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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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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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Family Roadtrip

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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50 ReasonsWhy I Can'tWorkout Today!

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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Teenage Girl Learning How To Drive

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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My MuseCAn't

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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To be perfectly honest I’m not one of those parents who does things like a DIY Sundae bar on a regular basis. I’m not crafty, and while I would think it sounded fun I would think I wasn’t able to pull it off the way I wanted.  But, when the kind folks at Shari’s Berries reached out to me and asked me to write a post for National Ice Cream Day (July 19th) and include their gorgeous, delicious, amazing strawberries in my sundae bar I couldn’t say yes fast enough! I mean…have you SEEN these things?     So my

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Several weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to receive 4 free tickets to Slide the City-St Louis in exchange for writing a post both before, and after our experience there. Normally when I receive something for free in order to write about it here on the website for my readers I’m required to tell you that I received the perk and that it didn’t influence my opinion. While I realize that sounds like something you say but don’t really mean, I’m about to prove to you that it’s true. In the past if I received a product that someone

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Several years ago I had the incredible pleasure of writing book reviews for both a print magazine, and an online magazine. I loved writing reviews because–well–free books! At the online magazine I met some amazing women who shared my love of books, particularly of romance books, and the authors who wrote them. We also loved writing, but for us at that point in time we were solely dedicated to writing reviews and getting to be near our idols, the women who wrote the books we inhaled like a woman with PMS inhales Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. If you read

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Family Fun Night: Make Your Own Movie

I have to admit, my kids would love this idea! ~Angela Are you looking for a fun way to bond with your family on a Friday night? If you enjoy watching films and eating popcorn, try a twist on classic movie watching night by gathering the troops and filming your own flick. It is an experience you and your family will treasure forever. Here’s an easy guide to create your home movie: Start with an Idea What kind of movie do you want to film? Do you want a light-hearted movie with silly outtakes or does your family want a

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Giving a helping hand can go a long way.

Today’s guest post is brought to you by a fellow Community Manager from “across the pond” as they say.  Those who have read my blog for a while know that my day job, so to speak, is working as a Community Manager! I love the theme of this post and just want to add that you shouldn’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to community service. If you or your kids have a particular talent, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, consider contacting a local nursing home and sharing your talents with the residents. My daughter

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Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

It can be a difficult decision to let your teenager transition from wearing glasses to contacts. Not only do you have to worry about the costs (and whether they are covered by your insurance), but you also need to decide if your teen will be comfortable in contacts and responsible enough to take care of them. Keeping the contacts clean is crucial for eye health. An eye infection even at this young age can permanently scar their eye and mean they’re unable to wear contacts in the future. For us, once our daughter began being very active in dance, we

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The Up Side of Loving Someone with ADHD

Loving someone who has ADHD, or any similar condition, is not always easy. There are definitely struggles, and arguments, and hard days when you love someone who is always moving, always thinking, always busy, and so easily distracted sometimes you can hardly stand it. This is especially true for someone like me, who is happy with a quiet room, a book, and nowhere to go and no one to talk to outside the people and stories I’m creating in my imagination. The saying opposites attract is definitely true! My husband, and my son are the opposite of me in many

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time at all then you know that I have an amazing friendship with Crystal Ponti. Crystal and I had a telephone call (technically a job interview via phone) several years ago and as strange as it sounds we have been instant friends ever since that day. We talk daily via email, we have not spoken on the phone since that interview! And we have never met in person! But, I can tell you she’s one of my closest friends, when she cries I cry, when she celebrates I celebrate and

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Moving day can be exciting since you are starting over in someplace new, after all. Besides, that new home is just waiting to be occupied. However, even though it can be all that, it can also prove to be quite stressful. There’s just so much to think about and do and, of course, you want it to be as smooth a process as it can be. Don’t fret because you can make your moving day easier. Here are 5 things to remember: Draw your floor plan – Drawing a floor plan saves you time. It also removes any confusion. Before

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