Finding Long Lost Friends…

If you’re like me, as you get older you wonder more and more about your friends from the past. Are they happy, do they have big families, where do they live, what do they do, are they still alive and this one is huge: Do they even remember you?

Recently while checking my Facebook account, I received two friend requests. I was both shocked and very excited to see them as they were very good friends of mine from 11th & 12th grade. What were the odds that these two found me on a day that I totally needed a mood lift?

Needless to say, I didn’t get much done that day because I was too excited trading messages with them and rekindling friendships that I know will last the rest of our lifetimes.
See friends are super important to me because unlike some people who grew up in one house and had the same friends their entire lives (Like my daughter), I went to thirteen schools before I graduated high school, and I wasn’t even a military kid. (I’ll just note that to date, I have had 23 addresses in my life and have lived in my current one for 15 years) I have friends spread all over the US, but lost contact with most of them with each move to the next place. Now, with the help of technology, I’m finally connecting with many of these friends. I’ve found people as far back as the seventh grade when I lived in Sarasota Florida (My favorite place out of all my addresses).
I think it’s super exciting to connect with these people and find out about their lives, laugh about the things we got into, and share the trials and tribulations of our adult lives. Some were shocked to find out I was a police officer (see they knew what I did as a teen). Others are pleasantly surprised to find I was a writer, although a recently found friend asked me, “When did you start this? You hated reading and writing back in school.”
There are still a handful of people I would love to touch base with, if only to say, hello, I’ve thought of you over the years and I hope you are happy. I won’t give up in finding them and hope that maybe someday I’ll get the chance to say hello to them.
I have a story about finding a first love years later, it’s called Tempt Me Too. I hope you check it out! Or you can download a copy to listen from Audible Audio  
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A Road Trip for Inspiration

This past weekend my husband and I took a fun roadtrip so I could get a first hand perspective of a town for an upcoming book that I am co-writing with another author (Love Inked, The Twisted Love Series). It was a spur of the moment decision to head up and check it out and one I am so glad that I made! 

Sunday morning, hubby and I jumped in my car and hit the PA Turnpike to go west and then north to the little town of Centralia. Now, it might sound that exciting to go visit a small town in the middle of no where, but this town has some serious history. If you search Centralia PA, you’ll see it listed as the Town that is No More. Google lists it as a Ghost Town.

Why is that? Well, it’s because Centralia was once a up and coming mining town, and in 1962 while burning some rubish at the landfill, they started a fire in a mining shaft below ground. Today, the fire still burns underground (and is expected to burn at least another 200 years) and the entire town has been evacuated (expect about 7 residences who refuse to leave). The history is quite fascinating, and my visit there was awesome!

The series that I’m writing with Amy Manemann is a Romantic Suspense/Police Procedural series, and while the majority of it takes place in Philly, Centralia is going to play a big part in the upcoming books. Love Inked, Book 3 in the series will introduce the town, and Book 4 (Title not announced yet) the two female detectives will visit.

Now what’s in Centralia? Not much. A bunch of streets that have no signs, but navigation will tell you what their names used to be. A lot of plots of land overgrown between the roads, broken cement stairs that used to lead to homes, and lots of graffiti! There are a few homes left, and a municipal building along with a church and two cemetaries.

What I also found there was a whole lot of inspriation for our series. As I looked around, I could picture where things would happen, and I felt like Kali (the character) was ready to take on the investigation!  That little creek in front of me here, well let’s just say that you might see that again on the pages of a book.

All in all, my hubby and I had a great time. Not only doing the reseach, but just spending the day with each other. I’m blessed that I have a husband who is so encouraging and willing to help me out! Now I can’t wait to figure out my next location so we can visit that one too!

If you want to know more about my trip and the Twisted Love Series, join the Twisted Love Series Addicts Group on Facebook, and check out the first two books, Love Lorn by Amy Manemann and Love Torn, by me. Those two books give the back story on the upcoming Book Love Inked that releases on January 3rd.

 

 

 

 

Girls just want to have fun!

A couple weeks ago, my three best friends, more commonly known as my sisters by other mothers, and I got a chance to hang out. We do this once a year in Cape Cod and from the time we leave each other until the next July, we look forward to doing it all again! One of Melissa Foster’s (Melissa is the one up front on the right) assistants created this for us the first day we arrived and it was all over social media. What a blast! The other two featured in the photo are Amy Manemann in the back, and Natasha Brown to the left side. #Besties

Now we don’t do anything super special while we are there, except hug each other, laugh until we cry, sometimes we just cry, we talk, we plot, we shop, we watch movies into after midnight, we eat yummy food, and then we plot some more! We all are writers after all! It’s a time for us to rejuvinate, really catch up with each other and unwind. It’s a time to just be. Its one of my favorite times of the year.

