Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Midweek Escapes is ALMOST LIVE!

Starting next week, my "Midweek Escapes" feature will kick off!  I'm so excited to talk to author friends, new and old, and find out about their favorite places to escape to...and their BOOKS!

Here's the lineup for January:

January 4 - Michelle C. Reilly
January 11 - Letisha Stanton
January 18 - Cynthia Vespia
January 25 - Gwyn McNamee

I hope you'll pack your suitcase and join us for inspiration and tales!

Kay

Monday, December 26, 2016

Did This Challenge Change You? (week 52)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Yes.

One way it challenged me was to be consistent in focusing each week to write and post a gratitude blog, which was harder than it seems.  We all say we have time, it’s only once a week, but believe me, it’s tough.  There were a few times, I’d have to post a few weeks’ worth at once just to catch up.  Where did my time go?  Was it sucked into facebookland?

I challenge YOU next year!  Can you do it?  Can you keep it up?  

It’s ONE POST A WEEK. 

Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Monday, December 19, 2016

100 Things to be Thankful For (week 51)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

In NO particular order:

1.       My son
2.       My family
3.       My ancestors
4.       Chocolate milkshakes
5.       Magic
6.       Candy corn
7.       My pets
8.       That I have always had “enough”
9.       The places I’ve traveled, and the means to get me there
10.   Mexican food
11.   US mail
12.   My writing buddies
13.   My editor
14.   My publisher
15.   My mentors
16.   Good shoes
17.   Comfy jeans
18.   Warm, soft sweatshirts
19.   Cocoa
20.   Lemonade
21.   Good craft beer
22.   Strawberry shortcake
23.   People who have read my books
24.   Favorite authors
25.   Good movies to look forward to
26.   My son’s teachers
27.   Reliable internet
28.   Netflix
29.   Amazon prime
30.   Heat and ac in my house
31.   Heat and ac in my car
32.   Safe, long road trips
33.   Happy meals
34.   Email
35.   Texting!
36.   Camera phones
37.   Smart phones
38.   Tablets
39.   Doctors
40.   Warm socks
41.   Hiking
42.   Sturdy shoes
43.   Birds that visit my feeders
44.   Nurses
45.   Animal vets
46.   Animal boarding
47.   UPS
48.   Fedex
49.   New friends
50.   Old friends
51.   High school reunions
52.   Mutual funds
53.   Real estate agents
54.   Coke
55.   Cool neighbors
56.   Fun games
57.   Stupid games
58.   To-do lists
59.   Dishwashers
60.   Home Depot
61.   JCPenney
62.   Amazon
63.   Windex
64.   Car that runs
65.   State of Nevada
66.   County of Clark
67.   City of Las Vegas
68.   Gravity
69.   Chiropractors
70.   Pain pills
71.   Nail polish
72.   Freedom
73.   Being American
74.   Short drive to son’s school
75.   Magic
76.   Full Moon
77.   Creativity
78.   Christmas decorations
79.   Friendly strangers
80.   Credit
81.   Delivery food
82.   Vacations
83.   Clean sheets
84.   Purple
85.   Drinking games
86.   Online strangers
87.   Funny memes
88.   Meditation
89.   Good movies
90.   Personal recommendations
91.   Hot chocolate
92.   80’s bands
93.   Spa treatments
94.   Warm showers on cold day
95.   Exterminators
96.   Grocery store selection
97.   Google – seriously!
98.   Comfy sweatpants
99.   Dove soap
100.  New friends

Love and Peace, 


Kay 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Lessons Learned this Year (week 50)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Sometimes it seems we have to learn the same lessons over and over until they sink in, and others it seems we only have to learn once. 

A lesson I learned this year is to focus more, and to challenge myself.  I can do it!  I got a book published, with a respected publisher.  More than that, I have two more books on the way and a novella.  Knowing a publisher wanted my books gave me a huge shot of confidence.

Most of the lessons I learned this year were about trusting myself, my knowledge and my wisdom to overcome obstacles, and handle situations as they pop up. 

Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS170

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "Sexy in Space".  My paranormal novella "Under the Granite Lies" which was a finalist in the "I Heart Indie" contest, features a hot love scene under the aurora borealis.  AND, it's FREE until December 31.  Just follow the link at the bottom.  

