Jennifer Lyon
Monday, February 27th, 2017
Weekend Roundup

So Friday…not my best day. It started when I went to the gym at 6:30 in the morning and came home at seven with a cracked bumper. No other cars were involved,  just the rising sun blinding me when I came around a curve and tall yellow road dividers. I can explain this in ridiculous detail, but ultimately, I screwed up. And obviously, I was NOT happy with myself.  I’ve driven that road hundreds of time and easily dozens of times in similar conditions. But…it happened. So I check the car, skipped the gym and went home because I wanted to show Wizard. Okay I don’t WANT to since Wizard takes meticulous care of the cars, but I needed to because he knows more about cars than me and I want to make sure there’s not some damage I didn’t spot. So I get back home around seven a.m. which is way too early. Wizard knows something is up and comes outside.

He’s looking at me so he doesn’t notice the bumper and asks, “What’s wrong?”

I show him the bumper and explain. He asks if I’m okay, (I’m fine) looks at it and then shrugs. “It’s only the bumper. It’s actually a good thing I’ve wanted to get that replaced. I’ll take it down and get an estimate after my physical therapy today.”

Wait, what? Why isn’t he mad when I’m so upset at myself? So being the mature adult woman I am, I blurt out, “This is going to cost us money to replace the bumper. You can be mad at me.” Like maybe I think he needs permission?

He just says, “That bumper was pretty dinged up from all the rocks on the freeway. It’s fine. Close the garage will you?” And he walks into the house. I was way more upset that he was. Inside the house, I keep trying to explain and he hugs me and tells me to quit worrying.

Later that day, Wizard got the estimate and we’re dropping the car off today.

So last night, I told Wizard I was writing about this in my blog, and I was teasing him about trying to figure out why he was being so nice. I theorized it was because I spent weeks taking care of him 24/7 after his surgery, and so he had to be nice to me.

“Nope,” he answered. “It’s because I want a new car later this year. You owe me now.”

I cracked up.  I have been dragging my feet on a new car :-)

Otherwise, I spent the weekend working on an important turning point in the book, Savaged Vows. I think I got it and am writing as much as I can. That deadline is coming fast!

Oh, and yesterday morning we went out to breakfast and I had amazing blueberry pancakes.

I’m still ticked at myself about the car, but rather suspicious about all the car dealerships Wizards looking at online :-)

How was your weekend?

 

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Happy Friday Five

I swear it was Monday, then I blinked, and now it’f Friday! So let’s do our list of five random things:

1. I hit the middle of the book and panicked. Big ugly panicking. So what did I do? Take a step back and re-evaluation? Apply some logic? Heck no, I scheduled delivery of this book to my editor on April 5th. People, the first half of this book is a mess and I’m doubling back, dropping in scenes and writing notes it capitals letters, and the second half…isn’t freaking written yet. But I scheduled delivery of my book! Nothing like a little pressure to get those creative juices flowing, right? Bwhahahaha!!! I’m just diving in and giving it my all while my inner child is throwing things and screaming, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO WRITE SUCH A HARD BOOK? WHY???? But you know, I totally have this under control…NOT.

2) Despite #1,  I love this book more than ever. Especially when my heroine is getting all feisty and demanding that I get out of her way and let her make her own mistakes. Go Liza!!!

3. I went back to the gym this week. It helps balance my stress, and it’s a great place for me to listen to an audio book guilt free :-) I’ll do more cardio if I’m enjoying the book so it’s a win-win.

4)  I made this No Knead Rosemary Parmesan Skillet Bread last night. It’s a heavy bread with a chewy crust, and great for dipping in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

5) I’ve completed  my secret scene–the side project that I came up with at 2am and couldn’t resist doing–and had it professionally edited. I won’t be using that until April, but it’s so nice to be ahead of something for once! It cost me some time away from this book, but honestly, it was such a fun project that I think it’s good break for me.

That’s my five, what are yours? Happy Friday and Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Wednesday Worthy

Happy Hump Day! Here is our Wednesday Worthy Candidate:

What do you think–he he worthy?

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Weekend Roundup

I’m just about halfway through writing Savaged Vows! I’m a bit behind time wise, but I refuse to think about that and just keep working. I’m eating, sleeping and breathing this book. Like my Wing Slayers and Plus One Chronicles, this story is driving me relentlessly.

