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Flames A-Z: Brooke Family


The Brooke family show up in each of the stories so far, in one way or another. The first two were completely about them, and both Kayla and James have played roles in the others, in one way or another.

The family starts with Robert and Carol Brooke. Married for over 50 years, they had two sons, James and Zachary. Carol passed away between Flames of Redemption & Flames of Renewal.

James, the older brother, was the more serious of the two. He has dark hair and green eyes. Tall. He was constantly pulling his brother out of trouble, even after they both became firefighters. He met Sarah Rafferty shortly after he joined the fire department, and even though her parents didn’t approve of him, they were married about a year later. Their son, Kieran, was born about ten months later. A little more than a year after that, James responded to a fire, only to find it was his house burning. Neither his wife or son survived. He went through the motions, but he’d lost the heart for firefighting. The first chance he got for something else, while still in the fire service, he took it. He became a fire inspector then an investigator. And later, when his niece showed interest, trained her in fire investigation. Thirty years after his family’s deaths, his wife’s best friend moves back to town. Until then, James figured he was meant to spend the rest of his life alone. But, he found his heart waking up again with Teresa.

Unlike James, Zachary is light, in looks and attitude. He was always thinking of trouble to get into, and dragging his brother along. He met Chrissy about the same time James met Sarah. They were married shortly after his brother. Their daughter, Kayla, was born less than a year after her cousin, Kieran. Ten years later, they had a son, Jeremiah. Zachary never lost his heart for fighting fires, but due to health issues, retired when he was fifty. He’s having trouble adjusting to that retirement.

Growing up in a fire family, a career in the fire service is really all Kayla ever wanted. But her father wanted his kids to at least explore other options. So, she spent two years in college, where she met Reese Davis. They ended up engaged, until he tried to control what she did. When they lost friends of theirs in a fire, and she wouldn’t follow his ultimatum of leaving the fire department, he walked away from her. Three years later she was on the rescue squad and studying with her uncle to become a fire investigator. Then, she runs into Adrian Riley. And finds someone who will protect her while not trying to extinguish the flames that drive her.

Jeremiah was born ten years after his sister, and always trying to keep up with her. He, too, wanted to join the fire department. Unlike his sister, though, he never had any desire to try to puzzle out the how or why. He’s just about finished up with the fire academy and ready to join the department.

Writing Wednesday: Scene by Scene

My new goal of working by scene seems to be going well. Monday I had 3 planned scenes to write. Ended up writing 6. Another 3 planned for Tuesday. Ended up writing 4.5(blaming Roni Loren’s new novella coming out for not finishing that last one). I’ve decided to shut everything down at dinnertime, and leave the rest of the evening open for reading. So, if I don’t get all the goals done for that day, I’ll move them to the next day. Seems to be working so far as I wrote over 12,800 words in those two days.

Before I break down my progress so far this week, it’s WEDNESDAY!!! Yes, yes, I’m easily excited(also not quite 5:30 a.m. and on second cup of coffee. shhhhhh).  Today, I have 16 paragraphs(6-1+7-2+0+1+5) from Burning Bright between Kelan and Jace. The beginning of this references something that happened in Flames of Restoration, and nope, not telling you what they’re talking about(may share when I start revising Restoration, but for now, shhhh).

