“Real Women Go Hawaiian” Now Available on Kindle

“In that moment, I knew I could no longer be a Wall Street monkey, and somewhere out there Hawaii was calling my name.” – Robin from Real Women Go Hawaiian

When the women of Real Women Wear Red return from their Caribbean cruise, each woman must deal with the consequences of secrets shared onboard ship.

Millie’s secret sends Robin reeling all the way to Blue Hawaii, and she finds herself chasing Moondoggie and singing the Blues. This sets off the “Millie Domino Effect.”

Millie chases after Robin and Monterey Jack chases after Millie.

Cyn joins Robin and Millie on the cruise when her “Cary Grant” gets too serious too fast. And Sandy runs to Cyn for motherly comfort when her shipboard romance blows up.

Four women, four islands, and a seven-night cruise to Paradise. Is there life after they go Hawaiian or will they end up singing the Blues?

AVAILABLE NOW on Kindle.

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Novelist & Modern Musician Vs. Nashville

I’ve been struggling for some time about what to make my main priority – writing or music.

When we evacuated to Nashville during Hurricane Irma, I hadn’t been there since I started songwriting and joined Nashville Songwriter’s Association (NSAI) so I was very excited about it. May as well make the most out of a bad situation like a hurricane, right? Maybe I’d get super inspired with my music walking the streets of Nashville. Besides, I’d just submitted a song for feedback. How cool to know my song was somewhere on Music Row.

We had a great time catching up with the sights – beer and music on Broadway, writing song lyrics on napkins, cocktails and music at the Opryland Hotel. Woo hoo! It was such a blast!

Funny thing about returning home – I realized I was never going to write a song that would fit Nashville no matter how much NSAI insists they’re open to all genres of music. And then I got the feedback on my song that was far more Rock, far more Electronic Dance than Country.

I love all kinds of music. But I’m a modern girl – have always been, really. Grew up in SoCal with the latest fads, on the cutting edge of technology working in Silicon Valley for 23 years. And then when I finally decided to pay more attention to music, I enrolled in the Modern Musicianship certificate program at Berklee College of Music and earned several certificates. I’m self-produced. I may doink around with the piano and guitar but my real instrument is my Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and I absolutely love it!

That is so not Nashville and they let you know it. I may have a lot to learn musically, but Nashville is not the one to teach me.

i thought the trip to Nashville would inspire me to make music my main focus. Instead, the James Patterson Master Class has inspired new passion for writing novels and I’m even excited about the outline.

And so, for now, I have my answer on what to focus on.

 

 

Can’t Stop the Music

While we’re living in temporary housing during the house building process, I made a deal with myself that I’d put music on hold and focus on writing my novel-in-progress. That music is too challenging for me right now and writing a novel is therapeutic.

The problem with that is I love music too much, and I find myself sneaking in a few sessions in the studio, playing with some lyrics, piano chords, or some loops on my DAW (digital audio workstation).

One of my music groups asked if we were holding ourselves back because of fear. They were talking about live performances. Of course, I said yes. I’m sticking to working on music in my studio. Not going to do anything live. Not at my age. Not good enough for that.

I don’t know if life is going to challenge me and put me in a position where I have to face that fear, but that plays nicely into the novel I’m working on.

So here, once again, one art feeds the other. As they say in theological circles, it’s not either/or. It’s both/and.

 

The Sublime Art of the Unreliable Narrator

Today’s post from the Florida’s Writer Association, “The Sublime Art of the Unreliable Narrator,” got my attention, reminding me of a writing group I used to be a part of. We were chatting about something and I was offering my opinion and when, as an example for my point of view, I told of a personal incident, one of the writers said, “You’re an unreliable narrator.”

What??? No, an unreliable narrator purposely omits information to intentionally mislead the reader. I hadn’t done that intentionally – I just hadn’t told that story about myself yet. We may never tell some stories about ourselves – most definitely. It’s different with a book – you can be an unintentional unreliable narrator or you can do it purposefully if you’ve mastered the art.

Either way, it reminds me of all the arguments taking place on social media these days. Each person is set in their point of view and is not listening to yours. We don’t know everything about them and why they have their opinion and they don’t know everything about us and why we might feel the way we do.

My husband and I love to listen to Jazz and sip wine in the evenings. We also enjoy watching TV and movies set in the past – maybe because we’re both such history buffs.

