Friday, September 23, 2016

How We Anniversary #mawage #dweamwifinadweam

My husband and I are celebrating our 5-year anniversary today. And by celebrate, I mean he got me a very sweet, thoughtful card... and I texted him a prickture. I knew that art degree would come in handy...

This is how I imagine my husband's attorney will present the evidence if he ever decides to leave me.

Our friends will agree, there is a bit of a traditional role reversal in our household. My husband is definitely the more sensitive, emotional one. (He owned more romantic comedies than I did before we combined our movie collections). While I can tend to be more detached or zen about things. (Doesn't zen sound so much nicer?) That shouldn't suggest that I'm some sort of unfeeling robot. I got plenty of feels. I just keep them close to my heart most of the time. My husband knows this, and he's privy to the inner sanctum of my psyche. I'm sure it's why he still loves me after 5 years (6 if you count back to our dativersary).

A little over a year ago, in the spring of 2015, we took an even bigger plunge than mawage. (Honestly, marrying this man was one of the easiest decisions of my life, and I'd do it again in a second.) My books were doing pretty good, by indie publishing standards, so we both quit our day jobs and then bought a house near Lake of the Ozarks. I continued to write, and my husband became a stay-at-home dad/house husband.

I think we were both pretty excited about the transition, and maybe both nervous wrecks for a bit too. Sure, it sounds like a dweam come true. I get to focus more on writing without also juggling housework, a part-time job, and childcare. And my husband gets to spend more time with our kiddo and tackle the household chores, which, while no picnic, is a significant improvement over what he was doing--and without a jerk boss. Gotta love that! As awesome as that sounds (and totally is!) it was still a huge life change, topped with a new home and community, and well, you can understand our nerves. We were also spending a lot more time around each other. A LOT.

You know how some couples have their make or break moments on vacation? They're in unfamiliar territory, and they're spending more face time with their partner than usual. Whether it's in paradise or not hardly seems to matter. Whatever issues they've been avoiding somehow find their way into the open. Well, we moved to paradise, and our face time wasn't confined to a week or two. It wasn't a matter of surviving a vacation with our marriage intact. This was a huge lifestyle change.

It's been over a year now, so I can confidently say that my husband and I do, in fact, genuinely like each other. Of course we knew that we loved each other. But spending this much time in the same space, day in and day out, really pulls the curtain back. For better or worse. In our case, for better. I find that I love this man more and more each day. And he loves me too... despite my tendencies to address tender, heartfelt occasions (like our anniversary) with dick drawings. Luckily, he has a good sense of humor under those feels of his. ; )

Happy anniversary, honey! Here's to many more years (and pricktures) to come! ♥

Friday, September 16, 2016

Now on #Audible: Death Wish (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. Book 5) read by the amazing @hrjacksontnc #UrbanFantasy #Audiobooks

If you follow Lana's adventures via audiobook, then I'm sure you're familiar with Hollie Jackson's lovely reading voice. This is the fifth time Hollie has brought Lana and Limbo City to life with her magical narration style. (She also narrates Kory Shrum's Dying for a Living series!) Season's Reapings, the Lana holiday short story, will be available in audio this December, and then Ghost Market, book 6, will be out in February, also read by Hollie. ♥

Happy listening! xoxo

Friday, September 2, 2016

Why I ♥ @LizSchulte & You Should Too! #Giveaway #PrintBooks #FreebieFriday

I met Liz Schulte briefly at the RT Booklovers Convention a few years back. Shortly after that, I stumbled upon a bookmark I'd picked up from her (featuring her cleverly titled Easy Bake Coven novel) and reached out to ask her if she'd like to submit a short story to Badass and the Beast, an anthology I was co-editing with my critique partner Kory Shrum. She said yes, and I've been stalking her ever since.

Okay, stalking might be too strong of a word. I am pretty impressed by her though. With 20+ books out, spanning multiple genres, her motivation and stamina are enviable. Consider me in awe. Since Liz is in Columbia, MO, less than 2 hours from my home at Lake of the Ozarks, I was lucky enough to hang out with her a bit this summer and do a few joint book signings. I especially enjoyed checking out her local haunt in Columbia, Village Books. Becky, the owner, is the sweetest! And a total book pimp. I left with a bag full of awesome. ♥  If you're local or passing through, definitely stop in and say hello. Here's a little slideshow of our fancy time there:

If you're new to Liz and her books, you can find out more on her website  www.lizschulte.com  You can also enter below for a chance to win a starter library of some of her awesome books! I have 9 paperbacks up for grabs:

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And since I can't stand letting anyone go empty handed (especially when it comes to books) everyone is welcome to grab the first book in Liz's Sekhmet Bounty series on Kindle for FREE by clicking HERE.

And if you're a kindle unlimited subscriber, check out Liz's popular Easy Bake Cover series HERE.

Want more FREE ebooks? (Don't we all?) HERE are 33 more by various authors across various genres. Happy Friday! xoxo