Monday Mayhem – Let’s catch up

Are you there readers? It’s me, Margaret.

Did you enjoy meeting Valerie Haight? She’s a doll. How about that round of two truths and a lie? It was hard to figure out which one was the fib, but Laurie and Carol got it right. Val is not a Courtney Cox wannabe.

I’m just back from a fabulous weekend in St. Louis with my girlfriends. Here’s a picture of us taken at the observation deck atop the Gateway Arch.


Laughter. Tears. Laughter through tears. Most of it induced by Cards Against Humanity. Had an incredible dinner at Trattoria Marcella on The Hill. A little winter weather and some other interstate complications made getting home a challenge, but I’m happy to report that no limbs were lost and no one was arrested.

Getting ready for an intense round of business travel. I’ll be leading three day classes in three West Texas towns over the course of three weeks. Oy.

What does this mean for you, dear readers? It means you get to meet more of my friends.

Next Monday, Renee Vincent will be here to talk about her latest release, The Temperate Warrior. On the 28th, by pal Karen Booth will visit. I’m very excited for her upcoming novel, Bring Me Back. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of this rockin’ novel!

What does all this travel mean for me? It means buckling down and cranking out some words in strange rooms. You’d think it was a simple matter of ‘have laptop, will travel’, but it’s not. Margaret is a creature of habit. Being out of my comfort zone throws me off my game. But, I did it during NaNo, and I can do it again. I have to. I have deadlines to meet. 🙂

What will I be working on whilst I’m away? Containment!

This will be the third in what I call (in my head) the Chicago Girls series. Containment will be Shel’s story. Shel was Tracy (Contentment) and Maggie’s (Commitment) roommate when they lived in the city. It will be an After Happily Ever story focusing on issues of expectations, trust and fidelity. It willl release Fall 2013.

In other news, I have roughed out six new Jack and Ellie stories to complete the Long Distance Love series. I’ll be working with TMP to release a compilation all of the stories used in anthologies, the free reads, and these new stories to bring their love story full circle. Look for it this fall too!

So, yeah…. Busy times. But I also have tons of good stuff to look forward to in the coming months. A few of the highlights:

  • I’m hooking up with my Super Cool Party People in February! Yay! I only get to see most of these crazy ladies once a year, and that’s not nearly enough. I plan to laugh until we all lay on the floor, panting and spent.
  • I’ll be attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Kansas City this May. Not only will I get to meet and chat with new readers, but I will have the added bonus of quality time with some of my author buddies. RT is open to the public. If you’re in the KC area and would like to attend, you can find more information here.
  • Miss Maggie is keeping me crazy busy with all these releases. What was she thinking? She was thinking the world needed more sexy, steamy romance. The Hot Nights in St. Blaise series has now been launched. Jumping Mr. January is available now, and February’s Fling will release the week of January 27th. There are 12 novellas in this series, so plan your 2013 reading now! Be sure to like Maggie’s page on Facebook or follow her on Twitter to keep up with the latest.
  • Downton Abbey and Castle are back. Thank goodness.
  • Tim Bunny is still cute. And bad. Cute and bad. No wonder I can’t resist him.

I think that’s the gist of what’s happening in my world. What’s happening in yours? Read anything good lately? Can you believe what happened on Downton? Could Castle and Beckett get any cuter? Any travel on your calendar?

7 Replies to “Monday Mayhem – Let’s catch up”

  1. I wish I could sit in on your day classes in West Texas. I want you to teach me, Margaret. 😀 I’m so excited for everything 2013 has in store for you and us as your readers! Most of all, I’m excited to see you in Feb. I’m gonna hug you so hard you won’t know what hit ya. 😉

    I’m going to Hotlanta in Feb, The Sunshine State in March, and Muskoka (aka Cottage Country) in June for my one and only bro-ster’s wedding. Oh, and if my application is selected for the Amazing Race Canada edition, I’ll be travelling all across this great nation of mine in the summer. Fingers are crossed. 🙂

    Best of luck on all your releases!!

    1. Crossing my fingers for your ARCE entry. 😉 Can’t wait to see you in Atlanta. I’ll recap the class I am teaching in W. TX for you through interpretive dance. 🙂

    1. RAGT is up in the air at the moment. I would love to go, but the travel (work & personal) is stacking up and I’m not sure I can juggle it all. I’ll let you know, Maddie Sue!

  2. Lots of stuff in store for you. I can’t wait for all the releases. Been a long time since I’ve seen Jack and Ellie, I’ve missed them. I think Containment will be an emotional and riveting read.
    You are one traveling lady. Hopefully you’ll be connected to us. *sniff*
    I’m giddy with anticipation for Atlanta too. I have the uncontrolable urge to start packing already. While Jewels is helping her brother celebrate his wedding in June I will be in Hawaii sharing in the celebration of my Nephew’s wedding. We are hoping that the whole family can go.
    Welcome home and glad you had a great time.

    1. It’s a wedding-y year! I have a niece tying the knot in October. Fun stuff! Thanks for your enthusiasm, Laurie. I’d better get cracking, huh?

  3. And I thought I traveled a lot, sheesh. You make me tired just reading about it. But, i’m happy that one of those trips includes me! I’m so looking forward to seeing you.

    And I’m definitely looking forward to all your new releases. I’ve missed Rudolph and Elfie particularly.

    Congrats on all the big things happening.


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