Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pushing My Buttons

My DH, which alternately stands for "dear hubby", "damned hubby", and his actual initials, is driving me bat shit CRAZY!!!

He really knows how to push my buttons and I think he's doing it on purpose.

Oh, I hear you saying that my dear, wonderful hubby would never try to upset me, but I don't believe you. We'll be married 35 years this coming January. I know the guy only too well.

However, every time something goes wrong, usually something to do with money, he says we're going to lose our house and that it's all MY fault.

Of course it totally freaks me out. I can't stand it. He did it again this afternoon on the phone with me while I was at work of all places. As soon as I got home, I had to pop a Xanax.

Honestly, I don't take much Xanax. I only ever take it when my husband starts predicting doom and gloom and blaming it on me.

So right now, guess what DH stands for.

You got it!


Saturday, April 12, 2014


I thought my secret identity, the infamous Ashley Ladd, was found out today.

During our break time at work, a good friend looked at me very seriously and somberly and said she wanted to talk to me in private at lunch. Just last night, her child sent me a friend request on my AL account, so I think I had good reason to believe that.

I was a mass of nerves for two hours until lunch.

As it turned out, she had something totally different on her mind.

I still don't know if my cover has been blown. I don't know if I should confess or if I should just hope that I never get caught.

It's a tough decision.



Wednesday, April 09, 2014

It's So Hard To Wait

     I'm an impatient soul. I try to be patient, but when I submit a story, I find myself checking my email several times daily.

     I'm the same way when royalty day arrives. Every couple hours I check PayPal for the amount.

     I have to check the mail as soon as I get home.

     I need a self-help group for email checkers anonymous. I've heard the rule is to have at least seven works on submission at any given time, plus keep yourself busy writing new stories, to prevent such impatience, but I still seem to have this problem.

     I doubt I'm alone.

     Believe me I know that my editor and publisher are hard working, have other authors to work with, their own books to write, and their own lives to live. I respect that. I expect that. Yet, I still can't stop checking my email.

     Save me. I'm such a junkie.


Saturday, April 05, 2014

We're off to see the Wizard...uh not quite

We're off to see the Wizard...uh not quite. Better!

My kids and I are going to brave South Florida's Alligator Alley to visit my cousins, aunt and uncle today.

We live on one side of Florida, my cousins live on the other side of Florida, and my aunt and uncle are visiting from Ohio.

I've always adored my aunt and uncle and visit whenever I can. Then in 1988 when my mom died, my aunt became my surrogate mother. They're special people. Not just to me but everybody loves them.

As they're 86 and 87 now, I don't know how many more times they'll be able to make the trek to Florida. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to visit much either (long boring story). So this will be a very special visit.

I'll give an account later how our visit went.

Usually, my grandkids who go with us, have fun playing with all the alligator skulls at the rest stops along the way. My kids get cranky keeping my young granddaughter happy on the 4-5 hour ride. When we get there, my cousins are grilling out and we help them put together a big puzzle and play some games, and of course visit with everybody. I also take lots of pictures which I'll scrapbook one day.

I hope your Saturday is as special, at least as happy as ours.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Saturday I mentioned that I have three new stories coming out this summer with Totally Bound. That means I'm in the editing mode as I write this.

I love my editor for many reasons. One of them is that she won't let me get away with repeating pet phrases or starting sentences with the same word over and over and over ad nauseum.

I'm particularly appreciative of it at this moment as I'm reading a really popular novel (I won't mention names) that starts almost every sentence with one of three words: I, My, He.

I counted at least four eye rolls in less than one chapter.

Oh my!

Maybe it's because I'm hypersensitive to it while I'm in the middle of eliminating repeat phrases and trying to come up with more imaginative descriptions, or maybe it bothers other readers too. I found myself counting how many eye rolls there were, which unfortunately, pulled me out of the story.

Do you notice things like this?

Do they make you pause?


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Business or Pleasure

Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

Coming Soon: July 2014

Cooking Up A Storm

Brooks and Rique desperately want to win the head chef’s position for eccentric millionaire Jonah Verleun on his beautiful, private, but peculiar island that includes a zoo full of exotic animals, an amusement park, and a monster shark tank beneath Jonah’s bedroom floor. While Brooks wants the job to escape his heartache and the lover who thwarted him, Rique is hiding from the mob hoping to live long enough to pay them off with the prize winnings. Fierce competitors, they cook up a storm in a series of cooking challenges all the while trying to turn down the heat on their intense attraction. When a hurricane strikes the island, the storm Rique has been cooking up, explodes and no heart or body are safe.

Coming Soon: June 2014


I'm Back!

I'm sorry to say I've been gone a long time, but I can't deny it. The proof is here.

Can you say depression?

I hate to admit I suffer from it, but it's a fact of life. My mother had it. My mother said her mother had it.

Mine is now under control and I'm embarrassed I let it get the best of me. But I'm human and shit happens.
I hope all my readers and writing friends have been well and happy.

I've got three new stories coming out this summer at Totally Bound: Cooking Up A Storm, Business or Pleasure, and Her Men. A fourth story is on submission and my fingers are crossed that my editor will like it.

As I'm working on new novels, plus my day job, I'll post every Saturday and Wednesday.

Happy Saturday!


Thursday, May 05, 2011

Cinco De Mayo

Today is Cinco De Mayo…where has 2011 flown? Where has today flown? I had countless interruptions while trying to write this entry. Soon it will be midnight and I won’t be able to post this. I feel as if I’m in a dream that it’s even 2011.

1999 and Y2K used sound so futuristic. Now I’m hearing doomsday predictions that the Rapture will occur May 21st THIS YEAR! And if this doesn’t happen, then the world will end December 31st 2012.

Of course, I heard the world was going to end in 1975, too. When that didn’t happen, the date was pushed back to sometime in the 1980s and so on…

Although I do believe in The Rapture, I’m not holding my breath that the world will end May 21st or the end of 2012. However, this provides terrific story fodder.

That said, amazing things are happening in 2011. Not just with cars that can drive themselves, but with people.

My latest release, “Inside Out” is about the freedom to be oneself. Often it’s still tough to be different, to be yourself and let the world know who you are, but much more possible now than twenty years ago.

Gay and lesbian people are gaining much more acceptance than ever before. Transgender and transsexual people, however, still face a really hard time. Someone very close to me is a transgender woman facing many of these difficulties. Yet, it was more difficult to hide her true self so she is coming out to the world.

In honor of this very special person, her new friends, and the many other people out there that face similar challenges, I wrote “Inside Out”. What is inside, our hearts and minds, is who we are. The fa├žade on the outside is just skin.

I look forward to the day everyone is accepted and judgment is left to the Higher Power. Meanwhile, I will continue to champion gay, lesbian, and transgender people, and anyone who is different.

I hope readers will enjoy “Inside Out”, the romance and the life challenges. It’s available now at

Happy Cinco De Mayo!


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