This Author Likes Thrifting Home Decor!

Welcome to my blog! I don't post often, but I'm trying to get better. 😊 I recently posted on Facebook about my love of thrifting and the treasures I found. Today, I've collected all those posts into one place for you!


Y'all, I have a love of thrifting. I think I got it from my granny, who never drove past a thrift shop or yard sale. Make no mistake, I was NOT thrilled with thrift shop clothes back then, which is one of the things Granny loved to buy. Wearing thrift shop clothes wasn't cool then. I don't know if it's cool now or not. But I digress.

My jam these days is decor. I love heading to the thrift shop and finding things for my house. Recently, when taking a small break from the book, I went into Goodwill and found these gorgeous silk hydrangeas in the ugliest vase with ugly glass marbles. It was $4.00, so I bought it anyway. Then I found a beautiful glass vase for $5.00 in another part of the store.

Voila, Goodwill hydrangeas for a fraction of the cost. I'm in love.

This is another recent thrift store find. The price on it is $3, but I paid less than that because it was $10 fill your buggy day. I had a few dishes and candlesticks, so it was definitely cheaper than three bucks. Anyway, it's the sweetest little pie dish! And there seems to be some sort of thing where these ladies passed it around. I don't know. I'm sorry to see it end up in the thrift shop, yet I plan to take good care of it. Not sure if I'll cook with it or use it for decor yet.

More thrifting finds. When I run across tarnished silverplate, I don’t blink twice. I can fix that. First pic is a water pitcher before I cleaned it. Next is cleaned. I really, really wish I’d taken a picture of the chafing dish before. It was black. Very black. I had to soak it in hot water with aluminum foil, baking soda, and salt. Then I still had to use silver cleaner. The last one is a platter with copper inlay. Also had to soak. Total price for all three? Eighteen bucks. Never be afraid to polish.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my thrifting finds! If you came from my VIP newsletter, welcome. And if you just happened upon this post through the mysteries of the Internet, then also welcome. I write books with danger and kissing, and you can find out all about them on this site. ❤️

Best Wishes,

It’s a Bargain!

Good news for readers! Amazon is still selling the Kindle version of The Devil's Heart for an amazing price: $1.71! If you like bargains, then you should snap this one up. It's gotten some good reviews — RT Book Reviews gave it 4 Stars and said it had ‘Lots of conflict, hot love scenes, and a satisfying ending'. Readers on Goodreads seem to like the book a lot too.

A diamond, and a deal with the devil…

Francesca D’Oro was just eighteen when darkly sexy Marcos Navarre swept her up the aisle—then fled before the ink on the marriage licence had dried. Marcos might have given Francesca a jewel for her finger, but he stole another: the Devil’s Heart—a dazzling yellow diamond he believed belonged to his family…

Years later Francesca, no longer so youthfully naïve, is determined to reclaim the precious gem! But she’s forgotten that Marcos lives up to the treasure’s name—and dealing with the devil is always dangerous!

$1.71 on Kindle – it's a bargain! I hope you'll give it a try, and I hope you'll let me know what you think. 🙂

As always, thanks for reading my books! Y'all are the reason I keep writing them. 🙂

Fashion Friday

It should probably come as no surprise that I love fashion, if you've ever seen me at conference. And by fashion I don't just mean designer labels — I mean looking good in my clothes. I mean buying things that I think flatter and fit my shape, and dressing to the nines when appropriate (like conferences!). I also like bargain shopping. I won't turn my nose up at a bargain if the fit and fabric is awesome, believe me!

I was interested in the Missoni collection that Target trotted out this week. Vaguely interested, because I'm not sure how all that zigzagy stuff would look on me. I know that Missoni is important in the fashion world (Angela Missoni is the designer behind the name) and I really kind of wanted to go and try some things on.

But I wanted to do this at my leisure, when I had time. No way in hell did I anticipate the feeding frenzy that would descend on Target once this collection went live. I heard that the Target website was down for hours. And that women were shopping the stores the way they shop the Filene's Basement wedding dress sale (which is amusingly called the Running of the Brides) — just blast in and grab stuff off the rack, then trade sizes until you get what fits you.

No. Way. In. Hell.

There's nothing I need that badly that I'm going to race through freaking TARGET, people, and snatch zigzagy prints off the racks and hope I can trade with someone. I have yet to go to Target (had hoped to go this weekend), but I'm sure it will all be gone by the time I get there. I should have anticipated this. After all, last year when they brought out the Mulberry for Target line, that pink leopard bag I wanted was gone within hours.

