For a limited time, you can get all three of my full-length contemporary fiction novels in one collection for $8.99 on Amazon.
Searching for Glory
The Sweet Surrender
A Rocker and a Hard Place
Camryn Ellis knows exactly what she wants in life- a career in fashion, a fling with a hot French man, and good times with friends. That's exactly why she's going to Paris for a semester to work for a famous designer.
But when she gets to Paris, life has other plans. She meets the enigmatic photographer, Evan Carter, and he is determined to seduce her into his shadowy world. Then Jace Wellington, the handsome and charming tennis player, sets his eyes on Camryn. She finds herself attracted to both men and distracted from everything else. When one man betrays her trust, she realizes that she has completely lost track of her heart's true desire.
Paris is the City of Light, but for Camryn it has become the place where her life took a dark turn. She finds a way to turn things around when she puts aside all the drama and focuses on chasing her dream. When she manages to find love despite the odds, she learns that dreams really can come true.
My new series, Restless Hearts, follows a group of friends as they travel the world, learning more about themselves, about friendship, and about love. The first story, Love in London, is now available for pre-order and will be released on November 23.
Tyler Cole is living his dream. By all accounts, he's a rock star and one of the most sought after bachelors in the country. He has money, fame, and fancy cars. But when a bad storm in Salvation, Indiana, brings his hometown into the spotlight, Tyler remembers the one thing that he doesn't have- Emma Wellington.
Over a decade ago, Tyler and Emma ended their romance. Tyler moved to Nashville to chase a record deal while Emma finished college and applied to law school. Life had no reason to bring them back together, but that's exactly what happens after the storm.
Tyler returns home to help rebuild the town he managed to forget, and along the way reconnects with the woman he never quite got over. But life in Salvation isn't easy, and Emma has been keeping an important secret from him for over a decade. Now Tyler is about to question everything he thought he wanted, all the while fixated on the one thing he can't have.
When life throws them yet another curve ball, Tyler and Emma must find a way to leave their past in the past and focus on the only thing that has ever really mattered to them- love.
Available today on Amazon.
This isn't a love story. It's a story about love.
This story of love starts with a failed life plan and a sick father. That's how Helen Whicker finds herself back in her hometown of Portstown, Illinois, living with her parents and working as an obit writer for the town paper. Throw in a car accident and a neurotic sister-in-law, and Helen's life is pretty much a disaster.
Benson McCormick is just what she needs to turn things around. He's funny, uses foul language even more than she does, and he can't seem to get enough of Helen. But they live in different cities, and they both have family drama and relationship baggage.
Helen's gotten used to life on her own, but as she faces her worst fears, she wonders if she's really been living at all. The more she gets to know Benson, the more she believes that falling in love is the sweetest possible surrender. She just has to decide if she's strong enough to survive the fall.
So it's been a very long time since my last post. That's because I've been super busy writing. I'm working on the sequel to CASTLE (which is LONG overdue) but should hopefully be ready to go soon. I'm also writing my second contemporary fiction novel. And I've got a whole lot of other projects up my sleeve. Once these two works-in-progress are complete, I've got a sequel of sorts planned for Searching for Glory. I'm really excited about it; I just need to find the time to write it! Hopefully I'll have updates soon.
I'm not very good at new year's resolutions. In fact, I never even make any. Instead, I think it's more helpful to look back at the previous year and learn from your successes and failures. And hopefully avoid repeating them in the coming year. So this is going to be a long recap of my 2012.
To start off the year, my work paid to send the entire company on a three day ski trip to Sundance, Utah. It was a cool surprise, even if it did force me to spend three days trapped on a mountain of snow. After two days of hiding inside our mountain home doing puzzles, I finally gave skiing a try. I was NOT good at it.
After my failed attempt at becoming a skier, the next big milestone in my life happened in May. I turned 30. I was NOT happy about it. But rather than forcing myself through a painful party with friends, I planned a trip to LA instead with my pops. We did some touristy things, and then fullfilled a lifelong fantasy by attending our first ever game at Dodger Stadium.
Added bonus- the Dodgers beat the Giants! Happy birthday to me.
