I was born on a snowy evening in 1987 in western West Virginia. I attended school in Charlotte, NC and later graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a BA of Science.
I married my high school sweetheart, Jack, in 2006 at the age of nineteen. We moved around a lot due to Jack's military career, but we finally settled down for a while in Morgantown, WV where Jack attended school and received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University. Let's Go! Mountaineers!
We began moving around again once Jack received his degree to find the right job match for him. We currently reside in a small town in central West Virginia with our 11-year-old tabby cat, Simon; 3-year-old green cheek conure, Emry; and 2-year-old Great Dane, Gandalf the Grey.
I am an avid reader. I read everything from children's books to educational text, mystery and thrillers to the occasional romance, memoirs and biographies to classical fiction, and everything in between. My home currently holds its own small library of 600+ books. Not to mention the numerous audio and digital books on my phone and e-reader, and the hundred or so textbooks that have been collected throughout the years. And I grow my library on a regular basis.
I am also a bit of a wino. I tend to drink more of the jammy, dry reds such as Pinot Noir or sometimes even Cabernet Sauvigon, but I will drink some whites as well, especially in the warmer months. My favorite grapes are the peppery Carmenere or bitter-cherry flavored Sangiovese for reds, or a nice buttery Chardonnay or crisp Sauvigon Blanc for a white. I love trying new wines and am always looking for something new (something that can be a little difficult in a small town with no liquor store!)
When I'm not sipping on a glass of wine while breaking the spine of a good book (which I admit is a bad habit, but is part of the pleasure of reading a physical book), you can find me spending time with my fur and feathered babies and husband, mostly outdoors - West Virginia is a great place to explore the outdoors! I also enjoy working out: doing regular and aerial yoga, running with Gandalf, and the occasional squat and crunch here and there, after all I am a BeachBody coach too! My other enjoyment in life is cooking. Having worked in several restaurants over the years, I developed a love for learning how to cook new dishes. (Cookbooks are another set of books that I love to collect as well!)
Life is an adventure and I'm always looking for the next thrill. Be it in a intoxicating bottle of wine, a loving embrace, or the pleasure of a good book.
From one wine-loving-fitness-addict-bookaholic to another, I hope to help you find your next fix!
First, to my readers and followers. Without you I would have nothing. Without you I wouldn't be sitting here writing this thank you! So, to you a million-and-one thanks! And even that isn't enough.
To my wonderful husband, Jack, who has supported me from the moment I told him this is what I wanted to do. Not only has he given me content to write about, but he's lent his knowledge of computers to help me make sure my platform was just right. Thank you, J. I love you so much!
To my best friends and editors: Ashley, Laurel, Shelby and Sheri. Thank you for lending your ears when I just need to talk, and for lending your eyes and knowledge when I need a post edited. You four are the best friends a girl could ask for, and I just wish I could get the four of you in one place to finally meet each other. I know you all would love each other just as much as I love you! Thank you for all of your time, help, and friendship. You all mean the world to me!
To my God-sister, Brandy, for also helping with the editing process and for always knowing how to put a smile on my face. For being the sweet and kind person that you are, but having absolutely no problem telling your mind, and letting me know if something sucks. I admire you for your honesty in every aspect of life!
To my brother, Oscar, for giving me inspiration and instilling in me from an early age that adventure can always be found in a book. Without your nose always being stuck in a book I may have never developed a love for them. Thank you for believing in this vision of mine. One day I hope to return the favor.
To my parents. Without their love and affection, their hard word and willpower I would not be where or who I am today. They taught me to never judge a book or a person based on their cover; to love something with my whole heart; and to work hard and succeed in life doing what I love. While it may have taken me 30 years to figure that out (and who knows, this could be just another stepping stone, too) I know that whether they're a few hours away or looking down on me from heaven, I make them proud.
And lastly, to God. Through Him all things are possible. And while I don't have as close a relationship with Him as I used to, I still turn to Him in the good times and the bad. I know that without His hand guiding me I wouldn't have made it to this blessed place in my life.
There are so many 'Thanks' I should be sending out. So many people have helped me with this endeavor. If I missed you, I'm incredibly sorry, but please know that I really, and truly am thankful for the help that you have given me!
Thank you all!
From one wine-loving-bookaholic to another, I hope to help you find your next fix.