Cleaning Experiment OVER!

I’ve just finished my mystical cleaning experiment. Among the treasures I found was a box of Tuna Helper with a 2009 expiration date. It’s a wonder it didn’t crawl away on its own! The idea was to clear out 27 items a day for 9 days to open up opportunities/space for something awesome to happen. If you miss a day, then you have to start over. Today is day 9 and the experiment is over. Guess what I’ve realized so far: I have nothing left in my house. I’ve stripped away all the clutter and am now living a minimalist life with two outfits plus my laptop. Tossing 27 items a day barely makes a dent. Maybe if I did it every day for a year then I’d notice a change. I focused primarily on cleaning out my kids’ clutter and didn’t touch my own. Their rooms look amazing, plus …

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Mystical Adventures in Cleaning House

So in the middle of June, I’m trying something new. Every day for 9 days, I get rid of 27 items. Throw them out, give them away, whatever. There were all sorts of mystical numerology reasons for the numbers, and by the way, if I miss a day, I have to start over. Oy! The mystical thought behind this madness is that clutter holds energetic weight. So, if you get rid of weight you’ll (a) lose pounds and (b) leave space for something new and wonderful to manifest.  My husband said, getting rid of stuff? All for it. I’m on day 3. Guess which item wins (so far) the Most Embarrassing and another for Hardest to Toss.  And yes, I have indeed gotten rid of all of these things. Clothing that I’ve never worn that is over a decade old. Shoes that hurt to wear but pinched so much I …

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Deleted Scene from The Makeover Mistake

Happy Monday everybody! Today’s OMG post is a deleted first chapter from The Makeover Mistake. It’s delightful, but kind of long so I jumped straight to the first scene in Vegas instead of the set up here. But you lucky readers get to see the real opening scene! Check it out below. And then, be sure you have your own copy of The Makeover Mistake. It’ll make you smile and warm your heart. You can buy it on my website https://kathylyons.com/makeover-mistake Happy reading!       The Makeover Mistake By Kathy Lyons DELETED SCENE 1 Chapter 1 Michael Chang pushed opened his condo’s front door and walked straight into a piano. And not just a tiny upright, but a full sized grand hitting him in the belly as he dragged his luggage into the foyer. WTF? He’d just been on the world’s worst flight from Japan, his head was pounding, and …

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Black/White Left/Right: Jade Goes Either/Or

Today’s OMG post is going to be a bunch of either/or questions. Don’t think hard, they’re really not that deep.  Okay, here we go Dark or Milk Chocolate? Jade’s answer: DARK though, honestly, my first thought was why do I have to choose? Cat or Dog? Jade’s answer: Cat! Dogs have to be walked every day, and I’m really not that generous with my time. Plus, I’m not a big fan of slobber. Cats just do what they want when they want. Perfect pet for the lazy person I am. And see above for a special picture of the goofball that is my cat (when she was a kitten).     When hanging out with your special someone, do you prefer walking hand in hand on the beach or snuggling up close while watching tv? Jade’s answer: If I only lived close to a beach, there might be walking, but …

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My Horrible Mistake

Multiple choice questions from Jade: Guess what I did for Mother’s Day! I got to: Sleep in all day and have a handsome man rub my feet. Drive home from the Off-Campus Writers Workshop in Chicago while listening to an audio book. Spend the day shopping with my childrenand buying them new wardrobes. Let’s just say tequila was involved and I don’t remember much beyond that. Answer: 3. Yes, one of my daughters is a law student. Her summer internship is in a DA’s office. Go her! Except that she has no lawyer-like clothes. And since she’s got no money (because she’s in law school), I decided to help her out. Not to be left out, the other daughter tagged along and got stuff, too. But honestly, it was fun. I got to hang with my children and shop. Now, guess what HORRIBLE mistake I made:  I got tired, handed them …

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No Place for a Lady, Free on Ebook

No Place For A Lady Free for a limited time! The London rookeries are slums, rife with criminals, and shunned by the upper crust. But someone there intends to murder one of England’s greatest leaders, and Marcus Kane, Lord Chadwick, will follow every clue, even into the bowels of London’s underground. But he can’t find his way alone. A partner is required. Fantine (Fanny) Delarive is perfect. She knows the slums better than anyone, has survived its labyrinth alone for years, and knows every criminal lurking in every dark corner. Then, the investigation detours the pair into the bright ballrooms of the ton. And Fantine fits in here, too. Which changes everything. Lord Chadwick knows a woman of Fantine’s ilk is entirely unsuitable for him. But she’s infinitely more exciting than any well-born lady he’s ever met. Now much more than an acquaintance with the independent, self-reliant Fantine is required …

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OMG it’s Monday: Cooking with Characters

I did a guest blog a few weeks ago to promote a new cookbook by the hot Aussie Dan Churchill. The assignment was to have my HISTORICAL characters cook and enjoy one of his recipes. The blog ended up so cute, I thought (as I’m recovering from RT) that I’d send it out to all of you.   Trevor Anaedsley, future duke of Timby, stood non-plused in a location beyond his ken. It was a bright place with steel fixtures and white counter tops. And in the middle of it was his lovely wife, Mellie whistling as she did something with foodstuffs.             It’s a dream, she said before he could ask. You must be hungry because I’m cooking.             Cooking, he gasped appalled. We have a cook for that.             I know, but I wanted to try something new.             Cooking? he repeated flabbergasted. Why?             She looked up …

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OMG, It’s Monday with Jade Lee: Jade Lee has gone NUTS!

So why am I going NUTS today? It’s Monday. Of course I’m nuts. I always read reviews on Monday. Duh. Of course I’m insane. Today is my last day at this age. Tomorrow I age another year. EEK! Tomorrow is Release Day for 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake  Answer: 4  And yes, Monday is a nuts days, but it’s a eyes-glued-shut kind of day as I mainline coffee and try to orient to the week. (Doesn’t work since I switched to de-caf). I try to avoid reading reviews in general, and I wouldn’t start the week off on that note. OMG, what if someone didn’t like my book? Ack!  Tomorrow is indeed my birthday and I’m not going to tell you how old I am. It’s too depressing. So the big deal?  Tomorrow is release day for the funniest book I’ve ever written. Why is 50 Ways to Ruin …

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OMG it’s Monday w/Jade Lee: The Problem with Deadlines

Everyone hates deadlines, right? It does have the word dead in it. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if we always had as much time as possible to get a task done? That way everything would be done to the best of our ability in the best possible way. Right? Let’s find out if that’s true for me. I recently learned that I have two extra months on my next manuscript deadline. Let’s start with why I got extra months. Scheduling shift. A few extra months magically appeared. I’m such a marvelous writer, Sourcebooks wanted me to feel appreciated and gifted it to me. I’m such a terrible writer, Sourcebooks decided to force me to take more time to make the next book perfect. I’m an idiot, forgot the REAL deadline, and imagined a wrong one. Answer: 1 and 4.  Yeah, I’d like to think that is was just a scheduling shift and …

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