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Outside the Norm. Wait. There’s a Norm?

Have you ever tried absolutely EVERYTHING to get something accomplished only to be denied. Again.?

This is my life. I have three kids and two hands. The odd are N-ever in my favor.

No matter. I’m the determined sort, and I believe there is a way if there is a will and I have will in spades. So, I often step back, reevaluate and do some grunting circa Tim Taylor. It’s not pretty. But, here’s the thing….if you want something bad enough, you keep going for it. I want to lose ten pounds. I never do, but I also keep trying (failing) and then trying some more. I want to be an awesome mom who my kids are proud of and want to be around. This part’s kind of easy. They still like me. They’re young. Give ‘em time. I also want to be a parent with impact. This one I don’t do so well. I’m consistent. So are they. I lecture. Lead by example. Punish when needed. They go straight back to chasing one another with a metal Shepard’s hook in front of the neighbors.

I guess there are things I can’t control. All I can hope is to plant seeds in my kids that will bear fruit one day, and when it does, they won’t throw it at people. As for writing? I just keep entertaining myself. If my story makes someone else smile, then its a double win. But, I can’t predict the next big thing any sooner than I can the lottery numbers or if today’s a day my kids will eat yogurt. I just keep doing the best I can at whatever I’m doing. Best advice my grandpa ever gave me? (He didn’t speak tons of English…this is what I remember) “Tomorrow’s a better day.”

So true.

Tomorrow is always a better day :) Keep going.

Love Blossoms Blog Tour Visits Aubrie Dionne!

Today I’m traveling. LOL I’ve taken my show on the road and I’m blogging for my fellow Blue Ridge Literary Agency author, Aubrie Dionne at Flutey Words . I’m honored to be featured on Aubrie’s blog. She’s absolutely amazing as both an author and a friend.

Stop by and see me. All commenters will be entered to win a copy of Love Blossoms!

Love Blossoms by Me! Julie Anne Lindsey

Jillian thought she had everything she needed until Jackson walked through her door…

There’s a wedding coming to Honey Creek and the whole town’s preparing for the party. When Jillian Parker agreed to host a few groomsmen at her inn, she had no idea what she was getting into. One of those groomsmen is Jackson Tate, and he’s making her concentration completely impossible. He’s funny, fascinating, frustrating, and leaving in a week. Jillian does not have time for that level of distraction. With Jackson nearby, events to coordinate, a bride to please, and an ex-fiancé to dodge, her peaceful life’s getting crazy fast. With any luck, she’ll survive the week and put the whole thing behind her as soon as possible.

…But not if Jackson has anything to say about it.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet romantic read with a very happy ending, I hope you’ll visit Honey Creek. The sun is setting, bullfrogs are croaking and the crickets are singing, “Come on.” Sweet tea or hot cider. Fresh summer strawberries or crisp fall apples. You’ll find it there. And taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) I hope to see you there!

 

 

Love Blossoms Blog Tour Visits Honey Creek!

Today I’m traveling. LOL I’ve taken my show on the road and I’m blogging for Honey Creek, OH, also known as the Honey Creek Books Blog found here –> Honey Creek, OH. The other Honey Creek authors and I keep up this blog, chatting about all things related to the delightful town, the crazy authors and life in general.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing new imprint. I’m also excited to celebrate my second novella in the Seeds of Love series with a girl who loves Honey Creek as much as I do!

Stop by and see me. All commenters will be entered to win a copy of Love Blossoms!

Love Blossoms by Me! Julie Anne Lindsey

Jillian thought she had everything she needed until Jackson walked through her door…

There’s a wedding coming to Honey Creek and the whole town’s preparing for the party. When Jillian Parker agreed to host a few groomsmen at her inn, she had no idea what she was getting into. One of those groomsmen is Jackson Tate, and he’s making her concentration completely impossible. He’s funny, fascinating, frustrating, and leaving in a week. Jillian does not have time for that level of distraction. With Jackson nearby, events to coordinate, a bride to please, and an ex-fiancé to dodge, her peaceful life’s getting crazy fast. With any luck, she’ll survive the week and put the whole thing behind her as soon as possible.

