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Dang, I’ve been a terrible blogger, haven’t I? I even missed IWSG for the first time ever this month! Life has been getting in the way of blogging–and writing–and I have so many lovely readers following me that I feel bad about it. I’m glad you’ve stuck around I’m sorry for the lack of content lately. My New Year’s resolution is in part to get back to regular writing and blogging, so I’m starting this week in the hopes that by the time January rolls around I’ll be able to keep the resolution because I’ll already be in practice. Flawless logic, am I right? Start early, keep at it.

I’m going back to updating this blog twice a week, starting this week. It’s going to be a mish-mash of writing articles and stuff about my own life, so buckle your seatbelts. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me ramble about, just drop a suggestion in the comments.

Also, Hidden is the cover of The Romance Reviews’ December ezine! You can download it for free by clicking on it there at the link. There’s an article inside with more about the book starting on page 18. How exciting, huh? I’m still doing something!

To finish, here’s a picture of my Christmas tree! If you celebrate Christmas, do you have yours up yet?

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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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Yay! Look who’s back!

Hello out there! As you may remember, life and job has kept me away from blogging lately, but this week, I’m going to try to get back into the swing and start posting here regularly once more. Things are calming down somewhat at work and life looks like it might be a bit smoother in the near future so–I’m baaaaack! I want to thank everyone for sticking around through the hiatus. You must think I have something good to say and I really appreciate it. 😉 I will try not to let you down.

I’ll get back to more substantial writing posts this week, as well as my IWSG post on Wednesday, but today I’ll just recap some stuff going on in my life and writing.

I do have a new book coming out–tentatively, in August, though I’ll know more details soon. It’s called Boyfriend Material and it’s part of my Man Catalog series from Evernight Publishing. I’m eager to be able to tell you more! I also have another book in the works (in a different series) nearly ready for submission. So, even though life has been crazy, I’ve been trying to work on writing whenever time and energy allows it. I think I would have gone crazy during this chaotic time otherwise.

The big news in my personal life is that I’M GOING TO ICELAND FOR MY BIRTHDAY IN JULY! I’m so insanely excited about this. I’ve wanted to visit Iceland for a long time and my best friend and I finally decided to take the plunge. We’ll be staying in Reykjavik and doing a lot of sightseeing all over the country, as well as visiting the Blue Lagoon. We’re flying out on my birthday (July 25th) and will be there until the 30th. I’m so giddy, I can hardly wait for it to get here. There will be lots of pictures! Incidentally, the book I’m working on now is a paranormal set in Iceland–that’s how much I like the country!

And I’m really, really going to need this vacation after the past few months…

Summer is finally here in Cleveland and I’m so grateful. No more snow! Or at least–probably no more snow. You never know around here. Memorial Day has come and gone, and of course if you follow basketball you know our Cavs are in the Finals with Golden State for the FOURTH year in a row–so my city is a bit wild right now. Honestly I’m just kind of glad I no longer work downtown like I used to.

How is life in your part of the world? Anything interesting going on? Anything coming up in the near future? I’m glad to be back, and I promise I’ll try to stick around this time!

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Happy Monday, everyone! I’m trying to get back to putting more content on the blog but my day job continues to make life difficult. Last week was a somewhat busy week in my writing world as well, as I did a Facebook live for the ECAC convention, and my City Nights books were (and still are) on sale for 99 cents each! Annnnd, I have some news….

EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING SAID YES TO THE NEXT BOOK IN MY MAN CATALOG SERIES! Another acceptance!

A true life snapshot of me when I got the news.

I seem to be on fire in 2018–now if only my job would get out of the way and let me keep burning! The second book, Boyfriend Material, is tentatively scheduled to be released in August. I’m super thrilled about it. Maybe one of these days, I won’t need the day job anymore? Ha!

I’ll be participating in the Author Toolbox Blog Hop on Wednesday, and I’m going to try to get back to regular blogging at some point this month. Thank you everyone for sticking around!

A happy belated Mother’s Day to all you mommies out there, by the way!

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Friday Thought:

Usually, in February, I start preparing my posts for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I like to get ahead and have everything all prepared well in advance, so I can mostly coast through April.

Well, here it is somehow ALREADY freakin’ February! And…I have no idea what I want to write about this year for the challenge.

I guess I better figure out something soon, huh? Only two more months!

Are you doing the challenge this year? Do you know what your theme is? Have you started writing yet?

Also: I have some exciting NEWS. Now that the contract has been signed I can officially announce that Evernight Publishing has picked up my first full-length contemporary romance, The Marrying Type. I’m so thrilled! Starting off 2018 right, I guess. I will let everyone know when I have more information, such as a release date!

Have a great weekend!