Help! I’m Moving House! @TaylorLeeWrites

Moving HouseOccasionally to challenge my usual sense of well-being I wonder what it would be like to be in hell. Would it be a fiery dungeon filled with gargoyles and wanna be devils armed with sharp pikes and no water? Or would it be a surprisingly freezing tomb, like being packed naked in dry ice unable to stop my body-quaking tremors for eternity? Well, for better or worse, for two weeks I have been in what can only be described as a ‘living hell’. I’ve been moving house!

Out of nowhere…

…in this crazy housing market with home prices going through the roof our landlord came to my daughter and me begging us to break our lease so he could sell the gorgeous house. At first, we refused but the more goodies our landlord offered in a market where renting was getting as out of whack as buying/selling, a house appeared on the market that had everything we could have been looking for. Armed with our landlord’s incentives, we fought to be first in the flurry of offers the owners were considering.

We weren’t deterred when they added a high bar—one we were foolish enough to believe we could clear. They gave us two weeks to move. Oh, and BTW, we were in the middle of a heat wave.  Try temperatures in the 110° to 115° range. In truth, it was a deadline I could accept in that my great guy and I were planning to go to Taos, New Mexico for a glorious vacation we’d confirmed months ago. Never looking back, we gave our current landlord notice and began the process of turning our lives upside down. It’s hard to believe that when we made the decision, my daughter and I actually thought we could pull it off.  Heck, with our usual aplomb, our confidence was high. We were that excited about ending the housing uncertainty we’d been facing.

Think Moving House is Easy? Think Again!

Being as organized and disciplined as I am, I even assumed I could manage my usual writing schedule and not miss a single one of my daily two-hour workouts.  Granted, I did have to take a weekend off to run a long-scheduled trail run, but I treated that as a holiday refusing to admit it shortened my moving house preparations by two full days. I even promised myself that, unlike previous moves, this time I would be totally organized.  I would sort through all of our things and take to the new house only the things we really need and use. Knowing that you all have moved at one time or another and certain that some of you may even have as much “stuff” as we do–you can imagine how quickly our foolish optimism turned to mush.

My final cave-in was acknowledging that I would not be able to sort through the stunning collection of old photos that I have accumulated over the years.  As the mother of three and grandmother of four, I conceded that organizing and eliminating excess isn’t in my DNA, at least when it comes to pictures of my glorious offspring. I thank the angels for spacious storage lockers. Two weeks to the day later, bidding our movers good-bye, I closed the door on my fortnight of hell, I headed over to meet my guy for our fabulous two weeks in Taos. As we drove through extraordinary mountain vistas and outside temperatures were dropping by ten degrees every hundred miles, I promised myself that when we got back I would be able to enjoy our beautiful new house. Heck, I might even begin to sort and organize those twenty-two boxes of old photos—maybe one box or so a week.  Or…maybe not!

Don’t Forget to Take a Break

While you’re avoiding those annoying organizing tasks, treat yourself and grab You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Book 3; The Olive or Twist Saga

Challenging Year

He’s a hard as nails police chief.  She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance. The challenging duo face off and sparks flare.

Police Chief Garrett Drake rules his dominion with an iron hand. Short-tempered and a fierce taskmaster, the chief doesn’t suffer fools gladly. He tolerates the ADA’s and delights in sending them to their corners in tears.

Zoe Tanaka is legal royalty.  The lovely Japanese American ADA, happens to be the daughter of a former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. She is outspoken, confident, beautiful, and not easily intimidated. Although she concedes the stern, much too good-looking chief unnerves her.

Garrett admitted he’d never run up against a woman like Zoe Tanaka. Hell, she was almost as arrogant as he was. Zoe’s feistiness surprised and amused him. But it also raised the interesting possibility of what it would be like to tame her. He quickly dismisses the untoward thought. She is as far from his type as a gazelle was from an elephant.

Zoe takes charge of the trial of a despicable drug kingpin and vicious murderer. A gifted ADA, she electrifies the courtroom eliciting a key piece of evidence. When the enraged defendant physically attacks her, Garrett’s fierce leap takes down the would-be murderer and saves Zoe life.

Amped by the adrenalin of the near-death attack, Garrett invites the sassy woman to “his pad” for a nightcap. The only person more surprised is Zoe who accepts his daring invitation.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is the third standalone book in The Olive or Twist Saga steamy romantic suspense series. If you like smart characters, tough-talking cops, and scorching passion, then you’ll love this sizzling thrill-ride. Grab You Can’t Always Get What You Want to get hot under the collar today!

Brazen Protectors

AND while you are continuing to avoid organizing, check out: BRAZEN PROTECTORS: PROTECT AND DESIRE, Volume 4

Engaging tales of heroes and heroines taking command in unlikely situations. These champions are as provocative as they are brave.

My book in the compelling collection is: Line of Fire: Passion Meets Politics
Discover how challenging elections can be when sex and violence are in the mix.