There are people who are so influential in your life that you miss them every day. My mom was such a person, but so was her mom, my grandmother Nieves. I’m actually named after her since my real first name is Caridad de las Nieves, but when I was naturalized I had to change that to Caridad and Nieves became my middle name.
My mom was a working mom so my grandma was the one who was home for us, made dinner, chased after us to clean up and all-in-all, provided us with stability and wonderful stories of growing up in Spain and her life in Cuba. She was a strong woman in more ways than one. She survived going from Spain to Cuba and then to the U.S. She survived the loss of a son at an early age (she never talked about this) and the premature loss of my mom. She was stubborn and had a temper, but luckily my grandfather was a saint. But she always loved us and took care of us and we knew we could count on her to be there for us.
She got to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren and even in her nineties, she was still amazing. This is a picture of me and my grandmother. It was taken in Cuba when I was just a little one.
I know it’s not too far back, but it is in the past. Regardless, it’s worth sharing and saying THANK YOU! You helped us make the USA Today list yesterday with the Heroes in Uniform box set and we really really really appreciate it! Thank you!
I’ve been struggling with a story for the last few weeks. Don’t know why, but something hit me the other day that just was a big “Duh!” and made everything make sense finally.
I guess this is why you should outline a story first, but I’m really still a pantser. To some, I would call it being “organic” which is BS for I’m a pantser. LOL.
But this realization came to me as I was taking a stroll along the boardwalk, working out some plot issues and wondering if I would ever finish the story. It was a glorious summer morning (summers start on Memorial Day down the shore!) much like this morning. Bright blue sky. Slight breeze. Not too hot or too cold. Lovely.
Days like that lift me up and inspire. You could say the clear they cobwebs out of my brain so that the “Duh!” moment can happen and the story can progress.
So, that’s my Write Wednesday for today. I’ll leave you with this photo of some lovely lilies I saw in Bryant Park this morning as I walked to my office.
Good morning! I hope you all had a fabulous Monday. Today’s Teaser is from TAMING THE BACHELOR which is part of the JERSEY GIRLS Contemporary Romance Box Set. I love this story because (1) I am such a science geek like Daisy, (2) Brad is a sexy surfer dude and (3) the story is set on the Jersey Shore! I hope you’ll enjoy the story as well.
Brad Evans doesn’t understand why a woman like Daisy Ramos would be interested in a guy like him. . .
She’s the first woman who’s ever made him consider giving up his beloved bachelorhood, but falling for her presents all kinds of problems. For starters, she’s one of his partners in a successful biotech company. But worse, she’s the kind of woman who will drive a man to distraction and Brad’s not sure he can risk losing his focus or his heart to Daisy. But he can’t ignore that whenever she walks into a room, he wishes things could be different between them.
Daisy doesn’t believe that a confirmed bachelor and beach dude like Brad will ever walk down the aisle . . .
Especially not with a woman like her. She’s known Brad for years and knows he’s never serious about anything. He flits from one woman to another and spends his free time playing volleyball on the beach. He’s not a forever kind of guy and her determined workaholic mind warns her that he’s absolutely the wrong man for her, but her heart says something else.
I have to confess, I wasn’t one of the women who rushed out to watch this movie in the theater. In fact, I ended up watching it because I was restless one night and it happened to be on TV. Plot: not so good. Romance: needed more. Sexy men: Oh yeah, lots of men showing off buff bodies and sexy, sometimes naughty, dance moves.
So having said that, I know what to expect from Magic Mike XXL: lots of men showing off buff bodies and sexy, sometimes naughty, dance moves. So without further ado, today’s Man Candy Monday is not just one man, but quite a few. Here is the official trailer for Magic Mike XXL and if you can’t see it, click here to see the Magic Mike trailer.
Good morning and hello Friday! Always love Friday since it means I’ll get to spend some time down the shore and with family and friends! For those of you who need something to read for the weekend, please check out our Heroes in Uniform Box set. It’s specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time. You can purchase the box set here:
Many years ago I was invited to participate in an Authors & Inns tour along the Jersey Shore. My husband and I got to stay at the fabulous Beacon House Inn in Sea Girt, NJ as part of the event and we just fell in love with this part of the shore.
That’s what prompted our decision to move to this area and what eventually led to our daughter locating her surf and skate shop in nearby Ocean Grove.
Here is a picture of the authors who participated in the event. This picture was taken in the Beacon House Inn. The inn dates back to 1879 and if I remember correctly, this staircase came from an older home in the Philadelphia area that the original family once owned.
Whew, it’s been a little crazy around here with yesterday’s release of the Heroes in Uniform Box Set. For those of you on Facebook, we’ve got a release party starting today at 4:00 pm. We’ll have lots of fun and prizes for you, so please drop by! You can click here to join the release party.
If you love military romances and romantic suspense, please check out the set at one of these retailers: