Monday, October 27, 2014

Madness and Kitchens

Four years ago, my husband and I bought our first house.
In this cute little house
there has been joy,
celebrations and backyard barbeques.

We've seen Blue Angels.
Briefly, there was a swimming pool.
...And there was this...
...brown monstrosity...
...of a kitchen.
When I first started publishing books, I optimistically referred to my first book, Wishing for a Highlander, as Wishing for a Dishwasher. My critique group, who also happen to be my closest friends (Amy Raby and Julie Brannagh), knew that my goal was to earn enough through that book to purchase a new dishwasher to replace the autumn-gold, non-working appliance taking up space in this kitchen.
I am happy to report that not only did Wishing for a Highlander bring in enough for me to purchase my beautiful stainless steel, quiet-as-a-mouse GE dishwasher (shown in the kitchen pictures above), but it brought in enough to bring my biggest house dream into reality...a NEW KITCHEN!
For four years, I baked cookies, made Saturday morning pancakes, cooked counteless meals and scrubbed countless pans in this nightmare of a kitchen. When we first moved in in 2011, there was no working oven, no working dishwasher, a broken garbage disposal, clogged pipes, and tile so nasty I had to spend 2 full days on my hands and knees with a scrub brush and bleach.
I made the kitchen livable and cobbled together a mismatched package of Craig's List appliances and did my best for four years. Now, thanks to Wishing for a Highlander and my other books and all my wonderful readers, I have an opportunity to bless my family and my neigborhood with a shiny new IKEA kitchen.
Here's what it looks like at the moment:

Here it is a few days ago as I took imense pleasure in participating with my contractor's crew in the demolition.
In a few short weeks, I'll be cooking Thanksgiving dinner in my new kitchen! It's WAY more than I hoped for when I embarked on my publishing journey, and I am so SO thankful.
In celebration of my new kitchen and my upcoming new release, I'm holding two separate giveaways so YOU can happy dance right along with me!
November 1st is the official release date for COLE IN MY STOCKING, my holiday contemporary romance with a Harley-riding state-trooper hero. But you can get it at just about every e-retailer now. See the purchase links at the bottom of this post :)
But, why spend money when you can get Cole in YOUR stocking for FREE?!
There are two ways you can enter and lots of prizes to be had.
1. Go to my Rafflecopter page and enter to win one of three ecopies of Cole in my Stocking, a $25 gift card, or a holiday bracelet charm set.
2. Go to Goodreads and entery my giveaway for one of three print copies of Cole in My Stocking.
Whether you're excited with me about my future kitchen happiness, love Harley-riding cops, or just like free stuff, thanks for celebrating with me!
Purchase links for Cole in My Stocking:


  1. Congratulations on getting your new kitchen!

    1. Thanks, Theresa! It's a dream come true.

  2. That is AWESOME!!! You have some cute kids there! ;)
    Congrats on the upcoming new kitchen and the new release, Jessi! It sounds like a wonderful read!


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