Lexi Eddings

so-long-farewell Lexi is the award-winning author of the Coldwater Cove series, a collection she describes as big stories in a small town...with Ozark snark! Her goal is to make her readers laugh a little, cry a little and then leave them with a guaranteed happy ending. When she's not writing, she loves singing, reading and spending time with her kids and pets. She also loves traveling with her husband who's taken her on more adventures than she deserves!

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(You’re welcome for the Rogers & Hammerstein ear-worm!)

so-long-farewellOh, yeah, I’m a sucker for the Sound of Music. Even that sappy “good-night” song before the kids head off to bed. But then later in the story, when they finish off the music competition with the same tune, it has a bittersweet tinge because the Von Trapp family is about to leave the home they love.

And now we JQs are winding down the blog we all love as well. (Heavy sigh…)

This blog has always been about sharing our everyday doings. One of the things I’ll miss most about the end of the Jaunty Quills is finding out what’s going on in the lives of my fellow JQs. And I’ll miss sharing my small news and hearing from you, our dear readers, as well.

swordinthestoneWe’ve had a chance to talk about how we feel about things, about our families, our jobs, our travels and our friendships. We generally steered clear of politics and religion, but sometimes, it’s the elephant in the room (Sorry, Republicans, no pun intended!) that cannot be ignored. So at the risk of rushing in where angels fear to tread, here’s my quick take on this election cycle.

There’s never a sword in the stone when you need one. So that means we all have to vote tomorrow! Whatever happens, we’re all Americans and we need to come together once the dust settles.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Besides, I wanted to end my time with you on a light note. The world is serious enough. You don’t need another writer who takes herself too seriously. Like I always tell my Dear Husband–the shortest distance between two hearts is a good belly laugh! In fact, I think humor is one of the main reasons he and I have been together for so long. I make him laugh, sometimes without even meaning to.

Like this one time, years ago, when we had a long-haired 25 pound tom cat. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Tommy Whiskers to pieces, but I was getting sick and tired of having his hair all over my house. So I took matters into my own hands and went to the source.

vacuumthecatYep, I decided to vacuum  the cat.

He didn’t think much of the process, but I felt I was making progress when the phone rang.

It was my DH. He was having the mother-of-all Mondays. First, one of this team was waiting for him when he got to the office. The man’s son had tried to commit suicide over the weekend and he didn’t know what to do. So my DH listened to him and made sure he connected with all the help he and his family would need to get through this difficult time.

Then another worker came in to make a sexual harassment claim against another team mate. They had been a couple, but had recently split up. The guy had had the effrontery to say hello to her. So my DH had to kick the complaint up to HR and rearrange the work load to separate the warring parties.

To cap it off, my DH’s boss called and told him the timeline for the project he was heading up had suddenly been moved up by several months, while no additional money for more people to do the work in less time would be forthcoming.

So, when he had a minute to catch his breath, my DH had called home.

“I just had to talk to someone sane,” he said after he’d recounted his woes. “Whatcha doin’?”

When I told him I was vacuuming the cat, he burst out laughing so hard, his assistant had to peek in to make sure he hadn’t gone completely bonkers. After he settled down, he said it was just what he needed.

I hope there have been times when a stop by Jaunty Quills has been just what you needed, too. Blogs are starting to fall by the wayside as people flock to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media that require sound bites of info instead of longer posts. But if you’d still like to keep in touch, I actually have a couple of blogs of my own–THE COLDWATER GAZETTE, which is attached to my website, and SECOND WIND, a blog where I share about dealing with chronic lung disease. I’d love to see you at both of them!

Gosh, this is harder than I thought it would be. I’m not sure how to wrap this final post up. Mostly, I just want to say thank you for joining us here, for sharing your lives with us, for laughing and crying with us. I’ll miss the gang of regular JQ commenters.  Bless you all.

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Lexi Eddings

hamlets-father Lexi is the award-winning author of the Coldwater Cove series, a collection she describes as big stories in a small town...with Ozark snark! Her goal is to make her readers laugh a little, cry a little and then leave them with a guaranteed happy ending. When she's not writing, she loves singing, reading and spending time with her kids and pets. She also loves traveling with her husband who's taken her on more adventures than she deserves!

