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On the road!

So excited!

Niagara Falls here we come! Heading up into Canada in our new (to us!) RV. I hear it is spectacular from the Canadian side, plus, I’m dying to use my passport!

Hopefully if I ask, they will punch my passport on the border.

In the meantime, my hubby and I are sending in our concealed carry permits for Ohio. That will allow us to carry in almost all states west of the Mississippi. And we still have to get our fingerprints for the Florida permit and send that in.

No worries! We are both US Navy veterans. My specialty was Small Arms Marksman Instructor so I’m very familiar with guns!

Here I am working on an M14 rifle. Photo op, lol. I was in the paper in Seattle WA many, many moons ago!

We figure, better safe than sorry. We want to travel around the US when we retire. Both of us are planning on going by 2020. We’ve had our RV in the shop for the last two weeks for updating. We bought it but knew that there were a few issues. It was built in 1991 after all!

Luckily, the local RV repair fit us in. NOT that we are not paying for it, lol. Not any more than I expected though.

So, I’m going to finish packing. We’re preparing food ahead of time so we only have to pop casseroles in the oven and stocking up for s’mores. You can’t possibly not have a campfire even if you are in an RV!

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Afternoon Delight

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The perfect man for me is the one who broke my heart.

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Once bitten.

Twice shy.

Yeah, I wish.

I’m on a mission to find myself a nice, solid, respectable man. The only problem is nice, solid, and respectable comes in a meh package and is B-O-R-I-N-G as hell.

It’s been established. I have one type. Bad Boy. I tried the other flavors, I really did. But there’s nothing like the allure of a man who takes what he wants without apology.

As if my love life isn’t dramatic enough, Dean Bennett walks into my life again thinking he’s going to win me back with his charm and charisma. He might come in a different package, but under that expensive suit he’s still the same cocky, arrogant, pompous prick who only cares about numero uno.

I’m not that naïve young girl anymore so I have to ignore the fact that the way he looks at me practically sets my panties on fire.

Everyone deserves a second chance to right a wrong. The problem? He’s not just an ex-boyfriend…

He’s my ex-husband.

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Excerpt

Walking through the revolving door, I’m greeted by a security desk before I can access the elevators. Shit. I should message Glen again to say I’m going to be even later than I expected.

I approach the tall man who looks as annoyed as me for being here on a Friday night. “Hello, I need to head to” —I glance at the envelope— “Heiberman and Lipe Law Firm.”

He taps a few keys. “I think they’re closed already.” His face is void of any emotion.

“Can you tell me if there’s a…” my eyes glance to the folder again. “Mr. Bennett?” The last name causes my stomach to gurgle.

“Let me call up.” He presses some buttons on the phone, listens for a second and then hangs up. “No one is answering.”

I lean over the counter, splashing on my please eat out of my hand smile. “It’s Friday. You want to go home. I want to go home. I promised my boss that I’d get these on the desk of Mr. Bennett.” I cough, bile rising up my throat with the mention of the name. Victoria is really going to have to take care of this in the future. “Can I please just go up to their floor and see if their door is unlocked?”

He shakes his head, giving me a look I’m way too familiar with, silently asking if I’m crazy.

“What can I do?” I ask. “Money? A date?” I look at his left hand. “No. Are you a fan of winter sports?” I’ll totally pull Skylar into this. “My cousin is a Winter Classics skier and her fiancé—” A large palm lands in front of my face.

“Give me your name.” His fingers position on the keyboard.

“Chelsea… Chelsea Walsh.”

He types my name in, and I smile when he pulls a visitor badge out.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you.” I take it from his hand and put it over my head.

“If no one is up there, they have a drop box beside their door. You can leave your package there.”

I thank him again and walk steadily to the elevators, dodging people desperate to start their weekend.

I end up riding the elevator by myself to the thirty-third floor. The elevator doors ding open and I file out, my head swiveling right and then left. Spotting the door with Heiberman and Lipe Law Firm, I head over to it to find a list of the names of all the associates and thankfully there’s Bennett second from the top.

Hold on Glen, I’m almost on my way.

My hand pulls on the frosted glass door and it must be my lucky day because it opens.

I step into the darkened reception area. Looking around, I find no one. Heading down a hallway, my eyes zero in on the names on the doors while peeking my head into vacant offices. Finally, after passing the conference room, I see the last name Bennett and peek my head inside to find it empty with the light on. Hopefully that means he’s in the bathroom or something.

