The weather this summer has been fab

Usually, London summers have a few days here and there of blissful semi-warm temps and sun. This summer​, it’s been consistently hot. I’m not a huge fan of roasting (spring and fall are my favorite seasons), but I’ve been doing my best to get out and about to enjoy the sights.

I hope wherever you are, you’re enjoying life. 

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I’m not a morning person, but my cat is

As I’m typing this blog post, I’m doing my best to wake up fully and I’m on my third cup of tea. I didn’t stay up past my bedtime last night. Actually, I’m trying to get into a better routine when it comes to sleeping. I’ve always struggled with sleep issues, and it’s imperative for me, the older I get, to get more restful sleep.

But my cat didn’t get the memo. Or he simply doesn’t care.

It’s getting lighter earlier in the day, meaning he wants me to get up ridiculously early to feed him. After I scramble out of bed to fill his dish, he eats and then wanders back into the bedroom.

The second part of his morning routine is to jump onto the bed on my partner’s side, trample over her head then mine, and settle on my stomach for a five-minute cuddle. He can jump onto my side of the bed, bypassing stomping on our heads, and it would be the fastest route since I sleep on the side at the entrance to the bedroom. Atticus, though, loves the production, and it’s possible he enjoys being a turd.

Also, if you’re wondering why I don’t lock him out of the room, he protests by slamming his entire body into any closed door, including the one to the walk-in closet, until I open it.

Now that he’s gotten his way, he’s sound asleep in a sunny spot in the front room and I’m looking at seven must-do tasks on my to-do list.

It’s going to be a long day.

 

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Spring colors, a new release, and cheap books

It’s been rainy, dull, and gray in London for many days. (I’ve lost count of how many in a row.) The sun pops out for brief spells, but it usually does so when I’m chained to my laptop. By the time I’m free to go on my walk, the clouds have rolled back in and there’s a threat of rain. Despite the weather, I have been spying some colorful flowers and other signs of spring.

This one wasn’t particularly colorful, but it was tasty.

 

 

In book news, I have a new release:

THE FALL GIRL

In the news business, owning the headlines comes with a deadly cost.

JJ Cavendish thought she’d escaped her dark past. After publishing her tell-all memoir, she’s ready to settle down with Claire and devote her attention to running a scrappy online news venture. But when her new business partner exploits JJ’s notoriety to keep the company afloat, avoiding the limelight becomes impossible.

As JJ keeps hungry movie producers at bay, she fields an intriguing offer from an old enemy that could help her expose a cyber bully, stop a string of suicides, and get her company the scoop it needs. To bring the story to light, JJ and her team must brave the darkest corners of the web and hope her own name doesn’t make the headlines in the process.

Here are the links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon AUS

The Fall Girl is currently enrolled in the KDP Select program, which means for the first three months it won’t be available from any other retailers.

To celebrate the release of The Fall Girl, the first book in The Miracle Girl series is currently priced at 99 cents.

Here are the links for The Miracle Girl:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon AUS

Next week, I’m attending the London Book Fair. I wasn’t able to make it last year. Keep an eye on updates about the event.

Have a wonderful week!

 

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Big book news, between storms, and the Easter…what?

Before I get to the book news, I want to share some photos from my walk on Thursday. Over the past few months, I’ve had some health issues and an injury that has interfered with my daily walks. For as long as I can remember, I’ve needed to go on a walk, to clear my head and get fresh air, while listening to an audiobook. I even did this when I had to lug a Discman to listen to library audiobooks because I couldn’t afford to buy them.

Today, with Audible, it’s much easier and with a wider variety, including lesfic titles.

Back to Thursday, it started raining around noon. I tend to go for my walks at the end of my work day. If I go earlier, by the time I get home, my brain has switched off and I don’t get anymore work done. So, I kept a close eye on the weather outside. I’ve been on a good run, going for a walk every day for the past couple of weeks, and I’ve noticed a huge change in my energy, stress levels, and overall happiness. When I wasn’t able to go for walks, it felt like a dark cloud of depression had clamped down over me more and more each day.

Around 5:30 there seemed to be a break in the rain, so I dashed out for my walk and headed to Kensington Gardens. Halfway through my loop, the clouds started to part and although the sky was still blue, due to the recent time change, I spied the moon through the wispy strands of clouds. It was a beautiful sight. The pictures below don’t do it justice, but this is the type of thing I’d been missing while locked inside my flat, battling health problems. It’s the little things that make me happy and glad to be alive.

 

By the time I returned to the flat, the rain had started again, setting the mood to curl up on the couch with a library book I’m reading as research for the next book in The Miracle Girl series.

Now for the book news. Soon, I’m going to upload The Fall Girl to Amazon. It’s the sequel to The Miracle Girl. For the first few days, the price will be 99 cents. And The Miracle Girl will also be on sale briefly during that week. If you aren’t signed up for my newsletter, this might be a good time to do so to find out all the details about both sales. Hearing about sales isn’t the only bonus to subscribing. You’ll also receive a FREE copy of A Woman Lost and bonus chapters that aren’t available for purchase. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

 

Here’s the blurb for The Fall Girl.

In the news business, owning the headlines comes with a deadly cost.

JJ Cavendish thought she’d escaped her dark past. After publishing her tell-all memoir, she’s ready to settle down with Claire and devote her attention to running a scrappy online news venture. But when her new business partner exploits JJ’s notoriety to keep the company afloat, avoiding the limelight becomes impossible.

As JJ keeps hungry movie producers at bay, she fields an intriguing offer from an old enemy that could help her expose a cyber bully, stop a string of suicides, and get her company the scoop it needs. To bring the story to light, JJ and her team must brave the darkest corners of the web and hope her own name doesn’t make the headlines in the process.

The Fall Girl is the second installment in The Miracle Girl, a captivating series of lesbian romantic suspense novels.

Before I go, here’s another photo I snapped on one of my walks this past week. It’s the Easter… squirrel.

If you celebrate, have a wonderful Easter. If you don’t, I wish you a relaxing and happy weekend.

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A Sunday Stroll

Last Sunday, I visited Earl’s Court, a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Back in 2011, when I moved to London, Earl’s Court was my first home in the UK. 

Since moving back to London last November, I hadn’t returned to my old hood. On Sunday, the weather was decent, so I headed out to Earl’s Court. I bumped into some friends I hadn’t seen in a few years, which is always pleasant. 

I ended up strolling through Brompton Cemetery, where I used to go every day for my walk. There are several notable people buried in Brompton, but given that last Thursday was International Women’s Day, I’ll give a shout-out to Emmeline Pankhurst, a suffragette who helped paved the way for women to get the right to vote. 

 

Here are some other photos:

 

Before I go, I have some book news. Girl Love Happens, Season Two is currently free on Amazon. Sale ends on March 15, 2018. 

You can grab your free copy here: 

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

To learn more about the Girl Love Happens series, click here

Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m already looking forward to my next walking adventure in London. Check back soon for an update. 

 

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Snow day in London

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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