Que Sera Sera

There is so much to consider when composing a last post. Should one go out with a bang (and what, exactly, qualifies as a bang?), or is it better to more quietly recede? Is there anything left to say, something you mustn’t forget, or has it all been shared before?

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I’m not part of the original WU crew, but was so happy to have been invited by charter member and stellar, going-somewhere author Sharla Lovelace a few years back. (Visit her HERE or HERE, or Google her, she’s everywhere.) This was during a time when my personal life was in upheaval, and so the inclusion was just the creative lift I needed, an outlet fueled by more than only me, and since then the ladies have become forever “writer buddies” I’m proud to associate with.

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We’ve all been through a lot, in life and career, positive and not, it’s clear when looking over our archives. I myself have transformed during the scope of my Unpluggedness. I came on newly divorced and have, in the years spanning my contribution, locked in what it means to be a single mom, healed and established myself in both my heart and my mind after a long-term and abusive marriage, surprised myself, pursued a new career and made it through the transition, dated, cried buckets of tears, learned what it means to be an independent adult, moved twice, rejoiced, stood my ground, messed up, shared and written and felt all of the feelings, and so much more. I appreciate any and all who were along for the ride. It’s been quite a journey—one that’s not done yet, I am happy to know—and I’m grateful the Women Unplugged blog was part of it.

From here forward, you can find me through my personal blog Woman, Determined, at Twitter, and on Facebook. I spend the most time at Facebook, where my goal is to share content as both a writer and a student of life.

These days I am making headway on my novel-in-progress, the one I worked for NANO 2014 and laid aside last spring for that career (day job) change I mentioned above. I recently picked it up again, and I’m working on it daily. I’ve also carved a niche for myself creating custom resumes for folks, from new graduates and baby boomers to blue collar workers and corporate title holders. If you’d like more information about that, shoot me a message through any of the media I’ve listed. I’d love to help you out.

Whether or not we should cross paths again, thanks for being part of Women Unplugged, and part of my life. I wish you all the best in everything.

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With Every Season New Growth Emerges

It’s the cycle of life, the way things were meant to be. Like I tell my children, embrace change: it is the only constant in life. And change is upon us here at Women Unplugged. I’ve enjoyed sharing with you and will continue to do so, only elsewhere… BloominThyme for you gardeners. My author website for the romance lover in you. New this year, I’ve begun a children’s series using the pen name DS Venetta called Wild Tales & Garden Thrills — fun fiction for ages 7 – 10 centered around an organic garden. Book #1 Show Me The Green! has been released with book #2 about school gardens on the way this spring.

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Also new this spring is book #4 in my popular Silver Creek series. Only With You takes readers on an adventure in the sky as helicopter pilots Roan Phillips and Kelly Jones struggle to save their friends from an avalanche. It’s a mountain adventure you won’t soon forget.

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For the gardening enthusiasts, don’t miss my annual “Authors in Bloom” where your favorite authors share their gardening tips and favorite recipes, plus offer prizes and SWAG! It’s 10 days of nonstop giveaways beginning April 7th.

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Sign up for my quarterly newsletter and be the first to know what’s new and exciting. But wherever that might be, let’s keep in touch. Here’s to a fantastic 2016!

New beginnings

I write this from a hotel room in NYC, where I’m visiting colleges with my daughter. One minute she was a toddler, playing with Barbies and clomping through the living room in my heels. Now she’s about to head off to a new, exciting life…without me.

I keep telling myself that it’s not an ending, but a new beginning. For her, for me and her father, for our family. And as scary as new beginnings can be, moving on to something new and exciting is also an adventure.

So, too, for Women Unplugged. We Women are moving on, but at the same time, we’re not going anywhere. You’ll still find us on social media and our websites. We’ll still be sitting pretty on bookshelves in your local stores. We’ll be in lots of places, just not here.

It’s not an ending, but a new beginning.

Thanks for reading all these years. We sure hope to see you again.

A Bittersweet Ending

They say all good things must come to an end, and that is true of most things in life. This blog was home to a variety of women who, at one point or another, came together to share their views on life, love, and a myriad of other topics that struck their fancy.

Every woman who posted articles here–Dianne Venetta, Tracy Solheim, Shelia Seabrook, Andrea Wenger, Janna Donn, Kimberly S. Belle, Patricia Yager Delagrange, Sharla Lovelace, Kim Boykin, and yours truly–left a mark on the blog and in the hearts and minds of readers.

