My Books Are On SALE! Woo-hoo!

Hello, hello. So I'm just getting back from a cruise and am playing catch up (along with trying not to fall out of my desk chair because apparently my brain is still swaying even though I'm no longer on a rocking boat.) It was a great vacation and involved a lot of this:

Turns out staring at the ocean for hours is very rejuvenating. :) I spent most of that time either reading or brainstorming book two in the Pleasure Principle series. But now I'm buried under a pile of laundry and emails. So, though I don't have an official blog for you today, I wanted to pass along an unexpected sale. Looks like a number of my books have dropped in price from 9.99-12.99 to 6.99-7.99! I have no idea how long the sale will be, so I just wanted to share the news in case you wanted to grab any while they're a couple of bucks under normal prices. Here are the ones that are currently on sale:

Nothing Between Us is $6.99, which is a great discount because it's been sitting at $11.99 lately. This is a m/m/f menage romance with a heroine who is quite the Peeping Tom and two men who don't mind being watched. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Into You and Melt Into You are $7.99 (normally $12.99) so if you're new to me and want to start the Loving on the Edge series from the start, here's your chance to get book one and two!

 

Caught Up In You is also $7.99 right now. A geek hero, a former stripper, and a private island. What more do you need to know? ;)

 

That's all from me for now. Have a great rest of the day!

 

What I'm Watching: Something Funny, Something Scary, & Something Sentimental

One of the things that has gotten pushed to the back burner since I began a serious writing career (and had a child) is TV watching. A lot of people assume that since I work from home, I must get the chance to watch a lot of TV. But truth is, when I'm home during the day, I'm in my office, working. I can't remember the last time I watched TV during the day on a weekday. And in the evening, it's family time and dinner time and dishes time. So when I get that hour or so with the hubs after kidlet goes to bed, I have to choose shows wisely. And lately, I've gotten pretty lucky. Here's what I'm watching:

Something Funny:

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin (The CW)- Okay, so I'm not up to date (so don't tell me any spoilers) but I started a Netflix binge of this at Christmastime and am a good way into the first season. It's funny and silly and over the top. All the characters are interesting and the structure (kind of tongue and cheek about telenovelas) is fresh and entertaining. If you're not watching this one yet and like a show that will make you laugh (and has some romance and hot guys), then check this one out. 

Something Scary:

Killing Fields

Killing Fields (Discovery Channel) - This is a true crime show about a cold case from 1997 in Louisiana that happened near LSU. The show itself is creepy because of what it's about, but it's particularly chilling for me because I was at LSU during the time of that murder and the serial killer that was murdering students. One of my grad school classmates was a victim (though her case also remains unsolved, most assume she was part of the serial killings). So this whole story hits very close to home for me and brings me back to a very scary time. However, the show is well done and compelling. I don't know how it will end (and they apparently taped it in real time), but I'm really hoping they solve the case. 

Something Sentimental:

American Idol (Fox) - I have watched every season of American Idol from the beginning, which was when I married hubs. So it's been an annual part of our routine from the start. I'm sad that this is the last season because I've never really taken to the other singing shows like I have this one, but I get that everything comes to an end. Hopefully, it will be a good one.

 

So that's what I'm watching? What's on your TV lately? Any recommendations?

 

Eating Healthy At Home: How I Meal Plan and a Free Weekly Menu Printable

Weekly Meal Planning Roni Loren

If you follow me at all online, you know I love to cook (and eat!), but I'm not one of those cooks who just comes up with inventive meals on the fly. I've spent hours writing fiction most days, so my creativity is drained by the time I get to dinnertime. I don't want to think about what to cook or how I'm going to make it tasty, which is why for years I've sworn by weekly meal planning. Without my weekly meal planning, I'd end up going out for fast food or ordering pizza every night. Meal planning keeps me (and the fam) on track with healthy eating.

Here's my general routine. On the weekend, I set aside some time to grab a few of my cookbooks off the shelf (or to go to my saved recipes online) and I sit down and choose what I'm cooking for each night of the coming week. This is even easier if you have few main go-to recipes that you use each week. I'm weird in that I like to cook different stuff pretty much non-stop. I have very few go-to meals and those are usually brought out when hubs is out of town and I'm just cooking for me and the kidlet. My theory on why I like novel cooking is that I like to eat in restaurants. But restaurants are expensive and somehow they manage to pack twice as many calories into things--even things that seem healthy. So what keeps me from eating out too much is creating new stuff for me to try to each week, so it feels like I'm going to a new restaurant. (See, told you, I'm weird.)

And luckily, I have a family with an open-minded palate, so they're pretty go with the flow on whatever I decide to cook. (I set up the expectation early with kidlet--you eat what I cook. I may alter his slightly, like not make his serving as spicy or keeping onions out of his or something, but he's expected to eat what we're having for dinner and to try things he may not be sure of. And he does.)

But anyway, I think through my week--which nights are going to be more hectic than others, what nights I'll have more time, etc. Then I lay out the menu on this sheet I designed (see the free printable below if you'd like to download it) and make my grocery list as I go. Then I post the menu on the refrigerator so everyone knows what's coming. Sometimes I'll switch days around during the week--much to the distress of my order-loving kidlet--but otherwise, I stick to the plan. And usually we save eating out for once or twice on the weekend.

The Quick and Dirty Tips on Meal Planning:

1. Gather your supplies: cookbooks/magazines/internet/whatever, a notebook or meal planning worksheet, and a little bit of time.

2. Think through what supplies you have or what you need to use up. (This is where cookbook indexes and internet search comes in handy. Have a cabbage and some chicken to use up, look up the more specific ingredient and work backward from there.)

