Well Hello August


*smashes face on keyboard*

*chugs gallon of coffee*

*instantly falls asleep the second I sit down*

This week, ya’ll. Let me tell you, I’m so glad my next editorial deadline isn’t til the end of the month because the words are NOT even kind of flowing. No, all my creative energy has been poured instead into trying to perfectly launch these two books.

Perfectly format. Pretty perfect blurbs. Upload to correct sites. Make sure the first in series is price matched. Fill out a bunch of promo form letters like a boss.

It’s gonna be so worth it. Fingers crossed. Things are moving, but I am not quite at the point where I can share all the details here. Knock on wood Monday morning we are having a grand old release week and the world gets a brand new motorcycle club to fall in love with.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend full of adventure and romance.

If you’re looking for something fun and free to read, check out Above & Below on Instafreebie – the teaser to my upcoming series Mountain Misfits MC.

If you’re looking for someone to chug bloody maries with, I’m your girl.

And if you don’t hear from me for a few weeks, it means I wandered out in the woods and got eaten by a bear (or just that the internet is spotty at my house.)

Above & Below Teaser – get it on instafreebie now!

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Work in Progress Wednesday 7/25

I’m enjoying the culmination of my procrastination lifestyle as I sip my coffee this morning. Staring out the window, waiting for my husband’s last minute birthday presents to get here (knock on wood before he wakes up.) It’s not that I don’t LOVE showering him in gifts and appreciation, it’s just that he is a nightmare to shop for.

I can’t complain. It’s kind of a thing we do. Buy what we want/need as we go and that’s life.  We’re easy going and don’t fight about money. 

I was thinking about how important he has been to my romance writing, not just by giving me the time and space and support to let me do my thing, no questions asked, but by giving me a little inspiration that I wasn’t even aware of unless I do a little digging.

All of my stories have hints of our own personal happily ever after in them because it’s the only one that really has ever mattered to me. The end all be all. Even when we fight, I’m more upset by the fact that I’m mad at my best friend than by whatever possible reason we could have for going at it. He’s taught me that EVERYONE deserves to be loved. Everyone deserves to find their Mr. or Ms. Right, no matter how unworthy you feel.

Right now, I’m working on the last few chapters of my bad boy billionaire novel Vagrant (set to release in September) because I promised it to my editor by Sunday. (FML. Where does the time go) – but I’m also working on a fun story for my newsletter and instafreebie called Clutch.

It’s based on one of the brothers of the Mountain Misfits MC who is a fun side character who shows up in all my books, and I figured he needed his own story.

Coming soon to IF and my newsletter!

(It’s been ages since I threw together a cover by myself… can I just say spending an afternoon looking for sexy stock photos is never a bad time.)

Clutch is about the treasurer of the Mountain Misfits MC, recently honorably discharged from the Marines, just looking to find his place in the world and hopefully a decent woman to spend the rest of his life with.

Rae is at her lowest. She dropped out of college after a break-up with her longtime boyfriend, and her mother constantly berates her for ‘letting herself go.’ She’s funny, smart, and pretty, but with a mom who is obsessed with keeping up appearances, she spends her days feeling less than.

When the two meet, sparks don’t fly instantly. Sure, Rae thinks he’s hot, but what could he possibly want with her?

It’s been fun working on this, but probably because of how it reflects so much on my real life experience with dating. When my husband and I met, I was a hot mess. Not in a pretty way. What he saw in me, I haven’t the slightest idea. But here we are 12 years later, and although I still have hot mess tendencies, the worst have kind of simmered into quirks.

This story is going to my editor on Sunday (along with my novel THAT I NEED TO FINISH ASAP) and will be available on Instafreebie ASAP and also sent to my newsletter subscribers first, so if you want in on the action, make sure you JOIN MY LIST

AND HERE COME THE MAIL LADY! So, it’s time to start my work day.

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Above & Below – Cover Reveal

I have been sitting on this sexy AF cover for over two months now!

TWO MONTHS! (that’s like a lifetime to this impulsive maniac)

I’ve only shared it with some of my closest author friends (and my husband who basically grunted and shrugged), but now I want to share it with the world.

Above & Below is the Prequel Novella to my debut contemporary romance series, The Mountain Misfits Motorcycle Club.

This series has been such a learning experience for me so far, and I cannot wait to start releasing it on August 8th.

This first novella is a teaser of what’s to come in the future and follows Gavin, the Vice President of the Misfits through his younger years, and Sloan, our tortured but feisty heroine through her time in medical school. They meet – and instalove! but their tryst is going to have to wait…

Here’s the damn cover already:

Created by the talented Melinda Burt at Pixel Perfect Publishing, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Her creativity and skills are AMAZING, and I am so glad I put this series in her hands.

Above & Below will be available at all major retailers starting August 8th for FREE but if you’d like to join my ragtag band of mountain misfit chicks and maybe snag an ARC here shortly, I’d love to have you on my mailing list. I promise I won’t spam you, EVER, and you won’t hear from me more than once a week. Plus, I have really cute dogs and I will gladly send you lots of pictures of them. Anyway – you can sign up for my mailing list HERE if you’re so inclined.

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Acceptance + Self Indulgence

Here is a fun fact that I just have to accept:

First blog posts are generally garbage, so I’m just gonna rip off the band-aid and get it over with.

Accept that you all don’t know me from Adam and so the fact that you’re even taking the time to read this is seriously flattering. (And if nobody reads this, then it’s straight up self-indulgence, and I’m not even kind of ashamed.)

Accept that I actually have been an indie author for some time now but on a much smaller (and smuttier) scale. I don’t kink-shame, but I think it’s safe to assume that most of my readers from that niche aren’t over here looking for motorcycle man-chests, sultry and strong heroines, and all the feels.

Accept that you have to learn to walk before you learn to run…

Although most of what I do is speed hiking

but if you want to learn to fly that requires a whole different set of beliefs.

Accept that I cannot function without a creative outlet, and writing romance novels allows me to scratch that itch every single day.

Accept that my first books aren’t going to be mega-hits because I am still learning how to write to market

and romance those beats

and make friends on social media without coming off as… uhhhh… yeah.


Accept that I’m sure I can slap a brand on all this, on me and all my crazy and complexities, but it might take me a few tries to see what feels right.

Accept that sometimes you have to let the weeds grow out a little bit until you can tell where the wildflowers are.

This is my self-indulgence post. I promise next time around, I will shift my focus to the finer things of my craft, like melting your panties off. (Too soon?) But honestly, I do have a cover reveal coming up for ya before the end of the weekend, and it’s SO FFFFFFFing SEXY. 

Now that I got all that out of me, I can get to work. And by “get to work,” I mean chug cold brew, pet my dogs, pretend like my laptop is not charged enough to accomplish anything at 49%, go to the bathroom, huff some bergamot oil, power nap, more oil, Doritos, and maybe by 8PM I’ll be ready to roll. Or ready for a beer. Accept that this is my process (and that my editor is gonna charge me whether or not I send him my stuff on time).

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