Watching your child become an adult

Like many of you, I marvel at how quickly time passes. It moves every quicker when you watch your child grow. Once sweet innocent babies, they grow into nosy toddlers almost overnight. Then on to being energetic and curious children, before moody adolescents desperately trying to find themselves and become young adults. It all seems to happen in the blink of an eye instead of years.

I have two children, and I had my first one when I was twenty-one. My second came thirteen years later. My oldest, a boy, has two children of his own. I often wonder when he became old enough to have a career, wife, children, and a home? I watch and listen from the sidelines as my son and his family go through stages of life that I can fondly remember doing myself with him.

My daughter just finished her first year of college, and as I listen to her stories, watch her movements, and her reactions, I am reminded that my little girl is no longer a baby, but a beautiful young lady, on the verge of being a full-blown woman. To some, she might already be a woman, but I still see tiny bits and pieces of her innocence of youth. I still hear the curiosity to understand simple things in life that tells me she still has much to learn. Not that we ever stop, but you get what I mean.

We just helped my daughter buy her first car, and to witness her signing the paperwork, was a sight to see. I asked her how she felt afterward, and she said that it made her feel important, and she felt the weight of it as she signed the document and then sat back, going wow, I just did that. Proud but scary at the same time. I can relate. Remember your first car? What about your mortgage? It is scary.

This summer, our family will probably enjoy one of our last family vacations. Now that my daughter is growing up, she has plans for herself. She has people to see and places to be. We are lucky that she still feels we are important enough to spend quality time with us. Or perhaps it’s just the lure of a beach. Either way, I will take it and enjoy every moment I can before she is off living her own life with a career, home, and family.

Then the nest really will be empty, and I’ll sit back and wonder where the time went. Actually, no, I won’t. I’ll be too busy writing happy stories about people growing up, finding love, and starting their lives—just like my children.

Want to read about siblings growing up and finding love? Make sure to check out my Loving a Young Series on Amazon.

Health issues and Mold

Recently my husband and I talked about doing some updates to our kitchen, but we had a crack in our ceiling that we had previously repaired and it kept coming back. We decided that before we dug into the kitchen we would have someone look at the crack.

Boy did that open up a can of worms. We had an engineer come out to our house and we quickly learned that the reason we had that crack, was because our house was shifting. The foundation of our home was sinking in parts and not in others. He pointed out a bunch of cracks in our foundation, and after a little more inspection, we learned that behind the drywall of my completely finished basement, I had mold.

This is why over the last two years, I have had one health issue after the other. After doing research on Mold Sickness I learned that I had been suffering from this for at least two years. That is when my digestive issues really started, and no one could figure out why I was having them.

Now, our basement has been gutted (over 460 Square feet of drywall plus all the flooring removed), and some very expensive repairs are in the works to stabilize our home and the wall that was beginning to bow behind the drywall. I swear when it rains it pours. We have had mold remediation companies, foundation repair companies, electricians, heating duct cleaners, and more out to our house over the last several weeks.

The major work starts in July, but for now, we have dealt with the mold issue, and that is the most dangerous part of all of it. Mold is no joke!! It causes a hosts of issues, and I for one am glad that we at least have that dealt with for now.

In between all the contracts, I’ve been busy working on several stories! One of them released on the 11th! If you like steamy romance, make sure to check out the new Loving a Winston Series.

Cara released on March 11th

Evan releases in May

What happens in life, transfers into stories

There is a saying for authors that goes, “Write what you know.” I have done that many times over the years.

It started when I was a cop. I wrote a lot of romantic suspense, and many were with lead characters that were female officers. Then I moved on to dealing with life issues. I wrote about domestic violence, something I am not a stranger to, both in personal and professional life.

I have suffered several bad concussions, and those have made their way into books, too. I’m a former military wife, and my son is currently active in the Navy, so I have close ties to the military. I fight with depression and have PTSD issues, and surprise, all of that shows up in my Rise Again Warrior Series.

When my father passed away, one of the next books I wrote had a father passing. Actually, two books since he passed, deal with losing loved ones (Unexpected Desires & Unexpected Ties). Those aren’t direct storylines, but they are subplots in the books.

I learned many years ago that the best therapy for me, is writing about the stress of my life, and by doing that, I not only feel better, but I touch readers who might be dealing with the same things, or perhaps know someone who is. I help educate them in

Right now I am dealing with a major issue with my home. Structural damage to our foundation and mold behind the finished basement walls. I have a character that I am going to write in the coming months that is an engineer (It’s Candy in the new Loving a Winston Series). I wasn’t quite sure what kind of engineer she would be, but I have a feeling, she might just be a structural one.

I don’t always write what I know. In Cara, she is a helicopter pilot and a paramedic. I didn’t have experience in either of those positions, so I reached out to someone who was a flight medic and got what I needed, and man do I love the way that book turned out!

So as long as life keeps throwing me curveballs and non-stop thrills, I’ll keep on writing what I know!

Cara releases on March 11st!

What happens when the man you fall for is all wrong for you?

Cara Winston has always been a bit of a rebel and an adrenaline junkie. As a helicopter pilot and paramedic, she relies on that to do her job. When Cara and her team respond to a multi-vehicle accident involving motorcycles, she’s expecting the worst. What she’s not expecting is to find herself intrigued by the blue eyes of a man wearing motorcycle gang colors.

Ryan Vigilante rides the road, mostly on two wheels, not four. When several of his club end up in an accident on the highway, Ryan never expects to see a future in the eyes of the intense female paramedic. The only problem is, she’s way out of his league, and he knows that getting involved with her could only put her in jeopardy.

With Cara’s family trying to keep them apart and Ryan’s club breaking the law, Cara finds herself more of a rebel than usual. Will things work out for Cara and Ryan, or will Cara’s law enforcement brother, Ethan, find a way to put a stop to it for good?

The Loving a WinstonSeries is a five-book steamy romance series that spins off of the Loving a Young Series. Characters from both series will appear from book to book. Each book is a standalone romance with suspense and spicy romance scenes.

The End of a Series

During my ten years of writing, I have written over 70 books, but there is something very special about publishing the final book in a series.

On Friday, September 10th, I published Bradley. It was the sixth and final book in the Loving a Young Series. A series that helps six siblings find their forever loves.

I can’t quite remember how I got the idea for the series, but once I started writing Wesley, Book 1, the rest of the series just flew right onto the pages. Some stories can be difficult to write, but all six of these books practically wrote themselves.

It’s important when I write the final book to make sure that I give updates on the rest of the couples so that readers can see how happy they are all doing, and what their lives are like now. Writing a series that deals with siblings, made this particular last book easier in that regard.

Since they are all related, they are constantly being seen from one book to the next, so tying up the loss ends for this series was easy. I know some of my readers were sad that the series was over, but happily, it’s not the end of the Young’s, because you will see them again when the spin-off series, Loving a Winston, starts publishing next year.

If you love to binge read an entires series, now you can with the Loving A Young series on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.