But I still took time off for family :-) Saturday night, we went to a brewery to celebrate Youngest (BLB’s) birthday. Although we were wondering if Wizard would be able to do it, he did really well and we had fun!  We couldn’t stay as long as we normally would, but the kids understood. They were just thrilled to see their dad doing better. However, even though it was a brewery, I opted for a glass of wine. I am NOT a beer drinker. I just can’t acquire a taste for beer.  But I had fun watching the others try extremely weird flavors of beer :-)  Wizard didn’t drink at all, of course. Back surgery recovery and alcohol are not a good mix.

Sunday I made a killer Chocolate Kahlua Pound Cake and let me just say this–Wizard’s appetite is back! He ate two pieces yesterday. Unfortunately I overindulged too and need to get my butt back to the gym real soon here.

That was my weekend, how was yours?

 

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Happy Friday Five

Here we are again–another Friday! And we know what that means–time to do our Friday Five!

  1. Youngest Son’s birthday is this week. For those of you who remember him as BLB (Broken Leg Boy), he’s doing so much better these days. I still admire that boy so much. He could have let this injury defeat him. But nope, he recalibrated his life and thrived despite dealing with limitations and pain.
  2. I mowed the yard for the second time. It’s not a great picture but that’s me mastering the lawnmower. It amuses me only because Wizard has such a weird thing about it–he doesn’t think his wife should have to mow the yard. It’s a point of pride–like he won’t let me carry bags when we’re shopping. It’s a guy thing I guess? But obviously, I’m fully capable. (Even if Wizard does a better job).  
  3. The weather dudes have been predicting a Monster Storm to hit sometime last night and today. I dunno…we’ve had more rain that we’ve had in years, but I’m still skeptical. Southern CA weather dudes tend to exaggerate. We’ll see around the time you guys all read this blog.
  4. For any who missed it in my newsletter, here’s the one for Savaged Dreams, book 1 in The Savaged Illusions Trilogy!It’s on Goodreads, and up for pre-order at B&N / iBooks / Kobo / Google Play  and I’ll get it up at Amazon next month. Amazon limits pre-orders to 90 days before release.
  5. I’m writing away on Savaged Vows (book 2–tentative release month July 2017). Even though I know this story, these characters keep surprising me as they grow and mature. I think one of the hardest things is that I wish I could spare Justice and Liza from what’s coming–but I can’t. I have to let them crash and burn so they can truly learn that’s important.  It’s tough being an author-parent sometimes :-)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Wednesday Worthy

Today’s Wednesday Worthy Candidate was brought in for the express purpose of glaring at my current book.

Yep, just like that. Bwhahahaha!! How do you feel now, book, huh? That’s what you get for messing with me. No seriously–what the hell is up with leading me down all those wrong turns that run smack into dead ends? Do you know how much wine I’ve consumed? I’ll tell you NOT ENOUGH. NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH YOU!

Wait…um…what were we talking about?

**scratches head.**

**squints at blog title**

Right, okay, so um, what do you think, is he worthy?

Monday, February 13th, 2017
Weekend Roundup

This weekend was pretty good. Wizard is doing the three steps forward one step back method of recovery :-) Saturday was tough for him, but Sunday was so much better that he suddenly announced, “I made dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day.”

I was working in the next room and thought maybe I heard him wrong. So I got up and said, “You what?”

“I made reservations to take my witch…uh I mean my wife…out to dinner on Valentine’s Day.”

Still shocked, I said, “When did you do this?” The day before he hadn’t wanted to leave the house at all.

“Just now. On my computer.” He grinned and held up his Asus (tablet computer), so danged proud of himself. “We’ll go early so it’s not crowded but it’ll be good to get out.”

So yep, we’re going out for Valentine’s Day unless it’s a bad day for Wizard. Other than that, our Valentine’s Day will be low-key and exactly how we like it :-)

In other news, I made the reservations for the NINC Conference in Florida in Oct. I booked a room with a balcony facing the beach (the gulf) and I’m so excited. I really hope we can go.

And I worked, both on Savaged Vows and on a secret scene that I have plans for but that I can’t share yet. Because you know, I need ANOTHER FREAKING PROJECT, LOLOL! But this is something I want to do so I’m trying to work it in. Although I have to say–when I think of these ideas at 2am, they sound a lot easier than when I actually sit down to execute the idea. Thinking about something is soooo much easier than doing it!

My newsletter is going out tomorrow with two new cover reveals. I’m excited to share those!

And finally:

So how was your weekend and do you have any Valentine’s Day plans?

 

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