“He could never go back, and I’d be just as happy,” Kelan muttered. “If he goes after Nolan again-”
“I really don’t think he will,” Jace said. “Nolan said he seemed very remorseful when he visited him in the hospital.”
“Our brother is a much better man than I’d be.”
“He is,” Jace said. He’d thought the same of himself. The things Hallows had said and done hadn’t even been directed at him, and he found it difficult to forgive the man. He barely ducked the flying eraser then laughed. “I didn’t mean it like that, Kel. Damn. And they say artists are temperamental.”
He barely caught his brother’s scowl before he turned away. What was that about? “I, uh, saw your girlfriend today, too.”
Kelan’s shoulders tightened at that, then he turned back toward him. “What are you talking about?”
“The woman you brought to my last show. Finn’s teacher? Ms. Yates? Any of those ring a bell?”
Kelan stared at him another moment then started laughed. “Oh God,” he said finally sinking onto a stool. “You think I’m dating her?”
“Why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t you? There’s nothing wrong with her.”
He chuckled again and shook his head. “Her father’s one of the history teachers here. In fact, his room is right down that hallway,” Kelan said, pointing out the door. “I’d mentioned planning on going to your show. Dillon said he thought his daughter would like to go too. That led to me picking her up and taking her there. We had some fun, discussed some of your paintings, drank some champagne. Well, mostly she did, since I was driving, Then, I took her home. That’s all, Jace. I’ve talked to her a couple more times when she’s stopped in to see Dillon after school, but I’m not seeing her. I told her that first night I wasn’t interested in dating her. God, that would be like going out with Jessica.”
“Except Kammi isn’t your sister.” That was it. He’d been struggling to remember her first name.
And now Kelan’s eyes lit up. “So, it’s Kammi now, is it?”
Jace tossed the eraser back at him. “Figured that was easier than calling her Ms. Yates. So, you’re really not dating her?”
Kelan laughed. “No, Jace. We went to your show together. Why? You thinking about dating her?”
Jace glanced down at the toes of his boots, but he could feel his face warm. “I should get going,” he said. “I’ve got a painting I need to finish.”
He caught his brother’s grin as he turned away though. And knew he hadn’t fooled the other man. But, it didn’t really matter. He probably wouldn’t see her again anyway.

You can check out other snippets here or even add your own. I’m actually thinking of plotting out Kelan’s story and then Jess’s and writing the last three(Tate’s is already plotted) back to back. I’m planning on working on a complete rewrite of my 2011 NaNo novel next month for Camp NaNo and then I’ll start writing Tate’s.

As for how I’ve done this week:

  • Burning Bright – Write 14 scenes – I’ve written 11/14 scenes, but I actually have 8 more to go to get to the point I wanted to be, unless I add more in there. And it looks like I’ll be camping with my dad and stepmom the last week of this month, so I’d like to try to finish this next week. That might not happen. We’ll see.
  • Some Fools Never Learn – Finish Outline– I did finish this up on Sunday. I wasn’t going to plot anything else for a while, but I think I’m going to do the rest of the Hunter family series.
  • Into the Sun – total: 14k – I wrote some more on this on Sunday, it’s just over 12k right now. Will add more this weekend.
  • Reading: Finish Deathmaker, Wait for You(J. Lynn), & The Madman’s Daughter(Megan Shepherd) – I finished Deathmaker(loved it) and enjoyed Wait for You. I got about 35% through The Madman’s Daughter then Yours All Along came out. I don’t usually read a book as soon as it comes out, but yeah. I did. And loved it(seems to be a given for Roni’s books). I picked The Madman’s Daughter back up today, but it hasn’t really drawn me in. I don’t know if I’ll keep with it or not.
  • Knit: Schooner Hat – finish – finished this too. IMG_0611-0
  • Crochet: Peaked Women’s Cap – got the first few rounds done on this

Flames A-Z: Adrian Riley

I’ve seen a few people doing an A-Z challenge for their stories recently. I wasn’t going to do it. I’ve got enough other things keeping me busy. And, yet, here I am. I’m going to be doing this in my own way, though. Two posts a week(Tuesday & Thursday) on characters from my Flames series. I have a few other series I could probably pick from. But, as the Flames series is my most prolific(have 5 novels, 1 novella, plus more planned, 1 spin-off started, & another in pre-plotting thoughts), so I figured it would be the best to go with. So, twice a week, I’ll introduce one of the characters, maybe show some “casting” photos, a bit of their background, maybe even a snippet from their story(or a story they’re in, if they’re a more minor character). Today, we have…Adrian Riley.

For my inspiration for Adrian and other things from Flames of Redemption, you can check out my Pinterest board here

Adrian was born on July 6, 1982 to Donovan and Chrissa Riley in Erie, Pa. He has one older brother, Rian. After him came Callum, Darcie, Connor, and Doreen. Thirteen years separated the oldest from the youngest. Adrian had always been a bit of a protector, but this intensified when at fifteen he was unable to save his baby sister from a fire. He tried to hold his family together, but his older brother went off to college, his younger brother got into drugs, and he wasn’t sure how to help the youngest two.

