Taking a break…

Time to take a break and the weather is more than accommodating! My newest release, The Ghost and the Medium, has been out two days now and it already has 55 rating/reviews over on Amazon, with a 4.8 star average and with lots of positive comments from my readers.

Now I can sit back, take a deep breath and visit with friends. Dear friends Carolyn and Dave came up from California for a visit, and will be staying for a few days. We haven’t seen them since pre-pandemic. Back in the summer of 2019 we took an RV trip with them up the California coast, and Don and I went on into Oregon.

It’s great to see them again. Carolyn and I go back a long way. Our kids grew up together. Our daughters were in each others weddings. My daughter, Elizabeth, considerers her daughter a sister. Back when I had the Mountain/Hi-Desert Guide paper when I lived in Wrightwood, Carolyn worked for me. But she was always a friend first. Nice to spend time with friends again.

At the moment, Carolyn’s taking an afternoon nap, but I hear Dave and Don chatting outside on the porch, enjoying the sunshine. I think I’ll go join them. Have a great weekend!

Martini Wednesday, almost a thing…

After yesterday’s blog post, some asked if I celebrated with a martini. No, I ended up passing. But I will tell you a secret—I love vodka martinis!

If they weren’t bad for you, I would enjoy cocktail hour every evening by drinking a vodka martini, extra olives.

Unfortunately, I had breast cancer, and I’ve been advised to drink no more than two alcoholic beverages a week. Since I want to live, I take the advice.

But even before the breast cancer, I understood women and booze—especially hard liquor—not a good combo for one’s health, so I practiced moderation.

Yet, once when Don made my mom and me martinis, we enjoyed them so much we came up with a plan.  It was a Wednesday evening, and we sat out on the patio of our then Havasu home.

Mom and I giggled a lot that night, enjoying our cocktails, and decided to proclaim Wednesdays—Martini Wednesday. That was our plan. We would each have two martinis every Wednesday.  (Two is the limit.)

But the next morning, Mom and I each woke up with a new outlook. Neither of us had a restful night sleep. Hard liquor might put me to sleep early, but sometimes it makes me wake up at 3 am.  So did Mom that night. Hence, Martini Wednesday never became a thing.

But last month it was my daughter-in-law’s birthday, and she and our son were having dinner at our house. She wanted martinis, so I decided to save up my two-drink quota for that night. When out buying the vodka, my husband spotted the most adorable martini glass (above) and bought it for our daughter-in-law, SeAnne. We think it sort of looks like her! He bought me the stemless one.

So, I think I’ll wait to have my next martini for when SeAnne can join me. 

What I did do last night, was take an early shower and snuggle up in bed to watch Pat Rooney deliver my speech. It was live streamed on Havasu Online TV over on Facebook. If you are interested in seeing how he did, you should be able to find the video by clicking here. Pat’s part comes right after 1.02.20, when they introduce the awards.

But for now, time to get off the computer. We have friends from California coming for a visit, and I am VERY excited! We haven’t seen them since pre-pandemic.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

The Exciting Life of a USA Today Bestselling Author

Today the 30th book in my Haunting Danielle series, The Ghost and the Medium, went live. It’s currently available in eBook, paperback, and coming out in audiobook format. I don’t know the date of the audiobook release yet.

I often wonder what other authors do when they have a new book come out. Do they throw a gala party? Open bottles of champagne? Go out to dinner? What?

While wondering what they do on such an auspicious day—I’ll share what I did today.

Let’s see…I started the day by helping my mother take a bath, gave her coffee and breakfast. I cleaned the house (with hubby’s help), sorted laundry, washed clothes, baked four loaves of bread, changed the sheets (with hubby’s help)… gave Mom lunch…

Yep, exciting day! Yet, one nice thing about a small house, it’s just 2 pm and most of it is clean. The only room we didn’t touch was Mom’s, and I plan to do that tomorrow morning.

If I was still living in Lake Havasu City, tonight I would be giving a speech at the high school graduation, where I will be receiving one of this year’s distinguished alumni awards, which I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

But I’m in Oregon now, and it was not possible to travel to Havasu with my other commitments. So, who will be reading my speech?

I understand it will be Pat Rooney. Pat was my Civics teacher during my senior year of high school. Back then he was an enthusiastic young former Marine, starting his teaching and coaching career at my high school and would later become its principal. I ran into Pat again years later, after I moved back to Havasu with my husband and kids. Don and I were real estate agents with McCulloch Realty when Pat retired from the school district and started a new career in real estate, also with McCulloch Realty.

So tonight, Pat will be reading my speech in Arizona, while I’ll be quietly celebrating the release of The Ghost and the Medium in Oregon. There won’t be any champagne, but Don will be grilling burgers, and I suppose I could have a martini. Hmm… I think there are some olives in the fridge…

Nahh, I’ll probably skip the martini.

(Photo: Yep, that’s me in my stylish shoes and pajama pants.)