The MYTH of the holiday vacation… Where is my timeslot for reading???

Holidays… they always throw me off. I dream of sitting at home, sipping hot chocolate… okay, wine. Sipping wine and curling up on the couch with a book.  Time away from work and the real world. Blissful free hours to do nothing but catch up on my ever-growing TBR pile. But that is not really…

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Sleep deprivation… badge of honor for a reading addict?

Do you ever think of sleep deprivation (due to excessive book reading) as a badge of honor? I’ve got to admit, I sorta, kinda do. Here’s my normal pre-bed game plan: Do dishes. Perform a contortionist-routine of knee stretches to help alleviate pain (As my grandmother always said, getting old isn’t for wimps) Ablutions Kiss…

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Fall Book Cleaning… Is this a thing?

Last week my husband and I went on a MAJOR fall-house-cleaning kick (is that even a thing? Like the dark side of the moon to spring cleaning?)   … and I told him I would “go through” all my books.   I know. Mistake.   But my bookcases may have looked something like this…  …

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I have a new Series OBSESSION!

I must confess… I’m in the midst of a new-book-series obsession. You know what I’m talking about? It’s that joyous moment when you discover a brand-new book series and realize, with unabashed joy, that: You REALLY have never read these before (not just forgotten that you did, like, 10 years ago and it’s not really…

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Always bring a book to the dentist office… it distracts from the PAIN

Went to the dentist today to have a cavity filled. I know what you’re thinking… Joy. 🙄 (… and, yes, I know I should floss more.) But despite the whistle of the drill, the numb face, and that weird smell of something burning (Pardon me, kind sir, but is that my tooth?), I actually had…

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Romance Novels, Eyebrows… and why if someone sniggers at me one more time, I might slap them

I’m sitting at a bar in the lobby of the hotel hosting the business conference that I’m at and these two men turn and ask, “What do you do?” Now sometimes I like to pause here… … not really for dramatic effect but because I get mixed reactions from a lot of guys when I…

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Life’s Too Short to have Boring Hair

“Are you sure? Like, sure?” The girl behind me asks, giving me a look filled with questions and uncertainty. Not a good sign when that same person is holding a very sharp instrument right next to your head. “Yep. Let’s do it.” She tentatively moves toward me, then takes a step back. “Wait. Maybe we…

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3 No-Fail Ways to Get Kicked Off a Bus

(A tale from romance author Alexis Alvarez) Everything you expect with a cross-country bus ride and more! A story of rebellion, chaos and a bit of illegal smoking… Keep reading for a sneak peek inside the real-life adventures of romance author Alexis Alvarez. FROM ALEXIS: “My worst idea ever was to take the Greyhound bus from Florida…

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When Dreams Die… or do they?

Last spring was a gardening disaster for me. Read: epic failure with a side of WTF? I had started with the best of intentions, so very excited to have a tiny plot of dirt for the first time in years just outside my apartment’s patio door. My mom and both my grandmothers were gardeners. Some…

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Limp Husbands, Caged Birds, and why this woman needs a volunteer to take her to a strip club: an Inappropriate Interview with Author Kacey Shea.

Today I’m chatting with contemporary romance author Kacey Shea about life, love, strip clubs and her new book, Detour, which is coming out on June 1st… Olivia: Tell us something ridiculous about yourself? Kacey: I am terrified of birds. I get the full on heebie jeebies if a bird lands too close to me or…

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