I apologize for being so M.I.A.! Life has been crazy lately, from having a baby to dealing with some health issues (nothing too serious). As a result, I’ve been neglecting updating. I’m still writing but admittedly it’s going much slower than usual (why oh why won’t baby take naps??).
This update is to let you know that I don’t have much of an update. Sorry! I would like to give you a release date for Of Love & Regret’s sequel, but I don’t want to make a promise I can’t keep. I will promise that I’ll post an update as soon as I have a better idea of when the release date will be.
In the meantime, I’ll try to be more active on this site, even if it’s giving you details about the banalities of my everyday life or my opinions on unimportant topics. On that note, has anyone started Christmas shopping yet? If you have, you’re way too efficient for me and we could never be friends (just kidding. please be my friend and help me be more organized!).
- My new book, an adult contemporary romance, is slated to release early January 2013, with a chance of it releasing earlier. It’s called Fated and if you liked Love Left Behind, it’ll be right up your alley. The hero, Caden Riley, is hot, but in a different way than Jackson Reynard. Plus, I really love the heroine, Lauren Sloan. I’ll post the cover and description and all that junk when it’s ready.
- I’m knee-deep in the third and final installment of the Shadow Series right now, and boy these waters are treacherous! My own heart has raced a few times, and that’s with me knowing what’s going to happen! I still don’t have an exact release date except early 2013, but I’m pushing, pushing, pushing to get it done as soon as possible.
- If you’ve read some of my posts here, you’ll realize that I’m obsessed with food. My latest obsession, after my trip to New Orleans, is trying to recreate the muffaletta. The one at Central Grocery was a doozy, and I’m up to my elbows in olive salad as I try to perfect my recipe to mimic theirs.
- Speaking about food, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s my #1 favorite holiday. Turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing…here I come!
Hello out there! I hope everyone who was affected by Hurricane Sandy is safe! She hit us pretty hard, but we’re all okay. We’re still without power and the internet, which has basically made me into a crazy person since I hate not being connected. That, plus the tree currently making itself at home on my roof, has made the past few days a little trying. But we’re lucky compared to so many others, so I’m grateful that those are our only problems.
Thanks for everyone’s comments/messages these past few days. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond, but it’s been a hassle trying to find a wifi signal to grab onto (you should see the Starbucks in the town next to me…it’s been overrun by squatters). Thanks to the good people at Lowe’s who have unknowingly lent me their wifi signal for a few moments.
I’ll respond to everyone’s messages once I return to the twenty-first century. For anyone who was in the path of Hurricane Sandy, I hope you’re safe and well.
P.S. I really should have stocked up on vodka and potato chips.
- Is anyone in Hurricane Sandy’s path? I’m not sure how concerned I should be. Should I be out at the grocery store stocking up on milk and bread? Although vodka and potato chips would probably better serve my purposes. All joking aside (although I never joke about vodka and potato chips), I hope everyone in its projected path keeps safe!
- I know I’ve been a bit wishy-washy about whether there will be a sequel to Love Left Behind. I’m currently trying to finish two projects – an adult contemporary novel and the third installment of the Shadow series – so I don’t want to make a commitment that I can’t keep. That being said, after I’m done with those two projects, which will hopefully be in a couple of months, I’ll give some real serious consideration as to whether I’m going to continue Emma and Jackson’s story. I had truly intended for their story to end with Love Left Behind and they might get a little grumpy if I start bothering them again.
- I just came back from New Orleans and discovered something about myself: I have no self control when it comes it beignets. I could be full to the point of sickness, but if you plop a few pieces of fried dough with powdered sugar on top in front of me, it’ll be gone within seconds. That’s why I’m grateful for elastic waistbands today (sad, right? but it was worth it!).
- I went to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn last Saturday and had some of the best brisket I’ve ever eaten from Mighty Quinn’s. There’s really no more to this rambling than this. Meat = Good
And the most important ramble:
- It would be an understatement to say that seeing Love Left Behind on the NYT & USA Today bestseller lists has been surreal. It’s because of you guys, my readers! Not only have I been humbled by your response, but you guys have essentially become a vital part of my marketing team. The power of word-of-mouth has never been so far-reaching as it is today since we’re so connected by social media. Honestly, I can’t put into words how much it’s meant to me, and even if I never sell a single book again, I couldn’t ask for more from you guys! Well, except if one of you could invent a fat-free, calorie-free donut. Then I really couldn’t ask for anything more.
Any Walking Dead fans out there? Season premiere tonight! Although I have to say I’m a little apprehensive about where the storyline will go. I absolutely loved Season 1. Each episode had me by the throat, tense and anxious with every development. I’m all over anything post-apocalyptic, especially when zombies are involved.
But Season 2 was a bit disappointing for me. A lot of fans seemed to complain that there wasn’t enough action for it to be a zombie series, and while zombie action is always welcome, I understand that The Walking Dead is more a study of how people handle the end of the world versus a zombie slasher. But I just found Season 2 boring, with characters becoming annoying and nothing of significance happening. Sure, there were highlights here and there, like finding out what finally happened to Sophia and the power struggle between Rick and Shane, but overall I found myself checking the clock as I watched. Don’t even get me started on Andrea. I don’t want to dislike her, but it’s hard not to.
Anyways, I hope tonight’s season premiere redeems the series for me! I’ll probably watch the entire season either way (I’m too invested at this point), but I’d rather enjoy the ride than keep checking to see how many stops I have left.
- I think I’m becoming lactose intolerant. Either that, or it’s not a good idea to eat an entire tub of frozen Cool Whip in one sitting. Is that even considered dairy? I think it’s mostly synthetic. But damn, it was good. During…not after…
- Almost done with the second book in the Shadow Series. I was writing late last night and started to get creeped out. I didn’t get much done because I kept checking behind me to make sure no one (or thing) was lurking. Mental note: only write during daylight.
- I read somewhere that dogs don’t like to make eye contact. Is that true? My dog stares at me constantly. I’ll be minding my own business, and I’ll suddenly get the feeling that I’m being watched. Sure enough, I turn around and my dog is staring me down. I think the longest time I’ve clocked her staring at me without moving is five minutes. That can’t be normal.
- I’ve come to the conclusion that I have an addiction to bad reality TV shows. The list of shows I watch is embarrassing: Dance Moms, Real Housewives of NYC/Orange County/Beverly Hills, Top Chef, Big Brother (I swear no one watches this show except me), Flipping Out, American Colony: Meet the Hutterites (I know…), Teen Mom (although I fast forward all the segments now except for Macie’s), Impractical Jokers…okay, I need to stop listing because this is sounding pathetic. Does the fact that I watch PBS balance this out at all? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
One day until the weekend! Yippee!