What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

I’m going to be reading three books this week…

First up, I have an ARC by my friend Kelly Mooney to read. It’s entitled ‘Affliction’ and promises to be as good as her others. I can’t wait. I’m honored that she sent me a copy.

Next, I’ll be diving into Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea’s “Little Black Book.”

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You can get your copy on Amazon.

And I’m continuing to read “Grammar Girl.” I’d like to eventually get her whole collection.

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You can get your copy for only $.99 on Amazon.

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve started a new novel. I’m only at 13,000 words, so I still have a long way to go, but I’m making progress. I haven’t worked on it much the last couple of weeks because I’ve been busy, but I’ll get there. That’s what I love about writing. I write when I have time or when the mood strikes me, and if not it’s okay.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

I’ve been working on making “NOWHERE” and “SUMMER LOVE” available in print. I’m so excited to be able to hold my books in my hand I have goosebumps. Thanks to my formatter I discovered a cool website for fonts. I’ve been choosing the ones I like. It reminds me of picking paint colors for for a room.

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

A lot of tears were shed this past week…we said “Hasta pronto” to an amazing girl from Spain who spent the last 10 months living with our family and attending school here in the US. We had so much fun and our lives are richer due to the experience. We will miss you!

We will miss you!

P.S. She’ll be thrilled to know she made it into one of my posts. She is one of my biggest fans!

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

I just finished 2 books…

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I loved both of these books. They were unique and I appreciated that they didn’t read like other books I’ve read recently. The writing was great and the characters were refreshing. I read the prequel first and then the second book. The series was hot, steamy, sexy, and filled with true love. My kind of books.

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve started a new novel. I’m only at 10,000 words, so I still have a long way to go.I haven’t worked on it much the last couple of weeks because the end of the school year is a busy time, but here’s a quick teaser I posted the other day when I was tagged on Facebook.

He held the car door open for me and I rolled my eyes. I had to make sure Walt understood where we stood, which was nowhere. “I can open my own car door.”
“I know.”
I sighed deeply. “Just because you open car doors for me doesn’t mean anything.”
“I know.”
His arrogant, superior, know-it-all attitude got under my skin. “You’re an insufferable human being.”
“I know.”
I slid into the passenger seat. Walt’s eyes never left me. I wanted to slap him and kiss him all at the same time.
“Tell me how you really feel. Just make sure you tell me in Spanish, because you know how I love that.”
I opened my mouth and sure enough I closed it right before a litany of vulgar Spanish words slipped out.
Walt closed the door and I heard his laughter as he made his way around to the driver’s side. “Luciana, don’t be embarrassed. You know I love it when you talk in your native tongue to me.”
I huffed and sat against the leather seat. I closed my eyes and took several deep breaths. He couldn’t know where my imagination went when I heard him say the word tongue. I shouldn’t even be having these thoughts about Walt. It was absurd.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Authors, Readers, and bloggers. I couldn’t exist without you! Please leave me a comment–I’d love to hear from you!

Also stop on by and like my Facebook page. I’m going to have a giveaway as soon as I reach 500 likes and I’m getting close.

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

School is out and today is the first official day of summer vacation. Making a list of all the fun things I want to do with my kids before it’s over, because summer goes by way too fast. And I am not ready to have one in high school next year!

101 Things I Love

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Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme by Novel Heartbeat. It’s a chance to talk about non-bookish passions and interests so you.

This weeks topic is 101 things you love. Here goes…

1. My husband
2. My kids
3. My family
4. My BFFs
5. My 2 pugs
6. Running
7. Country music
8. My old worn cowboy boots
9. Books
10. Warm Weather
11. Espana
12. Malbecs
13. Date night with my hubby
14. Fruit punch flavored G2
15. Trish McEvoy 9 perfume
16. My duct tape flower pens
17. Hablando en espanol
18. Teaching
19. EOS lip balm
20. my i-Pad mini
21. Pittsford Dairy
22. “Gone with the Wind”
23. “Sweet Home Alabama” – the movie
24. Coffee
25. Hardwood floors
26. A clean house
27. Fall
28. Lilacs
29. Peonies
30. Saturdays
31. Netflix
32. Peanute butter and jelly sandwiches
33. Chipolte
34. Lululemon clothes
35. Art
36. My backyard
37. My sister’s potato salad
38. My daughter’s curly hair
39. My daughter’s
40. My son’s dimples
41. Wegmans
42. “Mis zapatos”
43. My strength training class
44. My Hunter boots
45. Spring
46. Small purses
47. Strawberries
48. Coaching Odyssey of the Mind
49. London
50. Las islas canarias
51. Welch’s Fruit snacks
52. Laura Mercier makeup
53. Pittsford, NY
54. Summer
55. Summer dresses
56. Anthropologie
57. Wine parties
58. Watermelon
59. My tub
60. Snow angels
61. Dandelions (because they were the only flowers I was allowed to pick as a kid)
62. Mendon Ponds Park
63. My computer
64. Pajamas
65. Blue eyes
66. The color pink
67. Jeans
68. Musicals
69. School supplies
70. Winter
71. Candles
72. Hot cocoa
73. The Maple Tree Inn
74. Bracelets/Bangles
75. Lists
76. New york City
77. The smell of ironing
75. Pickup trucks
76. Breakfast foods
77. Ice cream
78. The Village Bakery
79. Dance parties
80. Owls – los buhos
81. Photography
82. Artists
83. The Prado Museum
84. Exchange students
85. A fireplace
86. Chocolate Chip Cookies
87. Twizzlers
88. Quotes
89. Movies
89. Moleskin notebooks
90. Thin crust pizza
91. sweet potatoes
92. Warm blankets
93. Blake Shelton
94. Luke Bryan
95. Kip Moore
96. Graphic T-shirts
97. Concerts
98. Barcelona
99. Hot air balloons
100. Birthdays!
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What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

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I have put off reading this book because I knew it was going to be sad, but finally I was in the right frame of mind to read it, and I am so glad I did. I think it will turn into a classic and it’s too bad kids can’t read books like this in school. It was a great book filled with deep messages that I can’t stop thinking about. Imagine the effect on kids when they read it. It opens the world up for heavy conversations.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is by Hazel,“life is not a wish-granting factory.” Ain’t that the truth?!?!?!?

