Welcome back to another BEHIND THE AUTHOR spotlight! Joining us today is Amanda Usen of the newly released Entangled Indulgence book, IMPULSE CONTROL! Looks sweet and a whole lot of sexy!
Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain! A peek behind the author? Are you sure you really want to see what I've got going on back here?
Well...let's start with the three kids. My oldest just turned thirteen, and by the time this posts I will have survived her bat mitzvah. Do you know what it's like to be a non-Jewish mother who hates to plan parties but is also a perfectionist? A perfectionist with a book release two days after the grand event? Who also started a new bakery job not too long ago?
My lists have lists. I mutter. My husband came home from work today and found me in my pajamas. Again. Don't ask if my teeth were brushed. Everything is fuzzy, especially yesterday. If I want to remember what I did, I have to check my lists. I just got home from a two-hour band concert, and I still have my coat on because writing this blog is the last thing on my list. Plus, I live in Buffalo, and it's cold by the kitchen window, my favorite place to write.
For the most part, I've been lucky enough to turn my passions into jobs. I liked to cook, so I went to culinary school. Now I teach pastry arts at a community college, decorate cakes at a grocery store, and write about chefs. But there is one thing I do consider a hobby, not a job. A few years ago I began doing yoga, and that inspired an appreciation of balance in all areas of my life. I vowed to be a more present wife and mother. I even got a tree tattooed on my back as a constant reminder of balance. I wanted to be reaching for the sky yet remain firmly rooted in my family. Like yoga, it's a practice, and I often find my priorities in need of adjustment. I try not to be too hard on myself when I lose my balance. Fortunately, my daughter chose tree invitations for her bat mitzvah. Hebrew is a mystery to me, but the tree of life I understand. Now THAT was a theme I could get behind, and the party planning got a whole lot easier.
So what is behind this author? A solid six months of amazement at the way my daughter learned Hebrew prayers. A little speech I'll be giving at the service which I feel is the best writing I've done. A beautiful prayer shawl. Cutout cookies made with love by a good friend. And a whole lot of focus on the family. Hopefully, I can get all five of us out of our pajamas and looking presentable for the photographer on Saturday. I'll let you know how it goes!
Amanda is giving away One print copy of INTO THE FIRE, Book One of the Hot Nights series, for a USA winner OR an e-copy of INTO THE FIRE (Amazon or B&N only) for International winner. To enter just leave a comment telling us something you do to find balance in your life (reading, crafting, drinking! lol) or just leave a meaningful comment or question for Amanda. Then be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter below so your entry is counted. Good luck!
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