Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Lot Happening

Hey everyone!

   I want to thank Girls Heart Books Tours for helping get the word out about my series.  Schooled is still touring tomorrow.  I've gotten a lot of likes for my Facebook and some sales of the book.

   I hope to stay busy in 2014 with writing, book releases, and signings.  Here's some dates.
   Lessons Book 2 in The Teacher Series will be released February 17th. Initially it will be an ebook and hopefully go to paperback. 
   February 22nd, I'll be at the Keller Library for a book signing.
   Parental Involvement Book 3 in The Teacher Series will be released May 3rd.
   It's still in the early planning phase but I hope to attend at least one Indie Mashup this summer.

   I finally started book 4.  Yes!  The story and characters have been floating around in my brain for a couple of months and I had to start writing their story before I went crazy.  I've been a little worried about the lead female character.  In book 2 I introduced a character named Charity and I enjoyed creating her so much that I made her the lead in book 3.  I just haven't been completely sure that I could like another character as much as I do Charity.  But once I started developing Tilly, I've really come to enjoy her spunkiness.  I'll have to wait and see what all of you think.
   I'm extremely lucky to have such amazing friends and co-workers.  Even though I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing about my dream coming true, my fellow teachers gave me a book party.  My family came and we all had a really great time.  Thanks everyone!

Bye for now.

Tiffany ordered this beautiful cake but she was upset that Kroger messed it up.  She asked them to make the writing in ALL CAPS but they wrote the words all caps in the title.  Priceless!  I laughed my rear off.

Some of the fabulous teachers that I work with.

This beautiful lady is my daughter, Jessie.




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

   The packages are opened and the ham is in the oven, so what is the rest of my family doing......sleeping of course.  I don't mind because at least my family is healthy, happy, and together.
   There always seems to be a moment every year that becomes cemented in my mind.  This year's memory has to do with underwear.  I'll have to give you the back story first.
   One Christmas eve when my daughter and son were very young, I realized that I had forgotten to wrap each kid's package of underwear.  Being the quick thinker (and lazy person) that I am, I came up with the idea of sticking the underwear packages in their stockings.  The next morning, Jessie and Nate assumed that Santa had brought them underwear for Christmas.  No big deal, I'll give Santa the credit for my thoughtful gift.  The embarrassing part came as my kids told everyone that Santa brought them underwear for Christmas.  Everyone had their laugh and I assumed the story was over.  To my surprise the next year, guess what my kids asked Santa for when they sat on his lap.  Yep....underwear.  So started the tradition of the jolly old man leaving underwear in their stockings.  Since then every year my kids laugh and ask if there will be unders in their stocking.  This year I decided that it was probably time to end the tradition.  However, when I announced to my sixteen and almost twenty year old that there wouldn't be any undergarments in their stockings, they were really upset.  Apparently one of their favorite traditions has been and always will be the underwear in their stocking.  So guess what was in their stockings this morning.

I wanted to add some pictures of my favorite decorations at my house.  This is Nate's collection and it grows every year.

 Merry Christmas from my family to yours!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cover Reveal!

I just received the cover for Book 3 in The Teacher Series.  The release date will be May 3rd.  Let me know what you think.

   Charity Turner is every adolescent boy’s idea of the perfect teacher. She’s beautiful, wears form fitting clothes, and has the highest father involvement in the whole school.  Unfortunately they’re not the only ones obsessed with her; recently Charity’s acquired a stalker.
   Jye Jameson learned everything he knows about surveillance and security from the military.  While he was assigned overseas, his mother was killed by a stalker.  Consumed with guilt, he left the military and opened his own security company to protect the innocent.
   Together they will find a way to catch her stalker and end his reign of terror. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Annoyances

Hey everyone!

   I decided to go all out for today's theme at school.  Just in case you didn't get a chance to check out my contribution on Rebel Reasoning last week, I've added it to the end of this post.  Guess which number I'm mocking. 

Bye for now.

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year.  What’s not to love?  In honor of this holiday season, I decided to list my five most favorite holiday annoyances.

5.  The jammed packed isles that were never meant for two carts to maneuver around at the same time, let alone the forty eight that resemble bumper cars fighting for dominance.

 4.  The same holiday cd of the ten most obnoxious songs that every single store purchases and then sets on repeat for our listening pleasure.

 3.  The woman in line in front of you that feels it’s necessary to wear every tacky holiday wear she could possibly scrounge.  Wearing the knit sweater with the ugliest design of Santa all over the front apparently wasn’t enough.  Said woman had to jazz it up a bit with enormous dangly earrings that jingle every time she moves her head.  Usually hanging from each wrist is a bulky holiday beaded bracelet that never matches the equally hideous necklace.  And to top off the ensemble is the red bow attached to a plastic head band the she insists on wearing even though her hair is military short.

 2.  The temperature outside is always cold enough to require a heavy coat and actually helps put you in a festive mood because no matter where you live, it just doesn’t feel right unless it’s cold.  You enter the store with your warm winter gear on but within minutes you realize the temperature in the store is closer to a warm summer day.  The scarf, hat, and mittens are the first to go when your body temp starts to rise.  Soon after, the heavy coat gets added to the growing pile of winter wear in the cart.  By the time you reach your intended department, you’ve shed your tacky festive sweater and you’re shopping in a sweat soaked t-shirt and jeans.  The only thing missing from your ensemble are the one dollar bills that you’ve earned from your performance.  For some bizarre reason, shoppers don’t stock up on single dollar bills before heading out to the stores.

 1.  Finally after trudging through the hordes of holiday shoppers, you arrive at the checkout.  You’re exhausted, sweaty, and no longer in the holiday mood.  In a monotone voice, the checker wishes you happy holidays without ever making eye contact because truly she’s more miserable than you and couldn’t care less if you found what you were looking for much less if you have an enjoyable holiday.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Believe it or not, Texas is covered in white!  It doesn't happen very often but when it does everything shuts down.  It was 79 degrees on Wednesday and then on Thursday the ice and freezing temperatures rolled in.  Since Friday, I've eaten my weight in s'mores and drank hot cocoa by the gallon.  But the very best thing about bad weather is NO SCHOOL!  Unfortunately not everybody is as thrilled about the weather as I am.

You can see all the leaves mixed in with the ice. We  went from fall to winter in 24 hours. 

She looked at me like I was crazy.  Gracie was not amused by the restroom conditions.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Giveaways

Hey everyone!

   Mondays thru Thursdays during December, Rebel Ink Press will be turning over their Facebook page to some of their authors.  Each day a different author will be giving away a prize.  All you have to do is read the author's post and leave a comment.  You don't want to miss any of the talented RIP authors. 

   Be sure to stop by the RIP Facebook page on December 12th because I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. 

   This year Rebel Ink Press will be making a cash donation to a local food bank based on the number of comments received throughout the entire event.  They will donate 50 cents per comment up to and including $100.