Authors, Use Your Superpowers

We all have days where we doubt ourselves, put ourselves through a self-inflicted ringer, crushing our dreams before we have a chance to wake up and attempt to fulfill them. It’s part of being a human, experiencing this life. We can choose to learn from it or drown in it. Some days it seems almost impossible to rise above it—our mind reminding us we’re not good enough. We are.

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I feel as writers we sometimes subject ourselves to this. Comparison kills joy. So what do we do when we’re constantly being compared to others as a part of our career?

Believe in yourself. Believe in your craft. Often times, when I doubt my words, when I doubt my story-telling ability, I remind myself why I started writing in the first place. Not publishing, writing. I began to save myself from myself, so there is no way something that saved my life will be able to bring me down. I’m a writer before anything else. Before I’m a published author. Even, before I’m a reader. Because writing was a tool I used when I didn’t give a shit about the rest. I won’t bore you with the details. You get the gist.

So how can something that helped me battle negativity be a negative in my life? It can’t. I just need to remind myself why I started. What’s my why. Flow with that why. Remind yourself about the passion you feel toward your craft and forget what others are doing. I come back to my core. To who I am as a person, as a soul, not as the public figure. I return “home” in a sense and write something that has nothing to do with my work in progress that brings me back. That reminds me about my writing purpose.

Who cares if someone is writing about such topic. Does that topic resonate with you? Yes? Great, write about it. No? Great, write the story you have in you.

It’s so easy to question plots, to judge our creativity, to shut down an idea because it’s not “popular.” There are readers for everything, thank goodness, and there are writers to write all kinds of stories, again, thank goodness. That’s the beauty of fiction—creativity is limitless. The unimaginable becomes imaginable through the magic of words.

Write what you know. Write what you don’t know. Hell, you want to use the word moist? Use it. Yes, some readers will cringe. Guess what, if your story resonates with them, they’ll overcome the use of that word.

Break the rules. Seriously, if you have an idea for a book and it doesn’t fit a mold, write it anyway. It’s easy to get stuck on trends, but if you force yourself to write what’s popular while it’s not your passion, this career will squeeze the life out of you. Though publishing is a business, writing is an art. Finding balance for both is key, but never compromise what’s in your heart.

 

*Spoiler alert: Not everyone will love all your books, so stop trying to please the outside world instead of yourself.

 

 

Happy Holidays & Very Merry New Year

Another year comes to a close as we celebrate the holiday season and spend time with our loved ones. It’s also another year that I get to do what I love and surround myself with amazing people, like you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for staying by my side throughout my journey, whether we have known each other for years or a day. I appreciate you and all that you have come to mean to me.

During this time, and every day from here on out, I hope you find yourself surrounded by joy, love, and courage. I wish you all the very best, warm wishes, and big hugs.

Let’s toast to an amazing 2017. For me, it is going to be double exciting because I will be releasing two books early on in the year. One of them, Twisted in You, I have been working on for years. Many great things are coming! And I am looking forward to sharing them with you!

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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!

Favorite Reads of 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, I thought it’d be fun to share with you all a few of my favorite reads. It’s always hard to choose just a few, but these books have stayed with me long after I’ve read them. I’ve done lots of reading this year and come across lots of new authors. I’ve even had the pleasure of building friendships with some of them. So what books did I read and absolutely love? Here are a few of my favorites (in no particular order):

Thoughtless Series by SC Stephens {Who doesn’t love Kellan Kyle? Need I say more? Cannot wait for Thoughtful in February!}

The book Boyfriend Series {Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, Euphoria, and Timeless} by Erin Noelle {Seriously loved these books hard! I read this when I was suffering from major book hangover from Thoughtless, and it sure helped!}

The Nova and Quinton Series {Breaking Nova, Saving Quinton, Nova and Quinton: No Regrets} by Jessica Sorensen {I had no idea what I was getting myself into reading these books and WOW. Everyone must read this series. Talk about tearing my heart open and making me feel emotions. LOVED every second of it!}

The Girl on the Half Shell by Susan Ward {What can I say about this book? Amazing! If you’re looking for a real story, grab this ASAP. Susan also has other books that are just as amazing! I recently read One Last Kiss and loved it! An author to keep an eye out for.}

unScripted by Christy Pastore {A heartthrob Irishman? Yes, please! With a side of chocolate kisses 😉 This is one sexy read you just need to indulge in. She also wrote the amazing Fifteen Weekends– a suspense romance novel that twists three stories into one!}

Moondance in Red by Salem Archer {This book was just awesome! It was hot and sassy. I do love a good cowboy book, and this didn’t disappoint. It made me laugh and swoon. Rumor has it there will be a sequel! Can’t wait!}

Tangled by Emma Chase {I’ve never laughed so hard reading a book before. I love Drew! This book just captivated me.}

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren {I actually loved ALL the books in this series, but there’s something about Ben I just fell in love with.}

The Electric Tunnel Series {Electrified, Smoldered} by Rachel Blaufeld {These two books are not your typical romance and I love that. They are full of real life events and suspense. I cannot wait for book three. I have a feeling Big Mike is going to steal my heart-actually I’m pretty sure he already has ;)}

Perfect Plans by CJ Wells {I truly loved meeting Alexander Tate.. perfect gentleman with an alter ego. HOT! And there’s a sequel. I’m currently reading Take a Bow and loving it!}

Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones {What an amazing read! Such a beautiful story that tugged at my heart.}

I hope you all enjoyed the books you read this year! Here’s to a new year and new books to get lost in! Happy new years! XOXO