Dianne instructed on the finer points of gardening. Tracy catalogued her journey to publication. Sheila brought Canada’s frozen countryside to life. Andrea dove deep into complex issues. Janna shared her emotions with breathtaking honesty. Kimberly gave insight into the wonders of living abroad. Patty showed what it was like to live with a menagerie of animals. Sharla rolled out the welcome mat to the great state of Texas. And Kim brought her roses to life.

Although we part ways and forge new paths, the bond that was created here cannot be broken. It’s been a true blessing to work beside the ladies of Women Unplugged. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of you. I’ll be cheering from my little corner of the south.

As for me, I’m around in the usual haunts. Facebook, Twitter, my website, and my shiny new personal blog. I’d be honored if some of you who’ve spent time with WU these past few years visit me on any of the venues above. Until then…

Same Author, Different Site

Headshot final 3Four and a half years ago, a group of women embarked on a blogging adventure where we’d chat about our books, lives, kids, men, old dogs (as opposed to men) new adventures, and food.  When we started, I had only met one of the original six women in person. But as we’ve gone through this journey, I feel like I know them–and the others who’ve joined us since–extremely well through their blog posts.  Some I’ve been fortunate enough to meet at conferences or author events.  Others are valued Facebook friends who I hope to meet someday.

Today marks my final post on Women Unplugged.  Over these past years I’ve blogged about my journey as an author–including that magic moment when I got a book deal!  I’ve also told you all about my kids and their adventures growing into adulthood.  I’ve written about the sadness of my old dog leaving me and the fun (?) of a new puppy in the house.  I’ve introduced you to my amazing book club–Talking Volumes–and some fabulous new authors.  We’ve talked about football, the junk drawer, and music.  It’s been a lot of fun.

But what started as a group of authors standing on the cusp of publication is now a group of women who have achieved some success on that road and who need to focus on other projects.  The good news:  None of us are going far.  I’m on Facebook every day. (I have giveaways on Friday so you might want to stop by today and LIKE my page.)  You can also get the latest scoop by going to my website and signing up for my newsletter. I promise I won’t spam you!  And each month, I pick one subscriber to win an autographed book, so there’s a little incentive for you!

I’m still blogging each week over on the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today.  You should stop by and check it out.  We talk about sports and how it relates to romance.  I try to give some recommended romance reads that go along with that day’s topic.  There might even be a picture of a hot guy once in a while. You can also find me in the Romancing the Jock Facebook group and on the blog of the same name.  If you like sports romance, that’s the place to be.

I’d love to meet in person, maybe share a cupcake and chat about books.  I’ll be at a variety of reader events and conferences in 2016–including RT in April.  Check out the events page on my website for more details.  Or sign up to be a member of the Blaze street team. We’re always drafting new members to read and review ARCs and share on social media. Email me at tracy (at) tracysolheim (dot) com if you want to join the team.

My eighth (!) book comes out in a few weeks and it features a hot triathlete who’s running for Congress in his home town of Chances Inlet. (You’ll remember that town from FOOLISH GAMES and BACK TO BEFORE.)  RT gave it 4 1/2 stars and named it as a Top Pick for March!  Here’s the scoop:

Even love might noAllTheyEverWanted_covert prove strong enough to save a man’s promising future from a woman’s hidden past…

All he ever fought for…
Aspiring congressman Miles McAlister has dreamed of representing his hometown of Chances Inlet, North Carolina, since he was a boy. So when he’s asked to help run his mother’s bed and breakfast he moves home and rolls out his campaign at the same time. But political stardom isn’t a given, especially when he’s expected to compromise the very ideals he’s trying to uphold. Making matters worse is the inn’s stubborn, and distractingly beautiful cook. He’s loved and lost before, so falling for Lori Hunt is not part of his plan.
 
All she ever feared…
Lori just wants to do her job and be left alone until she can safely move on. The last thing she needs is to get involved with her boss’s son. Miles proves to be too sexy to ignore, however.  Their heated fling elicits feelings deeper than either anticipated. But everything about Lori is a lie. She’s harboring a secret that will destroy Miles’s career, and when the truth gets out it’s going to shock Chances Inlet to its core, forcing Miles to make the hardest decision of his life.

You can pre-order a copy of ALL THEY EVER WANTED now at these fine book sellers:

Amazon / Apple  / Barnes & Noble / BooksAMillion  / Google / IndieBound  / Kobo / Powell Books

Thanks for hanging out with us these past few years!  It’s been fun sharing the journey with you all.  Be sure to find me on social media and we’ll keep the conversation going.

 

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