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Friday, March 27, 2015

Fashionista Friday: Plus Sizes

Are you a size zero? If not, like me, you might enjoy seeing an outfit made for a plus size lady. What do you think of these candy colors?

Hello Spring: Plus Size with Nordstrom

Lace cardigan

Mark Cross weekender bag
$20,280 -

Blue hat

Jimmy Choo scarve
$155 -

Green home decor

Handmade candle
$34 -

City of Illusions

City of Illusions
by Judith Works



A yearning for change puts Laura on the road to Rome but her marital problems, muted in cool Seattle, become magnified in the glare of the Roman sun. Will she find happiness in the Eternal City or are her dreams only an illusion?


When Laura received the e-mail she knew it was time to confess.

Two months earlier when she was bored with editing a technical manual sent to her by one of her clients, she took a break to check out blogs by women who appeared to have more interesting lives than hers. She came across a site recounting the adventures of an American family who lived in Rome. The latest post told about their invitation by the owners of a small country inn near Siena for a dinner to celebrate the grape harvest. After rhapsodizing about the setting, the food, and the wine, the writer ended her story with: “We’re so in love with this part of Tuscany we actually bought an old farmhouse to fix up to use on weekends.”

Laura looked at her souvenir coffee mug with the London Tube map, a relic of the high school graduation present from her aunt. The long-ago trip had planted a seed of restlessness. Now, as her marriage became ever-more routine, the germ had begun to grow, to push, sprout and slowly turn into visions of a more interesting life somewhere away from Seattle. To find a life with possibilities. And to distract from the unpleasant incident a few months ago. Better to get as far away from the memory as possible.


1. What's the best and worst part of being an author?

I have lots of bests: the satisfaction of managing to get your thoughts in order and chose the right words to tell the story; the pleasure of having the manuscript accepted by a publisher; the thrill of holding the creature in your hands when the first copies arrive on the doorstep. The worst part is editing – deciding how much needs to be done; considering whether the critique is valid and reflects what I am trying to convey; the actual effort of hitting the delete key and beginning again.

2. Which book of yours is your favorite? Why?

My favorite is my last book. When my memoir, Coins in the Fountain, was published that was the favorite (mostly because it was the first). Now the novel, City of Illusions, which represents nearly four years of effort is the favorite because I was not bound by the need for reality as in the memoir. I took pleasure in using my imagination to conjure scenes involving events that I could not know for sure happened in real life.   

3. What are your favorite authors in the genre that you write?

I read a lot of women’s fiction, my genre. I enjoyed Maria Semples’ send up of contemporary problems in Seattle, Where’d you go, Bernadette, and Mary Gordon’s The Love of my Youth, set in Rome. Although the time frame is the past century, I enjoyed Jacqueline Winspear’s series about Masie Dobbs, as well as Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, and Melanie Benjamin’s The Aviator’s Wife. The problems women encounter in these books are universal.  

4. Which of your characters is most like you?

Laura, the protagonist in City of Illusions, is most like me: she wants and needs a change, she takes the leap, and she overcomes obstacles in her quest. I did not have her trials when I lived in Rome – no affairs or deadbeat husband – but we shared similar difficulties and pleasures – learning a new job and working with people from other cultures, looking at dreadful apartments, and savoring the marvelous food, wine, fashion, weather, and history. No wonder Laura does not want to leave Italy – neither did I!


Life was routine until the author decided to get a law degree. Then a chance meeting led her to run away to the Circus (Maximus) – actually to the United Nations office next door – where she worked as an attorney in the HR department and entered the world of expat life in Rome. The ten years of happy and sometimes fraught experiences are the subject of her memoir, Coins in the Fountain. She continues to travel, having visited over 100 countries in between many journeys to Italy where she always tosses a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return to Rome. Judith and her husband now live near Seattle where she is working on her second novel.

Twitter:  @judithworks


Previous Book/Memoir:
Coins in the Fountain

Judith has a BS in Psychology, M Public Administration, JD from Lewis & Clark School of Law.  She has spent most of her career in Human Resources administration.  Judith is a member of Northwest Women Writers, past President of Edmonds Friends of the Library, board member for Edmonds Center of the Arts, vice-president EPIC Group Writers, and a member of PNWA and Willamette Writers.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bad For Me

All she has to do is take a chance...

Publication Date: April 6, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Callie Jacobsen isn't about to open her heart to just anyone. Not so very long ago, trusting someone changed her life forever—and not in a fun way. Now she's better off focusing on her career, her friends, and her dog. So when former Marine Everett Silverton takes an interest in her, Callie's more than a little wary. No matter how charming he is, men are a bad idea. In fact, she's got the scars to prove it. But Everett isn't convinced Callie should shut everyone out—especially not him. He may be a hero to the people of Rock Canyon, but he's got his own demons, and he bets they're not that different from Callie's. Still, he knows it's going to take more than chemistry to get her to let her guard down. Everett will do whatever it takes to show her she's safe with him. All she has to do is take a chance, take a step … and take his hand.

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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“I’ve almost got it.”
“Thank you. This was really nice of you, especially when I haven’t given you a reason to be.”
Everett looked up at her, wiping the rain off his face so he could meet her gaze. “You seem to assume that just because people are kind to you, they want something. Sometimes people help because it’s the right thing to do.”
Her gaze shifted away, and he went back to tightening the nuts on the wheel. He’d said his piece, but knew he wasn’t going to convince Callie with words that his intentions were honorable.
He had to prove it to her.
When he finished, he released the jack and gathered up all the tools, sliding them back in the spare tire kit. “I’ll put this and the new tire in the back, and you’ll be good to go. I’ll haul this one off to the dump for you.”
She knelt down next to him and took the kit from him, their fingers brushing. Despite the chill of their skin, heat sizzled between them, sending a shot of awareness down his throat. Her blonde curls were wet and falling out of her messy top knot, and drops of rain were clinging to her cheeks. Before he could stop himself, he traced the pad of his thumb across one, catching the cool droplet on his skin. Her amber eyes widened, and he dropped his hand, cursing his impulse.
“Sorry. You had something on your cheek.”
Callie cleared her throat and stood up. “It’s okay.”
He climbed to his feet and couldn’t help wondering if she’d felt something too. Was that why she kept pulling away?
But if she didn’t want him, why was he pushing?
Because she doesn’t treat you like a defective puppy she’d have to fix.
Grabbing her spare tire from the back of his truck, he slid it into the back of her Jeep. She stood back as he closed the door, and he could tell she was nervous—her hands kept twisting.
“Well, you’re all set. You should get home and change out of those wet clothes. If you get sick, I’ll have to listen to one of those ridiculous weekend deejays, and they play nothing but crap.”
Everett started to head back to his truck, but she caught his hand. “Hey.”
Just the touch of her hand sent his heart from a trot to a gallop. He loved the way her soft skin wrapped around his.
Facing her, he waited, afraid to move a muscle and scare her off.
But she moved so fast, he wasn’t prepared when her lips brushed the scarred side of his face. He stiffened as the warmth seeped through his cheek, his stomach twisting up as a thousand thoughts and insecurities made him wince. Had the roughness repelled her? Why hadn’t she picked the untouched side?
“Thank you. For being kind.”
Callie dropped his hand and ran to her car, as if afraid he would come after her. As she started it and pulled forward, he was finally able to move again, backing up a ways to watch her disappear down the road.
Everett’s hand came up to rest against his cheek, and he realized that he’d lied to Callie when he said he didn’t want anything from her.
He wanted everything.
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