Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I’ll admit, I love to travel. But I think we’ve finally overdone it. Since October we have been to Northern Italy, Connecticut, Utah, Florida, and had a week’s worth of family guests here, in the desert. Loved all of it… well, mostly.
I’ve learned a lot about the fabulous places we’ve been but also about myself. I call it 'finding myself.' Finding what I love, what I admire, and where I want to be. Or not. When I travel, even abroad, I always imagine 'What would it be like to live here?' or 'How about a month here?' Many places get a big thumbs up but, nothing replaces my own room with a desert view. I’ve been in Arizona too long to appreciate multiple gray, drizzly, cold days. Give me sunshine and I revive.
I can appreciate the beauty of a first snow or a majestic snow-covered Utah mountain, but I don't have to stand in it. Or shovel it. What I miss most are water features from ocean waves to bubbling creeks and autumn colors. Both of these can be fixed by traveling.
I have really missed my writing because through all of this, I haven’t written a word on my WIP (work in progress). Yes, I have an unfinished manuscript – a writer's biggest regret. And yes, my Main Characters are speaking to me, day and night. So, I’m ready to take my own best writing advice and BIC HOK. Butt in Chair; Hands on Keys.
That means get busy, get on with it, get R done! What about you? Do you postpone doing things you love? Or trying new things? I'm working on balance in my life and a renewed mindset to live my best life. Remember, the days are long, but the years are short. So, get R done – follow your dreams!
My featured books this month may be purchased at www.marytateengels.com
ROGUE DIAMOND-featured and discounted this month
She is an exchange teacher in Mexico who is a victim in a baby-trafficking scheme. She will hire, or bribe, anyone to help her find her stolen baby. But she doesn’t expect to fall in love with the rogue she hires.
A MAN TO REMEMBER
She is the spoiled daughter of a wealthy California family, in Mexico on a mission for her father. She becomes involved with a soldier of fortune from Texas and Howdy Partner! Let the adventures begin! Her mission soon becomes getting them both out of there safely. Falling in love is a bonus!
Mary Tate Engels, author
These two books about love have very different circumstances. One is a new life and love. The other is a bridge from tragedy to love. Please read and if you enjoyed it, I would Love for you to leave a review. They are both on sale for a limited time for only 99 cents each. My happy holiday gifts to you!
Excerpt from OUR TIME TO LOVE
… a bridge to love, a tribute to all our heroes
The pumpkin pie was in the oven.
Neal tossed the Mail on the table. "Smells wonderful. Remember, I don't send bills out in December. They know what they owe. No need to remind them."
"You're offering amnesty in Dec? How will we place orders for meds?" She picked through the mail. "What's this? Something from the Miami Dolphins? Maybe they're making a donation to the clinic."
"Yeah, sure. Just toss it."
"But you're a fan. Don't you want to know what they're up to?"
"I'm not interested."
She ripped the envelope open. "Well I am. Look Neal, it's a letter addressed to you."
He turned away.
She was quiet, reading. "It's for you, Neal. They want... "
"I know. We've been through this before."
"But it's an honor. A hero's honor for saving lives that night."
"I'm no hero. I didn't save the most important person in my life."
"You saved the most important person in Derrick Swift's life. To him you're a hero."
"Yeah, well... Maria's family would disagree."
"Derrick Swift is the most decorated quarterback in Dolphin's history. Even I know his name. His pregnant wife was there that night. They both lived, mother and baby. That's something to celebrate."
Neal started to walk out.
"I think you should go back. Let them thank you. Show their gratitude. It's important to them."
Neal stopped at the door. "No."
"Have you ever been back?"
"Hell no! And it's not going to happen." Neal grabbed a jacket and headed outside to jog.
Gwyn turned to look out the window. Red leaves drifting. Bare limbs. Evergreens standing firm and strong. Was this where their love was going? Drifting away...
Or standing firm? Would they always be dogged by this tragedy? She knew one thing, if he didn't resolve this, it would always be there. Dogging them both.
The oven buzzed and she remembered the Pumpkin Pie. She pulled it out and set it on the counter. It didn't look like her mama's pie. A little taste revealed the problem. Salt instead of sugar! She opened the back door and flung the pie outside, hard as she could. She yelled in frustration.
Two grazing deer lifted their heads. Who is this crazy, screaming person? Then they bounded away.
… a new view of the West
She is aggressive, but not too much. He is tough, but not too much. Both are too passionate to stay apart.
"You are the damnedest female I've ever met."
"I wanted to see what it would feel like to kiss you. I've thought about it a long time." Kyla felt her throat closing up and wondered if it was possible to choke to death over a simple kiss.
"Nice touch," Kyla replied after a moment's consideration.
"I've never known a woman like you." Griff shook his head.
"You've never had a woman kiss you?" She touched his lips lightly with one finger.
"I've never had a woman make the first move before."
"That's too bad. You've been missing out."
Suddenly Griff’s powerful hands grasped her forearms, whipping her around to face him. "You want to know what it's like to really kiss me, Kyla? That wasn't anything." His lips captured hers and she leaned into the kiss, enjoying it thoroughly. This was what she wanted all along.
I am fascinated by the Southwest history that is filled with stories of strong and brave heroines, women who rolled up their sleeves and did what was necessary to make it.
Women tended the kitchen, the livestock, and the kids. They ran ranches, businesses and towns. And so do my contemporary heroines in Under the Desert Sky and Under the Desert Moon. Lacy and Annie are friends helping friends, even as their well-intentioned lives sometimes fringe the law.
Under the Desert Sky pays tribute to those Arizona families who struggle in boom or bust western mining towns. Lacy sees a job that needs doing and steps up to do it. Being a small-town mayor is not her first career choice, but she grows into the job. She hires the hero to rebuild her town. And against his free-wheeling spirit, Holt discovers new passions for settling down. Sometimes refurbishing the past can enhance the future.
In Under the Desert Moon, Annie bravely carries on the tradition of running her family apple farm. It’s not an easy job in Arizona, so hiring migrant workers is often the way it works for all. She finds herself south of the law but is determined to do the right thing. Brett is a man with his own traditions to uphold, and he has a badge to prove it. In this ageless story, a clash of traditions threatens their love. So, who will be the winner?
Each of these books is specially priced at .99 cents for a limited time. Step outside your comfort zone and escape to the wild Southwest, read and review. That’s how it works for writers.