The Starbucks Chronicles #1

starbuckschronicles.jpg

Here we go. When you’re a work at home mom, you look for inspiration wherever it lands :). With my kids both in school full-time, I have a little time in the morning after they get onto the bus, so I take my butt to Starbucks. I know it’s not the most budget-conscience decision, but I truly look forward to my peppermint mocha or iced-coffee every morning. Plus, I get the enjoyment of taking in my surroundings for a bit.

While everyone else is working on their laptops or focusing on their work, I’m watching, which makes me sound like a massive creep, but I’m putting the act under the category of “people watching.”

For the sake of privacy, I won’t post which Starbucks I frequent, and if you know me personally, let’s protect the people I happen to see in the mornings haha.

I’ll jump right in and say I’ve seen the most bizarre things now that I’ve been feeding this obsession for almost a year.

Each day, I attempt to take the same table which is at the far end of the cafe, and gives me the perfect view of the entire shop. The days my table, I mean “the” table is taken, I’m truly thrown off and spin in circles for a minute before I can find a new seat even though there are always at least 50% available. I realize I’m making this sound more like a problem than a solution to going stir crazy, but I know for a fact that people do way worse things to solve their issues.

Today, I was a little too close to my subject.

The man who kind of looked like Clark Kent, was less than three feet away. He was typing away, so I glanced over, not to see what he was writing (I’m not that bad), but when I hear a noise, I’m like a dog, and have to look. I looked away as soon as my gaze landed on his screen though because he must have sensed I was looking as he lowered the screen of his laptop and looked over his shoulders.

So now, instead of thinking “oh shit,” I’m like … “Oh he’s up to something,” and I have to pretend like I’m not the one giving him the creeps.

He was having a private conversation over some instant message program and my mind started racing. I was sure he was having an affair which is a terrible thing to assume, but the one time he caught me looking, I began to think I might end up on some kind of blacklist for possibly knowing something I shouldn’t know. I didn’t really care for that storyline though, so I continued with my original assumption.

Then, his phone rang, he picked it up and cupped his hand over the receiver. I couldn’t hear anything, not that I wanted to (really … I mean maybe, I would have gotten some questions answered, but it wasn’t my business to eves-dropping even if he was sitting in the middle of a public place). Anyway, in my head, I heard what I needed to ;).

I think the guy was trying to outlast my visit, so I didn’t really get a good ending to this story since I had to leave, but if I was speculating correctly, let’s hope his spouse, if he/she exists, is aware of a reason for his erratic movements. If he is having an affair, I’d say it’s his first offense and has no clue what he’s getting himself into.

So that’s that for today. Stay tuned for what happens next at Starbucks :).

Milk Man Exceprt

Milk Man Exceprt

Why tonight of all nights? I can't take any more today. "Stop, a**hole! I have pepper spray!" Does yelling this phrase really work? From what I can see, the nearby pedestrians don't even bother to look over. Nice to know. 

The problem is, I do not own pepper spray, but I'm hoping whoever has a hold of me will let go in fear of getting sprayed by my invisible weapon.

"Is the pepper spray inside your phone or your empty water bottle?" he asks. That voice—I recognize his damn voice, so I drop my arms and release my nut-kicking stance that wouldn't have done much to the assumed perpetrator hiding behind my back. I'm slow to turn around, feeling less-than-eager to face the idiot who thought it would be smart to grab my arm while I'm alone on a city street. 

Milk Man - Cover Reveal

MILKMAN

COMING JANUARY 17, 2019!

A standalone Romantic Comedy joining The Man Cave!

Everything in life was going perfectly, but then my luck expired.

It all started when I got a new job, which came with a new guy. That’s when I managed to cause an unforeseeable disaster, which took down an entire company in less than a week. 

The new job, the new guy and a big mouth led to another giant mistake. Then, one more for good measure. 

Flash forward a couple of weeks, and ... I’ve got milk ... because I’m dating the milkman, and yes, milk did his body good. 

Not only do milkmen still exist, but I’ve come to learn that some women hire a milkman to deliver more than just milk.

I’m not the sharing type, but I also don’t like to cry over spilled—you get my point. So, I can either have a cow or search for greener pastures. 

Depending on my decision, though, I need to ask myself if I’m prepared to tell my future children that their father is, in fact, the milkman.

MilkManebook.jpg

#COVERREVEAL

THE MILKMAN WILL DELIVER ON JANUARY 17, 2019!

December News and Updates

NEW TO AUDIO!



IN TRANSLATION!

A HEART OF TIME is currently being translated into Portuguese and will release later in 2019!


EVENTS IN 2019!

ATTENDING AUTHOR - COPA AUTHOR SIGNING, AUGUST 24, 2019

ATTENDING AUTHOR - COPA AUTHOR SIGNING, AUGUST 24, 2019

ATTENDING AUTHOR, OCTOBER 19, 2019 - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

ATTENDING AUTHOR, OCTOBER 19, 2019 - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

A Love Note

Hi guys! I wanted to check with you all and say hi. I'm in my final week of writing draft one of Man Buns, which is coming along nicely ... just like any good pair of buns. I promise my jokes are better in the book. 

Anyway, I've had epiphany over the last week and I realized I fill your inboxes when I have releases but I don't stop often to just shoot the shit. I've also noticed a lot of you aren't on Facebook, therefore, you only get my bookish emails, so I apologize for that.

For those of you who are newer to me, I live in MA, just North of Providence, Rhode Island. I have two little boys who are 9 and almost 6. They're wild, and I honestly don't know how I manage the craziness the two of them brew some days, but they are my everything along with my hubs, Josh. Fun fact: he works from home too and we sit about five feet away from each other everyday. We've trained ourselves not to talk much during the day and try pretend like dinner is the time to discuss our days haha. It's weird, but it works for us. He's super supportive of my career and loves helping me come up with new story ideas.

I'm also a graphic designer and run my own company, (shout out to MadHat Books LOL) helping other indie authors. I joke with people and tell them I have a double life. I do sleep somehow, and I'm a hands on mom, so I just go go go. I wouldn't have it any other way, though :).

My favorite food is fried rice and egg rolls. I could eat them every day, morning, noon, and night and never get sick of it. 

Ummmm let's see...that's my dog up above. He's actually just a puppy and seven months old. Another boy... All boys here. People ask how I'm able to write from the male point of view and I just giggle. I think I've forgotten how to speak like a female over the last few years, but that's fine. I need to fit in and still maintain control here somehow haha.

So that's me in a nutshell! I'd love to hear about you guys too <3. Or, if you want to know more about me, shoot me and email and ask! I'm friendly and love to talk, and I talk wayyyy too much sometimes, but in a digital world, it's nice to speak to humans and stuff, right? 

 I hope you're having a fabulous week! I'll be doing my best to check in with funny life stories each week. Maybe I can entertain you while i should be writing. I should probably add procrastinator and squirrel hunter to my job description. Hmm. Yeah. :)