Back in Chicago, we were facing an even bigger opponent than the World Champions- NATO protestors.
Most of the city was shut down for a few days because of the rogue protesting. My company stayed open, and this was just one of the protests in front of our building. Note the police officers surrounding them. All in all, everyone- including the police- did a pretty swell job.
One of the other fantastic things that happened around this time was that I published my first book, The Shadows, on Amazon. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had a lot of fun learning. Once I got started, I couldn't stop myself from writing more and more books. But we'll get into that more a little bit later.
Also in May, one of my very best friends and favorite people in the world had her bachelorette party. My friend and I traveled down to P-Town to party it up.
How cute are these shirts we had made? Also, that's my pink butt on the left.
About a week after this, we all headed down to Mexico for a week long celebration, capped off by their beautiful wedding on the beach. It was such an amazing time, we all want them to do it again every year.
Yes, I know I'm a dork. I literally could've posted a million pics because it was so beautiful there, everything looked amazing. Ugh. I'm ready to go back.
Sidenote- there was a celebrity wedding that same weekend and we got to see Michael Bay and have a drink with the Old Spice Guy.
So that takes us through June.
In July, I move apartments and accepted a new job. Big, scary changes but I don't regret either of them.
August was a month of adjustments, and a bit of a reprieve before September. I started traveling for work and finally got to visit Philadelphia. Very cool city.
In October, I finally had a great excuse to visit the state of Florida. Another excellent friend got married! I love my friends and their amazing destination weddings.
My friends and I drank a few Miami Vices and spent a lot of time by the pool. I'm ready to go back there, too!
In November I made it back to the Q to visit the fam for Thanksgiving. I ate a LOT of food. Finally something I'm good at.
In early December, I made another work trip to DC and NY. It was my first time ever in DC and I loved it. Can't wait to go back for fun some time and actually visit some museums.
I got stopped by the presidential motorcade twice while I was there which means that the president may or may not be stalking me. I also got stopped by him in Chicago on election night, and by Air Force One in Warsaw, Poland. Don't ask- long story.
December was also the month for the office holiday party (which happened to be insane) and then 11 days of recovery until the new year. I swung back to the Q for xmas with the fam, and made it back to Chicago just in time to get the flu. So with just a few days left, I'm going to go ahead and call 2012 a great year. The world didn't end which was a huge bonus.
It wasn't always a perfect year. My family had some crazy health scares, and life threw some curveballs. But when I look back at the past year, only one word comes to mind that summarizes it all. BLESSED.
With that, I wish you all the happiest of new years, and don't forget to count your blessings.
You may remember that I mentioned starting a new job back in August. I blame that job for my lack of posting. I've been crazy busy, but still loving the job. Unfortunately, with the increased travel component and some big releases, I haven't had as much free time as I would like for writing.
Good news though- my job gives me a winter break, which started yesterday. So with 11 days off, I hope to make some excellent progress on my current work in progress, the follow up to CASTLE. I also managed to get the final details wrapped up on the third and last installment in The Shadows Trilogy- The Warriors. It was a lot of fun to write, and very cathartic to be able to wrap up the stories and give the characters some closure. It's up and available on Amazon if you'd like to check it out.
What else is new... I had a recent trip to DC and NYC and finally got to see both the White House and the big tree in Rockefeller Plaza. I did the Christmas thing with my family yesterday and today, and now I have a lot of movies and books to catch up on these next few days. We got the first snow of the season (and I'm not particularly happy about it). We had a holiday office party that included not one, but two after-parties.
I'm still hanging out with the fam, watching the new Total Recall movie. So I'll include a much longer post later this week but just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays.
Yes, I admit it- I am obsessed with zombies. And I have been for a while now. This can mostly be blamed on The Walking Dead (which incidentally will be on very soon as this is a Sunday night.)
I was in Florida last weekend for a wedding. Prior to going, I made sure everyone knew how I would like to die should I become a zombie. (Also, when I went to Mexico a few months ago I made my dad memorize that line from Taken about "a particular set of skills" in case I got kidnapped. I'm weird.) Do people still remember how that guy on bath salts tried to eat that other guy's face? And then they found out he wasn't really on bath salts but just pot. Anyway, that happened in Florida. I'm still convinced this is the first sign of the coming zombie apocalypse.
