Vacation Time :)

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I’m getting ready to leave on vacation tomorrow. Well, a working vacation. I’m headed home to beautiful Colorado for RWA (romance writers of America conference) in Denver. Of course, I’ll spend a few days in Fort Collins, too, with friends and family while I’m in the neighborhood. I can’t wait to get back to cooler, less humid air for a few days. This will be the first time since I moved to East Texas that I’ve made the 16 hour drive by myself. Not looking forward to that. I’ve got some audio books though, so I should be good.

I love RWA. It is so much fun to interact with other authors and learn about our business. This year is the first time I am also doing an Indie book signing. Since the conference is in Colorado, I have lots of friends who will be there to reconnect with. I can’t wait.

So what am I doing today in preparation? Besides working on marketing and book stuff and packing, I’m cleaning. What about you do you clean your house before vacation? It’s something I learned from my mother. She always made sure the sheets were changed, laundry done and everything was spick and span before we walked out that door. I’ve learned to agree with her. Trips are wonderful, but there’s nothing like coming home either. It always feels good to be back in your own bed and relax in your own space. There would be nothing worse than coming home to a dirty house (I’m guessing here because I’ve never done it!) Its so nice to fall on the couch and just relax for a few hours before heading back to work and regular life. So today, I’m cleaning liked crazy.

Anyway, I’d better get off the computer and back to my vacuum. Have a good week and if anyone else is traveling, safe travels. Enjoy your time away ūüôā

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Author Spotlight

Hey everyone, I’m the guest on LA Sartor’s blog today talking about my latest release, Mountain Hearts. Hop on over and check it out.¬† https://anindieadventure.blogspot.com/2018/04/author-spotlight-featuring-jill.html

Back to Writing

Happy 2017! I hope everyone is having a good year so far. The past month has been hectic in my life. The Christmas and New Year had three weeks of company at my house. It was so good to see my whole family and get to spend some quality time with all of them. But my writing got put on hold. Then when everyone left, I had a week of trials in my day job. Exhausted, this weekend I realized I’ve written virtually nothing in over a month. Where were my hero and heroine when I last left them? It’s time to get back to work, and let them continue their story. I’ve missed them.¬†My New Year’s resolution is to find more time for writing and I’m determined to do just that. Three more Peakview novels are in the works for 2017, and I hope to finish them all before years end. Wish me luck.2017

 

Thoughts on my first RWA conference

cowboysWell, I made it through and thoroughly enjoyed my first RWA conference. In fact, it was my very first writing conference, ever.¬† For those of you who don’t write romances, this is the Romance Writers of America Conference, where a virtual nobody like me has the chance to meet¬†talk with some of the leading romance authors in the world!¬† I was totally thrilled to talk with my personal favorites- Robyn Carr, Jill Shalvis, ¬†and Nora Roberts. These ladies were all so gracious and put up with my gushing over them.¬† I even have pictures to prove it.¬† On top of all the best selling, big name authors, there were also hundreds of starting authors like myself, wandering around with our bright orange, first timer ribbons attached to our nametags.¬† I attended so many great classes and heard amazing, inspiring women speak.¬† It was a brain overload. What a wonderful experience to be surrounded by so many like minded people.¬† I learned so much and came home so excited to keep writing.¬† Along with bags and bags of autographed books. Should keep me in reading material for the next year.¬† I¬†also made some wonderful (hopefully lifetime)¬†friends.¬† All of this was set on the beautiful Riverwalk in San Antonio,Texas.¬† It was hard to come back to real life this week, but I will never forget my experiences there.¬† A great big thanks to all of the wonderful people I encountered.