If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera.

After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster or a full-sized tube of toothpaste. But creating her new “ normal” is not without its obstacles. Meg is confident and successful behind a camera. A little extra publicity can’t change that… until it does.

Westin Drake is famous for fast cars and box office sales. Yet he’s a terrible driver and secretly hopes his fifteen minutes is almost up. West moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco, looking for some substance and time near his family. But now that the buzz of his next film, Full Throttle – Floor It, is hitting maximum fervor, West keeps everyone at arm’s length so he can protect the people he loves… until he can’t.

When the public mistakes a simple kiss on the cheek for a budding romance, Meg and West are caught in a media frenzy. Somewhere amid the backseat getaways and plastered smiles, Meg discovers the man behind the glossy photographs, and West wonders how he’ll ever let her go once the cameras stop rolling. Love is never simple, especially when the world’s watching. How much are two people willing to expose for a chance at a true happily ever after?

Quotes

Despite the spotlight turned on them now, West had a way of distracting her as if they were sneaking under a blanket.

“I didn’t mean to put you on the spot back there, but lately I feel like I’m being sucked into a tornado and dropped from place to place.”

“You are,” he said.

“Oh, well that explains it then.”

West confirmed her address with the driver and Meg was more confused.

“So this is all part of your show?” she asked.

He laughed. “I don’t have a show. I have a life that requires me to do some pretty absurd things, but I am a normal human being.”

Reviews

“The narrative has a light and fast-paced feel throughout, and, as in Ewens’ other books, it engagingly tackles complicated questions without ever sacrificing its quick tempo.”
Kirkus

“Sweet, heartwrenching – a wonderful love story. I’m finding it difficult to describe how deeply Exposure touched my heart.”
Buttons Mom 2003

“Sometimes all you need to cheer you up is a good romance, and this did the the trick.”
Helen

“…love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
Becky

“This is a love story with all the clumsiness and intimacy you could imagine.”
Debbie

Chapter One

Meg Jeffries wasn’t wearing underwear. She wiggled a bit in the backseat of the taxi as if to confirm she was now fifteen minutes from her apartment and all but naked under the rainbow fabric of her favorite skirt. If she asked the driver to turn around now, she would be late, and that was not an option. Not today. As traffic on the Bay Bridge slowed, she thought about stopping somewhere along the way but realized she no longer knew the city where she’d grown up. Fashuation, the trendy boutique her older sisters adored when they were teenagers, was now a dry cleaner. Meg leaned her forehead against the cold glass of the window. Nothing is the same. In more ways than just her underwear. Besides, she sat up, willing her insecurities away, she was not asking the balding driver who reminded her of a gruffer version of her grandfather if he knew of a place to pick up some panties.

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What Readers are Saying…

  • "It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite."
    Carlene
    Carlene (Tap)
  • “Tracy Ewens writing proved to be what I crave from my romance books. Angst and conflict coupled with a character driven plot guided by charming, unassuming characters and terrific writing.”
    TeriLyn
    TeriLyn (Playbook)
  • “No characters have felt more real to me than these two. Sure there is the snappy dialog, wry and witty humor, but underneath it all is a love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
    Becky
    Becky (Exposure)
  • When it comes to the story itself, I loved the author’s voice. Her way with words, especially the inner dialogue of the characters, it was a really engrossing and comfortable read. It was funny, sad, happy and angsty at times but each character shined through as his/her own person and moved the story along as just the right pacing.
    Wishful Miss
    Wishful Miss (Brew)
  • "Another great and witty book from Tracy Ewens, this time focussing on Patrick McNaughton and the brewery’s wonder woman Aspen. Great connection between the characters and you really get drawn in to the story."
    Rachel
    Rachel (Smooth)
Think about Pluto— how it continues to exist as itself, as always, oblivious to human categories. ⁠
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No one else gets to define you or determine your worth. Be a planet despite what they may call you. (Maggie Smith)⁠
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Feeling this one today. Leaving it here just in case you are too. 🧡⁠
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#keepmoving⁠
#thursdayvibe⁠
#powerquotes
Every damn time. Sometimes my spelling is so off I even confuse spell check. 🙈⁠
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What word do you often misspell?⁠
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Congratulations to Katlyn and Taylor. It is so great to celebrate love and happy.

