When it rains, it pours…

Hourglass small at top (time left), big at bottom (stuff to do).

Okay, the title is a bit dramatic…I apologize.

But don’t you find that saying to be true? It’s certainly how I’ve been feeling these last few months! And while everything that is happening in my life right now is good (mostly) I’m patiently waiting for the universe to slow the hell down so I can catch my breath!

As many of you know from my first post, Mr. M and I are heading to Italy over Thanksgiving break. (Side note: We leave in five days! FIVE! 😳) What I didn’t tell you is that we are also in the process of buying a new home. AND we close on our new house the day after we get back from Europe. I know…CRAZY!

Let me backtrack a bit…Mr. M and I have lived in our current home for the past ten years. It’s a beautiful older home that we remodeled (despite me and my husband being zero percent handy 😉 ) We have so much invested in this house (both sentimentally and financially that at times we both question: why the hell are we leaving?)

In addition to being my grandmother’s home, we have so many good memories here; this was our first home together, we brought our dog home here… I could go on! But deep in my heart I know it’s time to move on. This home was never meant to be forever; it’s small, not an ideal place to raise a family, and the neighborhood has taken a turn for the worse. But still, it’s damn hard to leave.

We’ve been *looking* to move for a while now. Seriously, for more than a year! And when I say we I mean meI fully admit: I love to look at houses – Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com— I can spend hours perusing these sites. I just can’t seem to help myself!  And when I did find a house that (I thought) had potential this is what happened…

Me: (sends Mr. M. link) What do you think about this house?

Mr. M: (click through the pics briefly) It’s okay.

Me: Just okay? What don’t you like?

Mr. M: It’s ______ (fill in the blank: dated, too much money, too big, too small, or my absolute favorite – a teardown!)

And so the story went…Rinse and Repeat

But finally (finally!) we found the perfect home for our family (budget, size, location, etc.). It just so happened to occur at the same time that we planned to be away. No big deal…I got this!

For the past weeks I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off getting the bank the info they need, coordinating with the realtor for the sale of our current house, scheduling movers, all the while trying to prepare for ten days out  of the country!

Now, I’m not complaining because hello, both these things are amazing and incredibly exciting. All I’m saying is…it’s been busy.

All this to say I’ve nothing packed for Italy…

This post pretty accurately sums up my current dilemma:


On that note, I better sign off and get some actual packing done! If you don’t hear from me in a while you can find me in my closet, debating how many pairs of shoes to bring…

P.S. If you have any packing tips… PLEASE help!!! 😬


Hi all! Welcome to my first *official* blog post!

I thought I’d start by telling you a bit about myself so we can get to know each other a little better 


My name is CJ Martín and I live in Northeast Pennsylvania.  I’m a relatively new author (my first book was published just over a year ago!) and I truly appreciate readers taking the chance on me! I read a TON and I know how much competition there is.  We all have our favorites and maybe (fingers crossed!) one day I’ll be considered one of yours

Romance is by far my favorite genre (more specifically contemporary romance/new adult) but I love varied storylines. For this reason my novels have had completely different themes.

I’ve written three books to date:

My first book, Snowbound, follows the story of Anders Vik a professional (Norwegian!) snowboarder and his relationship with innocent (read: virgin) college student Elena Espinosa.

✩ Read a FREE sample here ⇢ Snowbound Excerpt

Off Key, my second novel, is a rockstar romance because…I have a soft spot (read: LOVE) for sexy musicians. Brandon and Brynn’s chemistry will melt your kindle!

✩ Read a FREE sample here ⇢ Off Key Excerpt

Knockout, my third release, is a boxing romance with elements of revenge and secrecy. I’m a (relatively) peaceful person but I think fighters are SO hot.

✩ Read a FREE sample here ⇢ Knockout Excerpt

In addition to writing, I work full-time, as well as teach yoga, so my schedule is fairly full. That being said, if I’m kind of sporadic with my posts, you’ll know why!

I’m married. We don’t have any kids but we have a very high-energy, very misbehaved Jug (Jack Russell/Pug mix) who is more spoiled than most children. (see below)


I was born and raised in the U.S. (I’ve lived in Pennsylvania my whole life!) but I LOVE to travel. Europe (more specifically Paris) is where my soul resides and I would move there in a heartbeat if I could!

Okay, I have to stop with the Paris pics otherwise we’ll be here all day 😉

Mr. M. and I will be traveling to Italy over Thanksgiving break and I will blog about our trip and post pics!

I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you. Thanks for joining me on this crazy ride!

Much Love,


P.S. I know writers are held to  higher (grammatical) standards than most because well, we are writers!


This is my  (one and only) disclaimer: I’m not perfect (I know, right?!) There may be typos, errors, etc. This blog is not professionally edited (my books are!) so cut me some slack if things aren’t *perfect*.  While I strive to make this blog as professional as possible, to me, blogging  is informal writing. A place where I can share my thoughts, ideas, random musings…and sometimes I’m just not all that worried if the damn comma is in the right place 🙂

Hope you’ll forgive me and continue to read anyway 😘