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Summer is winding down in a lot of places and folks are gearing up for Fall. Pumpkins, Halloween decorations and even some Christmas décor is popping up all around. It’s still way too hot for me to think about Fall sweaters and hot spiced beverages but the folks in retail don’t really pay attention to the weather.

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Here at the inn, I have a policy: if a room is not made completely up and ready for someone to check into it, I keep the door to that room either shut or locked until it’s ready to go. I don’t like snoopy guests – and they are, every single one of them – to peek in and see a dirty or unfinished room. I just think that’s unprofessional. I’d rather have those snoopy guests wonder what those rooms look like than for them to see an unmade bed or a vacuum cleaner sitting in the middle of the room or towels stacked on the dresser. Hey, my inn, my rules. I want to present it in its best light.

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It’s Monday and I’ve had a busy, busy week, last week. The inn was full to the rafters Friday and Saturday nights, couple of house tours during the week, and my new book releases Friday, so there was a lot of marketing and pre-launch hoopla to do to get all that ready. This week promises to be just as busy.

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I’ve been promising a new book and FINALLY it’s here. Well, almost here. But, it is available for Pre-Order and I encourage you to do that if you intend to buy the book. Release day sales are huge in boosting an author’s visibility so if you think you’re going to want to read this book (and I hope you do), please go to your preferred book vendor and pre-order it. (Links below.) Even if you have no interest in reading it but you want to help boost my sales, go ahead and buy it or gift it to a friend. I’ll be forever grateful.

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I try to stay on top of current news but I’m not fanatical about it. I don’t always agree with mainstream media on either side of certain topics, but I do like to know what’s going on and how people feel about it. Some people have some VERY strong feelings about certain issues. That’s their right. Opinions are like noses; everyone has one.

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Shortly after cruising opened back up for travelers, my husband and I booked a cruise that we’ve always wanted to take. It’s a long one and usually an expensive one. But two things worked in our favor; one, we were still (unfortunately) working with pandemic occupancy at the inn (so essentially no guests), and, two, cruises were being offered for dirt cheap to entice folks to travel the high seas again.

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I love this country. I’m proud to say I’m am American. Our country is in turmoil right now. I don’t care what your political persuasion is, if you live in this great country, I believe you should honor it and take care of it. We’ve been through a lot of struggles over the years, and mistakes were made along the way, but we’ve survived by sheer determination, often at great cost. Let us never forget the struggles and sacrifices of our forefathers to build this amazing country. And let us always continue to put our best foot forward to keep it a powerful and thriving home to be proud of.

Here’s to Old Glory – long may she wave.

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Channel surfing. I know you’ve all done it. Four thousand channels to choose from from sixty different apps but you still can’t find anything to watch on TV. So, you start watching trailers hoping to find a good movie or a new series to watch. Sometimes you spend a good hour just watching trailers trying to find something to watch and by the end of the night you haven’t watched anything.

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The writers police academy was quite the adventure. Lots of hands-on stuff. Lots of great insider information. Lots of really nice people. Not so much sleep. But it was all worth it. The workshops were great, the food was good, the hotel was adequate, the location was perfect, the guest speakers were fabulous. One in particular touched me with his keynote address on Saturday night.

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So, I think you know that I recently traveled to Appleton, Wisconsin to attend the Writer’s Police Academy. It was a blast!! Met some amazing people and learned some super cool stuff. Getting there was fine; 3 flights, 4 airports, no food, and 2 really quick trips to the restroom while running through airport concourses to my next flight. But all-in-all, not too bad. Coming home? Not so much.

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