Wishing you both all the strength and joy of a lifetime together.❤️

📷: @cotter_ewens 

#engaged💍 
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There's none so blind as those who will not listen. ⁠
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#morethanthoughtsandprayers #literaryquotes⁠
#wordsmatter⁠
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You are enough just as you are.⁠ That is all. ❤️

#selflove⁠
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I am now three for three with Emily Henry. I loved BOOK LOVERS.⁠
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Her books are laugh-in-public funny and tender and thoughtful. I enjoy everything from the cover to the last page.⁠
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Happy Almost Friday! Who is your go-to author these days?⁠
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#readersofinstagram⁠
#booksbooksbooks⁠
#lovetoread⁠
#tbrpile⁠
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There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.⁠
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Fun Fact: Lord Byron’s publisher, John Murray, offered Austen £450 to publish Emma if she gave up the copyrights of Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. ⁠
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Austen refused to give up her copyrights. Murray eventually published Emma, but Austen paid for advertising and the first print run.⁠
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I guess that makes Jane Austen a bit of an indie author. 😉⁠
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Happy Wednesday! What's your favorite Jane Austen novel?⁠
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#janeaustenquote⁠
#lovequote⁠
#wednesdaywords⁠
#romancewriters⁠
#romancequote⁠
It's like they know I write romance.⁠
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Characters usually start to misbehave at the halfway mark. ⁠
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Decisions have been made, and the plot is in motion. That's when they decide to fill my brain, often right before bed, with ideas about where they see the story going. ⁠
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Or, when I need them, they go 🦗🦗. Hiding behind that HEA they know will save them from the cliff.⁠
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#amwritingromance⁠
#writerscommunity⁠
#characterarcs⁠
#authorproblems⁠
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I am 1985 Allison Reynolds lost on the set of Mean Girls.⁠
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From the Laundry Room: Let Out⁠
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I am 1985 Allison Reynolds lost on the set of Mean Girls.⁠
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Let’s preface this rant with the truth that I love my apartment. It houses my favorite office and is located in a gorgeous spot. I have no complaints.⁠
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But if, as my kids like to say, someone grabbed me by the throat and made me choose a complaint, it would be the number of people with their faces in their phones who freeze anytime our life paths cross.⁠
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Link in bio or story to finish reading.⁠
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#amblogging⁠
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She was losing her mind. She had some kind of obsessive lust disorder. She was certified in scuba, instructor level, damn it. Women certified in things didn't pant at the sight of a tool belt. Sage put her hands to her warm face. She needed Alanis Morissette, and she needed her right now.⁠
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STIRRED - A LOVE STORY had a book birthday on Tuesday, but… Mercury retrograde, so here I am celebrating two days later.⁠
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From My Notes: STIRRED ⁠
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Sage has been in lust with Garrett for a while when the book opens. ⁠
I'm not great at creating insta-love. As a writer far too addicted to angst, the—"I like you." "I like you too."—storyline never works for me. But, I wanted Sage to be over halfway gone when Garret discovers her feelings. I liked the idea of one person having to catch up with another who is so sure of her feelings. Sage and Garrett's story was born under that idea.⁠
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As with all of my heroines, Sage is brilliant in her own right. Having left the stifling confines of her science education (I know STEM is in. Why can't I ever be on-trend?) and her parent's expectations, readers meet her TASTE. ⁠
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Sage is a mixologist, among other things, and that research was a blast. I spent lots of time in bars, ordering drinks with intriguing and sometimes humorous names. I also learned the difference between a tincture and a bitter. ⁠
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Fun Facts: Tinctures use alcohol to pull flavor from something like fruit. Bitters flavor the alcohol. Also, until this book, I didn't know the foamy part of a Gin Fizz was raw egg white. ⁠
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Sage uses every taste and smell from her environment to create drinks that entertain and delight her patrons. The craft of cocktails is how she expresses herself. Between that and her epic playlists, Garrett never stands a chance.⁠
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One of my favorite discovered cocktails, compliments of my son, who trained to be a bartender in real life, not fiction, is a Paper Plane. If you want a recipe and a bit about the deliciousness that is Aperol, follow the link in my story.⁠
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Visit my website (link in bio) to learn more about what inspires my books.⁠⁣⁠
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I confirmed I was pregnant in a dingy motel pretending to be an apartment in Tucson three months after my first legal margarita. ⁠
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My mom moved us from New York to Arizona the summer I turned eleven. When the plane landed, and 105 degrees of hell hit my face, I vowed to leave the state as soon as I was an adult and could make my own life.⁠
