I Broke My Ankle…

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I’m 38 and I’ve managed to make it this far in life without ever breaking a bone. YAY!! Until yesterday. :/ I will say, compared to what’s going on in the world and what others have to go through on a daily basis, my broken ankle is nothing to complain about. In fact, aside from the twinges of pain, my only true complaint is my lack of sleep. I managed to get 6 hours on and off last night. But by 5:30 this morning, I was officially up for the day.

Let me walk you through what happened – I bet you’ll laugh, or maybe not…but I haven’t stopped.

9:45 (ish) I’m at kickboxing (yes, I sound so bad ass right now!) and I’m finishing up one of our last rounds. I’m sweating and giving it my all, and wondering how I’m going to go three days in a row as planned. It’s time to use that sidekick that I learned only the day before and I’ve already done it about 20 times (maybe). I’m positioned…left foot planted and right leg goes up and I kick it. Hard. It was one of those kicks where I was cheering myself on…for a split second until I flailed as I fell to the floor. I wish I could say it was graceful, but the only thing I can actually attest to is that it was funny.

I kid you not, the very first thing that went through mind as I felt the pops and heard the snap on my way down was “Dear God, I hope no one saw that!”

The two instructors ran over to check on me and as I clutched my foot I explained to them what happened. Mind you, class was still going on. 😛 They got me some ice for my foot and I told them to continue with class…my plan was to stay on that mat for a while longer and let it rest. While I sat on the floor icing it, I texted my sister who had called me during class:

I texted my husband, my parents, and my other friend who had texted me during class to let them know what happened. They all pretty much got the same message and yet…here’s the thing, I couldn’t stop smiling and occasionally laughing.

My mom suggested I go to the ER or urgent care, but I was certain – C E R T A I N – it was just a bad sprain. I mean, after all, I’ve never broken anything. If it got worse, I assured her I’d go get it checked out. When I was finally able, I hobbled out of the gym and went home. No problem driving since it was my left foot.

10:10 (ish) I get home and the first thing I did was grab a cane. In all of the crap going on, this was the one smart thing because I laid on the couch with ice and my foot elevated for…oh…about 10 minutes. I looked at my foot and the swelling wasn’t too bad. My nurse friend advised that if it bruised or swelled, that I needed to get an X-ray. As I rested, I kept thinking, “Maybe I should go in. I will ruin vacation over this if I’m not careful.” And my mom’s voice kept echoing in my ears, “GO TO THE DOCTOR!”

10:35 (ish) I make my way to the urgent care and it was just my day!! I walked right in and waited only a few minutes before being taken to a room. The Doc looked at my foot and said we’d get an X-ray to figure out if it was broken or just sprained. The X-ray tech took 3 pics and then said, “yeah, it’s broken.” She showed me where and said that we’d get an official report and then go from there. The staff at the urgent care was great and helped me out to my car via wheel chair since all I had was a cane.

11:30 (ish) I drive to Walgreens to buy crutches. Oh yeah…I failed to mention, urgent care didn’t have any. HA!! So I got out of the car and, with cane in hand, hopped to the sliding door. I just kept thinking: Don’t. Fall!

When I finally made it inside, after almost falling again, the cashier looked at me with wide eyes, “Are you okay? What happened?”

I explained the fall, the break, and that I was in need of crutches. The man didn’t hesitate to run to the back and grab me some crutches, open them, and put them together for me. I am so grateful to him for being so helpful and kind. When I left the store, he told his manager that I was a bad ass. “She was in a fight with a ninja. I think it goes by the name gravity.”

As I left the store, I was wearing the same smile I’d had on my face all day. Yeah, I was smiling. WTF?!

Thankfully, my friend picked my daughters up and dropped them off to me. I had an appointment scheduled with an orthopedic doc at three and I was desperate for a shower. Remember…I’d been kickboxing, so I stunk!

This was, by far, the dumbest thing I’d done. Okay, breaking the ankle, THEN the shower. But you see where I’m going here. It was no easy feat, but I managed with some help and soon we were off to the doc. Again.

2:45 (no -ish, it was 2:45) we arrive to the doc where I waited over an hour. I was in a hurry because my sister and I had plans to go get dinner and then go to a concert. She’d won tickets (she’s the only person I know who actually wins tickets on the radio!!) and we had a night planned. I was looking forward to it so much. But then the doc too longer and longer. He casted me in a waterproof purple cast (Peese picked the color) and said I can’t bear weight on it for 2 weeks. It’s only been a day and my hands hurt.

But I’m still smiling. 🙂

I don’t know why. Truly. I didn’t cry when it broke and it did hurt. But it wasn’t the worst pain I’ve ever felt. That story is for another time. I didn’t get angry. In fact, maybe I’m still stunned that this happened. I have laughed several times. I got a little teary when he casted me because of the inevitable muscle atrophy. Haha. Yep! That’s what almost brought me to tears. I’ve repeated numerous times aloud and to myself, “I can’t believe I broke my damn ankle.”

But like I said, things could be worse. ❤IMG_0811

 

String Beans…

The time has finally come!! Today, I get to show you the cover for String Beans, as well as tell you what it’s about.