Here is the blurb:

Lauren Madison’s life started unraveling at a speed too fast for her to keep up with. Every truth was torn away, and the pieces that were left painted no clear pictures at all…only more confusion.

The pillar of strength in her fragile life was David Wagner, her bodyguard who was placed in witness protection, and she was to have no more contact with him. But, what had he seen that day, and why couldn’t she remember?

She had no choice but to run. And if her life was threatened again, who would be there to protect her?





      My Sexy Saturday ( http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/ ) has provided a great place for authors to showcase snippets of their works.  7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Things You Like About Winter (week 49)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I like the crisp air, the snow on the mountains surrounding Las Vegas (I also like that the snow is up there – not down in the valley, usually).  I like the bare trees, I think seeing their skeletal structures against a sunset or cloudy sky is beautiful, and a favorite photography subject of mine.

I like that I don’t have to worry about my vegetable plants dying the in the dry heat, as they’re non-existent in the winter.

I like watching my big wolf-dog run around my yard, happy for the colder air. 

I like sipping hot cocoa while decorating for Christmas and wrapping presents. 

Fall is my favorite season, but winter is a second, for sure. 

Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Your Job (week 48)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I was happy to be able to work nearly 15 years at a job I loved, with people I enjoyed being around every day.  That’s a rare thing.  Sure, there were days I wanted to walk out, but it wasn’t ever because of anyone that I worked closely with.
 
Since then, I’ve taken on a new job.  I’ve been able to follow my passion of writing, and I’ve self published three works and currently have one traditionally published novel.  I’m so glad to be able to have been afforded the opportunity to pursue this dream job.
 
What’s your dream job?  Is there a way you can work toward it today?

Love and Peace,
   

Kay 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Opportunities You've Been Given (week 47)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

When I first started thinking about what to write for this post, I thought about the amazing places I’ve been on vacation.  I’ve been lucky enough to view active volcanoes on 3 continents, which is something I feel very thankful for!  I’ve toured Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Greece, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and many other places. 

But, bla bla bla. 

There’s an opportunity that I relish even more.  MUCH more.  That is the opportunity to raise this amazing young man who chose me to be his mother.  In doing that, it’s been more rewarding than any fancy trip, and more educational than a fancy college would have been.  Watching him grow and change every day, has helped me to grow and change with him, and for him.  He is autistic.  He is unique and beautiful and his mind amazes me.  Even though he’s 8, I still watch him sleep sometimes, to look at his beautiful, peaceful face and wonder what he’s dreaming about.  I have a feeling that I always will, except, probably, when he’s grown and married, because that would be weird.  Haha.
 
THIS is the opportunity that, although it give me the most stress sometimes, is the most rewarding.

Being a MOMMY. HIS Mommy!

Love and Peace,  


Kay 





Saturday, November 19, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS168

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "My Sexy Holidays".  My paranormal novella "Under the Granite Lies" which was a finalist in the "I Heart Indie" contest, covers the timeline between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day.  

Here is the blurb:

Lauren Madison’s life started unraveling at a speed too fast for her to keep up with. Every truth was torn away, and the pieces that were left painted no clear pictures at all…only more confusion.
 
The pillar of strength in her fragile life was David Wagner, her bodyguard who was placed in witness protection, and she was to have no more contact with him. But, what had he seen that day, and why couldn’t she remember?

She had no choice but to run. And if her life was threatened again, who would be there to protect her?





      My Sexy Saturday ( http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/ ) has provided a great place for authors to showcase snippets of their works.  7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Technology (week 46)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Love it or hate it, it’s not going away.  Technology is embedded in our daily routines almost as sure as breathing.
 
I see it as both good and bad.  The good part is that it has made so many things in our lives easier than they ever have been.  Remember the old days before Google, when you couldn’t remember the same of a movie or a song, and it would drive you nuts for days?  Then, finally, usually at some inopportune moment, you’d remember and triumphantly yell out “it was Busta Rhymes!” in the otherwise quiet grocery store while shopping for melons?  Well, maybe some of you still remember (and some of you are probably Googling who Busta Rhymes is).

So, is it a good thing to have such immediate access to information, or has it made us lazy?

A bad side to this information overload is the fact that there are so many input sources for internet news, that there is almost no filter as to what is accurate.  As evidenced in our recent election, no matter which candidate you wanted, you could no doubt find positive and negative spins on each.  The truth was hidden.  Not meaning to make this a political post, just want to illustrate how an overload of information can complicate things.

