Reading Challenge update–September

Ah, September…my favorite month! Yeah, I’m partial. After all, this is my birthday month. But this is about the Reading Challenge. Have you been reading? I thought it might be a good idea for me to take inventory of my reading. Especially since everything I’ve read in the last few weeks I’ve written myself. Here’s where I stand:

1- #13 A book about another century 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee

2-#10 A Book published before I was born 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

3-#6 a genre I don’t normally read Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

4- #8 A book you’ve been meaning to read for a while True Grit by Charles Portis

I do believe it’s time to step it up or I won’t make the 10 book challenge. Just a reminder, here’s the list. And the object here is not how many books you can read, but to stretch a bit and read books that you might not normally read.

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1o book reading challenge

  1. A book recommended by a book seller or librarian
  2. A book published in a different decade
  3. A book you’ve already read before
  4. A book you should have read in school
  5. A book that has been banned before
  6. A book from a genre you don’t normally read
  7. A book that intimidates you
  8. A book you’ve been meaning to read for a while
  9. A book you quit reading once before
  10. A book published before you were born
  11. A book recommended by someone close to you
  12. A book published this year
  13. A book about another century
  14. A book you’ve never heard of before
  15. A book recommended by amazon/internet/cyber friend

Right now, I’m editing the next two Wells Landing books, but after that… I’m going back to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. What are you reading?

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The Casual Vegetarian

So I’m getting all registered for the RT Convention in 2017. And by ‘getting all registered’ I mean that I gave Stacey the link and told her to sign us up. She calls me back and tells me that we’re all ready to go. Hotel reservations, conference fee, registration for the Giant Book Fair. “And,” she says, “I put you down for a vegetarian meal.”

Wait…what?

“I’m not a vegetarian,” I say. “I just don’t eat meat.”

She laughs. “That is a vegetarian.”

Well, I suppose. I mean not really. Right?

So I googled the definition for vegetarian.

Vegetarian (n) a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

Well, dang! Stacey was right! (She made me write that!)

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I quit eating meat recently and only because my doctor recommended that for me, uhum…like two years ago. But better late than never right? After giving it a trial run, I discovered that I do feel better and more energetic when I cut meat from my diet–no pun intended. But I don’t consider myself a vegetarian. I just don’t eat meat. See?

Vegetarianism is serious. You know, save the whales, Green Peace, and vegan leather (which is just a fancy way of saying vinyl).

Let me tell you, no meat is no small thing in a town that was built on oil and beef.

Now I grew up in the Deep South. I can eat veggies with the best of them: squash, beans, greens, okra. Yum. But there isn’t a good alternative when it comes to fast food. Sure most places have salads on the menu, but it’s a hit or miss–sometimes they’re edible, sometimes not.

But today I went to my favorite fast food Tex-Mex place, Taco Bueno. After all, it’s pretty easy to eat meatless Tex-Mex. This is how the order conversation went.

Me: Can I get a Muchaco with no meat, please?”

Bueno: A what?

Me: I would like a Muchaco but I don’t want the meat on it. Just beans.

(A muchaco is a pita taco with beans, meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Really good!)

Bueno: Do you want the lettuce on it?

Me: Yes, just leave the meat off.

Bueno: You want me to put the cheese and tomato on it?

Me: Everything but the meat.

Bueno: You want me to leave the meat off?

Me. Yes!

He just couldn’t believe that I didn’t want the meat! And he gave me the strangest look when I went to pick up my food. And believe it or not, they actually got my order correct! I had no idea ‘without meat’ would be so complicated.

It might have been a little easier if I said, I’m a vegetarian. But I’m not. I just don’t eat meat. Oh wait…Right. The definition places me firmly in the vegetarian camp. So I guess I am. But only casually. I like milk and eggs, and leather shoes. Just call me The Casual Vegetarian.

And if you’re going to be in the Atlanta area next May, be sure to check out the Romantic Times Convention! I’d love to meet you there!

 

 

I’m Blogging Amish

Today I’m blogging over at Amy’s Amish Adventures about my recent trip to Pennsylvania. Hope you can join me! And it wouldn’t hurt my feelings any if, while you are over there, you sign up to follow that blog. Many thanks!

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Reading Challenge Update: August

I can’t believe it’s already August! It seems like every year goes by faster and faster. I would love to tell you how much I’ve gotten to read in the past month, but it wouldn’t be the truth. I’ve bought a lot of books these past four weeks, but I haven’t gotten around to reading any of them.

Yes, that’s right. I haven’t read a book in the last month. Yikes! Maybe because I’ve spent the last few weeks editing and traveling. But more on that later.

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I did get a book started. My #3: a book I’ve read before, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I devoured this book years ago and I’m currently obsessed with the Starz series. My plan is to re-read the first book, read the second book as my #9 (Yes, I started Dragonfly in Amber, but never finished it. Long story. Maybe I’ll write a blog post about it. Hmmm…). And then read the third in the series before the third season of Outlander starts. Since these books are incredibly long, I’d better get busy! After all, I still have the reading challenge to finish!

