Since I retired, life has not been the hamster wheel it used to be.
Now, I leisurely get out of bed at the civilized hour of 7:30, make my cup of tea, feed the dog, and get on social media for self-promotion purposes in the strict time limit of forty-five minutes. Yeah, right.
After I’ve posted info about my book or myself, said hello to my cousins in Ohio, watched the latest “cute puppy” video, I settle down to write at least 2,000 words.
Seriously, though it takes me a while to get started, I eventually begin writing, and usually go until my husband nags me to get up and walk. We are also trying to lose weight, a constant battle. After we’ve done that, had lunch, and maybe gone shopping or finished chores (or gone to the doctor; you do a lot of that when you’re retired), I settle down for more writing in the afternoon.
My afternoon session is usually better, if I can stay off social media, stop chatting with my husband, or refuse to play Frisbee with my dog. That’s the hardest. Scooter has big brown eyes and a sweet face that’s hard to say no to. I usually don’t.
Once I’ve hung out with my dog and finished a good writing session, my husband, who’s been tinkering around on his own all this time, starts whining that he’s hungry, so my writing day is done. It’s off to the kitchen I go, though he does a good amount of cooking himself.
After dinner and TV, it’s off to bed I go, where I read, or once more hit the screen. For leisure.
It may sound monotonous, but after working, raising kids, and dealing with aging parents, sometimes the routine of ordinary days is just what I need to ignite that spark of romance that fills the books I write.
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DEA agent Sawyer Hayes came to California in search of a drug cartel leader who slipped through his fingers in El Paso. The link to finding him is Kate Munroe, a nanny for one of his henchmen. The problem? He didn’t expect to be so drawn to a possible suspect. How is he supposed to do his job when his growing feelings for her are clouding his judgment?
Interior designer Kate Munroe’s life is a train wreck. Her parents’ deaths left her with their mounds of debt, she can’t get a job designing even a cubicle, and she’s bunking in her best friend’s spare bedroom. To make ends meet, she’s a nanny to a lonely little boy whose rich father works all the time. Romance is not on her radar. But her hot new neighbor could change her mind, with his broad shoulders and Southern charm. Too bad his secrets could destroy her.
Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers. Upon graduation, Cathy became a middle school English teacher. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-three years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. She chose to work part-time in the school system there. She eventually joined the online writing site, Wattpad, and credits those followers for encouraging her to become a published author. She is a member of RWA, and writes contemporary romance for Entangled. Her Entangled titles include Prisoner of Love, available now, and the soon-to-be-released romantic suspense, Protecting the Nanny. She also has two historical romances published through Literary Wanderlust publishers