Three years ago this week, I published my first book – Seduction and Snacks. It was rejected by 35 publishers/editors for being too “crazy” and “not realistic”, even though 95% of the book is all true things that happened in my crazy life with my crazy kids, family and friends.
I took a chance after the rejections and self-published the book on Amazon. Through social media and word of mouth, you took a chance on this “crazy” and “unrealistic” book and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because of YOU, I’m doing what I was always meant to – tell stories and put the voices in my head into books. Because of YOU and how awesomely you embraced the crazy, Seduction and Snacks has been translated in 7 different countries and it still remains my most popular, best selling book to this day.
I’ve received so many amazing gifts from readers that I have an entire book case dedicated just to Seduction and Snacks presents!
Thank you for loving the crazy and thank you for continuing on this journey with me. Long live inappropriate, crazy books! In honor of the 3 year anniversary, I’m giving away 3 signed copies of Seduction and Snacks to newsletter subscribers!
Hello, everyone! Worth the Trip (A Fisher’s Light Companion Novella) is now LIVE and it’s only 99 pennies!!! I’m still waiting for iBooks, but you can get it everywhere else for now. As you can see by the title, Worth the Trip is a companion novella to Fisher’s Light and should only be read AFTER you’ve finished Fisher’s Light.
As you might have seen, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky newsletter subscriber every month!
The winner for April is….JENN MOONEY! Congratulations, Jenn and thank you to all the subscribers!
Okay, on to something fun. I’ve received a few reader questions recently so I thought I’d answer some of them now.
1. What is your favorite part of writing? What is the part you loathe during the writing process? – Valerie My favorite part of writing is when I hit “that moment”. The one where everything just comes together and it’s all I can do to type as fast as the thoughts in my mind. It usually takes me about 10 chapters or so to get to this point, to start living and breathing the story and for the characters to become real people in my mind. The part I loathe the most is writing a summary or blurb. I hate it! I put it off until the last possible second! Trying to sum up your entire story in a few sentences is the worst torture ever! I would rather write 15 books than one little blurb!
2. How do you pick the character’s names? – Jade Baby naming websites LOL! For my main hero and heroine, always baby naming websites! For the secondary characters, they are almost always people I know or have met in real life.
3. When you’re writing, do you listen to music or have to have background noise, or do you need complete silence? – Christina Usually, I need complete silence. I will make a playlist before I write the book and use that for inspiration while I’m plotting the story, but when I sit down to write, music is too distracting for me. Unless I’m writing sex scenes! Sex scenes always need a little mood music and the one song that is always on repeat during those scenes is Bloodstream by Stateless. Just thinking about that song makes me want to go and write a sex scene! I have a “Bangin'” playlist on Spotify that makes me all warm and tingly: My Superman by Santigold Closer by Nine Inch Nails Boiling Point by Au Revoir Simone
4. What’s your favorite TV show – Marie My husband and I have become addicted to Last Man on Earth. It’s new on Fox on Sunday nights and it’s sad how giddy we get on Sunday nights!
5. What were your kids first words? – Julianne Sadly, nothing exciting! They both said mom first. Now, first swear word? Those are much better. My daughter called my mom a bitch at Thanksgiving dinner because she wouldn’t give her another dinner roll. And my son dropped the F bomb. But not on purpose. Whenever he said the word fork…well, you can only imagine. And clearly we made him ask for a fork whenever we could just so we could laugh like idiots. #parentingwin
And that’s it for reader questions! If you ever have any of your own, feel free to send them to me!
I’m just going to take a moment here and bore you with something – my brain. It’s a very, very crazy place to live. I have a writing schedule of about 6 books I need to get out this year and instead of focusing on those, I go off and write something completely new, like Fisher’s Light. I know some people are waiting for more Chocolate Lovers and others are waiting for the 3rd and final book in the Ignite Trilogy and still others are keeping their fingers crossed for the first book in the CageVec Security series and I just want to apologize now if they don’t come out as quickly as I hoped. They’re still coming, I PROMISE!
It’s not that I don’t WANT to write the other books I need to get busy on, it’s not that I don’t LOVE those books and and want to bring their stories to life, it’s that I have a crazy brain. Even though I know I have a book (or several books) that I need to finish before I start something new, my brain just doesn’t work that way. If an idea comes to me, I have to get it out or I’ll go even more insane than I already am 😉 Fisher’s Light came to me in a dream and I became completely obsessed with the story of Lucy and Fisher. I stopped everything I was working on just to get it out of my head. It was and still is a standalone book. It will not be a series. So, why, you ask am I now working on something called Worth the Trip???
This is NOT a continuation of Fisher’s Light. You will still need to read Fisher’s Light before you read Worth the Trip, but I repeat, it is not a continuation. It is fully titled “Worth the Trip (A Fisher’s Light Companion Novella). Let’s call it a prequel novella. If you’ve read Fisher’s Light, you were introduced to Trip Fisher, one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written. As I wrote Fisher’s Light, Trip became a real person to me. A real man with a past and regrets and things he wants to fix before he dies. I became obsessed with Trip and his entire life flashed before my eyes. This book is about Trip’s life. You’ll find out how he met and fell in love with his wife and how the choices he made shaped him into the 83 year old man you met in Fisher’s Light.
I have to write what speaks to me. I need to have passion for what I’m working on or it will show in my writing. Right now, I am incredibly passionate about Trip Fisher. I love you all so much for going on the Fisher’s Light journey with me and I hope you’ll follow me with Trip’s story!
