2020

I’m having trouble processing the fact we’ve just embarked upon a new decade. This might have something to do with the fact I still haven’t accepted the fact we’re twenty years into a new millennium. When? How?

Despite having a hard time with the math, however, I have done a lot over the past ten years and I’d like to take a look at that before I plan forward. Continue reading “2020”

2018

We made it!

2017 was a very busy year for me and perhaps one of my most productive. I wrote four books and edited five. I also published four books, all of which I loved writing and really enjoyed sharing.

 

I also won an award! My first ever, if I don’t count third place in a short story contest. Which I sort of do?

Block and Strike won the Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Contemporary Romance. The judges’ comments were absolutely lovely and made me proud of my first solo novel, all over again.

Read all about the award and the runers runners-up here.

About two days before the announcement, I had treated myself to another tattoo—one I had designed for Jake from Block and Strike. My artist loved the design and asked for a copy of the book cover to frame with a picture of the tattoo–which is two fish in a yin and yang pattern. All of this coincided very nicely with winning the award.

And I did something I promised myself I’d never do again, which was sign a contract for books as yet unwritten. Good news is, two of those books are now complete and I’ve started the third, so I only have to live in dire fear of “something” happening for about twelve more weeks.

Finally, as the year drew to a close, I was offered a contract for a book I’m extremely fond of because it’s weird. But also perhaps the most romantic story I’ve ever written. Intrigued? Read on.

2018 promises to be just as busy…

I have five books releasing. FIVE. I’ve released five books in one year before, but three of them were novellas. This year’s crop will be four novels and one long novella.

2018

 

Purple Haze is the follow up to Uncommon Ground. I had planned to write it last year and publish it in January, but life happened and so the book didn’t. It’s now set for June and I’m looking forward to writing another adventure for Dillon and Lang. I’m hoping this one will end in a solid happy ever after for the two, but who knows? The aliens of New York might have other plans.

Uncommon Ground is on sale right now, by the way, for only 99c! Not sure how long this deal will last, so snap it up! If you’re outside of the US or don’t have access to Amazon.com, enter my monthly giveaway for a copy of the ebook. (International readers only, please)

To See the Sun is the weird book.  Briefly, it’s a mail-order groom story. Set in space. On a pioneering colony in what may or may not be our future. I wanted to combine the feel of a Harlequin historical with a science fiction adventure story and came up with something that feels like a science fiction western with the sweetest romance you’ll ever read.

I adore this book and cannot wait to share it with you all. Contract is signed with Riptide Publishing and we’re looking at dates in August!

“This Time Forever” is a series of love stories focused on older men (most are in their late forties) who think their only chance at love has passed them by. This series will also be published with Riptide. Continue reading “2018”

Looking Ahead

reading-writing-resolving-1Every January I tell myself I’m going to post about my writing goals for the year—and then I don’t. Admittedly, I wondered if anyone would care about what I was up to. Right now, though? This post is for me. My whole blog is pretty much for me. ❤ So here’s a resolution post with an outline for some reading goals, some personal goals and quick ramble about all the books I’d like to write. Continue reading “Looking Ahead”

All the Nothing

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Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson

 

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”

I have the time. What I lack is the nothing.

It’s been a while since I made a new year’s resolution. Normally I set goals–a list of things I’d like to accomplish during the next year. I don’t beat myself up over failing to meet those goals, though, as life often takes tangents. I might not have written my article for Uncyclopedia yet (a goal I’ve had for about four years now), but I did get to visit New Orleans. Finally!

This year, my goal and resolution, is to learn how to relax. Instead of filling my downtime with activities and hobbies, I want to learn how to do nothing. Absolutely nothing.

It’s going to be a challenge. During yoga when everyone else is breathing and clearing their minds, I’m plotting–or just chatting with my characters. Or wondering if I’ll be able to unfold my legs when it’s time to stand up. When I’m walking, I tend to listen to audio books, or chat to my husband if I’ve dragged him out with me. I can’t use the elliptical machine. I find it boring. That whole going nowhere thing irritates me. And when I do sit (collapse) on the couch, I usually have a handful of electronic gadgets with me. I fold laundry while I watch movies.

So…nothing. I need to figure out how to do nothing.

Does sitting with a cat on my lap count? What about listening to music–while just sitting. Or walking?

Pity I don’t have the funds (or the time) for a week at the beach. I’m really good at doing nothing on the beach. I like to just lie there, soaking up the sun, listening to the waves and the babble of voices. If I try that in the snow, I’ll die of hypothermia. Or get locked away somewhere.

Oh! Okay, getting committed isn’t a good way to pursue nothing, is it.