Cozy up with the REAL MEN series

Author: Susan Saxx (Page 1 of 2)

Strong Men…and Women.

I write strong men, and strong women. They have things to overcome, it’s true. It could be external things, huge obstacles. Currently, it’s the soldiers of Delta North, and the strong men of Refuge Bay.

They also, always, have internal things to overcome, too. And those? are the hardest. And…the trickiest. Because often? Those things crouch, hidden, in the shadows of their minds, desperately seeking to avoid detection. Couched, often, as fine qualities, they really are things that disintegrate their dreams and shatter their lives. The characters end up living half-lives, if they’re lucky. Often, they live just a vague percentage of what they’re capable of, and the joy they could have becomes only a faint trickle.

Not a pretty picture. It’s true of the characters in the books we read, and it’s also true in real life. In all our lives.

As a person naturally drawn to the study and science of strength, resilience and the vast landscape of our mental power, my close friends all know that I’m an incorrigible, unstoppable student of strength and self-development, in addition to being a writer. Yeah.

I’m an info and high performance geek. 🙂

Every day finds me sucking in some knowledge on this topic. It could be a tidbit, a stray piece of info, or it could be (weekly, for sure, sometimes daily), a life-changing chunk of info. In the past, I called these ‘gold bricks’. (As in gifts of great value, things that are solid and stable, and give real worth.)

picture of white mug with the word SUNSHINE on it. There are 3 matches to the left of it.

The goal…SUNSHINE!

I wanted to quickly share a tidbit with you, this morning, that resonated with me, and that I think is brilliant. It’s from Scott Britton’s YouTube channel. It’s from a video that’s currently up, called Creating Your Vision: Guided Exercise to Win in Your Mind. I’ve only listened to part of it, full disclosure. Here’s what caught my mind.

When you decide on a goal and are all fired up about it, you think of how great your future will be. This is uninformed optimism. Good one, right? (I’ve never heard of this term before. Chew it around a bit, in your mind.)

Then, when you start to implement your work toward achieving that goal, and it’s haaaaaaaaard, you come up against the reality of creating something new, and the work and obstacles that present, and that must be overcome. Now? You’re in informed pessimism.

Isn’t that brill?

That’s it for today, Friend. I didn’t finish the vid, though it’s queued up, for the punchline, when I get to it. I’ve got to get back to work, creating the stories my readers want. That possibly you too, wants! (As well, I have an appointment today, then the stash of dark breakfast chocolate has run out. Yeah. I need a dedicated,  breakfast-chocolate-stash-curator and replenisher, on staff. *looks in the mirror*) (*okay.  a different one. LOL!*)

*waving from the evil papasan, with the sun peeking over my shoulder*

xo

 

walkaway with greenery on posts and a white roof over it

It’s all a journey. Come with me!

 

I’m in Trouble.

Have you ever had a serious addiction to something that won’t leave you alone? That keeps pushing in on your daily schedule, demanding to be met?

Well, here’s my latest one. I seem to have awakened a dragon lately, in me.

I seem to want Tacobell’s MEXIMELT…every day. And now…I want it for breakfast!

Have you ever had a meximelt? A soft flour taco, delicious seasoned beef, cheese, and I think? salsa. Some type of a slight vinegary flavour. Yes, tomatoes. Oh…my. It’s soooo good, all melted together. Oh, my (once again.) (*waves to Dorothy*)

I will prevail, I know. Indulging this is not in the daily budget. Nor in the caloric budget either!

Plans a trip to grocery store for ground beef, seasoning, and a few other fixin’s….

What are your SPECIAL addictions?

 

And it’s OUT!

And for you? An EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT!

Check out the latest issue of my newsletter. It was a quickie (I wasn’t feeling up to par), but I’m committed to treating my VIP subscribers with respect, and sending an issue every 2 weeks, with a gift or something of value in it.

Here’s the link: This Latest Issue

Sign up if you like:  Value for My VIPs

And da book? I like it, lol!  Here’s the ZON link: Ski Patrolman First Responder Winter Cabin, Ski Resort & Mountain Read

Lastly – ’cause pictures rock…

Here’s what’s waiting for me today. =)

 

Hairstylist waiting with comb and clippers

Only she’ll be masked! *And let’s hope…highly gifted, LOL!*

 

So Much.

Okay, so much going on today, I can’t tell you.

Does it count if much of it is in my mind? LOL

  1. Going to get my HAIR CUT. This is a big deal. I’ve been getting by on Covid Cuts (self administered). First two kicked booty! (Translation: I did good, looked good, and the shock was real. )

2. Had to send an apology email. Did a stupid thing this past week, and didn’t realize it. Trying not to be toats broken up about how dumb I/we humans can be at times.

3. Working on micro goals today.

4. Oh, the normal. Move, eat well, drink water. Thank the chocolate that came into my life for today for its service. LOL

That’s it!

*waves to you from *lots to do* land.  <3

Red Salon chair in a Beauty Salon.

Waiting for me..?

Come ‘n Get Yours

Wanna read two exclusive chapters from WHEN YOU CAME, my full length wintery, snowed-in cabin novel?

JOIN MY NEWSLETTER. Here: Susan’s NL

Every 2 weeks! Unless there’s something special going on ( and that hasn’t happened yet, LOL.)

(And okay. It’s THREE chapters in total, for a peek into Sven & Keara’s worlds! But that secrid is in the next NL, as is where to access those  3…)

xo

 

Teaser for Book by Susan Saxx titled When You Came

Hanging in there?

