There are many things to say on this first day of 2015, as well as the first day yours truly has been unleashed upon Embracing Romance. I begin with a great, big, huge, and (as my kidlet would say) GINORMOUS thank you to the wonderful ladies of Embracing Romance for allowing me to join their ranks! They have been warm and welcoming to this newbie!
Second, I must wish all of you a Happy New Year! I won’t ask about resolutions (I always break mine), and I won’t ask about your 2014 (mine didn’t involve the 15 lost pounds or winning lottery ticket I’d hoped for). But I will wish you all the best for 2015. I believe in hope and change, and carrying on all the joys and wonders of 2014 into 2015. And I do, absolutely, believe in celebrating life and love. So Happy New Year to all of you!
The third item today is more a litany of items. On this day, my first day as part of Embracing Romance, I’d love to tell you a little of myself, recap 2014 and give you a glimpse into 2015. If I bore you entirely, feel free to refresh the page. The boring-ness won’t change, but it might give you a change of scene!
- I am in love with Jamie Fraser. Don’t tell Mr. Alexander! My enabling mother-in-law even bought me the entire Outlander series for Christmas, and I can’t wait to start book #2!
- I write Regency-era historical romantic suspense, where love is always combined with a bit of adventure. My current series, A Spy In The Ton, includes smugglers, assassins, spies and other nefarious individuals.
- I rid my house of spiders by way of the smush-and-flush method. That is, smush them with tissue and flush them down the toilet, so they are double dead. Mr. Alexander, however, has decided we must be nice to spiders and bought me a Spider Catcher for Christmas. This way I could release them into the wild rather than commit spider-cide. Pretty sure we’re not seeing eye to eye on that issue. (P.S. Not joking. See picture.)
- I clean my house once a month, just before the cleaning lady arrives. I know. It’s insane.
- I sometimes brainstorm using colored Post-It Notes. The various colors represent the arcs of the hero, the heroine, the suspense and the romance. My Wall O’ Plot is not to be confused with actual plotting, however, which would involve making sense of the Post-It Notes.
- I can eat an entire family size bag of cheddar and sour cream potato chips…in one sitting. Not saying I do this regularly, only saying that I have.
- My January 2014 debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times, was a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, and was nominated for Best First Historical for 2014!
- I like asparagus, turnips, gold beets, leeks and Brussels sprouts, but abhor, loathe and detest raw broccoli. *shudder* Mr. Alexander and I don’t see eye to eye on that one either, as he’ll just grab a hunk of it when he’s hungry. Who does that?
- Hot yoga is my favorite method of exercise, though it doesn’t fit in my schedule of day job, writing and parenting a 6-year-old. Instead, I sometimes run (a.k.a. pathetically half-jog/half-walk) on the dirt road I live on. Isn’t it pretty?
- I am utterly, completely, and wonderfully enamored of anything resembling romance. I cry watching An Affair To Remember, Bad Boys, Outlander, NCIS and Hallmark commercials—remember the one from the ‘80s with the older brother who was late for Christmas? He walked in when the little brother was singing O Holy Night. *sniff* Gets me every time.
- I wear wool socks and slippers all year round and hate air conditioning. I have cold toes!
My recent December release, IN BED WITH A SPY, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times, a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, and was nominated for best cover by Romantic Times for December 2014!
- My favorite foods are bacon, bacon, bacon and potato chips. My sister-in-law even gave me a bacon bowl for Christmas! I have also had in my possession a bacon calendar, bacon mints, and a bacon air freshener.
There you go! Random bits about me, probably more than you’d like. Stayed tuned in 2015 for more stories from the A Spy In The Ton series! Now I’m going to leave you with a question, and it’s not about bacon. It’s about broccoli. Is there any method of cooking it—aside from dousing it in Cheese Whiz—that makes broccoli even relatively palatable? Because my doctor says it’s full of Vitamin C or iron or something, and I should eat it. But I can barely manage it. Blech!
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