Book Signings Are Going Great!

Whew! As much fun as they are exhausting-I must say my book signings have been awesome. I am so thankful that PESCADERO CREEK is going over so well! At my first book signing that took place in Quincy, IL, right across the river from where I grew up in Missouri, I had an attendance of 85 people! GREAT DEBATE BOOKS was very happy with me! We had an excellent time and sold many books. Not to mention the cups of coffee and the drinks at the coffee bar that everyone consumed! (By the way, the coffee shop at the store is really good!)

It was great to see my family and many of my high school friends who attended the signing. I have been keeping up with most of them on Facebook, but some came because of the article in the local papers; the Press News Journal and the Quincy Herald Whig. Who, by the way, wrote excellent articles about me including pictures of me and the book’s cover.

One of my high school teachers came by and a lady that I did not recognize at first! I knew I remembered her from school, but I just could not place her. Faces do change after thirty years! Anyway, she said, “Vickey, you don’t remember me do you?” I looked at her but I just could not place her and finally I had to admit it. She said, “I was a cook in the cafeteria where you went to highschool.” I almost cried. Then she said, “I remember you!” Wow! I was so choked up, I could hardly speak. Out of all those kids, she remembered me! Of course, I don’t know if it was in a good way or not, but she was there! It really touched my heart.

My publicist and sister, Mary McIntosh (also the name of the realtor in PC) and I enjoyed the trip and made it home safely. Thanks to my nieces Catie and Chrissie and my brother John who made our stay so enjoyable! And thank you to all my friends and other family members and to everyone who came to the signing and made it a total success. Hope you are enjoying PESCADERO CREEK!

The next stop was home, Crossville, Tennessee at the Art Circle Library. Susie Randleman helped make the book signing here a wonderful success. Thank you Susie and all the others who helped promote the signing and made me feel so welcome! We had a good group, though not as many as in Quincy, but we still had fun and I really enjoyed meeting everyone.

The “new” library is beautiful! There were so many people in there! It was very encouraging as a writer to know that many people still read! Hopefully, they were reading PESCADERO CREEK! There are now two copies in the library so if you live in Crossville and want to read it before you buy it…well… there you go!

The third scheduled signing took place at the Putnam County Library in Cookeville, TN. Didn’t have a huge crowd but managed to sell some books! Everyone there was helpful and made me feel at home. I have been invited back this winter for a Local Authors Showcase which will be scheduled sometime around Christmas. We are looking forward to going back and meeting with our friends at the Putnam County Library. They now also have copies of PESCADERO CREEK available. If you have not read it and would like to, stop by and check it out!

I also wanted to mention that Just For You in downtown Cookeville is now carrying PC for purchase. I was looking for an upscale boutique to carry it and after checking out a few local bookstores, I decided to go see Marcy and see if she would be interested in carrying some copies. I had met her before when I was in her shop picking up a candle and I really liked her and her store. She has many things to choose from; everything from my book to scarves to bracelets to purses to paintings done by local artists. If you are in the Cookeville area and would like a copy of your very own, stop by and see Marcy.

Next stop is California! San Francisco and Pacifica, California to be exact! For those of you who have read the book, you know what a significant trip this will be! Hope to see you there! Keep reading and I’ll keep writing…bringing back romance one novel at a time!

Tenative Summer Book Signing Schedule and Events for PESCADERO CREEK

I will be updating the following list of book signings and calendar of events for PESCADERO CREEK throughout the summer. If you live near one of the locations listed, please join me to pick up your signed copy! Or if you already have a copy, I would love to meet you! Please bring your book by and I will be happy to sign it for you. I will also answer any questions you may have about PC.

For those of you that are wondering about Kindle and Nook… I have been so busy promoting PESCADERO CREEK and finishing UNDERCOVER and REMEMBERING, that I have had to put that on hold until June. I apologize, I thought it was going to be an easy process, but it is a little more time consuming than I had anticipated. Once I get the submission ready, it will be available in seventy-two hours. Believe me, I want it available for Nook and Kindle as much as you do! Thank you so much for being patient with me!

