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Dates!

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I have been working hard putting the final touches on Orange Belt and Black Belt, the final two installments in Dani's story.  In the meantime,  you guys have been reading and reviewing. White Belt has an average rating of 4.6 stars on Amazon and 4.53 on Goodreads and Yellow Belt has an average rating of 5.0 on both sites.  I even received my first international review on the UK site which was pretty awesome - big wave to all my readers across the pond! Thank you so much to everyone who read and reviewed!

Special thanks to Dawn over at BookLoads and Amy at The Undercover Reviewer for adding five star reviews of White Belt and Yellow Belt to their sites. 

Orange Belt will debut March 17, 2014 and Black Belt will debut April 7, 2014!

I am so excited about it, and I hope you are too! I'm going to miss Dani, Michelle and Rob.  Is that weird?

Fortunately, my next project will be coming out in May so I am already delving into a new cast of characters.  It isn't about zombies…

Tears 4 Jordan*

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He's up from nap.
He stretches his long legs out over his blue and green sheets, snuggling his curly hair into his pillow.  He opens his big brown eyes and looks at me, a soft smile on his face, then he closes his eyes again, turning so his chubby golden cheeks nestle deep into his pillow.  He curls in a ball, drawing his knees to his chest and breathing softly.  He looks so tiny in his new big boy bed.  His three-year-old frame only making up a third of its length.  The rest crowded with his stuffed animal friends and fluffy comforter. 
Are you up, baby?
I whisper it, kneeling beside his bed and breathing in his smell.  He smells like cookies and clay.  From the morning of playtime and the snack he just had to have.  I kiss his nose and he wipes it away, sitting up slowly.  His bare feet dangling over the edge of his bed and his eyes still hanging low from sleep.  I watch as a soft yawn escapes his tiny pink lips.  I remember him as the colorless baby, swaddled and content, nestl…

Starting where you are

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It is cold here in my neck of the woods.  I have been engaging in the most socially acceptable form of human hibernation I can.  I only emerge to make an appearance at the day job, shop, pick up the kiddies or find food.  Other than that, you can find me having dance parties with my family, hiding under a blanket with the spouse, or chugging away at Orange Belt and Black Belt (sequels to White Belt and Yellow Belt).  I am also preparing a super, duper exciting project I will hopefully be able to announce soon (from inside)!

So, yesterday, I emerged from my hibernation to take my eldest son to his piano lesson.  He is six and awesome.  He plays piano by ear.  We discovered it when he was about four.  He had chord bells and he would play songs he knew without us teaching him.  We thought it was different but we were first-time parents and thought everything he did was pretty darn miraculous so we weren't sure whether it was a big deal. When he started doing it on our keyboard and t…

20 Feet from Stardom (Documentary)

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This weekend has been awesome. 

It started Thursday evening (Wednesday, if you count the debut of Yellow Belt).  The spouse and I went to see Meshell Ndegeocello cover Nina Simone songs at Rams Head Onstage which was amazing.  The next evening, we caught up with some great friends, and last night, we snuggled up and did one of our favorite things: order a movie with a side of popcorn and wine :-). 

We ordered 20 Feet from Stardom, a documentary chronicling the careers of some of the most prominent back-up singers in music history.  I highly recommend it.  Not only is it great for any music lover to reminisce about this country's awesome musical history, but it is also a eye-opening journey into just how influential back up singers have been to music.  Think about it.  When singing along to our favorite songs, we usually belt out the chorus, which is more often than not a catchy tune sung by a nameless but exceptionally talented back up singer.

 I was surprised to learn about th…