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After a lengthy absence, I’m excited to announce my upcoming e-book, See Bride Run! It’s a hilarious story about an adorable young woman who will do anything—and I mean anything—to get out of marrying a man she does not love. It will be available just in time for Christmas, exclusively at Amazon. The print version will follow on its heels so if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, look no farther! In February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, please look for Tall, Dark, & Bad. I know how much you readers love Bad Boys! Long before I began writing the Full House series with Janet Evanovich and my Crazy series for Berkley Jove, I wrote almost 30 funny romances for Bantam Books’ Loveswept line. The books, approximately 60,000 words, have been “lovingly” updated, revised, and polished for your reading pleasure; and will be re-released over the next couple of years, along with a brand new series I’m writing that takes place in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Be sure to check my website where I will announce upcoming titles. In the meantime, I’m sending you many warm holiday hugs. I hope this is your best Christmas ever!
Hi to everyone! I’m working hard, trying to promote my brand new book, HIGH ANXIETY, but I wanted to come up for air and set something straight: I am NOT dead.
I discovered, quite by accident, that there are at least three other women bearing my name. (And, here, I thought I was special.) I hope I have my information right, but it seems one of them is 115 years old, the other one just died at 85, and the last one is po’d at some man and spewing bad language all over the place. Of course, it’s difficult to talk about men without using bad language, am I right?
I hope I don’t live to be 115. For me that would mean adult diapers, gumming food, and wearing my bra around my waist because I don’t think breasts were created to live 115 years. As for my butt; we’ll, I shudder to think of it because I’ve seen my butt at 55. It happened by accident — I sure as hell wouldn’t have done it on purpose — as I was getting in the shower and happen to glance over my shoulder at the huge wall mirror. The only person who has a bigger butt than me is my aunt on my mother’s side of the family, and she’s not doing well. If she dies that means I’m going to have the biggest butt in the family.
I’m not even sure I want to live to see 85. By then, what’s left of my mind will have been long gone. My kids will hire a caretaker for me named Cruella or Attila. Medicare and social security will be nonexistent, and I’ll have to eat cheap dog food as opposed to healthier ones like Pedigree or Science Diet.
As for the woman spewing curse words over some man; well, that could have easily been me.
on her daughter-in-law and Kate tries to disarm her.
After giving her statement, Kate goes home to her fireman ex-husband who she has been nursing back to health. So she won’t stress him out, she tells him the class went fine. Her attempt backfires when the story hits the front page of the newspaper the next morning. Angry, Jay storms out to go volunteer to fight the wildfire sweeping through drought-ridden Florida.
Kate’s day goes from bad to worse when her best friend and receptionist, Mona, calls her that she can’t come in because of a bad case of hives. Kate is determined to run her office on her own, but Mona calls Kate’s mother who is more than glad to help. But when Dixie turns the office on its ear, Kate breaks down and calls a temporary employment agency. What she hadn’t counted on was being sent someone more disturbed than her patients.
After noticing many disturbing habits, Kate discovers that the temp, Abigail, refused to put a colleague, Thad Rizer, through in regards to a patient, Kate realizes she needs to fire Abigail.Her life becomes one high tension moment after another at that point. Is Abigail behind the stalking? Or could it be someone that Kate doesn’t even suspect?
HIGH ANXIETY is filled with colorful characters that are a riot to read about. Ms. Hughes has a witty way with words. The story itself will keep you on the edge of your seat. Three dimensional characters and believable situations make this a fun read. Don’t miss it!
5 STARS NIGHT OWL- Kate Holly is a psychologist with a few issues of her own. She swore that she wouldn’t marry a fireman when her fireman father died in a fire when she was 10 years old. She did. She has a tendency to count to calm herself down. For things like the pencils on her desk. Kate is also impulsive and caring. That’s why she took care of her ex-husband, Jay, when he was hurt. Of course, she had planned on stopping the divorce but some how it didn’t happen.Mona Epps is Kate’s receptionist. She doesn’t have to work but does because she’s Kate’s friend. She also has a tendency to “treat” Kate’s patients while their waiting based on Dr Phil. Mona is very conscious of her looks so when she got a rash, there was no way she was coming to work.After Kate tries to run the office alone, and then, with her mother manning the front desk, Kate finally calls a temp agency. They send a temp right over, Abigail Davis. Abigail seems friendly enough but maybe too friendly. She seems to be slightly off to Kate but she can’t figure out why. Can Kate deal with Abigail until Mona can come back to work?
Well, my summary can’t even come close to giving you an idea of all the fun things going on in this hilarious story. There is something going on from beginning to end with Kate finding herself dealing with a gun waving senior to worrying about Jay fighting a large fire in Florida to delivering a baby in Mona’s bathtub.
On of the best things about this story are the quirky characters. Not a one doesn’t have some sort of issue or problem which only adds to the humor. Mona while a fashion plate has a hillbilly type mother who is a midwife and healer. Kate’s mother lives with her twin sister where they make a living by turning junk into art. They also still dress alike which can be strange. Their roommate is one of Kate’s patients, a former Marine who has gender issues.
As strange as all of these characters are Abigail is even stranger and scarier.The really weird thing is, I could actually picture all of these people and all of the situations that they found themselves in. Ms Hughes does a wonderful job describing things so you feel as if you are there and involved.
While there is a bit of a romantic flavor to this story, I couldn’t call it a romance. There is also a mysterious element, yet it’s not exactly your normal mystery novel. What this book can be called is entertainingly funny. This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I also couldn’t help laughing as Kate goes from one interesting situation to the next bringing with her chaos and hope.
This is the third book in a series. I haven’t read the first two yet, and that is a definite yet. I plan of finding them as soon as I can. I didn’t need to read them to thoroughly enjoy High Anxiety. I just like Kate that much. This is one series that will be on my automatic buy list and one that I can’t wait to share with my family and friends.
Hey, I know you guys have noticed that our new First Lady has awesome arms, but what I want to know is how she got them. I hate flabby underarms, but mine are headed in that direction. I used to do aerobics religiously. I even used weights. I’m thinking of starting back.
Notice I said I’m “thinking” about it. I don’t want to rush into anything. Anyway, I’d love to know what exercise is good for underarm flab. Also, is there anything to be done about inner thigh flab? I’m not just talking about muscles that need tightening; I’m talking about the added flesh that makes thighs unattractive.
If anybody out there knows the secret to getting rid of this flab, please let me know!
Okay, so I’ve turned in my new book. My publisher didn’t like the previous title so I came up with a new one, HIGH ANXIETY, which aptly describes my life these past few months.
My book tour stole precious writing time – I was so late getting the book in! – but I’ll have to say it was worth it because I met the nicest people. The booksellers went out of their way to accommodate me and I came face-to-face with readers who had been following me since I started my career writing category romance some 20+ years ago.
On a sad note, I met and talked at length with an 80-something year-old-woman who was incredibly depressed because her eyes were giving her so many problems that she couldn’t do what she loved best: read. She was hoping her new eye glasses would rectify the problem, but think how hard it would be to go through life unable to read a book, even in large print! I know books on tape are very popular, but when I climb into bed at night I still want to reach over and pick up a book. It’s a simple pleasure. And who doesn’t need them at this point in time?
Anyway, everybody keep your fingers crossed that my editor and other powers-that-be love my new book.