Sitting too long…a cautionary tale

Nancy is super engrossed at the keyboard. Her thoughtful heroine is about to make a fatal error….

Four hours later—Nancy is super engrossed at the keyboard. Her thoughtful heroine is still not thinking right, she’s going further down the rabbit hole. And Nancy hasn’t moved from her position yet!

Yes, this is how the past several years have gone starting five novels ago. Why am I sharing this with you? So you become smarter than I was and not completely disregard exercise from your daily routine. I don’t have the time or inclination to think about exercise. Well, the time is available that’s true, but I’d much rather be “super engrossed at the keyboard” than wasting it doing any sort of exercise.

It started with a hitch in the leg/pelvic region. What had just happened? It seemed for a moment maybe one leg was shorter than the other and it resulted in an uneven limp/walk. I shook it off and thought an actual short “refreshing walk” would rid me of the kink. Only about a block away from home, my upper legs burned, my stamina deserted me and the thought I may not be able to walk back to my home crashed into my brain.

I asked our family physician, did I need  xrays?  Medication? Gulp, surgery like in hip replacement? Am I disabled? He is so patient with his writer patient. “No. You need exercise, like a nice refreshing walk. I also recommend physical therapy.” I shook my head. Argggg! I seemed to be without a choice.

Two months later, I thank my physical therapist, Sheila Gallagher-Whitlock for introducing me to best practice exercises for tight hip-flexor and Psoas (pronounced so-as) muscles. For me it means various exercises, a daily walk, a stand-up desk, and writing intervals of no longer than twenty minutes. Twenty minutes!

So all my beautiful readers and writer friends, I humbly offer this tale for your consideration. I never dreamed this could happen to me, but I’ve since learned I am not the superwoman I thought. No, I could become disabled for if this condition had been left unchecked, the muscles I work so hard to improve daily could have reached the point of no-return and a nice little scooter would have been my only future option.

This tale I share is even more important than a New Year resolution! If like me, you find your daily routine is light on mobility, do what you can to change that! I wish you all the very best in 2019!

From Nancy, writing from her stand-up desk!

Busy summer story re-releases!

Summer’s hotter weather days are the perfect opportunity to spend more time indoors without guilt and operate at a slower pace. For me, this involves reviewing and re-releasing my stories along with fresh new covers.

I hope you enjoy revisiting your favorite story with its new cover, and for those of you who may be just discovering these titles, I would love for these to become new friends. The project is  surprisingly interesting and revealing. For instance, in A Path through the Garden, there is a dramatic scene involving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) that had to be revised. New techniques The American Heart Association has introduced since publication of that story changes alternating chest compressions with breath infusions, in favor of quality chest compressions only, and at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute. And these chest compressions must be started immediately to keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain.

Along with that, I’m also working on the third and last book of the Loving Vintage series, The Vintage Stylist. This will be Mimi Shepherd’s story.

Enjoy a safe, relaxing and refreshing summer! Have fun!

Announcing Nardi Point re-release

My debut novel, Nardi Point has been re-released!

Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media 2012 Blue Ribbon award published novel for Women’s Contemporary Fiction is the story 2018_NP_PP_coverof Laurinda and Dan, a successful professional couple whose home-building site in the new Nardi Point subdivision unexpectedly reveals prehistoric Paleo-Indian artifacts.

Stylish Laurinda Elliot manages a software product development team. She is the type of accomplished business woman glossy magazines feature on their covers. Her drive and savvy deliver all the perks: upscale townhouse, Porsche Boxster convertible, and designer clothing. Yet she yearns emotionally for a different success—one that brings her surprising first time experience with vulnerability.

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Partner, brilliant technology geek Dan Riser, cannot buy into the new direction she is leading them, but goes along to keep the peace, and more importantly—to keep beautiful Laurinda.

Laurinda must trump construction economics and greed to preserve her commitment to her dream, uphold her friendship with alternative healing practitioner, Leyla Jo, while she attempts to conserve North Carolina history. Will digging up the past, bury her future? Nardi Point explores the thread of life that blends past, current, and future to recognize the importance of knowing who we are in the story of life.

Readers who enjoy this story will certainly enjoy its sequel as well, A Path through the Garden.

A Boomer coming of age story ….

This month marks the exciting re-release of the unique Boomer coming of age story, Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar. Heroine Rhose Guerin is the quintessential New Kindle Yellow Pansies coverboomer with a vibrant mind, passionate about contributing to society while engaging the challenges of everyday life and family.

In this journey through a web of relationships, we explore a long-term marriage where one partner’s desire for stability and security conflicts with the others drive for personal growth.

