut told me he was unique, kind, silly, with a heart of gold.

And I discovered he is all that and so much more. I learned he was just as nervous and self-conscious as I was. Instead of a romantic getaway, we spent the night laughing and talking; getting to know each other. He was quick to laugh, even quicker with his sarcastic remarks, and I discovered he could even be vulnerable. His softer side was truly enticing. He is a rare gem!

I learned a few important elements about this quick witted, intelligent, movie savant. One; to keep my hands and fingers a safe distance from the chips and salsa if I want to keep them intact. Two; he could make me laugh until I was in tears and my sides hurt. Three; he gets bashful when his soft-bellied underside is showing. And finally; that at the very least, I’d made an incredible friend!

Could he be so much more??!!! I suppose time will tell…

Scarlett Ink Publishing

Scarlett Ink

After a great deal of soul searching and rejecting numerous offers I was torn on how I should proceed with my writing career. I spoke at great length with a dear friend of mine, Calum McDonald, who has been an amazing supporter of my work, who told me I should publish my own books, but not exactly self-publishing. So, we discussed what it would take to open our own publishing house. And several months later, our international baby was born…Scarlett Ink Publishing. It’s in the beginning phases, but we have our incorporation, our domain name, and the website … and a couple bright hungry employees ready to run.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to begin this new journey in my life. My EVE series and With Honors series have been reedited and recovered. I am absolutely in love with the new covers and am eagerly anticipating sharing them with the world. I feel they truly reflect the embodiment of the stories within.

We are aiming for a June rerelease of Essence and What I Really Learned in College. Until then our new Chief Marketing Director, which I’m happy to say is not me, will be building our marketing division and designing giveaways and special offers for preorders. I love the creative marketing campaigns he is building and am excited for him execute them. If you’d like to keep abreast of all the exciting things we’re doing, please go to our website, and sign up for our monthly newsletter. I promise you will be happy you did.

 

Catching up…

 Catching up…

 

Now that the holidays are behind us and things have settled back into a routine more or less; I’m adjusting to balancing work with the challenges of grad school. I absolutely LOVE grad school and am biding my time until I can enjoy the fruits of my labor.In the meantime, I spend too much time trying to figure out how some people manage to tie their own shoes. I can honestly say it makes me nervous that these people wander around unsupervised because they really shouldn’t be left without full time adult supervision despite the fact that they are adults.

I learned also that winter does come to the desert. Granted, it’s nothing like the winters in the Midwest, but after you become acclimated to abnormally warm weather anything below 60 degrees feels like the Artic. However, it should be back in the mid-70s in a couple of weeks. I used to laugh at people who put on winter coats in 60-degree weather because when it reached that in the spring in the Midwest, people were breaking out the shorts and celebrating. Now I am one of them.

I have received numerous emails lately in regards to when my books will be available again. I am hoping to have them all back on the market and in the stores my late spring. I’ve done a lot of soul searching with the direction I want to go with them. I’ve been fortunate to receive several offers from publishers who are interested in republishing my work and putting out my new ones, but I haven’t signed with anyone. And I’m not sure if I want too. The more research I do the more I am considering self-publishing so that I have full control over my work. I’m tired of everyone benefiting from all the hours, hard work, and tears I have invested into creating them. They are my babies and I want to make sure they are well taken care of and distributed for the world to enjoy. I will keep you posted on which direction I decide to go in.

But please be assured, regardless of what I decide, I am diligently working on Transferring Credits and Transcendence. I have shelved I Should Have Known… for the moment just because it needs some tweaking that I am struggling with in making the main male character more likable and able to bring the readers in to care about him. Hopefully, it will come to me soon, but until then I am focusing on the characters and the stories that I love.