Worth the Trip will be out on May 4th. You can add it to Goodreads here:
If you’d like to check out the summary for Worth the Trip as well as an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a signed copy of Fisher’s Light, go here: Excerpt and Giveaway
In case you missed the news (since Facebook likes to hide things), I have a new release coming out on March 24th called Fisher’s Light. It’s different from anything I’ve ever written and I am so excited for everyone to read it! This is a second chance love story/contemporary romance that spans fourteen years. You can add it to your Goodreads TBR by clicking on the cover here:
The early reviews from bloggers are amazing and beautiful!
I’m throwing a release party on Facebook on March 25th, so make sure you join! I’ll be giving away some awesome Fisher’s Light-themed things and you don’t want to miss it! Click Here to join party.
Fisher’s Light now has a cover! Scroll down below to see the trailer and a first look at the Prologue to my new Contemporary Romance coming March 24th! You can add it to Goodreads here:
At the end of a long, dark hallway, there’s a door. It’s the same average, everyday wooden door that can be found in almost every house, condo or apartment anywhere in the world. Just looking at this door, there’s nothing special about it. Made of oak, it has a few nicks and scratches from years of wear and tear, it creaks when you open it and sticks when it’s humid outside and the wood expands. Locked away behind the door, though, is the shit no one wants to know about. The memories, the nightmares and all the reasons my life is a fucked up mess lie just inside that door in a pile of regret. I lost everything because of that damn door, because my mind splintered into a thousand pieces and I couldn’t tell the difference between dreams and reality. I became a different man.
A dangerous man.
A suicidal man.
Some days, I think of that door as a barrier between me and the dark corners of my subconscious, a place to stockpile the skeletons of my past so that I don’t have to look at them or think about them. Other days, that door busts wide open and I am forced to relive every mistake I’ve made. I can walk into the room, sweat running down my back, and run my hands over every item that carved me into the man I’ve become. I can dig through the shoebox on the end of the bed and run the tips of my fingers over each letter she sent me, I can pick up the Purple Heart from the top of the dresser and feel the cold weight of the bronze medal and the satin purple ribbon in the palm of my hand, and I can lift the backpack off the floor in the corner of the room and smell the heat from the desert and the metallic hint of dried blood splattered on the camouflage design.
It’s not long before the sounds of war fill my ears and only seconds until I’m clutching my head with shaking hands and a pounding heart, trying to determine the source of the most tormented, heartbroken noises I’ve ever heard, the crying and the begging so loud that they can be heard even over the gunfire. It’s only when I realize that the horrified screams are coming from me, that I’m the one pleading for mercy, that I slam shut that door in my mind, begging anyone that’ll listen to take away the grief and the pain so that I never go back inside that room.
This is where my story begins.
I can never really decide.
The mind is a great and powerful thing, bisected with hallways of darkness and corners of light. Memories can alternately fill your life with joy and happiness and cloud every moment with nightmares and fear, making you second-guess all of the good things and wonder if they were ever real. Was I happy? Did I ever smile and laugh easily without a care in the world? How do I get that back when the darkness is hell bent on taking over, holding me in its clutches and making sure I never see the sunshine again?
I’m going to figure it out even if it kills me. I’m going to piece together the fractures in my mind and I will take back what’s mine. I don’t blame her for walking away; I shoved her out the door and told her to go. I should have realized that she was my light. She was everything bright and beautiful about my life and it went to shit after she left.
I’m going to fix this. I have to fix this. I hate being in this place filled with people who think they know everything about me. I hate every moment that I’m away from her, but I will do whatever it takes to find the man she once loved and bring him back to her.
I’m going to kick down that fucking door at the end of the long, dark hallway and show everyone that I deserve the light.
If you haven’t had a chance to read “Burned” the first book in the Ignite Trilogy, it’s now on sale for just 99 pennies! The sale is only going to last for a few more days so make sure to grab it quick!
Branded (Ignite Trilogy #2) is officially LIVE everywhere! Just a reminder, even though this is the 2nd book in the series, each book in the Ignite Trilogy CAN be read as a standalone. Each book is about a different couple in the same “world” 🙂
If you’d like to check out some more information on Branded (summary, book trailer, etc.) you can go to this part of my website: Branded (Ignite Trilogy #2)
January 12th and the release of Branded (Ignite Trilogy #2) will be here soon!!!
Ignite Trilogy, Volume 2: DJ & Phina
I wear my scars like a scarlet letter, reminding myself that I’m not worth the trouble.
I’ve spent seventeen years pushing men away, never allowing myself to believe in the fairytale…then, he walked back in.
Just like before, we explode when we’re together. I hate him for what he did to me, but I can’t stay away.
Eighteen days filled with passion and promises.
Nineteen letters filled with threats and foreboding.
It only takes twenty minutes for the numbers to all add up.
One thousand, two hundred seconds until everything changes and there’s no going back.
Unfortunately I can’t do pre-orders for Nook right now, it will just go live there on January 12th, but iBooks will be up soon! Make sure to check my Facebook page or my TSU page for that link when it gets here.
Let’s start off with some exciting news! The 2nd book in the Ignite Trilogy is coming out JANUARY 12TH!!
Branded (Ignite Trilogy #2) follows right after Burned (Ignite Trilogy #1). This isn’t a continuation of Burned, this is a whole new story, set in the same world 🙂
Add to Goodreads:
You can take a look at the brand new book trailer here *NSFW, children, dogs and some cats:
In case you missed the news on Facebook, I’ve been giving away signed copies of some of my favorite reads in 2014! The list is below so don’t forget to enter ALL of them! Winners will be chosen TONIGHT (December 17th) at 7pm EST and announced on my Facebook Page. These giveaways ARE open internationally 🙂
Click on the Title/Author link on top of each photo to take you to the Rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway.