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Happy Friday, everyone! How are you doing this week? Anything planned for the weekend?

I’m slowly getting back into a regular writing and blogging routine–and I’ve really missed it. My day job kept my life pretty stressful and chaotic for a while, but I also know it was an utter lack of motivation at the end of the day that contributed. I HAD time, I just chose to be lazy with it, because I was so mentally and emotionally drained from everything else going on. Things are a bit less hectic now, but I know if I want to use the precious free time I have wisely, I’m going to have to make myself do it. My life is not going to go back to the way it was before, at least not for the foreseeable future.

Is it any wonder we escape into fantasy worlds?

Last night I attended the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor works that explore themes of racism and diversity. I went with a friend (the woman who is the subject of the top blog post on that page) and it was such a great experience! It was really interesting listening to the award winners talk about their books and read passages from them. I met Shane McCrae and got an autographed copy of his book of poem and prose In the Language of My Captor. I’m eager to start reading it!

On my personal writing front, I’m awaiting edits on my current in-production book (with tentative, possibly-to-change release in November) and writing the sequel to it. I’m going to do something with my upcoming book that I haven’t done before and see how it turns out–and of course, I’ll make sure I share the experience on here so you guys can learn more. I’m going to use a PR service to promote it. I struggle with self-promotion beyond the obvious outlets (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) and I want to find out if it’s worth the money to hire someone else to promote it. If not, well–lesson learned. However, I feel like I can reach a wider audience (and of course, spend a lot less personal time doing so) than I can by myself. I’ll be sure to blog about the results after. Have any of you used a PR service to promote a book?

Everyone have a great weekend!

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It’s Friday! Which doesn’t mean much to me since I work on the weekends, but I hope some of you get to enjoy it. 😉

Here’s the thought for today: what do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t a writer? I’m not otherwise creatively inclined, which is strange and unfortunate because I know so many other creative people with multiple talents. But I can’t sing, draw, play an instrument, or do anything remotely creative otherwise. Perhaps I can act, but I haven’t done any of that since high school plays. I guess I’m just happy I can write. If it wasn’t part of my life, I don’t know what I would be doing instead…maybe something in the writing field anyway, like editing or being an agent.

What do you think you’d be doing instead of writing (outside of your current ‘day job’ if you have one, of course)?

This week in my world, my job is settling down a bit, though my schedule is going to change soon. It’s a welcome change, though. I’m eagerly awaiting my vacation in Iceland next month, as well! I’m really going to need it. Writing-wise, I have a new book coming out on June 27th, I just submitted another one, and I’ve started writing a new one, so the writing train is chugging along. One of these days, one of these days…maybe no more day job!

The Marrying Type also got a glowing 5 star review at The Romance Reviews this week, AND they made it a top pick! It was such a nice surprise and I’m totally stoked about it.

Everyone have a great weekend!

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Happy Friday, everyone! First, I want to apologize for being a bit quieter on the blog lately. My day job is currently more demanding than usual (hopefully this won’t last much longer, though) and I’ve been using free time to focus more on my writing than my blogging. I’ve got a backlog of written stuff that I’m trying to get revised and edited so I can send it off to my publisher–trying to make 2018 a good year publication-wise! Speaking of, my new book has been out a week now–have you checked it out yet?

Spring continues to elude us here. As I write, it’s currently SNOWING, because of course it is. And I’m crying. Well, on the inside anyway. I think Mother Nature is just feeding on my despairing tears at this point and I don’t want to give her the satisfaction.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? How’s the weather in your part of the world?

Have a great day!

Pictured: spring, SOMEWHERE.

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Friday Thought

It’s nearly April! I know spring must be hiding somewhere around here, hopefully it’ll come out soon. This is the first year I’m not doing the A to Z Challenge in April after three consecutive years of participating, but I honestly knew I wouldn’t have the time and resources for it. I wish everyone doing it well, and I hope you have a great time! I always enjoyed it, even if it can get a tad overwhelming.

I’m still eagerly awaiting a cover for my upcoming book–so I can show it off and tell you more about it! However, I DO know it will be released APRIL 12TH, for those wondering! I’m just bouncing up and down to get the finalized cover and info. Fortunately I’m keeping myself busy with other writing so I don’t drive myself crazy waiting. Well, AS crazy, anyway.

Everyone have a great weekend and a HAPPY EASTER!

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Friday Thought

We had some spring-like weather here this week, which makes me hopeful spring is just around the corner. *crosses fingers* How’s the weather in your part of the world? Of course, it’s cold again today but even that is typical here in Cleveland–you can’t put your winter OR summer clothes away because you might need both on any given day.

I’m going to be doing a website overhaul soon, so if you visit the site and it’s a bit wonky, forgive me! I’m going to try to make it as seamless as possible, but I have a feeling some parts will be unusable for a short time while I’m setting everything up just so. I use WordPress for this site (a premium account, so it has its own domain name and customization) and while I love it most of the time, I wish there was more ability to preview changes before you implement them. You CAN do this with the most basic things, but the more complex bits of design have to be altered live.

So if you’re a superstar agent scouting my site and things are a mess, don’t worry, it won’t last! Because I know agents totally take you on based on how pretty your website is. 😉

I’m anxiously awaiting the cover for my new book. A good anxiousness, mind you, as Evernight’s covers are generally beautiful and complex, so I’m not too worried about getting a dud.

How was your week? Any plans for the weekend? Whatever you do–have a great one!