Celebrating five years of marriage today!

I have the best wife in the world! Check out this picture. Yes, I’m sticking my tongue out at her right in the middle of the wedding ceremony. The officiant said that laughter was important in a relationship and I just had to show him how much I agreed. There’s not a day that goes by where we aren’t laughing.tongue

Laughter keeps us healthy, keeps us happy, keeps us young. My life is a romantic comedy every single day and I’m so grateful to have such an amazing person by my side. :)

 

Sometimes, I like to pose with cactus.

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We Are All Connected

Last week I received a message from Sally, who lives in a small village in the UK near Cambridge. She wrote to tell me she loved my first book, Five Minutes Late. At first I wasn’t sure if Sally could be trusted since she told me that she was married to the world’s best husband. I knew for a fact that could not be true because my wife has always told me that I am the best husband in the world. :)

I decided to give Sally a chance and wanted to learn more about her. I found out we had a lot in common! She teaches a foreign language and so does my wife. She’s also an author! In fact, she is currently writing a book about pottery and the hero in my next book, Kissing Frogs, is an art teacher who specializes in pottery! What are the chances?

Sally Wallace-Jones has a children’s book in print. It is called Miu and the Pharaoh and is about a small Egyptian cat who really wants to know what life is like inside the Royal Palace. It’s a very cute book. What Sally doesn’t know is I bought the book on Amazon to give to a child of one of my friends. I would have never even known about her if she hadn’t taken a moment to brighten an author’s day with a sweet email. Now I will brighten a child’s day with something from Sally. Life is beautiful the way so many things are connected, don’t you think? :)Sally

Village House of Books in Los Gatos

Village House of BooksMany of the settings I used in Dog Day Wedding are real places! In the story, Giovanni goes for a walk with Precious and the dog stops in front of Village House of Books in Los Gatos to drink from the water bowl outside. This book store is very dog friendly and even has a patio for the doggies with relaxation music (in case your pooch wants to meditate or nap). :) My Honeybunch snapped a picture of me outside during our visit there on Valentine’s Day. LOVE this book store. :)

Romantic comedy readers all over the world!

DogDayWedding_PB1 smallMy second romantic comedy, DOG DAY WEDDING, has only been on sale for a few days and I’ve already had sales in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Australia. I also have readers in two other countries you probably won’t believe: India and Pakistan!! AMAZING! :) The book is available for the Kindle and also in paperback here: http://amzn.to/16bsgaO.

Now, back to writing! My third book will release in April. :)

Dog Day Wedding: The proof of the paperback has arrived!

Jumping for joy in Carmel

Jumping in Carmel

Happy New Year 2015!


My wife, Silvi, wanted to make a Happy New Year 2015 video with a role
reversal twist. She would speak in English (she’s a native Spanish speaker)
and I would speak in Spanish (I’m a native English speaker). How fun!

Hope you enjoy it and Happy New Year to you!

My first speaking engagement

IMG_0702I was absolutely thrilled when the San Jose Public Library Foundation invited me to their inaugural “Meet the Author” Event.  The moderator—SJPLF Executive Director Mary McLane—asked me a variety of questions about my writing habits and publishing my debut novel. After she finished, she invited the fifty guests to participate in for a Q & A Session, which was a lot of fun.IMG_0699This was my first public appearance as an author. It was a very special evening for me and something I’ll always remember. :)

Was I supposed to sleep in November?

Winner-2014-Twitter-ProfileI needed a good kick in the pants, so I made a last minute decision to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. The goal was to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. And I won! The result is the first draft of my second romantic comedy, Dog Day Wedding. Yahooooo!

Now I have six weeks to whip that baby into shape before it goes to my editor on January 12th. The plan is to publish it two weeks after that.

By the way, I learned an important lesson: I write faster with deadlines. This is good to know going forward since I plan on publishing four novels in 2015!