He carried this wound with him, even into his career as a police officer. When he had to arrest his brother, he decided to transfer to a smaller department in the nearby town of Crystal Glen. Most of his new colleagues didn’t know his past or his family of cops. He became a detective shortly after the move and had been there almost two years when he was assigned a case involving possible arson and the death of a firefighter.

While on that case, he ran into Kayla Brooke, a firefighter with Crystal Glen’s fire department. While trying to figure out who was starting these fires, destroying families, they fanned a few flames of their own. He was determined to protect her, but that was one thing that nearly caused him to lose her.

They still thrive on fanning each others’ sparks into something more, eight months into their marriage. Adrian wants everything with her, but he has a tendency to move faster than her.

I still don’t know yet if they’ll have more of a family together than their two dogs, Oscar(border collie mix) and Florian(Golden Retriever mix). But, that’s part of what I like about a connected series. Even though they aren’t the main characters any longer, we still get to follow the rest of their story.

And a little snippet from Flames of Redemption with Adrian and Kayla on that first scene(not the first time they’ve run into each other, though):

Adrian wanted to pound his head against a wall. Or her head. No, he’d rather kiss her against the wall, if there was a wall left to even lean against that wouldn’t crumble under them. He shouldn’t be thinking like that. Damn, that little firefighter was frustrating, though.
He wasn’t even sure why he let her crawl right under his skin, though she seemed to be quite adept at it. She barely even spoke to him. He wasn’t quite sure exactly what he’d done to piss her off so extremely. Had it been at the viewing? He hadn’t really even questioned her, or any of them. He’d only been there to observe. Same with the funeral. That one had really enraged her. Not like he’d actually wanted to be there, to intrude on their moment of pain, of grief. As he’d already told her, he only had a job to do. One just as important as hers. Of course, he hadn’t realized she would try to do his job as well.
Ah, maybe that was the problem. He shouldn’t let it get to him. She wasn’t even a trained investigator. At least James and Marshal Haig, from the State Police barracks, were trained to know what to look for.
He’d already made the mistake of saying that to her face once. He was smarter than people seemed to think, and he could learn from his mistakes. She’d scorched him with her eyes enough today. At least her mood had improved slightly once James had given her the gloves and the coffee he had in his car.
Of course, that improvement didn’t mean much, when it was already so bad. He thought avoiding her would make things better. She made it easy, since she seemed to be doing the same. If they were going to work this case together, they’d actually have to work together. They couldn’t ignore each other the whole time. He’d make a pretty good try at it, though. She’d have to go back to the station sometime anyway.
He wasn’t sure if he heard her, or if it was more of sensing her, but he knew the moment she approached him. Still, he kept his eyes trained on the floor. He figured it was better than looking at her. He wasn’t exactly sure what he would do then. Back to that thought of hitting her head against the wall. Even worse, giving in to this temptation to kiss her. Yes, he definitely thought that would be a worse decision.

On Thursday, look for a little bit on Kayla’s family.

Monday Mentions: New Releases

I haven’t done a new releases post in a while, and as I don’t have any new posts to share, I figured today is a good day for it. All pictures & descriptions come from Goodreads.

Spiraled by Kendra Elliot – I’ve listened to the first 2 books in this series and have really enjoyed them. Looking forward to picking up this one as well. All are available on Kindle Unlimited with the narration included.

FBI Special Agent Ava McLane solves crimes; she doesn’t witness them. When she’s trapped in a mall without her weapon as a shooter picks off victims, she hides with a wounded teen and prays for her survival.

But that’s only the beginning…

An epidemic of mass shootings has been launched across Oregon. The young shooters terrify the public, committing random murders before taking their own lives. The task force assembled to solve the case—which includes Ava’s boyfriend, detective Mason Callahan—remains stumped. And on top of this chaos, Ava’s troubled twin sister reappears, throwing Ava’s already-tumultuous life into a tailspin.

An old-fashioned cop with a strong sense of duty, Mason struggles to find the cause of the shootings as the workaholic Ava spins ever closer to breaking down. But can one detective save the lives of countless innocents—and prevent the woman he loves from going over the edge?


