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The Big In-Between

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It’s that in-between time of year. “Merry Christmas” is past, and it’s a little early for “Happy New Year.” Around my house things are in a strange kind of limbo.  My husband’s off work, so it feels like the weekend, but there’s still things to do-an errand to the cable company or the post office and the ever-present laundry.  Christmas presents still litter the living room, and there’s gift cards to spend among them.  Luckily there aren’t any returns this year, but I also should go buy new clothes for my fast-growing kids while they’re  on sale (the clothes, not the kids).

It’s easy for me to lose track of time during this week. Without the routine of work or school, I wake up thinking “What day is it?”  It’s both disconcerting and liberating at the same time.  It’s nice to realize that it doesn’t  really matter what day it is, but I also know there’s still deadlines and projects looming. At least I have time to catch up on my reading!

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Happy End of 2010!

Most of my week will be spent with friends and family, sharing good food, good stories, and this year, some good, vintage pictures. Maybe a few will make it up here. We’ll reminisce on this and past years, but also look ahead.  I’m especially looking forward to tomorrow when I expect to receive my first shipment of copies of my book. Those New Year’s resolutions are coming…but I’m not thinking about those just yet!

So, between Christmas and New Year’s, I wish you Happy End of 2010, and all the best for 2011.

Robin

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Tomorrow is the Day!

I can’t believe Release Day is tomorrow!  There were many times in the past few years that I was sure this day was never coming…but now it’s only a few hours away.  Suffice to say that I’ll be a jumpy mess today!

How about one last excerpt from Whirlwind to pass the time? This is a long one, I hope you enjoy it!

My stomach lurched when the wrinkled suit of the eighties guy I’d bumped into outside stalked toward me. Not surprised or angry—thank goodness—he had a confident, almost predatory walk. His smile didn’t convey excitement or happiness but voracious greed, his lips rising to fully expose his canines in a wolf-like grin. He was, in a word, creepy.

That’s it. Gotta go. I reached for my purse, but the strap caught on something. I’d just untangled it when I felt a heavy hand on the back of my chair.

“Hi. Would you like to dance?” he asked in an oily voice.

“No, thank you. I don’t dance.” Still.

“How about I join you then?” he asked and promptly sat in the chair closest to me. “I was rude when we ran into each other earlier. I’m Ron.”

Was that supposed to be an apology or a pick-up?

“What’s your name?” he asked, ignoring the fact he hadn’t let me answer his previous question.

Showing him the same level of courtesy, I scanned the crowd, searching for a lifeline. Chase and Linda were busy talking to his parents several tables away. Beth and Todd were dancing; Mitch and Ann were across the room, laughing; and neither Tricia nor Jason had reappeared. Welcome to wedding reception hell.

I picked up my water glass and considered dumping it in Ron-the-creep’s lap, but that would mean getting closer to him and his smelly suit. Instead, I took a long drink and inspected the five-tiered wedding cake in the far corner, avoiding his eerie stare. Would he get the hint if I refused to acknowledge his existence?

“So, are you a friend of the bride or the groom?” he asked, unfazed.

“Groom,” I nearly shouted, hoping this guy was as intimidated by Mitch as the Trojans were. “Close friends.” None too subtly I clutched my purse, thankful I’d remembered to slip my pepper spray in the tiny bag. “I should probably go congratulate him.” I tried to inch my chair away, but Ron held it fast.

“He’s busy with the other guests.” His head turned slightly, toward the newlyweds I assumed. “I’m a friend of a friend of the bride. She’s quite beautiful, isn’t she?” The covetous smile reappeared.

“Yes, she is,” I said. Coldness enveloped me when I realized all the tables around us were empty.

Options…I need options. The door closest to me was marked WOMEN—that’d do nicely. I tensed, planning to make a dash for the bathroom should Ron’s hold on my chair loosen even for a second.

He scrutinized me with hungry eyes. “Hey, let’s get out of here and take a walk in the garden. There’s a trail that goes down to the beach. I doubt a little hike would wear you out.” A cold finger grazed my back. Was he touching the ends of my hair?

I jerked forward, away from his hand, still unable to budge my chair. Ron was exceptionally bold, quickly moving from creepy to frightening. My thoughts turned from flight to fight.

“No thanks. I wouldn’t want to miss the action here.” I repositioned my purse in my lap so I could reach the zipper. As I did, the table moved—and another path appeared: tip the table and make a scene. Could I ruin Mitch’s celebration? What if I was misinterpreting Ron’s eagerness?

“Aw, come on, this stuff is boring anyway. It doesn’t look like anyone will miss us,” he pressed. “It’ll be a treat.”

