Monday, July 30, 2018

THE ROAD…SO FAR




Recently, I finally finished writing and released my latest novella titled, “Kiss MeBefore You Say Goodnight.” I remember 2010 when I self-published my 2nd novel, “Open Spaces,” and eight years later, I often lose count of how many I’ve written since then. I can honestly say that I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I don’t often acknowledge or pay attention to my accomplishments because I’m usually looking ahead at how far I still have to go to reach my goals. It’s that kind of drive that made me jump right into writing my next novel, “Cursed immortals: The Tower of Seven,” which I plan to release at the end of October 2018. However, as focused as I am on the future, a friend recently told me that I shouldn’t forget to celebrate the smaller victories along the way.

When I thank readers for their support, I want them to know how much they really mean to me. The reason why I try my best to write a different note in every paperback I sign is because that is my way of showing them how much I appreciate them. Some of them have been reading my work since the first book, “Water Flows UnderDoors,” and some of them have just discovered me but they are ALL vital to keeping this thing going. I am a full-time author so this isn’t a hobby or a pastime for me. Book sales pay my bills and put food on my table. Without my readers, none of that is possible. I’m fortunate to have built such a solid foundation with so many people who genuinely want to see me win.

The road that I’m on has never been an easy one. If most folks really knew some of the things I’ve been through, they would wonder why I didn’t quit. I’ve had moments when I’ve pondered that myself, believe me but, it’s just not in my DNA to give up, especially not while my children are watching me. I never want them to abandon their dreams or goals so what kind of example would I be setting if I did?

I’m grateful for the people that really love me. The laughs, the jokes, the good morning texts and the words of encouragement always get me through the rough times. I don’t complain much, no matter what’s going on. All the same, someone always pops in to check on me at just the right time and says just the right thing without even knowing how much I needed to hear it. That’s a blessing.

What’s next? Well, more books of course. A few independent films too. I won’t get into everything because, just like in my writing, I prefer to SHOW and not TELL. If you’re reading this, you probably REALLY rock with me and for that, thanks. Stay tuned, keep in touch and you’ll see what I have in store.

Monday, July 23, 2018

UPDATE: Monday July 23, 2018


As I wait for the paperback copies of “Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight” to finally arrive at my door, I haven’t wasted any time jumping right back into my writing laboratory to work on “Cursed Immortals: The Tower of Seven.” I’ve been writing notes and scribbling out scenes in worn notebooks for years so it has been a smooth transition, thank goodness. There are chapters that may end up being WAY sexier than I originally intended because I’m still in that “erotic” sorta creative vibe because of the last project but, a little extra sexiness is never a bad thing right? I’m sure it won’t hurt the story at all.

As always, my PLATINUM Patreon members will receive a FREE paperback copy of the book when it is released, hopefully towards the end of September. This time around, I have a little something extra for everyone who pre-orders “Cursed Immortals: The Tower of Seven” as well.

I’ve shared the entire first chapter of the novel HERE already so by now, I hope you’ve read it. In Chapter II, the heat turns up another few notches with a deadly standoff that takes place in the lobby of Seven’s skyscraper in the middle of the night. That is where I introduce 7 individuals who serve as Seven’s elite Red Guard who confront Yusef, (aka: War) who somehow bypassed the security and has come to make trouble as he tries to find out what has become of Cali. I’m sure that readers will be curious about the identities of those mysterious bodyguards dressed in crimson. I just felt that to get into the details at that point of the novel would have hurt and hindered the flow of the story. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t intend to share their backstories.

I’m VERY excited to announce that I’ll also be releasing a companion novella on the same day I release “Cursed Immortals,” titled, “The Rise of the Red Guard” where readers will learn exactly who Seven’s bodyguards are. Everyone who pre-orders “Cursed Immortals: The Tower of Seven” will receive a FREE, autographed paperback copy of that companion novella. (Keep checking the blog. I'll be sharing the link to pre-order your autographed copies the first week in August) 

It’s going to be challenging to have BOTH books done by September but what’s life without a little pressure, right? But, never fear…I do my best writing when I’m pushing myself so you can expect two awesome reads.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

"Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight" Update

Okay…I’m back! Did you miss me?

I want to really thank you guys for being so patient with me while I went through the process of getting “Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight” edited, formatted and ready for print. Now that I’m done with all of that, I can get back to posting here more regularly.

I wrote most of “Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight” on my Patreon page for my subscribers so they've been with me on this journey to release my latest novella, all the way from the beginning to the end. It was really fun going through the process and sharing the story, chapter by chapter every week. Knowing that they were waiting for the new installments inspired me to work faster to get those chapters done. Every author can always use ALL the extra motivation they can get. (We tend to be procrastinators by nature.) Hopefully, you will all love the polished, finished product. I’m ordering the first shipment tonight as soon as I get the notification from the printer that the files I uploaded have been approved and are ready to print. (All of my PLATINUM Patreon subscribers will automatically receive free copies.)

Now, I can get back to focusing on “Cursed Immortals.” While I work on that one, I’ll get back to sharing samples from my books here and also blogging about my sometimes crazy life. Stay tuned.

Happy Sunday and I wish you all a great week!

Note: "Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight" originally started out as a short story titled, "The Hottest Cup" but as I started to expand the story, the title just seemed weird and didn't fit the narrative so I changed it. 

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