writing in lower case

a little whine with my cheese

i hate moving. the whole process. i hate packing the most. it’s not just packing, though, is it? it’s the purging, deciding what goes and what gets donated and what gets trashed. it’s also the deep cleaning that probably should have been done long before now but wasn’t, so it’s even worse that it should be. it’s the arranging for shipping and loading and unloading. then the unpacking. then the organizing and the list of more things i have to get because i decided not to bring that other stuff and realized too late that i actually needed it.

but what i’m finding the hardest at the moment? the whining. not even my own whining (though you can probably tell i have quite a bit of that). it’s the kids’ whining. they, too, hate the whole process, you see. and i, being the adult, have to try and make it look good. point out all the positives. have a good attitude while i’m gritting my teeth and scrubbing the grease off of the counters and stove. “it’s going to be great, guys!” “you’ll get to meet new friends and see new places.” “you get a completely clean slate at school and can reinvent yourself to be whoever you want to be.” blah blah blah. and the nagging at them to have better attitudes themselves as they pack and purge and clean (hm…couldn’t think of a good alliteration for that one). i have discovered that half of good parenting is the attitude you portray.

so i’m whining only in my head (and on my blog…so, with my fingers), while i smile and sing and…something else positive with an “s” sound. because i’m a good freaking mom.

#parenting is hard.



love by the book” is available now! to celebrate, i slept. being in china is really hard on my party plans. but i did get to sleep in, so that was exciting.

while i slept, “love by the book” was doing awesome on the amazon lists! in two of the three categories it’s listed in, it is under 5K! now, i’m not normally a morning person, but this did get me to smile and even dance a little jig! happy reading!


laughing at love

so my newest release, “love by the book“, is a bit different from my previous work. for one, it’s my first straight up contemporary rather than paranormal or suspense. but more importantly, i’d say it has a different heat level. to be honest, i’ve been a bit nervous about that as the number of pre-orders has clicked up. some have asked why i’ve made that move and what that means for my future books. so here i will explain what’s going on.

first, this book does not have any graphic sex. i didn’t take that big of a step away from my norm. when i say the heat level is higher, keep in mind that the heat level for the previous three was pretty low. this one is more descriptive and has more steamy moments, but no actual sex.

second, there is a good reason for this change! see, i like to poke fun. laughing is a big part of my life. while i absolutely love the romance genre, i have to admit that there’s quite a bit of the ridiculous in it! this book is sort of my ode to bodice rippers. you know bodice rippers, yes? my odes happen to be in the form of teasing. so “love by the book” is my way of teasing the world of bodice ripper romance. in order to do that, there are a couple of things that have to be addressed…such as the smexy scenes.

third, this means very little for my future works’ heat level. my focus will remain the same as i go ahead. you can always expect romance with a bit of sass, some good laughs, and an HEA.

so, that’s it. “love by the book” is a light-hearted read with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor at the expense of our beloved romance genre…a bit of total sticking the tongue out irreverence here and there, as well. enjoy!

the reality of adulthood

so my kids are constantly saying how grown ups are so lucky. “they get to do whatever they want” and “they don’t have to do what their parents or teachers tell them” and, of course, “they don’t have homework.” usually, i inform them that being an adult is not as much fun as they think, that it comes with a lot of stress and responsibilities. but as i have taken a few days off to celebrate finishing “love by the book”, i’ve realized something. it really is so much better being a grown up! honestly, i don’t think you could pay me to go back to childhood, or even those “awesome” teenage years i’m dreading my kids hitting. ugh, it was terrible. and i always thought it would be great to be an adult. when i talk to my kids about it, though, i point out that it’s not like they seem to think, where we can just run around, completely without rules or demands on us, having one big party of a life. but there really are some of the great things i always thought of as a perk of adulthood.

so, my list of examples of life being exactly the way i thought it would be:

  1. yesterday, i had doritos for breakfast. and lunch. in bed. while i played on the computer.
  2. i get whatever junk food i want at the store, and don’t have to share!
  3. i can stay up as late as i want, just reading or watching a movie
  4. i don’t have to be home from hanging out with friends at any particular time
  5. i can watch whatever i want

these things have made my adulthood soooo much better than childhood. yes, there are stresses that i didn’t have as a kid…but overall, i think the trade off is worth it. bottom line, the kids are right. being a grown up is awesome. which is good, since i can use it as incentive for them to behave well enough through those difficult teenage years to get to the ¬†fun stuff as an adult.

