I feel so lucky to have connected with other authors online. They become champions, cheerleaders, and friends. To celebrate how lucky I am, I'm going to do a new feature on my blog two Wednesdays a month. I'll introduce you to one of my writing pals, tell you how I met them, and ask them a few questions so you can get to know them better. The very first Who's Who will feature Lindsey Duga, both an agency mate and a fellow Entangled author. Come meet Lindsey on Wednesday March 8th. On Wednesday March 22nd, I'll introduce you to another Entangled friend, Kat Colmer, who I share so much in common with, we decided we might have been split apart at birth. She landed in a much warmer climate :)
Guess what? Entangled Bliss is giving away an INDULGE YOURSELF package that includes four Bliss books and everything you need to pamper yourself. Those four titles include MORE THAN FRIENDS, FALLING FOR THE BEST MAN, WRONG BROTHER RIGHT MATCH, and STEALING THE BACHELOR.
I'm very excited that More than Friends is part of this giveaway. And while I have you here, just before you enter, I wanted to share that I'll be doing a Who's Who post on my blog starting the first week of March. Up first are two fellow Entangled authors, Lindsey Duga and Kat Colmer. Hope you enjoy this new feature I'll be running.
Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these weeks if I should blog
To remind you I'm still here
They say that editing is hard work
But makes the story better
Hello, are you still there?
I'm in Canada chanined to my computer, writing all the words
For not one but three
Books that I cannot wait to share with all of you some time soon
There's such a difference from the first draft
And the final one
Okay, that's too hard for nine o'clock at night after a long day. But, I bet you can guess what I've been doing? Editing, editing, editing. I love having editors. They find all of the places my books need help with the sole purpose of making it shine. They answer my emails even when I've sent too many and they've got lots of projects on the go. They're invested in making the story as good as it can be. This reminds me of a great, great quote from one of the shows I watch, Madame Secretary:
And, if I can impart one thing today: A small simple truth to carry with you as you walk through those gates It’s this: ACHIEVEMENT IS OFTEN ANONYMOUS. SOME OF THE GREATEST THINGS HAVE BEEN DONE BY PEOPLE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF, QUIETLY DEDICATING THEIR LIVES TO IMPROVING YOUR OWN!
Isn't that a great quote? And it is true of so many things in life. Any successful person you see has champions behind them, pushing them forward and lifting them up. And though editors aren't anonymous (open up the book you're reading and you'll find them in there) they are those quiet people in the background helping authors make the story better, stronger...more. So while I've been busy this last little while in an effort to get some books out to readers, I haven't been doing it alone.So tonight's post is short and sweet...it's just a shout out and thank you to editors, but particularly my own. You're several shades of awesome.
Happy January! I haven't been around much, despite the fact that I have been glued to my computer. I've been working very hard on several projects and trying to get back into the swing of the full time working/momming/writing routine. Every time I start to complain about being "too busy", I think of two things:
1. How insanely cool is it that I am "too busy" with writing and editing and galley proofing and connecting online?
2. In Mindy Kaling's book, she talks about how it's a generational thing-- that her parents never complained about being 'too busy' even though they worked crazy hours, had insane commutes, and raised their kids.
So, I try to be grateful that I'm busy, even when it feels overwhelming, because I'm busy doing something I love.
What have I been working on? I have been making sure that both THE BAD BOY NEXT DOOR (Kendrick Place Series #2) and CAUGHT LOOKING are ready for you to read in March and April respectively.
I've been working on book 3, the final book in the Kendrick Place Series. I've also been working on the first book in my new series coming from Entangled in Fall 2017; the "For You" series.
I'll be doing a bunch of fun things leading up to the release of THE BAD BOY NEXT DOOR. Starting with an advanced cover reveal for my newsletter subscribers and a giveaway. So if you haven't signed up, do that and you'll get to see the sweet cover for Wyatt Daniels' story. You know you want to see it. I'll make it super easy and put the sign up below.
Three days. How did this year fly by and what's changed? In January of this year, I had three books scheduled to come out. Jaded Love with my co-writer, Kara Leigh Miller. Our second and last book for Aniah Press. Falling for Home from Penner Publishing, my first with them and my first chance to hold a book I'd written all on my own in my hands. Damaged came out next...a story I wasn't sure I'd get to share, but am so glad I did.
Since those releases, I signed a three book deal for the Kendrick Place Series with Entangled. I've gotten to work with my wonderful editors, Stacy and Alexa, on two of those books now. The first, as you may know, More than Friends, released this month. Through that release, I met my publicist, (I just really like to say that) Lisa, who is beyond fabulous. In total, including Falling for Kate, I've released four books this year. Next year there'll be three more releases for sure.
Another highlight of 2016, I MET my agent. In real life. She was adorable and completely "New York", which I loved. I queried Fran for the first time in 2013. And now we're on this journey together. A journey which may include some more good news for readers, but we'll save that post for the new year.
I wrote another book. I won a couple contests. I started a NEW book. I met a bunch of truly awesome people online and started The Romance Chicks with my pals Christina, Dylann, and Renee.
Believe it or not, I have a life outside of writing. It's a good one, too. I'm very lucky to be surrounded by so many people that are kind and funny and supportive. My family and I are really enjoying the holidays. My husband and I are both teachers which means we get all of the same vacations. Being paid to stay home and snuggle my girls while watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel is one of my favorite things ever.
We've also managed some festive outings, including a beautiful light maze in Vancouver. We found all nine reindeer, in case you were wondering. The rest of the holidays include writing, more movies, family time, lots of food, and seeing friends.
I'm one of those people who absolutely loves the holidays, but it also makes me a little weepy. It's a reminder that life goes so fast and the years seem to be skipping by. I both love looking forward to things to come and hate saying goodbye to anything that is over. It's a strange contradiction and Christmas/New Year's kind of highlights that bittersweet feeling. I have so much to be grateful for and I never take that for granted.
I hope that you and your families have a magical holiday season. I know that it isn't magical for everyone and for some, it's not even a favorite time of year. But still, I wish everyone a safe and happy rest of December. Thought I'd share some of my photos from our holidays so far. Merry Christmas everyone.
Hi! Welcome to my blog. I'm excited to be taking part in the Mistletoe Blog Hop for 2016. I'm a contemporary romance author. Whether I'm reading or writing, I absolutely need the happily ever after ending. I love characters who make me smile and sigh so those are the kinds I try to create in my own work. It's always fun to get to know new people online and learn about great books and authors. The question we were asked to answer for this year's theme was: Were you naughty or nice? Should I give you a minute to try and guess?
Did you guess nice? I think you're right. Maybe I should have taken a poll, but I'm going with my gut here. Some days, I'd really love to say naughty, but it just wouldn't be true. BUT, that's what friends are for, right? So don't think nice girls don't have fun. We find a way. How about you? Were you nice or naughty this year?