Jennifer Lyon
Monday, April 11th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

My weekend was quiet. I cleaned, worked on Ethan and Ana’s novella while waiting for edits on Savaged Dreams and hung out with Wizard.  Oh and I rejoined Weight Watchers Online. I debated even mentioning this because I’m not a fan of defining a woman by her weight in any way. Plus… I’m not hugely overweight. This is just about staying in control and this helps me regain a sense of control. My days of wanting to be fashionably thin (LOL, I’ve NEVER been that, my body build is short, muscular and curvy, not tall and slender) or rocking a bikini are over. I’m just interested in getting dressed and feeling confident and comfortable. And FYI I wear a bikini around the pool at my house anyway :-)

So…I told Wizard that I rejoined Weight Watchers.

Wizard’s response? “If that’s what you want, I’ll help you. I like most of the stuff you cook on Weight Watchers.”

That’s my hero! I love that he supports me when I want to make a change. (My weight loss goals are smallish, which he also supports.)

And then two days later, which would be last night, Wizard says, “I heard there’s a chocolate festival in San Diego.”

Hmm…he meant he’d support me when he said it, LOL! Okay seriously, one day at a chocolate festival  isn’t a big deal in the scheme of things. So as soon as I post this blog, I’m going to look up this chocolate festival and see if we can go. I just thought it was funny he mentioned it two days after vowing to help me. :-)

On the work end of things, I’m enjoying getting to know Ethan and Ana again, and digging in deeper now that they are the hero and heroine of the story rather than secondary characters. For me, they were immensely likeable characters in the Plus One Chronicles, but for this novella, I had to get past that likableness to find their real flows. That’s still a work in progress, but I’m getting there! Flaws make a hero/heroine so much more interesting in my opinion!

So how was your weekend?

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Happy Friday!

It’s the weekend again! This week I’m happy because I was able to finally get started on Ethan and Ana’s novella (they are two characters from The Plus One Chronicles, and their story will go in the 1,001 Dark Nights Bundle in Dec 2016.) I’m so happy about that!

In other news, I am still obsessed with French Bulldogs. I think they are adorable and funny. But Wizard says, “You had a choice, new floors or a dog.”

“Wait…I had a choice??? No one told me that!”

He smiled. “I’m sure I mentioned it.”

“No you didn’t!” I’m sure I would have picked a dog. Who cares what the floors look like if you have a super fun dog to keep you distracted?

Wizard said, “Oh well, too late, you got your new floors. So no dog. And especially no high maintenance (true, the dogs tend to have all kinds of problems), freaky-looking French Bulldog.”

My response looks just like this little guy’s expression!

Cute little sad French bulldog puppy

I’m sure I’ve been tricked! I do not remember agreed to floors over a French bulldog! But no worries, I’m not giving up on a dog yet! Although I’ll probably never get French bulldog :-(  If we ever decide to really take the plunge into becoming pet owners, we’ll just go to the shelter or local rescue and pick a dog that needs a home.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! Do you have any special plans? I’m going to clean bathrooms because my life is just that exciting :-)

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Wednesday Worthy

It’s hump day and you all know what that means! Time to take a look at a new candidate for our Worthy file! And without further delay, here he is:


Sexy young fit man in hooded training vest

So what do you think? Is he worthy?

Monday, April 4th, 2016
My Inspiration

Today is Wizard’s birthday. So for Business Monday I’m going to share some of the reasons I consider my husband (aka Wizard) my biggest inspiration.

I had a secret dream of writing since high school. But for the first few years of our marriage, I was too busy. Once we had our three sons, Wizard went back to school to get his Master’s degree and I began to think that I needed a goal too. I loved our children and being a mom, but I needed my own identity too. When my sister gave us her old computer, I began writing while the kids napped or played, but I didn’t tell anyone.  Then after a few weeks, I worked up the courage told Wizard, “I’m writing a book.”

He nodded. “Okay.”

“Do you think I can?”

He met my gaze. “Don’t ask me. Show me. Write a book and I’ll read it.”

See for those of you who might think Wizard is all sweet encouragement…bwahahaha! Um no. Wizard is a real man who judges on actions. So I wrote a book. It wasn’t easy. I had no idea what I was doing. In those days, we were on a very tight budget. Wizard bought me books on writing for my birthday and Christmas.  He became friendly with the managers of our local Barnes and Nobles and Waldenbooks because he asked them for suggestions on books for me. Soon they had his phone number and would call him if a good writing book came in. I know this because I met the two of them and they told me how he’d search for just the right book for me.

He supported my dream with actions. Best gift ever!

And when I finished my book, he read it. Every single page. I don’t think he’d read a romance book in his life, but he read mine. That’s love people, because let me tell you, that book sucked. I sent it everywhere and was brutally and soundly rejected. But he never told me it sucked. He told me the things he liked, the things he thought could use work, and he came up with a better title than I had. I rewrote it and it sucked less :-) But I still had a lot to learn about writing.

I joined Romance Writers of America. Wizard zealously protected my one Saturday a month meeting. He made sure he was home with the kids, or he took them to sports or family obligation so I could go to the meeting. Our extended families soon learned that I would not be available that one Saturday because Wizard made it clear. I knew then how amazing that was, but looking back, it honestly chokes me up. Wizard always knew there was no guarantee I’d get published. But he knew I loved writing and loved being a part of the community. That’s all that mattered.

