Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How Not to Fall in Love Release!


Not only is it Valentine's Day, it's also release day! Happy book birthday to How Not to Fall in Love! This romantic comedy is the follow up to Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told. It's told from Katya's perspective, Navy's best friend. 

Whereas Navy is sweet and demure, Kat is how shall I put this, a little more open, ahem, about her life between the sheets. It can be read as a standalone, but your enjoyment and insight into the characters will be richer if you read Love, Hate, and Other Lies first. 


Get your copy here:




You can also enter to win a signed copy of both Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told and How Not to Fall in Love along with some confetti. But act fast because the giveaway ends soon and is only open to US residents. (*Apologies to my international readers). 


Oh, and as a bonus for all there are a couple of recipes in the back to satisfy your, uh, sweet tooth ;-) Thank you for reading and please leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. For authors, they're better than a box of chocolates or cookies...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How Not to Fall in Love Cover Reveal & Giveaway!



When I was writing Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told, my attention repeatedly turned to Katya, Navy's bestie. She has a vibrant personality, which is at times, almost the opposite of Navy's more reserved nature. 

Where Navy is a hopeless romantic, Katya doesn't desire doting gestures from the guys in her life. 

Where Navy would like flowers and chocolate, Katya skips out before the night is over without so much as a follow up text. *Although Katya does love chocolate... and cookies.

Where Navy seeks her true love, Katya wants nothing to do with the L word. 

Or so it seems...

How Not to Fall in Love is the companion novella to Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told. It can stand alone, but you'll have a much richer reading experience and get to know Katya (and Spencer) better if you read the full-length first. 


So now you're wondering... what's it about? 


First, the cover reveal!

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Katya's middle name may be Aphrodite, but she has no interest in relationships. In fact, she has three rules she lives by:

1. Never spend the night.
2. Never sleep with the same guy twice.
3. Never fall in love.
Oh, and number 3.1 is never order the same coffee two days in a row.

That's a lot of nevers, but when she repeatedly breaks every single one of them (her undoing was a vanilla latte with a heart in the foam, BTW), she begins to wonder…

Actually, it was a batch of chocolate chip cookies that started her downward spiral. Never mind, scratch that, it was Spencer—her neighbor. He's also a banker, a player, and seems to know just what Kat wants, which isn't love.

Until they start to spend a lot of time together…

Until she finds one of his socks at her place...

Until they go to a ski resort for a long weekend…

Until he has a snowboarding injury…

As Kat struggles with the part of her that wants to be strong, single, and on the scene and the mushy, melty, romantic within, she tries desperately not to fall in love. But what's wrong with falling if you have someone with dark tousled hair, refined yet ruggedly handsome features, and chiseled abs to catch you?

Nothing. Nothing at all.

A special thanks to my cover designer! Also thankies to Jessica over at The Confetti Bar for the gorgeous custom blend! 

You can preorder your of How Not to Fall in Love copy here:
Enter to win a Galentine's Day prize pack including signed paperback copies of both Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told and How Not to Fall in Love and some bonus confetti! 
*This giveaway is open to US residents only.

The book Love, Hate and Other Lies We Told concludes with Valentine's Day, however How Not to Fall in Love opens with a (belated) Galentine's Day party (click the link to learn more and how to have your own Galentine's Day party). I'm all about romance, but also celebrating my ladies. If there are women friends in your life who need a laugh, love romance, and books, please share a copy with your gals! 

Please share on social media:

Twitter: 
Fiction readers: celebrate #galentinesday with two romantic comedies that celebrate love, friendship, & chocolate. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYE5CWI


Facebook:
Get your Galentine groove on with Love, Hate & Other Lies We Told and How Not to Fall in Love. Two romantic comedies that celebrate love, friendship, and chocolate. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYE5CWI


Oh, and did I mention there are cookie and brownies recipes in the back? ;-)






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told Release Day!




Hip, hip, hooray! It's release day! 


Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told is free and in the wild, ready to warm hearts, make you cry... and, mostly make you laugh; it's a romantic comedy, after all. 

Oh, and it's women's fiction. As you know I've most recently written young adult fiction, but I had to tell Navy's story just in time for Valentine's Day. 

Wait? That's next month? Oh, right. Well, in that case, what I meant to say is the follow up novella will be release on February 14th! Wink, wink. 

Wondering what Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told is all about? Read on...


Let go from her job and feeling lost, Navy Carrington takes a position as coffee-girl at a publicity firm. Their newest client is Carrick Kennely, the former love of her life and her fiercest adversary. She thought she'd let go of the past by playing it safe with book boyfriends—and avoiding frustratingly sexy guys like Carrick.