A treat? I had to get away from this guy! Like a song stuck on repeat, the possibilities raced around my brain, along with an adrenaline-enhanced list of Ron’s weaknesses. Run, scream, fight, spray. Ribs, eyes, knees, groin.

Summoning all my courage, I gripped the edge of the table. Thankfully, Chase materialized beside me before I tipped it over.

“Hi. I’ve been looking for you.” He carefully avoided using my name, somehow sensing the fear surging through me. “We’re dancing as a group over in the corner. Come join us.”

I didn’t hesitate. “Okay.” Without a second glance at Ron, I pushed myself away from the table, catching my captor off guard.

In a flash, Ron wrapped his clammy hand around mine and squeezed it hard—too hard. I flinched, still trapped in my chair.

“She doesn’t dance,” he said, his nostrils flaring. I tried to free myself, but his fingers became a vise, tightening as I struggled against them.

“Get your hands off her!” someone snarled. Ron’s head whipped around, looking for the new speaker.

I took advantage of the distraction and ripped my hand out of his, jumping up so fast I slammed into Chase. He caught me, automatically wrapping a protective arm around my shoulders.

Ron rose to face him, his hands bunched into fists. My new savior intervened, equally incensed: Jason McAlister.

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And We Have a Winner

Congratulations to Britney in Texas – she won the autographed copy of Whirlwind on goodreads.com! More giveaways are coming, so stay tuned.

Quick Gift Ideas

Looking for something quick and easy to give?  Here’s a couple quick gift ideas:

  • Restaurant gift cards – great for the person who has everything!  Many are on sale now…pick some up for your favorite restaurant, too?
  • Movie tickets – kids especially love these. I’ve found that Costco has great deals on movie tickets; I always have a couple passes in my wallet.
  • LED Keychain light – a great stocking stuffer, but SO useful.
  • Movies at home kit – Great for people who can’t get out (like parents of young kids). Include a pack of microwave popcorn, some Raisinets and Hot Tamales, and either a DVD or movie rental gift card. Put them in an inexpensive bowl or popcorn containers (available at places like Target).

Have a great day, and see you TOMORROW!

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Countdown to Christmas

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What’s playing right now? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Mannheim Steamroller

Amongst all the decorating, music and shopping, one thing dominates my life right now: The Countdown.  Another form of a list, The Countdown encompasses a whole raft of things I need to do and deadlines I need to meet – and there’s not a partridge or a pear tree on it.  So {takes a deep breath} here it is:

9.  NINE days until Christmas. How many more presents do I need to buy? I’d better start planning my Christmas menu NOW.  If everything goes right, in NINE days I’ll be able to sit back and watch the wrapping paper fly with a cup of hot chocolate and a cinnamon roll.

8.  Christmas Eve is in EIGHT days. It’s our tradition for the kids to open one small gift that evening…man, ANOTHER present I need to buy!  Looking forward to the Christmas Eve service at church, though.  Wrapping, wrapping, wrapping…please, no shopping!

7.  Grocery shopping for Christmas happens SEVEN days from now. I just hope I’m not in line at FedEx for overnight delivery of a present I forgot!  This’ll be the “checking my list” twice day, for sure.  Probably will bake a pie or two; They’ll probably get eaten before Christmas day.

6.  Last music lessons for the kids are in SIX days.  It’s been a busy year for my kids, but an extremely successful one.  Make them a special dinner to celebrate the REAL start of vacation!  Make sure all the laundry gets done for trips planned after Christmas.

5.  FIVE more days until Whirlwind releases! YAY!  Announce winner of autographed copy.

Grumman LLV photographed in USA.

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4.  The biggest mailing day of the year is in FOUR days – I’d better get my Christmas cards done!

3.  THREE days until the last “day of rest” before Christmas. Rest? If only.  Clean house (again) after all the partying.  Probably ought to start wrapping some presents, among other things.

2.  TWO days until the kids are out of school for Christmas vacation. I’d better finish up the shopping for them NOW!  Hosting another holiday potluck for just the girls, including my good friend, Killian McRae.  No kids, good friends, and wine.  Now that’s a present!

1.  ONE day until our monthly neighborhood dinner…at OUR house this year.  MUST CLEAN HOUSE! If you’re shipping by FedEx ground you have to get your shipments in on Friday to guarantee delivery before Christmas.

What’s on your holiday countdown?  I’m sure there’s a lot more I need to add to mine, and though it sounds hectic, it’s all part of the season.  Christmas is a big deal, and not just because of the presents.  It’s a celebration, and that makes all the preparation more fun than work.

