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Heading to the Dells!

This is the last book signing I’m doing for the year. And what a place to do it. The Wisconsin Dells. Water park capital of the World. Or at least Wisconsin! The signing is free for readers on Sunday. 1:00-4:00 pm at the Wintergreen in the Dells. Conveniently located across the Highway from the Kalahari and next to the Outlet Mall!

I know I’ll be getting in a little retail therapy while I’m there!

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So if you feel like coming to the Dells head on over to the Wintergreen Resort and visit!

I’ll have a raffle basket at my table. Every purchase gets another ticket.

There will be raffle baskets that are donated and all the proceeds will benefit Pets for Vets. An awesome cause. Heck, I’ll be bringing a check from my AMVETS group to donate to Pets for Vets.

All my paperbacks at the signing sell for $2-$3 cheaper than purchasing them online. So why not!

See you there.

 

 

Saying Goodbye

As some of you may have heard, my partner in crime, Tamara Hoffa passed away on Monday 10/22/2018 in a fatal automobile crash.

I’m sad, so sad. Grieving is an awful process. All the plans we had, the calls and messaging are done. I can’t imagine how hard this is for her beloved husband and children. Tamara was the best.

I won’t be posting until after her memorial is done and I get home. I’m heading from Wisconsin down to Tennessee. I will return on Monday with regular postings.

We made this blog, our facebook and twitter pages, and the SSLY Reading Room together. Posting anything will be bittersweet. It will bring her memory to me everyday.

From making snow angels in the snow in our PJ’s to making plans our husbands didn’t know about, we have been friends since high school. Even when we lost touch for a couple of years, we made our way back to each other. Life will be a little less full without her.

Tamara’s Memorial will be this Friday from noon to 3:00 pm at the Hurricane Chapel Freewill Baptist Church 500 N Hurricane Creek Rd. McEwen TN 37101-4401.

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A Gofund me account has been set up to help pay Tamara’s Memorial Expenses.

Hug your family tight. Talk to those friends you’ve been putting off calling because you just didn’t have time. Tomorrow might just be too late.

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Don’t forget to check out her author page! Tamara was a very talented author and any book sales will still go to her account.

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FREE Admission!

I’m here at the fifth annual Threshold Showcase of Authors! One of three signings I’ve done this September. I’m tired, lol. I have one signing in October and one last one in November.

So, Threshold.

West Bend.

Wisconsin.

September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, uh, TODAY!

Here’s the address.

Lawrence & Vivian Stockhausen Center
2380 W Washington St.
West Bend
WI 53095

So, come on out. Put aside your Saturday chores and attend the 5th Annual Threshold Showcase of Authors event! Meet 20+ Local Authors, purchase books and have them signed!

Lunch is available for purchase; enjoy a Schwai’s lunch!

Admission is FREE! Hope to see you there!

 

From me to you! Just a little late ;)

 

Ah, Saturday! Currently I’m holed up in my RV in my driveway. Windows are open letting the fresh breezes in, fan is running to help clear out the stale air. The generator is new and shiny, ready for a trip. We’re planning on hitting the road next weekend and camping in the parent’s driveway, lol. Cheap, but away from home.

We stocked up on travel games. My daughter and I love to play board games. I may not often win, but I have fun. We have designated one cabinet just for entertainment. Games and videos. One cabinet for snacks. You have to munch while you’re having fun!

Today we drove down to Camping World since I had a $25.00 certificate for signing up with Good Sam. I had one week left to spend it. Just grabbed some miscellaneous stuff we wished we had on our first trip.

Then, when we got home, we headed to the Pepper Fest. Everything is centered around peppers. I had some chili but as it placed in 11th place, I can tell you it probably was the last entry! But I ate it anyway.

I should have had a grilled cheese or the pepper pasta. I snagged some of my daughter’s pasta and it was delicious.

The little one got her face painted, enjoyed some time with a children’s entertainer that was there, and I bought pepper kettle corn. We’ll see how that goes, lol.

