Author Guest Post
A Day In My Writing Life
(AKA The Rare Day Off I Can Attempt Writing)
1. Alarm goes off at 8 a.m.
2. I hit snooze.
3. Again. Snooze.
4. 10 a.m. Awakened by the deafening silence of having hit the snooze so many times that it gives up on you.
5. Laundromat time.
6. Sit in car at Laundromat, hunched over laptop that you can’t see because the sun’s glare is in your eyes.
7. Check Facebook.
8. Email check.
9. 11:30ish. Lulu text. Respond. Get distracted by Angry Birds.
10. Take unfolded laundry home. Dump in corner, convinced you’ll fold them shortly. You won’t.
11. Peek at open document on laptop. Type a line. Delete it because it’s terrible, after all.
12. Afternoon news on television. Hey, something important might have happened overnight. Gotta stay current-affairs-savvy.
13. Go to lake. Glare at strangers crowding the dock you want to utilize for afternoon writing.
14. Find someone you know at lake, waste six hours aimlessly chatting and watching his fishing pole for sudden twitching.
15. Go home. Eat something after you realize your stomach has been hurting all day because you forgot to eat.
16. Get text from Lulu. Lie, when she asks if you got any good writing in.
17. Chat time. AIM is the ultimate time-suck.
18. 11 p.m. news. Something important might have happened while you were at the lake.
19. 12 a.m. snack. Usually involving chips, cookies, a pickle, and some Frosted Flakes.
20. Stand on scale. Lament your weight gain and wonder why the heck you keep packing on the pounds.
21. Go get a sandwich.
22. 2 a.m. Great idea for the story! Type it out as fast as possible.
23. 3:30 a.m. Look up, realize you work in four hours, go to bed.
24. Lie in bed and stare up at ceiling, wishing there were more hours in the day so you could devote more time to goofing off. Err…writing.
25. 6 a.m. Wake up, bitter, grumpy, and you just don’t know why.
About The Author
J.M. Kelley is a proud recipient of a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary award, and is a member of The South Carolina Writers Workshop and Romance Writers of America (PAN). Readers interested in more information may visit her website at www.jmkelleywrites.com.
Daddy's Girl by J.M. Kelley ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Goddess Fish Promotions
Daddy's Girl by J.M. Kelley
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Publication Date: January 27, 2013 e-Book / May 21, 2013 paperback
Format: Paperback - 304 pages / eBook- 258 pages / Kindle - 1022 KB / Nook - 875 KB
Genre: Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Daddy's Girl
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Janie McGee, the black sheep of her family, is free-spirited, uninhibited, and never one to stay in the same place for too long. When Janie learns her father, Joe, is gravely ill, she reluctantly returns home to rural Pennsylvania to care for him. Joe’s neighbor, David Harris, sports a pocket protector, collects coins, and is addicted to Antiques Roadshow. Everything about him rubs Janie the wrong way, from his nerdy wardrobe to his enviable friendship with Joe. And to make matters worse, her father thinks they’re perfect for each other, proof positive of how little Joe knows his own daughter…or so Janie thinks.
A shared devotion to the elder McGee begins to close the gulf between Janie and David, but a burgeoning romance opens the door to new problems and unexpected consequences neither could foresee. Joe, however, remains steadfast in his resolve to show Janie that Daddy knows what’s best for his little girl. Can Janie finally open her heart to David while watching the first man she ever truly loved fade away?
My Book Review:
Daddy knows what's best for his little girl ...
Daddy's Girl is a wonderful story about reconnecting with family and finding love. Author J.M. Kelley weaves an emotional tale written in the third person narrative that follows the journey of Janie McGee, a free spirited artist, who returns to her hometown to reconnect with her estranged family when her father Joe becomes terminally ill. As the black sheep of the family, Janie is unwillingly thrust into the role as her father's caregiver, a role that she is not prepared for nor one that is easy to accept. As Janie struggles to rebuild her relationship with her dad and older sister Colleen, she watches the close relationship that Joe has with his nerdy neighbor David Harris. When Joe's illness progresses, Janie reaches out to David for strength and comfort, and along the way discovers that daddy really does know what's best for his little girl when they find themselves falling in love.
This is a heartwarming yet also heartbreaking story that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as they follow the complicated family dynamic of the McGee family as they work towards reconnecting while also dealing with the progression of the father's terminal illness. Author J.M. Kelley weaves a realistic tale that delves into the complications within a family dynamic, and how a devastating terminal illness can bring them back together to reconnect and strengthen the family bond. You can't help but become drawn into the McGee family's story, as their family trials and tribulations unfold, they discover the depth of forgiveness and the undying power of family love. I also loved that the author woven in the story of a man and woman discovering love along with all its complications. This is a story that will make you laugh, smile and cry, it will make you think about your own family and love relationships.
With a realistic cast of characters who endear themselves into the reader's heart; engaging dialogue and emotional interactions; and a passionate two-fold storyline about family relationships and finding true love; Daddy's Girl is a truly wonderful story that will tug at the heartstrings and resonate with you for a long time.
RATING: 5 STARS *****
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