Finally!

Yes, I’m talking about finally, freaking finally finishing this shifter manuscript. It’s only the first draft, and it’s rough, but I feel so much better now that I got to the end. I wanted it done so long ago, and I felt horribly guilty for not being done with it last year. But it’s done now, and I can set it aside while I move on to the next story in the series, which is also started, more than started, really, more like three-quarters written.

I’d like to have it finished by the end of March, but I didn’t schedule any PTO in March, so it might be a stretch, depending on how crazy things are with the day-job. But I’m going to try anyway.

Today, though…today is for other things. Like cooking, and maybe a quick cake. Plus I have some things to print that I’ve put off for a while, and now I have this shifter I want to finish in March, so I want to print out what I have so far and see what needs rearranging and what will still need tied together to finish it off. And definitely reading. So before I get to that, I have a little snippet for you all to read, from Light the Way Home.

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Maybe kissing Lucie wasn’t such a terrible idea. She wasn’t staying. He could give in to the urge, and then forget about it after she was gone.

And dammit, he wanted to kiss her. Blowing out a hard breath, he rinsed Hayden’s juice glass and shut off the faucet as their footsteps neared. He glanced over and watched her cheeks turn pink. “Hi.”

“Daddy, can we play outside later?”

He blinked and turned his attention to his son. “I’ll try, buddy, but–”

“I meant Lucie an’ me.” Hayden gave him a quick frown. “It’s sunny out.”

“And I bet the grass is crunchy, too.” He met Lucie’s gaze, restraining a smile at her nod and his son’s subsequent down-turned mouth. “Maybe we can talk about it at lunchtime after I get some things done.”

His son pursed his lips, blue eyes narrowed as he studied his father for a few seconds. “Okay.”

“It’s actually pretty chilly out this morning,” Lucie said. “I had to get my really heavy sweater out. I’ll have to get my coat out soon.”

Hayden looked up at her. “Really?”

She tugged at the collar of the thick green sweater she wore.

The little boy heaved a giant sigh. “Okay.” He released her hand. “I gotta get my bear.” He ran out of the kitchen.

“Slow on the stairs, buddy!” Nate called.

“‘Kay!”

Lucie winced while she listened to his footsteps rushing up the steps.

Nate set the juice glass down and crossed the floor to where she stood. “I need to know,” he said, bending to catch her soft mouth with his.

She made a startled sound, then set both of her hands flat on his chest, her lips parting.

He’d been right. She tasted sweet. He slid one hand into her loose hair, ignoring the slight dampness to tip her head so he could delve deeper.

She let him. God, she let him.

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Looking out my window, it looks like a beautiful day. Until you see the trees whipping in the wind. I’ve been outside several times to feed the neighborhood stray cats today, and despite the pretty sky, it’s cold in the breeze. So I’m going to get to my long to-do list for today, so I am ready to get back to writing tomorrow evening. And wonder if the wind will stick around a couple days to start March off like a lion instead of a lamb. How is the new month starting where you are?

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