So, over all a lazy Saturday. AND it’s dry! No rain in sight today. I hope. With very little quiet space at home, I decided to try the RV on for privacy. I think it is going to work juuuussst fine! At least until we have to store it for winter.

Well, I’m heading back to writing. If you want to know what I’ve been reading, let’s see…

Love at Furst Sight by Terry Bolryder

Her Rough Mountain Outlaw by Madison Faye (Aye chiwawa, it’s a hot one) ❤

Law of Desire by Leah Brooke (I absofreakinlutely love Desire Okalahoma-read everyone of them!)

Liv by Kelsie Rae (sniff)

Her Alpha Mismatch by Emilia Hartley

Mountain Man Regret by Ava Grace

and last but not least

Mountain Man Next Door by Ava Grace.

I love my mountain men stories, lol. I love to read all about those alpha af men! This was just my list from this past week. From about Tuesday I think. See why I don’t get a lot of writing done?

So, now, writing. I have got to finish this book!

Ciao!

Good morning!!!

A little later than normal, but I’m here! Sort of slept in, my granddaughter decided I’d make a good bed, lol. So I was a bit trapped until she got up. It’s a bit gloomy. We’ve had nothing but rain for a week. Okay, yesterday was beautiful but today is going back to gloom and rain.

I got a wonderful gift in the mail yesterday! Bookmarks hand made by Samantha Lininger, and yes, I was in back. (She knows what I mean!)

Check them out.

Absolutely adorable! I really, really, really love the dragon. The cow is so cute too. Thank you! I’ll see you in Middleton WI at Mayhem in the Midwest!

As for the rest of Labor Day weekend, I’m signing in New Glarus tomorrow 9/3. At the William Tell Festival & Art Show. Lots of Arts & Crafts and of course beer. The New Glarus Spotted Cow can be found around to wet your whistle.

Mayhem in the Midwest is on 9/22 and my final signing in September is 9/29 in West Bend WI at the Threshold Showcase of Authors.

Hope to see you at one of them!

On the road!

So excited!

Niagara Falls here we come! Heading up into Canada in our new (to us!) RV. I hear it is spectacular from the Canadian side, plus, I’m dying to use my passport!

Hopefully if I ask, they will punch my passport on the border.

In the meantime, my hubby and I are sending in our concealed carry permits for Ohio. That will allow us to carry in almost all states west of the Mississippi. And we still have to get our fingerprints for the Florida permit and send that in.

No worries! We are both US Navy veterans. My specialty was Small Arms Marksman Instructor so I’m very familiar with guns!

Here I am working on an M14 rifle. Photo op, lol. I was in the paper in Seattle WA many, many moons ago!

We figure, better safe than sorry. We want to travel around the US when we retire. Both of us are planning on going by 2020. We’ve had our RV in the shop for the last two weeks for updating. We bought it but knew that there were a few issues. It was built in 1991 after all!

Luckily, the local RV repair fit us in. NOT that we are not paying for it, lol. Not any more than I expected though.

So, I’m going to finish packing. We’re preparing food ahead of time so we only have to pop casseroles in the oven and stocking up for s’mores. You can’t possibly not have a campfire even if you are in an RV!

Afternoon Delight

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The perfect man for me is the one who broke my heart.

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Once bitten.

Twice shy.

Yeah, I wish.

I’m on a mission to find myself a nice, solid, respectable man. The only problem is nice, solid, and respectable comes in a meh package and is B-O-R-I-N-G as hell.

It’s been established. I have one type. Bad Boy. I tried the other flavors, I really did. But there’s nothing like the allure of a man who takes what he wants without apology.

As if my love life isn’t dramatic enough, Dean Bennett walks into my life again thinking he’s going to win me back with his charm and charisma. He might come in a different package, but under that expensive suit he’s still the same cocky, arrogant, pompous prick who only cares about numero uno.

I’m not that naïve young girl anymore so I have to ignore the fact that the way he looks at me practically sets my panties on fire.

Everyone deserves a second chance to right a wrong. The problem? He’s not just an ex-boyfriend…

He’s my ex-husband.

