What a Year!

I can NOT believe that today is October 27th. One year ago today my first book, the contemporary novella, Flirting with the Competition, was published, thrusting me into unchartered territory as a newly published author. Naturally, everything else fell into place as soon as my book hit the e-shelves of Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I dropped ten pounds, paid off my mortgage, convinced Prince Harry to marry me, and discovered fat-free peanut butter M&Ms.

Okay, maybe not….

But lots of amazing things did happen over the last year. So I give you my top five (plus one bonus) list of awesomesauce adventures that have happened while I’ve been a published author.

The Best Kind of Love

My second book, and first full-length contemporary, The Best Kind of Love, was published in December. This book is very special to me and I’m so happy I was able to share it with the world.

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Kissing Mr. Wrong

More book news. I published another contemporary novella, Kissing Mr. Wrong, in May. Even better? Kissing Mr. Wrong is the first in a three-book series. Look for book 2 in 2016. Can’t wait!

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White House

There is something magical about the White House. No matter what party is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, being able to visit the White House is just cool. And I got to go there twice. First, we celebrated my birthday with a little bowling and then we got to return for a West Wing tour. I feel both patriotic and awesomesauce. (Thanks, L!)

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Sedona

Not many people know this, but Sedona, Arizona is one of my most favorite places on the planet. I can’t really describe it in words. There’s a feeling you get when you visit the Red Rocks. Maybe it’s all those vortexes. Who knows. But this past August, I was able to go back with my friend T. Here we are being silly on the Red Rocks.

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Winning

I AM AN AWARD WINNING AUTHOR!!! Okay, I’ll stop being so obnoxious now. But I will never get tired of saying that. At the beginning of this month, I learned that my first book – the reason for this whole post – won first place in the Aspen Gold Contest for Best Romantic Novella. I still can’t believe it! What a great way to cap off this year. Hey – if I can’t marry Prince Harry, this is a close second.

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Bonus

Speaking of Prince Harry… I celebrated two years with my fur-baby, Harry. Who rescued who? I’m pretty sure I’m the lucky one. Even when he eats my pens, hides under my bed, and sits on my laptop so I cannot write, I still love him the most in the whole world. And I get the impression that the feeling is mutual.

Harry CutenessHere’s to another fabulous year as a published author, patriot, friend, and fur-baby mommy!

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The Three Faces of Harry

Not to be completely biased or anything but my dog Harry is the world’s cutest dog.

I rescued Harry last August and the fact that someone gave him to a high kill shelter still baffles me. Oh well – their idiotic judgment is my good fortune.

Now that I’ve had Harry for over eight months, I can say with some confidence that I know my dog really well. With that in mind, I’d like to talk about some of Harry’s facial expressions. Three in particular.

Face One – His Sexy Pose

Sometimes when Harry is laying down, he looks back at me over his shoulder. The resulting facial expression can be described as nothing short of sexy. He has big, green, human-looking eyes to begin with, and when I say, “Is that your sexy pose?” he appears to make his eyes even more seductive.

Note Harry’s sexy pose below.

Face of Harry #1 - Sexy Pose

Face of Harry #1 – Sexy Pose

Face Two – Watch Your Stuff

As precious as Harry is, he is equal parts stubborn. Harry does not like it when he doesn’t get his way. He also hates when I have to do something (anything) that takes my attention away from him. Cleaning, talking on the phone, taking a shower, etc. When this happens, he pulls his bottom lip over his top and stares at me. That signifies that “sh*t’s about to go down” and I better put all items out of his reach.

I don’t have a picture of this face because I’m usually too busy trying to appease Harry, but enjoy this picture instead. Because it makes me laugh.

Face of Harry #2 - Watch Your Stuff

Face of Harry #2 – Watch Your Stuff

Face Three – Wonderment

One of my most favorite things about Harry is that he thinks the smallest things are super amazing. A tennis ball! A rawhide bone!! An old sock!!!The remote control!!!! He also thinks I’m the funniest person on the planet, which I enjoy because I happen to share that opinion.

Note my absolute favorite picture of Harry below. Here he is laughing as I move a tennis ball around. See, tennis ball + Mommy = Best. Day. Ever!

Face of Harry #3 - Wonderment

Face of Harry #3 – Wonderment

Stay tuned for more on Harry in the coming months! (Because he’s pretty much my favorite thing to talk about!)