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What A Year

A New House

It’s been quite a while since I wrote a post here and lots has happened since then. During the past year my husband and I bought a house and are loving it! Naturally that means a lot more work but it also carries a lot of freedom with it. Repainting, decorating how we want, and a TALL Christmas tree this year.

My Own Room

One of the upstairs bedrooms is mine to redecorate and I’m know just what I’m going to do. Oh, I’m quite sure it’ll need to be redone when we sell it but it’s MINE and it’s going to be a fuchsia, black, and cream theme. Yep, definitely a “girly” room and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Pictures will be posted for sure. I’ve got some of what it currently looks like.

So, what I need to get is the paint, chair railing, curtains, and an area rug. I’m thinking some kind of animal or geometric print in either, fuchsia and black, or white/cream and black. Maybe Zebra stripes.

Half the Woman I Used To Be

The other big thing last year was that I had gastric bypass done in April. It was one of the best decisions of my life! I’ve lost around 85 pounds and am wearing sizes I’ve NEVER worn as an adult. It feels amazing and I’m very glad I went this route.

Naturally that means I can now find the cute clothes I’ve always wanted and shoes. Oh lord – shoes. I’ve discovered that I love wearing heels and can now easily wear a 4” heel. Of course, with a toe platform it often means the true height is 6” so it’s weird being tall-er – from 5’3” to 5’9”. That’s a longer drop to a chair seat!

Daniel rolls his eyes when I want more shoes but a girl can’t have too many shoes, yes?

Fegles’ Arc

With ownership of a house we’re no longer as restricted in our pet collection. So, now we have two dogs (one adopted from the Houston SPCA and the other adopted from a Pomeranian rescue), one cat (also adopted), two rabbits (adopted from the HSPCA), two Society Finches, and about twenty gold fish in the little pond that came with the house.

Daniel’s drawing the line at rodents but maybe I can convince him that sugar gliders would be a good addition.

Art That Travels With You

Last but not least, I’ve gotten my very first tattoo. You heard me right. A tattoo and it’s not a tiny one. I wanted something that represented the heart and passion I’ve had for horses all my life and I found a truly great place to go. Texas Body Art in Houston has an amazing reputation and the artist who created this tat is Jesse Keeler. Johnny Jackson is the owner (and also of Biolab Piercing Studio!) and I want to be sporting a creation of his at some point. I think I’m addicted now.

Believe it or not but I’m also considering piercings. Nothing really crazy since I think my boss would have a heart attack, but maybe an ear piercing that’s elegant and unusual.

Writing – More or Less

With all that going on and the travel I’ve been doing for work, my writing has suffered which is unfortunate. Now that things are settling down, I’ve been taking on a few small freelance jobs and am confident I can turn that into a decent supplemental (or even full time!) income.

I also want to add that the support and love I get from Daniel is immeasurable and I am thankful for him and forever giddy to have him in my life.

Until next time, beautiful people, stay well, stay happy, and have fun!

The small bedroom pre-purchase

The small bedroom pre-purchase

The door wall

The door wall

The bare wall

The bare wall

The window wall

The window wall

The closet wall

The closet wall

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Blurb:
Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.

 It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.

 Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

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Release Date: 

October 22, 2013
“Seven Years” will be available as an e-book and in Paperback!
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Excerpt:


The closer I snuggled up to Austin, the more I craved that cozy familiarity—more than I would have cared to admit. I’d missed him. How do you not miss someone who was a huge chunk of your childhood and young-adult life who disappeared off the face of the earth? Almost every memory I had from kindergarten to age twenty involved Austin Cole.

The next thing I knew, my cheek rested on his bicep and I tucked my body against his like a puzzle piece. Just when I closed my heavy eyelids, he groaned.

Oh God, please don’t let him wake up now.

It was deep and guttural, and he shifted on his right side, facing me.

“You okay?” he murmured.

I didn’t reply. I played dead and pretended I was asleep. It seemed like a good plan to avoid the embarrassment of explaining why I was latched on to him like a man-sucking leech.

A rough, warm hand cupped my cheek and I felt him scoot down a little. Maybe he thought I had fallen asleep, because his thumb brushed over my right eyelid softly.

Five times. I counted.

When his lips lightly touched mine, my brain just shut down. It was a soft, almost nonexistent kiss, but I felt it all the way down to my toes. Then it zinged back up to my hips and damn if I didn’t moan.

Now we were both aware I wasn’t asleep and he was kissing me. But it didn’t stop. His kiss pressed a little bit harder and tingles roared through my body, and my breath was shaky and erratic.

When his tongue touched my lip, I quickly opened my mouth and kissed him back.

Hard.

Deep.

Kissed him like I’d fantasized about doing for the last seven years.

About the Author

Author Bio PicThis is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here’s what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I’m a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70’s to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I’m not writing (which is all the time), I’m hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don’t like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I’m not sure which).

Throughout my life, I’ve had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my “head stories” that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down – creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It’s almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I’m a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I’ve had a few people ask), but I think it’s wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don’t like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it’s what I love to do.

Danni

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This week has been a blast and a much needed break from the heat that is Houston. I arrived in Boston on Monday and nearly fell to my knees in thanks for the deliciously cool and not-humid weather! The training course was very fun, educating, and enlightening. I’m going back to work with a bunch of ideas for how to improve the current process and design/develop the courses that have been started or remain untouched as yet.

If anyone is interested in taking a train the trainer type course, I strongly recommend Langevin as they do an extremely good job in preparing trainers, new and experienced alike, to make their training even better.

Last night I arrived at a friend’s house and got to meet his family and some friends. What an amazing group of people. I’ve been with them for less than a day in person and already think of them as family. Tonight I get to meet more and sit in on the Friday night game which is going to be squee-worthy.

It’s funny how some people just zoom right into your heart easy peasy and fill a spot you hadn’t even know was there and waiting for them. Mine is delightfully full now.

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What a week! It wasn’t a bad week but it was packed with busy. Unfortunately that meant I was also completely drained after work and didn’t blog or write much. That gave me a sad. Next week should be much better! I’ll be in Boston for business and my only responsibility is to learn what is being taught. Ah hotels, evenings eating in fun places and time to write and relax.

Or at least that’s the hope! I’ve also been going over the chapter planning for my newest novel and decided I wasn’t happy with what I had. Not really surprising since I was feeling rather blasé about the road map. It just didn’t ring my bells and that wasn’t a good omen at all. I know I had made a pledge on Imran Writes but I’m going to have to redo that.

Last night I spent a lot of time thinking about the plan and what it was that wasn’t working for me. Once I managed to identify those things, then I started working on something completely different. It needs more thought but this plan is far more exciting and that, my friends, is the essence of an engaging story.

I can’t wait to set these wheels on the road.

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