For those of you who are anxiously awaiting the release of UNDERCOVER, please stay tuned and catch the updates on the blog. I will be posting more excerpts and info on the second book in the PESCADERO CREEK series soon. I am hoping for a release date early this fall. As soon as my publicist takes over the promotion of PC I will be able to concentrate on finishing UNDERCOVER, which is, by the way, a lot more intricate and complicated than PC was. There are many more characters and many more twists and turns as you will see when you read it. And no one has read it yet! I am keeping this one under wraps, but soon I will be sharing parts of it with you, my FB friends and blog readers.


MAY 2011

Read all about it!

Grab a Sunday Edition of the Herald-Citizen May 22 for an article about me and Pescadero Creek!

JUNE 2011

June 18

Quincy, Illinois

Great Debate Books

535 Main Street #3

10:00 a.m. ― 1:00

Article from Quincy Herald Whig

 June 20

Listen to this!

Radio interview Crossville, TN Radio 8 a.m. 102.5 and Mix 99.3

 June 21

Crossville, Tennessee

Art Circle Library

3 East Street

12:00 p.m. ― 2:00

June 28

Cookeville, Tennessee

Putnam County Library

1:00 pm ― 3:00


JULY 2011

July 15

San Francisco, California

Alexander Book Company

50 Second Street

12:30 p.m. ― 2:30

July 16

Pacifica, California

Florey’s Book Company

2120 Palmetto Avenue

2:00 p.m. ― 4:00

 Tentative Fall Opportunities

Local Authors Day, Barnes and Noble, Murpheesboro, Tennessee (Fall 2011, Awaiting date)

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, Tennessee (October 2011, Awaiting acceptance)

Local Authors Day, Barnes and Noble, Columbia, Missouri (Awaiting Date)

If you would like to suggest a city for me to visit, please let me know! Leave your information in a comment and I will see what I can do! There are many more cities I will be visiting this summer, I am waiting on dates, so keep reading and I will update you on all of the additions.

As always, keep reading and I’ll keep writing….bringing back romance one novel at a time!

Things You Didn’t Know About Pescadero Creek!

  • Hey bet ‘cha didn’t know Pescadero Creek started out as a Vampire Novel did you? I was actually pretty far along with it when I ditched the whole idea and made Morgan, the main character, a regular human being. But you have to admit, if anyone could pull off the whole “vampire thing,” Morgan could. There are parts of the story that I left in that are actually clues about Morgan being a vampire! See if you can catch them! I still have the story in my head and quite a few notes so maybe someday…well…we’ll see.
  • Pescadero Creek is an actual creek that runs for nine miles below San Francisco. It is known for its excellent fishing.
  • Pacifica is a foggy little city just south of San Francisco. And yes, I once lived there for a brief time.
  • If I could have chosen a career-correction- if I would have chosen a career it would have been a Medical Examiner or Forensic Detective. Regret it? Sure, but then I might not be a writer.
  • Robert McAllister, Special FBI Agent was named for Rob Pattinson. Yeah, Edward Cullen.
  • I came up with the “whole freezing the victims thing” after watching my youngest son capture and freeze large bees in our back yard. He would trap these bees in jars and freeze them until they could not move. Then he would tie strings around them. When they thawed out, they tried to fly away but would fly in a circle around his head while the string held them. True story.
  • Dr. Abigail Staci is named for my niece Staci and her daughter Abigail. They were some of the first people I told about the book, even before it was written.
  • Mirror Publishing, who accepted Pescadero Creek only accepts 6% of the manuscripts submitted. I am in that six percentile. That is something I am extremely proud of.
  • Pescadero Creek is the first in a series of three books about Agent McAllister and Dr. Morgan Warren.
  • Funny I should mention that because…..I have recently decided to add a fourth to the series. After reading REMEMBERING, you will understand why I felt a need to write a fourth. It has been tentatively titled THE WARRENS and it is a prequel to the series and also continues with the lives of the main characters. Some of my readers have asked about the Warren’s fortune and how they became so wealthy. Of course it will be twisty and full of surprises! And very, very steamy!
  • Pescadero Creek has a revision. After getting the book and going over it, I found some spelling errors and a couple of grammar no no’s I was guilty of committing throughout the book. Reading it over and over and over and over again just made me memorize it, to be honest, so I hired a professional editor, Bridget Rongner and she literally saved my butt! For those of you who have the first edition, hey, yours may be worth something someday! I apologize for the mistakes, but they did not affect the story in any way. The revision does have a couple of tiny changes, for the better. But anyway….it’s out there!
  • Someone asked about the author’s information on the back cover….well not much about me is there? That’s because it’s not about me. It’s about Rob and Morgan. There will come a time, very soon, when people will want to know more about me…until then…..
  • I wrote PESCADERO CREEK in lesss than three months.
  • If I was in the middle of writing and I needed a name for a character in the book, I would pull up Facebook and look for names. If someone came over to the house when I was trying to come up with a name, yeah, they ended up in the book, too!

