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Just a mom, stuck at home, watching the world and thinking…

When all of this is over, I wonder if the world will look back and see both the stumbles and the triumphs clearly. I wonder if, when we attempt to rewrite history with 20/20 hindsight, we wind up agonizing over missed opportunities … or celebrating the changes we made that improved everything going forward. 

I wonder if we’ll choose a path that lets this break us, estrange us, and split us apart. We may be tempted to boomerang back into our old ways and let 300,000+ lives be lost for nothing. We may want to stick our heads in the sand and let the carnage continue long after the virus is defeated. Or we may decide to see this as a turning point.

We can choose to learn from what we’ve experienced. We can choose to re-prioritize. We can choose to do what human beings do best and reinvent ourselves.

When all of this is over, we can turn reluctant adaptation into revolutionary innovation — innovation that, this time, doesn’t happen at the expense of our planet. Or our freedom. Or our ability to enjoy what’s truly important in life. This time, we can redefine the word “progress” to mean something that benefits us all — two-legged, four-legged, leafy and scaled alike.

There is a wonderful video going around by British poet “Probably Tom Foolery,” which looks back on the current pandemic and dubs it “The Great Realisation.” Obviously, this is oversimplified — glossing over all the death, the ruin, and the profound suffering caused by this virus. But it is prophetic and inspiring nonetheless.

No one is happy that Covid-19 is happening. But it is. It is clawing a defining line in the earth and daring us to cross back over. “The Great Realisation” spotlights an unprecedented opportunity to fix what was wrong before the world as we knew it shut down. 

As Clarence the angel said in the 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” it’s a rare gift to see how the world would look without us in it. Right now, we are being shown what our planet would be like without humanity — or at least without its unchecked air-polluting, garbage-dumping, oil-spilling, ocean-ravaging, wildlife-annihilating tendencies. It’s as if Mother Nature watched all of our toothless pontificating about climate change, grew tired of our worthless political bickering, could no longer stomach our blatant denial of reality … and decided enough was enough. No fair-minded person can deny how the atmosphere is improving, and wildlife is flourishing, and waterways are clearing while we’re in detention.

The question is do we listen? Or do we become that world-destroying species we’ve prophesied and demonized in so many science fiction sagas? Do we channel our inner cinematic villain and sweep everything we’ve seen under the rug?

Life after the pandemic will inevitably be different, no matter how we decide to move forward. We will adapt. We will survive. But when has that ever been humanity’s ultimate goal?

If hindsight is 20/20, then let 2020 be the year we defog our lenses, prepare for the future, and stop letting petty rivalries obscure what is right.


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Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop

Updated December 9, 2016

Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today’s best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

Here’s how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors’ Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

First, check out my Facebook author page, where I will be giving away one paperback bundle of the entire three-book Desperately Ever After series (autographed, of course) … as well as four Kindle copies of the title that started it all, Book One, Desperately Ever After.

In addition, the participating authors have pooled their resources to offer several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting (and offering goodies!) each day:

Rich Amooi
Glynis Astie
Melissa Baldwin
Laura Chapman
Nikki Mahood
Carol Maloney Scott


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Skipping Midnight COVER REVEAL



One part Sex and the City. Two parts Desperate Housewives.
Three parts Brothers Grimm.


For the women of Marestam, “happily ever after” has always come with a grain of salt. Be it infidelity or aging, deferred dreams or lost love, or even the pressures of raising a family, they have always seen each other through life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a brand new take on old-fashioned chivalry. But when rage and treachery take over, everything they hold dear comes under attack. 

Suddenly, the monarchies are crumbling, Cinderella is missing, Belle is harboring the secret of all secrets, Rapunzel is facing the one dilemma she spent her whole life trying to avoid, and Dawn could lose everything she’s finally learned to love. In order to save everyone and unmask the wolf in their midst, this iconic group of friends must follow a dogmatic fairy no one trusts, invoke an ancient magic no one understands, and face a past they thought they had buried long ago.

Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the rest of Marestam’s favorite females return in this third and final novel in Laura Kenyon’s Desperately Ever After series, which takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss … and asks readers to rethink everything they believe about happy endings. 

At heart, it’s a tale of ordinary women coming to terms with how their lives have turned out. They just happen to live in castles.

Release date: November 16, 2016
Pre-order begins: November 1, 2016 — check back then for links and details about the great series-wide gift basket giveaway. Trust me, you will NOT want to miss this!