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hamlets-fatherI always think about Shakespeare’s Hamlet around Halloween. It’s maybe the best literary ghost story ever. In case you’re not familiar with the plot, Hamlet meets his father’s ghost in the first act and sort of goes ’round the bend after that, trying to avenge his dad’s death by his uncle’s hand. His brush with the unexplained prompts him to say to his learned friend:

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies.”

We don’t know what we don’t know but we know there’s something more out there. That’s Hamlet’s dilemma.

And ours.

There are lots of things in our world that defy explanation. Even our ability to trust our own senses is limited. If you doubt me, just ask your dog. He can smell and  hear tons of things that you aren’t aware of. We know for a fact that our homes and our bodies are bombarded daily by invisible electronic pulses that make our phones, TV’s and computers work, but we can’t see or feel a one of them. A single drop of water can teem with microscopic life–a whole world within ours–and not only can we not see them without special equipment, they’re not aware of us either.

So are we, for lack of a better analogy, drop-dwellers for some greater reality?

Maybe.

Are those unexplained things just something poking into our world from beyond our little water drop?

I dunno.

But I think about this stuff around Halloween when the veil between worlds seems a little thinner than usual. And I’m always looking for a good ghost story.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t do horror. Gorn (gore porn) will make me hurl a book across the room faster than a story with a wimpy hero. I’m pretty squeamish about blood and really dislike being scared. I could barely make it through The Sixth Sense.

But I love stories of the unexplained. How about you? Do you have a favorite ghost story you’d like to share?   

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tcwwhcLexi’s first book in the Coldwater Cove is available RIGHT NOW! There aren’t any ghosts in this story, but she hopes you’ll love her “wounded warrior” hero, and the heroine who finds home right where she left it.

“This story will tug at your heart as a maligned heroine comes back under a cloud of suspicion and a damaged war hero helps her find a new happy ending.” – RTBOOKReviews 

“The quirky characters, a minor mystery and the down-home feel in the first installment in Eddings’ Coldwater series will delight readers looking for a sweet small-town romance.” – C.L. Quillen, Booklist

Available at these fine stores!
         eBook: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iBooks | Blio

Lexi Eddings

a-coldwater-warm-hearts-wedding Lexi is the award-winning author of the Coldwater Cove series, a collection she describes as big stories in a small town...with Ozark snark! Her goal is to make her readers laugh a little, cry a little and then leave them with a guaranteed happy ending. When she's not writing, she loves singing, reading and spending time with her kids and pets. She also loves traveling with her husband who's taken her on more adventures than she deserves!

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a-coldwater-warm-hearts-weddingI love secondary characters. They give me a chance to weave a little depth into my imagined world. And they provide great foils for my hero & heroine.

In A COLDWATER WARM HEARTS WEDDING, the book I’m working on for next spring, my hero has an ornery little niece named Riley who drags chaos in her wake. She always says and does something unexpected. And most often, it’s something pretty funny.

But I didn’t have to search too far for inspiration for Riley. Mostly I just strolled memory lane and thought about all the times my daughters made my laugh.

When my oldest girl was not quite 2, we lived in Minneapolis where my Dear Husband worked for the now defunct Republic Airline. We were a one car family then, so if I needed the car on any particular day,#1 Daughter and I often drove to pick up her dad after work. She loved seeing the airplanes parked outside the hangar and talked about it to herself while I white-knuckled my way on the multi-lane highway around the airport. Here’s what I heard coming from the carseat in the back:

“Air-pane.” (L’s were a problem for her then.)

“Daddy’s air-pane.” (This made me smile. It was so cute that she thought her daddy owned the jets when he really just designed the computer systems that ran the airline.)

Then she spoke again, a little softer, but with definite emphasis. “MY air-pane.”

The logic was unassailable. Anything that belonged to her daddy was, by definition, hers. It was an attitude she carried all the way through high school and beyond. And she was right. All we have is available to help our kids and they know it. Fortunately, they’ve never abused the privilege and have grateful hearts.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn. Got any sweet stories to share about your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews?

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tcwwhcLexi’s first book in the Coldwater Cove series is in bookstores RIGHT NOW! She hopes you’ll love her “wounded warrior” hero, and the heroine who finds home right where she left it.

