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June 2018

Obviously I’ve taken a little break from writing my newsletters. Wow! Has it really been that long? Lots has happened since I last wrote: I had a knee replacement; my mom passed away at the age of 100 years, six months, and one day; we renovated a house we owned in town, sold our log cabin, and moved to town. Leaving our lovely four acre setting filled with wildlife has been an adjustment for us as well as the cats. 

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Speaking of cats, Toby and Foster are adjusting. Instead of the cries of coyotes and peepers at night, they’ve had to become accustomed to the sound of automobile and foot traffic past the house at odd hours. The sound of the street sweeper and trash trucks is still traumatic.

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With no beams, like those in the cabin, to climb on, Toby has been reduced to watching television. His favorites are the Krups Dog Show and the kittens on Too Cute. Sometimes he’ll watch Nature or National Geographic…only the animal programs seem to interest him. 

New GDPR rules went into effect and I sent out a notice to everyone on my e-mail list asking them to rejoin to receive notices and updates from me. My list dropped to about twenty-five percent of its original size. So, if you are no longer receiving announcements about my new books, please click here to enroll in my new list. 

I do have one bit of exciting news. I have a new book coming out in the next couple of weeks. It’s called Match Me. It’s the story of two long time friends. One has built up an industrial strength resistance to ever becoming involved with a friend. Then, one evening, something happens that makes her rethink her conviction. Casey and Mica are two friends you’ll want to shake to help them realize what they are missing out on in their lives. This book has a lot of humor in it, and I had a lot of fun torturing the main characters by setting up roadblocks to their union once they decide a relationship migh just work between them. Here’s the cover and blurb. I hope I can make you laugh at the antics of these two long-time friends.

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March 2017


NEW BOOK COMING!

For an author I obviously have little to say, because this is my first entry since nearly a year ago. I haven’t been very active on my website, because I’ve been suffering from the after effects of my knee replacement. For some reason, anesthesia makes me lazy…well, lazier than normal. I can’t concentrate and my mind won’t focus on anything for any length of time. My cat, Toby, easily demonstrates a longer attention span than I do. 

On the plus side, I did survive the knee replacement. It was the most painful recovery I’ve ever had. They don’t tell you before they do the surgery that you won’t sleep for about three months in any periods of time longer than two hours. So, in addition to the anesthesia issue, there is the sleep deprivation to deal with. Anyway, I finally recovered. And, at last, the good news is that I’ll be releasing my next book in a couple of weeks.

I’m returning to my roots with Don’t Forget. It is a romance about two older women, together over thirty years. They met in the eighties when coming out to someone could mean being fired from your job, or losing a friendship. 

Although written about a relationship established in the eighties, sadly, this book is very current today, due to the current political environment. In many states, LGTGQ individuals are fearful of laws being passed that condone hatred and discrimination.

Here’s the blurb for the new book. I hope you will enjoy it if you choose to purchase it.

DON’T FORGET

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In 1986, Jamie Parker falls in love.  What could be bad about that? Nothing except that the object of her affection is Val DiLeona, friend and fellow administrator in the same school district. If Jamie misinterprets that Val has similar feelings, confessing her affection could result in the end of their friendship. Then there is the little matter of the consequences at work. Outing herself as a lesbian could result in her losing her job.

Nearly thirty years later, in 2016, Jamie meets ambulance driver, Kelly, in a hospital waiting room. Upon learning how long Jamie and her partner have been together, Kelly asks Jamie to tell her their story. As Jamie begins, neither woman can imagine the impact their casual conversation will have on their lives, and the lives of those they love.


April 2016


I’ve come to the conclusion that, for a writer I’m lousy at writing a blog. I read the blogs of some of the other authors and am amazed at how easily they pour out their thoughts and feelings. In fact, I am barely able to keep up with making occasional posts to my personal Facebook page, and have even more difficulty posting to my author’s page.  One would think that with all the political hoopla going on now I might have a comment or two about that. Nope! I do have strong opinions, but don’t like to share them publically. I write lesbian fiction. Who cares about my opinion on who should be president? I read other authors’ books; however, I would be the last person to say you should or shouldn’t read someone’s book based on whether I liked it or not. 

I don’t post much personal stuff either. I share my life with my partner. Together we have agreed that our personal life is just that, personal, and we’ve decided that we will, for the most part, keep it private. My cats didn’t get a vote in this decision, so their personal moments are plastered all over my personal page on Facebook. I suspect Foster cringes when I post things about him, but Toby seems to relish it, because he is forever doing something worth sharing with the world.

