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When the Past Comes Calling

My mother has been in clean out mode. I’m not sure what spurred her interest of ridding their home of all mementos of my school days…perhaps the fact that I just turned 43 and haven’t been in school under their roof for a quarter of a century. Who knows? Anyway, she’s turned up some gems and I just had to share her most recent find.

These notes were attached to an autobiography I made in fourth grade. It’s funny. I don’t remember this having an impact on me at the time. But some thirty-plus years in the future, as I approach the release of my debut novel, Inherent Truth, it seems clear. A teacher’s words can be prophetic. Maybe I should’ve listened sooner!

More Good News for Inherent Lies!

Once more, Inherent Lies has been named a finalist for Romance Writers of America®’s 2019 Golden Heart® Award. ?

Nominees were notified by phone on March 21st and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during the RWA® National Convention in New York City. ?

This is the final year for the Golden Heart® contest and I am excited and honored to share a place among the incredibly talented finalists this year. I am confident that this news will bring me one step closer to the day I can share Liv and Ridge’s story with all of you. ?

Snow Day Satisfaction

In the life of this teacher, there are few mornings that compare to the moment the trill of my ringtone blasts through the silence of my five AM house to alert me to the impending, yet unexpected, snow day. When I was a child those days were blessings from above, a chance to spend extended time in my jammies and play with neighborhood friends in the snow. Later, they continued to bless my life, giving me an extra day to study for that test I just “knew” I was going to fail, or brush up on my Super Mario Brothers skills.

Today, these unexpected blessings continue to be the bright spots in an otherwise dreary, grey, Ohio winter. This morning, when the call came in, I was four chapters into the revision of my newest manuscript. Instead of having to call it quits for the day, I was given the opportunity to continue my work, stay in my jammies, drink another cup of coffee that didn’t need to be transported in a travel mug, and make cinnamon rolls for my daughter.

Now, as it approaches the time I’d be returning from school, I have nothing but gratitude for these days and this career that provides them. Teaching is hard – emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausting. These days help me not only accomplish more toward my career as an author, but to downshift from the daily rigor. To remember who I am and why I do what I do. And, no, I’m not talking about the summers “off” and snow days. I’m talking about inspiring my students to be the best humans they can possibly be. To strive for more than the status quo, and to know deep in their souls, that anything is possible.

I hope if you were able to enjoy a snow day today, that you took a moment to recharge, revitalize, and reinvigorate what lights your soul on fire. For me, it was writing, meditation, yoga, a music-filled afternoon shower, and time spent with Jillian. Up next is creating a vision board. If you’re rolling your eyes right now, just remember, we have unlimited potential, my friends. Create. Inspire. Delight in what sets your soul ablaze. You have no one to answer to but yourself. And don’t forget to take a moment to bask in the magic that is a snow day (even though this is Ohio, and it’s already raining…again…).

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Must Read: VERITY ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ by Colleen Hoover

First review of 2019 ?, and the book is gold!

This may be Hoover’s first foray into the dark and dangerous world of adult psychological thrillers, but oh, what a deliciously dark and thrilling ride it is. From the opening image, Hoover ropes us in, connecting us with the main character, Lowen Ashleigh, a mid-list author on the verge of financial ruin. of her shell by an encounter with Jeremy Crawford, husband of famed (and sadly incapacitated) author, Verity Crawford.

In need of cash and intrigued by her meeting with Jeremy Crawford, husband of famed (yet sadly incapacitated) author, Verity Crawford, Lowen reluctantly agrees to finish Verity’s successful series. She heads to the Crawford home to sift through years of Verity’s notes and outlines. What she finds in Verity’s office changes everything.

VERITY is ripe with equal parts sexual tension and creep factor. Keeping me up long into the night, I was second guessing what was bound to happen next, when I should have been sleeping. However, every moment was time well spent, and I was sad to close the final page. This unputdownable thriller should be required reading on every nightstand, but I promise it won’t stay there long. Hoover has struck gold with VERITY, and I sure hope this isn’t her last effort in this genre. She has upped the bar and created a perfect subgenre in the process – deliciously dark romantic psycho-thrillers.

Lisa Jackson Scholarship Recipients Announced

Recently, recipients for the Lisa Jackson Scholarship were announced by the board of Killer Nashville, an annual conference for writers of mystery, thriller, and suspense. I am honored to be one of the two recipients of this year’s award and am looking forward to learning all I can at the upcoming conference.

Click the link to learn more about Killer Nashville:

https://killernashville.com/2018-killer-nashville-scholarship-award-winners/

…and the fabulous Lisa Jackson:

http://www.lisajackson.com