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I left for college at eighteen and lived in Arizona until I was forty-nine— chose west coast over east, the heat over humid, cactus over lilac. I found myself in Arizona, grew to love it, and chose to stayed.⁠
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I confirmed I was pregnant in a dingy motel pretending to be an apartment in Tucson three months after my first legal margarita. Michael and I, unmarried, lived in one room when we weren’t in class, working shit jobs, or eating way too many one-dollar Whoppers.⁠
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Link in bio to finish reading.⁠
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#amblogging⁠
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Caffeine. Glorious Caffeine. That's it. That's the whole post.⁠
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I take mine with almond milk. What is your morning love story?⁠
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#tealove⁠
#notamorningperson⁠
#caffeineplease⁠
#amwritingromance
Men often ask me, "Why are your female characters so paranoid?" It’s not paranoia. It’s recognition of their situation.⁠
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Art imitating life. Vise Versa. ⁠
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Deep Breath Wednesday. 🤍⁠
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#litquotes⁠
#womenquotes⁠
#magaretatwood⁠
If I were a painter, I would wear a twist of string tied to my ankle long ago by a lover who never promised and left before I ever asked.⁠
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New Blog Post⁠
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From the Laundry Room: Canvas⁠
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If I were a painter, I would wear a twist of string tied to my ankle long ago by a lover who never promised and left before I ever asked.⁠
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I would live and work in an echoing flat with iron floor-to-ceiling windows and colorful but cracked tile in the tiny toilet. The window near the radiator would leak when it rained, and I would put read newspapers there to sop up the wet on the venerable wood floor.⁠
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Link in bio to finish reading.⁠
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#amblogging⁠
#blogpost⁠
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#writerscommunity⁠
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Is it possible to fail the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?⁠
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New Blog Post⁠
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From the Laundry Room: Boxers⁠
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Is it possible to fail the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?⁠
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I recently finished a book on editing. In that book, there’s a section on a writer’s voice. The author suggests when a writer knows themself, they can spot and enhance their voice in a manuscript. It was a great book, but one of her suggestions was to take a personality test.⁠
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Great. I want to know myself more. Maybe it will improve my writing and enhance my voice. So, off I went to the website. One hundred and eighty-six questions later, here’s what I learned.⁠
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Link in bio to finish reading. ⁠
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#amblogging⁠
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If I know what love is, it is because of you.⁠
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How lucky we are for the many ways love finds us.⁠
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Happy Wednesday! Tell me about your furry friends. 🥰⁠
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#lovequote⁠
#wednesdaywords⁠
#romancewriters⁠
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#animalloversofinstagram
"I should have been a tour guide."⁠
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Most of the settings for my book are places I have visited and loved throughout my life. But, as we all know, there is a difference between visiting and living in a city or town. ⁠
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From My Notes for EXPOSURE:⁠
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Westin Drake (McNaughton) fled Los Angeles for San Francisco and has been living there for a while when the book opens. There was an extra layer to the setting when planning this book because West is a celebrity. The city is different for him because he steers clear of popular spots. He would know tucked away and deeply local spaces. ⁠
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There are many hidden stairways in San Francisco. About eight of them are mosaic tiled. The 16th Street staircase faces the ocean, so I picked that one for the sunset. ⁠
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In truth, these stairs are super popular with tourists, so West might have chosen someplace a bit more discrete, but the sunset won out in my fictional world. ⁠
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Because West is showing Meg the beauty she's overlooked in her hometown, a few more facts about the staircase made it into the book than usual.⁠
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Here's a bit from EXPOSURE:⁠
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"I am having a good time, and this is a supremely comfortable sweatshirt." Meg pulled her hands into the sleeves. "Since you are obviously avoiding my question, tell me who made these stairs. You know you're dying to."⁠
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"I am. I should have been a tour guide."⁠
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Meg grinned and ran her fingers along a section of tile. West resisted the urge to put his arm around her for at least the sixth time since they'd sat down.⁠