For those of you who have read the book, please leave me a comment or feel free to ask any questions you may have about PESCADERO CREEK.

Pescadero Creek Released March 1

Well, March has turned out to be my favorite month so far this year! I am excited to announce the release of my very first novel, PESCADERO CREEK on March 1and introduce you to Special Agent Robert McAllister and Dr. Morgan Warren, ME; two very close and personal (Extremely Personal!) friends of mine.

You can order PESCADERO CREEK online from or Barnes and Noble has the best price, so it is just a matter of preference where you want to shop.

I actually ordered from on March 1 and have already received my confirmation that my order is on its way. WOW! They are getting them out quickly. It’s going to be a rainy weekend, just perfect for cuddling up with a great book! Those of you who have already ordered- if you receive it in time for the weekend- ENJOY! My Tennessee friends may see it a little sooner than anyone else since it is being published right here in a little town near Nashville called Lavergne.

The quickest way to receive PESCADERO CREEK is to order it online, but there are other ways to get it, but they might take longer. All the different ways  you purchase it helps me in getting the book out there and keeping it out there. Right now that is the agenda; to keep the book on the internet sites and get it on the shelves in the bookstore. Here’s how you can help . . . .

By going into your local bookstore and requesting it by ISBN (the quickest way to find it!)

ISBN 978-1-61225-018-2
Or by requesting it by title
Or by requesting it by author (me!) 

Then tell them you would like to see it on the shelves. Which brings up something else! If you have a favorite book store and you would like for me to schedule a book signing-I would be happy to include your favorite store if I am coming your way. All you need to do is give me the name and location of the store and I will contact them. I would love to see all of you and sign your personal copy. Of course I will be running on a schedule this summer with the signings, but I will do everything I can to accommodate the stores you have requested. Just need to know where they are! Then I can let you know if and when I will be there!

I will be starting off this spring in my home state of Tennessee and then heading east to North Carolina. From there it will be west, the midwest to Missouri-where I have so many friends and a lot of family to visit!

No matter where you purchase your copy, you are welcome to bring it along with you to any of the signings and I will be happy to put my John Henry on it for you!

As far as the Kindle and Nook are concerned, I am working on that! You should be seeing that in the next couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting it on my Kindle as much as you are! It won’t take long once I submit it.

  My Baby

Please leave your comments and if you would like to leave your bookstore suggestions here, please do so! Don’t forget to leave me your review of the book!

Sneak Peek! Pescadero Creek Front Book Cover

Last night I sent the email that will send Pescadero Creek to the printers. It was one of the  scariest moments of my life. I finally let it go. I made changes and corrections until I had the editor at Mirror dreading my emails. He never complained, but I know I got on his nerves with the pages and pages of changes. Even after all the changes, I  know I could have changed probably a hundred more things, but I sent it away. So far today, I haven’t had any moments of panic. OK, yeah, I’ve had a couple of small ones, but I recovered quickly!

I guess the best way to describe the way I’m feeling is to compare it to the first time I watched my oldest son get on the bus for school. I wanted him to go and I knew he was ready, but watching him ride away was another one of the hardest things I have ever done. I remember standing alongside the road and crying my eyes out. Then throughout the day, I would have small panic attacks missing him and worrying about him. I hoped and prayed that he would make friends and that the teacher would like him. That first year of school would set the tone for the next twelve years of his education.

I guess this first book is my “kindergarten.” Pescadero Creek will set the tone for all the books to follow. After reading this one, well, you will either read the next one or you won’t!

I am confident that you, my readers, will love it. I am confident in my characters, I think they are exciting and wonderful; I am extremely confident in the story. So what am I worried about? In honesty, people finding mistakes. Having never done this before, I don’t know all the rules. I don’t know all the do’s and don’ts. I didn’t study Literature in college. I don’t have a PhD. I’m just me and I have a story to tell.

