#5forFriday: New Shows, Jazz, and Wonder Woman

Another week's gone by and I'm feeling more settled than ever into London. Here's a look at five of my favorite things from last week: 1) A brand-new book from a good friend! When I met fantasy author Nigel Henry two years ago he was just wrapping up his Demons of Sedona series and starting to think about writing this kick-ass monster fighting high school girl named Ria. Well, I'm happy to say that Ria's Web of Lies is now out at digital retailers everywhere and looks fantastic! I've got this one loaded up on my iPad, and I'll be diving in this weekend.

2) This week I handed in the developmental edits on my book The Look of Love which is due out in October. After a couple back-to-back deadlines, it'll be nice to have a little free time to work on book 3 in the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, The Allure of Attraction, before the craziness of RWA Nationals kicks off in late July.

3) I managed to unintentionally sync my move to the U.K. with the start of several new shows airing here on iTV. This week alone I've watched the first episodes of The Loch, Fearless, and Riviera (plus plenty of the half hour soap Emmerdale). It's been a great switch off for my brain after long days of editing and rewriting.

4) I've been listening to a lot of jazz as I work this year and this week I've been on a Lester Young kick. Give his dreamy version of "I Can't Get Started" a listen:

5) I'm finally seeing Wonder Woman this weekend! I'll be heading up to Oxford for a visit with my sister and her Scottish fiancé, and we're all excited to pile into the theater and watch it (a week after everyone else, but we're just helping keep the box office healthy).


A super quick #5forFri from me today because this is so late! #1 I've had a good run of writing days all in a row, most of them hitting or exceeding my writing goals. As any writer will tell you, building up that kind of momentum is huge.

#2 My brilliant sister has gotten her book review website off the ground in a big way! She's a speed reader, so she's already got a bunch of review up on I Should Read That, and her Instagram game is solid. (There are plenty of cats with books pictures to enjoy.)

#3 Last weekend I indulged and bought myself a JBL Clip 2 wireless bluetooth speaker to finally replace my old speakers that died years ago. I've been happily listening to a lot of KUSC but also rediscovering much of the jazz I danced to when I was in college and a serious swing dancer. Sydney Bechet, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker.

#4 I'm running my first race this weekend — a short 4 mile loop in the park.

#5 This dance to that Ed Sheeran song I can't get out of my head. (H/T my friend Sonia) And that's all for me! What are your five favorite things from this week?