When Navy's roommate finds the Boyfriend Book, a silly relic leftover from Navy's teens, it prompts a dare; Navy is to go on five dates and pick one to be her Valentine. Despite her reservations, she can't say no, especially if it means proving to herself and Carrick that she can move on.

Navy chronicles her brief romantic entanglements with the Hottie in 7G, the Man-Bun-Barista, the Gym Stud, and the Book Boyfriend who turns out to be a toad—not the kind that when kissed turns into a prince—, on The Boyfriend Book Blog. She doesn't want to let her readers or herself down, but as Valentine's Day nears, none of the guys comes close to being her one true love.

Except Carrick. He’s infuriating, attractive, confusing, catnip…and it turns out he has a secret.

With a love letter and a plane ticket in hand, Navy leaves her baggage behind and must decide between love, hate, and the lies she told to protect her fragile heart.

Told with humor and heart, Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told may appeal to readers who enjoy Alice Clayton, Sally Thorne, and Emily Giffin's work. 

Ready to nab your copy? 



I'd LOVE to know what you think. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told COVER REVEAL!

What happens when you combine love, hate, lies, fiction, and me? 

You get confetti! 


Confetti makes me happy, especially the custom made blends from The Confetti Bar

Jessica Serra Huizenga, an indie author, a unicorn, and all around fabulous gal created this confetti for the book and guess what? It's found its way onto the cover! 

A certain ingenious, wonderful, talented writer friend designed this masterpiece. 

I can't wait to share it with you. 

Are you ready?

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Let go from her job and feeling lost, Navy Carrington takes a position as coffee-girl at a publicity firm. Their newest client is Carrick Kennely, the former love of her life and her fiercest adversary. She thought she'd let go of the past by playing it safe with book boyfriends—and avoiding frustratingly sexy guys like Carrick.

When Navy's roommate finds the Boyfriend Book, a silly relic leftover from Navy's teens, it prompts a dare; Navy is to go on five dates and pick one to be her Valentine. Despite her reservations, she can't say no, especially if it means proving to herself and Carrick that she can move on.

Navy chronicles her brief romantic entanglements with the Hottie in 7G, the Man-Bun-Barista, the Gym Stud, and the Book Boyfriend who turns out to be a toad—not the kind that when kissed turns into a prince—, on The Boyfriend Book Blog. She doesn't want to let her readers or herself down, but as Valentine's Day nears, none of the guys comes close to being her one true love.

Except Carrick. He’s infuriating, attractive, confusing, catnip…and it turns out he has a secret.

With a love letter and a plane ticket in hand, Navy leaves her baggage behind and must decide between love, hate, and the lies she told to protect her fragile heart.

Told with humor and heart, Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told may appeal to readers who enjoy Alice Clayton, Sally Thorne, and Emily Giffin's work. 


Preorder Links

Kindle // Paperback


Australia

Please add Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told to your Goodreads and spread the Love!

Whatcha think of the cover tho?





Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017!

Happy, happy New Year!

I'm so excited for things to come in the coming months. 

Why? 

Although I do a lot of talking and writing, my word of the year is LISTEN

Listening means to being more present to each passing moment and not let them flurry by. 

Listening means tuning into my intuition and going with my gut. 

Listening means being more attentive to family and friends. 

Listening means hearing what others have to say without judgement. 

Listening means slowing down when I need to. Slowing down in general. 


EXCEPT when it comes to publishing. I mentioned this in my farewell 2016 post, but I am going all in this year. I'm ready to LIGHT. IT. UP! 

I've written a lot of books, guys. A lot. It's time for you to have access to them. 

2017 is going to be the great year of publishing for me and I'm so excited to share some of these stories I have waiting for you. 

Are you ready? I hope so because I don't stop, I won't stop...

To start, we have Love, Hate, and Other Lies we Told coming your way in a little over two weeks! This women's romantic comedy releases Tuesday, January 17, 2017! 

Curious to know what it's about? 

Want a peek at the cover? Ok, here ya go. 



Want more? 

Ok, it's cover reveal time! Ready... I told you I'm going big! I won't tease you or make you wait another minute. Just keep scrolling...

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below. 


Please add Love, Hate, and Other Lies we Told to your To Be Read on Goodreads (who's going for 100 books this year?) and while you're at it, go ahead and pre order! 


I'm so excited. Big beginnings. Big things. Big love. Thanks for welcoming 2017 and my new book. 