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Walking through the revolving door, I’m greeted by a security desk before I can access the elevators. Shit. I should message Glen again to say I’m going to be even later than I expected.

I approach the tall man who looks as annoyed as me for being here on a Friday night. “Hello, I need to head to” —I glance at the envelope— “Heiberman and Lipe Law Firm.”

He taps a few keys. “I think they’re closed already.” His face is void of any emotion.

“Can you tell me if there’s a…” my eyes glance to the folder again. “Mr. Bennett?” The last name causes my stomach to gurgle.

“Let me call up.” He presses some buttons on the phone, listens for a second and then hangs up. “No one is answering.”

I lean over the counter, splashing on my please eat out of my hand smile. “It’s Friday. You want to go home. I want to go home. I promised my boss that I’d get these on the desk of Mr. Bennett.” I cough, bile rising up my throat with the mention of the name. Victoria is really going to have to take care of this in the future. “Can I please just go up to their floor and see if their door is unlocked?”

He shakes his head, giving me a look I’m way too familiar with, silently asking if I’m crazy.

“What can I do?” I ask. “Money? A date?” I look at his left hand. “No. Are you a fan of winter sports?” I’ll totally pull Skylar into this. “My cousin is a Winter Classics skier and her fiancé—” A large palm lands in front of my face.

“Give me your name.” His fingers position on the keyboard.

“Chelsea… Chelsea Walsh.”

He types my name in, and I smile when he pulls a visitor badge out.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you.” I take it from his hand and put it over my head.

“If no one is up there, they have a drop box beside their door. You can leave your package there.”

I thank him again and walk steadily to the elevators, dodging people desperate to start their weekend.

I end up riding the elevator by myself to the thirty-third floor. The elevator doors ding open and I file out, my head swiveling right and then left. Spotting the door with Heiberman and Lipe Law Firm, I head over to it to find a list of the names of all the associates and thankfully there’s Bennett second from the top.

Hold on Glen, I’m almost on my way.

My hand pulls on the frosted glass door and it must be my lucky day because it opens.

I step into the darkened reception area. Looking around, I find no one. Heading down a hallway, my eyes zero in on the names on the doors while peeking my head into vacant offices. Finally, after passing the conference room, I see the last name Bennett and peek my head inside to find it empty with the light on. Hopefully that means he’s in the bathroom or something.

I pull out my cell phone, seeing Glen has messaged me back, but instead of responding to his I shoot one off to my boss Hannah.

Me: Mr. Bennett isn’t here. Can I drop the envelope on his desk?

Hannah as usual, replies instantly.

Hannah: Sure. Just leave it somewhere he’ll see it first thing on Monday.

Me: Got it.

I drop my cell phone back into my purse and slowly walk across the room and place the envelope on the chair. As I straighten up, I notice a baseball sitting next to the keyboard like someone had been playing with it and just set it down.

My jaw drops and my gaze scatters across every surface, spinning around investigating each piece of art, photos, anything I can find to tell me this isn’t…

Then as though I hadn’t breathed the entire time I’ve been in this office, the smell of him hits my nostrils. The once familiar scent of the ocean breeze, his deodorant and fresh linen from his clothes. He never was a cologne guy.

Other than a picture of a dog on the table behind his desk, it’s filled with baseball memorabilia of the Cubs. A die-hard Cub’s fan certificate is framed and on display, so others know he didn’t jump on the bandwagon two years ago when they won the World Series. It’s proof that his family has borne the Cubbie fever for generations.

“Do you make it a habit of sneaking into people’s offices?” His voice is coy and flirtatious.

I squeeze my eyes shut then grip the edge of the desk before my knees give out. Shivers run up and down my spine.

Crazy train. All aboard!

“You can at least show your face,” he says, continuing his usual play. “I promise I don’t bite.”

“Unless I want you to.” I spin around, my knuckles white as they tighten on the edge of the desk.

Now it’s his jaw that slackens as he realizes his ex-wife is standing in the middle of his office.

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PiperRaynePiper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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