I have recently received the cover for PESCADERO CREEK. I wanted to share it today with all of you. Until I saw the cover, it didn’t really seem real. Now it does. Can you begin to understand why I am so nervous? Just a little? Leave me a comment here on the blog and let me know what you think!

 HERE IT IS! Double click image for larger image.

Simply Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Rated E for Everyone.

Remember when we were in grade school and we had to make a “Valentine’s mailbox” to receive all of our Valentine cards from our school mates? I can still feel the glue sticking my fingers together as we embellished the white tissue paper covered cereal box with decorative red paper hearts. Our teacher would cover the bulletin board with red construction paper and staple the red and white boxes to it in neat rows. We dropped the tiny white envelopes filled with secret cartoon love messages in each box. Some kids would get really creative and bring shoe boxes, oatmeal boxes or some other original idea to turn into their mailbox. I always envied them for their originality. Or maybe they were the kids whose parents bought cereal in a bag.

Everyone’s tongues would be pink from the candy message hearts and heart-shaped suckers we would devour at our class parties. Kids would bring heart-shaped  cookies with red sugar on top that their mothers had made. There were gallons of red punch to satisfy our thirsts at the afternoon parties when our school work was completed.

We would go home later that afternoon with our boxes filled with our paper messages and candy. Reading the small paper Valentines, in the privacy of my room, never failed to surprise me. There was always the hope of a new love in my young life. It was the perfect time to confess your love to someone and if he or she didn’t reciprocate, then you could just blame it on Valentine’s Day! The tiny cards could mean everything or nothing at all. It was so simple and so wonderful all at the same time. Why can’t life be that simple now? When did everything get so complicated? Why does it take so much to impress us?

You’re not one of those who needs to be impressed on Valentine’s Day, huh? Right. I’m not either. To a certain extent. I would like to be acknowledged. To me, Valentine’s Day is like Christmas. It’s almost overdone. And I don’t like overdone. I prefer simple. I really don’t have any expectations for Valentine’s Day gifts. Although I love Valentine’s Day, (one of my three favorite holidays) I don’t expect a trip to Paris or anything extravagant. And if all I received was a small white envelope with a cartoon message, I would think it was sweet. Of course it would be sweeter if it came with a bouquet of flowers. Keep it simple, but don’t forget me!

Afraid of Sex? Exerpt from UNDERCOVER (Warning! Explicit!)

So I’m sitting in a movie theatre on Sunday afternoon with my son and his girlfriend watching No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. Now, I am an observer, so I’m sitting there enjoying this very sexy movie while at the same time, watching those around me for reactions. I have this theory. Everyone loves sex on some level. But, not everyone admits it. Why?

There were three women sitting in front of us that were pretty ordinary, I guessed one of them to be the mother and the other two daughters. Average looking, not especially attractive or ugly. They never laughed once throughout the entire movie. Granted, given the relationship, embarrassment probably played a major role in their silence. Of course the three of us were laughing out loud all through the movie. It was very funny and very modern. But we are very open about our sexuality.

I was a single mom for a while raising two teenage boys. When they were in high school, I preached condoms. Still do! I’m a modern mom. I remember the sexual curiosity of being a teenager and I don’t think that ever changes. When I was a teenager, girls got pregnant in high school and still do, girls got reputations in high school and still do, and boys could have sex with anyone and everyone and they were studs. So I’m aware of the pressures and curiosities of the young. Abstinence is ideal and waiting until you’re married is definitely the way to go, in a perfect world. Our world was not perfect and I was raising two handsome young men. I knew they would have sex and I wanted them to be prepared. And safe!

As I sat there watching the women in front of me I wondered what was going through their minds. Were they embarrassed? Were they turned on? Then it dawned on me, they sat  through the entire movie. If they were embarrassed why didn’t they leave? The answer was simple, they liked it!

I let a friend read my manuscript for PESCADERO  CREEK and her only comment was, “Boy, there’s a lot of sex in there!” Then quickly asked, “When is the next one coming out?” Come on! Admit it, we like it. How many of you will stop if while flipping through the channels you see a couple making out or clothes coming off?

