Friday, July 10, 2015

My Super-Fun Vacation!

After the stress of buying a house, moving, and selling a house, I needed a getaway. So, as most full-time freelance writers do, I spent the last part of June working 12-hour days so that I could have a getaway...

Here I am with my sister and her husband on our first day in Savannah:

We visited Madison Square, which is surrounded by historic homes. 

We also stopped by The Mercer Williams House, known as the location of the true events that inspired Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

We found the bench from Forrest Gump. That part of the movie was filmed in Savannah. The bench has been moved to the Savannah History Museum to prevent theft.

We did a ghost tour, as was amazing. I highly recommend the Sixth Sense World tour if you're ever in Savannah. The last location, which is reportedly haunted by four girls who were murdered there, was the scariest. There was a guy in the window looking out at us...scary until he waved and our tour guide said he was the security guard.

We then moved on to the second leg of our trip: Charleston. When I think of Charleston, I always think of the Battery Park/Rainbow Row area. The houses are so colorful.

Plus there's the pier at Waterfront Park, which you must see if you ever visit Charleston.

Downtown Charleston is just as beautiful, though. This street corner was particularly scenic.

We also took the boat to Fort Sumter...

...and visited a beautiful plantation.

We ended the vacation with a tour of the USS Yorktown battleship.

We missed out on the ghost tour of the battleship, though. We'll have to do that the next time we're in town!

What are your vacation plans for this summer?

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Introducing The Miracle Girl by T.B. Markinson

Today I'm excited to join in on the blog tour for T.B. Markinson's The Miracle Girl. T.B. is a regular around here, so you'll probably recognize her by her profile picture:

Scroll down to read more about T.B.'s book, which you can buy here. Here's her amazing cover!


To secure a loving future, she must shed an addicting past.


Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?


T. B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order.

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Monday, July 06, 2015

Paul Reiser Can't Be Old

I was recently watching a show called Married on Hulu. Good show, but something really bugged me about it. We're introduced to a character named Jess. She's in her early 30s.

When we first meet her, she's hanging out in a bar with her friends. She constantly complains about her "old" husband, who never likes to go out, goes to bed at some ridiculously early hour every night, and has to have his pills laid out for him. I'm picturing this:

Do you know what this "old guy" looks like? This:

After I got over my excitement that Paul Reiser was in something again, I thought...

Paul Reiser isn't some old geezer who has to have his medicine laid out for him. Is he?

Is he?

I looked it up. He's 58. So not even a candidate for retirement, let alone "old geezer" status. I spent so much of my 20s watching this show...

...that it's hard for me to see the guy from that 90s show as some old geezer. Ever. Same with Community trying to sell Chevy Chase as the senile, tech-challenged old guy in your college classes.

My generation will always see him like this:

It's all about perspective. A teenager watching Married or Community would have no problem seeing the above-mentioned stars as "old geezers." A senior citizen would laugh at the idea of calling 58-year-old Paul Reiser "old." And of course, aging in Hollywood is even worse for women. Do you know Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told she was too old to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man in a movie? She's 37.

Have you ever been shocked by seeing a favorite movie star has gotten older?