Bibliotherapist Rhose Guerin uses books, and movies in her private therapy practice, but no novel can show her how to become the heroine of her own story and make peace with life decisions boomer generation women face.

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The Vintage Telepath now available!

So excited to announce the release of The Vintage Telepath, Book Two of the Loving Vintage series!

Three women bound together through friendship and the Loving Vintage upscale vintage clothing shop where they work, make their way through situations life hands them. VintageTelepath_Cover (1)Annie Savone, a boomer who wants to start a new, self-sufficient life—we met in Loving VintageJulie Bishop a telepathic clothing authenticator with a secret; and Mimi Shepherd, the talented celebrity stylist.

This story is Book Two in the series, Julie Bishop’s story.

Julie Bishop is a clothes telepath. She has only to hold a garment or object to receive extraordinary information about its purchase, its owner, and its story. Julie’s job is to examine and authenticate items Loving Vintage shop customers bring for consignment. In the widespread world of forgeries and knock-offs, the shop authenticator must have in-depth knowledge of vintage construction and detail to set a true market value for items sold in the shop.

Julie’s special power seals her expertise. But rejection by peers early on for knowing things she has no right to, causes her to keep this sense a deep secret—most especially from her husband. When this emotional wound becomes revealed, she must fight to accept what makes her different. Can she choose to honor and embrace what sets her apart and not become a casualty of others’ prejudice?

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The world of vintage clothing introduced in the Loving Vintage series opens an entire new realm of clothing history that mixes both past and trending fashion. How the two NEWEST Vintage Telepath Coverworlds collide is up to how yesterday’s pieces are paired with today’s—an art form for self-expression.

Now, in soon-to-be-released book two, The Vintage Telepath, we follow Julie Bishop, the Loving Vintage authenticator, who feels publicly humiliated because she knows things unknown to everyone else merely by holding an object. Julie is a clothes telepath. While this makes her job as vintage authenticator easy, she hides this ability from everyone.

There is much to learn about vintage. For instance, clothing categorized as Vintage is 20 years prior to current date, and Antique is applied to items older than 75+ years. The best way to learn is immersion. Visit many shops and experience how vintage makes you feel.

Hints to help with the process:

  • Don’t pass by items that may not look good on the hanger, try it on
  • Try on items for fit rather than relying on garment’s actual size, sizes have undergone standardized changes across the years and often use Vintage sizing versus Vanity sizing
  • Incorporate one piece at a time
  • Dead stock vintage means the items are vintage, but have never been worn
  • Don’t feel comfortable in it? Hang it back up

Once you dip a toe into the Vintage world you may be pleasantly excited by its design and quality workmanship. Included below are links to popular Vintage shops across the nation. Enjoy exploring!

RaleighVintage, Raleigh, North Carolina

Hey Betty Vintage Clothing, Pittsburgh PA

Rue St.Denis, New York, NY

Screaming Mimi’s, New York NY

Sweet feedback for Loving Vintage

After a story releases and an author gets to take that deep breath now that her book has started its journey to readers, the next truly joyful step is discovering the impact the story has on actual readers. Did they enjoy it? Were there thoughtful moments main characters Annie, Julie, and Mimi shared that may mirror those of readers’ experiences? Do readers reach out to contact me to share their take-aways, and ask questions about the story? I particularly love to share this sweet feedback.

One such reader, a talented artist in her own right, Mimi Goehringer, sent along fashion drawings she’d sketched of vintage outfits inspired by Loving Vintage.

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Her own fashion sense is quirky and artistic. She has delightfully captured the joy of vintage.

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I love these sketches!

Another reader, Dori, offered a  review which she also shared to Goodreads:

In Loving Vintage, we meet an eclectic cast of women and men who’s lives converge at a downtown Raleigh vintage store who’s inventory and displays are as intriguing and colorful as its customers and staff. We follow Annie Savone and her colleagues through challenging passages that push them (and the reader) to look at their reputations and life directions. Annie finds herself alone, unexpectedly, with her life in as many pieces as a vintage ensemble and has to face tough choices to put things together in for her future.

Every path in front of her presents uncertain outcomes that requires leaving some part of the past behind yet dares her to dig deep to reclaim her personal and professional identity.

I felt like I had spent an afternoon in a great vintage store, imaging the history of the clothing and the characters, curious about would happen next! Treat yourself to this book, it’s worth the visit!

This is the fuel writers thrive on and the energy that builds their desire to create the next story! Thank you to all my readers. I appreciate your sweet feedback!