Sunday, September 4, 2022

A New Chapter

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If you know, you know. If you don't know, I recently lost 86 pounds. Although I've been chronicling my weight loss journey on Instagram, in the beginning I was too ashamed of my weight to vlog about it on YouTube. Now that I'm in maintenance mode (and scared more than ever that I'll fail!), I decided to take the leap and start a YouTube channel dedicated to all things weight loss. I'll be sharing my tips and tricks for how I lost the weight naturally (I'll tell ya, it's no small task when you're over 40 and in perimenopause!) and everything in between.

I know this post isn't book related, but you never know...maybe I'll use this new chapter in my life as inspiration for a romance novel...

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

Happy World Beard Day!

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Do you like a hero in a beard?
Or do you prefer your man to be clean-shaven?

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

He Wouldn’t Throw Me to the Wolves

I didn’t panic. The calm and confident way he spoke to me told me everything was going to be all right. His comforting tone put my mind to rest. He wouldn’t abandon me. He wouldn’t throw me to the wolves. Everything was going to be okay. He had promised. 

~from Submersed

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Friday, August 26, 2022

National Dog Day

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And yet, the moment she opened her mouth and said something to him, he visibly pulled away, even his eyes closing themselves off from her.

~from Riley's Rebel (Bad Boys of Hockey Trilogy, Book 1)

Happy National Dog Day!
Ryan from Riley's Rebel (I dare ya to say that 5 times fast!) loves his Chocolate Labs, Doc & Wyatt. Which dog breed is your favorite?

Monday, August 22, 2022

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

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Landon Turner is your garden-variety good guy who puts everyone else first and has dedicated his life to caring for his quadriplegic brother and working his butt off at his full-time job. There's nothing glamorous about his existence, but all that might change when he gets the opportunity of a lifetime... 

Friday, August 19, 2022

Success is the best revenge.

I found this rejection letter for Home Ice when I was cleaning my office and I wanted to share it with you.

After querying dozens upon dozens of literary agents by email, this was the only letter I received through snailmail. Holding a tangible piece of paper in your hands somehow makes the hurtful words sting even more.

Not long after, I signed with a different agent who loved Home Ice, but she was unsuccessful in selling it to The Big 5 publishers because "there's no market for hockey romance."

So, I reevaluated my options and decided to try my hand at self-publishing. And you know what? Turns out there IS a market for hockey romance. Who knew?

Home Ice spent two weeks in the top 50 of its genre at Amazon and continues to sell steadily a decade later. I went on to write and self-publish 19 more novels and 7 short stories without anyone standing in my way.

The moral of the story is this:
~Don't take no for an answer when you really believe in something. 
~When one way of doing something isn't working out, try a different way.
~Never let anyone's opinions keep you from achieving your dream. 
~Keep trying, even when you feel like giving up.
~There is life after rejection.
~One negative letter/review (or 100!) isn't the be-all and end-all of the universe.
~Proving people wrong is one of the greatest feeling in the world.

Keep writing, friends! Keep doing, inspiring, imagining and creating!

Success is the best revenge.

p.s. the letter unceremoniously made its way into the shredder :)