So, it’s February. Coooold.

Yet the barest bits of sunshine are peeking into my livingroom right now, as I sit cradled in the evil papasan. (You know. The one that wants me to lay back, relax, and play. Or veg out. Yup. It’s complete and utter hibernation, all wrapped up in a bamboo and fluffy-cushioned chair.)

Portents of better things to come, that illuminating sunshine. Kitties are deposited around me, close by. Peaceful.

I’m hoping the little mouse I saw outside yesterday (actually two nights ago, as a surprise dark streak across the snow) is well. And warm. I may pop a little piece of apple or banana out there for him/her. First though, I’ll google, see if that’s good for him. Her. The tiny presence. (City people, right?)

But hey. You know! Beatrix Potter and all that!!

Here’s a few pix of Mousey-poo, and Kitty-poo–checking out Mousey-poo. (Who’s secretly holding up a little mousey middle finger to Kitty, saying…Ha! That there’s a thick piece of glass between us. So you can lookee…but no touchee.

Patience.

The Sighting

Ha. Suckah!!

   
Plus, your mistress is giving me apples soon. So there!)

Okay, if the imaginary conversations between these two are filling my brain, maybe it’s time to get actually writing on my wip. Right? (FYI: wip = work in progress).

I hope you have a lovely February day. Only one last thing remains. That little voice deep inside of me…

(…it’s not REALLY an imaginary conversation, right??)

RIGHT??

 

Today’s AMAZING…!

I got a good tip today, and I’m going to jump on this sucker. ASAP!

In uncertain times, either personally or a grander scale, make a point of chronicling ONE AMAZING THING a day. It could be something you experience, something you take for granted normally, or that you see. Anything that jumps into your consciousness…whatever jumps into your consciousness…is the right thing. And if it’s ‘ordinary’, or ‘small’ – all the better.

So I’m starting today.

AMAZING:

The snow we got overnight. I look out and it’s a fluffy, white scene. Snow is piled up on the window sill, and I heard a mourning dove coo, too. Ordinary, lovely, yet a bit of a miracle, when you think about it. All of it.

It’s amazing.

What’s YOUR ‘amazing’ today?

A Valentine’s Day Ski Resort Read…for YOU. (EXCERPT)

Have you ever wanted to hang out at a snowy mountain ski resort?

More, in the company of a blond, handsome and hunky Ski Patrol first responder? Teaser of Ski Patroller standing on a snowy mountain from When You Came by Susan Saxx

(Yeah. Throwing in an adorbs little puppy in ‘avvy dog’ training, too. Just to sweeten the Valentine’s Day gooey chocolate and flowers and love n’ stuff pot.)

Here’s your chance!

In my full-length novel When You Came (part of the connected REAL MEN series),  the curvy, very plain-Jane academic geek Keara,  is forced into a job at a newly opened ski resort in the mountains of British Columbia.  This woman, though (who hates skiing), has BIG problems on her mind.  Wants nothing to do with skiing, or inane pursuits like that. She has an agenda. It’s time-sensitive, and really…it’s critically important.

Yet it doesn’t help she’s forced to work with a nordic god ski patroller. Who’s her boss. Who, if she let it, makes her blood race.

Yeah, like that’s gonna happen. Ha. Not with this extra weight on me.

But things are not always what they seem. Let’s pull the curtain aside and peek into what’s happening at Snowy Peaks on Terrence Point mountain, Canada, this snowy February morning, right now….

~~~~~~

     Sven and Keara strode into the ski chalet early the next morning, dogs in tow. It was Day One of the Valentine’s Day Extravaganza.

But the mood was decidedly different than just a short twenty-four hours ago. Hell.

He’d worked late the night before. Keara and Buddy had stayed with him too, because of the still present danger of Blaine, or a crony of his, finding her at the cabin. He’d been adamant on that, and there’d been no disagreement.

But after that mess of a reunion with Tara Lynn? He’d sought Keara out. He’d caught up to her where he’d first given her hell, more than a week ago, in the unfinished bit of the resort, back in the deserted area.

This time it felt like it was him that was dancing fast to give an answer that would make sense. How the tables had turned, and through no fault of his own. “Keara,” he’d said, imploring her with his eyes.
There was nothing between them, officially. No promises.

But hell, there was something between them. There could be something between them. The more time he spent with her, the more he knew there could be. Something.

He didn’t dare analyze what that something could be, but it floated in his soul daily. He knew what he felt, more and more, every day.

Peace. Trust. Enjoyment. The knowledge he could entrust her with whatever was heavy on his mind. Or light. And she’d know how to handle it. Would give it the respect or importance it deserved.

And more? The spark—the solid beginnings of a firestorm—whenever he saw her and didn’t curate it, or force it down.

     A sexual firestorm.
 It slapped the breath from his lungs, at a moment’s notice.

Crazy Keara. Crazy, spreadsheet-loving, animal-protecting, mental superstar, Keara. Dear God. He had a thing for her. And it was becoming harder to deny, every damn day.

It was scary. Despite the fact she was currently his employee, and under him—and not in the good way–there was a little voice in him telling him to take note. This could be the big one.

     Relationships. Love. All scary, all the time.


It had been scary when he was five, and it hadn’t changed one iota now that he was twenty-seven.

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to find out what happens with Sven, Keara AND their two dogs Jake & Buddy (and the whole darn Snowy Peaks Ski Resort gang…)

and Happy Valentine’s Day, from ME!

 

 

 

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