…But not if Jackson has anything to say about it.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet romantic read with a very happy ending, I hope you’ll visit Honey Creek. The sun is setting, bullfrogs are croaking and the crickets are singing, “Come on.” Sweet tea or hot cider. Fresh summer strawberries or crisp fall apples. You’ll find it there. And taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Steampunkery You Have Caught Me

I requested about fifty books from my library this week and most had to do with Steampunk. A press I love is adding this genre to their upcoming line. I have always been intrigued by the fashion, dress, machinery, worlds, but reading about the press adding it got me pondering it again. Steampunk is dark and enchanting in a strange way to me. I like the draw. Now I’m on a mission to read as many Steampunk books as I can from different angles, visit the varied worlds, learning, absorbing. When something new gets my attention, I can be a little (extremely) OCD. A recent example: I spent two months obsessing over the art of burlesque when I decided to add it as a secondary story line in one of my WIPS. I would’ve gone at it longer, butI had all I needed to do my job and also there isn’t as much readily available on Burlesque around here. Steampunk, however, is like a freaking movement or something. A whole subculture of folks are out there living it, loving it, writing it. Etsy has amazing creations. Pinterest has jaw dropping boards. Clockwork Couture has clothing. There are conventions. Conventions! and it’s fab-u-lous. I’m stoked. Must know more. Now. Now. Now.

I’m too novice to write a novel on this, but I love the elements so much I definitely plan to work them into my future stories. Like accents. The punch of color I aim for in decorating. My brain is going bazonkers with all the new material I’ve seen, read, heard lately. I’ve tiptoed on the edge of this for several years, but suddenly I’m all in. My Must-know-mode is On.

Huge Thank you to all the Steampunkers who share their work and experiences online and in books so I can enjoy it too. Also a HUGE shout to twitter for providing titles and links to the best information available. The excitement around this movement is addicting. I can’t wait to learn more.

Love Blossoms Blog Tour Visits Christie Koester!

Today I’m traveling. LOL I’ve taken my show on the road and I’m blogging for a writer I LOVE, Christie Koester at Christie Koester Blogspot. Christie been my personal cheer squad was one of my first crit girls and she taught me SO much. Her advice spoke to me in ways other people’s advice didn’t. It sunk in and took root and honestly, I thank Christie for the fact I’m on this tour. She encouraged, advised and read my Honey Creek submissions pages before I ever had the nerve to hit send. I can’t thank her enough. EVER. I’m completely honored to celebrate my second novella in the Seeds of Love series with my fellow Word Nerd and super bestie!

Stop by and see me. All commenters will be entered to win a copy of Love Blossoms!

Love Blossoms by Me! Julie Anne Lindsey

Jillian thought she had everything she needed until Jackson walked through her door…

There’s a wedding coming to Honey Creek and the whole town’s preparing for the party. When Jillian Parker agreed to host a few groomsmen at her inn, she had no idea what she was getting into. One of those groomsmen is Jackson Tate, and he’s making her concentration completely impossible. He’s funny, fascinating, frustrating, and leaving in a week. Jillian does not have time for that level of distraction. With Jackson nearby, events to coordinate, a bride to please, and an ex-fiancé to dodge, her peaceful life’s getting crazy fast. With any luck, she’ll survive the week and put the whole thing behind her as soon as possible.

…But not if Jackson has anything to say about it.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet romantic read with a very happy ending, I hope you’ll visit Honey Creek. The sun is setting, bullfrogs are croaking and the crickets are singing, “Come on.” Sweet tea or hot cider. Fresh summer strawberries or crisp fall apples. You’ll find it there. And taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) I hope to see you there!

 

 

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