I would love to think that each of you has had the opportunity to step into a hot tub and feel the warmth penetrate through your muscles. The heat soothes the tension, makes us mobile when our bodies are stiff from over-work or just age. Personally, I like my hot tub at 102 degrees, but hubby likes it 105. That difference of three degrees when the water is that hot does make a huge difference! I can't relax if the water is so hot, but at 102, oh my goodness! Yes, the warmth is absorbed all the way to my bones. Close your eyes and just imagine you're somewhere warm, relaxing on the beach or better yet, on your way to a soothing, deep-tissue massage.
Sometimes it may feel like you're the only one struggling to make ends meet, even though you're burning the candle at both ends and still have nothing left at the end of the month. No matter your age, we all seem to go down this road at one time or another. Setting up a monthly finance plan might get you turned in the right direction. Have you ever written down how much you spend every day? Between morning coffee and evening beers or wine (or too many restaurant meals), that alone might help you save $100 for the end of the month. Begin by writing down what you spend versus what you take home in your pay check.
It's my honor to be able to bring you info on the newest release from sassy romance author, Charmaine Gordon! She's a dear friend and her readers are touched by each book she writes. If you've not read Charmaine yet, please help me show her some love and grab her newest book TODAY! You can find all format purchase links at the Vanilla Heart Publishing website. Without further delay, here is her newest release!
Blurb: One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash. With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan. Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder. There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.
My friendship with this wonderful, witty woman began a few years ago and she has touched my heart with her personality. Please take a few minutes to read through our post and get to know her. I hope you leave her a comment, she will respond, and don't forget to download your e-copy of her books! Her stories are filled with characters who deal with life issue and resolve their problems that many of us go through daily. Enjoy her! Charmaine, thank you for joining me once again on my blog!
Deanna, I love chatting with you and getting to know your readers. A
brief introduction to your audience first so we get acquainted. In my
early life, I was the good daughter, the good wife, the good mom of many
children as my pilot husband flew for the Strategic Air Command during
the Korean Conflict. Eventually, we became civilians and one day when my
youngest only daughter turned sixteen, an actress friend suggested I go
to New York City and spread my wings as an actor. I had been in many
Community theater plays but never entertained a career before. My
husband drew a small map on how to get to the city and I went. Soon I
became a small fish in the big talented pond. Daytime Drama was my first
venue, shows like One Life to Live for thirteen years, All My Children
in and out of this one, Another World, two steady years. Things moved
fast in the big city. We lived about thirty miles north, no biggie to
drive in back then. Soon offers for movies came in and I was in Working
Girl sharing a hot dog with Harrison Ford during a break, meeting the
charming Anthony, call me Tony, Hopkins, who also treated me to dine with
the stars that day-one month on that movie, When Harry met Sally for a
week where I met Carrie Fisher and we all sang during a break. Sweet
time for me.
Then I was in a play Off-Broadway, my voice felt way off. I
went to a specialist. I quote the words of doom. “My dear, you have
Spasmodic Dysphonia. I fear you have lost your voice.”
friend called with the suggestion: “Write a book.” I said, “I don’t
know how.” “But you’ve been memorizing scripts for years and you’ve
worked with Mike Nichols and Billy Crystal and so didn’t you learn from
that night I had an idea and wrote and wrote and never stopped until
The End. Then I sent out query letters with rejections coming back but
actors are accustomed to that. No biggie and then!! Vanilla Heart
Publishing called me. Yes, they were interested and they wanted more and
soon I had a contract. Me with no voice had a contract for a book. I
cried! Oh yes, I cried.
So you see, it can happen to you. Just keep writing, have faith in your work and yourself. And remember what I did. Allow me to introduce The Catch:
The woman in his bed sat up and shoved him hard. “Time’s up, handsome.”
Tom Donnelly rolled over and blinked awake.
“My name’s Vicki in case you’ve forgotten.”
attempted his winning grin; it didn’t work, Vicki. No Vicki came to
his muddled mind. The fog lifted to recall speaking to an escort
service for a date.
Vicki stalked to the bathroom with an armload of clothes picked up on
the way. Five minutes later, money in her tight fist, Vicki came running
out the bathroom to scream in his face. “The deal was a thousand
dollars. I count five hundred. Where’s the rest?” Hands on voluptuous
hips, she glared at him.
pounding from the world’s worst handover, Tom staggered out of bed and
lurched to his dresser. Money hidden somewhere under. . .Clothes flew as
he searched and came up with a roll of cash. Face flushed, he handed
her four hundred fifty dollars. “Sorry. I’ll make it up next time.”
“Loser. Word gets around, no one’s gonna go with you. Not from the best service in town.” Vicki slammed the front door.
shook his head. Happy New Year to me. Sunk so low I had to hire a date
for the big party. Me, the catch, every girl’s hope reduced to this.
Tom Donnelly, once known
as The Catch – every woman’s dream guy, has fallen down every rung of
the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he
realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to
change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his
law firm, and his friends – and maybe even find the right woman this