A Month in a Week: October Round Up

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Written while watching Iliza Shlesinger’s Elder Millennial for the third time... okay, the fourth.


Music Monday

My featured playlist is a collection of songs that I've been listening to for the last few months. A few of them are discoveries from Dancing with the Stars, others were heard while watching World of Dance over the summer, and some I stumbled upon through random Spotify radio stations.

The playlist is entitled Dream after the Bishop Briggs song and has been the soundtrack to my writing lately. Hope you enjoy it!


Teaser Tuesday

We’re less than a month out from release people! Here is a little taste of the first chapter…

Chapter One


December 21st

Christmas was Adele James’s favorite time of year…or it had been. This year, Santa Claus could go sit on a candy cane for all she cared. Holly Jolly Jackass.

Adele’s lack of holiday cheer—and general Grinchiness—was due to one man: Troy Slater, Hollywood heartthrob and all around scumbag. They’d meet on the set of Ponce,the Downton Abbey-like TV show where Adele was the head costume designer. Troy had been playing a guest role for the season and he’d flirted with her shamelessly for the five months they’d been shooting.

As a general rule, Adele didn’t get involved with people she worked with, and she’d absolutely refused to break that rule with him. Mainly because if things went sour, she didn’t want an uncomfortable working environment. He might just be visiting for the season, but the set of that show had become like a home to her. She wasn’t going to mess around with one of her safe spaces, which meant she wasn’t going to mess around with him...


Read it Wednesday

I love, love, love Christmas books and I already know which one is the first on my list to read this season: Rachel Lacey's My Gift is You. It's out tomorrow!!!

All Mandy Carson wants for Christmas is a distraction…and maybe a date to her friend’s New Year’s Eve wedding. Ghosts from the past always loom larger this time of year, and Mandy’s having a hard time faking her usual fun-loving demeanor. But when her much-needed distraction arrives in the form of the man who rocked her world the long-ago night of their junior prom, she’s forced to confront the painful scars that caused her to bolt back in high school.

Wildlife rescuer Calvin Rocha always regretted letting Mandy slip out of his life, so when fate brings them together on a snowy mountain road with an injured hawk on Christmas Eve, he’s determined to make the most of this second chance. He agrees to be her wedding date, hoping the romantic weekend will bring them back together. And as the clock counts down to midnight, Cal and Mandy might just discover that the best gift they’ll receive this season is each other.



I'm going to be honest here, I'm not about scary things. I don't like horror movies or scary shows, I will not walk through haunted houses, and if a creepy trailer comes on while I'm watching TV I will change the channel until it's over. I enjoy none of it. My limit is listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on audio book and having to deal with the creepy basilisk in the walls (spoiler alert: the snake is the monster). 

So my #TBT this month is in tribute to the 80's as that was my Halloween costume (which I only wore to my 6 a.m. cycle class). By the way, a side pony is never a good idea during a workout as your overly teased hair acts like an ear warmer.


focus Friday

So this month is the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I will be spending the next few weeks marathon writing my next book.

Fun fact, I wrote Undone and Unstoppable during NaNoWriMo in 2011 and 2012. If any of you are doing it this year, good luck! You've got this! Stop by and let me know how you're doing.

*I put this picture of Teddy here because he's adorable and that look of intense focus on his face is one he gives me when he wants pets.


Silverscreen Saturday

I have four words for you: A Star Is Born. Okay, so here is the thing, I have not seen the other versions of this movie. I know, I know. I’ve heard they are ah-mazing and should be seen. I’ll get to them. But what I have seen is the recent one.

Let me just say (and obviously we do not have to agree on this, it's just my opinion and we can still be friends if you think differently) that if Lady Gaga doesn’t win an award for that movie she will have been robbed. ROBBED I tell you! She was absolutely spectacular. Her acting, her singing, her delivery, her everything. It was such a good movie. Now, don’t get me wrong, it broke me. I was a mess of human emotions when it ended and I still haven’t quite recovered. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack (because I’m a masochist) and "I'll Never Love Again" makes me feel like my heart is getting ripped out of my chest again, and again, and again. Are you a masochist too? Well, listen here.

What I'm looking forward to seeing this month? Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I don’t imagine it will leave me emotionally devastated, but that remains to be seen.


Small Screen Sunday

I'm a pretty big fan of stand-up comedy, and my favorite comedian is Iliza Shlesinger. I got to see her live last February and she was SO FREAKING GOOD. She has four comedy specials on Netflix, they are all hilarious. Her newest is Elder Millennial and as I said at the beginning of this newsletter, I’ve watched it many times.

A.) Because I find it super relevant and consider it research for the book I'm currently writing. 

B.) It’s funny and makes me laugh. After the last few weeks of news I need a happy place to go to.

C.) Blanche, her adorable dog that looks like a fox.

I also have a love for baking shows. I’ve already made my way through all of The Great British Baking Show, Zumbo’s Just Desserts, and the first season of Nailed It! (I’m currently working on season two). So what I binged in October was Sugar Rush and I found it so incredibly enjoyable and fun. The creations are pretty freaking impressive and they look delicious too. Caution: do not watch when you’re hungry. 

What I’m looking forward to this month? Trevor Noah’s new comedy special and Dogs, a new documentary. Haven't seen the trailer? It's on Youtube (click here).

*All of these shows are on/will be coming to Netflix.

Also, bloggers and reviewers, An Unexpected Christmas is up on Netgalley! (click here)

And that's it for a Month in a Week. I'd love to hear from you on Social Media. So stop by and let me know what you're reading, watching, and listening to.

Again, thanks for signing up and I'll see you around!


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