Saying goodbye to characters~The writer’s hangover

I have realized, after book #4, that every time I finish writing a story I get in some kind of funk. I don’t think I’ve really focused on it before now, but I become a real loner. It’s letting go of those characters you have spent weeks, or months, with developing their story so honestly that gets to me. It’s like a break up, kinda. Or sending your kids off to their first day of kindergarten. Who said fictional characters aren’t real companions?

I feel lost without them and I struggle to write about new ones, or in my case characters I created months ago. I can’t seem to find my way to those stories. It’s almost as if I need closure and that comes once I publish and my book is available to readers. I know other authors go through this and it makes me feel a little better that I’m not crazy.

I am, however, very excited to share Parker and Savannah with you all! I think you’ll all really love their story. The cover reveal was this week and I am beyond grateful for all the support and love I received from bloggers, authors and readers. I joke with my betas and tell them this is my cute, sappy novel {and it is} but I love how the story played out. I’m used to writing more dramatic and emotional books, but this was a nice change {and Chase Rice is my muse! Can’t complain}. My characters were stubborn, but they wanted me to stay true to their story, and I did just that.

So although I’m going through a writing hangover, author’s version of book hangover, I cannot wait for all of you to read this book and fall in love with this southern romance.

On other news, my one year anniversary as a published author is coming up and Mia and Grayson may just visit us. 😉 I have a couple of things up my sleeve that I think you’ll enjoy.

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Have a beautiful day.

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Sweet on Wilde Cover Reveal

I am so grateful for having the opportunity to live out my dream over and over again as I continue to write more stories for readers to enjoy. I recently came across an old “Notes” I did on Facebook back in 2009—”25 Random Things About Me.” You know, when these things were cool to do. I want to share two things I wrote there.

Number 1 said ” I love writing. It’s the easiest way for me to express myself.” This could not be more true. Ever since I was a teen, writing was what kept me sane. It brought peace and balance into my life. To be able to do that now and share it with the world is amazing.

Number 5 said “I want to publish a book at some point in my life.” Now, I can’t remember if I wrote this before or after a specific scene was playing in my mind and I decided to write it, later thinking it could be a novel. Of course, I thought I had lost it. Am I happy I didn’t give up that dream. It’s been a long road with many lessons, but the best choice I made was to reopen that document from 2009 and write a book.

Now I’m nearing my one year anniversary of my first novel, Perfectly Imperfect, and I’ve just revealed today my cover for me fourth novel. What a feeling. I’m not sure I can describe it in words.

Here is the beauty that will hold Sweet on Wilde, my romantic and humorous novel that I adore.

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I just want to stare at it. Every cover I’ve had so far describes the story perfectly, and this is no different. It portrays Savannah and Parker’s relationship just how it is; sweet, romantic, and peaceful.

Here’s a steamy, new teaser! 😉

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Thank you all for joining me in this journey and I hope to bring more stories to all of you!

What I have been up to

I’ve been a bit MIA around here. You may be asking what I have been up to, so here I am to share with you all.

I have been busy writing Sweet on Wilde, my upcoming book releasing on June 7th. It is a sweet, southern romance. I have been writing, editing, making teasers, all the fun stuff.

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While Sweet on Wilde has been in editing, I have caught up on some reading. Here are my recs for this week:

Thoughtful by SC Stephens

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

Frenched by Melanie Harlow

Yanked by Melanie Harlow

The Girl of Tokens and Tears by Susan Ward

The Girl of Diamonds and Rust by Susan Ward

There is nothing I love more than getting lost in a good book. Okay, maybe writing is up there with reading. I cannot wait to share Sweet on Wilde with you all, but these books have been great to get lost in the world of literature. A few book boyfriends have been added to my list and a few favorites have made a comeback.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the Sweet on Wilde release and check out these amazing reads for the month of May!