I LIVE IN TEXAS NOW!

Well, my move is complete and after almost a month of not writing, my office and computer are set up and I’m reconnected with the world 🙂 I now live in East Texas. It’s a change from Colorado. Most noticeably, the humidity. I think I’ve lost ten pounds since I got here just from sweating! It’s hot! I know I moved here at the worst time of the year. I’m already looking forward to autumn! Honestly though, its not so bad, and we even had a couple low humidity days the beginning of this week.

On a positive note, everyone here is so friendly, y’all. I feel very welcomed. And there’s no traffic in this small town, ever. Not even at “rush hour”. It’s nice. People here are proud of their state. The shape of Texas is everywhere. From Texas-shaped waffles to all sorts of Texas shaped items like this cutting board I got as a present when I arrived. We didn’t have that in the beautiful state of Colorado, however, to be fair, Colorado is the shape of a rectangle. If they made products in the shape of Colorado, no one would know. (I’ve eaten rectangle-shaped waffles my whole life). Texas is a great shape though, there’s no mistaking it for any place else. So I’m embracing all that is Texas and life in East Texas.

cutting board

Stay tuned . . . I may even place a place a romance here one day. But for now, my writer’s mind is back in the cool Colorado mountains, furiously trying to finish Colorado Summer Stars (Peakview series book 7) before summer ends. I’ll let you know when I have a release date. Stay cool wherever you’re spending your summer.

Moving on down

It’s a time of change for me. After 22 years in the same house I am in the process of downsizing. Yep, 4000 sq. ft. to 2000. I’m excited, this house had gotten way to big for me since my children all moved out. But, holy crap, I have accumulated a lot of stuff!!! (hint, don’t ever live in a house for 22 years).  This house was great: lots of walk-in closets, a full basement and a three car garage, so many places to put stuff, lots and lots of stuff! I didn’t get rid of things-buy a new couch? move the old one to the basement; buy a new bed? move the old one to the basement; old work files? store them in the basement! What a nightmare. My house wasn’t cluttered, just full. And now it isn’t. After three months of countless trips to Goodwill and ARC, and the landfill and various recycle centers around town, I have started to make a dent in my “treasures”.

My moving date is fast approaching, two and a half more weeks, the roughly 590 pictures that hung on my walls are down. Things too precious to give up are packed in stacks of boxes and my house looks bare, so bare! Will the remains of my life really fit in a 26ft. moving van? I hope so. It was time–probably past time. We all need to declutter our lives once in a while. I feel good about the thing I let go-mostly.

I’m excited for a new chapter in my life. This time I swear I’m not going to accumulate anything I don’t need. Will it work? Time will tell. Check back with me in another 22 years!packing pic

Free ebook romance

If you haven’t already read it yet, the third book in my Peakview Series, Colorado Cabin in the Pines, is free for your kindle today through Sunday at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMTHWKQ

Can two former high school sweethearts find their way back to love, when Penny returns home the beautiful Colorado mountains for the summer? Can Luke ever learn to trust her again after she broke his heart once? Find out in this romance about second chances. Come home to Peakview, where everyone has a chance at love.

Cabin Cover copy

Enter for a chance to win

Have you read my novel, Colorado Wrangler? Enter to win the book and a mega spring bundle of fantastic contemporary romances from an amazing collection of authors, 1 of 20 bookstore gift cards, PLUS a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet! Enter the contest by clicking here: bit.ly/western-azbb-may17  When you’re done, leave a comment to let me know you’ve entered! May-17-PromoCombo-WESTERN

Colorado Winter Moon

Book number 6 in my Peakview Series, Colorado Winter Moon is now available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0716F4ZSW

Jill Haymaker brings you back to picturesque Peakview, Colorado in this small town western romance. Sam Phillips has given up on love since the death of his wife. With only his small dog, Marshall, for company, he’s content to live out his life alone. That is until he meets the perky and vivacious, Vickie Dalton at her son’s wedding. There’s just something about her that makes him want to reopen his closed heart.

Vickie, widowed at a young age, has spent her life raising her children and grandchildren in Tumbleweed, Wyoming. Romance for herself is the farthest thing from her mind when she travels to Colorado for the wedding. But when she looks into those bright blue eyes, she senses that Sam in one of a kind. Is she too old to take a chance on love, especially if it means leaving her home and grandchildren behind?

Under the glow of a Colorado winter moon, can these two lonely people discover a passion they thought was long gone. Can they find a way to juggle family and location to be together? Come home to Peakview, Colorado where everyone has a chance at love.

 

Writer Wednesday

Hi everyone. What a busy month March has been for me. I’m furiously working on getting the 6th book in my Peakview Series, Colorado Winter Moon, ready for release in April. Check out the cover below.

Today I did an interview on Margaret Locke’s Writer Wednesday. Check it out here.              https://wp.me/p3z4iK-14V

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