Millions of people watch porn movies and read porn magazines. Drive down any interstate and around most of the larger cities, you will find an adult novelty store. Prostitution is still the oldest profession. Somebody is watching, somebody is reading, someone is shopping, someone is. . . I’m not condoning nor condemning. It’s not my place. I’m just trying to make a point.

On some level, we all need  sex. We all need to be loved and the physical aspect of love is sex. We can get it in small amounts like the R rated movie we watched on Sunday. Or we can get the stimulation we crave from the porn movies and magazines. If you’re lucky, you’re getting all you need from your significant other. Which is how is was meant to be. But if you need to add a little spice or get a jump-start, there are options. Let me make myself clear on this one, I’m talking about movies, toys and magazines. Personally, I don’t think prostitution holds a place in a marriage.

For those of you who were brave enough to read this post even after the warning, here is a little something to light your fire. Even Rob McAllister needs to step up his game once in a while. Here’s a short segment from UNDERCOVER the second novel in the PESCADERO CREEK series.

Rob pulled the pink nightgown over her head and turned her over on her stomach.  He started to kiss her back while he moved her hair out of his way.  He massaged her back from her shoulders down to her feet then rubbed her through her panties before he slid them down her long legs.  After he gently moved her legs apart, he moved on top of her.

“Rob, what are you doing?”

“What do you think I’m doing?” he whispered in her ear as he moved on top of her again slipping himself inside of her.

She moaned softly beneath him as he started to move within her. He kissed her neck and back as he held her arms down. His movements grew quicker and harder causing her to cry out. Rob froze, “Am I hurting you?” he asked.

She kept her head down, “No!” she laughed.

That was all he needed to continue. Once again he began to move in her causing her to orgasm over and over. When he finished, he collapsed on top of her.

“That was new,” she finally said, lifting her head.

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Beating the Winter Blahs

Now that the holidays are over, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. But the long cold month of January can sometimes bring us mentally down and unless you have something to look forward to, it can be depressing. Right now at we have at least six inches of snow on the ground and another storm advisory for tonight. So tired of being stuck in the house, I walked this morning in the snow, it was beautiful, but very cold! Here are a few more suggestions for making life a little more fun this month.

Have a Party! I know, I know, you are probably partied out, but why not make some snack foods and invite some friends over for a game night. Or better yet, have everyone bring their favorite snacks and drinks to share!

Maybe it’s a game on television or it might be one on your Wii or xbox, whatever it is, have fun! Pictionary or charades is still a good time. And the human interaction won’t hurt you either. Get creative, make up some games of your own. Have a bon fire outside and roast some hot dogs. Remember kick-the-can and hide-and-go-seek? Try them as a grown-up.

Plan a Trip. Research the island that the guy at work goes to every summer. Or discover a new destination and make a reservation. You’ll have something to look forward to. A goal. What about spending a week or two in Wyoming participating in the spring round-up. Can you imagine? The great outdoors, horses and cowboys. Three of my favorite things!

Get out of the norm! Do something different this year. Get involved in a project that will take you away. What about helping build a Habitat for Humanity home for someone who really needs one? That happens all over and close to home. It will make you feel better about yourself and you’ll be helping someone out!

Pick a destination and make it happen. Why can’t you? No really, why can’t you?

Take a Short Day Trip. Got the humdrums? Haven’t gotten out of your pajamas or sweats in a while? Well, get cleaned up and get out of the house. You will be amazed at how good it makes you feel. Take a day away. Get in the car and drive. Plan it or be spontaneous. Just go! Stop at a flea market or farmers market. Find cute little country stores and buy homemade jellies and fresh-baked bread. Stop by the vendor along the roadside for some boiled peanuts (gag) or some kettle corn. How long has it been since you’ve had a funnel cake? Or a steamed hot dog on a soft white bun? Get in the car, come on, let’s go!

Play in the Snow. Exercise is the cure for everything. I am a firm anti-medication person. I do not believe in most prescription drugs. I know that when God created the earth and man that he gave us everything we need to survive. Including cures. But that is a whole other blog! Back to exercise! Get off your butt and get going. Take a long walk in the snow. You know it is quiet and there isn’t a lot of traffic. There are only the others like you out there enjoying the beautiful white stuff. Help the neighborhood kids build a snowman. You’ll be glad you did!

