Jennifer Lyon

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Weekend Roundup

This weekend was a blur, but the first order of business today? A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO SILVER JAMES! If you haven’t heard the amazing news, Silver has been offered a two book deal from Harlequin Desire! I’m thrilled and proud of her! While Silver has been a working writer for a while now,  her talent, hard work and  perseverance has brought her to this next step in her career. On top of her talent and drive, Silver is one of the most generous , giving writers I know, making this news ever more freaking awesome! Congrats Silver!

Saturday we celebrated BLB’s birthday, and here’s the cake:

BLB's Birthday cake

I was happy with the way it turned out (so easy!) and BLB loved it.  His girl friend (they’ve been together for years and we all love her!) also brought him a pan of brownies topped with his favorite peanut butter M&M’s. He was a happy guy. Plus I gave him all the left over candy to take home. BLB is living on a very tight budget and limited time while finishing college and working, so he doesn’t a lot of this kind of junk food in his day-to-day life.  His girlfriend and I both spoil him a little bit :-)

I spent half the weekend working and made surprising amount of progress on THE COWBOY MARINE revision (getting up and working at 5 am helped). I have one more issue to tackle then it’s the usual tightening and clean up work.  I should have that finished sometime this week (I hope) then back my EXPOSING THE HEIRESS book.

Sunday we had a surprise party to go to and as I’m writing this blog Sunday night, I’m beat.

How was your weekend?

9 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Viki S.
    February 17th, 2014 at 3:44 am · Link

    I saw Silver’s news on FB and am SO thrilled for her too! Way to go Silver :)!

    Love BLB’s cake but I think an added pan of brownies might even be a bit much sugar for me ;). The cake looks great. Thank you for posting the photo. Is the base cake chocolate?

    Good progress in Cowboy Marine. You must be getting really excited as it all comes together. We’ll help you with the stress ;).

    Hubs and I went out to dinner alone Sat. night. There was a table of 4 that came in and sat next to us. They appeared to be in the 60-70 age range and it was one of the woman’s birthday. You know how you can’t help hearing some conversations? This was great. The birthday girl said she’d been to many places and her husband said, “and you loved them all.” To which she replied, “Well…..Antarctica.” I nearly lost it :). She must have lived one heck of a life :).

    Other than that not much happened this weekend. Oh, we got more snow ;).

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    February 17th, 2014 at 7:24 am · Link

    Way to go, Silver! And I second everything you said about her, Jenn. She’s awesome and she totally deserves this.

    Good job on the cake. It looks lovely. BLB is a lucky guy. And I’m so glad to hear about your progress on your book(s). YAY! =o)

    I’m trying to set up a routine so I can be more efficient with my work. To that end, I finished the revision of my query letter (thanks to a couple awesome friends) and got a couple of those sent. Then I got to work planning my next genie book on Saturday and started writing it yesterday. And after I finished reading a book yesterday, I began working on reading the book I just finished rewriting, so I can look for flaws. If I can keep this up, I will kick 2014’s ass.

  3. Kat
    February 17th, 2014 at 8:52 am · Link

    Yea Happy dance for Silver!!!! With the weather and all I have been unable to keep up with much of anything going on in the world. But this weekend we finally were able to get cable installed in my house. This means TV and internet access from home now. I have really mixed feelings about this. We have gone several years with out either one and we all have been fine. No I did not get mutant children because they did not have TV. Now I am afraid that I am not going to see any of them including the hub since they will all be Screen Zombies.

  4. Silver James
    February 17th, 2014 at 9:13 am · Link

    Awwww, Jen!!!!!!!!!! *sniffle* Friends like you made the wait easier and kept my dreams alive by not letting me doubt myself. And thanks for all the good wishes, witches! Y’all are just the best!

    That cake is freaking awesome! Lucky BLB to be so loved and spoiled. (I want the recipe, FYI!)

    I can’t wait to read THE COWBOY MARINE and now EXPOSING THE HEIRESS! Both will be full of awesomesauce. And whenever I hear this song, I think of your cowboy marine. Just sayin’…

  5. Silver James
    February 17th, 2014 at 9:14 am · Link

    Oops. The link didn’t come through. My bad! Here:

  6. Jenn
    February 17th, 2014 at 11:53 am · Link

    Viki, what an amazing life story that lady must have! Hope you had a good dinner.

    The cake and brownies was a LOT, we just had small pieces of each. But very cool for BLB to take home–pretty sure his roommates are thrilled too :-) I just thought it was sweet for his g/f to do that for him.

    The base of that is chocolate cake with chocolate chips in it. I layered and iced it as usual then put on the kit kats, then filled it with m&m’s. I tied the ribbon around it just to make sure nothing slid because it’s been very warm here. A seriously easy cake to make, but I don’t think it would be to everyone’s taste.

    And you buys always help with the stress! Thank you!

  7. Jenn
    February 17th, 2014 at 11:55 am · Link

    B.E., you’re off to a great start! Trying to write more efficiently is an ongoing battle for me. But man, it sounds like you’re killing it! Great job!

    Silver really does deserve this!

  8. Jenn
    February 17th, 2014 at 11:57 am · Link

    Kat, having TV and Internet access really is a mixed blessing. But you sound like you know how to set limits, so it should work out. Of course setting limits for our hubby’s is a but harder :-)

  9. Jenn
    February 17th, 2014 at 12:02 pm · Link

    Silver, you’re welcome! You really deserve to have your moment after years or working so hard for it!

    Great song! I had it from when you sent it to me a while back. That song really captures that cowboy spirit. What gets me is it’s the one thing I feel like I’m not hitting in this book–the real ranch life. There’s just not enough room, plus Logan’s removed himself a bit, so it’s frustrating on my end. But I’m trying!

    The cake is super easy. I briefly described it to Viki but I can email what I did to you (I’m not sure how it’s done “supposed” to be done, I just went by the picture I had)

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