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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday

  • I received an email from someone saying they loved my books. I am always so grateful knowing people take a chance on my stories and this email made me smile oh so much!
  • Teaching German again.
  • Coming home super tired and cuddling with Plato The Dog and Peter The Cat and then watching Jane The Virgin with the hubby.
  • This tweet 🙂

  • Participating in #AuthorLifeMonth (brainchild of Dahlia Adler) on Instagram and sharing this quote from LOVE IN B MINOR (available for pre-order now for only $0.99) There are so many authors participating in this Instagram challenge, so much talent, it’s incredible! I’m looking forward to catching up on other people’s pictures this weekend.

So tell me, what made you smile this week?

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Happy Friday – so many reasons to smile

Happy Friday

 

  • So we had the snow storm and we didn’t lose electricity and I definitely got a workout shoveling the snow 🙂 We made yummy brunches, watched TV and even though the hubby had to go to work, we still spent a lot of fun times together. Plus, I got to take lots of pictures. Here’s one of my favorites.

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  • My husband is a big X Files fan and I had watched a few episodes throughout the years and I’m loving the new ones. So that calls for some nice evenings. TV-wise we also started watching Jane The Virgin and we’re enjoying it so far 🙂
  • I’ve made great progress in LOVE IN B MINOR :), formatted an Italian/English version of One Dream Only, and a Portuguese/English version of One Dream Only.
  • This mash-up of  Games of Thrones and The Bachelor…

  • My brother-in-law just sent me his corrected version of my French translation of One Dream Only and I am so excited about it!
  • As always, the support I receive from friends, family, former students, readers. So many reasons to be grateful!

So tell me, what made you smile this week?

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Happy Friday – It’s back!

I am back for Happy Friday. My goal is to do it as often as possible.

Happy Friday

  • The momentum I gained during the wonderful writing retreat hasn’t disappeared. Yay! I am so grateful for the encouraging words and fun and inspiring moments spent at the beach with amazing friends/writers. Thanks to them, I got back on track with LOVE IN B MINOR…Here’s a small excerpt I shared on Tuesday with my cozy nook on Facebook.
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  • Cuddling with Peter The Cat and Plato The Dog…Plato hid underneath the blanket next to me when I took a nap on Monday afternoon after coming back from the retreat.

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  • Going to walk Plato The Dog with The Chemical Engineer almost every single night. Always laugh a lot for some reason during those walks 🙂
  • Making one of my best Chicken Marsala to date…
  • Watching the last season of Parks & Rec…That show made me laugh so much. Can’t thank Katy Upperman enough for the rec 🙂 The trailer below is for season 2…

So, tell me, what made you happy this week?

 

 

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Happy Friday – The “I finished my manuscript” edition…

Happy Friday

I am back for Happy Friday. It’s been quite a long time since my last “Happy Friday” post but I thought it was time to bring it back to my blog.

Here are five reasons why I smiled this past week:

I finished revising Always Second Best. And sent it off.

I did. And I’m super nervous about it but also oh so happy that this little manuscript is now in the capable hands of Riley Edgewood.

Oh and I’m revealing the cover of Always Second Best on Tuesday. You can sign up here:

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I got a bad review.

Why is that making me smile? Because of the awesome support I receive when I do. I don’t always check but sometimes I can’t help it. And no I do not engage but…I do reach out to my support system And I had to smile because my husband quoted Taylor Swift. (which is the same reaction I got from a lovely friend). Being in any business is tough. And having people understanding you and cheering you on really is priceless. And a reason to smile.

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The enthusiasm from my FB group about Always Second Best

Knowing readers are excited to read this novel is an amazing feeling. Thank you! Crossing my fingers I don’t disappoint anyone.

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Seeing the pictures of our nieces and nephew going back to school

Living far from home isn’t always easy so I’m definitely grateful to technology on that one. Getting to see them go off to school on their first day back was great!

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Going back to jog with the hubby.

Goig back to run

It had been more than a month. And it was hard but definitely felt pretty good. Plus, even though, I sometimes complain, I do love jogging with my husband. (yes, husband of mine, if you’re reading this, I will admit to it now, but don’t use that against me when you’re pushing me to do intervals and I’m not a happy camper).

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Tell me, what made you smile this week? 🙂

Happy Friday

Happy Friday – Can’t stop smiling

Yay, it´s time for Happy Friday 😀 I know, I know, it’s been FOREVER…

Looking forward to know what made you smile this week!

What made me smile this week?

