Happily Ever After in a small town isn't always easy, but we do love the idea. In a small town, we don't get lost in the crowd. We get to be a big fish in a small pond. But sometimes, jobs are scarce. And there are folks who know everything about everyone. It's hard to keep secrets. And if you're new in town, it's often difficult to fit in.
These are just some of the obstacles faced by the heroines in my Autumn Specials. And then there's the fortunate good luck of falling in love with the most unlikely hero.
Texas Sizzle is one of my favorite stories. Kathryn struggles to fit into a Texas town with her East Coast pedigree. And she doesn't help herself when she falls for the town's pro-football hero who happens to be younger than she is. Can she find bliss in Texas?
Note to self! I thought retiring to an apple farm would be wonderful, fun and delicious. But my research on Under the Desert Moon revealed it's a lot of hard work! Bless the apple growers! Our ideas of bliss change during our lifetimes. And all of us face conflicts. We want a place to call home and a fulfilling job. And-most importantly- love. My bliss is writing stories that reflect these common elements so my readers know they aren't alone. And love conquers all. What's your bliss?
The three Autumn Specials only $1.29 at www.marytateengels.com
Come summer and the urge to hit the road strikes, we pack our bags, grab a book (or eBook), and take off for the wide open spaces, ancient hills, or some beach (sigh). Just fyi, Ruby is my car and also my muse.
Pack 'n Roll – But you know this, right?
My best advice is to Pack Lite and Roll Baby Roll! Roll your clothes and you can take twice as much with less wrinkles.
Roll On – Save your shoulders and ditch the bag!
Take a small shoulder purse for strolling the streets after you arrive. For traveling, stuff that purse inside a rolling bag/suitcase and leave the nice, roomy shopping bag at home. Because – human nature is to fill the thing to capacity. And then, you have to carry it! Oh, aching shoulders! Instead, just take a rolling bag to stuff in the overhead and roll easily through airports.
What to pack – only what you NEED!
Take only what you'll need for the next few hours. For longer flights, there are some items to make it all more comfy. I have a friend who packs all this plus clothes in her overhead bag. She's a pro! Here's my overhead bag list.
Necessary items with you at all times: ID, passport, credit card(s), money, minimal makeup, prescription & other meds, jewelry, wipes, phone, ipad, unopened energy bar.
Stuff to make your flight more comfy:
Scarf plus soft jacket or sweater – flights are always too warm or too cold
Black tee – in case of spillage
Moisturizing cream – or small tube of Aquaphor, applied frequently
Thick, comfy socks to wear, even to the airplane toilet
Large, dark sunglasses to go incognito
Eye mask to block lights and maybe you can sleep
Earphones to block noise and tap into your own music
Books and/or eBooks, one to read, one to write!
Enjoy your journey and travel safe!
My three hot summer $1.29 specials found on my website at www.marytateengels.com are:
Callahan's Gold for Arizona gold digging!
Speak to the Wind, set in the cool mountains of Apache Country
A Man to Remember, treading Mexico's waters
Why do we LOVE Ireland?
Because it’s GREEN and rugged and awesomely beautiful and ... has a rich history and strong people… and an appealing culture (drink and dance) and stone circles and fences… and huge cows plus you – OMG – fall in love with all of Ireland the minute your feet touch Irish soil! But it's really about her beautiful, resilient, amazing people.
The Hills are Alive With Green! For a writer from Arizona, so much green is intoxicating. Not to mention the appeal of Guinness and Irish whiskey! And the music – well, who can listen to a jig or reel without tapping their feet? Or attempting to dance!
I'm all about the Green! I grew up in the U.S. South and get the country music connection as well as clogging to Irish dance. According to my dad, our name Tate was Scots-Irish. But when I was in Ireland and asked about my possible heritage, I was told “Tate? No, maybe marauders from the north or England.” Yikes!
Green Revenge! I know, I know, I've been to the two Tate Museums in London. But since I'm a writer, I can claim Tate is Irish, just as my dad thought. And he's in many of my books, not just the Irish ones – see if you can find him.
Breaking News! An epidemic of Green has hit the country! Here's a surprise – the Irish love America! They've even written songs about 'going to America.' So many of their relatives sought refuge here and so many of us claim an Irish heritage, that they embrace this country. And we embrace them right back. Once, on a tour of the remote Aran Islands, our guide took us on a skinny cart path to the very end, where we overlooked the vast Atlantic Ocean. “If ye look closely on a clear day," he said in a rich Irish brogue, "ye kin see all the way to Baston, where me kin live.”
You Green up my life! Awww… I’m in love with this mystical green Ireland!
What's the question? Green is the answer! When I wrote my Irish Hearts Series, I wanted to include all the green beauty and culture of this rich island, as well as the people's stories of Love, family, loss and belonging. CLAIRE’S EMBRACE, unlikely love and that amazing lace; EMBRACEABLE YOU, Sienna's love, meeting Claire in America, and that amazing lace; SECRET EMBRACE, Claire’s youngest daughter, Brianna, finding love in Ireland, music, and a little lace magic; MYSTIQUE, Claire’s oldest, near-perfect daughter, Danika, and a loving time travel. Look for another MYSTIQUE story later this year. Maybe there’s something to that amazing lace, after all! You can find these Irish stories at my website- http://www.marytateengels.com