A little background: I actually started writing this story well over a year ago. It was one that I was excited about, but then a different story took front and center – Fumbled. But this one was never far behind. Earlier this year, I put all of my time and attention into String Beans. I knew what Viola’s story was, I knew exactly how it would go and how it would end, and yet I couldn’t seem to get the words down. So I kept watching the “movie” play out in my head.

Thanks to some wonderful friend/beta readers, the story took shape and what comes out on June 5th is the final product. I really love these characters. They’re “real” in how they handle things. Relationships aren’t always easy, and as people, we don’t always do the right thing. And that’s what I love about them, they’re flawed.

I hope you like the cover and give this story a chance. ❤

~T

Coming June 5th

About this Book:

Viola Banks had music in her blood. As an aspiring song writer, she grew up wanting nothing more than to have her words sung for all the world to hear. That all changed when she fell in love and married a man whose ambitions became more important than her own.

And when it all fell disastrously apart, she realized she was left with nothing but shattered dreams and empty promises. 

A fairytale without the happy ending.

Trying to pick up the pieces, Viola decides to move to Los Angeles for a new beginning. 

Her chance to find the voice she thought she had lost.

Wyatt Jenson’s life was settled. He had a job. A girlfriend. A future.

Moving back to L.A. to take over the family business was the last thing he wanted. But obligation called and he found himself putting down roots in the last place he ever thought he would be. He finds himself the new owner of String Beans, the local music hotspot and coffee shop.

It only takes one night, one song, one random encounter, and lives can change forever. 

Viola has to learn to open a heart that’s been broken.

String Beans…

You may or may not know that I’m currently working on 2 books. This week, I’m going to focus on String Beans…book 2 in The Girls of Beachmont series.

In Fumbled, you met Dani and Tabor and hopefully enjoyed their sweet story of finding each other. There was mention on Dani’s friend Viola and her husband Will, the musician. I’ve been enjoying getting to know these characters and I have to say, I love Viola’s friends. (I think you will too.)

Anyway…String Beans is her story and I really hope you like meeting all of these new people. So, here’s an excerpt, and not the one included in the back of Fumbled.

Enjoy!!
XO
~T


String Beans
by T.K. Rapp
Coming Spring 2016

Copyright 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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He looked down at me and dipped his face to my ear so I could hear him. “You finally made some friends,” he teased.

“I did.”

“Hold up…you’re smiling at me. On purpose. Is this what drunk Vi is like?” he asked, nudging his arm against mine.

“Shut up,” I laughed. “I had three shots. That’s it.”

“Viola,” Callie sang loudly as she stood next to me and gripped my hand tightly. “Let’s dance.”

“Actually, I’m ready to get back home.”

“What? It’s only one,” she said as she stuck out her bottom lip. “I’m not ready to go yet.”

One? Already? I pulled out my phone and was shocked that she was right.

“Have we really been here almost two hours?” I asked of no one in particular.

“Yeah,” she laughed. “Hell, it only took thirty minutes to get into this place.”

“How much longer do you plan on staying?” I asked.

“What’s your hurry? You don’t really want to leave, do you?”

Before I could answer, Wyatt spoke up.

“Don’t worry about it. I’ll take her home. I was heading out anyway.”

Callie’s eyes went wide and I made a face trying to silence her with a death stare, but she was too far-gone to notice.

“Sorry, Vi’s with me,” I heard Dallas say from behind us. His friends were no longer in sight and I was grateful he spoke up. But when Wyatt turned to face him, he shook his head and smiled. “I mean…she’s all yours. Take her.”

“Thanks a lot,” I mouthed, narrowing my eyes.

“You’re welcome,” he mouthed back.

I sort of wanted to hug him and kill him at the same time.


So there you have it! Be sure to stop by next week for details about my new YA standalone that will be out by this summer. I don’t have an actual release date yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll share! ❤ Have a great week! 

Kiss Me…

I’m not sure how long ago I started this blog, but I know it was before I was writing. It started out as a way for me to share whatever I was thinking about, but I rarely posted.

I promise I was thinking. 😉

It’s been over two years since I started writing and almost two years since I hit publish for the first time. Four books later, I’m still writing – still doing what I love.

I don’t usually do this because, well, I just don’t. But I have to get mushy for a second here. I have a wonderfully supportive husband who I have been with for 16 years and married to for 14. I married my best friend and I’m grateful for that.

When I told him I wanted to write a book, he looked at me and said, “write a book,” as simply as telling me to have a glass of wine. 😀 He knows me well enough to know that if I set my mind to do something, I’m going to do it.

Every day, he comes home from work, and we talk about his day, about the kids, and what’s going on over the next few days. And then he always turns it to me, “how is your book coming along?” I love that he takes an interest in what I enjoy and sometimes gets even more excited about it than I do. Haha.

There was a time a few months ago where I thought that maybe I wasn’t cut out for this job. Not because I don’t love it….because I do. But because my insecurities were getting the best of me, and I wasn’t sure what I needed to do to change. Then my husband told me something that made me cry and smile. He said that he’s never seen me as happy as I’ve been when writing (Him and the kids aside, because they are my life). He wants me to enjoy what I do, and I love him so much for that. I know I would not be doing what I love if I didn’t have his support.