Not an outdoor person? You probably have an exercise dvd somewhere gathering dust or a treadmill in your garage beneath a pile of discarded clothes that you will never wear again. Dig them out. Pop in your headphones while you’re vacumming and see how up-beat your housework becomes.

Can’t get motivated? Call a friend to work out or come walk with you. A motivated friend. Walk at the mall and window shop, make it fun.

Spend Time With Those You Love. Make a date. Plan a family dinner without the stress of the holidays. No hurries, no worries. How about a Sunday afternoon with the fam? Make some comfort foods and fattening desserts. Spaghetti and garlic bread. Chile and an assorted tray of cheeses. Chicken and noodles. Homemade pizza. Beans and cornbread. Comfortable yet? or just hungry? Don’t forget that chocolate cake and apple cobbler. Can’t cook? Take everyone out!

If You Can Cook, Then Cook. They don’t call it comfort food for nothing! For me, the next best thing to eating something is making it! On snowy January days, like today, my afternoon will be spent writing and baking. Oatmeal raisin and simple peanut butter cookies, um um. I like to bake cookies because I eat what I want right out of the oven and then I am finished with them. The remainder will go in a ziplock and home with my son who is in college.

Try something new. If you have never made homemade pasta, I recommend trying it. It gives you a great feeling of accomplishment. There’s something about pasta that is almost sensual. It’s a romantic food. Try ravioli and stuff it with chicken or cheese. Top with some pesto sauce or a tomato sauce and voila! Delicious.

Make it a challenge. A couple of years ago, I decided to master the fine art of soup making. I started with a hard one, a butternut squash soup. I burned the hell out of my hand when I filled the blender too full of the hot liquid and it bubbled over. Then to top it all off, no one but me would try it. Well, needless to say when I made it again, without scorching myself, everyone not only tried it-they fought over it! I could always make the ever-present-on-my-table chile and beef stew but when I tried something new, it made me feel different. It was an accomplishment. Don’t be afraid to try new things! This past summer I baked my first three-layer sour cream chocolate cake. It was dry! But I made it!

Re-arrange Your House-Get Organized. Out with old in with the new. Unclutter your life. If you walk into any Wal Mart right now, you will find aisles and aisles full of plastic boxes in every size, shape and color you can imagine. DON’T BUY THEM! Grab a box of garbage bags instead. The only thing you should have stored in your attic are your well-organized Christmas decorations and the toys and keepsakes you are keeping for your children when they have children. Take a load to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. You don’t need it, get rid of it.

Plan Your Year. List your goals. What do you want to accomplish this year? Pay off an automobile? Take a class at the local college? Lose ten pounds? Write it down and put it somewhere you can see it everyday. And when you reach on of your goals, cross it off the list. Stick to it and don’t give up! Make this the year, your year.

Change Your Appearance. Get a new hair-do or get that daring dress out of the closet and put it on, then take your hot little butt out on the town. Schedule a “day of beauty.” Make an appointment to get your hair done, even if it’s just a wash and style; a manicure and pedicure and buy yourself something new. It doesn’t have to be big. Maybe a piece of fun costume jewelry or a scarf. Just something to add to your wardrobe. To make you feel special.

Escape in a good book or a great movie. Go to the library, you know they still have those? Pick out a book from your childhood and read it again. Get nostalgic. I recommend the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of the Little House books. For some of you younger folks, how about some Goosebumps? Say Cheese and Die. Remember Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys?

Is there anything better than holding an old book in your hands. The pages are yellow and the printing is small. The binding may be a little loose from the handling of the hundreds of others who have enjoyed it before you.

One of my favorite things to do is to spend a rainy or snowy afternoon at Barnes and Noble. They have the best of both worlds, coffee and books. It’s comfy and quiet. You can just sit and read while enjoying that latte.

Are you more the hot buttered popcorn type? Take a cold Saturday and spend it at the movies. See at least two and eat some popcorn. Take a chance and see that romance that you have your doubts about. You know the first time I saw Forest Gump I hated it. But I saw it again and now it’s one of my favorite movies. Take risks, see that movie that you would normally wait on the video to watch. It will get you out of the house and break up your routine. Who know’s, you just may enjoy it!

