Woman of Steel! er… Iron!

I’ve always been anemic.  Not bad, but enough that sometimes I’m too low on iron when I go to donate blood.  I bruise easily, too.

I tried taking iron supplements, but I’m VERY VERY BAD at swallowing pills.  And those things were HUGE!  So it lasted about three days and then I was done.

Finally, one of my doctors convinced me to get an iron infusion.  A six-hour procedure, but should be a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

So I’m thinking – GREAT!  Six hours of sitting in a chair writing!  This will be AWESOME!  … until I got an infusion of Benadryl, too.   And off I went into sleepyland.

*sigh*

Did the rest of you have to work yesterday?

 

Hee hee hee…

I saw this sign outside of a Vet’s office:

Happy Father’s Day!
20% off neutering

And while I agree with the first statement, I ain’t gonna touch the second one.  (Happy Father’s Day!)

So what’s going on?

I’m working from home today – Thing2 got a bump on the noggin yesterday and has a headache, so we kept him home to get lots of rest.  I wish I could get rest, too, but there’s too much to do.

It’s been a little over a month since Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? was released.  Blog spots have calmed down a bit, though I still have a couple coming up.  I have my name and book title set in Google Alerts, and it’s been really fun getting that email that says someone’s talking about me somewhere.  I’ve reached 25 reviews on Goodreads (14 on Amazon) and I’m hoping to hit the mark of 50 for each… eventually.

Soon I’ll be having a giveaway of books that *aren’t* mine, with the winner to be drawn from those who have reviewed my cowboy story.   It will be fun.  Though I’m not sure yet how I’m going to do it.

And what’s been going on with you for the past month?

COWBOY’S GIVEAWAY!

Wahooooooo!!!  Click on over to the GIVEAWAYS tab to enter a drawing for a free e-copy of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?

(I can’t quite figure out how to do parent pages on WordPress, so you might have to click again.  Bear with me. )

My first cover quote!

It’s a happy day in Abigail Land!  I got word of my first cover quote for Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? from Jessica Lemmon, author of Tempting the Billionaire:

“A rich and rustic tale of family, friendship, and love guaranteed to lasso your heart.”

I got all glowy when I read that.  It didn’t hurt that Jessica also emailed me to tell me she laughed when reading my story.

Less than two weeks, folks.  Let the nail biting commence.

The Kiss

For a long time, I believed Luke and Lorelai’s first kiss on Gilmore Girls was The Best TV Kiss EVER.  The breathing, the glancing, the way they stand and leeeeeeeeeeeean.  It was amazing.

Go watch.  I’ll wait.  The naked guy at the end is Kurt, who has nightmares.

BUT… did anyone else watch Suburgatory on Wednesday?  Tessa and Ryan shared a kiss that was so OMG ROMANTIC.  I couldn’t find a link, so you’ll have to take my word for it.  They had broken up, and were having an argument, and instead of leaving, Ryan did the glancing and the standing and the leeeeeeeeeeeeeeaning.  It.  Was.  Perfect.

What’s your favorite TV kiss?  Can you top Luke and Lorelai or Tessa and Ryan?

 

 

 

Cowboy’s COVER!!!

Since Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy has been part of my life since 2006, I’ve often envisioned the cover. Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy written in a font that looks like rope. Hand-drawn pictures of my hero and heroine. A comic sheep with really big eyes.

The reality is SO MUCH BETTER than my mind pictured (and a lot more realistic). Check out the News and Books tab.  SO PRETTY.

What do you think about it?

Cowboy’s BACK COVER!!!! (pictures not included)

One month.  One month until Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? is released.  May 7th.

Wow, did I ever feel like am amateur when I read what Grand Central came up with for my back cover.  When looking for an agent, I  included what I thought was a pretty darn good blurb in my query letter:

Cowboy Riley Pommer lives with his three younger siblings on their pay-to-play-cowboy ranch, helping care for them since the death of their father.  After leaving his job as a forest ranger, he’s getting used to living at home again when his sisters decide to bring some happiness into his life.  Without telling him, they invite twelve single women from across the country to visit the ranch, hoping one of them can lasso his heart.

Ainsley Fairfax participates in the marital rodeo as a way of escaping her overbearing mother.  As a florist, she’s more interested in the ranch’s greenhouse than any smelly cowboy so desperate for a woman that he needs a contest to find a wife.

Ainsley’s misconceptions are shattered when she meets Riley and realizes he’s neither smelly nor desperate.  He’s also not happy about the wife wannabes invading his ranch.  Neither Ainsley or Riley expect the attraction that develops between them and the other would-be wives take every chance they get to sabotage the new relationship.

This got me more requests than not.  Ironically, I signed with Awesome Agent Rebecca because of a contest, so she didn’t see that blurb.  And the story has changed a bit.  Fabulous Editor Lauren sent me this: [Read more…]

This weekend’s OH, CRAP!!! moment

I spent the better part of Saturday either in Savannah or in a bus going to or from Savannah.  The Things’ Sunday school class took a trip there to see one of the oldest synagogues in the US.  It also houses one of the oldest Torahs on US soil.  It was pretty darn cool seeing all the Jewish artifacts from the late 1800s.

While I was in Savannah, we took a stroll down the Savannah river.  And then it hit me.  I have characters from Savannah in my Cowboy and Doctor books.  In the Cowboy one, a character sits on a beach and watches a lighthouse.  I knew I did my research when I wrote it, but I didn’t see any beach.  Or a lighthouse.  I started panicking.

I’m going to have to rewrite my story.  What the hell was I thinking?  There’s no sand here!  *breathe*  *breathe*  Okay, no big.  I’ll just fix it and tell my editor, right?  No problem.  Nooooooooooo problem at all.

A day later, I remembered that scene took place in South Carolina, not Savannah.  RELIEF!

Yeah.  That’s something I don’t ever want to repeat.