 

One of the things that Amy and I worked on this year was our co-authored series called The Twisted Love Series. It’s romantic suspense/police procedural. Currently, the first two books in the series are available (right now exclusively on Amazon and in KU). These two books are single authored, and back stories about our female detectives centered in Philadelphia.

Amy’s book, Love Lorn, is about her character Detective Evie Harper. She’s new to being a detective, and paired with a man who get’s under her skin.

My book, Love Torn, is about Detective Kali Mann. She’s been a detective for a while but she has major issues, including a total love-them-and-leave-them attitude that keeps her from getting close to anyone.

The third book in the series, Love Inked, will be released this fall (that’s what Amy and I were working up at the Cape) will bring these two detectives together as partners – and then all hell breaks loose.

Amy and I are having a blast writing this books. We even have a fan group on Facebook called Twisted Love Addicts where we give insight into the books, characters, plots, and Amy and I read chapters live. In fact when we were at the Cape, we read chapters 1 and 2 of Love Inked together. It was so much fun! If you want to join the group, we’d love to have you! Just click here to join and make sure to download Love Lorn and Love Torn so you know what we are talking about in the group!

To purchase a copy of Love Lorn or read for Free on Kindle Unlimited Click HERE

To purchase a copy of Love Torn or read for Free on Kindle Unlimited Click HERE

Time… It’s all about time, or the lack of these days

I feel like I’m constantly saying, okay, I’ll do that a little later – when I have time. Or – Sure, as soon as I have time, I’ll take care of that. It’s like each night I climb in bed, and I’ve already filled my schedule for the next two days, and yet, I still have so much more to do.

It’s the chapter that needs to be written, the dogs that need to be brushed, the toilet that needs to be scrubbed, marketing that needs to be done, friends that I haven’t seen in ages that I want to spend time with, family that I feel like I never do enough for, meat that needs to be thawed at 4 pm, a child that has to be across town for sports when dinner should be cooked, mail that gets taken out of the box and tossed on a counter without even being looked at for another day, bills that need to be paid, don’t forget the emails you need to answer, the edits that need to be done, the fact that taking a shower is sometimes really important, and food usually helps.

The list is endless, and somedays, you just don’t know where you’re going to find that extra minute, or the five, that you need to do that next task. And then there are the days when you look at it all, and just want to cry. You want to throw you hands up in the air, and say forget it! I quit! I’m done! I just want to lie here and watch t.v., eat crap, read a book, forget everything else. I need just a little me time. And you know what? That’s a good thing to do.

Sometimes you just need to step back, sit down, take a walk, take a nap, eat a cookie, or a brownie or the whole damn plate of brownies, and you just need to be. Time is still going to move forward, it’s still going to FLY!!! But that hour, that half a day, it’s only going to allow your brain to get a much needed break.

So, because I have reminders on my computer, reminders on my phone, reminders of my reminders on my post-its all over my desk, I’m scheduling my quiet time for June 7th, 8th and maybe the 9th, too. The seventh is the day that I’m having surgery to repair my carpel tunnel in my left wrist, and for a few days, I’m just going to be. I’m gonna sit on the porch, I’m going to take it easy, and I’m not going to think about schedules, or what needs to be done, maybe visit with a friend, talk to my family, eat a plate of brownies. I’m gonna check out for a few days, and just be.

When’s the last time you did that? When’s the last time, you just stopped, and let time pass, because that’s what time does, it passes. And before you know it, it’s gone. So, take a few minutes, hours, or maybe days, and just be. You’ll be glad you did.

Just Released by Stacy Eaton

The Twisted Love Series:

The first full length co-authored novel, Love Inked, will introduce author Amy Manemann’s Detective Evie Harper with author Stacy Eaton’s Kali Mann as they become partners. Their lives are about to change, and the cases they will investigate will be intense. Between a new serial murder and dealing with their pasts, these two will be tearing up the streets and the pages as they deal with Twisted Love.

Love Inked is slated to release in later Summer/early Fall.

Love Lorn, Book 1 of the Twisted Love Series

Love Torn, Book 2 of the Twisted Love Series