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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guest Blog: Lynda Bailey: Happy Birthday - to ME!

Yes, today is my birthday… First I want to thank Romancebooks4us for hosting me on the anniversary of the day I was born. To celebrate I’m giving away presents! *** Leave a comment for the chance to win one of my digital titles plus a $5 gift card. (I’m also running a month-long giveaway over on my website,, for a $100 GC. All you have to do is sign up to be on my mailing list before Nov. 30th!)

Okay. Birthdays. More specifically…my birthday. While I’m not going to a reveal just how old I am, I will tell you that I remember (barely) where I was when President Kennedy was shot, when the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show – hell I remember Ed Sullivan, the (first) Hula Hoop craze and watching news feeds from the war in Vietnam. In other words, I’m part of the 80,000,000 who make up the *Baby Boom* generation; those individuals born between the years 1946 and 1964. Everyone from Madonna to Oprah and Bruce *the Boss* Springsteen to Barack *the President* Obama.

What does all this mean you ask? Truthfully, I’m not exactly sure. But I think it has something to do with me not having an accurate perception of age – or at least not having an accurate perception of MY age. I find myself doing things today that I did twenty years ago when I was…well…twenty years younger. Things like sitting cross-legged in my easy chair. (I don’t think I ever saw my mother sitting cross-legged, not even on a picnic…) Things like giggling. Not laughing…giggling. Things like running through leaves in the fall just to hear the whishy, crunchy sound. Things like wanting to buy a Jeep. Not a Jeep Cherokee mind you, but a circa mid-1970’s Jeep Wrangler, complete with a badass stick shift between the bucket seats.

What’s causing my age misperception? I believe that answer comes in the 80,000,000 number I quoted above. Companies understand they can’t afford to alienate such a large number of customers. They know it’s in their best interest to cater to this huge – and aging – demographic. That’s why Diane Keaton and Andie MacDowell (two more famous Boomers) are major spokeswomen for L’Oreal makeup and hair products.

But probably the real reason I don’t have a good grasp on my age is because I don’t want to have a good grasp on my age. It was the same when I was younger; I never wanted to “act my age.” Why change now? Things are just getting interesting…

So what *generation* do you come from? Are you a Boomer like me, or from the X-generation? Are you a thirty or forty something? What’s YOUR perception of age? Remember to leave a comment for the chance to win your choice of my titles + a $5 gift card. And pop over to my website and sign up for my mailing list for the chance at a $100 GC.

Now here’s a sneak peek at my newest release, GRACE, the third novella in my Heartache and Hopeful series, coming soon!

On the Corner of Heartache and Hopeful…

Revenge is a dish best served cold—and according to Grace Harrington, while wearing three inch stilettos and wielding a flogger. No longer the bullied, nerdy kid she was in high school, Grace is now a take-charge corporate lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska. She’s also a take-charge Top in the bedroom. The last thing she wants to do is go back to the small town of Tatum, but to save a treasured landmark from destruction while exacting retribution on the guy who ground her heart to dust? Hell yes!

Seth Reisner never wanted to leave Tatum. He thought being a country lawyer slash gentleman farmer would be the perfect life. But his agricultural kingpin uncle had other ideas. And when dear uncle foots the bill for law school plus signs your paycheck, you suck it up, alter your plans and move to Dallas, Texas. Now Seth divides his time between litigating on behalf of his uncle’s company and trying to find his “Mrs. Right.” When the opportunity to return to Tatum comes up, he’s grateful for the chance to go home.

Grace and Seth end up on opposite sides both in and out of the courtroom. Grace is determined to get her vengeance while Seth only wants to make up for his unintended past transgressions. When the verdict is read, who will win—and at what cost?

I’ve always loved stories, especially romances. For me the only thing better than reading a romance is writing one. That and drinking red wine while eating dark chocolate.

My romances are full of passion, with heat levels that range from hot to sizzling! I’m proud to have been a 2010 finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart®. I hope you’ll join me for laughter and love, and where the good guys always win in the end.

I live in Reno with my husband of thirty+ years and our two pampered pooches.

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Thanks again to Romancebooks4us for letting me hang out on my birthday!


Rose Anderson said...

Happy birthday, fellow Boomer! Thanks for joining us today. Loved the blurb. Best luck, Lynda. :)

Lynda Bailey said...

Thanks so much Rose! ;)

Kathy Osborn said...

Happy Birthday!!! I'm a baby boomer, sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing.πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Judy Baker said...

Happy Birthday Boomer, from another boomer. I too still giggle and don't act my age, whatever that mean.

Lynda Bailey said...

Thanks Kathy and Judy for stopping by! ;)

Lacey Thorn said...

This sounds really great! Shared the link on my FB page so others can check it out as well. Happy Birthday to you!!!

Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

HAPPY, HAPPY, BIRTHDAY!! :) Perception of age: you're only as old as your mind tells you you are... even if your body doesn't always agree. ;) Hope you have a great birthday and it's filled with lots of awesomeness!


I've always wanted to buy a Wrangler... '94, green with green flames and lots of chrome... I'll always want it. Dream car.

Andrea Figard said...

Happy Birthday! Age is nothing but a number!

Jean MP said...

Happy Birthday to a fellow boomer.
Hope you have a wonderful day and that you do something special on it.

Mannouchka said...

Happy birthday with lots of joy and success. Hope you have nice weather. Forget the age we all stay young.
I wish you all a wonderful Thusday

Jan Murphree said...

Happy birthday to you!!!!!
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!
Happy Birthday DEAR LYNDA!!!!

Age is only a number that tells you that you are still alive and kicking and made it another year!!!


jean hart stewart said...

Lots of boomers out there so it's no wonder that's a hot topic. A really special birthday to you...loved the blurb..

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday (Again!); you're never too old to hear that over and over again. And, yes, we're the same age (probably why we get along so well!) You will always be young - it's your nature, that point where you go from sweet and innocent to SASSY! But with all the sweetness still there! Loved the blog. May all of your days be fun and filled with dreams. Beth

sandy ahber said...

i'm a baby boomer as well. i remember vividly where i was when Kennedy was killed...and my mother crying. i stayed up late to watch the Beatles...and then the other day realized that those kids yelling at One Dimension were the same age as i was then, and my parents probably said the same thing i did!

Happy birthday to a fellow boomer!

Lynda Bailey said...

Congratulations Jean Hart Stewart! You're the winner of your choice of my titles + a $5 gift card. I'll send you a PM and/or email shortly. Congrats again!

Melissa Keir said...

What do you call the generation after the boomers? I feel very tired but certainly not my age...I don't ever want to act my age, often I forget what my age is!

Happy Birthday Lynda! I hope it's a wonderful day!

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