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Patiently Celebrating

by Nola on March 24, 2016

Champagne uncorkedWell guys, the big news for me is that my cancer treatment (chemotherapy) has worked. I had a CT scan last week that showed no cancer remaining in my body. You can just imagine me and my family doing the happy dance that day. I even had a couple of glasses of wine to celebrate. (Shhh — that’s a no-no until I have my ileostomy reversed.) My reversal surgery should be coming up in the next month or so, and I can hardly wait.

While I am beyond thrilled with this news, I’m afraid it didn’t magically translate to an immediate increase in my energy level, which is very gradually returning to something like normal. I am still forcing myself to honor my body’s new sleep requirement, which continues to be about ten hours every night. I’ve always been an early riser, a pop-out-of-bed-after-only-six-or-seven-hours kind of person. Those precious hours before I left for work, when the house was quiet and my creative juices were practically spurting, was my prime time for writing. Now that I am sleeping later, I can only manage to write on the weekends. Progress on my latest book, Hawk’s Promise, is moving at a snail’s pace. No matter how much I want to get by on less sleep, it just doesn’t seem like the best idea right now. I need to be patient with myself. And the P-word is not one of those things I do well.

There will be even more patience required following my surgery, as I allow time for my body to heal again. I figure–with luck–I’ll be back to a more usual routine by mid-summer. Meanwhile, I just keep smiling and doing the best I can do.

Hope your springtime is going well! Thanks for stopping by.

Small town…big love.


Vows of Pain and Passion

February 1, 2016

I don’t read very many historical romances, but I’m anxious to introduce you to Leigh Lee’s excellent medieval story Vows of Pain and Passion. The cover has been freshly re-designed, and isn’t it beautiful! It really seems to capture the essence of this classic love story. Official Blurb:  She refuses to trust…he refuses to love. […]

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Perking Along

January 16, 2016

We’re halfway through January now. The weather has warmed up a bit, so we’re getting our usual rain instead of snow. This photo shows the rain this morning outside our computer repair shop in Battle Ground, Washington. I’m already tired of it. I’m a light weight when it comes to wintry weather. I wish I could […]

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Here’s to A Fresh New Beginning in 2016

January 7, 2016

Can it really be 2016 already? Christmas paraphernalia has all been packed away, and my family has settled into the “can’t wait for Spring” mode that comes with our cold, dark winter weather. We had our first snowfall in Washington state the other day. I didn’t get a decent picture, but suffice it to say […]

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Ready to Hop?

December 9, 2015

Hi Everyone: So glad you stopped in to check out the Under the Mistletoe Holiday Romance Hop. Here’s how it works: Visit the 16 participating authors’ Facebook pages on each day of the five days of the hop and look for the post with #UndertheMistletoe at the top. Authors will be sharing holiday posts and […]

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Hop Along for Holiday Fun

December 4, 2015

I’m excited to announce I’ll be part of a romance story Facebook hop next week. A total of sixteen authors will be joining in the fun, posting giveaways and holiday-themed Facebook fun.  There’s even a grand prize of a Kindle Fire and a $50 Amazon gift card. Who couldn’t use that this time of year? […]

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Holiday Encounters

November 17, 2015

I am blessed to call Amy Lamont a good friend and critique partner. But even if I didn’t know her, I’d be excited to tell you about this bundle of three holiday stories. Each has been released as a stand-alone story, but now she’s offering all three for the price of one. You cannot pass […]

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Presenting The Moonshadow’s Daughter

October 26, 2015

I’m thrilled to be able to introduce this fabulous new book by Kaylie Newell. This story, The Moonshadow’s Daughter, is the third and final installment in the popular Wolfe Creek series from Entangled. If you love moody and mysterious romance, complete with modern day werewolves, this series will blow you away. By the way, each […]

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No Longer Bad Ass

September 15, 2015

I’m now three treatments into an eighteen-treatment chemotherapy regimen. My hair began to loosen a few days ago, so I went ahead and had my son shave it off for me. Really close. It’s a good thing, as I have chemo-induced folliculitis all over my scalp, and having the hair gone makes it easier to […]

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