Welcome Home, Cowboy (Book 2 in my Hero's Welcome series) is coming out in the spring of 2016. And today I'm revealing the beautiful cover for this book about a Marine struggling with PTSD and the yoga-loving heroine who steals his heart.
Things are starting to get exciting, friends! I haven't posted on my blog in a while because life has gotten busier with a new baby in the house and writing deadlines looming in my future-- both very good things! I've been busy writing book 3 in my Hero's Welcome series and edits are about to come in on book 1! I've also been busy catering to (and let's be honest, spoiling) my precious baby girl.
What's that? You want to see a picture?
Excuses aside I couldn't delay a blog post another day because something wonderful happened. Something that I've been dreaming about for a verrrrrrrrry long time. Cover your ears because I'm about to shout my wonderful things from the rooftops.
MY BOOK IS UP ON AMAZON!!!
It's real! This is really going to happen. Not a dream.
Granted, there's no book cover to show off on Amazon yet, but people can go forth and pre-order my book now. (I'll wait while you go do that :)
Then the book will be delivered to your inbox on December 1st. Oh, did I forget to announce that, too?!? I have a release date!!!! December 1st, 2015!
And if those two things weren't enough to make this debut author fall on the floor and start Kermit flailing, I also have a shiny new title for all 3 books in my Hero's Welcome series.
Drum roll please!
Book 1: Welcome to Forever
Book 2: Welcome Home, Cowboy
Book 3: Welcoming the Bad Boy
Don't you love them?!?! I'm so excited!!
P.S. In case you missed my earlier plug, I have a pre-order button! Make this author's day and reserve your copy now. To sweeten the deal, if you order between now and Memorial Day (May 25) you'll be entered to win a Wordy Chic necklace made by myself. Just reply to this blog post in the comments to let me know you ordered (and include your email address!)
P.P.S. Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter and blog here because there'll be ALOT more giveaways in the coming months!
I'm going to be a published author!!!
I can hardly believe it. After many (many!) long years, writing my heart out in the wee hours of the morning, someone has picked up my book and fallen in love. In fact, several people have picked up my book and fallen in love-, which is the whole reason I write: to make people fall in love.
I've been holding onto this news since the week before Christmas when my lovely agent (Sarah Younger) called and told me that someone wants to buy my book. So, here it goes!
Drum roll, please!!!
It is my great pleasure to announce that I have accepted a 3-book deal with Random House/Loveswept. Junessa Veloria will be my editor.
Pinch me! I must be dreaming!
One of the most challenging things for me, as a writer, is finding the time to write. I thought finding time was challenging before I had kids. All I had back then was a full-time job and a husband. Now, with 3 kids, a husband and a full-time job, the challenge is even bigger! This used to be a huge complaint of mine.
"I just don't have the time!"
And I didn't--because I wasn't making the time. When you want to do something badly enough, you MAKE time. And since everyone has just 24 hours in their day, that usually involves taking time away from things that are less important, like TV or that extra hour of sleep.
This blog is a pep talk to myself this morning. I didn't want to get out of my cozy bed to write, when everyone else in my household is sleeping. BUT now that I'm up, sipping on my first cup of coffee and sitting in front of the glow of my computer, I'm glad I did. My wip is calling me.
How do you make time for writing?
Thanksgiving was last week, so I'm just a tad bit late on this blog post. Whoops (too busy eating turkey and enjoying my family). I am thankful for so many things this year, though--more things than I could ever put in a list. Here is my top five 2014 gratitude list.
1) A healthy, GROWING family. We welcomed the addition of our first daughter, Lydia Hope, this year!!!
2) New Friends!!! I got to meet many of my lovely writerly friends at RWA 2014 in Texas over the summer. This was a great experience, and I learned so much :)
3) After YEARS of searching, the search is finally over! I signed with my fabulous literary agent Sarah Younger at NYLA this fall. It is so nice to have someone in my corner, who believes in my writing and who will help me get it out in the world.
4) My AWESOME critique partner, Rachel Lacey, who had her debut novel UNLEASHED published with GCP this year. I am ever thankful for her input on my stories and writerly help.
5) And always on the list, no matter how big or small, I must thank GOD for everything. Nothing is possible without HIM in my corner.
It's been a LONG road to receiving "THE CALL" that everyone talks about. If I had known it would take me 6 years to get here, I may have second guessed all that time I spent in the wee hours of the morning, constructing stories of wounded heroes and the women who love them.
BUT I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T GIVE UP!
Because I finally got "THE CALL", my call, last Monday! I met Sarah Younger (literary agent at Nancy Yost Literary Agency) through my critique partner last year at the RWA conference in Atlanta. I immediately liked Sarah. For one, she's from my home state of North Carolina. And two: she was gracious enough to allow me to hang out with Team Sarah the entire conference we attended together, even saving me seats at meals and during the award ceremony. She also requested my full manuscript at the end of that trip. While she didn't fall in love with that first manuscript, she gave me invaluable feedback in the most gracious, non-judgmental Sarah-esque manner. I knew I'd submit my next manuscript to her, which I did early this year andddddd........
THIS TIME SHE LOVED IT!
So last Monday night, after receiving "THE CALL" and jumping up and down (which a pregnant woman should try to avoid), she emailed me a contract, I signed and voila! I finally have a literary home. I'm so excited about the next leg of this writing journey.