It’s been too long since my last blog, and so much has happened lately! Like many of you, I’ve struggled with juggling several things at once and have learned a great deal about compartmentalizing my life. In addition to running a household with a husband and two lively teenagers (and a couple of pets thrown in), managing and owning a successful design business, and paddling alongside a crew of dragon boaters, I’ve kept up my writing with lots of results! Writing is a labour of love, but the truth is, it’s often labour with little love. But as any author knows, the act of writing can’t be easily separated from the writer. It’s in our blood. I admit, however, that keeping a balance in my frenetic life is difficult, but I’ve got a tremendous amount of energy and have always been goal-oriented.
First off, I’m so thrilled that my manuscript, Concealed Love, has been accepted for publication with Soul Mate Publishing! I can’t wait to introduce you to Brooke Anderson, a young, determined heroine with a lot of challenges thrown in her path. This story was inspired by previous trips to San Francisco, and the footprint of the city has always mesmerized me (think Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Nob Hill, and so on) and fueled my desire to write a romantic suspense amidst this historical, urban setting. I look forward to sharing the cover release with you.
Secondly, my time travel romance, A Time for Love in Paris, is a finalist for the 2017 RONE Awards happening this October in Burbank, Los Angeles, and (hands clapping enthusiastically) I’ll be there in attendance! Hosted by InD’Tale Magazine, this is a prestigious, industry-recognized award to be nominated for and I can’t wait to mingle with other authors and readers. I’ll be signing copies of my book, and giving away some Paris-themed gifts for readers. You’ll fall in love with Elise Sutherland and her whirlwind romance with the artist Michel, set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century Paris.
What else? Along the way, as I’ve published my novels with Soul Mate Publishing, I’ve had the chance to make the acquaintance of some amazing authors. These are people committed to great writing, and who also have lives behind the scenes. Some of these authors are young parents, others are retired, some are professional lawyers, teachers and doctors by day. One thing we all have in common, no matter where we are from, is the pursuit of writing that next novel as we sit by our screens and check the novel rank of our current releases. Writing is a passion, a job, and for most of us, a joyous obsession. We continue writing because it’s fun, or we feel the need to, or we’re faced with a character that just won’t leave our minds until we begin the process of constructing a storyline, giving life to this character. But there’s also the social side of things, sharing new releases with other authors, celebrating their successes as we hope for our own, and bouncing advice and tips off each other. It’s a community of like-minded people.
One of the first authors to host me, Samanthya Wyatt, is featuring past guest authors on her blog, and I invite you to stop by her website, where you’ll have the chance to view a host of authors and their books and win a free e-book of mine!
Here’s Samanthya’s link:
I hope your summer brings as much adventure and happiness as I expect mine will this year! With my summer earmarked for racing, wedding design, travel and of course writing, I’m sure it’ll be over before I know it!