Love this man so much.

Love this man so much.

So here I am, two years, four books, one 1st-draft, and four WIPs later…still trying to figure it all out and enjoying the hell out of it. I have no idea what the future holds, but I love that I get to find out.

XO
~T

😎 Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer…an old favorite.

Authority Love Part 3…

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Okay, I’m winding this down. I could go on every week about the different women who inspire me, but then I’d never get a break because there are so many. So. Many.

These ladies I have had the pleasure of reading their works, as well as talking about various topics. I feel blessed to know them and be able to call them friends.

So let’s get this going!

Author: Lori Otto
Why: My friend Lisa had been going on and on about “Lori Otto” and how wonderful her books are. She kept telling me that I needed to read and I wanted to, so bad! We both attended Penned Con this year and I finally got to meet Lori. If you haven’t met her, you’d love her. And if you have met her…you totally know what I’m talking about. She’s so quiet, yet sweet and funny….and we text. I texted her often while reading and then again while we commiserated about headaches and Parenthood (the show, not the job) LOL. I think Parenthood bonded us. 

Favorite Book: I read Lost & Found this fall and I absolutely loved it. My girls were at school and it was a non-writing day, so I finally got to read. It was one of those books where I couldn’t stop smiling, and yet I was yelling – out loud. Thank God I was alone. I have yet to read the next, though I am dying to and t’s queued up and ready to go.

Author: Erin Noelle
Why: I met Erin a year ago at Houston Author Bash. My friend Chew had read her Book Boyfriend Series and loved it, especially since it was set in Houston. Oddly enough, I learned we had a mutual acquaintance, which is the reason I talked to her in the first place. Erin cracks me up. Her laugh can get everyone going and I’m lucky to say that I get to see her almost every week when we meet up with Kathryn Falk of RT Book Reviews, Kayla Robichaux, Sierra Cartwright and Barbara Blue.

Favorite Book(s): I’ve read Translucent and loved it. Erin is a wonderful story teller, but the book I’m still dying to read, that I haven’t yet – her Book Boyfriend Series. I keep hearing how good it is, and I just HAVE to read it!

Author: Kahlen Aymes
Why: Kahlen and I became friends online. Like so many others, we would chat about books, marketing, trends and everything else. Kahlen is a very smart woman and I enjoy hearing what she has to say. This is another one that I got to meet at Penned Con! Meeting her in person was like walking up to someone I’ve known forever. She’s so sweet and I love her outspoken nature. ❤

Favorite Book:  The Future of Our Past. Ryan and Julia. I mean, what else can I say. I got butterflies for these two.

Author: Beth Caplin
Why: Beth. What can I say about my sweet, funny friend? I’mont sure how it was that we got to messaging online, but I’m so glad it happened. We’ve exchanged WIPs and talked out plot lines and possible hiccups along the way. I respect this woman so much because she knows what she stands for and refuses to compromise to follow popular standards. I think that’s rare in this world. I can’t wait until the day that I FINALLY get to meet her.

Favorite Book:  The book that she has coming out may be my favorite. It’s not out yet, but as soon as it is – I WILL be sharing!! ❤ 

Thank you again so much for checking out this list. Again, it’s not everyone that I love and respect in the author world….but I’m actually running late for a meeting…so I gotta jet.

Next week….SPRING BREAK!! I wonder what will post during that week????

XO
~T ❤

Finding Laila by T.K. Rapp Blog Tour & Review

Thank you so much to The Boyfriend Bookmark for this wonderful and sweet review.

XO
~TK

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Finding Laila by T.K. Rapp

Release Date: Jan 13, 2015

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Synopsis

Joey, Cole, Haden and Braxton have been a constant in my life since I was five, and I have loved being one of the guys.

I’ve been cheerleader.

I’ve been study partner.

I’ve been listener.

When we’re young, we don’t realize the profound impact certain people will have on our lives. I had no idea twelve years ago I’d meet four boys who would turn out to be my best friends, my soul mates – my barmy.

Now school is almost done, our last summer together is drawing closer, and I’m trying to hold on to what we have while I still can. After this we’ll have to say goodbye to each other, as our choices will take our lives in different directions. But I don’t know if our friendship can survive once secrets and surprises…

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Finding Laila by T.K. Rapp Review

Thank you so much to We Life if Big Book Blog for this WONDERFUL review!

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Finding Laila

by T.K. Rapp
Stars: 5
Reviewed by:
Michelle
Synopsis:

Joey, Cole, Haden and Braxton have been a constant in my life since
I was five, and I have loved being one of the guys.

I’ve been cheerleader.

I’ve been study partner.

I’ve been listener.

When we’re young, we don’t realize the profound impact certain people will have on our lives. I had no idea twelve years ago I’d meet four boys who would turn out to be my best friends, my soul mates – my barmy.

Now school is almost done, our last summer together is drawing closer, and I’m trying to hold on to what we have while I still can. After this we’ll have to say goodbye to each other, as our choices will take our lives in different directions. But I don’t know if our friendship can survive once secrets and surprises begin revealing…

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