I've mentioned before (and every month in my newsletter) that music inspires me and helps me write. I always get caught off guard by how amazing one line can be or how a songwriter can capture a myriad of feelings in just a few minutes. I mean, it takes me a whole book to do that!
In Story of Us, I introduce a character named Damon Sutter. He's a guitar playing singer who performs at On Dec thanks to Sophia finding him through Spotify. This character is just the tip of the iceberg for a story I hope to one day create. I want to write a story that encapsulates how powerful music and lyrics can be. Or at least, are to me. I feel like love songs are the ultimate romance story.
I'm going to be offering a little taste of Damon and Taylor-- a friend of Sophia, Megan (Let it Be Me), and Stella's (Never Expected You) in my April newsletter. It'll be like an extended epilogue to Story of Us, which is out March 18th. I'm so excited about this book, these characters, and I hope that I can make you guys feel the way so many songs make me feel. Above is a little excerpt from Taylor and Damon's very short story.
Last year, I decided I'd write a little story just for myself. The reason it was just for me was because I didn't want much of a conflict. It was one of those days where everything on social media seemed utterly depressing and I wanted a story that was non-stop happiness. You know what they say: write the story you want to read.
This is how Ellie and Cooper came to be. I started with a Christmas story because I kinda love Christmas. It was a sweet, old-friends reunited story with a dash of the ever popular brother's best friend trope. I described it to friends as cheesy goodness.
I decided shortly thereafter that I can't be the only person who, every once in a while, wants just the sweet stuff. I put Some Kind of Christmas in my newsletter as a free offering. Following that, I committed myself to creating three more Ellie and Cooper stories so that readers could follow their sweet journey.
I know conflicts exist and I could have made this a full novel, deepening the issues, really pulling at emotional strings. But it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted a sweet, feel-good journey that highlighted the triumphs of love and friendship and happily ever after.
Today, I'm very excited to share with you, all four stories in one sweet spot.
I'm so excited to be re releasing this book. It's a very important one to me. Not just because it was the book that finally hooked my agent but because it was one of those books that just had to be written. The idea popped into my mind about a woman who had everything but felt empty. When Frankie stumbles across three boys, squatting in her deceased aunt's home, she learns what the meaning of fulfillment is. She starts to find herself by loving the boys and her guarded but hot next door neighbor, Ryan.
All of the characters in this one spoke so easily to me. Frankie, who just wanted to find her "home". Ryan, who wasn't sure what life was without baseball. And each of the boys who dealt with life's blows in their own ways yet relied on each other. The book, ultimately, is about family. And how, it's not always the one you're born into that has your back. Or your heart.
I hope you enjoy it.
Figuring out how to move forward means she has to go back.
Lucy Aarons never thought she’d tire of travelling the globe taking photographs but when she comes home to the small town of Angels Lake for a visit, she’s, surprisingly, not eager to leave.
Part of that might be due to the sexy, sweet Sheriff who lives next door to her parents.
Alex Whitman has only ever wanted three things: to have roots, to be a cop, and to win Lucy’s heart. He’s managed two of the three and now that Lucy is home, he plans to pursue the third.
After being gone for years, Lucy is trying to figure out where she belongs in her large family. What she discovers turns her world upside down.
Alex is trying to live in the moment and enjoy whatever time he has with Lucy before the wanderlust kicks in again, but the more time they spend together, he wonders how he’ll ever let her go.
Falling For Home......................................November 19, 2018
Falling For Kate........................................November 26, 2018
Some Kind of Anthology.........................December 3, 2018
Damaged....................................................December 10, 2018
Caught Looking.........................................January 7, 2019
In May of 2017, I submitted the first book. It wasn't until August 2017 (which is actually fairly quick in the publishing world) that I heard back from Kensington Publishing.
The idea of trying a new genre, and succeeding, was really amazing. I was so thrilled to be working with John Scognamiglio and Kensington/Lyrical.
Though I needed to write two other books for the series, the time between then and today stretched out. Now, finally, it is here and I'm so thrilled to be able to hold it in my hands and share it with all of you.
I hope you enjoy Molly's story, the mystery, and the town of Britton Bay. For romance lovers, I have a feeling you'll be fond of Sam. Thank you to everyone who read, liked, reviewed, talked about the book and for all of the support I've had. I'm very excited to be part of the cozy world and hope you can drop by Facebook tonight to celebrate with Sarah Fox and I at our Cozy Seaside Celebration.
Now, there are days I still feel like I don't know nearly enough but what I do know is yesterday, I was able to go and feel comfortable, like maybe I belonged. It was interesting to see my daughter connect with Tanya Lloyd Kyi for a blue pencil session because all of those years ago, she gave me a confidence boost before I had a sit down with my first agent.
I'm sixteen books in and none of them are picture books so it definitely shows that the road doesn't always lead where you expect it to. It's hard to remember that every journey is different and accept that if you just follow your own road, you'll end up where you're meant to be.
Going to the conference with my daughter again made me nervous and excited. It's incredibly inspiring to watch her navigate this path but it's also hard. It can be a bumpy road but as I watched her interact with industry professionals and take notes, I realized, she knows more at fifteen than I did the first time I attended the conference.
I don't know where I'll end up, but I feel pretty lucky to be standing right here, where I am.
All The Feels
A Way With Words
A Writer Needs
Behind The Scenes
Brother's Best Friend
Clean & Wholesome
Covering All The Bases
Ellie And Cooper
Enemies To Lovers
Entangled In Romance
Entangled Under The Mistletoe
Enter To Win
Falling For Home
Falling For Kate
First In Series
Friends In Many Places
Friends To Lovers
Happily Ever After
Harper St. George
Julia A Webber
Kara Leigh Miller
Kendrick Place Series
Lucy And Alex
Meant To Be
More Than Friends
Need To Write
New On Amazon
On A Break
Publishing House Mate
Sexy And Sweet
Some Kind Of Christmas
Some Kind Of Stories
Story Of Us
Stuck In A Book
Sun Vs. Snow
Tasty Book Tours
The Bad Boy Next Door
The Mending Hearts Series
Time To Write
Toronto Romance Writers
Under The Lights
USA TODAY HEA
Who's Who Wednesday
Writing And Baseball