Thursday, April 11, 2013

VBT - Tess Thompson: Caramel and Magnolias

A day in the life of Tess Thompson

My best friend says I’m the most predictable person on the planet, in that I do the same thing every day, which I’m sure has some deep psychological meaning but I prefer to think of it as discipline.

I wake about the same time as my two little daughters, ages 6 and 10, and usher them into the kitchen where I make breakfast while drinking coffee and making their lunches. I treated myself to a Keurig coffeemaker recently. It makes me ridiculously happy. It’s the little things.

After the girls are ready for school, which is often an arduous process, I drop them off, watching their blond heads make their way across the playground, and take a deep breath. One more day we’re on time; it’s a small victory every morning. Again, it’s the little things.

Next, I go to the gym – either a boot camp, personal training or Zumba. After this, I go home, shower, and as we say in our writer circles, put my “butt in seat” where I write until it’s time to get the girls from school at 3. Between that time, I usually make a Lean Cuisine in the microwave, often when I find my stomach growling but sometimes because one of my friends texts me to remind me to eat.

The late afternoons are snacks for the kids, homework, and a little down time. Sometimes I sneak extra work time in while the girls watch a show or play on their Kindles, not writing but more the business side of being an author – like obsessively checking my Amazon sales rankings.

At 5 I realize I actually have to make dinner instead of just writing about it. This is where the decision is made between cooking something real, heating something in the microwave, or going to the Mongolian grill across the street. I’ll say this – the Mongolian grill should have some kind of punch card system for frequent diners.

Then, like all working moms, especially single ones like me, I blunder through the rest of the evening, bleary-eyed and exhausted, with baths, books and snuggle time. Once in awhile I have time to read or watch television. Those are great moments. It’s the little things. 

Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child - until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.
Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.
Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love - if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.
A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it's never too late to reawaken the heart.

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  1. A predictable isn't bad but it can be tiring. I do agree it's the little things that can really brighten a day :)
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  2. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :) P.S. I'm the exact same way!


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