I try to get in a jog at least four mornings a week. Usually it’s five or six days but four is the ultimate goal. I’d be bored out of my mind if it wasn’t for my iPod. Does anyone else love the magic of iTunes as much as me? Okay, moving on… A few weeks ago I made this sweet track to listen to. In the beginning I get pumped up with Saosin, Rise Against, then I move onto a little Lady Gaga, P!nk, and wind down with Bob Marley (there’s nothing more mellow than him). Since the radio stations in my new hometown suck I turned my new fave track into a CD which I’ve been religiously rocking out to, and the other day while the man and I were headed somewhere that newish ‘Airplanes’ song by B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams came on. I should preface this by saying that the man and I have wildly different musical tastes. He totally likes Rise Against or Dropkick Murphys, etc. but anything remotely hip hop he’s just not feeling. But when this song came on imagine my surprise when he started singing along. Like, really singing along. I’d started to change tracks b/c I assumed he’d hate it, but he just belted out the lyrics. He knew all the freaking words. Male and female parts. I just stared at him wondering if the pod people had finally taken over. It took him a second to notice my delighted shock. He glared at me and swore that he’d deny his new ‘love’ if I ever told anyone. Yeah, well the cat’s out of the bag buddy. Somehow I don’t think his friends read this blog though so he’s probably safe. ;)
Is there a point to this post? I promise there is. I totally love this song and always sing along (with no shame I might add) and when the man started singing the lyrics to the second part of the song that starts with: “Somebody take me back to the days, before this was a job, before I got paid, before it ever mattered what I had in my bank” he suddenly looked at me and was like ‘Do you ever wish you could go back?’ At first I had no clue what he was talking about but he explained. He wanted to know if I ever wished I could go back to being pre-published and not worry about promoting, deadlines or if my editor was going to like this manuscript or if my agent would be able to sell that one. I’d been bitching about promoting and the constant ‘waiting’ a few minutes earlier so I think that’s where the question came from. I didn’t even have to think about it. Hell no.
Some days I like to think it’d be cool to go back, but I know better. If things never changed we’d grow bored and stagnant. And if we didn’t have to face rejection—no matter how much it sucks—or put ourselves out there, we wouldn’t grow stronger.
So in that vein, I would like to mention that I do have a release today (ah, dreaded promotion, lol). Power Unleashed, the third book in my Miami Scorcher series releases from Ellora’s Cave. Worth the Risk, the second in the series has been called ‘Raw, gritty and very very sexy’ by Romance Junkies so hopefully this book will be just as well received. If you want a chance to win a copy of the first book in the series, check out Desert Island Keepers today or The Book Binge Monday.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone! I’m having lunch with a fellow writer today so that’s how I’m enjoying release day!