D.W. Cee

Author of Indelible Love

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Hello + John & Elizabeth News

Hi Ladies!

This summer has been the longest and shortest one, yet, for me. Busy summer schedules inundated our lives and the four of us could not find one week to vacation together. Now, we are two weeks into school and drowning in homework, tests, essays, and college applications.

My high school senior is taking five AP classes and applying to 10+ colleges. My high school sophomore, also taking all APs and Honors classes, decided she wanted to play golf in addition to softball, plus, she’s been prepping to take her SAT exam this weekend. It’s been nutty over here and I’m exhausted. I don’t think I ever got over the busyness of summer and bam, we’ve started a new school year. I suppose in three years, I’ll be off this roller coaster ride. I’m hoping your summer was a lot quieter than mine. 🙂

I can’t say that I’ve written much of John & Elizabeth, or of anything this year. However, I am ready to start releasing their story. Timing has worked out perfectly as we just finished Vol. 1 of Max & Jane’s Story. Since you all have Vol. 2, I won’t be republishing any more. I’ll soon surprise you with the continuation of Reid Place.

John & Elizabeth’s Story will be broken in four phases. The first phase is called “He Said” which is James Solomon talking. Then we move onto Elizabeth’s tale in “She Said.”  John, of course will get a turn in a section called, “The Twin Said,” and lastly, there will be a “And They All Said” to end the story. Currently, I’m in the beginning stages of “She Said,” and recounting John and Elizabeth’s blossoming romance. I’ve enjoyed creating a unique love story for our hero and heroine. I hope you’ll enjoy this one as much as you enjoyed Nolan & Delilah.

I will release their tale as soon as I can get a book cover. You’ll have to wait a little longer until then. Hopefully, it’ll be sooner than later.

I think that’s all for now. Comment below and tell me what you’ve been up to this summer. I’d love to hear from you; it’s been a while.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

“Hello. I’m James Solomon.”

“Hi. I’m Elizabeth Reid.”

“Reid, as in Reid Hall, Reid Library, Reid Hospital, Reid Research Lab, Reid—”

“Yes, all that and a few others. Where are you from, James Solomon?”

“I’m from Boston—born and raised.”

“Did you do undergrad and med school in Boston?”

“Yep, residency as well at BU.”

“I did the same. Born in LA, undergrad, med school, residency and now employed in LA.”

“We have a lot in common, already.”

Today must’ve been my lucky day. The first person I ran into was this beautiful woman. I had all kinds of doubts about leaving Boston and working at a hospital in Los Angeles. Not only was Boston home, but it was where our only living relative—our grandparents—resided. I hated leaving after all these years with them as our parents. John, my twin brother, and I thought it was finally time for us to take care of them. I was glad John was still there with them.

“What’s your area of specialty, Elizabeth? Seeing you in scrubs tells me you’re a surgeon.”

“Heart.”

“Ah. Just like your uncle and father, the chief?” I couldn’t help but smile at her. She was too stunning for words. “Any more Reids working here?”

She giggled. I hoped she didn’t notice that my mouth was slack jawed and drooling. She was damn gorgeous. “I think there’s at least one of us on every floor.”

“Yeah? Tell me so I can make a good impression on all of them.”

She giggled some more. “My twin brother—”

“Wait! You have a twin brother? I do too!”

“His name is James.”

“That’s my name!” I joked.

She was now in full laughter mode. “He’s also on this floor. My uncle, Max Davis, and aunt, Delaney Taylor, are pediatric surgeons. Auntie Delaney specialized in the heart. Uncle Max is so brilliant, he can do just about everything.”

“Wow.”

“Uncle Nicky is an MD/PhD. He’s more into research, but you’ll see him at the hospital often. Then, there’s his son, Nicky, who’s patented and sold an anti-aging serum and could retire now if he so chose. He’s here from time to time. Grandpa Robert still works at the hospital clinic. Grandpa Scott, who’s technically my cousin Delilah’s grandpa, also works at the clinic. Shall I tell you about all my other cousins who are either in med school, thinking of med school, or in residency here?”

“No. You lost me after Uncle Max and Auntie Delaney.”

“Tell me about your twin, James.”

“His name is John and he’s in gerontology.”

“Is he still in Boston?”

“Yeah. He’s with our ailing grandparents. He’ll come as soon as their health improves.”

“I hope it’s not serious.”

“It’s not, but you never know with people their age. Between the two of us, we thought it was better if he stayed back. When you meet him, you’ll notice that I’m the better-looking one.”

Elizabeth Reid couldn’t stop laughing. “Yeah? I tell that to my twin as well, but the ladies disagree. I assume you’re identical twins but you’re the better-looking one?”

“Exactly, Elizabeth. You are one smart cookie. Stick with me and we’ll be known as the best-looking twins in LA.”