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"It was a project through the parks trust. Two women and then over two hundred neighbors joined in and added their touches. It has been around since 2003 or 2004, if I remember correctly. I stumbled upon it when I first moved here and was lost on a jog."⁠
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Visit my website (link in bio) to learn more about what inspires my books.⁠⁣⁠
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#writinginspo ⁠
#writingresearch⁠
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We moved to Venice, CA, when we left the desert.⁠
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We moved to Venice, CA, when we left the desert.⁠
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On our second day in our new city, I saw a woman on a bike in the middle lane of traffic. She was probably in her sixties. One pant leg rolled to reveal blue and white striped knee socks, her curly gray hair secured in two short pigtails and shoved under a helmet with stickers and an orange chin strap.⁠
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I don’t know if she was confident. We were in traffic, and I never spoke to her, but she looked confident holding her bike at the light and even more so navigating cars and making her way once the signal flipped. If a person could ride a bike in a busy city, they could do anything, I thought. No way they were broken or scared.⁠
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I decided on that day to buy a bike and teach myself to ride in LA traffic.⁠
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Link in bio to finish reading. ⁠
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#amblogging⁠
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Just kidding. I totally know what I'm doing. 🤨⁠
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It's Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Any plans, or are you just winging it?⁠
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Side note: I'm growing out my pixie so Javier's hair in this GIF is my summer reality. 😂⁠
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#amplotting⁠
#writerhumor⁠
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Proof that it's Thursday evening, and my desk is still relatively clean. ⁠
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It's the little things, right? Please tell me it's the little things. 🤪⁠
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Happy Almost Friday!⁠
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#winningtheday⁠
#mywritingspace⁠
#amwritingromance⁠
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.⁠
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Stranded on a desert island– Oscar Wilde is in my top five. He was whip-smart and a yearning romantic. ⁠
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The seemingly tender paradox of Gwendolen's line from The Importance of Being Earnest is one of my favorites.⁠
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Happy Wednesday! Whose words are you taking to the desert island?⁠
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#lovequote⁠
#wednesdaywords⁠
#romancewriters⁠
#romancequote⁠
#oscarwilde
"Hey, Girl. It's killing me that you have to frog all those⁠ rows. Let me make you a cup of tea."⁠
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From My Notes - TAP⁠
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Sistine was a side character in BREW. She owned the knitting store in town. She grew into her own person, and halfway through SMOOTH, I realized she would fall in love with Cade in their Love Story TAP. ⁠
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Once Sistine took center stage, I knew I would need to understand knitting, so I learned to knit. ⁠
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The quote above, along with a shirtless picture of Ryan Gosling, was posted in the tiny real-life classroom of the knitting shop where I learned with four other women and a guy with a very long gray beard named Ace.⁠
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I didn't realize how awkward holding the needles would be at first or that I would eventually move with the same ease as Ace after a ton of practice.⁠
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I am still very much a novice knitter, but since TAP, I knit at least twice a week. The experience was unique. Every time I practice my stitches, I remember the people I met, the joy of discovering something new about myself, and the many sides that would become Sistine.⁠
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As with all hobbies and professions, the stereotypes fall apart with experience. "I'm a knitter, not a nun," Sistine says in the book. ⁠
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People take up their needles for different reasons. They have varied styles and skill levels, but they are rarely prudish or dull.⁠
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Fun Fact: It is believed that knitting originated in Egypt between 500 and 1200 A.D.⁠
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Visit my website (link in bio) to learn more about what inspires my books.⁠⁣⁠
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I haven’t listened to music in nearly two years.⁠
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I haven’t listened to music in nearly two years.⁠
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I’ve listened to the occasional song in the car, the focus-chill playlist with no words, and our family plays a game where we pick a theme and then go around the room so everyone gets to play their musical interpretation of the theme. ⁠
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That’s fun. I’ve played that, but I have not listened, like in my office with my music since my double mastectomy.⁠
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I listened to Harry Style’s Lights Up on repeat for weeks before my surgery, but then I woke up in a hospital recovery room and stopped. ⁠
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I’ve listened to audiobooks and podcasts since. I’ve watched a few movies and a video on ten iPhone tricks I never knew, but no music.⁠
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Link in bio to finish reading. ⁠
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Good morning. 🌞 