What about you? How are you doing on the reading challenge? Remember the goal isn’t the number of books that you read, but reading with a new effort, a different goal in mind.

Can’t remember the types of books on the list? Here’s a refresher:

1o book reading challenge

  1. A book recommended by a book seller or librarian
  2. A book published in a different decade
  3. A book you’ve already read before
  4. A book you should have read in school
  5. A book that has been banned before
  6. A book from a genre you don’t normally read
  7. A book that intimidates you
  8. A book you’ve been meaning to read for a while
  9. A book you quit reading once before
  10. A book published before you were born
  11. A book recommended by someone close to you
  12. A book published this year
  13. A book about another century
  14. A book you’ve never heard of before
  15. A book recommended by amazon/internet/cyber friend

And as always, Happy Reading!

Amy

The Amish Wedding List

Hey, everyone!

Just popping in to say that I have a new blog up over at Amy’s Amish Adventures. It’s all about the Amish wedding gift list that Sadie recently shared with me. If you love all things Amish, you don’t want to miss this! Hope to see you there!

http://www.amysamishadventures.wordpress.com/blog/

And while you’re there, be sure to sign up to get direct notifications from that blog. All Amish themed blogs will be posted there. :)

Thanks for reading!

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Blogging today

Just wanted everyone to know that I’ve made a few changes to my website with a few more still to come. This site will now be an umbrella for all the others. Some are ready for you to  explore while others are still in the planning stages. My goal is simple, segment each of my genres or series as the case may be so that readers can connect with each site without the distractions of the others. If you love Amish, I have a new site dedicated just to Plain living. I also have my Amie Louellen site which showcases all of my Amie Louellen contemporary titles. Coming soon will be a site about my Loveless Texas Series which begins with Take Me Back To Texas, which recently received its own makeover. And there’s still more brewing.

If you enjoy my Amish books be sure to check out my new Amish centered website Amy’s Amish Adventures and you can read my newest blog about my recent trip to Chouteau, OK. And while you’re there, sign up to receive notifications when I post a new blog.

If you like fun, sassy, and sexy reads, I’m also blogging on my Amie Louellen site about my new Penguin contract and how it affects my pen name. Be sure to check it out. BLOG And I would love for you to follow that blog as well, if contemporary romance is your thing.

Be watching for more changes to come. And remember, the best and easiest way to get the  latest news is  my A Squared newsflash newsletter. If you haven’t signed up to receive it, it only takes a second. Go HERE to fill out the form today! There are special giveaways and exciting things to come this year to those on my newsletter mailing list.

And as always thanks for reading!

Amy

 

Why purple?

How do you like my new purple website? I’m loving it! Purple has always been one of my favorite colors. My high school colors were purple and gold–Go Bears!– and purple is just a great color.

But the color isn’t the only thing I changed. I consolidated a bit, moved my contemporary books over to share the same space with my Amish and other inspirational novels. It makes things easier on me in that I don’t have to keep up two separate websites. As of right now, I may host a few visitors on my Amie Louellen site, but most everything will be right here in one convenient place.

purple blog 2There are a few other changes that I’ve made. I’m instituting a new rating system which will help readers know the sensuality and spirituality content of the book. Since I write all over the place, this genre and that, it’ll help everyone know which books are about what. See, that’s what happens when you have a crazy, chatty muse like I do. It’s good in that I never run out of ideas, but ‘bad’ in I never know where those ideas are going to land.

Be sure to check out the For Readers tab; there are recipes and other fun stuff lurking there. And the All Things Amish tab which will lead you to…well, all things Amish.

But lastly, I made my blog purple in honor of Fibromyalgia Awareness. I’ve never really talked openly about my battle with FMS, figuring that no one really wants to hear about my problems. But then I heard Robin Roberts speak. For those of you who don’t know, she’s a newscaster on the Today Show. Robin has been battling cancer and since her treatment is now fighting off a rare bone marrow disease. She has an unbeatable spirit and such a positive attitude that it is simply mind boggling. In this interview she shared her mother’s advice: Make your mess your message. We all have troubles and issues, things, diseases and difficulties that cause us to feel like less than we want. And we should share these with each other to help one another get through. We may be suffering, but we are not suffering alone.

So that’s my mess–fibro with a couple of autoimmunes thrown in just to keep things interesting. I do my best to not get down about the things I can’t do and concentrate on the things that I still can. I can write books, share my stories with you, and still get around better than most. And I plan on writing these stories for a long time to come.

Speaking of which, the color purple has a prominent place in my soon to be released, Courting Emily. So be on the watch for giveaways of purple prizes, purple recipes and other purple things.

Just remember, Purple is as Purple does.