10.31.2023

This is Halloween

Miss my boys young and trick o treating… carving pumpkins… going to pumpkin patches… BUT I have great memories…



Not Halloween… but they do make cute make-believe pilots and they are wearing pumpkin orange shirts…

Happy Halloween… may you make good memories or enjoy reliving fun memories!



  

10.30.2023

Tea Fruit Flowers Cabinet

FUN! I had time to paint an art challenge today… done with my first round of book edits… waiting to hear from a typo queen reader… I pulled out my pencils, watercolors, ink and created in my sketchbook…


I even filmed my paint process…


Here is the photo prompt…


Back to working on book marketing… and writing… my work is never done: juggling book world and art world… BUT I love it!!!


10.29.2023

Ohhhh… FUN… Book Three…

This is the third book in my Foolish Hearts (standalone) series… Each book can be read out of order… no spoilers… new book with new characters that have connections to other books making it a series… Soooo FUN to write… If you haven’t read any of my books, maybe start with this one and it is FREE with Kindle Unlimited…


Book blurb…


Subway rides weren’t supposed to hack into your heart with a mere glance. They definitely weren’t supposed to have you fantasizing about romantic interludes.

Madison Bristol was waiting for her opportunity to represent authors in her beloved book world when Mr. Hottie appeared right before her very eyes.

Cooper Kitridge was getting used to a new sales position that had him skateboarding all over the city when the beautiful Train Girl captured his attention.

Lost to each other in the vast downtown area, a chance run-in reunites Madison and Cooper giving them the opportunity to get acquainted...to a point.

What will happen when their career paths cross?





10.28.2023

New Babies in Our House

Missed having a kitty in our house sooooo much we stocked it with two new ones… cute little sisters… not sure how big they will get but we were told by the Cat and Comic Rescue people that they are part Maine coon…

Trixie^
Minxie^





Ironic that we got more gray kiddies… an Ode to Our Beloved Monsieur Matisse…



He can NEVER be replaced but it’s nice to have kitties in out home again



10.27.2023

Have you picked your pumpkins?

I LOVE this pumpkin chair… I would never purchase it because it would have to be stored somewhere most of the year… 


Pumpkin color nails I could do…


Good memories of going to pumpkin patches with our boys…


Loving the Autumn Season!


10.26.2023

WRONGED Cover Reveal and Pre-order Available

Sooooo exciting... WRONGED (& FOOLISH) is AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDER... releasing on December 29, 2023... right before New Years Eve!!!


Cover Designed by LKO Design

Book Blurb...

Gianna Marinelli, an Italian in America, just wanted a new independent life as an interior designer

Ashton Tate, the owner of Tate & Sons Construction, just wanted time to create his own designs

Winning spots on a reality design show--Get It Right...get your own design show--has Gianna and Ashton competing against each other but maybe they don't understand the whole premise... 

Is it wrong to fall in love with your competition? 
Are you supposed to hate your fellow competitor?


PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW: PURCHASE LINK



10.25.2023

Red Zinnias Fun Mug

Nice to take a break from book editing to paint some flowers and a fun mug I would happily drink coffee in… hope you had a delightful day with breaks to regroup, regenerate… important to take a little time for yourself even if your day is hectic… you owe it to your wellbeing… stop and smell or paint the flowers…


Art challenge photo prompt…


NOW… back to editing WRONGED, a romcom… 


 

10.24.2023

Hemingway Inspiration

Time for another look into my romantic comedy WRONGED… and my interior design inspiration when writing about ASHTON (my main male construction business owner) competing on a design reality show… these are the inspiration photos (some from Hemingway's Home museum website) for his first challenge… Ernest Hemingway Library Suite is his theme…

 

UNEDITED EXCERPT from WRONGED by Fifi Flowers… 

Chapter Seven
Ashton

…I got a good look at my competition. Fourteen men and fourteen women... One woman was familiar. How had I gotten so lucky and at the same time unlucky when teams were selected and we weren’t on the same one? 

Not to worry. 

I would get my time to talk to her when we got to working on our rooms. For that moment it was time to look at the list I had create according to what I hoped to achieve:


Bookcases everywhere: one big with TV in middle and two side tables.

Two big chairs (hopefully) with a café table.

Paint walls hunter green textured like a billiard table.

Remove carpet and paint a faux hardwood floor.

Bed with massive dark headboard, bedding with dark colors.

Lots of decor items: martini bar setup, fishing rod, figurines, art.

Typewriter a must!


Copyright 2023



Photos of six-toed cats at Hemingway's Key West home








A lot of research goes into writing a book and photos are often helpful... I love to learn new things and pass them on to my readers. You will read more about Ernest Hemingway and Ashton's room in WRONGED(& FOOLISH) book four of a standalone series.

MORE information is coming soon about my contemporary romance book WRONGED... hope you liked my little excerpt and inspiration.

LOVE to write!