That’s what’s missing from my lists…Peace and Love.  Two things I wish for you, too.

christmas eve service

Happy Holidays!

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Book Trailer is Here! And Another Excerpt

Without further ado:

A huge, HUGE thank you goes to my daughter, Megan, for composing and performing the music! Yes, I’m an extremely proud mom, but she is AMAZING!

Now about those blue eyes… Remember Mr. Sexy-From-The-Back? There’s a lot more to him than a finely-tailored tux.

Chase looked great, but he was only one of an entire herd of GQ-worthy, immaculate men—a stunning sight in their matching tuxedos. One of the guys I recognized as Mitch’s classmate, and a couple more were from the rodeo team, though I’d never seen them this clean before. The rest were anonymously good looking. They whispered to each other, playing with their ties or cuff links while they waited for their turn to show someone to their seat.

It was my first and only high school dance all over again.

Chase caught my eye and pointed to his neat bow tie before he questioned the guests in line ahead of me. I gave him a thumbs up, happy I could contribute something to Mitch’s big day. I stepped forward, expecting the I-got-stuck-with-her look from the next piece of eye candy.

A tall, lean stranger approached, stealing my breath.

He didn’t look directly at me at first, so he missed my Exorcist-like double take. I had two heartbeats to collect myself—and to shut my gaping mouth. The guy I’d seen with Chase earlier moved toward me so smoothly he seemed to skate across the carpet.

I recognized his movie-star hair immediately, the molten-chocolate waves just touching his collar, divided by a soft part just right of center. My previous assumption had been correct; he was exceedingly handsome. I drank in his flawless face, tracing his bold cheekbones and square, strong chin with my eyes, trying to find a suitable description for what I was witnessing. The word that came to mind wasn’t stunning or exquisite, though both were appropriate; it was familiar. This animated David reminded me of someone. Before I could put a name to his doppelganger, he turned to look at me, and all thought vanished. His eyes were the brightest blue I’d ever seen, and when our gaze met, time stopped.

Only eight more days until you can read the WHOLE story…and don’t forget to enter to win an autographed copy at goodreads.com.

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An Excerpt and a Break

If your holiday season is as crazy as mine is, you’d probably like a break right about now. How about a small taste of Whirlwind? It’s coming in just 12 days!

Melissa Williams isn’t really looking forward to her best friend’s wedding, especially since she’s alone. What she isn’t prepared for is the effect one particular groomsman has on her:

Marching with new purpose toward the ribbons and balloons, I was halfway across the asphalt when two tuxedo-clad men stepped out of the shadows near the foot of the stairs.

Groomsmen Hands

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One I recognized. At six-and-a-half feet tall with straight blond hair that constantly hung in his eyes, Chase Linwood was hard to miss. He said something I couldn’t make out, pointed at his collar, then lifted his chin.

His companion, several inches shorter, turned his back to me and went to work on Chase’s tie. His identity was a mystery. Slowing my approach, I tried to paste on the appropriate I’m-so-happy-for-the-bride-and-groom face.Held up by another passing car, I inspected Chase’s friend. Not a strand of his thick, wavy brown hair was out of place, and the tailored fit of his suit coat emphasized his broad shoulders and trim waist. The jacket didn’t have tails, but it was long enough to prevent me from checking out his ass. Beth was right: this guy was hot…and way out of my league.

I waved another car by. I wasn’t in a hurry to make a fool of myself in front of Mr. Sexy-From-the-Back. I had to pace myself.

During this crazy time of year, I think we all could use a little “Mr. Sexy-From-the-Back”! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of Whirlwind.

How’s you’re holiday season coming? Mine IS crazy–which I expected–but I checked off one huge event last night: my son’s band concert and fundraiser.  The band hosts a clam chowder feed for 150 people to raise money for competitions later in the year, and I volunteered to coordinate the event…in December…between my daughter’s birthday, a family reunion, and, oh yeah–Christmas!

The Fish Market

Thanks to Justin and Whitney at the Fish Market for their help!

Luckily, the chowder feed came off without a hitch (at least any BIG hitches), thanks in large part to the many parents, grandparents, and kids who helped out.  Because of their hard efforts and a huge donation of the best-tasting chowder in town by The Fish Market, we made almost $800 in a couple hours.  And now I’m due for a break!

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK #2: Take a few extra minutes and take your next shower by candle light.  I’d recommend doing it in the evening, after work and after the kids are in bed. Just a few minutes of steam and candles and quiet can do a lot to rejuvenate a person.  And if that special someone happens to join you…well, happy holidays to you both!

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