I challenge you to turn off all devices at least 4 hours one afternoon this week.  See what you can accomplish the good fashioned way, without technology.  And that means the TV too!

Good luck!

Love and Peace, 


Kay 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS167

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "Sexy in the Sky".  Perfect timing, as I've just redesigned the cover for my short story "The Plane Truth".  99cents, always has been, always will be.  

Here is the blurb:

What would you do if you thought you were going to die, and you were strapped into a seat next to the person that might be the love of your life, especially if you had never told them how you felt?
Locked in their seats, Emily and Aiden are forced to face life and death together after fate throws a lightning bolt their way.




      My Sexy Saturday ( http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/ ) has provided a great place for authors to showcase snippets of their works.  7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs.

Monday, November 7, 2016

What Do You Do For Fun? (week 45)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I’m a nature girl, so when I’m feeling off balanced; I need to go seek serenity in nature.  I stop on the trail, listen to the quiet, notice the things around me that some don’t.  And, there is always a “plan” for me being there.

For example, I recently went on an impromptu hike/walk with my boyfriend at a nearby conservation area.   Some lovely women showed up, and one sang while another beat a drum, in a lovely ritual.  We could hear their music echoing off the canyon walls as we walked.
 
Then, I took a photo of a thistle, and this lovely butterfly landed just as I snapped the picture.  What a ham!

These things might not be fun for all, but they are for me!

Love and Peace, 


Kay 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Your Favorite Holiday (week 44)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Well, it’s a close tie, but I have to say my favorite holiday is Halloween!  I think it’s because I have a creative soul, and there’s so much make believe that happens on this day.  I love seeing what people choose to dress up as, on a day when they could basically be anything.  My son has followed in my footsteps, and absolutely loves Halloween, and everything related to it.
 
It’s simply AWESOME!

Love and Peace,
   

Kay 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS166

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "My sexy EX".  Huh?  What's sexy about an ex?  Well, in this snippet from my newly released book, "Steele and Stone", Michael has an encounter with his ex. What makes it sexy to me, is that he isn't a jerk to her, regardless of what she did to him in the past.  I think the way a man treats his ex says a lot about his character. 

He parked the Volt in his own driveway then walked the couple blocks to the diner. As he rounded the corner he was surprised to see that Sandra was already there. She sat at an outside table, her back to him, the sun glinting off her shiny, shoulder-length brown hair. Her hands were folded in front of her and her head was lowered, he presumed she was checking her cell phone.
He was somewhat alarmed to not feel the urge to turn around and leave at the sight of her. Instead, he walked to her and she turned. Her face was shrouded with a worry he’d never seen, and she forced a smile.
“Hello Sandra,” he said, taking the chair across from her. He scooted it in and nodded.



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      My Sexy Saturday ( http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/ ) has provided a great place for authors to showcase snippets of their works.  7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs.

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Mentor (week 43)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I’ve had a few mentors over my life.  They probably didn’t even realize it at the time, either.  I think, if I’d told them I was trying to learn from them, they would have altered the way they taught me, and that wouldn’t have been as natural or effective.

Love and Peace, 


Kay 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Your Favorite Possession (week 42)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

This is a tough one.  

Hmmm, a possession? 

I can’t really think of one.  I guess, if I had to, I’d say my laptop.  Seems silly, but I have so many photos stored on here; it would be heartbreaking to lose it.  I also have all my writing stored on here (and backed up regularly, of course).

It’s purple.  I love purple!

Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hobbies (week 41)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

A hobby is generally something you do for fun, not for profit.  Isn’t that the correct definition? Well, I’m lucky enough to be able to have made a little bit of money with my “hobby” of photography.  I’ve always loved photography.  As a child, I would pose my stuffed animals and Barbie’s for fashion shoots with my little camera (side note: it’s so nice to not have to wait for film to be developed any longer).

I belong to a fabulous, small group of local artists, and we have shows a few times a year.  I’m the photographer of the group, and it humbles me to see my photos hung alongside some of the amazing acrylics and watercolors these other artists come up with.
 
Here is a sampling of my photography.

Love and Peace,  


Kay 



Saturday, October 29, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS165

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "Adventure".  In this snippet from the beginning of my soon to be released book, "Steele and Stone", Michael experiences a bit of excitement on a hike...