Finally one day I was fed up with rejection. I’d been writing historical romances because they were big at the time but it wasn’t working for my voice. I decided to write a book that was just for me. I opened a new document on my computer and started writing about someone I liked and that I thought was fresh, fun an full of imperfections. I fell in love with Samantha Shaw, a newly widowed woman with two sons and running a dating service.

Wizard saw my happiness and asked to read a chapter. First time he’d asked since that first book. I sent it to his email to read when he had time. He was hooked. It became a game between us. I’d get emails and phone calls. MORE! WRITE MORE! We talked about the book all the time. We argued about plot points. I finished the book and did the usual submission process.

And one day, I came home from taking care of my mom (she was seriously ill at the time) and Christmas shopping to a message on my machine from Amy Garvey at Kensington books asking me to call her. I was stunned.

I returned the call and got her machine. I have no idea what I said.

Then I waited. And waited.

And then THE CALL came. Amy Garvey offered me a two-book deal! I was ecstatic. It took eight years and five manuscripts but I was going to be a published author. A lot of credit goes to Wizard who believed in me, pushed me, supported me and challenged me.

Sadly, my mom passed away before the book came out. She’d knew all about it, of course, and was so excited. She was very supportive too. As you would expect, it was a hard time for me in the months after she passed. But I had to finish the second book in the series, Dying To Meet You. I had a deadline, but I was…well…floundering. Wizard saw this and said, “I know how much you miss your mom and she’d read your manuscript for you. Let me read it and help you.”

I never told him that, he just knew it, understood that there is special kind of support we get from our moms. And frankly, I was scared. Could I do it again? The stakes were higher now that I had contracts and deadlines, and the book had to be good. The pressure had mounted on me just as I was dealing with grief. I wrote that first draft from my mom’s side while caring for her. This was also when I got sick with RA and the pain was unrelenting. I could only write for maybe twenty minutes before I had to take a break and ice my hands and wrists. Looking back, I don’t know how I did it. Except…

Wizard. He read the first draft. And I thought, okay, he’ll do what he usually does and talk about it.

Nope. He surprised the hell out of me. Wizard wrote up a two paged, singled spaced critique, detailing exactly where I could flesh out scenes and add more mystery, humor or drama. I have no idea where he learned to do that, he’s an accountant not an editor. He’s never done it before or since, but that book…I needed him. I was floundering in grief, fear and physical pain and he stepped in to give me that extra support I needed. But it was more than that–he turned that book into something joyful during a difficult time. Every time I look up at Dying To Meet You on my shelf, I think of Wizard quietly helping me hold onto my dream while I struggled with grief and my own health.

So when people ask me, who is the biggest or most powerful inspiration in my life?

I don’t care if it’s corny or cliché, I answer with the truth–it’s my husband.

And that is what I wish for all of you, that you find your true inspiration.

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Happy Friday! (Late Edition)

I’m late! We went out to a retirement party last night and I forgot to get a blog up before we left. In other words…I flaked out :-) Which has been the theme of my week. I’m getting nothing accomplished but whining!

But the party last night was fun!

This weekend, I’m working to make up for all my flakiness. What are you doing?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Wednesday Worthy

Anxiety, some life worries and frustration are dogging me this week, but I am refuse to let them drag me down too much. Although my stomach is a bit more susceptible, but we won’t talk about that :-)

The good news is I sent book one, now titled Savaged Dreams, off to my editor! I really am happy about that as I’m in desperate need of constructive, editorial feedback. It’ll be a few weeks which is fine as I really needed to step away from that book for a bit. I was going over, over and over the manuscript until I realized I had crossed over into slightly obsessive territory.

“SLIGHTLY??” Wizard shouts. “I had to threaten to take away your coffee, wine and chocolate to get you to hit send!!!”

Can you all see me rolling my eyes? I’m not that bad! And if Wizard says one more word, I will hide his jelly beans where he will never find them.

Okay, so now that Wizard has silently left my office, we can get down to business! Forget all our pressures and troubles to answer this one question:

Sexy chef with naked body cooking or decorating raw meat with rosemary in the restaurant kitchen

Do you think a man who cooks is worthy?


Monday, March 28th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

The whole weekend just got away from me. I’m not sure how it’s happening but I’m constantly running around, cleaning or working, and I need to stop and catch my breath. And that’s my excuse for skipping Business Monday this week.

For those of you who didn’t see it on my FB page, here’s the Chocolate Shaving Cake I made for Easter.


Chocolate shavings cake 3

It’s fun and pretty easy. I made a boxed cake (Devil’s food). Once that was cooled, I got a large chocolate bar and grated it on on large cheese grater. I spread those on wax paper and set them in the fridge to harden up a bit (so they are easier to handle) while I frosted the cake. Then I sprinkled the cold shavings all over the cake. Easy! And everyone seemed to like it.

This week, I need to finish editing the first rock star book (lots of company put me a tad behind, but I’ll catch up today) and then plot and outline a novella. In the meantime, book 2 of the rock star series is sitting there, half done and bugging me. I want so much to work on that, but this novella needs to be done too!

So how was your weekend? If you celebrate Easter, how was that?