“All right, James. I’ll stick with you until I find something or someone better. Your twin could be that someone better.”

“I’ll show you, Elizabeth Reid.”

“OK. May the best twin win.”

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News: New & (Sorta) Old

10,000 Reasons has been bundled and it’s free, sorta…

I’ve decided to try the Kindle Unlimited route with this book and see where that might take me as book sales have plummeted since KU’s inception. I hear all kinds of horrific stories about KU, but I decided to try it with this bundle. If you subscribe to KU, then the book is a free read. PLEASE DOWNLOAD and read all you like, as many times as you like. I get paid like $.005 cents per page that you read. (Sorta nutty how little I’ll get paid, huh?) If you don’t have KU, you can buy all four books for $5.99 rather than $2.99 each.

While the bundle is listed with KU, it will not be on sale anywhere else, as the rules state. For those of you who use iBooks, Nook, or Smashwords, you will have to wait a few months until I finish my contract with Amazon. Along with Delaney and Donovan’s, Xander and Jenna are my favorite.

For the (sorta) old news, Max and Jane are back! No, it’s not a new story. I decided to revisit GEM and her man’s blogs until I create a new blog. I’ve been on a self-imposed writing hiatus of late; I haven’t had the desire to write–crazy enough! After publishing 20+ books in a few years, I decided to explore other interests while writing my latest book when time permits. However, I miss the interaction with my Reiders. In the interim, I decided to re-publish a fan-favorite blog.

Max & Jane’s Story will be unedited, unchanged, and nothing new for you die-hard Reiders. Regardless, it’ll be nice to “get to know” these lovable characters again. Because Amazon has been very strict about giving away a book that’s for sale on Kindle, I’ll be taking down each blog before the new one is published. Make sure to read them immediately and send in your comments. Also, we will stick to the same schedule of Monday and Thursday.

For now, we’ll hang with Max & Jane. I’m reserving the right to switch blogs without notice if Elizabeth and John catch my fancy.

I wish you all a great weekend. See you Monday, again!

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Ni hao!

Hi Ladies! How have you been? As you can see from the pictures, I’ve been to the other side of the world and back.

Last week, my family and I traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai for spring break. What an amazing time it was for all of us. It was our first time in China and the sites we visited were incredible. Because of the great firewall of China, I wasn’t able to access social media so I’m posting after the trip.

Up until now, we’d been so used to traveling to countries where they spoke English, it was difficult getting used to a country that spoke hardly any English. We spent four nights in Beijing, visiting all the famous monuments as well as the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall of China. If you look this up on YouTube, you’ll see that visitors can take a cable car up to the wall, then toboggan down. The toboggan was probably the highlight of our stay in Beijing.

On the fifth day, we hopped on a bullet train and rode six hours to the city of Xi’an. This was technically a “pit stop” for us and not on the original itinerary. When the kids asked to see the Terracotta Warriors, I was reluctant to go six hours out of our way, but decided why not? I didn’t know if we’d ever get back to China. I’m so glad we went. For me, the Terracotta Warriors were the highlight of our trip. I was stunned by the thousands of statues all lined up for battle. Each statue was unique and the details on them were incredibly precise. I was in awe! Even after visiting all the other parts of the museum, I had to go back and see the statues one last time before leaving.

Also in Xi’an, we biked around their ancient city wall and ate at the Muslim Quarter, twice. This city was an unexpected surprise and one I’d highly recommend if you ever find yourself in China. We stayed here two nights and enjoyed every minute.

Next, we hopped on a bullet train for six hours again and found ourselves in Shanghai. I had no expectations of this city and I was shocked! Shanghai was Paris, Tokyo, and NYC all rolled into one. I couldn’t believe I was in a communist country with all the glitz and glamour. We only spent one night here and regretted the short stay. This will be a city I must revisit.

All in all, we had a phenomenal time and now, we are back to reality. Kids are back in school, we are back to work, and I need to get back to writing. There hasn’t been much progress to the latest book since we last spoke.

Before I sign off, I have an idea I want to roll by you ladies. Since there will not be another blog for a little while, I wondered what you thought about me re-publishing Max & Jane’s blogs? It would be fun to revisit, but I’m a little hesitant only because I may have to randomly cut it off when a new blog appears. What do you think? Shall we revisit our friends, Max & Jane? I’d like to hear what you think.

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The End of Nolan & Delilah

It is with great sadness to announce that Monday’s blog is the last of Nolan and Delilah. Fittingly, her parents will narrate this blog and of course, there will be a happy ending. Actually, there is an epilogue with wedding details, but I will leave that one in the book as a thank you to those who purchased the book. I loved Nolan and Delilah, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. I hope these quirky characters have a special place in your literary hearts as well.

