I'm one of those people that if you ask me a question I am going to give it to you straight. I have maybe one or two exceptions to this rule. I'll get to them later.
So my question is, why do things always have to appear to be sunshine and kittens? Life is not always good. Life is not always bad. Life is just that...Life. Everything happens. Happiness happens. Sadness happens. Shit happens. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people... So why when someone expresses how they feel is it considered negativity? I don't understand. If Im having a shit day and I feel like going online and letting everyone know Im having a shit day...I should be able to do that without others saying oh 'vague booking' or someone is looking for sympathy. No No No. Just no. The person is having shitty day!! Maybe they have nobody to talk to? Maybe they just fucking feel like bitching? Why not? What's so wrong with showing emotion? Any and every emotion? And then when someone is honest about something it can be perceived as so many different things. It can be taken as trying to push someone in a corner to make them feel bad or being brutally honest to be malicious but the one thing nobody EVER says about being truthful is just that...ITS THE DAMN TRUTH, that's why its being said. Not for attention, not to make someone feel bad, not to degrade someone or something. Sure the truth hurts...that's life. shit happens, bad shit happens. Since when did telling the truth make someone a trouble maker? When did it make them a bad person? A malicious person? Is honesty THAT overrated today? I just don't understand. It seems more and more apparent the less truthful you are...the more distance you'll travel. So do I compromise my integrity and my values of being honest and forthcoming to get myself ahead in the game? Let me explain...
Today someone asked me why my books didn't sell as well as "so and so's" books. They enjoyed my books far more than the S&S's books so she didn't understand. I simply shrugged and said "I can't answer that question because if I knew...I'd change what I was doing wrong."
Then the dreaded question followed... "Are you jealous? Not just of that author, are you jealous in general that you aren't succeeding like so many others are?"
Now, I'll make this clear upfront. I will never begrudge anyone's success. EVER. I think there is plenty of room out there for everyone's success. Not to mention that my definition of success probably varies from others. So the clear answer should have been "No, I'm not jealous."
But it wasn't. Because I'm honest. Of course I'm jealous. Not green with envy, breathing fire I want to sabotage your life jealous but that sad little corner of your heart that so wishes you could have just a sliver of that too. Not in place of, not wishing you were someone else...just wanting it too. That's human nature. Anyone who says they aren't...refer back to the beginning and reread it. Honesty. Its a rare commodity these days and success in the author world is pretty much about who you know...NOW. Not two years ago...Im talking now. The market is so oversaturated with books that its impossible for a reader to find a new to them author with out a recommendation. .
I'm telling the truth here so please I honestly don't want any response to this, I simply just want to say it. No matter how many times someone tells me they love my work...I doubt myself. I'm convinced I could have done better, reworded something, took something out. ANYTHING.
So, Ill wrap this up with my final thought of the evening.
Be honest...and if people don't like it maybe you don't need THAT sort of negativity in your life. Because if they don't like hearing the truth imagine how hard it must be for them to tell the truth....
Guess where I'll be April 9, 2016...
YES!! Words can't express how happy I am to be a signing author at this event. The ladies at Talkbooks and All is Read plan one stellar event and I was lucky enough to be asked. Sooooo, get ready Peabody, MA, HJ is coming for you next year. Hopefully I'll see you there too.
Returning to Tulsa June 9, 2016
Oh yeah baby!! Hilary Storm was gracious enough to invite me back for my second year at her Hard Rock Author Event in Tulsa OK, June 9 2016. So stoked. This was a great signing. Best experiences with the volunteers, staff and most importantly the readers. Cant wait to see you all again!
Also, confirmed. MASE 2016 in Mystic CT at The Foxwoods Casino & Resorts. Hosted by Abby & Lisa's Book Blog.
Next order of business. I've finally nailed down a date for Rachel. The cover is gorgeous. As they always are from my ever so talented twinsie love, Sommer Stein, of Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Anticipated release date is October 27, 2015. So mark them calendars and go pre order now.
I think that's it for now!! Please feel free to share whatever teasers, covers or info you see here!! The more you share the more I can write!!
Here's my 2015 Author Event schedule so far. The invites are slowly trickling in so I'm hoping to get a few more on this list. I'll have a banner and everything so it'll be official. :P
Southern Belle Book Blog & Hilary Storm present
Hard Rock Author Event: Tulsa, OK - May 2, 2015
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Naughty in the South 2015
Birmingham, AL - June 6, 2015
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Mystic Author Signing Event
Mystic, CT - June 12-14
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I can't wait to meet you guys!