I kind of liked this jacket. But it is, you guessed it, out of stock. (This is not the usual zigzag print, obviously.)

I think the lesson here is that real women want designer clothes at prices we can afford. Why does a store like Target pair up with a designer and then not anticipate how well the things will sell? They never did get anymore of the Mulberry stuff in after it sold out. Why not? In fact, I just saw the pink leopard Mulberry purse on eBay for $80. It was only $40 at Target when it debuted.

I love fashion, but I won't go out of my way to get something. I'm not standing in line for hours (did that with iPad, just to see what it was like, and still had to wait weeks to get what I really wanted) and I'm not fighting ladies hell bent on grabbing whatever is there.

Give me fashion at affordable prices, and make sure you've got enough of it! The next thing I'm looking forward to, no kidding, is the Jennifer Lopez collection. I want to see what kind of things they come up with. I think it's in stores now, but I've not had a chance to check it out yet.

What are your thoughts? Any collection you're looking forward to, or love to pieces? Or does it even matter to you? Would you stand in line for a new collection, or say to hell with it like me?

What I did this weekend

It was a long weekend in many respects. This is what I did:

I made crawfish dip for a party on Saturday.

I had my eyebrows ripped out with hot wax.

I went to dinner with friends and drank Pomegranate Margaritas.

I wore these shoes to dinner:

After dinner, I lurched around the mall with a group of women, squealing over clothes and shoes and generally having a good time.

Saturday, I attended a workshop given by Morgan Doremus and Stephanie Klose from RT magazine.

Saturday evening, I attended a party with homemade BBQ, the aforementioned crawfish dip, and lots of yummy Southern cooking.

I laughed my butt off. (I wish it were that easy to shed fat.)

I got home late and the cats were pissed. Fed them and dealt with the fall out.

Got to bed late.

Slept late. (Embarassingly late.)

Talked to a friend for 2.5 hours Sunday morning.

Watched football with Hubby.

Talked to another friend for an hour.

Wrote a blog post while football was on.

Thought of significance of 9/11, cried a bit with all the tributes and that Budweiser commercial, but decided not to write about my 9/11 memories. Many people have done so more eloquently than I.

And that's the weekend. Notice there was no writing in there. Today, back to work. Oh, and the New Voices competition begins tomorrow. I'm a mentor, and looking forward to it!

Spring cleaning

Clearly, it isn't spring yet. But a recent “What Not to Wear” binge sent me to my closet, brimming with determination. Time to get rid of stuff. I have a bad habit of keeping things that no longer fit in the belief that if I just lose that last five or ten pounds, they'll fit again. Clinton and Stacy have made me realize that's not very good in practice.

I'm not done yet, but I've gotten rid of several things. Truthfully, I think more than half of the closet will go. And that's not because it's all too small, but because I don't actually wear most of it. I keep stuff thinking I'll wear it, but I somehow never do.

The beauty of this process is that it gives me a fabulous excuse to go shopping for new clothes. I wish I had that 5K that Clinton and Stacy hand over every episode, but if I spend that much on clothes, my husband will probably kill me. Guess I'll have to be reasonable. 🙄

Presents heroines often end up going on fabulous shopping sprees, don't they? I know I've written one spree, when Nico takes Lily to Paris, but my editor made me cut most of the shopping detail (darn it). But I love to read those sprees. Jennie Lucas wrote a great one not too long ago, and one of my favorites is in one of Jane Porter's sheikh books. I love the parade of clothes, the handbags, the shoes, the super-expensive price tags, and the enigmatic hero who stands by and basically says that money is no object.

It's not the money, though, it's the way he wants to clothe the heroine in beautiful things. It just gives me that little catch in my heart. Like the shopping scene in “Pretty Woman” when Richard Gere goes to the stores with Julia Roberts, after the shop girls wouldn't wait on her, and buys her all those gorgeous and swanky clothes. Oh swoon.

I know my hubby would buy me whatever I wanted if a) we could afford it and b) he didn't have to go shopping with me. But of course he's not a billionaire and I'm not a 20-something Twiggy who can wear anything and look fabulous in it. 😕

*If* I could go on that fantasy shopping trip, I'd hit the Christian Louboutin store for shoes, and then I'd go to Prada, Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Vera Wang, and etc. I'm not sure I'd know how to act when faced with those price tags, though. 😯

So if you could go on a fantasy shopping trip, what would you buy? Doesn't have to be clothes, btw. Cars, vacations, homes, whatever. What is your fantasy?