The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I enjoyed the first book in the series, though a lot of it had felt slow to me. Still, I’ve been looking forward to reading the next one. And I just realized it came out last week.

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

The Blade’s Memory by Lindsay Buroker – I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Lindsay(Flash Gold, Emperor’s Edge, Rust & Relics – only read the first 1, and now the Dragon Blood series). I just finished book 2 in this series last night. This is book 5, so I still have a little bit before I get caught up. But, I can’t wait to.

The king is missing.

A secret organization is hunting sorcerers.

The enemy has powerful new weapons to deploy, and the capital is more vulnerable than it’s ever been.

Worst of all, at least in Ridge Zirkander’s view, someone put that jackass Colonel Therrik in charge of the flier battalion.

Ridge, Sardelle, and their comrades have a lot of problems to fix, but they can’t show their faces in the capital without being arrested or shot. This time, it’s going to take a lot more than magic to save the country.

The Blade’s Memory is the fifth installment in the Dragon Blood series.

And this one actually comes out tomorrow, but I’m counting it(my blog, my rules)… Yours All Along by Roni Loren

Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.

But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.

Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…

Sunday Summary: Another Shift

I have mentioned that I have trouble sticking with one way of doing something for very long, yes? Well, while the work on writing for 5 hours a day was “working”, sometimes those 5 hours stretched through the whole day, and it seemed I struggled to get everything else done. And it didn’t always mean a lot of writing. So, I’ve gone back to an earlier plan of getting through a certain number of planned scenes. I have a tendency to add more in as I write even though I have the story outlined, so this may end up being more than what I originally had planned. Right now, I have to write 2.8 scenes to finish by the end of the month.

Also, I was going to shift to focus on editing starting next month. But, next month is Camp NaNoWriMo again. And while you can edit during it, it’s so much easier to track new words written. I am going to work on beta edits for The Choice(though I still haven’t heard back from 1/2 of them). But, I’ll also be working on a new-ish story. It was actually my 2011 NaNo, but I started rewriting it last year and then set it outside. Going to pull it back out next month though.

Anyway for how this week has gone:


  • Burning Bright(formerly known as Jace’s Story) – get to ~35000 words – only got to 30000 words.
  • Some Fools Never Learn – finish outline – Kept procrastinating on this. I still have 2 more chapters to outline.
  • Into the Sun – total: 12k – at 11,452 right now. Planning to keep going until I hit 12k today though.
  • Reading: Finish Torrent, Republic(Lindsay Buroker), Operation Cinderella(Hope Tarr), Death Scream(S.M. Reine), & Blurring the Lines(Roni Loren) I couldn’t get into Operation Cinderella, but I really enjoyed the other ones. I also read: The Sound of Us(Ashley Poston), All Broke Down(Cora Carmack), Nocte(Courtney Cole), and Crossing the Line(Katie McGarry). Enjoyed all of these, though Nocte was definitely different, a bit mind twisting. I’m currently about halfway through Deathmaker(Lindsay Buroker). Loving this one.
  • Knit: Schooner Hat – finish – not quite. I have about 2 more inches to knit then need to sew up the seam and make the pom pom for the top. Still hoping to do this today.

So, it seems reading is the only goal I actually met this week. Hope that changes for next week.

  • Burning Bright – Write 14 scenes
  • Some Fools Never Learn – Finish Outline
  • Into the Sun – total: 14k
  • Reading: Finish Deathmaker, Wait for You(J. Lynn), & The Madman’s Daughter(Megan Shepherd)
  • Knit: Schooner Hat – finish
  • Crochet: Peaked Women’s Cap


Fiction Friday: Story a Day Round-Up

Since may is over, I thought I’d do a round-up of all my stories for May’s Story a Day challenge. There are 3o of them(I only missed one day). I figure I’ll organize them into groups by the series/stories/characters they’re based on. Also going to try to put them in chronological order



Riley Family:



Hunter Family:






Into the Sun

Freeing His Heart




Some of these I definitely liked better than others. But, it was fun digging around in back stories(or maybe even what happens after their actual story). I even got an idea for yet another story(because I really need that).