I pull out my cell phone, seeing Glen has messaged me back, but instead of responding to his I shoot one off to my boss Hannah.

Me: Mr. Bennett isn’t here. Can I drop the envelope on his desk?

Hannah as usual, replies instantly.

Hannah: Sure. Just leave it somewhere he’ll see it first thing on Monday.

Me: Got it.

I drop my cell phone back into my purse and slowly walk across the room and place the envelope on the chair. As I straighten up, I notice a baseball sitting next to the keyboard like someone had been playing with it and just set it down.

My jaw drops and my gaze scatters across every surface, spinning around investigating each piece of art, photos, anything I can find to tell me this isn’t…

Then as though I hadn’t breathed the entire time I’ve been in this office, the smell of him hits my nostrils. The once familiar scent of the ocean breeze, his deodorant and fresh linen from his clothes. He never was a cologne guy.

Other than a picture of a dog on the table behind his desk, it’s filled with baseball memorabilia of the Cubs. A die-hard Cub’s fan certificate is framed and on display, so others know he didn’t jump on the bandwagon two years ago when they won the World Series. It’s proof that his family has borne the Cubbie fever for generations.

“Do you make it a habit of sneaking into people’s offices?” His voice is coy and flirtatious.

I squeeze my eyes shut then grip the edge of the desk before my knees give out. Shivers run up and down my spine.

Crazy train. All aboard!

“You can at least show your face,” he says, continuing his usual play. “I promise I don’t bite.”

“Unless I want you to.” I spin around, my knuckles white as they tighten on the edge of the desk.

Now it’s his jaw that slackens as he realizes his ex-wife is standing in the middle of his office.

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Sunday Sales!

Too busy watching Irish drinking songs to get this up earlier, lol. Hope you all had a good St. Patty’s Day!

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Losing everything can set you free.

Recently divorced Parker Matthews is broken-hearted and alone. Damaged in more ways than one, he knows he has to make a change and face his new reality. Finally deciding to get help for his PTSD and get his life together, he seeks support in a writing for healing class.

Forming a friendship with Arya Danvers, Parker begins to heal and seems determined to fight for his life and find his forever happiness. But when Parker’s fears threaten to strangle him for good, there’s just no telling how he will survive this next battle.

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Ryder King is a man who know what he wants and what he wants is the curvy nurse who is perfect for him.

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How very, very, wrong she is.

Can their love survive something no one ever should have to?

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From Me to You ~ Willow’s Cry coming soon

Happy Saturday! We’re heading to another RV show, lol. Burlington RV is having and open house and we are heading over to check out their used RV’s. No way can we afford a new one! Then, we’re meeting our daughter and granddaughter at a dinosaur museum. RAWR!

So, Willow’s Cry is coming out April 7th! If you are going to North Iowa Book Bash, I’m hoping to have it there. I’m working on loading it to Amazon this weekend. (I’m going to be busy, aren’t I?) so it should go up for pre-order shortly after it is approved. But not until my covers done! I gave up trying to do it myself, lol. I’m waiting for the cover artist to finish. She’s working on it this weekend also. Here’s a little preview.

When you’ve pissed off Mother Nature, anything can happen…

Willow’s Cry

Alex is just a regular guy… who can hear the wind speak and the earth talk, not a bad thing for a Park Ranger if a bit unusual. His life is everything he desires. Until Mother Nature expresses her displeasure at his family’s threat to sell the land they had been charged to protect. Alex is left to try to stop the sale, finding a damsel in distress along the way who wraps herself around his heart.

Happy living in her tree, observing the world without joining in, Willow has yearned for Alex for years. Too shy to emerge, the little nymph is suddenly catapulted into Alex’s arms, her tree destroyed during a massive storm.

Mother Nature has a plan and she’ll do everything she can to force Alex’s family to continue their roles as guardians, even if it means sacrificing one she protects.

Excerpt

The phone rang, loud and obnoxious in the quiet night. God, he hoped there wasn’t another emergency. Alex stomped in, slamming the door open, tired in every inch of his body. He didn’t even flinch at the loud bang from the door hitting the wall. With his luck he’d be going back out again. The passing storm had downed trees and stranded campers. The last couple of days searching for hikers lost in the storm had every inch of his body aching.

“Hello?”

“Good job finding the hikers.”

