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Yes, I know I haven’t blogged in FORever (or as my kids say now if it’s something *really* long: five-ever—yeah, my kids are weird). Things with four kids are always hectic. It’s funny that I thought once I had two kids of driving age, life would be so very much easier. Boy, was I mistaken!

But that is the way of a mom, right? You push everything else back for the kiddos. (At least one kid appreciates it and has promised very nice accommodations at a top-notch nursing home when the time comes.) Nyah-Nyah

Still, it’s been months and I am sorry for the absence. Now, cut to THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL … WOOT! Rainbow

And how glad I am that the first day of school was managed and is over! They put #3 child (a sophomore) in Freshman English. I had words. They put him in Soph English but for some inexplicable reason they pulled his Theater class and put him in P.E. I had *WAY* more words (even as a beginning soph, he has already completed *all* the require PE credits—thank you marching band and baseball). He now has tech theater instead of P.E. (I warned him to be careful and nice to the girls in the class—were it not for NSHS tech theater there would be no him, or his bros Winking smile )

#4 child (in jr high—wow) all but melted walking home from school (over a mile in 103° w/ no shade at all—it’s not that far until you add in that dern heat); I felt so bad I will pick him up the rest of the week, at least. He’s deliriously happy. He was pleased with his classes, save the class with the Vietnam Vet who is very strict, he’s worried he won’t cut it. He will and it’ll be good for the kid!

The two college boys (oh, how that hurts to say!) seem to like their classes—so far. I’m not crazy about the books that cost (literally) twice the amount of the class hours themselves. One kid is pretty sure he can find one text book online, which apparently the teacher is okay with, while another one of his classes you have to have a code that comes with the book in order to turn things in. Wow… can’t believe that!

… and DO NOT get me started about the Cluster F#$% of traffic yesterday in front of the schools (which not a one had crossing guards—The elementary really surprised me, you want to make the kids fend for themselves on the first day of school, in uber-traffic?!?)

Le sigh … today is day 2. I will think positive and … To quote Mr. Roarke, “Smiles everyone, smiles”  Smile

My latest book has released by itself today ~ WOOT!!

 

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Book Description

Publication Date: May 1, 2014

Blue Collar Baker

In high school, Marissa Llewellyn had the hots for golden boy Jackson "Jax" Carlisle. So when he arrives at her bakery, yummier than ever, to investigate a series of break-ins, she can’t help being reminded of the awkward girl she was. But that’s not the reason she evades his questions….

Silver Spoon Sheriff

Jax grew up as part of the Fort Worth country club set, but as the new chief of police, that’s all behind him, much to the chagrin of his family. Though he may not remember Marissa, he can’t stop thinking about the woman she’s become—and the secret she’s obviously keeping from him.

A Recipe for Romance…or Disaster?

Marissa is determined to help the homeless teen she caught breaking into her shop, even if that means lying to Jax. And when the sparks between her and the sexy sheriff ignite into a passionate affair, Marissa will have to choose between following the rules he upholds, and her own sense of justice.

 

Amazon    ~     Barnes and Noble    ~     Apple    ~    Harlequin

In order to help spread the word about the brand new way in which Harlequin-E is releasing its latest titles, four authors of contemporary titles releasing soon are hosting the Boxes Are Beautiful Giveaway:

BOXES ARE BEAUTIFUL!

On Monday, February 3rd, Harlequin-E launches the Contemporary Romance Box Set, containing four brand new titles by Sarina Bowen, Rebecca Avery, Amy Jo Cousins and Denise McDonald. The sticker price for the set is just $4.99, but it’s a temporary offer. In 90 days, the box will be "broken" into four separate books, each one priced at $3.99.

READERS WHO SCOOP UP THE BOX SET  BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS WILL SAVE 69% OFF THE COMBINED COVER PRICE.

To celebrate this bargain, the authors will award four prizes. Four winners will each receive… a box! Coming their way will be a decorative wood and fabric box in the shape of a book. Measuring 10" in length, it’s perfect for jewelry or trinkets. And inside that box the winner will find CANDY.

Winners will also receive an electronic copy of the Contemporary Romance Box Set by Bowen/Avery/Cousins/McDonald in the format of their choice.

The giveaway will run from Friday January 31st through Sunday February 9th. Four identical prizes (box + candy + electronic books) will be awarded. Please let us know if you’d like to participate in the giveaway, and we will get the Rafflecopter code to you in time to set up your post.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

Four Romances for One Amazing Price

Stranded together by a blizzard, scholar-turned-farmer Willow Reade and bad-boy ski champion Dane “Danger” Hollister generate enough body heat to make it through the night. But the sparks don’t stop flying when the snow does….

When stressed-out single mom Kayla Clark hires “retired soldier” Ronnie Brown from Man Maid to whip her household into shape, she’s not expecting him to be young, hot and willing to take care of her more personal needs….

