Thursday, June 14, 2018

Men!

Men just don’t understand, but we can’t live without them and if we’re honest with ourselves, we wouldn’t want to, right? What am I talking about?
Recently, I lost the diamond from my engagement ring. Every woman whose ever been in love and has received one knows how special the ring is. It symbolizes the love he feels for you. When you lose you DH, as I did several years ago, the meaning of that ring amplifies by tens of thousands. It’s the remaining physical reminder of his love.

When I realized I lost my diamond, my brother and son immediately answered my call for help to check the drains in the house. When we didn’t find it, I was heartbroken and reduced to tears. My brother immediately said, “Don’t worry. I’ll buy you one twice as big.” More tears came. While I appreciated his gesture to make me feel better, I fell deeper into depression because no one in my house (all guys) understood what I was feeling. Or at least that is what I thought, until I posted on Facebook. I never mentioned anything on social media about my DH’s fight with cancer or when I lost him. In fact, I hadn’t posted anything for more than six months afterwards, notta, nothing. After this experience I feel maybe I was wrong not to, because the overwhelming emotional support from my followers has been tremendous. Maybe I wouldn’t have spent a year fighting depression if I’d opened up.

While trying to work on my next hero, this experience reminded that men do think, act and express their emotions differently. They look at the world as if it’s black and white instead of through shades of gray. They express themselves differently, sometimes through jokes, or not at all. Their hearts are encased in armor while we carry ours exposed to all. They talk differently. If you’d want to read a great blog on this topic, look at Ruby Rita Henuber’s blog GUY SPEAK http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/guy-speak-2/. She nails the subject.

I’m going to keep in mind the reactions I’m getting from men over my lost while I work sketch out my next hero. Do you have any examples of a good-hearted man just being a guy?

FYI: It's day 5 of my great diamond search and still no luck, but I'm not going to lose hope.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

What Do Writers Like To Do On Their Day Off?



First, I will say I don’t think any writer takes a day off completely. We have characters in our heads that never take a day off, or if they do, another one takes over the chatting. It’s like a senate filibuster taking place in the space between our ears and the only way to get them to shhh is to acknowledge them and give them your attention. I usually ask them questions they have to pondered like, “Why the h*ll would you kill off nice, old Mrs. Petty?” And “How did the rope used to kill her end up the copy of Hitchcock’s novel Rope and does it have a meaning?” They need to have a damn good reason for their actions before talking to me again.

While they ponder, my writer’s cap if off. So, what do I do with myself? My life is similar to yours. Today, I’m off of my day job also-- you know the one that brings in the small but steady paycheck-- I’ve got a long chore list: laundry, a bit of cleaning, grocery shopping with my elderly mother in addition family care and interaction.
I started my day by taking care of me. I took a short walk in the early morning dew/rainy. It really was misty and took this shot of some of my Irises. I love gardening and if all goes well today, I’ll be planting more flowers and some veggies late this afternoon. Then, comes the time I’m praying isn’t stolen from me. Time to grab a cup of tea, put my feet up, and enjoy the book I’m reading now, Gone Girl. Yes, I know it’s been out for years.

So, what are you doing today? What are you enjoying reading? I’m always looking for a good book.



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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy Book Birthday!

You know what makes me nervous? Release day. The closer May 8 came, the more my stomach tighten, wondering if readers would like Loved By Darkness. But today is May 8th and Loved By Darkness is now being downloaded by all the readers that pre-ordered it. I’m still nervous but after receiving a few beta readers emails, I’m now also excited. Here is what they had to say.

From Genna:
Oh my god. This book killed me. It was so good!!! Thank you for the chance to read it ahead of everyone. XXXX was crazy. Just batshit crazy.
Norris was perfect. I mean they were so perfect for each other. This was just so good!!!! And the ending, I was crying for sure!!!

And Cindy said:
This is the best book you've written hands down!!.....

Bev said:
I loved your book! Even missed some hockey because of it…..


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

NEW RELEASE


Releases MAY 8, 2018
PREORDER NOW!

Thank you to all of the readers who continue to follow me here. It seems blogging has taken a backseat to social media, but I still like to read my favorite authors' posts.

I'm really excited to announce the up-coming release of my next book, Loved By Darkness. Loved By Darkness is the third stand-alone novel in my U.S. Marshal series C.U.F.F. Both my editor and a first reviewer has told me that this is the best story I've written. They feel it's an award-winner. I hope it wins your heart and that you will chat it up at work and social media.

