So this is going to sound totally braggy and I hate that but I had to share that Shimmer AND Exhale both got 5 star reviews at Reader’s Favorite! Pretty cool right? And for more than one reason. Of course good reviews are lovely. Who wouldn’t like that?
So here’s the deal with reviews; the minute I publish a book I immediately regret it. The little voices in my head start whispering. And they aren’t terribly polite either. “That book sucks. Why did you think you should publish it?” Hmmm. Okay I hear you. Let’s not dwell. Jury’s still out.
Then they start chatting a little louder “You know, no one is going to like it. You suck.” Well thanks, I love you too. Sigh.
Not too long after that, they’re shouting “Are you kidding me? Why, oh, why would you embarrass us by publishing that piece of trash! You’re crazy! Go take it down! Right now! You are going to be humiliated!” By this time I’m about to panic and wonder if I should listen. Could they be right? Maybe they have a point. Ugh.
Then the reviews come in. Love it or hate it, I’m good. Even if they hate it somehow I end up feeling okay. By this time I’m on to the next project and I’ve slapped the voices down.
So you can imagine getting these particular reviews was really nice. The voices stopped mid shout and slunk off to mumble amongst themselves. As they made their way back to their corner I thought I heard “There’s no accounting for taste.” but I ignored it. For now.
Want to check out the reviews? Here they are:
It has been exactly a month since I wrote my last post. I feel like such a slacker! I did move and it was the holidays but still. Pretty lame. My holidays were pretty fabulous even with the stress of the move three days before Christmas and having twenty five people over for dinner Christmas Day.
On the 27th I put my nose to the grindstone and have been writing everyday until this past weekend. I’m on the downhill side of the new book in the new series so I have to say that’s pretty awesome. I’ve written more in the last three weeks than I have in months!
This past weekend I got to meet the fabulous Candace Havens of Entangled Publishing and go to the first OCCRWA meeting of the year. I learned a ton, thank you Candace! And got to see my writing buddies I missed over the holidays.
Since I last posted, Gone has gone live. It’s free everywhere but Amazon (I’m working on that). If you’d like to read and review it send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll send you a copy.
I’d like to promise I’ll post here more but writing is taking a precedence for the moment so I will post as often as possible and still keep to my writing schedule. Hope your holidays were fabulous.
Gone, the prequel to Breathe, is coming out in the next week or so.
Here is the blurb:
“Trane Braxton lives a double life. He can’t risk getting close to anyone until Daisy Rourke , his longtime crush, insinuates herself into his very dangerous world.
Go back to the beginning, to the events that started the Rourkes on their journey…”
I’m really looking forward to sharing this one with you. It’s also the beginning of a new series for me with Trane as the main character. I’ve never written an offshoot series before but I’m having a blast. I’m in love with the characters and the direction of the series. A little different than Breathe but still suspenseful and so much fun!
I’d love to hear what you think of the blurb and the cover in the comments!Read More
I’ve been thinking and planning for Thanksgiving already this weekend. I know most people think about cooking, gratitude lists and traveling to visit family. For me I think about those things as well but I always have something more to be grateful for. You see I had my first child on Thanksgiving so along with all the food and gratitude lists every year comes her birth story. If I don’t tell it on that day someone else in my family will. It was a big event in our family since she was the first grandchild on both sides.
I guess if you’re going to have a baby on a holiday, Thanksgiving is a good choice. It is definitely a lower stress holiday and everyone was already together for this one so it worked out. My daughter was polite enough on that day to wait until everyone in her family, besides me, had finished dinner and dessert before she arrived. Personally I would have voted for earlier, much, much earlier but I’m just the mom and that was the beginning of no one listening to me.
I had a parade of visitors on their way to their own holiday celebrations that day. I’m pretty sure I put a few of my twenty-something friends off child bearing for quite a while when they got a ring side seat for labor pains. I tried to pretend it wasn’t happening but curling up in a ball while breathing through your teeth kind of gives the whole thing away.
Hubby was a trooper and was happy to tell me when one of my contractions was “really bad”. Thanks honey. Got the memo. He was a fabulous coach though and doesn’t hold it against me that I squeezed his hand so hard I left a permanent dent in his finger from his wedding ring. Oops.
When it was all over, I got shuffled off to my room finally at about ten at night. I was starving! I hadn’t eaten in probably thirty hours at this point. The nurse said she would find me “something” to eat. She brought stale yellow cake and green jello. That was my Thanksgiving dinner that year. It was worth it. I got something so much better than a Thanksgiving dinner, a beautiful baby and a new life as a mom. That is something to be grateful for.Read More
So excited to be joining a bunch of amazing authors for a Facebook party today. The event takes place over a couple of days with different genres each day. If you’ve never participated in a FB party they are a lot of fun. When you get to the event page click join. Each hour a different author will be running some games and giving away prizes. You can participate or just watch. You can win books or gift cards usually.
I’m excited to be grouped with a great group of authors and I know it ‘s going to be a lot of fun. I figured I should do one since Exhale is going to be out in TWO days!! Oh man I need to get to work!! Lol.
My newsletter will go out tomorrow and I will be giving away an Amazon gift card to one of my subscribers so be sure to sign up!
I’m so excited that the next book in the Breathe series is about to launch! I will be publishing it on October 30th! It will be available for preorder on Apple and Amazon shortly! Darling diva daughter did a fabulous job on the cover once again and I love it.
So what could this story possibly be about? I mean, didn’t everyone end up with their “happily ever after”? Not exactly. I left quite a few things hanging in both Breathe and Shimmer.
A novella that takes place just months after “Shimmer” ends, this story came pouring out so fast I had to tell each character to wait their turn. They all had a lot to say.
This is a family story, with lots of emotion, tons of drama and of course, romance, and suspense as well. All your favorite characters return for a Thanksgiving weekend that is not at all what they had planned. Instead of a quiet relaxing four days off, Jasmine finds herself in trouble once again, needing to make choices between what she thinks is right and what everyone else thinks is best and safe.
Here’s the blurb:
In the four years since her kidnapping, Jasmine Rourke has been attempting to live a quiet, normal life under the radar. She graduated from high school, lives on campus at University of Louisiana Lafayette and is enjoying the college life with her “Dream Guy” boyfriend, Easton Ward.
But for the Rourke family a peaceful life just isn’t in the cards. Only months after her brother’s terrifying run in with a mob gunrunner, the events of Thanksgiving weekend will change the course of their lives forever and it will all start with the ringing of a doorbell…
Anyone interested in reading and reviewing either Shimmer or Exhale just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!
Shimmer released today and I’m pretty excited. It’s been a long time coming I know. It was tons of fun to write, and a lot difficult as well. It was about Caedan, for heaven’s sake and we know he’s never easy to deal with. Lol. I can’t wait to hear how you all like it.
Here are some links if you are interested!
Also in celebration Breathe is on sale for $0.99 everywhere so if you haven’t read it, now’s a good time
If you get a chance to read either I would love it if you could review it on whatever platform you read on. Amazon, iTunes Bookstore or Barnes and Noble, etc. Reviews help authors out much more than you probably know. Even a few words is of great help and let’s us know how we are doing!
Links for Breathe on Sale!
Also I’m having a fabulous Facebook Release Day Party so come join in the fun here!