Writing Wednesday: Keeping Up

This has actually been a pretty good week so far, despite dealing with constant bickering and hearing “He’s making me mad.” “No, she’s being mean to me” all day. Some days are better than others. Yesterday, it rained most of the day, so we were inside. It wasn’t one of the better days.

But, today is Wednesday. Which means WiPPet time! And from a new WiP as well. From now until at least the end of the month, I’ll be sharing from Burning Bright, the first in a Flames series spin-off. They all will focus on one of Nolan’s(from Flames of Restoration) siblings. This is Jace’s, who happens to be the youngest. The one I’ve been plotting is Tate’s, who is the oldest. Anyway, for today I have 10 lines from the prologue. Jace, his brother Kelan, and Kammi are in this scene. There is a small misunderstanding that results from this(it’s resolved by Chapter 2).

Jace Hunter saw the grin cross his mother’s face as he was talking and knew one of his brothers must have shown up. So when he felt the tap on his shoulder, he turned the other way. And saw his second oldest brother grinning at him. “You’re still an idiot, Kel,” he said shoving against his shoulder. “I haven’t fallen for that since I was a kid.”
“Which was what? Five minutes ago.”
Jace shoved his brother again, a little harder this time. “Just because you’re an old man now doesn’t mean I’m still a kid.”
“At least I could get a date. It’s your special night, and you still show up alone.”
Before he could respond to that, he heard a light laugh from beyond his brother and turned his gaze that way. It was like something struck him right in the chest. She was beautiful. Her black hair went halfway down her back, her skin almost looked like it had been kissed by gold. He didn’t think it was just a tan, though. It looked more like her natural skin tone. The slightly slanted green eyes took him by surprise though.
He wanted to paint her.

Like I said, it’s been a pretty good week, writing-wise, so far. I’ve already put down over 10k words, and i still want to get a little more done today. The last two days I’ve crossed everything off my list by 6 p.m. Which has meant a little extra reading time.

  • Burning Bright(formerly known as Jace’s Story) – get to ~35000 words – I’ve written 10860 words so far. It’s sitting a little under 23500 words. I might still make that goal, depending on how much more I write today.
  • Some Fools Never Learn – finish outline – just about finished with this. Just have to put all the scenes into Scrivener
  • Into the Sun – total: 12k – weekend project
  • Reading: Finish Torrent, Republic(Lindsay Buroker), Operation Cinderella(Hope Tarr), Death Scream(S.M. Reine), & Blurring the Lines(Roni Loren) – Loved Torrent and Republic. Of course, I haven’t read anything of hers that I haven’t loved. Stayed up until after 11 last night finishing Republic. Started Operation Cinderella and just haven’t connected with the characters. So, I’m setting it aside.
  • Knit: Schooner Hat – finish – I’m making progress on this. I’m about halfway through the body of the hat.

Monday Mentions: Getting It Right & Word Sprints

Just two posts to share today, but they are kind of related.

First, I read this post from Ava Jae on First Drafting. I agree with everything she says here. Sometimes I’ll look up little details  while I’m drafting, particularly if it’s going to affect other aspects of the story. But overall, I just worry about getting the story down. In fact, I tend to have a lot [xx] scattered through my WiPs. That can be anything from a name to a place, or any other detail I know I need to look up later. These are things I try to fill in during my first round of revisions. But, during the first draft, I don’t worry too much about them.

Then, I read this post from L.S. Mooney on The Great Noveling Adventure. Again, agree with all of this. I’m definitely more of a quantity writer when first drafting. Like I said above, I’m more worried about getting the story down in this stage. I participate in a couple different word sprints. The morning @novel_adventure sprints on twitter. On Fridays, there’s the #writeclub sprints, 30 minutes with a 10 minute break between. They run in pretty much all time zones, so you can almost guarantee you’ll find one no matter when you write. And this month, we have #JuNoWriMo. Again, there’s sprints running most of the day.

I don’t really use Write or Die anymore. I’ve found I like ForceDraft better. You can set a time or word count goal, and you have to meet that goal before you can get out of it. And it saves it in one file instead of having several of them. It also saves automatically(I had a few problems with the newer Write or Die not saving). I’ve only had a couple problems with ForceDraft, and that was mostly operator error(meaning to put 900 words, but clicking on minutes instead).