Currently, I’ve been working on my latest book called What Could’ve Been. As with each new series, I try and do something a little different; this one will be written from multiple points of views. Each character will speak in his or her own chapter, giving his and her part of the story. Every chapter will be like a piece of a puzzle and the reader won’t see the entire picture until the last person speaks. There’s an extended sample of this story in the Soon-to-be-Reids section of my website. Please remember that this is only a first draft; I’ve been writing rather than editing.

Until this next book is done, I thought I might re-publish an old blog. Taking Reider Edith B’s idea and changing it a little, I may revisit an oldie but goodie (and a definite Reider favorite) in April. I haven’t decided yet, but I’ll let you know after my family comes back from spring break in China. Yep, China! We can’t wait. It’ll be our first time visiting Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. It should be a wonderful time.

I hope you have all been well. Shoot me an email and tell me what’s going on in your lives. I’d love to catch up with many of you.

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Hello!

Hi Ladies,

Happy Friday to you all, and Saturday to some. I hope you enjoyed reading The Impossible Tale of Nolan & Delilah Vol. 2. Thank you very much to those who wrote a review! I am always grateful that you not only want to read what I have to say, but you also help by letting others know that you liked the book. For those of you who’ve written a review, email it to me at dw@dwcee.com and I have a gift for you! 🙂

I have a few announcements on this rainy Friday. Can you believe it’s raining (AGAIN) in Los Angeles? Anyhoo, blogs will resume Monday for those of you who have been waiting. I’ve been keeping a low profile from Amazon Kindle, not wishing for another not-so-friendly takedown email.

In the meanwhile, I’ve been writing a new book titled What Could’ve Been. Everything is a work in progress, including the title, but I’ve written quite of bit of the story so far. With this book, I hope to tell the entire story via several “main” characters. Each hero/heroine will have his/her own chapter. Some may have more than one, but each chapter will tell a piece of the story, filling in the blanks/details until it culminates toward the end. Remember the movie, Pulp Fiction? Have any of you read the book, The Imperfectionist? It’s in that style. I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time and the right storyline came to me a few weeks ago. Though it’s still developing in my mind, I’m pretty sure I know where it’s heading.

I’ve posted a sample of the book in the Soon-to-be Reids section on my webpage. It’s a first draft so there will be errors and storylines can and possibly will change. I wanted you to get a flavor of where this new story is going.

Once again, for those of you who’ve written a review, email me a screenshot and I’ll send you a SURPRISE gift. I think that’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2017 SVG Hello 2017 SVG Vector by SVGOriginals: To a new year filled with good health, new adventures, and more Reids. Cheers!

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Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

pyramind-of-gizaHello! Hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving break. Ours was filled with adventure–more so than we expected.

We started on Sunday with a flight into Amsterdam. We spent a full day and night in Amsterdam, sightseeing and revisiting our favorite places. Then, we hopped on Egypt Air and landed in a smoggy, smelly, but incredible city of Cairo. (Yes, Cairo is safe.) We stayed at a location called the Mena House where we woke up to the sights of the the Pyramid of Giza every morning. To say the view was incredible wouldn’t do it justice. The first full day, we toured all the pyramids (there are more than three and only one is called the Pyramid of Giza). Because tourism is down 90%, there were very few people at any of the pyramids. Without a wait, we had full access to the outside as well as the inside of these wonders. While inside one of the pyramids, we saw hieroglyphics on walls as well as an empty tomb. To think that these treasures were built 4500 years ago and that they’re still standing is mind boggling. Toward the end of the day, the four of us went on a camel ride around the backside of the Pyramid of Giza and came back to the hotel filled with wonder.

The next day, our guide gave us a taste of city life. We started in a local market where for $1.50, someone will kill a live chicken, pluck it, skin it, debone it, and have it prepped for tonight’s dinner. The average salary is $4 a day so you can see that a whole chicken would be a luxury for a lot of people. We then walked through different parts of town and eventually visited the Egyptian Museum. I’d thought I’d seen many great museums around the world; this museum was the absolute best!

christmas-marketAfter three nights in this historic city, we crossed off another bucket list item and went to Frankfurt for their Christmas Market. MAGICAL! The backdrop of Rom square with all the Christmas vendors made us giddy (well, maybe it was two out of four of us who were giddy). After eating, shopping, and all-around gazing, we went to bed, thinking we were headed home the next day.

This is where the planes, trains, and automobile part comes in. Throughout our time in Cairo, we had 2G connection and so we were very limited in internet surfing. Once we landed in Frankfurt, we headed straight to dinner and Christmas Market, so I didn’t have a chance to learn that the Lufthansa Airline pilots had gone on STRIKE! OMG!!! Once I figured this out, late at night, I realized we wouldn’t get on a flight out from Frankfurt. So, being the forward thinker that I am (or thought I was), I purchased train tickets for us to head into Brussels. The flight in Brussels was completely empty. We got up early, hopped on a train, and three hours later, we were in a new country, new airport. Unbeknownst to me, everyone had the same great idea and showed up in Brussels, but via plane. All the seats were taken by the time we came via train.