Postcard - white border w NIEAPrevious Books in this series:
Desperately Ever After (Book 1)
Damsels in Distress (Book 2)


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Greetings and a few announcements

Happy holidays everyone! The most magical time of the year is upon us — or so they say — and I hope it feels that way to you, wherever you are.

winter socks fireplace

For me, December is a time to stand still and take stock of where I am in life. What have I accomplished in the past year? What would I like to do better next year? Do I have that light-at-heart feeling that puts me at peace with the world? Or am I hanging on to regret, fear, or guilt over one insignificant thing or another?

Personally, I’m proud to say I loosened my grip on two of those three things over the past year: Regret and guilt. They have no place in a happy household or a happy life. Vowing to live without them has made me more conscious of everything I say and do. It’s made sleep easier because I’m not constantly rationalizing or fretting over the day’s events in my head. It’s given that age-old advice about “picking your battles” a whole new appreciation because 99 percent of the time those “battles” seem like such anthills in hindsight anyway. And it’s helped me to appreciate the many wonderful things that I do have while I have them.


But there, with those last four words, appears that other feeling I’ve let breed rather than shrink this past year: fear. I could blame it on becoming a parent. I could blame it on reading the news. I could blame it on the state of the world. But mostly, I have to blame it on myself. And diminishing it is my number one resolution in 2016.

see no evil etc dog

For the next few weeks, however, I’m going to concentrate on the “magic” of December — the dazzling lights; the songs of peace and love; the sappy made for TV movies; the warm, holiday reunions; the bright, shining star illuminating the darkness; and now, my daughter’s face as these things begin to astonish and inspire her as they did for me so many years ago.

christmas mom and girl

What are your resolutions for 2016? What does the holiday season mean to you?

And now for a few end-of-the-year announcements:


Postcard - white border w NIEABecause it’s just not as much fun trying to wrap an e-book, I’ve dropped the paperback price of both Desperately Ever After and Damsels in Distress to $11.99 (originally $14.99). Plus, if you belong to Amazon Prime, they’re eligible for two-day shipping. Last minute gifts, anyone? Continue reading

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Ebook news: Desperately Ever After is a #1 Amazon Best Seller (times three!)

Surfed on over to Amazon yesterday to check the status of my 99-cent sale and saw this:

Amazon  rank 49 on 10-01-14

Yup, that’s #1 in women’s humor, #1 in women’s fantasy, #1 in paranormal fantasy, and #49 throughout the entire Kindle store!! Dare I pinch myself?!

It’s a Kindle Countdown sale, so the 99-cent price will go up to $1.99 early Friday morning (EST) and then back to its regular $3.99 on Monday. The clock is ticking 😉



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Blog Tour Kickoff — and a special price!

Desperately Ever After had a phenomenal May — becoming a 2014 NIEA Chick-Lit Finalist, and then making Amazon’s Top 100 lists for both Women’s Fiction Fantasy and Humor 🙂

I did multiple happy dances over the past few weeks (or, more accurately in my current state, happy waddles).  But now it’s time to look toward something new: My month-long Fiction Addiction Blog Tour!!

Blog tour banner

For those unfamiliar with a blog tour, it basically means you’ll see Desperately Ever After featured on a bevy of wonderful websites throughout the month of June. And not only that. There will be reviews, guest posts, interviews, dream casts, giveaways, and a discounted e-book price of $2.99!
(From its full $4.99. What’s a blog tour without a giant perk, right?)

It kicks off Tuesday with a guest post about the writing life (and why we could all use a muse!) at Chicklit Club Connect. Follow the schedule below to keep up with all the fun.

And don’t forget to feed your beach bag a copy of the book Chick Lit Central called ideal for “Once Upon a Time withdrawal” and anyone who misses Sex and the City or Desperate Housewives. Bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich praised it as “desperately delicious,” and myriad Amazon and Goodreads reviewers said they gobbled the whole thing up in a single day. So a few hours on the beach and you should be golden–in more ways than one. 😉

 Available at AMAZON US and AMAZON UK

Date Tour Information
3rd June Chicklit Club Connect
4th June Lost in Chick Lit
5th June Chicklit vs Fantasy
6th June Trips Down Imagination Road
9th June Rachel Brimble Romance
12th June Have Book, Will Read
13th June M’s Bookshelf
16th June A Novel Review
17th June jgrwriter (Janice G. Ross)
19th June Tea Party Princess
23rd June Mature Bookworm
24th June Fiction Dreams
  Inheritance Books with Rhoda Baxter
25th June The YA’s Nightstand
26th June Compelling Reads
30th June Tracy Riva Books and Reviews
  Deal Sharing Aunt

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