He didn’t need accolades. Grunting rather than replying, he placed the phone on speaker. Before he could take a much needed rest, he needed to file his paperwork. Jordan’s call was only an irritant.

“You could at least say thank you.”

“What’d you need?” On the best of days he didn’t like people. Placing his hat onto the table and tossing his coat over the coatrack Alex kicked the chair back from the desk and settled down, wriggling to find comfort in the hard seat. Jordan never called without a reason.

“Just wanted to complement you.”

“Fine, consider it done.” Hanging up the phone before Jordan say another word, Alex reached over and turned his computer on. Booting up a new program his cousin Kane had designed and installed, Alex began to speak and it typed. Thank God. Sometimes his fingers seemed larger than the keyboard. Complaining to Kane about the problem of how long his reports took to do got results. Alex smirked, just like he knew it would.

Alex leaned over, untying his boots. His voice echoing through the empty room. The laces unforgiving, tight with rain and mud. The heat in the room began to sink into his cold tired bones. With the laces loose enough, he pulled them off, spreading his toes in relief. He wrinkled his nose. The smell from the wet leather of his boots and the stink of his feet began to fill the room.

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From me to you!

I’m trying to figure out Amazon. I know, I know, good luck there! Because I’m trying to figure out how to put my books on sale for my birthday!

I’ll be double nickels this year. HOW DID I GET SO OLD? So I’m looking to share my landmark, lol. I still have a bit of time to figure it out. I’ll be 55 on 11. (Remember the slogan, Stay Alive Drive 55?) Way past my golden birthday! Tomorrow will be the final check of Willow’s Cry. When that is done, I’ll have to do the blurb and finish the cover. I’m trying to do that myself. It might not work, so we’ll see!

Today I’m working the AMVETS Spaghetti dinner. It is our largest fundraiser. I always enjoy helping out, knowing most of our proceeds go towards assisting veterans and active duty military. I am a Veteran and always appreciated the help and knowledge of those that have gone before me.

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Here’s a picture from one of my shipmates! I’m on the right hand side with the blonde hair and big 80’s glasses, lol.

From Me to You

It’s 2:00 am in the morning and I am falling asleep sitting up in bed! I’ve been playing on Ancestry.com for close to 5 hours!

My paternal grandfather is still a mystery. I remember meeting his sister, my great aunt Sue years ago. We were all scared of her! They talked about their brother, Lincoln, so I know I’m on the right track. Plus, I know that my great-grandmothers first name was Grace. But looking at the written birth, death and marriage records has my head spinning.

It shows grandpa got married at 19. Some of the records show his spouse as 21, others show as 31! So far I haven’t found a divorce record, which I surely hope I will as some 12 years later he married my grandmother! I know there are 3 children from his first marriage and 7 to my grandma.

I was told he was raised in an orphanage when his father died and his mother lost it then passed away mysteriously. According to the records I’m finding his father lived long after his wife passed. Yet he put his sons in an orphanage and at least one was adopted by another family. It boggles my mind.

I’ve been told (by my great aunt Sue) that she was taken in by family. But she never spoke more about it. I don’t think they even really know what happened for sure. My grandfather was only 8 when his mother died and he had 2 older siblings and 2 younger. Then I find hints of yet another sibling. And that my great grandma possibly had a previous marriage and child.

And I find no marriage certificate to my great grandpa. You know, the one that gave his children away.

My family history alone could spin one heck of a book, lol.

The pictures alone are enough to scare you!

This is a picture of my great great grandparents. Not sure where it was taken, but definitely typical of the day!

From Me to You!

 

Better late than never! I couldn’t miss posting on the last Saturday of the year!

It is bitter sweet. I just came back from the second retirement party of the week. Both employees had over 30 years of service. One day it will be me, but not yet. Instead I had to say goodbye to two wonderful workers. Each person that retires takes a little piece with them, changing the workplace forever.

It’s not all sad, I hire new employees that add their own personality to the mix. In an ever changing workplace everyone contributes. It keeps me hopping!

So, now that I said goodbye, I’m home.

I’m trying to finish up Willow’s Cry. I have my beta readers info and I’ll be editing based on their input. I’m still waiting for one to get back to me, so I’ll have to email her, but I have two of them to get started. I’m also trying a crash course of photoshop, lol. I know what I want for my cover and I just need a little help to get it done.

It’s harder than it looks! At least for me.

So, have a Happy New Year and I hope 2018 is filled with new and joyful experiences!