Let me tell you a little about it. Many people ask where do you get your ideas. This one came to me while I was on vacation in St. Augustine visiting follow Ruby sister Rita Henuber two years. I'd over heard a conversation about a missing child and while we sat on the white sands watching the waves the opening of the story unfolded in my mind. As all stories tend to do, it changed as months went by. Why? Because of the characters. To the non-writer that might seem like a crazy notion, but they really do come to life in our minds and eventually they tell us what needs to happen next. Seriously, I'm not crazy. Just ask any writer.

Why did it take me two years? One reason was I was writing Perfect Fall for my Perfect Love Series. I'm not a writer who can be writing two novels at once. My characters demand my full attention. And second, a lot of research went into this story. I learned about sailing, how to stop a plane from taking off. I learned about psychological disorders, police procedurals involving the U.S, Marshals and much more. I don't want to tell you what because of spoilers. And finally, because I wanted this book to be the best I've ever done.

Loved By Darkness is up for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, I-Books and Kobo. Below are the links, if you'd prefer to copy and paste.

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I hope I can count on you for reviews. Word of mouth is still the best advertisement.

Thank you again, Autumn

Monday, February 12, 2018

CELEBRATION TIME!

My fingers are tingling and my mind is numb, sort of. But, I’m happy to disclose that LOVED BY DARKNESS, the 3rd book in the U.S. MARSHALS C.UF.F. series is completed and off to my editor. With in a few weeks, I should have to share with you a cover, a blurb, and a link to pre-order this May release. I think… No. I have no doubts that this story will WOW you.

In celebration of writing ‘THE END’ and Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to give away (yes FREE) kindle copies of SEIZED BY DARKNESS, the first book in the C.U.F.F. series. I want to get the buzz for the C.U.F.F. Team vamped up, so spread the word and please, please consider leaving a review. Here’s the link; http://amzn.to/2rKj4W7 The offer is good through Feb 13, 2018, so act quickly!

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Now back to my writer’s cave where I’m working on another PERFECT LOVE SERIES title. Wink!

Wishing you all an awesome Valentine’s Day.

AJ

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Often we overlook the good things in our lives, paying too much attention to our problems. Thanksgiving is the time to focus on our blessings, rejoice in them, and share them. It's a day to enjoy the family and friends that make our lives worthwhile.

I'm thankful for your support in making my dreams come true and want to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Magic of Christmas Makes It Happen



“No. I’m from the South, remember? We get snow when we’ve done something to upset God—which we don’t do very often,” Darcy replied.





That is just one of the many lines in Perfect that readers have loved. Do you want more? Well, PERFECT is on sale at Amazon, B&N, I-books and Kobo until November 30th. Grab your copy today and enjoy the perfect holiday read.


Making Christmas perfect isn’t Dylan Kincaid’s forte, but he needs to make it happen, for his nieces. Darcy Witherspoon arrives in Black Moose, Vt., needing an escape and a holiday dreams are made of. They team up for the short run, but Christmas magic has something everlasting in store for them.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

An Honored Memory

I remember lying in the hospital, looking around at the ward full of beds, occupied by only a few and wondering if the Army really thought there were so many pregnant women. I was young and naïve. Two years prior we'd seen the end of the Vietnam War.
My husband was on assignment. I was a thousand miles away from home and family. Not a long distance now days, but in the seventies I might’ve well been across the globe. There was no instant communications. No pictures sent across cyber-space or I-phones. No I love you, miss you, take care messages coming back at me. I had just had my first child, a boy, and I felt so alone.

The walls were not decorated with funny characters, but were clean, stark. There were no televisions in the ward. No radios. My meals were not served to me in bed, but rather placed on a long table in the center of the room where my trio of fellow new-mothers gathered to eat whatever everyone else was served in the mess hall that day. Strangely, I felt comfortable. I was an ARMY BRAT. My son was now an ARMY BRAT—born into the 101st Airborne.

With nothing but time to heal, I scanned at the empty beds and wondered how many men had been treated here? My pain was nothing compared to what they must felt. Some had died in this very room. In that defining moment, I grew. A sense of pride like I’d never felt before welled through me as the sorrowful notes of taps floated across the base. I still get choke-up every time I hear the woeful tune.

The nurse handed me my baby. I stared at his innocence while his tiny fingers curled around mine and I thanked all the souls that had given so much so that my son would know freedom like none other in the world.

Please take a few moments this holiday weekend and remember the women and men who gave so much of themselves for your way of life, for your children and for you.

Ps: I’d be proud to have you list the branch and division of any family heroes who’ve

served or are serving listed in your comment.