I made it back to Chicago without being infected with the zombie virus or a zombie encounter of any kind. Frankly, it's a little disappointing. I've been looking to try out some of my survival
While this post is mostly just an excuse for me to ramble, it does have some ties to my writing. I am still working on the final book in my Shadows Trilogy, but concurrently I have been developing an outline for another series about apocalyptic survival. Mostly because it's just so much fun to write. I will keep you updated but for now I'm off to watch some Walking Dead.
It's October. When did that happen? I swear it was just May and I was hyperventilating about turning 30. I love autumn, don't get me wrong. But I HATE winters in Chicago. And Winter is coming, my friends. Winter is coming.
So let's talk a little about what I've been up to lately. My new job (2 months in) has been going well. I passed my first certification (of many), and even got to hit the road. I was in Philly and New York last week. I've been to NYC a couple of times and always love it. I almost moved there after college for law school but chose Chicago instead and I have to say I don't regret that decision. I love visiting New York, but I don't think I could ever live there. Namely because it's too expensive. But I'm also a midwestern girl at heart.
I had never been to Philadelphia and I must admit, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It almost felt like a small New York to me. I woke up early before my business meetings to stop by the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Swung by Ben Franklin's resting place and Betsy Ross' house. For a huge history nerd like me, this was not an inconsequential trip.
So why am I telling you all of this? A couple of reasons actually. One, it explains why I haven't gotten a lot of writing and blogging done in the past couple of weeks. But also because it has really made me reflect on the last decade and a half of my life.
When I was fifteen, I was living in a small town in the middle of the midwest. Life was pretty simple and bland. I was relatively smart, and that meant I was often bored in school. I couldn't wait for college and life beyond because I was certain I was destined for greatness. I wanted to see the world. I wanted to live in a big city, have a fancy job as a lawyer, go on business trips. Basically, I wanted the exact opposite life that I was living.
Fast forward fifteen years later- I live in a cool apartment in Chicago. I spent five years working as a lawyer, and now I'm still in the legal industry. I work for a hip, trend-setting company and take business trips to amazing cities. I've travelled to a bunch of different countries and seen a lot of America in the process. And now, I'm also a (self)published writer. It's a pretty cool thing to see your dreams come true, even if they don't turn out exactly how you see them in your head.
And one final dream is coming true later today- I'm going to see Taken 2. Loved the first movie and pumped about the second one. I'll let you know my thoughts on it later.
Oh- writing update. Working on the final book in the Shadows Trilogy. Should finish it up this month. And I'm also working on something a little different that I'm still feeling out so I'll update you about that later.
It's time for a disclaimer- I hate winter. I hate being cold. I live in Chicago, so this is problematic. I love summer. I love the sun and hanging out at the beach. But my absolute favorite time of year is September and October. Autumn, fall- whatever you want to call it.
So when I got the email saying that pumpkin drinks are back at Caribou I was equal parts excited and sad. Happy that it's pumpkin time, but sad about the fact that winter is just around the corner.
In other news, it's almost time for fall TV to start up again. I don't watch a ton of live television. DVR and Netflix are my best friends. But the first week or two of new episodes is still a little exciting. Especially for the brand new shows that start up and either amaze us, or end up getting cancelled in six episodes.
In writing news, I just finished up my rewrite of my contemporary adult novel, Searching for Glory, and now it's time for editing. I should hopefully be publishing it soon, so I'll keep you updated. In the meantime, I've got a gazillion writing projects going at once so I'll give you sneak peak:
The Warriors- Book Three in the Shadows Trilogy should be released in early October.
FORTRESS- Book Two in the CASTLE Trilogy will be released in either late October or early November.
The Guardian- A Shadows Novella will be out in November.
The Sweet Surrender- My second contemporary adult novel will be out in December.
It should be noted that I'm using adult only to signify that they are not young adult novels. Try not to read anything into that ;)
So that's where I'm at for now. More updates will follow.