I hope 2015 has gotten off to a good start for you. It’s been action-packed for me. Not only did my mother turn 98 in January (yes, I have longevity on that side of the family; her older sister recently turned 100!), but my husband Michael and I bought a house in Connecticut, where we met and married over 20 years ago and where we spend our summers. It’s a shingled, 1925 cape/cottage that’s full of charm, and it’s steps from the village of New Preston and Lake Waramaug. Very scenic.
Lots to do to arrange for the cross-country move but we’re excited about spending more time back east (without the snow - brrrr).
In book news, I finished my first draft of the Princess Charming spinoff. The title won’t be Rich and Famished after all. I’m trying to decide between three others, but the good news is that I’m thrilled with the story and really enjoyed revisiting PC’s three best friends, Elaine Zimmerman, Jackie Gault and Pat Kovecky, who call themselves “the Three Blond Mice” and take a vacation together every year. In Princess Charming, they took a cruise to the Caribbean where Elaine found true love even as she was trying to solve a murder plot. In the new one, the three women take a “haycation.” They book a week at a farm resort where they're agritourists “cultivating their bounty” and eating farm-to-table food, and in between milking cows and making cheese and interacting with the other guests in their cooking classes with a famous chef, they stumble on another murder plot - to kill the chef. I won’t say more just yet, but there are plenty of surprises in this one and I had a lot of fun writing it. I’ll be sure to post news of its publication (and its title). My plan is to turn the PC books into a series with Elaine, Jackie and Pat embarking on a different trip in each installment and solving a mystery along the way. Stay tuned.
On the nonfiction front, my caregiver survival guide, You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You, has been selected by its publisher, Chronicle Books, for their “Eye Candy Ebook Promotion” during the month of February. This means that the ebook edition will be on sale at a special low price throughout February! For those who aren’t familiar with the book, I’ve been the caregiver to my husband, who has Crohn’s disease, as well as a long-distance caregiver to my mother, who suffers from dementia (one of the reasons I’m moving back east), and I share my journey in the book along with that of other caregivers, plus I offer lots of good, practical advice from a wide range of experts. My mantra is that there are silver linings even in the darkest times and we need to keep a sense of humor! Check out the video below for more about the book. And check out the following links in February for the special Eye Candy Ebook Promotion:
And if you’d like me to come and speak to your group about spousal caregiving or caregiving an aging parent, feel free to get in touch with me or with Speakers On Healthcare.
Till next time,
How to get on a nurse's good side? Navigate the ER? Keep your sense of humor even on your darkest day? Jane shares her own caregiving experiences in this unique survival guide.
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