2. Figure out which days you need to have quick meals and which you can spend more time on so you can plug in meals accordingly.

3. Fill in your go-to meals if you have them. Bonus tip: Pick theme nights like Taco Night, Sandwich Night, Slow Cooker Night, Stir-Fry Night, etc. and then your meal planning will go even quicker.

4. Write down the name of the recipe and where you found it (don't forget page numbers) then plug it into your menu sheet on the appropriate day.

5. Make your grocery list as you go. Bonus tip: There are lots of printables online for grocery lists. If you find one divided by section of the store, you can already have your list done and  sorted by the time you're done meal-planning. 

6. Put the menu on the fridge for you and your family to see, and then stick to it

7. After the week is done, mark down the new recipes that went well to save them for the future. 

It sounds like a lot, but really, it's not. Plus, there are so many benefits.

Benefits of Meal Planning:

1. Eat healthier.

2. Less waste because I know what I need to buy for the week.

3. No thinking involved when I'm brain-drained at dinner time.

4. Saves money.

5. No, "What are we having for dinner?" questions from the family.

5. Yummy, delicious meals every night.

So it's a no brainer for me. I've done it this way for almost a decade, and it becomes like clockwork. Plus, it gives me a good reason to feed my cookbook addiction. :)  Which reminds me, stay tuned for Wednesday when I tell you about my favorite cookbooks, recipe resources, and apps I love for meal planning and cooking. 

In the mealtime, here's your free Weekly Menu printable download if you'd like to give meal planning a shot. Let me know if you do! :)

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So do you do any kind of meal planning? What's your process? Any tips to add?

 

What I'm Loving: Tiny Planner Stickers & Erasable Pens That Actually Work

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Hey guys! So if you read my post last week on Finding the Right Planner, you know that I'm currently in mad love with my Day Designer. Yay for planner peace! And I also mentioned that I'm dialing back decorating my planner because it wasn't working for me. However, that doesn't mean that my planner has to be dull. 

I bought these cute stickers from Faye Creates on Etsy and they are perfect for the Day Designer without being too busy or overwhelming. I have stickers for word count, yoga, dinner, date nights, blogging, reading, planning, etc. But they are tiny and fit on one line of the Day Designer and are uniform looking--which helps me by having a streamlined, non-distracting look.

Aren't they cute? A little pop of color and functional.

Okay, so that's my sticker plan. Next, my new favorite pens. One of the things I hear a lot of people talk about is how they buy a pretty planner or notebook and then don't want to mess it up by, you know, actually WRITING in it. Lol. I so get that. I can be a perfectionist. But the whole point of getting my planner was to help me be more organized and to streamline things and make it easier. Trying to write and decorate perfectly so that it's ready for a Pinterest photo shoot is not what I need my planner to be. (Not that there's anything wrong with the fun decorated planners. I love looking at those and the creativity people put into them. It's just not my need right now.)

So, how did I get over that "I'm going to mess it up" worry? Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens. I'd heard about these in a few groups, but I was worried it was going to be like the erasable pens of the 80s/90s--you know, the ones that tore the paper and made everything look messy? But these are definitely not like that. The ink flows nicely, they have pretty colors, and they erase by heat/friction. So you rub the end of the pen over it like an eraser and the heat makes the ink disappear. (Side note: I wouldn't use these pens if you're writing something that you want to last years or be a keepsake. Or to sign legal documents. I haven't had any issues with them, but if heat can make the ink disappear, you don't want to risk something important getting erased if it's put in the attic or left in the sun in a hot car.)

And for those things that you aren't worried about erasing, I heart the PaperMate Flair pens. They write really well and come in SO many different colors. Oddly enough, my favorite color of the bunch is the navy blue. It's different than a standard blue pen and I love the rich color of it. I've even been brave enough to use these in my planner for events or tasks I know I won't need to erase. :)

Also, a quick note, someone asked me recently if I have all these colors of pens because I color code things in my planner. I don't. I liked the IDEA of color-coding, but when I've tried it in the past, I've found that it's detrimental to the whole "write everything down" plan. If I'm color-coding and don't have the needed color right at hand, I won't write it down. If I don't write it down, it will be forgotten. So I use these colors at will. Sometimes I just use one color for a whole day. Other times I change it around. There's no rhyme or reason to it. All I want to do is make sure that the schedule and to-do list get written. The color is only for my enjoyment.

Okay, so those are my picks. What kind of pens and/or stickers do you like to use? Do you have different pens for different tasks? And do you color code?

 

*Day Designer and Amazon links are affiliate links, but I have not been asked to feature these products and have purchased them with my own money. 

LOVING YOU EASY Blurb Reveal!

Some of you have been asking me when the next Loving on the Edge book will be out and who it will be about. Well, I have your answers! I don't have a cover yet, but LOVING YOU EASY will be out in September 2016. And you're going to meet new characters in this one. The heroes are former members of the Ranch and you'll see a cameo by Andre (from Melt Into You) but these guys and the heroine will be new to you. : )

Want to know what the story's about? Here you go!

About LOVING YOU EASY:

Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real... 

 IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar...

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

The ebook is up for pre-order only on Amazon right now and the paperback isn't up there yet. So more links will be coming as soon as the retailers get everything into the system. But I wanted to release the blurb as soon as I was allowed to share it. : )

So who's excited?


And I know September is a long time away, but don't forget that OFF THE CLOCK, book one in my new Pleasure Principle series, is coming in January. I'm thrilled to be doing two series at the same time and I hope you'll enjoy the world of The Grove in OFF THE CLOCK as much as you enjoy The Ranch.