Don’t Open That!

fideskI’ve just handed in the second book in my Medicine River series to my editor and come blinking out into the light. I spent the bulk of October not doing anything other than writing. Not healthy but I had played hooky a few times during the writing period…who could refuse a ski-trip? A vacation?

I promised myself the moment the book was done I had to face my house. After years of moving around the world we’ve been in this house 15 years! How did that happen?  Anyway, we’re back to having accumualated stuff. Stuff that makes opening cupboards a dangerous occupation.

So I committed to not only cleaning but to throwing stuff out! First I started with the office. I DO struggle with working out where to file things so I can recall them, so I have a lot of papers. However, this book, I used Scrivenor and the paper trail was diminished. Mind you, I still have a PILE of newspaper articles and magazines for story ideas.

The I moved onto the bathroom. For a few years my husband spent three days a week in a motel and he brought home the soap! I have a massive bag of little bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, which I am going to take to a women’s refuge because many women turn up with nothing and I have no need of so many shampoos. Shower cap anyone? Actually they are great for covering food so I’ll use them this summer.

Next I tackled/am tackling the wardrobes. I wiped the outsides down and got rid of all the scuff marks. Now we are filling a huge box for the op-shop and convincing my husband he can part with that shirt he hasn’t worn in five years.

It’s been very theraupeutic and it’s bored me so much I think I have a new book idea percolating in my head!  Friday the carpet cleaners are coming and then I think I am done for now. I know the outside of the house needs de-cobwebbing and the windows need cleaning but The Lad is just home from college for the summer so he can do it. Nothing like giving him a list of domestic tasks to make him go get a summer job 😉  Another way to get tidy is to invite a crowd over for Christmas!

Are you a systematic cleaning person or an adhoc one?

Book News!

MontanaActuallyFINAL1Fifty-six days until Montana Actually, BK1 in my Medicine River series is released. YAY! It’s up for pre-order right now in print and as an eBook.  It’s cheaper if you order it now than it will be on January 6th! Plus it will arrive just after the holidays are over and winter has hit so it’s perfect timing for a pick-me-up!

So, if you enjoy contemporary romance featuring sexy doctors, hunky cowboys, a family facing their biggest challenge yet and a quirky small town, Montana Actually is for you 🙂 Read an excerpt here!

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 Catherine Anderson, NYT Bestselling Author said, “This is a funny, sexy, and heart-warming novel that I feel is a must – read and a keeper. It made me laugh. I loved each character, and wish I could visit Bear Paw.”

The blurb says….

 A big city doctor in a small-town Montana practice… A former nurse who has sworn off doctors forever… The scene is set for passions to ignite in Big Sky Country. For readers of Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods.

City doctor Josh Stanton and his sports car don’t suit the country but with his medical school debt about the bury him, Josh has to make the best of a bad situation. Adjusting to his new job and life in the middle of nowhere isn’t easy, but at least the views of the mountains –and one distractingly attractive local–are stunning…

After eight years away, Katrina McCade is back in Bear Paw for a break from her life, bad choices–and men. But when a broad-shouldered stranger bursts into town, she finds herself unexpectedly saddled with the town’s sexy new doctor as a tenant. Katrina doesn’t need a man to make her happy, especially a disgruntled physician. But try telling her body that…

90,000 words.

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