Thursday, February 16, 2017

Too Old For Long Hair? by Donna Michaels

That’s the question I struggle to answer every time I head to the hair salon.
Hello, everyone. Do you have that problem?
Because of my crazier than crazy deadlines of late, I haven’t gone there in almost a year, though. My hair has now reached the middle of my back. I just pull it back in a ponytail and write on. Easy peasy. Over the holidays, though, my daughter did chop some bangs on my forehead. We thought it’d be neat to see. I kind of like them. And I absolutely love long hair. Always did, always will. But, I am now safely (if there is such a thing) in my middle age. Is it okay for a 51 year old woman to have hair down the middle of her back…and bangs?
A question I’ll need to decide by next week. I am heading on a much needed vacation/cruise with a few author friends, readers, and even one of my editors. While on the high seas, I will also be getting promotional author photos done.
So, what do you think? Next week, while I am covering my grays at my hair appointment, do I have my hair dresser, Mike, cut the length and blend the bangs? Or just even out the ends and move on?
If it wasn’t for the photos, I’d probably do the latter. But, I don’t want to look like an old lady with young hair in all of my promos that request an author photo. lol
Have you faced a similar dilemma? What did you do?
I haven’t just been busy growing my hair. Those crazy months have also been used to create books. Four novellas and three novels. Now you see why I had no time to get a haircut. One of those novels was my first book with Entangled, IN A RANGER’S ARMS, and this week, not only has it received a brand new cover (which I love), it is also on Sale for only .99 cents!! The reviews for Stone, Jovy, and the lovesick cow, Lula Belle have been humbling, and I thank you all who posted them. <3
Find all the Buy Links HERE for only .99 cents!

  No amount of training could've prepared him for her.
Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum’s libido is MIA. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind than sex. Like transitioning veterans. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention. 
Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as selling snowmobiles in Hawaii…or fighting her attraction to her sexy landlord.  
Soon, she’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and falling head over boots for the soldiers Stone’s trying to save. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge: competing against duty for the Ranger’s heart. 

I also finished writing book 2,
HER SECRET RANGER, which releases March 6th!!
So excited to have my second release with Entangled. Love this cover, too!! And I am also finishing up book 3 this weekend. No cover yet, since we don't have a title. We're working on it. They do have the photo picked out, though I can't wait to see it!! 

And on the self-publishing front, I had a release 2 days ago in Sable Hunter’s Hell Yeah Kindle World!
I’m thrilled to finally release HER HELL NO COWBOY, which is a crossover into my Harland County Series. This is book 10. Only two more left. Sniff. It’s going to be tough to end, but I have some exciting new ventures on the horizon. But in the meantime, please enjoy my brand new McCall cowboy. Lincoln’s was a lot of fun to write. I hope you’ll check him out. He's sitting at #1 in Western Kindle World!!

Keeping it light has never involved more heart 
Ever since his first deployment, Lincoln McCall came home a changed man, swapping life philosophies with his twin brother. No more playing it safe, or by the rules, or looking for “Miss Right”. Hell no. But holding onto that concept is hard after Linc fell into a pool with his arms full of the one that got away. 

Coming out of the fog from her husband’s death, Ashely Patterson wants to live a little, have fun…feel alive. So when the sexy cowboy she crushed on in her youth hires her to work on his house, she gives herself permission to enjoy the attraction sizzling between them…after all, she’s only there temporarily, and he doesn’t do relationships. 

But when their feelings turn serious, she’s in a heap of trouble. Linc is in the military. So was her husband and that got him killed. She can’t risk her heart to another man who could deploy and never return. Hell no. It was better to leave and take her heart with her.  

Now, if only she could figure out how to get the cowboy to give it back.  

Cover photo by Cover Me Photography with Orestis Papapetrou 

 There were 6 other novellas in the Hell Yeah KW Valentine’s Day launch. You can check them all out HERE
So, I guess we learned that writing cowboy after cowboy after cowboy and so on, has led to my hair growth. lol Now, the question is, what do I do about it?
Hope you all have a great week!
Thanks for reading,


Margo Hoornstra said...

I vote for blend in the haircut department then move on. Why mess with what's been working for you? Enjoy your cruise.

Leah St. James said...

I don't see hair length as an age issue so much as a condition (of hair) issue...which might be joined! After I hit a certain age, my once shiny hair turned kind of frizzy, and impossible for me to battle. Short of having a personal stylist at my house (with all her products and tools), I'm just living with it. So I say do the blend thing and keep the long if you love it and if it's working for you. Have fun on the cruise!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Books sound great. As for hair, I don't see age matters either. I cut mine recently. I'm older than you, but it was a need for a change and something easier that drove me. Pulling back in a tail was very easy, but it didn't become me so I worked on it too much. Do what feels right. And it'll always grow back.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Listen, I'm not a superstitious person, but the way you produce hair AND books, I wouldn't mess with what's working, girl! See, I get my best ideas when I dry my hair; trouble is, I have short hair...I keep thinking, what if it took a half hour to dry my hair instead of five minutes. I'd be a best seller! When we met at InD'Tale, I thought you and your hair were lovely. We've earned every stripe (wrinkle) and the right to have our hair the way it makes us feel most comfortable. The blend and say, a couple inches off...sounds like fun!

Jannine Gallant said...

If it looks good long, why not keep it? Mine is shoulder-length because I color my own hair and it was a huge pain when it was long. But it grows down to mid-back because, like you, I get it cut about once a year. I'm not a hair person!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

I wear my hair short and have it colored at the end of every book. It's my way of celebrating and typically I grow a few more white hairs with each book. You're not in your late sixties yet, so you're barely middle age. Get a flirty new style but keep most of the length. I love long hair just not on me.

Andrea Downing said...

I say keep the length if you're happy with it. I really regret cutting mine because now it is too thin with age to look good long. Years ago, when i was visiting NY from London where I then lived, I went into a hairdresser and he said something like, "I know what you older ladies like!" Bugger that! He cut it way too short and all his other 'older lady clients' looked exactly the same.

Alicia Dean said...

I what feels right to you. Don't cut your hair because you wonder if you should. Have tons of fun on the cruise...I'm jealous!

Alicia Dean said...

Oh yes, and wow...way to go on the productivity!! Color me impressed.