It’s a little balmy ’round these-here parts, but hey! It looks like a cooling trend is on the way. All the way down to 86. …
What did you do on this first day of summer?
So excited that LOVE ON LAVENDER ISLAND is launching today!
Here’s the blurb:
What’s worse than Paige Grant getting stuck in a window while breaking into her late grandmother’s Lavender Island ranch? Being discovered—and saved—by next-door neighbor Adam Mason. The Grants and Masons haven’t exactly been friendly in recent decades, despite Paige’s teenage crush on handsome, standoffish Adam. But the down-on-her-luck actress now needs more than saving: she wants to use part of Adam’s property to pull off a dramatic wedding for her idol, screen legend Dorothy Silver, in exchange for a movie role that could make her dreams come true.
Adam has been struggling with emotional and financial burdens inherited from the recent death of his father. Yet he reluctantly agrees to help Paige prepare the ranch for the wedding. As they continue to spend time together, sparks fly. But Paige is troubled by a secret that could ruin any hopes they have for a future together. When fire destroys the land that holds the key to both their dreams—and the secrets they carry make tensions run even hotter—can love rise from the ashes on Lavender Island?
To purchase LOVE ON LAVENDER ISLAND:
And to celebrate this week’s launch, I’m giving away an “Island Life” prize to one randomly selected winner. The prize includes:
To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below answering this question:
Do you remember your first crush? What would you do if you saw your first crush today?
I will randomly select the winner from the comments on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Pacific, and I’ll announce the winner here on the blog, so come back on Thursday or Friday to see if you’ve won!
Many people scoff at romance novels (and romance novelists) and say they create unrealistic views of love and men.
But you know what?
I don’t think we do.
Sure, romance writers idealize/ romanticize many settings, scenes and lines of dialogue – what novelist doesn’t? – but I don’t think I’m coming out of left field with the fact that there are many, many good men out there who love unconditionally and truly, and who know how to love well.
Case in point – my husband.
I’ve always called him “Superman” on this blog, since I started it in 2009, (and here’s why), but he’s raised the bar considerably in recent months as he’s come to my rescue during cancer.
Here’s what a real-life hero looks like:
That’s a true hero.
They’re truly out there.
I’m so excited that I had my last chemo session yesterday — No. 16 out of 16! I’m a little beat up — I’m tired, bald, have no eyebrows, no eyelashes, I have mild neuropathy in my fingertips and frustrating “chemo fog” in my brain, my fingernails look like someone took a hammer to them, my muscles can’t even seem to open my car hatch, I can’t walk up the stairs without gripping the rail, my purse looks like a grandma’s purse with Kleenexes and pill bottles, but ….
And my doctor assures me that all these side effects (and there are more!) will go away.
So that’s why even though I have all those side effects, I still have a smile.
The smile is for my gratitude toward God, my doctor, my husband who took care of me, my parents and sis-in-law and so many friends who came with me to chemo and helped me out, all the wonderful friends who texted and sent cards and sent Facebook love and Instagram love and cheered me along, my lovely readers who sent emails and notes to check in on me — just SO MANY people. I’ll be writing more posts for all of you throughout May, to thank you all!
I’ll also be sharing more of my experiences — what chemo is really like, my hat parade, a wonderful surprise hat party that my friends threw for me, what it’s like to be bald, and things that surprised me (the good, the bad, and things in between).
Next up is surgery, planned for the end of May. But before then I need to get my red blood cells and white blood cells (always depleted by chemo) back up, which means that throughout May, I get to relax, rest, and recharge.
(And, because I am who I am, write!)
I love you all! I hope you join me here on the blog through May. …