Hit or mistletoe is on its own now and went live tonight on Amazon, B&N, kobo and iTunes for 99 cents.
Also available in paperback. 9.00
Happy New Year's Eve everyone. Just a quick post to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe new year!! Make the best of it...tomorrow is a brand new chapter in your book.
Before I go check this out! I'm in awe and honored that Ive been included with such a talented group of authors.
27 unforgettable reads of 2014
Happy new year everyone!!
I'm so lucky and excited to be a part of this! All I Want will be all wrapped up in a pretty package for you on 12/13/14 Nine Best selling authors with Nine hot stories to keep you warm this winter!
This was SOOOOO hard for me to keep this quiet but now you all know what I've been doing up until 3-4am for the last month!
WELL WORTH IT to be able to collaborate with some of the best and most talented authors out there. NINE that's right NINE hot stories to keep you warm this Holiday Season.
I know most of you have seen it but for those who haven't be ready to be wow'd. As I mentioned earlier Finding Jordie was getting (another) make over, you and I both know the old cover just wasn't working for the story. But this time I promise you it will not disappoint you. Sommer at Perfect Pear Creations made my vision for this cover come to life. It's better than I could have even imagined. Thank you Sommer, my twinsie. You are stuck with me for life! lol I promise you guys will LOVE seeing this beaut sitting on your bookshelf. TRUST ME.
I'll be setting up my store online through shopify to get out signed copies to people if you feel so inclined. I thank all of you who purchased the old paperbacks. I wish I could just send you all out a replacement but I just can't. I have to buy them myself... :( And I completely understand that you most likely won't buy the new hardback/paperback version so that's why I made sure when it is ready on Amazon, B&N and iTunes, or wherever you purchased the ebook from it WILL update to the new cover and new content. YES, there is new content inside so you may want to crack it open and flip through chapter one. You CAN'T miss it. It's pretty rad, (Thanks to Kassi Cooper of Kassi’s Kandids Formatting) and her awesome skills.
With that being said. Thank you guys all so much for all of your support and patience. Finding Nathan will be back out shortly, revamped, re-edited and re-covered for your viewing and reading pleasure. I have learned a lot over the last two years about this biz...it isn't easy, it isn't fair and a lot of times you feel like it isn't worth it...but being able to do this now and make my own decisions makes all the bullshit I went through worth it after all. It's just like anything else new in life...a learning process.
Before I go two more things...
Heidi McLaughlin. I would have been crying in that corner still had you not been so kind and helpful. I am so happy I met you. You are not only a true friend but a good to the core amazing woman with a hell of a talent for writing. Thank you for everything and introducing me to the most awesomest of peeps...Emily, Toski, Jessica, Georgette, and Tami. Hell, everyone you've introduced me to is awesome...THANK YOU.
And to my fellow unicorns. Finally my whining can stop. hahahahaha
Ive gone on long enough. I have laundry to do. UGH.
I told you my life is glamorous!! LOL
That's correct. Finding Jordie is in the shop getting a fresh new look and will be back up for purchase soon. It'll be available for Kindle, B&N, KOBO, iTunes and All Romance ebooks. You'll even have the option of Hardbacks this time.
I have to apologize to you all. I pulled Finding Nathan as well. Some of you may remember back in February I had about a week nobody heard from me. Well, that's because I wrote Finding Nathan in four days and only had two to edit it. My editor did a MAGNIFICENT job under the circumstances. Naturally things will be missed. Especially when you only have two days to edit 70,000 words. LOL Finding Nathan was never given its final edit before publication, due to an oversight. So, I'll be pulling that as well and cleaning it up before that one goes into the shop for it's makeover. But here's where it gets good! Right now I am 1/2 way done wit Rachel. I did have to stop to take care of FJ&FN, plus work on my piece for a Winter Anthology I'll be participating in. Some really great authors are involved so you won't want to miss that! :P
I thank all of you for being so patient with me through all my bumps and falls throughout this process. Its been a crazy ride that has taught me a lot about the business. I've also made some wonderful lifelong friends along the way. A ride I'm so glad I got to take. I promise it'll be worth it.
Any questions you guys know how to reach me!