They’re sharing a post today, because…
It’s a two-post kind of Friday, which means double the bloggy goodness for you! *throws confetti*
Check out today’s Free Publicity Friday with romance author Loni Flowers and then continue on to see before and after images of my recent kitchen remodel. If you’ve been wondering where I am and why I’m ignoring you, you’ll understand why after seeing the before and after shots. There was a LOT to do! Fortunately I had help!
More about that later. First, here’s a book about secrets and doing what you need to instead of what you want to and then…finding love:
Witness to my Heart By Loni Flowers
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: August 12, 2014
Number of pages: 376
Word Count: 94,600
Keep a low profile. That’s what Abigale Peterson was supposed to do, especially when the person she was being protected from was one of the world’s worst crime lords. After seven years in the Witness Protection Program, she felt no safer now than she did when she was seventeen. Revenge was rarely forgotten when it came to a professional criminal like Zerilli.
Low profiles meant no social life and definitely no love life.
Paranoia and lies became daily habits, going against everything Abigale believed in, but they kept her safe. They kept everyone safe.
Until a house fire puts her out of that safety and into the arms of a stranger. Max Smith is sexy, smart, and has major attitude. He’s the only one who seems to get her. He calms her fears and comforts her from her nightmares. But he also sees right through her lies.
Before Abigale can stop, she’s in too deep; confiding too much and breaking the one rule she promised herself to uphold: Never fall in love.
Loni thrives off of finding the tiniest speck of romance in any plot thread and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after’s. She thrives off the sexual tension, and gets a kick out of taking her characters on a roller-coaster ride of drama-filled emotions. A romance that soothes the soul is her number one priority.
New Kitchen-y Goodness
Many of you know I’ve been managing a major kitchen renovation this autumn. Here’s the proof, in case you don’t believe me. Yes, that’s me in the Tyvek suit. My awesome contractors (BYD Construction, Seattle) let me take the first sledgehammer swings in the demo phase. Here I am using a crowbar to rip up the half-wall that served no conceivable purpose in my old kitchen. That, my friends, was a satisfying day.
Here’s my old kitchen. This is the mustard-yellow and brown monstrosity I’ve been living with since my husband and I purchased our first home four years ago. I’ve been making do, but it’s been a slog. I had WAAAYYYY too little storage, unacceptable functionality (non-working oven), an urgonomical disaster of a refrigerator, and let’s not even go into the aesthetics.
When I published my first novel, Wishing for a Highlander, I affectionately referred to it as Wishing for a Dishwasher. At the time, I didn’t have a working stove OR a working dishwasher in my kitchen. The shiny stainless steel number you’re seeing here is the result of my first novel soaring to best-seller status (time-travel romance & Scottish historical romance). The pictures coming up are the result of it staying there for more than two years and of the success of my other books.
I kept the dishwasher. And the kid. Everything else got tossed, including the walls, floor, and asbestos popcorn ceiling. I hope my old kitchen is burned to a cinder somewhere and that the fumes killed some evil demons.
Now for the big unveiling!!!!
Are you ready?!
Jessi’s New Kitchen!
The cell-phone photos are not the clearest, but you get the idea. Isn’t it pretty?!
My contractor’s crew was awesome. Their attention to detail was astonishing. They cleaned up after themselves when they left every night. They were sweet to my kids. And they ate the snacks I pushed on them.
I am super thankful to all my readers who made this kitchen possible. THANK YOU if you’ve ever bought one of my books or helped promote me! And thank you for reading!
Have a wonderful weekend! I have to go cook something now.