Monday, October 24, 2022

Scary Movies (for people who don't like scary movies)

Fine, I'll admit it...

I'm one of those people who avoids scary movies at all costs. Whenever a scene plays that's even the teeniest bit nail-biting, I'm hiding behind my favorite throw pillow, willing it to be over.

Hubby can't help but laugh as I yell my frustrations at the TV and beg him to please tell me when the scary part is over. "Why is she going in there by herself?" I screech. "Why isn't she turning the light on?" I implore. "Who in their right mind goes into a dark basement alone???"

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Since I'm all about new experiences and constantly pushing myself out of my cozy comfort zone, there are a few spooky movies I've tried and actually liked. I know it's hard to believe, but some of them I've even watched a second time. Yes, I still hang onto my pillow for dear life even though I know what's about to happen, but this girl loves being entertained and experiencing the thrill of all those little goosebumps racing across my skin.

So, if you're looking for some excitement this Halloween, let's hunker down on the couch together (I'll provide the pillows) and watch my favorites:

The Faculty
I absolutely love this one! It's actually held up pretty well for being 24 years old and I still jump at the scary parts. Plus, the cast is amazing. It'd be easier to tell you who isn't in this movie than who is.

What Lies Beneath
I was tricked into this freaky one by the beautiful filming location and I kept watching because I just had to know what happened. Did I mention it's freaky?

The Cabin in the Woods
This is the first scary movie I ever tried and I never would have if it hadn't been for my love of Buffy. The script (and the twist) is absolutely brilliant. If I'm going to sit through a movie that scares my pants off, I appreciate a little comedy mixed in.

I Know What You Did Last Summer
It's a classic, right?
Once again, I can blame the amazing cast for being the reason I watched this one...and absolutely loved it.


Well, there they are, the paltry few scary movies that I can stomach. Somehow, some way, they keep me coming back for more.

Are you a hard-core horror movie junkie who thinks these movies are too watered-down for your taste? Or are you a wuss like me? (And proud of it!)

Which movies would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments! I'd love to try out your suggestions--as soon as I work up the nerve...

Sunday, September 4, 2022

A New Chapter

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If you know, you know. If you don't know, I recently lost 86 pounds. Although I've been chronicling my weight loss journey on Instagram, in the beginning I was too ashamed of my weight to vlog about it on YouTube. Now that I'm in maintenance mode (and scared more than ever that I'll fail!), I decided to take the leap and start a YouTube channel dedicated to all things weight loss. I'll be sharing my tips and tricks for how I lost the weight naturally (I'll tell ya, it's no small task when you're over 40 and in perimenopause!) and everything in between.

I know this post isn't book related, but you never know...maybe I'll use this new chapter in my life as inspiration for a romance novel...

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

Happy World Beard Day!

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Do you like a hero in a beard?
Or do you prefer your man to be clean-shaven?

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

He Wouldn’t Throw Me to the Wolves

I didn’t panic. The calm and confident way he spoke to me told me everything was going to be all right. His comforting tone put my mind to rest. He wouldn’t abandon me. He wouldn’t throw me to the wolves. Everything was going to be okay. He had promised. 

~from Submersed

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Friday, August 26, 2022

National Dog Day

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And yet, the moment she opened her mouth and said something to him, he visibly pulled away, even his eyes closing themselves off from her.

~from Riley's Rebel (Bad Boys of Hockey Trilogy, Book 1)

Happy National Dog Day!
Ryan from Riley's Rebel (I dare ya to say that 5 times fast!) loves his Chocolate Labs, Doc & Wyatt. Which dog breed is your favorite?

Monday, August 22, 2022

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

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Landon Turner is your garden-variety good guy who puts everyone else first and has dedicated his life to caring for his quadriplegic brother and working his butt off at his full-time job. There's nothing glamorous about his existence, but all that might change when he gets the opportunity of a lifetime... 

Friday, August 19, 2022

Success is the best revenge.

I found this rejection letter for Home Ice when I was cleaning my office and I wanted to share it with you.

After querying dozens upon dozens of literary agents by email, this was the only letter I received through snailmail. Holding a tangible piece of paper in your hands somehow makes the hurtful words sting even more.

Not long after, I signed with a different agent who loved Home Ice, but she was unsuccessful in selling it to The Big 5 publishers because "there's no market for hockey romance."

So, I reevaluated my options and decided to try my hand at self-publishing. And you know what? Turns out there IS a market for hockey romance. Who knew?

Home Ice spent two weeks in the top 50 of its genre at Amazon and continues to sell steadily a decade later. I went on to write and self-publish 19 more novels and 7 short stories without anyone standing in my way.

The moral of the story is this:
~Don't take no for an answer when you really believe in something. 
~When one way of doing something isn't working out, try a different way.
~Never let anyone's opinions keep you from achieving your dream. 
~Keep trying, even when you feel like giving up.
~There is life after rejection.
~One negative letter/review (or 100!) isn't the be-all and end-all of the universe.
~Proving people wrong is one of the greatest feeling in the world.

Keep writing, friends! Keep doing, inspiring, imagining and creating!

Success is the best revenge.

p.s. the letter unceremoniously made its way into the shredder :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Hair Like a Mermaid and Curves Like a Goddess

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In the world of professional hockey, some guys filled the role of enforcer, some guys scored goals, and others, like Charlie Cooper, provided the comic relief.

Coop isn't laughing when he meets the sexy new resident of Harlequin Hills. In fact, he's a little smitten and a lot attracted to the smoldering carefree widow who has hair like a mermaid and curves like a goddess...

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Sinister Things That Went Bump in the Night

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While looking out at the stunning views of Goblin Valley, Angelina Dobrovski slid her pack off her shoulders and set it on the dusty ground. At 7,000 feet elevation, she could see all the way across to the other side of Devil’s Ridge. Incubus Peak stood tall to the north and Demon River flowed through the valley, snaking its way toward Mount Hellion. Diablo Creek trickled behind her, the natural hot springs causing tendrils of steam to rise in the air.

The landmarks in August Volcanic National Park were named after sinister things that went bump in the night for good reason. The earth was especially volatile here where steam vents, fumaroles and mud pots bubbled up to hint at the turmoil lurking beneath the surface. A volcano had been sleeping in the park for centuries and it wouldn’t take much to wake the sleeping beast.

Just being here felt like an act of rebellion.