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Motivational, The Monday Blog

It’s the Monday Blog! Are you still in your pajamas?

 May 4, 2020

By  Lorhainne Eckhart

Are you still in your pajamas?

While I thought of what to blog about this week, aside from staying focused so I can meet a looming deadline, keep the lights on, and put food on the table, I realized that as dire as circumstances have become around the world, some things are very much the same for everyone. Being stuck under one roof, you likely have noticed that everything you know has changed, either a lot or a little. As an author, I’ve found that when you take away the same stresses millions are now facing, meaning the worry about keeping a roof over my head and the fear that something worse is around the corner, many aspects of living through a pandemic are the same as my normal life.
 
While the rest of you feel stuck at home, as an author, I can tell you this is very much my norm. Writing is a solo occupation, and some people label it a lonely and isolating occupation. But in order to be an author, you have to love your own company, be an introvert, and be happy with weeks of alone time. For me, this is how I am happiest. I don’t need to have human social connections every day to thrive. In fact, in order to write and meet my deadlines, having human social connections, be they from people phoning, coming to the door, or making endless appointments, very much equals me not working.
 
At the same time, this kind of pandemic, which has shut down the world, can work against us authors, too, if we let it. The good old news station that keeps us connected can add to the anxiety of the unknown and shut down any productivity. It’s easy to get caught up in the dynamics of sensationalism or the freak-outs of others when you have to go out. When you add in the fact that your family once had school or a job to go to but are now cooped up with you under the same roof, for me, that has cut my writing time in half. Luckily, my daughter has taken over working with my special needs autistic son, since his job has ended and any support workers he had are considered nonessential. This has absolutely been a huge help, considering our new normal might mean him starting over at square one while we figure out how to support him until his job and ongoing therapy can continue.
 
For my daughter, who was finishing high school and who participated in every club, sports team, and program she could be involved in, this isolation could have caused the same anxiety and stress that has undoubtedly happened to many—but she’s been a trooper. She’s roped me into her volleyball programming, putting me up on the trampoline every day to fire balls at me and vice versa, as well as setting up an obstacle course and badminton net. This is good for me, considering it does get my butt out of the chair, and I’m sure my waistline will thank me down the road. But the main thing, being home, is that I realized there were many days when I simply lived in my pajamas while writing. With my kids now all home, I’ve had to remind them that there’s a point during the day where we really do need to get dressed!
 
However things unfold for everyone, as always, I hope you all have a wonderful week, have some fun, and, most importantly, laugh.

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As a female firefighter in a small town, Suzanne O’Connell knows that every day will go one of two ways: Either nothing happens, or she suddenly finds herself in over her head. Firefighters never, ever say the words “It’s a quiet day!”—because that’s when all hell breaks loose, and their peaceful, easy day suddenly turns into their worst nightmare. This is exactly what happens to Suzanne when she finds herself trapped with Harold Waters, local law enforcement officer and her old flame, and fellow fireman Toby Chandler, who, according to everyone, is the kind of guy you want watching your back.

In an unusual turn of events, the stakes turn deadly, and Suzanne discovers that trusting the wrong man could leave her life hanging in the balance.

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Lorhainne Eckhart


"Lorhainne Eckhart is one of my go to authors when I want a guaranteed good book. So many twists and turns, but also so much love and such a strong sense of family." (Lora W., Reviewer) New York Times & USA Today bestseller Lorhainne Eckhart writes Raw Relatable Real Romance is best known for writing big family romances series, where “Morals and family are running themes. Danger, romance, and a drive to do what is right will see you glued to the page.” As one fan calls her, she is the “Queen of the family saga.” (aherman) writing “the ups and downs of what goes on within a family but also with some suspense, angst and of course a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.” Follow Lorhainne on Bookbub to receive alerts on New Releases and Sales and join her mailing list at LorhainneEckhart.com for her Monday Blog, books news, giveaways and FREE reads. With over 120 books, audiobooks, and multiple series published and available at all retailers now translated into six languages. She is a multiple recipient of the Readers’ Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, and lives in the Pacific Northwest on an island, is the mother of three, her oldest has autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams. "Lorhainne Eckhart has this uncanny way of just hitting the spot every time with her books.” (Caroline L., Reviewer) The O’Connells: The O’Connells of Livingston, Montana are not your typical family. A riveting collection of stories surrounding the ups and downs of what goes on within a family but also with some suspense, angst and of course a bit of romance thrown in for good measure “I thought I loved the Friessens, but I absolutely adore the O’Connell’s. Each and every book has totally different genres of stories but the one thing in common is how she is able to wrap it around the family which is the heart of each story.” (C. Logue) The Friessens: An emotional big family romance series, the Friessen family siblings find their relationships tested, lay their hearts on the line, and discover lasting love! “Lorhainne Eckhart is one of my go to authors when I want a guaranteed good book. So many twists and turns, but also so much love and such a strong sense of family.” (Lora W., Reviewer) The Parker Sisters: The Parker Sisters are a close-knit family, and like any other family they have their ups and downs. “Eckhart has crafted another intense family drama…The character development is outstanding, and the emotional investment is high…" (Aherman, Reviewer) The McCabe Brothers: Join the five McCabe siblings on their journeys to the dark and dangerous side of love! An intense, exhilarating collection of romantic thrillers you won’t want to miss. — “Eckhart has a new series that is definitely worth the read. The queen of the family saga started this series with a spin-off of her wildly successful Friessen series.” From a Readers’ Favorite award—winning author and “queen of the family saga” (Aherman)

Lorhainne Eckhart

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