“This story will tug at your heart as a maligned heroine comes back under a cloud of suspicion and a damaged war hero helps her find a new happy ending.” – RTBOOKReviews 

“The quirky characters, a minor mystery and the down-home feel in the first installment in Eddings’ Coldwater series will delight readers looking for a sweet small-town romance.” – C.L. Quillen, Booklist

Available at these fine stores!
         eBook: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iBooks | Blio

Lexi Eddings

default-logo-200 Lexi is the award-winning author of the Coldwater Cove series, a collection she describes as big stories in a small town...with Ozark snark! Her goal is to make her readers laugh a little, cry a little and then leave them with a guaranteed happy ending. When she's not writing, she loves singing, reading and spending time with her kids and pets. She also loves traveling with her husband who's taken her on more adventures than she deserves!

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tcwwhcThanks to everyone who commented on my Puppy Love post. And now for the announcement you’re all waiting for… Drumroll, please!  THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB prize is going out to…Charlene Whitehouse! Congrats, Charlene.

If you didn’t win, you can still snag a copy at your local bookseller or at all major etailers:

         eBook: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iBooks | Blio
Happy Reading!

Lexi Eddings

charlietoy Lexi is the award-winning author of the Coldwater Cove series, a collection she describes as big stories in a small town...with Ozark snark! Her goal is to make her readers laugh a little, cry a little and then leave them with a guaranteed happy ending. When she's not writing, she loves singing, reading and spending time with her kids and pets. She also loves traveling with her husband who's taken her on more adventures than she deserves!

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charlietoyI love dogs in stories, but I can’t stand it when the animal invariably dies in the end. That’s why when I let my hero Jake in THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB acquires a pet, he ends up saving the dog instead of mourning him. After snatching the straggly mutt from dodging traffic, Jake decides to name him “Speedbump.” Jake would never have picked this little pile of fur for a pet, but Lacy loves it at first sight.

And Jake loves her.

He just hasn’t figured out how to show her yet. In the short excerpt below, he and Lacy are cleaning the filthy pup up.

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“Well, I guess Speedbump is better than Roadkill. Speedbump it is.” Lacy gently placed the dog into the sink of warm water.

The newly christened pup didn’t think much of the arrangement. He startled and quivered with nervousness. Whenever she dipped a handful of water on him, he gave a full body shake, flinging droplets all over. By the time Jake returned with the shampoo and an old towel, the front of Lacy’s navy T-shirt was drenched.

“Let me help,” Jake said. “Maybe he’ll stop shaking.”

He poured a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into his palm. Then he stood behind Lacy, put his arms around her and reached into the sink to scrub the dog.

Whether it was the addition of another pair of hands or the fresh scent of shampoo, Speedbump finally stood still and let them wash him.

Truthfully, Lacy sort of lost track of the dog altogether. She was too distracted by the heat coming off the chest of the man behind her. There was something undeniably pleasurable about having Jake so close. The strength of his arms around her, the way their hands slipped and slid against each other in the bubbles, the—

Lacy started to giggle.

“What’s so funny?” Jake wanted to know.

“Doesn’t this remind you of something?” She turned so she was caught between his body and the sink. “The pottery wheel bit from Ghost?”

The scene where the doomed lovers worked a disastrous pot on a wheel together, slathered in liquefied clay, had been lampooned plenty of times in later comedies, but the first time Lacy had seen it, she thought it was one of the most sensual love scenes ever. Jake must have thought so, too, because his gaze met hers with undeniable heat.

He wants to kiss me.

And she wanted him to with an urgency that surprised her. She slid her arms around his neck and stood on tiptoe as he bent to meet her mouth.

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But alas, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” In a few paragraphs, Speedbump leaps out of the sink, dashes around the room flinging soapy water everywhere and ruins the mood completely. But you get the idea that both Jake and Lacy are caring people whose hearts are big enough to take in a furry little stranger.

tcwwhcHave you ever adopted a pet?  The fuzzy little dog at the top of this post is my own Charlie, the inspiration for Speedbump. Charlie was also a stray we rescued from traffic.  Share your thoughts on “found pets” for your chance to win a print copy of my new release, THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB! 

“This story will tug at your heart as a maligned heroine comes back home under a cloud of suspicion and a damaged war hero helps her find a new happy ending.” – RTBOOKReviews 

Available at these fine stores!
         eBook: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iBooks | Blio

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