George, You’re Not Going To Believe This

I read George Orwell’s 1984 in school, but I had no idea back then I would one day be living it. I’m sure none of us did.

I went to the grocery today. I went at 7:15 in the morning, and by myself, because I’d already heard they weren’t going to let Bruce tag along with me. The parking lot was full when I arrived. There was one door letting people into the store and another ushering people out. I was counted both on entry and exit because only a fixed number were allowed to shop at a given time.

For once, the store was partially stocked with food, instead of being mostly empty as it had been on my previous trips during the last month, but there were signs over most items stipulating the limits of what I could buy. I pushed my sanitized cart through the aisles and waited for my turn when multiple people hovered near something I needed.

People were watching me shop the entire time to make sure I stayed 6 feet away from other shoppers. Some shoppers wore masks. Some wore gloves. Some wore both. Others like me–Baby Boomer rebel that I am–wore neither. I’m blaming my youthful years for my resistant attitude, but I’m sure my mental state is a lot more complicated.

I’m not going to apologize for my stubbornness or my need to be a little in denial. Please–no lectures. I get enough of those from my always prepared Marine husband. Next time I go, I probably will wear a mask, but today I was winging it. I hadn’t gone anywhere alone in weeks.

Okay… well… I’m not a complete rebel. I did have a tiny hand-sanitizer in my pocket, one of those “mini” ones from Bed, Bath, and Beyond that I’m sure someone got me for Christmas. I used it before I went into the store and after everything was loaded into the car. I don’t like it. I think in the big picture sanitizer and all anti-bacterial products compromise our immune systems. But the virus alternative is worse. I guess. Unable to mentally wade through all the daily bombardment of information and misinformation, I’m choosing not to listen to the news. I prefer to rely on common sense and caution and trying to keep my husband from being insane with worry.

However… despite the danger… I refuse to live in complete abject fear of every human interaction I have. I was raised to be nice, and friendly, and polite. I’m not saying all my choices this morning were smart. I’m just sharing how I felt about what happened today.

At the checkout line on the very clean floors of the store I shopped, there were do-not-cross lines which were precisely measured for maximum safety. Not a single rebellious person was in sight as I waited my turn. I think the other rebellious people were all like me–hyperventilating with panic on the inside while lecturing themselves about acting like a grownup instead of being freaked out.

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Hot, Sexy, and More Than Human

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Tomorrow I am releasing Book 3 in my latest Science Fiction Romance series. Who knew I would have such a great time writing about cyborgs? They are a little scary, a little geeky, and whole lot sexy to balance it out. Peyton, King, and Marcus have made scientific research very interesting for me.

If you haven’t read these yet, I highly suggest starting with Peyton 313 because it is one with the background story that sets the tone for the rest.

Marcus is available for pre-order. Clicking on the photo will take you to the series page. You’ll see Book 4 listed there because I am already planning to write Eric’s story in a couple of months.

New Shifter Series – NANO WOLVES

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This is a new shifter series. Book 1 will be releasing on February 16. Many thanks to mega talented authors, Eve Langlais and S.E. Smith, for encouraging me to try writing shifters. Let me just go on record now. “You were both right. I love these stories. You may commence pointing your fingers and laughing at my paranormal naiveté. And I love you both for liking me enough to favor me with your great authoring wisdom–lol.”

Now that I have my confession to my author friends over with, would you like to read about Ariel’s story? It is available now for Pre-Order. Click here for links.

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