…I finished incorporating the comments and changes from my wonderful copy editors (Double Vision Editorial). And I re-read the entire book again to make sure it was e-ARC and paperback ARC ready. And it is!

…so I sent my book to my formatter (Catilin Greer) today. I should have the e-ARC ready on Tuesday…can you believe it?

….and I shared my ENTIRE first chapter on my blog (you can still read it here).

…and last week my hubby ran his first half-marathon. So proud of him.

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…and I got to spend time with my parents, my hubby and my MIL.

….and YA Highway featured little me on their website in their Field Trip Friday last week.  Still cannot believe it. That’s what they wrote: Love a book but don’t know how to promote it? Elodie Nowodazkij has a guide to helping your favorite authors.”

…and I’m going to put up ONE TWO THREE on NetGalley for a month in June (if everything works out)

…and I did an exclusive giveaway for my newsletter subscribers, sharing an avant-première of Chapter 2 (see below and don’t hesitate to share it :-))

…and…and…I’m just happy.

So, tell me what made you smile this week?

Happy Friday, personal, writing

Happy Friday #38 – The return of Happy Friday…

I know I know it´s been FOREVER since my last Happy Friday post. My last Happy Friday post was on January 18th. WOW! But Happy Friday is back 😀 My goal is to have one Happy Friday per month at least because let´s face it, there´s always plenty to smile about on a Friday and it´s always nice to look for the good things that happened during a week.  Looking forward to know what made you smile this week! 

Over on YA Confidential: The Teen Spies of YA Confidential critique my first page of GUILTY and I´m very very grateful for their feedback! Not only are their comments SUPER helpful, it´s simply great to have the views of my target audience 🙂  (even though it´s also super duper nerve-wracking).

Vacation: I´m on on holidays since Wednesday evening and we landed safely in Washington DC yesterday. We´re now back in our Maryland home. It´s funny how being back feels normal. We have our marks, our spots, our friends and the ones we consider as close as family. We´re looking forward to catch up and just hang out. (and going to Target, yes I confess, I am a Target addict)

Reading: I finished beta reading a wonderful YA contemporary this week (by the lovely Katy Upperman). You guys, this is another manuscript that really touched me and got me by the heart. Plus, the male main character is a mix of Etienne St Clair and Jonah Griggs…and adds his own layers to the batter making him really a great character to know. The entire cast reminded me a bit of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. Crossing my fingers it gets picked up soon so you get to read it too!

Movies: A long plane ride overseas means I get to watch plenty of movies. And I finally got to see LES MISERABLES! I´m officially in love with that movie. I don´t know how many times I had to wipe my tears…or how many times I was simply in awe of the way the emotions really came through both the acting and the singing. Loved it! And while watching, I couldn´t stop thinking about another MS I had the honor to beta read (the Star Wars/Les Miserables mashup by Alex Brown) 🙂

So, tell me what made you smile this week?

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Happy Friday #31 – Cupid´s Literary Connection BSD, the journey and YOU <3


Yay, it´s time for Happy Friday 😀 Looking forward to know what made you smile this week!

One of my words for 2013 is “appreciate”  and looking back at what happened this week, I want to sit back and truly appreciate the journey. You all made me feel so happy and cheered on and simply just wonderful about my writing and my dreams!

At the beginning of the week, I talked about contests and entering Cupid’s Literary Connection Blind Speed Dating Contest and….I made it into the agents’ round! I’m so grateful also to those organizing these contests because it must eat up so much of their time!

Getting the words “you’re in” on my entry  in itself is AMAZING and definitely made me grin so much my face hurt! But…the journey to get there, both the writing of ONE TWO THREE and the input it received over the months by some truly wonderful people and the journey into the contest are things I need to sit back and appreciate. I know it’s not the end of the journey, it’s actually still the beginning…And maybe no agents will fall in love enough with this story to offer rep. But…I WILL enjoy the journey, I WILL pause and smile and think how lucky I am to have you all in my corner…(including my dear husband who gets used of waking up to me checking my emails, turning to him and saying “OMG, I can’t believe!)

Writing this post is making me smile …Anyways….let me tell you a story in Twitter format.

Before the contest

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While I was sleeping

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And when I woke up

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And then…. 

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(I probably missed some but know that all of your messages, comments and tweets really touched me!)

And Kip even wrote a blog post about it…. 

Thank you! Thank you so much for your encouraging words and your support and simply for understanding what it means to have this crazy dream!

Something else that made me smile is seeing Rebecca’s book “When Audrey met Alice” on Goodreads.com…it sounds amazing and I’m so happy for her!!!!

So, tell me, what made YOU smile this week?