Summer of Love, Take 2

Sugar and spice

Every now and then my alter egos get into a fight about which one I love the best. Alicia Thorne thinks I cater too much to Jenny Jacobs, Jessica Starre thinks Alicia is kind of a bitch, Jenny thinks Jessica should go back to wherever she came from and let her work in peace. You would think since they all inhabit the same brain they would be all about mutual peace and support. Ha! Mostly they fight over whose turn it is to write a book.

A while back I said, “I notice that all of you like writing books but none of you likes to promote them,” so they put me in charge (still not sure how that happened) and I came up with the idea for the Summer of Love, a book giveaway that I hosted with a bunch of my friends. Although the contest ended in May, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you will get a chance to win in a second-chance drawing for a pile of five print books. If you don’t subscribe to my newsletter, you should so that you don’t miss out on things like that. Also sometimes my daughter Jessica gives away glass but no one ever knows when.

Anyway, Alicia pointed out that as long as I am being all promotional and whatnot I should point out that she has a lovely bundle of books, Pleasure and Passion, available as a Kindle ebook for basically the change that’s in your pocket, so check it out here.

That Alicia got her own bundle annoyed Jenny so much that she made me promise to get her one, so I did. Sugar and Spice releases in July, but that photo above is your little sneak peek at the book!


A conversation with a friend

Me: No worries, I know a guy, he owes me a favor. I’ll get it taken care of.
Friend (not sounding as happy as she should): You know, a lot of people seem to owe you favors.
Me: Well, I do something for them, they do something for me. That’s how it works.
Friend: That sounds a little . . . .
Me: It’s called networking.
Friend: I think the mafia has another name for it.


Today is my birthday! It’s one of those with a zero in it, and Jessica can’t quite believe how anyone could be that old, but I am mostly calm. You know what I would love for my birthday? I would love it if you’d sign up for my newsletter so we can keep up with each other.

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On life’s little mysteries

So I happened to notice this awesome commentary on the hand dryer in the bathroom of my favorite coffee shop, so I took a photo with my phone:



Then I put my phone in my back pocket and walked down to Global Cafe for some lunch. On the way, my butt took a couple photos:




I would love to know what these things are, but if my butt knows, it ain’t saying.


Dojo Wisdom for Writers, second edition, now available on Amazon in print and ebook! (Nook and other ebook versions here)
Catch a Falling Star (by Jessica Starre) and The Matchmaker Meets Her Match (by Jenny Jacobs), two of my favorite novels.

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On my favorite Facebook meme

If you are in Facebook, you have probable seen this “Polish proverb” (I have no idea where it comes from, and I sort of doubt the authority of someone randomly posting things on Facebook). It has become my new favorite mantra.



My collection of travel stories, Travels with Jessica, is now available! Kindle and paperback here; other ebook formats here. And I’ve published my essay “For Jessica” as a small book. Kindle and paperback here; other ebook formats here.

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