P.S. If you're a writer and want to jump start 2017 with promoting your own book, check out Book Promotion 365: how to reach readers and share your work with the world.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Backward and Forward

Looking back, 2016 was an okay year as far as years go. It's hard to quantify an entire three-hundred-sixty-six days. It's a leap year so we got a bonus twenty-four hours! It's slightly overwhelming and I almost don't know where to begin, which sums up where I am right now, overwhelmed. My plate is full, but with deliciousness, so that's the upside. I'll hit the highlights roughly month-by-month to spare myself the stress of ALL the things. (Note to my 2017 self, chill out! Try to do a little bit less! Relax more!)

At the beginning of each new year I pick a word, a trait, or focus to bring light to. This year was peace. It could also have been authenticity, presence, simplification, elevation… Did I achieve any of them? In degrees my friends, in degrees.

February was prep for the release of Pearl a book written from a very vulnerable part of my heart. February was nerves and excitement in equal measure.

Then there was the funk. No, not a foul odor coming from somewhere in my car (though that happened too, each and every time I turned on the heat), but the post-launch let down. To be perfectly honest, Pearl's reception was, meh. I tried to keep my chin up like a buttercup.

Plateau, plateau, plateau and confusion. The next months were murkyyyyy.

Then the summer came bringing the sun and surfing almost every day (I surf year round, but going without a wetsuit is the bey-ast! I felt more peace.and presence. I felt lifted, elevated, more focused…

Then I got terrible news and a relationship that I thought had long since gone the way of the strange smell in my car resurrected itself, bringing lots of emotions and more confusion and anger and blahhhhh.

I also gave the Follow your Bliss series a makeover. The covers are beautiful if I do say so… Why did I do this? Maybe because I wanted one too? Because I wasn't sure who I was in my career? Mayhaps.

When school started for my little bigs, I was in a complete state of disarray. It was enough to get through the day while dealing with all the emotional fallout from the summer.

But the mid-fall unexpectedly brought renewal and deepening of friendships and a shift in the light that helped me see things from a new perspective. I dare say it was like surfing without a wetsuit. At last, I felt FREE!

Oh, in there I also released my first non-fiction book titled, Book Promotion 365: how to reach readers andshare your work with the world. It's free right now, but only for a limited time. Writers, go grab your copy now!

I had a birthday and realized, wow, time is an interesting fellow. There are wrinkles and sagging and perspective and growth in so many wonderful ways. 

Still feeling slightly out of balance and wanting to empower myself to practice more self-care, I became a doTERRA essential oils wellness advocate and my, my the improvements those little bottles of liquid magic brought! Like, wow

I also have an Essential Oils Enthusiast Instagram for this endeavor if you'd like to check it out.



We celebrated Chewie's first birthday and a year being part of our pack. He's a bitey bear, but we love him.

I lost my grandmother around this time and found her on my yoga mat. Did you know I'm a yoga student and teacher? I'd gotten so far from my practice that I felt completely out of alignment (the mental kind) and have committed to getting back to it.  

Then there was Thanksgiving and dang it if I didn't realize the multitude, the absolute wild abundance, of all the blessings I have. Grateful, grateful, grateful. 

Then the holidays. Holi-daze? I love the sparkly, twinkly time of year, I do. But I also love to sleep so I'm going to hibernate for the next week or so.

Thank you 2016 for pushing me to get uncomfortable and prompting me to let go enough to grow into my sweet ferocity. 

Life is a marathon not a sprint. I've by no means lost the race, but have realized along the way that I'm gaining a more closely united tribe—there's no rush to get to that finish line. It'll be waiting for me when I'm ready to arrive. 

What's the word of the  year? Check back in a few days to find out. But I will say this, looking forward at the New Year, I'm going to be more present and a better listener, to the people around me and to myself.  

And what do I have in store for readers? Oh, baby! BOOKS! LOTS OF BOOKS. BOOKS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE BOOKS. Guys, I'm going ALL in. There are books coming your way. You have no idea. The goal is 10 in 2017! TEN! So charge up your Kindle, find your favorite bookmarks, and get ready to read!

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See you in 2017!







Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Holiday Hello


I want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas! 

I'll be back next week with a look at this past year and what's on the horizon for next year. Hint, big things!

Here's a writerly snapshot for now:

The release of Pearl, my second YA with Skyscape Publishing. 

The Follow your Bliss series got a makeover! 

About five years in the making, I finished Frigid, possibly my most favorite thing I've ever written.

Thank you for all your support this year. Reviews, likes, comments, emails, ALL of it is like a year-long gift wrapped in sparkly paper under the tree.


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