It’s Monday. Let’s start slow. What’s the weather like where you are today?

#happymondays 
#nofilterneeded 
#myviewrightnow 
#amwritingfiction
This shouldn’t be difficult. I have lived with the damn things for years. ⁣
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I should be able to wax eloquent at this point, but it is the one conversation starter that gets me every time. ⁣
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I want to say, “Can’t you just read them?”⁣
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Not an excellent elevator pitch, I know, but there it is. ⁣
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Happy Friday! Here’s hoping you find all the words this weekend. 👄🖋⁣
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Marisa!! This gorgeous candle arrived last night and is now happily burning on my desk today. ⁣
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Such a lovely surprise and the scent is incredible.
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Thank you so much! ❤️⁣
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Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.⁠
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There are quotes, and then there are quotes. This one is weighted and wonderful. ⁠
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Love is often depicted as flight or a fall, but I like Hurston's soul crawl.⁠
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Happy Wednesday. What writer's words have surprised you recently?⁠
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"I don't know." Logan shook his head. "Who knows why anyone succeeds or fails? I mean shit, Applebee's is still in business. Nothing makes sense."⁠
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From My Notes - TASTE
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I find few things hotter than a man who can cook. Not just grilling, I'm talking mincing, ramekins, confit level cooking. So when it came time to find a man for Kara Malendar (CANDIDATE), a chef was top on my list.⁠
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Logan was born for TASTE, and then his friend and sous chef Travis grew into such a strong character he became the hero in RESERVED. STIRRED followed with Sage as the restaurant's bartender, which means I spent a year and a half writing about restaurants and bars.⁠
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Save a brief stint as a failed Village Inn server in high school; I have never worked in a restaurant. And I'm an awful cook. But luckily, I love to eat, and I'm an excellent observer. In all three books, The Yard's aesthetic is a mashup of two local restaurants I loved in Arizona. ⁠
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Fun Fact: I stole Logan (TASTE) and Travis's (RESERVED) names from people we knew at those restaurants.⁠
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The hardest part about making these characters believable is the lingo. Every professional has phrases woven into their dialogue and specific mannerisms born from years in the industry. ⁠
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A bartender handles glasses differently than an accountant. A chef's movements are a dance that has to translate onto the page for the character to work.⁠
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It is not as simple as a Google search. Sometimes, writers have to sit in the space. They have to hear the chef call for a runner or watch a server deftly handle a party of seven who "just can't decide." ⁠
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Restaurants and bars are people places, and these books were some of the most fun to research.⁠
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Visit my website (link in bio) to learn more about what inspires my books.⁠⁣⁠
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#amwritingromance ⁠
#writinginspo ⁠
#writingresearch⁠
#behindthebook⁠
#tracyewens
Jack has anxiety. He’s afraid of other dogs, which if I let it get to me, is sad. ⁠
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⁠Jack has anxiety. He’s afraid of other dogs, which if I let it get to me, is sad. He is excluded from the raucous dog club. He doesn’t sniff butts or tangle leases with his friends. Instead, he is visibly distressed when he is around other dogs.⁠
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After lots of work, he is better. He now walks past most dogs (still working on German Shepherds) without whining or barking like the world is crashing down around him. He has found his confidence and owns the walks these days, but it has taken years, and every day is different.⁠
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Link in bio to finish reading. ⁠
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#amblogging⁠
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My flowers are almost dead.⁠
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I'm changing the water every day and doing everything I can to help them hang on, but they're not going to make it through the weekend. ⁠
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Why do I bother? Why buy flowers if they're just going to die? ⁠
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That's easy. Just look at them. Even on their way out, they're the best thing on my desk. ⁠
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Do you buy yourself flowers?⁠
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#instablooms⁠
#flowerslovers⁠
#flowerinspiration⁠
#whatsonmydesk⁠
#happiness
In love there are two things - bodies and words.⁠
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Truth, Joyce Carol Oats, truth.⁠
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Writing a love story is a balancing act.⁠
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I can write dialogue all day long, but putting bodies together takes a dozen edits before all the arms and legs are in the right places at the right time.⁠
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And shoes. Ugh, in my next book, no one is wearing shoes. 🙃⁠
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Anyway, as in life, so goes fiction. You need bodies and words to tell a realistic story.⁠
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Happy Wednesday! ⁠
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Fun Fact: In my poll last week, 89% of you said you prefer open-door romance. ⁠
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Sigh. So many edits. 🙈⁠
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#lovequote⁠
#wednesdaywords⁠
#romancewriters⁠
#romancequote
Petaluma, CA, was once known as the “Egg Capital of the World.” ⁠
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From My Notes - BREW⁠
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In 1868, a Danish immigrant Christopher Nisson started a chicken ranch in Two Rock, which led him to found Petaluma’s Pioneer Hatchery, the first commercial hatchery in the U.S.⁠
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I fell in love with Petaluma during a visit while I was still writing PLAYBOOK.⁠
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It is a beautiful town with a rich and quirky history. Once I saw the old chicken processing plant, I knew I’d found the location for my next three books. ⁠
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A few weeks later, The McNaughton men were born, and Westin (reluctant action hero) would fall in love with Meg in EXPOSURE, linking Petaluma to the previous books. ⁠
