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Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Favorite Things Event with Monica Murphy

New York Times, USA Today and number one international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. A workaholic who loves her job, when she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is both self published and traditionally published. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

My Current Five Favorite Things

I’ve been feeling pretty good lately, and I think it’s because I’m trying my best to surround myself with positive things/people only. And let me tell you, it’s totally working. I declared 2016 as my “Year of Zen,” and had a really great year (for the most part – there’s always a little something here and there throwing you off kilter, am I right?). I declared 2017 my “Year of Zen 2.0” and so far, so good! Here is a list of five things that are currently keeping me in Zen/happy mode. 

1. My Kindle app – It is loaded with all sorts of books right now. Like a serious long list of books I really need to read and I’m so happy about it because at the moment, I’m not under a serious deadline so I get to read! Read, read, read.

2. My kids – they are full of inspiration. I’m writing more YA right now and the stories they tell me will keep me in writing material for years to come. And they’re only 14 and 12! I’m just so thankful they’re so open with me and actually talk to me. I consider myself lucky.

3. My cats – fine, I’m a crazy cat lady, but I love those little boogers! Even when my son’s cat growls at me when he’s irritated, I know he doesn’t mean it! I know he secretly loves me! (Yes, fine. I’m seriously out of my mind)

4. My friends – I’ve made some new ones this past year and I adore them! I have plenty of old ones too who I’m so thankful to have in my life. I’ve been trying to reconnect and not get so wrapped up in my online world and it’s been really nice. An online detox is necessary, especially when you have to be online for work all the time, like me.

5. My husband – I really love that guy. We’ve been married almost 16 years and he’s so good to me. Supportive and a good father and he cracks me up. I love how much he makes me laugh. We’re going on a trip to Europe in May (for work and vacation) and this is the first time we’ve gone anywhere alone in YEARS. We’re always with our kids so this is major, peeps. I’m soooo excited and can’t wait!

Tell me what your favorite things are right now, and hey if you want to join me during my year of Zen, please do so! I highly recommend it.

He’s not perfect, but he’s all I want…

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me. So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him.

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She’s all I could ever want…

I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away.

So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems.

But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel…

Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine…


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  1. one of my favorite things right now if watching my daughter run for student council president at her middle school. she is so excited for her speech and even if she doesn't win it is such a great experience for her right now. she is showing her confidence!

  2. I agree with your kindle statement...too many lol

  3. The kittens in the back yard! New spring kitties 6 weeks old. Thank you

  4. Some of my favorite things are Reading, my family, traveling, and meeting new and familiar authors I love.

  5. My foavorite things are my family, my dog Toby and my books.

  6. My favorite thing is Reading and enjoying life !!!!

  7. My favorite things are my family, my friends and my books! Enjoy your trip with hubby. Our first one was just a weekend away but it was wonderful getting back to being just the two of you!

  8. My current favorite things are reading (of course), trying new face products and different makeup and coloring!! ��

  9. My favorite things are reading cooking, baking and coloring

  10. 1. Books
    2. M & M's
    3. Flowers
    4. New coloring pencils
    5. 1st smart phone

  11. At the moment TexMex and reading top my favorite things list.

  12. One of my favorite things right now is reading outside on the patio when it's warm enough.

  13. Some of my favorite things are my family, friends, pets, reading and gardening.