10.23.2023

Autumn Celebration

Pumpkins, gourds, corn… autumn life is a lovely time of the year… a new season… change… and celebrations… today I celebrate with champagne: my return to writing books as I typed two powerful words this morning THE END… yessssss, I finished my work in progress WRONGED(& FOOLISH)… and I painted an AUTUMN CELEBRATION using two art challenges and my own champagne addition…


The photo prompts…



Anddddd the process…


I feel like popping the cork and toasting to my accomplishment… but I still have edits and marketing to do… ANDDDDDD… on to my working on my next book STEALING HEARTS… never stop writing!!!

I’M OFFICIALLY BACK!!!

Book Details coming soon!



10.22.2023

In my studio: painting and writing

I LOVE my studio space… I feel inspired listening to music (a very eclectic mix)… looking at my collected items, looking out the windows at my mountain range view… looking at my photos and paintings…

J’adore this Henri Matisse painting hanging the LACMA…

and my reproduction version hanging above my desk…


Its titled Tea but I’m not fond of tea so I think they might be waiting for glasses and the pitchers contain margaritas… I mean, look at the limes on the table… I would definitely drink lime margaritas in that garden… girl talk… like I said—inspiration is everywhere!

I’m actually writing silly fun girl dialogues in my work in progress… romcom: WRONGED
Book details and a cover reveal coming during this week.


 

10.21.2023

Red Pot Cup Flowers

Here I combined two art challenges into one painting and added chopsticks… the little red pot and cup portion of the composition looked like they needed the chopsticks… I also used parts of the separate still life setups backgrounds together…



These are the two art challenges photo prompts



This the alternate photo prompt with a cat… 


I was going to do this version but it kinda made me feel sad because we just lost our kitty August 27th… so here is what my paint process was…


Fun challenge!



10.20.2023

Ready for Book Two

Moving on to Book Two of my standalone Foolish Hearts series… in this book, DECEIVED, we get to know Caldwell Tate better—he was mentioned in book one… And we get to meet Daphne Chastain… loved writing their story… I might want to live in her house…  it sounds amazing…

Don’t worry if you haven’t read book one ARRANGED yet—I recommend you read it too, it’s so FUN—you can start with Book Two of this series and it’s FREE wit KINDLE UNLIMITED! 

                    Book Cover design: LKO Designs


Book Blurb…

Daphne Chastain is living the dream. Documenting California art and architecture for her coffee-table style book while living in a historical home...what could be better?

Answer: Having an amazingly gorgeous handyman show up on her doorstep.

Caldwell Tate is trying to piece his life back together. Living with his brother after losing his home, he steps in to help him out by giving an estimate to a heart-stopping beauty. How can he let his brother near what he wants to be his?

Answer: Take his brother’s place and do the work himself.

When secrets are revealed, can they move forward or will it put an end to their actions after realizing that they’ve been deceived?

Answer: Read Deceived and find out!






10.19.2023

Thursday Fruit Plate

Wow! I would LOVE to have this fruit plate… looks delicious… ohhhh and cheese with honey… only thing missing is a cocktail or mocktail… or wine… 


The paint process… mostly watercolors today…


Inspiration photo…


I wish I was painting this because it was on my table… sadly, I only have dried mango and some caramel coffee almonds for snacks and iced coffee… paint time over… back to finishing my romcom book… only three chapters to complete… so excited!!!




10.18.2023

Champagne Garden Party

I wish to be sipping bubbly at a champagne garden party… maybe nibbling delicious hand-passed appetizers too…


I had to film this process… I did something I don’t usually do… I painted the background without sketching it first… pretty BRAVE to film it…


Not exactly the same architecture in the background as the original photo below… but I didn’t leave enough room so I made my own building… chateau… 


GOOD NEWS… I am feeling better and READY to party… we’re halfway to the weekend… hello Wednesday… 

 


10.17.2023

Firenze Apartment Inspiration

I’ve been working on my soonish-to-be-released romance novel—WRONGED. It’s important to get things right… today I found some photos I had gathered when writing a GIANNA (my main female interior design character) chapter about her apartment transformation… visuals are very helpful…





EXCERPT from WRONGED by Fifi Flowers… 


Chapter Four

Gianna


I had learned painting techniques and applied them to smooth out crumbling walls that my papa insisted someone fix. “Nope” I said and painted exposed brick white while the rest were streaked with lavenders, blushes and brighter whites to create the marbled look in the sitting room and kitchen area. In the bathroom I had old used mirrors installed on a wall behind a free-standing white porcelain tub. To some they looked like the mirror needed to be trashed but to me it gave the perfect antiqued mirrored look and reflected the other walls painted a pale lavender. My bedroom got a coat of blushed paint and a faux wood paneling look that was perfect with my lavender and dark midnight blue bedding. I even made a padded headboard and hung my own crystal chandeliers. Old furniture that had been in the space with a bit of refurbishing and reupholstering mixed with modern fabrics and vintage Italian damasks blended well with the walls. And lastly, I had a friend make me wood-slated shutters for window treatments. 


Copyright 2023





I hope you enjoyed seeing one of my writing processes… and reading my UNEDITED words… maybe I will have to share something about my male character, ASHTON (owner of Tate Construction & Sons), next and maybe some real photos of a small town café area I used in this book and some related books to the WRONGED book… 

Stay Tuned!



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