I know this pace of writing doesn’t work for everyone, but if I try to focus too much on getting the right words down, I don’t get any words down. So, this definitely works for me.


Photo Friday: Start of Summer

Okay, so it’s not officially summer yet. But, the weather’s been pretty warm(except for a few days this past weekend/beginning of the week) and since noon Wednesday, both kids are on summer vacation. So, close enough.

1st grade spelling bee champion

1st grade spelling bee champion

Done with preschool

Done with preschool

Almost right away Wednesday, the boy started bugging me about taking the training wheels off his bike. He’s been riding two-wheelers all over at school, but we hadn’t taken the ones off his bike yet. Once I actually found a wrench in husband’s tool box(oh there are plenty of wrenches, find the one I needed was the issue), I got the training wheels off. He climbed on the bike and took right off. Did fall a couple times, and scraped a little skin off his knees/elbows, but he’d just get right back on and keep going. His sister still has no desire to get her training wheels off.


And last night, I got to go on my second motorcycle ride. There was a cruise-in at one of the local American Legions. We met up with some of the guys from the club my husband rides with(they’re all firefighters) and rode over to it. Had pizza, wings, and laughs. I was a lot more relaxed this time. And I found those knots of anxiety that are constantly coiled up tight loosened when we were riding. Now, that is a great feeling


This was me ready for our first ride.

Writing Wednesday: Last Day

Well, today is the last day of school. Both kids only have half a day, so they’ll be home around lunch time. I’m going to try to get all my writing done in the morning if I can. If I can’t, I’ll probably be taking the computer outside with me. The way they’ve been fighting when both are home, it may be a very long 12 weeks.

Today is Wednesday, which means WiPPeT time!! I may get a little excited about this. 😉 I’m still working on Freeing His Heart but have also started Burning Bright(formerly referred to as Jace’s Story). So, I’ve been debating which one I should share from. I could do both, right? 6 divided by 3 is 2. Okay, maybe not. Anyway, this will probably be the last one from Freeing His Heart for a while(at least until I start revisions). For today, I have 3 paragraphs from Chapter 11. Context: Patrick & Kellie were getting closer then something happened and he seems to have taken a step back. She’s gone to confront him and find out why. Instead, she ends up talking to his parents(and finding out from them what happened).

She was pretty sure she felt her blood chill. “What phone call? He didn’t tell me anything about this.”
Mark closed his eyes and grimaced. “Should have figured. Stubborn idiot.”
Sophia snorted beside him. “Like you have room to talk. He’s a chip off your block.”

And that’s all you get for today. 😉 Next week, we’ll probably be joining Jace and Kammi.

  • Freeing His Heart: finish 1st draft – not quite. still have 4 more scenes to finish. Thinking tomorrow or Friday. So, still this week. I have added 5247 words to it so far this week.
  • Jace’s Story: Start(hoping for at least 10k) – got this started. It’s sitting at a little over 5500 words right now. Used Art Show(one of my Story a Day pieces) as the prologue and part of It Would Be Fun in Chapter 1(though I completely rewrote this, other than some dialogue, as it’s now from Kammi’s POV. Actual new words written: 3746
  • Some Fools Never Learn: Finish back stories – I have Tate & Emilia’s done and typed up. Still writing Rebekah’s. Hers is turning out longer than I expected.
  • Into the Sun: total – 11k – weekend project
  • Reading: Finish Chasing Perfect(Susan Mallery), Brewing Up Murder(Catherine Lynn), & Bad Boys of Eden(various – probably won’t read all of them) – I’m a little more than 30% through the collection. I’ve only skipped one story so far. I know I’ll be skipping at least 1 more because I bought it separately and have it on the reading list for this month, too.
  • Crochet: Finish Loopy Love Blanket – *cackles wildly* haven’t picked this up at all this week(well, other than to put it in a bag to keep it out of my way/keep cat off of it)
  • Knit: Schooner Hat – obviously haven’t started this either.

So far this week is going well. Hope the second half continues the trend.


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