Flashing dot patterns passed in front of his eyes, and he wasn’t sure if it had to do with the cat to the side of the trail in front of him or the sexy feline under his left arm. They were closing in on the big cat fast. If he was going to die, he wasn’t prepared in the least. He thought of all the things he still wanted to do with his life: climb Mount Kilimanjaro, see Mount Vesuvius, scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, and visit the Louvre. He might never do any of it, it seemed. Not in this lifetime, anyways. If he got out of there, he’d make it a point to do one big trip a year.



***Available for PRE-ORDER!***
***Release date NOVEMBER 2, 2016***
      My Sexy Saturday ( http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/ ) has provided a great place for authors to showcase snippets of their works.  7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Greatest Accomplishment (week 40)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Okay, this one is predictable.  My greatest accomplishment is being a mom to my wonderful son.  I wanted to be a mom for a long time before it finally happened, and every day since has been a roller coaster (and, important fact here…..I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS!).  Being a parent is harder than I thought it would be, but it’s also WAY BETTER than I ever dreamt it would be.  The pride I feel when I see his interactions with the world is overwhelming.  Watching him grow into the man he will be, is mesmerizing.

The most important thing a parent can do is raise their child to be a positive influence on the world.  I hope I’m accomplishing that.

Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Your Heritage (week 39)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I wish I knew. Seriously.

I’m envious of friends that have a defining heritage to identify with.  I have none, but I will claim one.  AMERICAN!  I’m a prime example of the melting pot of the world – the great country (still great!) that welcomed immigrants – immigrants who fell in love with and married other immigrants, and over and over.

I do know, however, that I have a mix of French, German, English and American Indian in there somewhere.  I’ve actually pondered getting a DNA test done to find out.  Genetics are a fascinating thing.

Love and Peace,


Kay 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS164

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "Sexy Rising".  In this snippet from my soon to be released book, "Steele and Stone", Michael wakes up from an ...interesting dream.

The hotel phone was ringing. He shook his head and reached for it.
“Hello?” he answered, his voice raspy.
“Good morning Mr. Williams, this is your six a.m. wake up call,” said a male voice before the line went dead.
“Uh, thanks,” grumbled Michael and hung up the phone and lay back on the bed, his erection throbbing against the sheet. He rubbed his hands through his hair and over his face before glancing again at the clock.



***Available for PRE-ORDER!***
***Release date NOVEMBER 2, 2016***
      My Sexy Saturday ( http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/ ) has provided a great place for authors to showcase snippets of their works.  7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Music You Love (week 38)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

ALL OF IT!

Well, let me re-phrase it.  I don’t like modern country music.  So, with the exception of that, I’m pretty eclectic.  You’d be just as likely to find me rocking out at an Iron Maiden concert, as at a performance of the local bagpipe society.  There are many weekends that I’ve been known to dance like a goofball at a local 80’s band performance (I love the dorky 80’s music)!  When I’m upset or tense, I listen to the local classical station because I find wordless music soothes me.  When I’m cleaning the house, I’m listening to Prince or old school rap.

So, you see, I’m difficult to pin down in the music department.  It’s all good (ok, and SOME country is tolerable, haha).

Love and Peace,  

Kay 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Something You Created (week 37)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Time for some shameless self promotion!

In just a few short weeks, book 1 of my Daring Heart’s Series, Steele and Stone, will be available in paperback and e-book.  I wrote a book, and I’m proud of it.  More than that, I’ve written a few more that are in the works, along with some short stories and novellas.
 
If you have a dream, reach for it!

Love and Peace,
   

Kay


Elle Thompson was raised in Denver. She paints. She hikes. She knows how to avoid cougar attacks.

The only cougars Michael Williams usually worries about are the ones that wear leopard print leggings on 5th Avenue.

But, when his acquisition firm sets its sights on Elle's family business, his tidy life goes awry. As things unravel, so do all his preconceived notions of love and what makes a perfect partner.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Your Home (week 36)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Home is ultimately where the heart is.  It’s true.  While I am very attached to the current home I live in, I realize that without the love inside it, it’s just a box.  It’s been a strange year.  I’ve had to say bittersweet goodbyes to two of the homes from my past.  They’d both become a shadow of their former selves.  It was time. 

Time flies.

