Monday, September 30, 2019

You ♡ Do ♡ You ~ Motivational Monday

Comparing ourselves to others is, unfortunately, something that's been ingrained in us (or me, at least) since an early age. "She's got better toys than me, he gets better grades, she has nicer clothes, he drives a newer car..." Better, nicer, newer, etc.

As you pursue your endeavors in life, there's always going to be someone whose been doing it for longer and does it better than you. But what sets you apart is that you're doing it your way. Does anyone else write their novels out longhand at their kitchen table with their calico cat snoring softly besides them? Has anyone else ever climbed to the top of Mt. Harkness and spent hours talking about birding with the volunteer stationed at the fire lookout tower? These are just a couple of the things that make me unique and I'm sure you've got a long list of your own.

No matter how much I compare myself to others, there will always be something to set me apart.

I don't have to be the "best" or the most popular or even the most successful. In fact, I can't think of a time when I've ever been any of those things! All I have to do is like me for me, enjoy what I'm doing and live the kind of life that makes me proud.

Appreciate those who have gone before you and paved the way, but also look forward to all that you'll add with your own brand of uniqueness and talent.

Sure, a little competition is healthy, but don't spend your free time obsessing over what others have that you don't. You've got stuff going for you, too. A willingness to be open-minded, to learn new things, an eye for color, a fierce determination you didn't always realize you had... Whatever it may be, you've got your own point of view, your own take on things, and the ability to see things from a different perspective.

Don't let that niggling self-doubt hold you back! You do you. Embrace those speedbumps because they mean that you're learning/changing/improving on all the wonderfullness that is you.

There you go! I knew you could do it!

Here's to setting aside the negativity and living your life your way...


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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Ice Cowboy ☼ Pre-order

Ever since I first watched The Man from Snowy River when I was a little girl, I’ve been in love with cowboys. The second book I ever wrote (in the ninth grade!) was a Western Romance and it was pretty much just my version of what happened in the opening scene of Romancing the Stone.

Cowboys are the ultimate type of man who aren’t afraid of a hard day’s work, wear honor and integrity on their sleeves, and can fill out a pair of worn jeans like nobody’s business.

Ice Cowboy is my tribute to those tough and passionate men who we dream of riding in, scooping us up onto their horse and riding away with us into the sunset. You know the type. Those charisma-slingin’, stubble-covered jaw, arms corded with muscle types who charm the bejesus out of us.

So hold onto your hat and get ready for a pair of broad shoulders, a slow, sexy grin and your latest cowboy crush.


shirtless cowboy book covers
November 13th, 2019
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Monday, September 23, 2019

Ice Cowboy ☼ Cover Reveal

new cowboy romance books cover reveal

Ready to see the latest addition to the Razors Ice series? Fire up the drum roll and have a peek at Ice Cowboy, the ninth book in the series...

Jesse Chaparrel isn't the kind of man Laurell ever imagined falling for. But, as Jesse's kind heart and hardworking ways melt her heart, she begins to think it might be possible to find true love out in the country after all...

Razors Ice, Book 9
November 13th, 2019
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Something to get excited about!

Here's a little hint as to what I've been working on all summer...

hot shirtless cowboy hunk day hump day

New romance coming soon!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Moment of Zen ~ Mama's Ink

💙 Waterfalls, wishes and open-mouthed kisses 💚

Today's Moment of Zen video is brought to you by Sadie and Jared from Mama's Ink...

Which book boyfriend would you like to kiss next to a waterfall?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wildflower Wednesday ⚘ #wildflowerwednesday

wildflower identification

If you've been following my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again, you know I've been having a blast taking photos of all the wildflowers I encounter on my travels. Well, it didn't take long for me to acquire a huge gallery of poppies, lupine and wild sunflowers, so I decided it was time to give my wildflower photography its own home at Wildflower Wednesday.

I've fallen in love with taking close-up photos of these pretty little blooms and this will be a great place to share them with you and learn their names. You can expect posts to sprout up on the new website every Wednesday and over on Instagram and Twitter, too.

Here's to blooming wherever you can find sunshine and not just where you're planted!


wildflowers of northern california