I will share that I might only get one book out this year…if I’m lucky, if I get an idea for one, and if I get my butt in gear and start writing one. Why? Well, I’m blaming the fact that I had my knee replaced in December for my lack of motivation to write anything new. I find that anesthesia makes me brain dead for a few months after. My brain just can’t stay focused on anything for any length of time. No book, no tv program, not even writing can hold my interest for longer than a few minutes. In fact, I haven’t really read anything since my surgery. I just started reading again this week, so maybe writing is not too far behind. Let’s hope that’s the case. Some ideas are starting to tickle the back of my mind, so I’m hopeful that my next ‘blog’ will reveal that I have an idea and am ready to create again. 

I Love My Life

My newest release, I LOVE MY LIFE, arrived. Looks like the boys think it smells okay! I love the cover.

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APRIL Holidays

Wishing you and your family a happy holiday - Happy Easter, Passover - whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is filled with good times with your family and friends. 

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February 2015

Hello all. It's been a busy couple of months. My mom (age 98) had a health scare with her heart early in December. After some time in the hospital and then rehab, she has now found a permanent home in a subaccute care center about 45 minutes away from me. On the down side, the hour and a half round trip is a bit daunting on a daily basis. The upside is that she is adjusting quickly, and is being well treated by the staff there. She tells me, "They take good care of me, and I feel safe." What more could I ask for?

Now the hard work begins. We need to disassemble her apartment. How does one go about disposing of nearly 100 years of a person's accumulation of things they've valued. It's very sad to have to do this, and they're not even my possessions. She is so organized. Everything has a place...all drawers are neat and tidy. Sadly, I didn't inherit that gene from her, nor was I blessed with her naturally wavy hair, something I have never failed to point out to her! 

Thanks to those of you, too numerous to list, for all the well wishes. The encouragement I have received here online has been amazing. So many of you have taken the time to write and offer your positive thoughts and prayers. It has been overwhelming to me, and each letter, note or e-mail has been very appreciated. My online friends and family are the best!

Happy New Year

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From our house to yours, Happy New Year.


AJ, Foster and Toby

March 2014

AJ Adaire is pleased to announce that Anything Your Heart Desires is now available at Amazon and at Smashwords.

Anything Your Heart Desires is the third book in the Friends Series.

"Whoa--lesbians!" That was Stacy Alexander's first thought as she observed the group of women in the new shop across the street kiss each other in greeting. Stacy had been staring out her apartment window trying to think of a motive for the death of the character she'd killed off in her mystery novel. Ah ha--extortion! What could be a better reason for the murder of my heroine than being blackmailed because she's a lesbian? Now all I need is a lesbian to teach me about the 'lesbian lifestyle.'

That's where policewoman Jo Martin enters the picture. Jo has two rules by which she religiously lives her life: never get involved with someone already in a relationship and never, ever date a straight woman.

As Jo and Stacy collaborate on the novel, will Stacy want to gain a more intimate knowledge of the topic, and will Jo hold steadfastly to her rules?

Catch up with old friends Amanda, Mallory, Nic and Dana and meet some new characters in this sequel to Awaiting My Assignment and Sunset Island. Each is a stand alone novel, but best read in order of publication: Sunset Island, The Interim, Awaiting My Assignment and Anything Your Heart Desires.


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June 2014 Newsletter

 

Hello there! My publisher and I have been hard at work creating a new book for you. We are pleased to announce the release of my newest tale, One Day Longer Than Forever.

 

One Day Longer Than Forever

Dr. Kate Martin needs a vacation after a failed romance. 

Lee Foster is recovering from her first lesbian relationship that self-destructed when her partner moved, leaving her behind.

Two failed romances, a double booked vacation cabin, and a blizzard—will fate intervene again and turn a passionate affair with a stranger, into something more?

 

The e-book is available on Amazon and on Smashwords.

AJ's other books can be found here

The print version should be available by the end of the month.

Thank you for reading. I hope you'll enjoy the new story.


AJ


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October 2014

Available for sale Oct. 2nd, 2014.

 

Hello again! This is my quarterly (or so) newsletter. I'm here to announce that my newest release is moments from release. Actually It's Complicated can be preordered today. Release date is October 2nd.

It's Complicated tells the story of Victoria Braningham and her partner Liz.

Victoria Brannigham had a guilty pleasure. Every day she would take a detour, sit on the boardwalk, and wait for the runner to show up. That’s where the guilt came in, knowing she should be elsewhere. 

Beverly McMannis was lonely. She was happy to become friends with her neighbor who lived across the street from her. It felt like they might be the only two lesbians on the island. 

Victoria was honest with Bev the first night they met, explaining that she wasn’t free. Bev promised that she could handle that and welcomed Victoria's friendship. 

Love isn’t always easy, sometimes it’s complicated...especially when it involves an odd situation where only one of the people in the relationship is aware of the promise to remain loyal to their commitment.


I do hope you'll enjoy my latest effort. As usual, I look forward to hearing from you after you've read it. 

Oh, one more thing...this is my favorite cover!

Thanks for reading.  


AJ


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