Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Waiting...

from Mia Marlowe...

We all hate it, don't we? Whether it's waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting to hear a loved one arrived someplace safely, waiting, to put it mildly, sucks.

We crave instant gratification. We want it NOW!

As I write this post, my DH and I are waiting to see if we have received an offer we can accept on on our condo in Boston. We have an appointment with our realtor at 5 this evening, so we don't have much longer to squirm, but believe me, we've already been waiting for quite some time.

Some 30+ months ago, my DH said he wanted to figure out a way for him to retire early and for us to move back to the Midwest where most of our family lives. At the time, I didn't see how in the world we'd be able to accomplish that, but like a good little spousal unit, I didn't rain on his crazy parade.

Turns out, he wasn't so crazy. He's a pretty smart guy, so it shouldn't have surprised me that he'd come up with a workable plan. Little by little over the last 2 1/2 years, we've been taking the baby steps that have led us to this moment . . .  of waiting.


Selling the condo is one of the final pins to drop in our plan. If all goes well, we'll be headed westward in early May. I'll let you know how it all pans out.

Oh! and if you want to follow the progress of our Missouri house renovation (yet another bullet point in the DH's 2 1/2 year plan) be sure to follow me on Facebook. I've been sharing everything from my paint choices (which I like to call 50 Shades of Beige!) to cabinetry and would love your input because I'm sort of design-challenged.

Of course, my DH isn't the only one in my life with a plan.

Lady Serena, the heroine in Between a Rake & a Hard Place, my most recent release has one too. She calls it her List of Forbidden Pleasures. She's in the running to become a royal duchess but before she becomes "Her Grace" and enters the strictly controlled world of royalty, Serena has some living to do.

And Sir Jonah Sharp is just the man to help her do it!

This is my last collaboration with New York Times Bestseller Connie Mason, so it's something of a collector's item. Here's where you can snag YOURS:
Print:
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 Books a Million
 IndieBound.org
 BookDepository
ebook Editions:
 Amazon Kindle US
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 iBookstore
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 AllRomance eBooks

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We've all had to wait sometimes. And we've all made plans. Share either of yours and you'll be entered to win my enovella--A Duke for All Seasons--in winner's choice of Kindle or Nook format.  

Sebastian Blake, His Grace the Duke of Winterhaven, has an inviolate rule when it comes to mistresses. He never keeps one longer than a turn of the season. But then he’s never met a woman as tempting as Arabella St. George
A fiery operatic diva, Arabella is blackmailed into helping the French. When she gives the envelope intended for a French assassin to the Duke of Winterhaven by mistake, she’ll do anything to retrieve it. Even if she has to seduce it away from him…

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18 comments:

  1. Right now we're trying to plan a vacation, and I'm so excited about it, but the planning is awful. That's how moves are for me too. I love it when they're done, but getting to that point can be torture.

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    1. Oh, how fun, Shana. Looking forward to a vaca is a delight. Where are you going?

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  2. Last year we planned a wedding and prepped our house. It was lots of fun and so worth it to see our daughter and new SIL so happy. Three months later they announced they are expecting, so we are now waiting! Our first grandson is due in July. May your move go a smooth as possible!

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    1. Oh, Nise! A grandbaby! I'm positively green, but since I don't have any SILs yet, I'm willing to wait. ;-)

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  3. I could use a little more waiting, a moment to slow down in a busy year. It's whizzing by! But usually, yes, hate waiting. But house reno is fun! The excitement of something new. Enjoy!

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    1. Well, that's an inventive way to look at waiting--a chance to breathe a bit. Thanks.

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  4. don't like waiting for certain new books to come out

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Which ones are you looking forward to, BN?

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  5. Oh, I hope your waiting is over, Mia, and you get the offer you have been waiting for. We are in a similar situation, waiting to find out when the closing date will be on the foreclosure we just purchased. You're right; waiting does suck.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    jakki36 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I'm tickled to report that we did get a terrific offer and what's more, the couple included the sweetest letter with their offer. They're just starting out and can't wait to turn the 2nd bedroom into a nursery. They love the area and the building and I think they'll be really happy here. I know we have been.

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  6. How exciting, Mia. Mr. B says retirement is the best job he's ever had. We just came through Missouri yesterday on our way to Indianapolis...nice state. I bet you'll like it and I know it will love you!

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    1. The DH says he will probably look for something else to do once we get settled in MO, but he wants the option of doing nothing for about 6 months. He deserves it.

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  7. It seems like we spend our whole life waiting for something... When my kids were in school, it was waiting to pick them up. O r waiting at the Dr. 's office. I got lots of good reading done then :-) Now it's for time to pass till we leave on vacation! The novella is about the only book of yours I don't have...Thanks for the opportunity

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    1. It makes me happy that you've read so many of my books. Thanks! And good luck.

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  8. This is all a great news post, Mia. Discipline and hard work pay off (and 50 Shades of Beige sounds great!). I have to say Sir Jonah Sharp graces your cover rather well. I wish you the best on your books! Now I need to warm up my nook and find Sir Jonah. :-)

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    1. Jonah is quite a fellow, isn't he? The cover artists at Sourcebooks captured him perfectly.

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  9. I'm waiting on a trip to the Florida Keys in April. Just realized my 6am flight means I have to leave home at 3am. Not looking forward to that part...

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    1. If you're like me you won't sleep much the night before. I'm always afraid the alarm won't go off.

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