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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, Everyone! I'm so excited to be celebrate our nation's birthday by watching fireworks, A Capitol Fourth, and making Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad. We won't actually be celebrating with fireworks until tomorrow, when we go to my aunt and uncle's house. My uncle lives for his fireworks, and they always get the good ones. Always a fun time.

To prepare for the soiree tomorrow, I made cupcake cones. Red velvet cake, blue cream cheese icing and there will be Teddy Grahams and gummy life savers to look like inner tubes. Found it in a cook book. Pics to come later.

Let's see...what else did I do? Got extra sleep (I've been sorely deprived lately), watched a few episodes of Will & Grace (Season 2/3), went to the grocery store, went swimming, published my book, and watched the old movie The Trouble With Angels starring Hayley Mills and Rosalind Russell.

What? Oh, the book?

Okay, I won't be coy because it just sounds pretentious.


I spent my evening formatting it for, and around 10:20 PM tonight, I hit publish and it's out there in the Smashwords universe. Tomorrow, it'll be available on Amazon. I forgot to make an acknowledgements page, so I'm going to do it here.

To my parents for their love and support. I am completely and totally blessed to be born to you two wonderful people. Thank you for your help with editing, mom, and giving me tough love when I needed it, and for helping me with medical terminology. That was a rough patch. LOL

To my sister, Kiri, for letting me bounce ideas off you for the last year that it took to write. You're a fantastic writer and you help keep me grounded.

To my best friend, Lauren, who also let me bounce ideas, who was unfailingly supportive and helped with the editing. Your ideas and input helped me through the writer's block and my own insecurities. I'm so glad we met.

To my Aunt Donna. Thank you for all you and your family did for me while I was in college, making me one of your "kids," and also for being y last editor before going to print. You're super serious amazing.

To Lindsay Shoemaker for lending your talent to create a beautiful cover that I am proud to put on my book. I hope we can work together in the future.

Always good to have a reminder of your dream... an assurance that good things come in time...

And that they're worth the wait.

Welp, 6:00 comes awfully early, so I think I'd better be getting to bed, but this has been a GREAT DAY!

Happy Independence Day, Everyone!!!!

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