Take a Day to Yourself. Make a list of all your favorite things to do or a list of all the things you have always wanted to do. Then take a day and do as many of those things on your list as possible! Life is short, don’t let it pass you by! Stop talking about it, and do it!

I have always wanted to go white water rafting. Of course I can’t do it this winter, but this spring, I am down! It will definitely happen this year. Another thing I have on my “bucket list” is to learn to sail. Now, being from Tennessee, it may be difficult. But I will do it, one of these days, even if it is during one of my summer trips to the beach. It’s on my list!

Have Some Fun. What’s your idea of fun? Is it a day of shopping, a night at your favorite restaurant, a full day at the spa, an afternoon at the museum or a walk in the woods? Whatever it is, do it. Take time for yourself. No one else will. Put yourself first. Even if you have others depending on you. If you don’t take care of yourself first, both physically and mentally how are you going to take care of them? Oh, and more than likely, you deserve it!

Share a Romantic with Your Significant Other. (Have Sex) Ok, here is where we separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls. Sex is not only good for you, it is a great stress relief and it burns calories. A ballpark figure for a half an hour’s worth (I know right?) is 225 calories. And that could go up or down (no pun intended) depending how intense that half an hour gets and how many times you orgasm.

I’m talking alone in the house with your partner, in front of the fire with plenty of blankets and pillows. Candles, of course, wine, maybe a few strawberries and definitely some whipped cream. If you’ve never tried it, do so. Put it on your list. 🙂 

We’re talking heavy petting and excessive foreplay leading up to buttons flying off, certain articles of clothing being hurriedly ripped and working yourselves up into a lathery sweat. Labored breathing that can be heard all over the house, won’t be because you’re alone! It’s one of those sessions when you reallywant it. You must have it and you must have it right now!

So about now you’re wondering how in the world did I go from plastic containers in Wal Mart to hot rough sex by the fire? Come on, you know me by now. Where else would I have gone? Take care and have FUN!

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 20 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 5 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 20mb.

The busiest day of the year was December 4th with 277 views. The most popular post that day was Help Me Pick My Book Cover Shot! Leave Me a Comment and the Number You Pick!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for, rob mcallister, “vickey writes”, vickeywrites, and victoria williams-fisher.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Help Me Pick My Book Cover Shot! Leave Me a Comment and the Number You Pick! December 2010
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About Victoria Williams-Fisher August 2010
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Pescadero Creek August 2010
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What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Catching up and 12 things to do if you’re alone on New Year’s Eve.

Question of the week, “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” I ask you. “I know what I’ll be doing!” Sorry, I have been editing PESCADERO CREEK all week. (Quotation marks, not my strong suit!) Every time they (Mirror) makes a part of the book, I have to proof it. So I have basically memorized the entire manuscript.  It is taking longer to edit it than it did to write it. Which would explain why it is taking so long to edit it!

I wrote the 317 page book in less than three months. 140K Word count. Needless to say, it has changed. Story is the same, just the typing and unnecessary words are now gone or corrected. I will have it back to the editor again before the year is out! Yahoo!

Valentine’s Day release is probably not going to happen, more like late February. I apologize, I know everyone is excited. I just don’t have a firm date for release yet. I have a way to go, but Mirror is moving very quickly, I am the hold-up. I have been fighting a computer freeze, a fried flash drive and my own stupidity to get this book edited. As my editor says, “We’ll get there!” I can’t wait. I am not a patient person, but I am learning the ropes. The next novel, UNDERCOVER, should be a lot easier!

For those of you that missed it, Joyce Tenharmsel won the drawing for the free signed copy of PESCADERO CREEK.  I took everyone’s name that left me a comment on Vickey or Facebook and had a drawing. Congrats Joyce! Your name was drawn. I have ordered two hundred books so everyone on FB that wants a signed copy will get them. I can order as many as I want and as frequently as needed. Not sure about the price yet.

So, that is why I took a short hiatus from the Blog. Three major holidays in a row didn’t help either! I will be glad when I get to the point in my life where Christmas is enjoyed instead of dreaded. When it becomes a pleasure and not an interruption, like it has been the last few years. That’s what it was meant to be. Enjoyed. 