To make the best of the situation, we enjoyed our day in Brussels and visited another Christmas Market. We figured we’d get on a flight the next day, Sunday. We figured wrong! Believe it or not, EVERYONE and their mothers came to Brussels and now, the flights here were impacted whereas Frankfurt was EMPTY. Can you believe this? So, we headed back to Frankfurt via train, again. This is where the story gets worse (if that’s even possible). We arrived at the train station to find that the tracks were broken somewhere along the way from Brussels to Frankfurt. The people at the office gave us an alternate route where we were to take a different train, get off, get on a bus, and then figure out our way back to Frankfurt on our own. OMG! With no other choice, we got on the train, but found two very kind Germans who led us to the Frankfurt Airport after changing trains four times!!!

From here, we spent another night, finally got on a flight that took us from Frankfurt to JFK. From JFK, we flew into Vegas where we rented a car and drove 3.5 hours home. What an added adventure. The kids missed a days of school, but otherwise, everything else was fine.

I hope your Thanksgiving wasn’t as adventurous as ours :). Blogs continue as usual. I still don’t know when the book will be released as the story has not ended (in my mind). Trying to hold onto Nolan & Delilah just a little longer…

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iBooks Australia & NZ promote Emily’s Story + a few other biz

screenshot_2016-09-08-21-20-44-1I <3 iBook!

I seem to be having a love affair with iBooks this past month. First, iBooks UK gave me a huge plug on the top carousel of their front page. Next, iBooks US promotes Emily’s Story as a “Series Starter,” which, by the way, is still on the Romance page. Now, iBooks Australia and NZ are promoting Emily’s Story as their Free Book of the Week! I am incredibly grateful to iBooks for all their support. If you are an Aussie Reider, go look for my book cover and send me your screenshots. (PC: Aussie Reider, Jodi P)

In other news…Nolan and Delilah will make an appearance soon. I just haven’t decided when. I have a crazy few weeks ahead of me with golf, softball, and a DW + DG long weekend in Chicago. With that being said, a lot of Nolan & Delilah have been written, but there’s a lot I want to figure out before starting this blog road again. (Kind of said a lot, but not really, huh?) Their story will continue…as will Ellie & John. They’re both talking to me, like, all the time. There are some formatting questions I need to resolve before the new writings begin. (Once again, a lot said, but nothing explained.)

10,000 Reasons is done, but the fun continues. First, I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and for your book reviews. I know it’s not easy to write a review. I, myself, never write one (smh). For those of you who take the extra time to do this on my behalf, you are awesome! (For those of you who write negative reviews…I really wish you’d keep your thoughts to yourselves. 😉 ) Also, for those of you who’ve started and finished this 10,000 Reasons journey with me, I have a surprise for you in the works! Did any of you notice that there was no epilogue in Book 4? Well…you guessed it. An epilogue is in the works. Since I’m not done writing the epilogue, and since there are those who are not done reading all four books, I’ll let you know, soon, how you can get a hold of this extra.

Next, congrats to Tracey O for answering every one of the trivia questions correctly! I was very impressed that you picked up every clue I dropped about Jenna being Delilah’s editor. Not even those closest to me figured this out. You will be my “guinea pig” with Nolan & Delilah Vol. 2. I have to say, many of your answers were quite creative, but not correct. As for the Xander and Nolan connection, if there is a connection, you will find out in Vol. 2. Yes, 10,000 Reasons and Nolan & Delilah intersect along Pacific Coast Hwy (For the last time, a lot said, but very clarified.)

Talk again soon!

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Forever Reasons Trivia

FR 4 For those of you who’ve finished the last book of this series, I’d love to throw a little trivia your way. I’m curious to know if anyone caught onto the few subtle (and not so subtle) clues I dropped in Forever Reasons.

Here are the questions, ranging from easy to hard. The first person to answer them all correctly will win something – I just don’t know what, yet!?! (Maybe a sneak peek into Nolan and Delilah Vol. 2???) 🙂 Post your answers here, on the website, to be included in the hunt for this “elusive” prize.

1. If there is a next 10,000 Reasons series, who will be the hero and heroine?
2. There are two cities, other than Los Angeles, that always seem to find their way into my books. Which ones are they?
3. There are two very similar passages between the four books. Where do they (specifically) occur?
4. There is a character tie-in between 10,000 Reasons and another one of my books. Which book and who is the character “mentioned” in Forever Reasons?

Send in your answers even if you’re not the first one to do so. You can still be a winner.

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