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Today is a very big day! Today I get to reveal the cover of Hiding In Plain Sight! I have had the honor and the privilege of posting numerous cover reveals for books that I loved over the years that I’ve been blogging, but this one is truly special. Today I get to share with you the cover for my very own book, written under a pen name. Hiding In Plain Sight will be available from Evernight Publishing on February 11th, I’ll update this post to include the links to purchase it when they’re available. In the mean time just feast your

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As parents, you want to do everything you can to make sure your kids are as healthy as possible. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to encourage young kids to make great choices in what they eat and how often they get exercise. Here are some tips and ideas to get the whole family on the road to great health: Be a great role model Your kids are watching you at all times and taking mental notes on what you say, do, eat and more. If your children see you getting regular exercise and eating healthy foods — at least most

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I received an email a few weeks ago from Marissa at VIVAROSES offering me a free bouquet of roses in exchange for a review. There are a few things that I absolutely love, doing product reviews for startup companies, and flowers. (Third option would be food…just putting that out there!) After exchanging a few emails with Marissa I was impressed with the company, their story and their business plan. Marissa is married to James, and James wanted to send her roses when they were dating but was frustrated with the process. Not a man to give up easily, James tracked

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Finding the perfect babysitter who is readily available, trustworthy and competent can be anxiety-inducing for any parent. It can seem like a daunting task and one that sneaks up on many parents who find themselves needing a sitter at the last minute. The best thing to do is to look for a sitter and prepare your home well in advance of needing one. Here’s some tips to help you be prepared when the time comes that you need care, fast. Start with Personal Recommendations The most reliable way of finding a sitter is to talk to people you know. Neighbors,

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Summer vacation is coming up, and your teenager is already talking about getting a job. After spending the last few summers watching your kiddo sleep until noon, texting his or her friends for hours at a time and struggling to do the most basic chores, you could not be happier about your teen’s desire to work. In order to help your teenager find a great job that suits his or her personality and navigate the often-stressful hiring process, check out these tips and ideas: Help your teen identify good job opportunities In the world of teenage employment, some jobs are

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Working from home can be difficult — you’re surrounded by the distractions of your everyday life, from paying bills to cleaning. You can use feng shui to create a productive and comfortable space to work in to maximize your output. Here are some tips to getting started with feng shui in your home to create your perfect working environment. Create Separation One important element of working from home is making sure that you have a completely separate space for doing work. If you are tempted to check your email in the bedroom, or do a little work while watching television

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We get it. Shopping for teens these days is tricky business. What’s even cool anymore? Whether you’re shopping for the perfect birthday present or just looking to surprise your teen, show your love with one of these teen-friendly gifts. We swear they’ll like at least one of them. On a Roll Teens with an affinity for extreme sports will appreciate a gift that appeals to their no-fear attitude, like a new skateboard. The retailer CCS makes it easy to purchase a new skate deck and all of the fixings that go along with the board. Plus, you can order online,

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I’m excited for spring this year, it has been a very long, very cold, very dreary winter! I’m always eager to see those first few flowers poke their heads up out of the ground, and this year that seems even more true than normal. So, when I received this guest post submission I knew that it was perfect for my website. Enjoy! I doubt I’m the only one who is over this dreary, cold weather. I’ve been stuck indoors, sickness has made its way through our house–multiple times at that, and I’m running seriously low on Vitamin D. But don’t

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Having worked from home for almost 13 years, I get asked all the time how I do it. There seem to be two camps of people, those who think working from home is their dream and a ticket to–well–not actually working, or those who know they don’t have what it takes to stay disciplined and get the job done. For my family, working from home means I get to have a productive career that contributes financially to my family and I’m still here for my children and my husband when I need to be. Working from home gives you more

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Barefoot with a Bad Boy Roxanne St. Claire

  True fans of Roxanne St. Claire don’t need a fancy book review to help them determine whether or not to read Barefoot with a Bad Boy, all they need to hear are two words. Those words are Gabe Rossi. Those of us who have eagerly soaked up every word written by the talented pen of Roxanne know that this is the book that readers have been waiting—no begging—for her to write. Writing a story for a fan favorite is not an unintimidating task. There’s a lot of trepidation in finally giving a man like Gabe his happily ever after.

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I have had a long time struggle with Valentine’s Day and the fact that the world, and the schools, seem to want us to include our kids in what was originally a romantic holiday. I get that really today it’s a pink and sparkly holiday and an excuse to eat chocolate–and I’m totally into any excuse to eat chocolate–but still part of me struggles with the school parties and sending out Valentine’s to that one kid in class whose last name you don’t even know. This year I think I’d like to try something different and just celebrate the fact

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The next time you’re heading out on a family vacation think about putting aside the ‘get there fast and get home even faster’ mentality we are all guilty of on occasion. This past summer my family and I took a road trip from St Louis to Orlando Florida. We traveled to Florida to attend my daughter’s national dance competition event, many of the other families opted to fly but for our family we decided to drive and make the most of the trip itself. In all honestly I can say that looking back on our trip the time in the

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The reasons why I can’t go to the gym today are obvious, I mean look at this list! I can’t possibly even think about going to the gym today, I just can’t! (You should totally feel free to borrow one or more of these ideas…you know, if you need them). I can’t go to the gym today because.. 1. I’m tired 2. If I work out I’ll be tired later 3. I have too much to do 4. I am enjoying doing nothing 5. I want to take a nap 6. I accidentally took a nap 7. I didn’t eat