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I loved living in my imaginary Petaluma and writing about the brothers I never had (only child 🙋🏻). ⁠
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I named their brewery Foghorn after Foghorn Leghorn (a rooster) and set things up in Petaluma’s old processing plant. ⁠
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I decided to name Foghorn’s beers after chickens because there are so many cool breed names. Frizzle, Shamo, Naked Neck, Easter Egger, and Plymouth Rock are a few of my favorites.⁠
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Fun fact: Tyler tells Jules (CATCH) that he knew he loved her during Bread and Butter Days when she dressed up like a chicken with Bella. Bread and Butter Days is a real thing in Petaluma, not Bodega Bay, and it is going on this April for the first time since COVID. So fun.⁠
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While I was making my peanut butter and jelly crackers this morning, I decided I’m probably not going to own a yacht.⁠
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While I was making my peanut butter and jelly crackers this morning, I decided I’m probably not going to own a yacht.⁠
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I’ve never had any specific dreams about yacht ownership, save the occasional picture of Jackie Kennedy Onassis with the scarf on her hair. I like wind, and maybe I would put my hair up in a scarf and wear a striped sweatshirt, but I’m not crazy about the sun.⁠
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It’s not the yacht so much as what the yacht represents. White pants, I always spill things on white pants. Is that a requirement for the yacht? Maybe that’s why while I was carefully placing my jelly between the peanut butter waves, I had this epiphany…⁠
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I really really wanted to like this one.⁠
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Library. Midnight. A woman pulling herself back from despair.⁠
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This ticks all my boxes. I should love this book, but with two chapters left to go, I'm afraid I do not. 😔⁠
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Ugh, I hate when this happens. I know books are subjective, but please help assuage my guilt.⁠
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What was the last book much-hyped and beloved by so many other readers that didn't work for you?⁠
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This quote is often attributed to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but it appears nowhere in his plays.⁠
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The closest thing to this line shows up in the Italian opera Falstaff by Arrigo Boito. ⁠
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Interestingly, Falstaff is based on Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, but the line only appears in the Italian opera.⁠
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Proof again that you can’t always believe what you read on the internet. 😉⁠
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Have you found any famous misquotes?⁠
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I knew this line from Shakespeare’s play would be somewhere in my book, but football proved more complicated than Macbeth.⁣
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Here’s a From My Notes for PLAYBOOK.⁣
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Anna was always a professor of Shakespeare. I’m familiar enough with Will’s work to get by, and I was excited to find ways to incorporate themes and specific lines in my story. ⁣
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Dane came to me as a football coach. Yeah, I know nothing about football, but I was confident Google had all the answers. It’s football. How complicated could that be?⁣
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An entire notebook later, complete with a few bad drawings and a paid football-specific beta reader, I can tell you that football is no joke.⁣
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To anyone who read PLAYBOOK and caught a football oversight here or there, I promise you it could have been worse. But, lest you thought writing so many different professions came easy. Here are the football-only edits to the final draft. Enjoy!⁣
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Loc 233 “box seats” but it’s usually called private suites in football⁣
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Loc 465 talking about going over the plan for Sunday, but college football generally plays on Saturdays ⁣
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You may need to change the Department Meet and Greet of Chapter 4 to a different night than Friday because Dane would have the game the next day.⁣
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Loc 869 “receiver coach” is generally called a wide receiver coach/offensive line coach.⁣
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Loc 924 Dane spent three hours pulling weeds on a Saturday, generally a football game day, assuming Tracy confirmed this was a “bye” weekend?⁣
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Loc 1079 redshirt junior. Not a common term like redshirt freshman or RS sophomore. Better term is a fourth-year junior.⁣
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Loc 2345 took the game by 12 points-not a common lead (unless I guess they blew both field goals for the extra point)⁣
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Loc 3013 UCLA up by 4, again not a common lead (up by 3 more common)⁣
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Loc 3031 they were down by 4 then scored a touchdown (6 pts, 7 with extra point) does not equal tie game⁣
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“Focus on small things like making tea. Be grateful and break things down to the tiniest piece until you can find good.”⁠
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That was my response when my youngest, distraught by news and the world, asked me the point of life. Not an easy question at any age, but she wanted to know how I don’t just stay in bed. How I care about anything under the overwhelming cascade of news and media— all of which, save the occasional trite story, is horrendous.⁠
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“Do you think the people in Ukraine care about making tea?” she asked, sure she’d caught me being privileged.⁠
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“I do…⁠
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First poppy bloom from the patio planter box. ⁠
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When we moved, I left all of my plants behind. It felt like they belonged with that house. ⁠
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Almost a year into apartment life, and I've adapted. Learned to plant differently. ⁠
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Change is never easy. Digging in the dirt is always a blast. Have you made a big change lately? Any tips?⁠
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Happy Sunday. Happy Spring for those of you with me on this half of the globe. 🌼⁠
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Emily Dickinson is my jam these days. 

