There's just no easy way to say this: waiting sucks. And in this industry, it's all about the waiting. I've gotten considerably better at this but there are many days that it's still hard. A long time ago, someone said, write while you wait. So I did. And I do. It definitely makes the time go by. Here's a little sneak peek at how I've been keeping myself busy during the in between.
Starting tomorrow, you can vote for DANGEROUS LOVE which has been nominated for the suspense category in the InD'Tale RONE awards. This was a big surprise to my partner, Kara, and I and we are so excited to be in the running. We were absolutely thrilled last year when they gave us a great review of Dangerous Love. Feel free to tell all your friends. You do need to be a subscriber to InD'Tale magazine (to make that part easier, you can just click on the link right there and the subscribe button is on the right side of the page it takes you to) but it's free and a great magazine. Only takes a couple of minutes to sign up.
Want a peek at the Josh and Alessa's story if you haven't read it?
I'm giving away a signed copy of Falling for Home through Goodreads. The giveaway starts on April 30th.
And more still....
How about a little more Ashley and Beckett? Chapter Four is up on my Once Upon a Story page. Do you have any second chance stories you love? Feel free to share in the comments below.
I am so excited to share the Release Day love for AJ Pine's latest novel, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY!
Look no further for the perfect friends-to-lovers romance! Jamie and Brynn are sure to brighten your day and give you all the feels. Read on for all of the details, and be sure to grab your copy!
About THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY:Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler's best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they've had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on. But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he's ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he's been by her side all along.
About AJ Pine:AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.
Now I know why people say that!! Last night, we were having our typical hanging out with friends Saturday night. I'm trying harder to not let my phone stay glued to my hand when we have people over or when we're out because...well, manners and all that. But after several fun little signals that I was being messaged, I decided, "hmm...I should see what's up".
Kara and I message almost daily so it wasn't just that I was being sent a message...it was the rapid fire dinging. Something was up. Opening my phone, I saw this:
So of course, I put manners aside and asked what was up. It turns out, we were nominated for an award! I had seen the nominations were up for Ind'taled's RONE awards. But I had no idea that DANGEROUS LOVE, which Kara and I had released last year, had been nominated in the suspense category. Honestly, I never even thought to check, even though I knew it had been reviewed (so nicely) by the magazine.
It's a long journey to get a book published. Longer than I'd considered. And some days are harder than others so we forget what the original goal was when we're trying to reach the next one. When we started, Kara and I wanted to create a book that people would fall into and enjoy. Knowing it has been nominated for this (something that we didn't know would even happen), surpasses that goal in ways we never imagined.
Fair warning, we'll likely be posting a lot in the next little while as the next round of the award process is public voting. (Voting for our category takes place April 25- May 1st) There are some amazing titles in every category so we have some great competition. But regardless, whatever the outcome, that moment of realizing OUR book was included? Amazing. Definitely an honor just to be nominated.