Sunday, May 15, 2022

A shoulder to cry on...

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I was a fraud. These last few months I had merely been pretending to be strong. In reality, I was absolutely terrified of what the future might bring. All summer, I had been in charge of everything. Taking care of myself, attending classes, coming and going as I pleased…
Turns out, there was very little I had control of now.



Saturday, May 7, 2022

If you could invite any 3 people to dinner...

...who would you invite?

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I'd invite:

Nora Roberts to write about it.
Bob Ross to paint it.
And Tom Chaplin to sing about it.



Saturday, February 12, 2022

Adam & Revecka ♥ Opposites Attract

Adam isn't the type of guy Revecka sees herself ending up with--heck, she's ruled out relationships all together--but once he gets a taste of her ruby red lips, he keeps coming back for more, and more, until she can't resist his nerdy charm...

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Although part of the Tattooed by Love Series,
Pixie's Promise can be read as a stand-alone.



Sunday, January 23, 2022

Home Ice ~ My First Book


This book changed my life. And there were so many factors that made it almost not happen. I’m glad I didn’t settle for taking no for an answer and kept persisting until I made my dream come true!



Thursday, January 20, 2022

#HomeIceTurns10 πŸŽ” Book Birthday

Happy Birthday, Home Ice!

On this day 10 years ago, Home Ice was published. It became The Little Book That Could and climbed its way into the Top 50 in Contemporary Romance at Amazon.

(In all actuality, it's 12 years old. It took me a year to write it and then it was under contract with my literary agent for a year while she shopped it around to publishers.)

Thank you for joining me on this trip down memory lane! As much fun as it's been celebrating my first book, it's time to get back to work on my 21st...




Wednesday, January 19, 2022

#HomeIceTurns10 ~ Writing Rejection and Inspiration

Here's my journal entry from a few months before Home Ice was published:

Just received my upteenth rejection for my baby Home Ice. Seconds later, after reading the heart-piercing words, Alibi by 30 Seconds to Mars started playing. Jared's voice singing "I fell apart but got back up again" give me comfort. I don't have much more hope left, but I have to know that I'll be able to keep surviving..."

There will be ups and downs. There will be rejection. When you reach the point where you're ready to give up, you must step back, look at the situation from all sides and continue with a new approach.

The road isn't always glamorous, but putting in hard work and proceeding with fierce determination will help you reach your destination.




Friday, January 14, 2022

#HomeIceTurns10 πŸŽ” Home Is Where Your Hockey Player Is

The theme of ‘home’ is prominent in the story of Home Ice as I believe it is an elusive, intangible place that some of us continue to search for. Other elements in the book were taken from my own life. I did have a great-grandmother who enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and she even had a caretaker named Ruby. Even though the rest is fiction, it’s still very real to me. No matter how many characters I meet and who compel me to write their stories, Ben and Ally will always hold a special place in my heart.

It’s been nearly ten years since I took the leap into being a full-time author. I have found my home at my keyboard with the love and support of my wonderful, too-good-to-be-true husband. Yes, I’m still married to the man who inspires all of my nice-guy characters! We might not live in the same house we started out in or have the same pets, but our devotion to each other remains as steadfast as ever.




Thursday, January 13, 2022

#HomeIceTurns10

Home Ice was my first novel. Most of it was written at my kitchen table and the rest was thought up during my day job and written down later on my lunch hour, during breaks and on the weekends.

I’d always wanted to write a book. My early stories mostly consisted of me rewriting my favorite stories and movie plots. In the seventh grade, we read The Outsiders in English class. When the teacher told us that S.E. Hinton was fifteen when she wrote the book, I remember thinking to myself, “I’m only twelve. I could have my book written way before that.” Although I did try, I didn't manage to finish before the deadline. 

For a long time, I put writing aside when I let life get in the way. I got married, bought a house, did all the things I was “supposed” to do, but it always seemed like something was missing. It wasn’t until I transferred to what ended up being a boring and incredibly monotonous job that I started thinking about writing again. Once I opened the floodgate, Home Ice was born and I haven’t stopped writing since.