Should you set Reading Goals for 2020?

Okay, so here’s the skinny… I never bother to set reading goals. That’s like setting a goal to enjoy drinking wine. Ummm… DONE in like two seconds. (although I could totally get into these kinds of New Year’s Resolutions!) Reading is like breathing for me. I do it automatically. All the time. … except when…

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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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