I’m drawn to her when things feel yuck, which is well, let’s go with often. 

Do you collect words? Write things down to help a future you push through?

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That line is scrawled at the top of Samantha Cathner's character sketch. It embodies who she is at the beginning of the book and who I was writing it. ⁠
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Here’s From My Notes for PREMIERE.⁠
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Coming off of my first book, which was traditionally published and sold enough copies to earn back the advance, I was uneasy writing PREMIERE. ⁠
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I believed CATALINA KISS was a fluke. There was no way I was allowed to write for a living. ⁠
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"Sam has already 'failed' by the time Peter arrives." I wrote that in her character sketch too. I have more PREMIERE notes than any book since, but so much of what I remember lies in the "failure."⁠
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Every publisher and agent on my large spreadsheet rejected PREMIERE. To say I shook it off and boldly became an indie author would be a lie. I was devastated and spent months wondering where I'd gone wrong. ⁠
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Years of distance later, I understand why PREMIERE never sold. It's too long, melodramatic, and Dear God, I was allergic to pronouns back then. ⁠
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If CATALINA KISS was a fluke, PREMIERE was my first "failure." I published it anyway.⁠
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I have attempted to rework the story, knowing what I know now, but it never works. Sam and Peter insist on staying in their destined and gloriously overdramatic love story. I've grown to appreciate them and the terrified writer I was back then.⁠
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Without PREMIERE, there would have never been CANDIDATE or all the Love Stories that followed. Samantha found her voice in that book. Me too. ❤️⁠

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The maintenance guy thinks I’m a serial killer.⁠
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We’ve had some issues with our smoke detectors going off at random intervals, and the joys of apartment life allow for a quick email to the maintenance department.⁠
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A lovely man arrived yesterday. He changed some batteries. I stood with him under the alarm near my office door while he explained how all the sensors are “linked up,” and then I remembered my board.⁠
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Saying "I like candles" is akin to saying Ben Affleck likes JLo. It's not a strong enough statement for the level of sappy (often nauseating) moony eyes.⁠⁣
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I horde them. Burn them in every room. Screenshot any mention of someone loving a candle brand or scent I've yet to discover. So, when I say Brooklyn Candle Company's Love Potion is on my top five candle list, it's seriously incredible.⁠⁣
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This one is a limited edition they put out last month. Yes, I tore out the cute little heart on the box to put in my journal. I'm that person too. ⁠⁣
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Anyway, in the name of passing on the candle love, I am giving away one of these beauties next month.⁠⁣
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If you just want to feed your own candle habit, here are some other Brooklyn Candle Company favorites: Woodsmoke, Sunday Morning, Sweet Fig, and Santal. So hard to choose. They're all delicious. 🥰⁣
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And call it love— True Love. I have read and cherished Robert Fulghum's words forever, but his book True Love (a collection of stories told to the author) is one of the best books on my shelf. ⁠⁣
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I reread it at least once a year. Love identifies so many ways, from sweeping to simple. People coming together, especially in our world these days, always inspires me.⁠⁣
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I read a bit about a man and his dog the other day that brought me to tears. Love is what gets us through, helps us heal, and I'm here for it every day.⁠⁣
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