Happy 2020

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I know I’m a little late wishing everyone a Happy New Year this year. Sometimes life gets hectic. Then one day you look up and say, “Holy cow! Is it really the middle of January already?”

Yep, it happens.

Goodbye 2019

For some reason 2019 seemed to be more more difficult year than usual. The holidays were difficult as well, so at least it was consistent.

First my hair salon caught fire. Not only do I get my hair done there, I also treat myself to a weekly manicure. It was nice to have a short break in the middle of my hectic work week, so it was like a home away from home for me. The fire happened the Friday before Christmas. Fortunately, the salon had already closed for the day, so no one was inside the building at the time. However, it will be a good six months before it can reopen. Thankfully, the parent company has several other salons in Tucson, so I’m able to keep my appointments, but it’s not the same as we all miss our “home.”

Will this be fodder for another book? Who knows. Or perhaps it’s life imitating art, as a fire occurs in my most recent contemporary romance novel, The Scandal.

An unexpected loss

Sadly, another tragedy struck the following night when a friend was killed in a car crash. Jesus Limon was a well loved local actor here in Tucson. His loss shook the entire performing arts community, as well as his fans and friends. He was one of those people who lit up a room whenever he walked in, and he always had a smile, even when times were rough. I never once heard him say an unkind word about anyone, and everyone loved him in return. People like him are rare, and he will be deeply missed. And yes, I will definitely be dedicating a future book to him.

So on to 2020

So, what’s new for 2020? I’m currently working on a minor re-edit for my romance novel, The Journey. The story will remain the same. I’m simply rephrasing some of the narrative and eliminating filler words to make it read a little smoother. I’m also formulating my next contemporary romance novel. It’s working title is, The Rival. It will have a similar theme as The Stalker, although it won’t be as dark of a story. It’s about a vengeful ex who’s furious when he hears his former fiancee has moved on with her life.

So Happy 2020 everyone. Let’s hope it’s a happier year for all of us.

Marina Martindale

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