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve crossed the finished line. “Never Far Away” is complete. I sent it off to the formatter yesterday.

I’m planning a release date of May 21st.

Here is my beautiful cover designed by Regina Wamba at www.maeidesign.com

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Never Far Away

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

The same as last week…Teaching Spanish. I’m thinking about a new character who is bilingual…

One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it other than my professor in college, and if you know who said it please leave a comment, but here goes…

“To speak two languages is to have two souls.”

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

I’ve been driving my kids all around town this week and in a few short days it’s about to pay off. They are preforming in this year’s Sing-Out show. It’s always a huge success. The kids work so hard. It’s all about kids raising money for kids. It doesn’t get any cooler than that! My two daughters are playing in the band and I plan to attend the show both nights to support them and a great cause. I’m so proud!

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What’s Up Wednesday–a day late. Oops!

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

I am reading kelly Mooney’s latest novel, book #2 in her Southern Comfort series.

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Beautiful Innocence

2. 2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I just finished my New Adult/Contemporary Novel entitled, “Never Far Away.”

Tagline: He’s the only boy she’s ever loved, but she pushed away.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Teaching Spanish. I’m thinking about a new character who is bilingual…

One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it other than my professor in college, and if you know who said it please leave a comment, but here goes…

“To speak two languages is to have two souls.”

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

I have to confess, I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Something I rarely do. We recently got Netflix and I find myself addicted. I can’t seem to stop myself from watching one more episode.

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

Lately, I’ve been into rereading books. Last week I reread the first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I was craving a dose of Jace. At some point I will reread the fourth book in this series and then read the fifth and sixth for the first time. The sixth book is to be released in 5.27.14, according to her website. You can check out the latest with Cassandra Clare here.

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2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’m still working on my Contemporary Romance. My word count is up to 42,000. I’ve decided once it’s done and ready to send off to the editor, I’m going to jump right back into finishing book #2 of the Senior Year series. I’m not sure which I will release first.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Phtography. It has always interested me and my main character for my Contemporary Romance is a photographer. Specifically the work of Ellen Von Enwerth

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

Last week I had a really bad cold and I spent the time drinking tea and reading. This week I’m back to the writing cave.

What’s Up Wednsday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. WHAT I’M READING…

I am reading “Playing Patience” for the second time. I really loved this book the first time I read it, so I decided to read it again. I love the main characters Zeke and Patience. The story has a terrific beginning and the same intense feelings carry throughout. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d recommend it to anyone who loves YA Romance.

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2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’m working on a contemporary romance I started during the summer. Taking a break for a few months from the story has given me fresh eyes.Now all I need to do is sit down and finish it. I’m hoping to have it completed in time for summer reading.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Real students. My Spanish 4 students.

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4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

My friend Lee Rowland over at PearTreeSpace has redone my cover for Summer Love. I loved my original cover, but I wanted a more contemporary look for the new year. Once again Lee did an amazing job, accomplishing exactly what I’d envisioned.

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Happy New Year

Greetings followers! I want to wish you all a happy new year! May all of your wishes and dreams come true in 2014.

2013 was filled with revelations and I’m sure 2014 will be too. The most important thing I learned last year is to believe in myself. In June I asked for the rights to my book “Nowhere” back from Muse It Up publishing and self published it instead. Finally, my writing career took off. I love being my own boss. I am completely in control of all decisions and have the final say in everey aspect. I am the only one who I can blame for my successes and failures. That being said, this year I learned how to ask for help when needed and trust the “experts.” Jennifer Sommersby was my editor for “Summer Love” and she offered me valuable insights into my writing. She helped me flush out my characters and bring them to life on the page. Thank you Jenn. I would also like to thank Lee Rowland for her artistic talent in creating a beautiful new cover for “Nowhere.” Lee can be found at Pear Tree Space.

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I hope 2014 brings not only revelations but inspirations as well. I am currently working on a contemporary romance novel that I’m excited to finish. Once it’s complete I am jumping into Senior Year book #2 – “Falling Into You” set to be released in August 2014.

Please check back with me throughout the year to see how 2014 turns out.

Tuesday’s Top Ten-My Beat the Heat Read-a-thon Goals

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My goals are as follows:

1. Read every day
2. Follow 5 new blogs to see what everyone else is reading
3. Add my review for “Addicted to You,” by Krista and Becca Ritchie
4. Finish reading “Before Now (Sometimes Never), by Cherly McIntyre
5. Finish reading “Love Exactly,” by Cassandra Giovanni
6. Start reading “Girl with Guitar,” by Casiey Quinn
7. Start reading “Destined,” by Jessie Harrell
8. Participate in at least one mini-challenge
9. Add at least one new book to my TBR
10.Make a new friend who shares my passion for books!