Veterinarian Sarah Tyler isn’t going to wait another eternity for hotshot photographer J. D. Damico to kiss her again. And she’s gambling that what happens in Vegas will change her luck!

Bakery owner Marissa Llewellyn has always been sweet on sheriff Jax Carlisle, but her efforts to help a wayward teen have her bending the rules he’s bound to uphold….

Indulge your craving for fresh contemporary romance with this collection of four full-length novels!

Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Maid to Fit by Rebecca M. Avery (Man Maid, Book 1)

Calling His Bluff by Amy Jo Cousins

Baker’s Law by Denise McDonald

My Cover

I got the okay to share… so, here it is:

 

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WOOT!

It’s getting closer. The cover for the box set is now out. (I will share my cover when I get the go-ahead!) box set

Four Romances for One Amazing Price

Stranded together by a blizzard, scholar-turned-farmer Willow Reade and bad-boy ski champion Dane “Danger” Hollister generate enough body heat to make it through the night. But the sparks don’t stop flying when the snow does….

When stressed-out single mom Kayla Clark hires “retired soldier” Ronnie Brown from Man Maid to whip her household into shape, she’s not expecting him to be young, hot and willing to take care of her more personal needs….

Veterinarian Sarah Tyler isn’t going to wait another eternity for hotshot photographer J. D. Damico to kiss her again. And she’s gambling that what happens in Vegas will change her luck!

Bakery owner Marissa Llewellyn has always been sweet on sheriff Jax Carlisles, but her efforts to help a wayward teen have her bending the rules he’s bound to uphold….

Indulge your craving for fresh contemporary romance with this collection of four full-length novels!

Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Maid to Fit by Rebecca M. Avery (Man Maid, Book 1)

Calling His Bluff by Amy Jo Cousins

Baker’s Law by Denise McDonald

 

                       Available for preorder:         Amazon   or    Barnes and Noble

 

So very excited!

brrr…

So for the last what, 5 days—this being day 6—there has been ice on the ground. It’s keeping the kids home from school which in turn is driving me nuts and then some. In the DFW area, it’s about half and half—the Dallas area is back in school today, the Fort Worth area, they’re underfoot for a third school day.

I don’t know why it still amazes me how one little change in our (meaning my) daily routine throws everything else out of whack. You have kids who are so not used to being cooped up for hours much less days and they go a little stir-crazy. And it rubs off. Quickly. I haven’t been able to concentrate which means no writing. Throw on top of ALL that the fact that I have a head cold (probably from shoveling the driveway with a massive sinus infection) and the last few days have been more than enough. One the upside, the hubby actually went in to work today. He missed Friday and Monday thanks to Icemagedon—yeah that’s what they’re calling it here—so at least he managed to get away for a brief bit.

Tomorrow, I am dropping my kids off at school regardless of whether the doors are unlocked or not—I’m kidding of course. They’d just walk back since they know the way home.

On the upside, I did prepare for the storm and hit the grocery store in advance so we didn’t run out of food! The 10 dozen cookies I made on Thursday though didn’t make it through the weekend. The comfort food was the first thing to go!

I hope you all are fairing well as the storms head eastward. It’s your turn. We in Texas are quite done with it. Thankyouverymuch!

Turkey-week

Thanksgiving was yesterday. My kids have been off school (and driving me nuts) and we had several traditions to j0422849uphold. The first is that someone *always* gets ill the week of Thanksgiving. Every. Danged. Year. Without fail. This year was the hubby. though he is major denial of how sick he is. He wants me to hold off on the Mcturkey until Sunday. That alone should make him realize he doesn’t feel well (we still maintained our regular schedule for his entire family meal).

The Mcturkey being the second in the list of traditions. One year, hubby’s mom made manicotti for Thanksgiving and the hubby bitched and bitched for a good, solid fours months. You think I am exaggerating, but I am so not! So much he whined that I now make our Mcturkey the week of Thanksgiving to ensure that he has his stupid turkey—though I will say his mom hasn’t repeated “her choice” of what to server for her meal. (Yes, he’s a big ole baby!)

Football is an obvious tradition in a sports household—though I like it less and less every years—but what can you do?

For some reason baking has become a tradition. I like desserts! And I will end up making umpteen different batches of j0422850cookies by the end of the week. Shortbread is the flavor de jour this year—I tend to obsess and then overdo—another tradition I suppose. I will usually go through a couple of bags of flour & sugar and multiple sticks of butter… cookies w/o gobs of butter is just plain wrong.

You’d hope that being thankful would be a tradition that would especially be strong this week, but with teenagers, I am still trying to get them out of the “how does it affect me” mode. It’s a slow process but one I will endure and eventually achieve (or else!)

One tradition I do NOT partake in… Black Friday (or Thursday as it should be called now that *all* the stupid stores are opening early—what a shame!) I think because I worked retail when the hubby was in college, that shopping day has less than zero appeal to me!

What traditions will you observe this week? Which are new and which are family favorites?

I wish you all a very

           HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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