So, in full disclosure after yesterday’s post about Nashville, today I’m thinking of going all retro, Jazzy, fully embracing my father’s era and the novel he loved so much, Letters on Balboa Island. Will my future books be set in the past? Any past in particular? Will my music become more Jazzy? I don’t know what this means, yet, but I’m excited to explore it.

LETTERS ON BALBOA ISLAND

“When I was seventeen, I knew two things that were true: (1) You couldn’t help but meet a man in a military uniform in southern California in the 1950s, and (2) Sooner or later, men would leave. ” – Rosalie

When Rosalie Martin chooses to spend her life with a military man in the post Korean War era of the 1950s, she can’t forget another she met during the war. And when letters surface on Balboa Island years later, she realizes she may have chosen the wrong man. So when fate offers her the chance to make a different choice, will she? Or has she lived a life of lies for too long?

AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon.com for Kindle and in Paperback.

Changes and a 5-Star Review

In my last blog post, I wrote that when you change something, everything changes. Often, we just want to change one thing and then are surprised by so many things changing, things we didn’t really want to change. But that’s what holds people back from changing anything.

After a brief halt to the life-changing events we’d started in motion, we’re back on track for changes. And they’ve already begun. I couldn’t spend one more afternoon in that house facing the intensity of the desert sun. It’s not my natural habitat, and I’d spent almost 10 years there. It was definitely time for a big change.

But I miss waking up in that bedroom, my morning routine of Rich going downstairs first to feed the cats and start the coffee while I stretch my back so I can get out of bed, get dressed, and join him downstairs to sip our coffee together. After morning devotions and kissing him good-bye for his morning commute, I would peek into General Hospital, play with the kitties, and then head up to my office either to work on some music in my studio, write a blog post, or write a scene for my current wip.

Around 10 am, I might take a morning break walking the neighborhood, and then return to whatever I was working on until about 11-11:30 to make lunch, watch the rest of GH, and then have my lunchtime chat with Rich. I loved this routine!

But it was isolating in that big house, and by the end of the day, I was nutty – lol! So here we are, throwing ourselves into a whirlwind of change, moving across the country, moving from a suburban house into an urban apartment, ready to get back to work and see what else I jump into – writing groups or music groups – this has yet to be seen.

It’s exciting and scary as I peek into the future and the past at the same time.

In the meantime, I noticed Raining Men got a 5-star review after its recent upload of version 2.0. Thank you. It encourages me to keep moving forward, writing stories and writing songs.

RAINING MEN

When California girl Brooke Slade, looking for love in all the wrong places, is presented with an opportunity to move to the Pacific Northwest, she turns it down, refusing to leave her life in Sunny California. But when she loses her job, she decides to give the Northwest a chance for thirty days and discovers it’s raining more than the wet stuff – it’s raining men. Wading through so many Mr. Wrongs, can she find Mr. Right?

AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon.com for Kindle.

 

New Book Release: Raining Men, Version 2.0

One of the benefits of being an Indie author is that you can edit or change a book up after it’s published. And that’s exactly what I did with Raining Men. I’d published it right before I switched gears to songwriting and thought I hadn’t given it the attention it deserved. I hadn’t promoted it or solicited reviews. But I believed in this book and wanted to give it a wider audience. (It managed to get a 5.0 star review during its brief first release.)

I unpublished it and took it back into the writing studio. I read through it, made some edits, added about ten thousand more words and even tweaked the ending. My editor gave it an edit. I then submitted it and a publisher offered me a contract. I was hoping they could give it more exposure than I could.

Well, as it turns out, they decided they didn’t want to publish a book that had already been published. This seems to be one of the challenges of self-publishing – some publishers are for publishing previously published books, some aren’t, and some are vague about it.

So I’m happy to announce, I’ve released Raining Men, Version 2.0.

Raining Men

When California girl Brooke Slade, looking for love in all the wrong places, is presented with an opportunity to move to the Pacific Northwest, she turns it down, refusing to leave her life in Sunny California. But when she loses her job, she decides to give the Northwest a chance for thirty days and discovers it’s raining more than the wet stuff – it’s raining men. Wading through so many Mr. Wrongs, can she find Mr. Right?

BUY NOW on Amazon.com for Kindle.