I think I enjoy Thanksgiving the most of all the major holidays. It just means a longer grocery list, more money at the grocery store and a day of cooking. (Ok, maybe an afternoon of baking and house cleaning.) But it requires no decorating, no gift wrapping and no tree. Definitely my favorite holiday.

Valentine’s Day is also one of my very favorite holidays. (Of Course!) It is a chance to show those we love how much we appreciate them. And it’s covered in roses and chocolate. I think I’ll send myself a dozen assorted roses this year. Maybe buy me something special. Sometimes if you need to feel good about yourself, you have to make it happen.  Don’t wait on someone else to do it.

Take New Year’s Eve for instance. I will spend New Years Eve in front of the computer and listening to the Music Choice channel tuned in on Singers and Swing. I will probably have a nice dinner. Don’t know if I will cook or go out. I’ll take a bubble bath and put my pj’s on early and most likely be asleep by midnight.

If you are going to be alone on New Year’s Eve here is a list of suggestions to do:

1. Go to the movies. I love going to a good “chick flick” alone and crying my eyes out with no one around to make fun of me. I can sit where I want and I don’t have to share my popcorn! You may just meet someone! I see others in the movie theatre alone all the time.

2. Get dressed up and go out to dinner. But go early, if you go later it is crowded and you’ll be flying solo so they will seat you at the bar. Unless you’re looking for someone special, if so, the bar is perfect.

3. Stay in and rent or buy a great movie.  Movies I recommend for New Year’s Eve: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Devil Wears Prada, Boys on the Side, Gone With the Wind, An Affair to Remember, Letters to Juliet, Mama Mia, Cold Mountain. Or if you are wanting to have a good cry, here are some movies to really make you boo-hoo; Love Story, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, My Life, One True Thing, and Into the Wild.

4.  Order a big fat pizza with the toppings you want. But eat it all before midnight! Remember that New Year’s diet!  Don’t forget the chocolate for dessert. Grab a bag of M&Ms or Hershey Kisses. Or better yet, stop by the Outback for a piece of Chocolate Cheesecake, to go.

5. Open a nice bottle of wine or bubbly. Or get a six-pack. It’s ok to drink alone, just don’t do it every night. Drink the whole bottle. Just don’t start too early or you’ll miss the ball drop. Remember to drink water and pop a couple of Tylenol before you pass out! Don’t want to wake with a hangover-you have to work out in the morning!

6. Shop-On Line. They never close! I recommend, for improving your home and buying music and movies; Nordstrom, for clothing; Victoria’s Secret, for the fun stuff; New Egg for electronics; and Amazon for books and  just about everything else.

7. Work out. Get a jumpstart on looking good for next year. I always feel amazing after a long walk or a good workout. Really boosts your energy level.

8. Write your New Year’s Resolutions, at least one, come on! Everyone has a least one thing they want to do better next year. 🙂

9. Pamper yourself. a) Bubble bath b) Pedicure c) Manicure d) Shave your legs ( I know it is winter and no one sees your legs, but it really does make you feel better!) then lather on some great smelling lotion, you know the one you save for special occasions. If you’re a guy, you might enjoy a hot bubble bath too!

10. Read your favorite novel, again. Or start a brand new one. Many good ones out there and a few great ones will be coming out soon. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to read more? It’s a great escape.

11. Get organized!  I know, it doesn’t sound very glamorous, but it will make you feel better. Pop in some tunes with a good beat and take everything out of your closet, you know it needs it. Separate by color or season and put it neatly back in. And for Heaven’s sake, throw out the old stuff. Get rid of everything you haven’t worn in the last three years. I am famous for buying clothes and never wearing them. Every January I stick those items in a box and rush it to Good Samaritans before I can change my mind! It helps others out and then I can buy more! Or balance your checkbook or catch up on laundry. You don’t have to tell anyone what you did while you spent your quiet evening at home.

12. Call someone you know  who is celebrating alone this year and wish them a Happy New Year! Let’s all have a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve. There is so much to look forward to next year! I know there will be at least two awesome books out there to read! Looking forward to 2011! Happy New Year, All!

Got a favorite movie you want to add to the list? What about a wine? Let me know your favorite dessert, come on, leave me a comment. Let me know your favorite thing to do when you are alone! 🙂 Don’t forget to like my blog!