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Thirty years ago—yes, 3-0 years ago—I fell in love with the written word. I had always been a reader, I read everything and anything I could get my hands on from the back of cereal boxes to Dr. Seuss books. When I was 17 years old though that changed from love to obsession. I picked up a copy of a book by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss from my mother’s bookshelf. The book was tattered and torn, the cover was held on by aging Scotch tape and even with that repair the book looked as though it could fall apart at any

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Striking a work life balance is a difficult task. Chances are you’ve got plenty of work assignments you need to finish, coupled with plenty of household chores you need to take care of. With all of those responsibilities, it can be tough to find free time to just relax and feel better. If you find that you constantly feel swamped, these tips can help you find a better work-life balance: Schedule Free Time Book a babysitter and go out on a date with your loved one. Or spend time with your friends. No matter what you choose, some much-needed social

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I was thrilled last month to sign a contract with a publisher to publish my first romantic suspense novel under the pen name, Angela Evans. The reactions I have received from friends and family as I share my news has been varied, and yet still followed a predictable path.   I’ve compiled a list which inspired this post. Enjoy! I should write a book! This response has generally come from the people you would categorize as “least likely to ever write a book.” I’m not sure if writing and publishing a book sounds like easy money to them, or if

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Many women experience problems with sleeping in the early stages of motherhood. Sometimes this problem occurs even before the baby comes, but it’s certain that it gets much worse after childbirth. This is a serious issue as in some cases it may cause postpartum depression, anxiety and serious health problems. Fortunately there are some specific things that can be done in order to help first time moms deal with this issue properly. Sleeping Together Some women find it easier to cope with sleep deprivation by sleeping together with the baby. If the baby is still very small there’s an option

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Money: everybody wants more, especially your teen. However, financial responsibility isn’t always easy. Teens need advice and your knowledge when they deal with money. The first big financial decision many teens make is about their first car. Don’t let your son or daughter ruin his or her credit score and financial future by taking out rash loans with variable interest rates just to get his or her dream car. Here are some points you should share with your teens about money. For New Drivers When a teen gets his first car, it’s a huge life change. He suddenly has more

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I had the pleasure of meeting Claudia Shelton for the first time at our local RWA Chapter meeting in September, we are both members of the Missouri Romance Writer’s of America chapter, and we both write romantic suspense so I was excited to learn from Claudia’s presentation. She completely won me over when she mentioned that one of my favorite authors is also one of her favorite authors because she loves the fantastic, complex, and multidimensional characters that this author creates. Characters are always the part of reading, or writing, a story that completely pulls me in. To me the

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Our daughter and her friends are to the age where getting their drivers license, and then getting the keys to the car, are all they think or talk about. I can tell you first hand that watching your child drive away by themselves for the first time is not an experience you will ever forget as a parent. It’s not that you’re worried about them–you are but that’s not all of it–you’re also worried about every other person on the road. It’s a weekly occurrence that my teen driver comes home telling me that because she was driving the speed

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  Roxanne St. Claire is a master at weaving unforgettable characters you will fall in love with over and over again, Barefoot with a Stranger is no exception! Chessie Rossi isn’t like her siblings, she doesn’t live for the adrenaline rush of chasing down a bad guy. She is much more comfortable with problems that can be solved with the perfect string of binary code on her computer. She lives life by a plan, never going off script. Until everything goes off script one night stranded in an airport with a sexy stranger. When she throws caution out the window

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According to a study from Catalyst, 65 percent of women who were mentored became mentors themselves. Youth.gov also claims that mentorship leads to higher college enrollment rates, improves interpersonal skills and decreases the likelihood of using drugs and alcohol. Finding a female mentor who is in your corner rallying for your success motivates you to set goals, understand challenges and embrace the diversity of women in the workforce. Here are some insights into the power of female mentors and how to find one: Learn to Take Calculated Risks First Lady Michelle Obama credits her mentor as someone who encouraged her

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One of the things I have dreaded the most about the new school year beginning is that morning routine. The frantic rush to find everything that the kids need and get out the door on time. My son’s ADHD means that can be even more challenging for us. Finally one morning late last spring I gave in and made a chart that now hangs on his bedroom closet door, I laminated the chart so he can check off things as he does them. I really did not think it would make an amazing difference in our morning routine but it

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I have a confession.  Blogging is not my first love. I’m actually married to someone else and I’ve been cheating on my first love with blog writing. via GIPHY I know, it’s shocking behavior on my part. I do not condone cheating, in fact I never thought that I would be a cheater but here I am! Still, blogging has helped me realize how much I love writing fiction, romance specifically and that is why I’ve been so quiet here on the blog. I’ve actually written a first draft of my novel. My tag line here on my blog is

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If you’re a frequent reader of my site then you have most likely noticed that I am far less active recently than I have been in the past. There’s a very good reason for that, I’m writing a book! In fact, my first (extremely rough) draft is finished which means I am deeply embroiled in revisions, edits, and rewrites! In the meantime I have opened my site up to guest posts, including book reviews and today I am bringing you one of those! Don’t worry, I’ll be back as soon as I can come up for air!   Review of

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