Visiting An Old Friend by @PatriceWilton

I have moved around a lot in my life which makes it difficult to have an old friend. Started off in Vancouver, Canada, which I loved very much and always will. I was a flight attendant in my twenties and my favorite route was Vancouver to Hawaii and back. That became my second home.

Old Friend

I married later in life, at the age of thirty and my husband’s job took us to Toronto, Melbourne Australia then Sydney. Our final stop was England, where we spent three years before coming back to the United States.

We never had a chance to put down roots or develop longtime friendships. It was difficult for the children, but I adapted well, and enjoyed the new places, the people I met and the adventures I had.

Forever Friends

I have come to realize that the friends I made on this journey would always stay with me, but the communication would stop.

The real, true friends that you’ll never forget are the ones you meet as a child, and the tender years of growing up. I envy those who have had the chance to stay in one place and develop a long-time, forever friendship that will stand the test of time.

Yes, I do have a few, less than a handful of people from my past—the kind you don’t see in twenty years, but can start back where you left off.

Patrice and Friends

Over the years I have developed thousands of friendships, nearly all that I’ve never met. They are very special to me, a bond that will never break. Those amazing, wonderful people who read books, and those who write them.

Paradise Cove

Revisiting Paradise Cove

I am now revisiting a family, an old friend, that I quit on years ago, but returned to in the last few months. My Paradise Cove friends, the family I created in the first of six books. It is wonderful to be back with my old friends, who are still as engaging and adventurous as they were eight years ago. The new book will be a novella, but it will have the same characters and mishaps as the previous stories with a new cast of characters as well.

Hooked On You

Come back to PARADISE COVE and see for yourself how amazing and welcoming the Florida Keys can be!

Paradise Cove 6-Book Bundle

 

Summer Fun by @PatriceWilton

It’s that time of the year again when we can get outdoors, enjoy the summer sunshine and warm weather—hit the beach or pool, national or local parks, and get plenty of family time. I’m thinking of sweet corn-in-the-cob, grilled steak, chicken, sausages, practically anything on the grill.

The mellow, golden days of summer. Life has changed over the years, but we still have those good times to bring a smile on your face.

I know times are hard, but being with family is one thing we need to make time for. I have two families who don’t live near me, my daughter and family in New Jersey, and my second daughter and family in Virginia Beach. We are trying hard to make sure we see each other for 4-5 days every year and make this a new tradition.

Last Year’s Summer Adventure

Last year, we were trying for Maine and ended up in Vermont. Near Stowe, and high on a mountain, but such a great place, the brave of heart could go ziplining from the top of the mountain to the half way point. After a five-minute lesson, off you go! They all loved it and made it safely back! The hotel offered many activities and we might end up going back there again.

This year, the working girls managed to get the same time off and we are going to Ashville, N. Carolina. Everyone is enthused about white water rafting and ziplining once again. We will enjoy the beautiful town, and the grounds of the Biltmore.

Both of these trips, not one of us have been to before, so making new family memories is the best way to enjoy life, keep close and connected, for as long as we can. The children will be off to college soon, but until then, we will capture as many moments as possible.

Wishing you all a great summer full of sunny days, laughter, and love. Hope you enjoy some of the pictures below of my summer fun!

Patrice's Family and Nessie

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

 

 

THE WOES OF WRITER’S BLOCK by @PatriceWilton

I’m sure that even readers have heard of Writer’s Block — which means the writer is stuck in a wheel, spinning ideas in their heads but not on paper. It happens to the best of us; even Stephen King has experienced this dreaded circumstance where you sit at your desk ready to deliver magic on page, but you don’t have the energy, the drive, or your imagination has taken a road trip somewhere and you’re all alone—fingers eager to start pounding the keys with not a thought in your head.

Writer's Block

Yes, it can be that bad. I normally get excited to start a fresh book or series. Usually as I’m finishing one book, I already have ideas for the next. That was a few years back, now I have to work on it to decide who, what, where, why, the basics you need to know before writing the first word.

Writer’s Block Bursts Creative Bubbles

Most often I know the characters, the location, the conflict, the beginning and ending but not much more. I’m a pantser (write by the seat of my pants) not a plotter and that’s never been a problem for me or a million other successful writers. It starts out great, the first few chapters just flow and each scene leads to the next. Unfortunately, around mid-book the bubble bursts and I think…what now? Funny, but I might lie down and just think for an hour or two, or I go for a long walk and come up with an answer, or the answer comes to me while I’m in the shower. It’s there—somewhere—and may take a few days to reveal itself.

There are mental exercises that many writers succumb to. Like asking yourself questions and writing them down. Somehow you must find a breakthrough and that means getting rid of self-doubt! That is a general cause for the blockage and might be the hardest opponent to overcome. But remember why you chose this career and that you became a writer because inside that brilliant head of yours you are a writer.

Please check out some of my books for yourselves on my Amazon Author Page or my website. I have written around forty books: romance, comedy, suspense and now mysteries. And I still get blocked!

 

What is YOUR FAVORITE February Holiday?

February HolidayIt seems as if we’ve had one, long on-going party this month. So I have to ask… what is your favorite February holiday? February is the shortest month of the year, but my-oh-my wait until you read what a fantastic month it is!

 

Okay, we all know that it is Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, but have a glimpse of all the special ways Americans celebrate February!

  • 1st – LUNAR YEAR and NATIONAL DARK CHOCOLATE DAY! Who knew?
  • 2nd – GROUNDHOG DAY AND NATIONAL TATOR TOT DAY! Whoopie!
  • 3rd – NATIONAL GOLDEN RETRIEVER DAY and OPTIMIST DAY! Yeah!
  • 4th – NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY! Hope you didn’t miss it!
  • 5th – ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY! Especially loved by all children!
  • 6th – NATIONAL CHOPSTICKS DAY–bet you didn’t see that one coming!
  • 9th – NATIONAL PIZZA DAY! Bet no one missed that!

Let’s skip ahead to:

  • 13th – SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! A day to pretend to love Football, unless you do!
  • 14th – VALENTINE’S DAY AND NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER!
  • 16th – FAT TUESDAY! We can eat all we want!
  • 17th – ASH WEDNESDAY AND NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS IF KINDNESS!
  • 18th – NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY–Yippee!
  • 21st – PRESIDENT’S DAY!
  • 29th – LEAP DAY!

Bottom line—you can celebrate anything you want on any day you want—and nobody will know the difference!

We all need to celebrate, don’t we? Forget the dark days and look up to see the sun, or glimpse a falling star, a full moon in all its glory. I enjoy celebrating all the wonders of the world for we are fortunate to live on this beautiful planet.

Author Billboard always has a great many books for FREE or ON SALE every month! Please check them out!

For most of February, I have discounted SERENDIPITY FALLS, 3 book set. You will fall in love with the mischievous Cupid and the magic of love.

Serendipity Falls 3-bk set