oh, the irony

so, i tried my hand at making my own facebook ad to promote the new book (which you can order here). what did i discover was the hardest part? the design, right? noooo (although that was no day in the sun, either). following facebook ad guidelines? not gonna lie, i didn’t even think to check them until after (i’m sharp like that). dealing with the photo editing software? well…that was a close second. a really close second. those struggles could have their own post…or ten. but, no, that wasn’t the worst part. that honor goes to…

writing the copy.

some of you may wonder what “the copy” is. i’ll tell you, though i wish you wouldn’t make me put it out there. it’s even more embarrassing. copy is the catch phrase or tag line or whatever used in the ad to describe the product and tempt the buyer. it’s the WORDS. yes, the words. that was the hardest part. for the writer….

i finally outsourced all of it, having been completely humbled (or possibly humiliated) by photoshop. and gave the lady i hired to make the ad a nice laugh over the fact that i couldn’t write the copy for the ad promoting my own book.

it’s a good thing i have a quirky sense of humor, or that could have given me a complex. luckily i’m still as obnoxiously confident as ever!


sneak peek

nine more days until “Love By the Book” makes its kindle debut! this book has been a real learning curve experience. it’s the first time i’ve had to handle everything beyond the actual writing. i felt like i was back in school, acne and all. seriously, stress acne is no joke.

so the biggest lesson i’ve learned? outsource. i kid you not. let people who know what they’re doing do the stuff that you have no clue about.

anyway, in celebration of the upcoming release, i thought i would offer a little taste. a bite. nay, a nibble, if you will. just remember, chew carefully and swallow completely before laughing. enjoy!

The Meet Cute


count down!

finally, the new book is coming out! just in time for the wedding season, the Bridesmaid Brigade” series is ready to release in ten days! Coming June 30th, “love by the book” will be available at a tablet near you!

cover reveal!

book 1 of a new contemporary series is out next month! meet alex, mya, tia, viv, and nat. together, they take on the wedding season insanity and the men that rub them the wrong way…and maybe the right way, too. first up is alex in:



so, here is something i’ve discovered the past year: indie publishing is hard work! holy cow, it’s so much. and keeping it all straight is driving me crazy. the scheduling is hectic and frustrating, there is so much less time for the actual writing, i have no experience with marketing and formatting and art work, and when my regular routine is interrupted, it takes me far too long to catch back up. oh, and i am too easily distracted. by books. and netflix. and youtube. hours lost there, folks. who knew?

anyway, finally have things moving a little faster now, so here’s the update:

those of you that loved “love by the book” on the blog will be happy to know that it is currently into editing now and will be released in time for the wedding season on kindle! unfortunately, for those that did not get to read it, or finish is, i have removed it from the blog now in preparation for release in about a month and a half. sorry! but the edited version will be so much better, so you’re in luck!

the cover for “love by the book” is also due out very soon, in the next few days, so be on the look out for that reveal.

the third book for magically yours will be out after the summer. i’m thinking close to halloween would be a good time to release that one, but i’ll be sure to get a more accurate date to you when i have it set in stone. i wanted to wait on that one until i have the rights back for the first two, and that will happen in a few months! i will add back in the missing pages to book two and rerelease that, as well, before book 3. more on that later in the year.

the plans for conventions/conferences this year have all fallen through. boo! the first, romcon, is not happening at all this year, but will be back next year. rwa is in florida this year and i was stoked to go! then we realized that i would have the kids with me and my husband can’t make it with us to the states this summer and i have no child care in florida. bummer. then i signed up for penned con in st. louis (because i really really really wanted to see rachel van dyken), but it filled up too fast and i got wait listed! i may still get in, but can’t bank on it. so there you have it. i’m a recluse this year! guess that means i have to spend more time actually at my computer cranking out words instead socializing. them’s the breaks.

that’s it for now, folks! catch you later when i have more news.

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