Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Woot! Woot!

Another one of my stories has been accepted and I'm thrilled!

It's a TS5, or in other terms, a "Totally Five Star" Hotel story for Totally Bound.

The title is "Pretend Lover", surprise surprise, about a pretend lover and also surprise surprise, set in a five star hotel.

I'm especially happy as my wonderful editor gave me glowing praise.

I really enjoyed writing this book so worry wort that I am, wondered if everybody else would hate it. But my editor says she really likes it too.

I don't know when "Pretend Lover" will be released. I don't know when the first book in the series will release. What I do know is that it's the first book in the TS5 series to be accepted.

Here's a blurb: Inundated with warring holier than thou Baptists and horny furries, Rachel doesn't think her day can get any worse. Then her ex-husband, Nate, and his new bridezilla, Caryne, show up at her hotel on their honeymoon. It's bad enough that Caryne stole her husband, but it's worse that she's torturing Rachel again. When Caryne accuses Rachel of being unable to get another man, Rachel convinces her best friend Gage to be her pretend lover.

I also threw in a Fet Con, some hyper active cheerleaders, and some other dysfunctional guests from hell. Oh, and some cookie dough! Then I mixed it all up and let the fun begin.

I had so much fun in fact, I'm working on another hotel story and turned in a synopsis for a third hotel story. After that, maybe I'll work on a nerd story. :) I'm totally in love with the Big Bang Theory nerds.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coming Soon - "Her Men"

Here ye, here ye!

I received fabulous cover art for my August 2014 release at Totally Bound. Isn't it lovely?

I was unable to add the picture to this post however it's on the sidebar. I don't know what's wrong with my blogger - or perhaps it's a "Code 18" situation (the error sits 18 inches away from the screen). I don't think so, but it's possible as I used to be able to insert pictures and everybody else is still posting photos to their blogs. Uhm...

Anyway, I'm so excited I'm ready to go and write another 5,000 words on my WIP so I can hurry up and get another wonderful cover.

Here's a snippet about "Her Men", set in one of my favorite cities on Earth, Biloxi Mississippi.

"It takes a hot ménage or two for Julie to decide which man she truly loves."

Forty-four year old Julie Weston has loved Timmy and James since her college days twenty something years ago. She's fantasized about both all these long years, never able to choose between them.

Hoping Tim and James will attend, she attends their college marching band reunion. When both men show up her dreams are answered. They're sexier than she imagined and she hopes they won't be disappointed by her older self.

It turns out both men came just to see her again and neither is happy about the other’s presence. They fight over her, confusing her more than ever. It takes a hot ménage…or two…for her heart to decide which one she’s in love with.

I'm so excited about this story, I can't wait for this summer for it to release. I hope you'll enjoy it too.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Life Changes

My good friend retired this week. I hired her thirteen years ago when my grandson was just a baby. We've shared good and bad times.

We were sharing an office on 9-11 from the moment we first realized something might be wrong until the moment we realized something was very wrong. Then we prayed together.

We've celebrated weddings, retirements, anniversaries, and funerals together. We've gone to dinner and movies.

We still plan to get together but it won't be the same as being in the same office 8:30 - 5, five days a week. I won't be able to turn to her in a moment of laughter, sadness, anger, or any other reason I would want to speak to her on the spur of the moment.

Life is full of changes and retirement is one of the happier ones. She was as excited as if it was Christmas. She's looking forward to this new chapter of her life. I'm jealous that she can sleep in while I have to get up early and trudge to the day job five days a week for another twenty years - maybe thirty.

Our stories are all about life's happy and sad moments, our changes. If they weren't, they'd be pretty boring. Today, I could use some boring but that would be selfish. I'm happy for my friend. I wish her all the best. Someday, I hope, I'll be able to retire from the day job and concentrate full time on my books and my family and friends.

Happy Saturday!

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.


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