Love and Peace,
   

Kay 

Your Neighborhood (week 35)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I currently live in the same house I grew up in (though, I had a long absence from it in between).  But, I love my neighborhood.  It’s an older neighborhood for this city, it definitely quirky, and it’s grown a lot since I was shorter.  I remember coyotes running down the street, and riding my horse in the empty desert when I was young.  I haven’t seen a coyote around my neighborhood in years, and although I still see young girls riding their horses, they’re talking on their cell phones at the same time.
 
Time flies.

Love and Peace,  


Kay 


Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS163

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "Surprise".  This is a snippet from my soon to be released book, "Steele and Stone", which reveals a nasty surprise that my hero encountered during his previous relationship. Yuk.  Well, sometimes bad things happen for a reason...

Michael had grabbed a cab from the airport to take him to the condo he shared with Sandra, his fiancĂ©e. He had come home early in hopes of surprising her and picked up the mail on the way in. But when he laid it on the counter he had seen an unfamiliar set of keys. More than that, he saw the remnants of a homemade pasta dinner for two on the table and realized that the sounds he heard weren’t coming from their porn-addicted neighbor’s TV, but from his bedroom.



***Available for PRE-ORDER!***
***Release date NOVEMBER 2, 2016***
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

My Sexy Saturday #MSS162

This week's "My Sexy Saturday" theme is "Sexy in History".  This is a snippet from my soon to be released book, "Steele and Stone", which reveals a bit of the swarmy history of the company Michael works for.  Will he continue to work for them?

“Well, the partner is out of the country. So I don’t know if that means he’s a foreign investor, or what. I don’t know what to think. They’ve let me use their conference room, which tells me they are warming up to the idea, but I haven’t heard a peep from the other guy. Zilch.”
“Do you know his name yet?”
“Nope. Sorry, Uncle, but Randall let it slip that he was foreign,” he lied, consciously leaving Elle out of the equation. If John knew what he suspected, he would launch a full-scale background check on her, digging up who knows what and completely invading her privacy. John knew no boundaries, but Michael did, and information freely listed on the Internet was as far as he would go.
“So offer them a few thousand more. See what that does.”
“A few thousand? I don’t see how that will increase our bargaining power any. We’ve already offered them full current net worth as it is. I think we should offer them at least a hundred thousand more, based on their current contracts. Also, it seems that Randall wants an agreement that we will keep the current staff.”
John shrugged. “Maybe he wants a new car out of it. A golden parachute and all that. You know the type. We can discuss the final offer tomorrow at the office. As far as the staff, go ahead and agree to it. Write something up, but keep the wording vague and open to interpretation. When we sell them, it won’t matter anyway.”
Michael hated knowing John already had plans to sell Stone Mountain Partners for a profit almost immediately after the acquisition. All the kind negotiations regarding staff and benefits were purely for show. It felt so dirty, and they had done it many times before.


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***Release date NOVEMBER 2, 2016***
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Things You Like About Fall (week 34)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Did someone mention HALLOWEEN? 

OMG, I LOVE HALLOWEEN! Almost more than Christmas.
 
Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yaaay!



I'm a finalist in the "I Heart Indie" contest for my self-made cover for "Under the Granite Lies".



Monday, August 15, 2016

Something You Look Forward To (week 33)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I always look forward to picking my little dude up at school!  I’m so proud of him, and the man he’s becoming.  I love hearing everything that happened to him during the day, and his insights.  He never ceases to amaze me.  

He is a blessing!

Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Monday, August 8, 2016

A City You’ve Visited (week 32)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

I Heart NY!  I totally do!  It’s such a vibrant, lovely place, full of inspiration and intrigue.  Every corner bears something new and exciting.  The sights, the people, the FOOD!

Yep, I’m hooked! 

Love and Peace,  


Kay 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Core Values (week 31)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Easy…says it all right here:



Love and Peace,
   

Kay 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Your Current Age (week 30)

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

Oh my GOODNESS!  Well, there it is…  my age. 


I’m thankful for the life I’ve lived so far, with all its twists, turns and unexpected surprises and blessings.  I’ve seen not one but two active volcanoes in person, traveled to some amazing destinations, and been picked out of audiences to do crazy things on stage.  I’ve also jumped out a plane, and am looking forward to doing it again whenever I can!

My numerical age is irrelevant.  I feel 26, I haven’t aged a day since.

I’m sticking to that.

Love and Peace,  


Kay