Today is Release Day for RULE BREAKER!!!

on November 1, 2016

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Today is Release Day for my Debut novel RULE BREAKER!!! I cannot believe it is finally here. After three years of pursuing my dream, I can say I’m a published author!

This journey has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but even with all the hard work, I wouldn’t change a thing. What I’ve learned on this journey is that publishing and writing is a marathon, not a sprint.

Now on to learning more about RULE BREAKER.

RULE BREAKER is the first book in a three book series following the lives of three best friends (Arya, Milla, and Carmen). These women are smart, strong, confident, and billionaires in their own right.

In this first book, you’ll meet Arya Rey, a brilliant software designer who spearheaded the creation of the first female-founded billion-dollar technology company. To the outside world, she is the ice queen, but behind closed doors, she sizzles.

Order your copy today!

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Below is a quick synopsis of the book:

She controls a technology empire. He controls her.

At just twenty-eight years old, Arya Rey has become queen of the tech world. While she is highly respected as a philanthropist and fearless businesswoman, no one would suspect that beneath her controlled exterior simmers a private passion. A desire never spoken of in Boston’s elite social circles. A need for submission, for satisfaction, for the kind of exquisite pleasure that can only be provided by one man . . . her billionaire ex-lover Maxwell Dane.

It’s been five years since Max and Arya last met. Five years that they’ve longed for the feel of each other’s skin. Max always takes what he wants, and he wants Arya back. But it’s more than the memory of her broken heart that makes her resist. During their time apart, Arya has collected secrets of her own. She can give Max her body, but can she give him the truth?

Mommy do you write children’s books ?

on April 6, 2016

 

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“Mommy do you write children’s books?” is the question my baby girl posed to me while getting ready for school.

This this where my dilemma started: tell my daughter the truth, mommy write sexy erotic romance novels. Which would result in more questions than I am prepared to answer. Or tell her a half-truth, mommy writes romance. This way when she tells her teacher and her friends in our over the top, super conservative community in Texas, I won’t have a lynch mob at my door.  
No seriously, I love my community. They act all shocked to my face but are the first ones to order the 50 shades or the crossfire books.

Now back to the topic. The half-truth I told my daughter satisfied her curiosity and she went back to happily preparing for school. Eight hours later, after a busy day filled with fourth grade academics, my sweet baby returns home with more questions.

She sat down at the kitchen island, gave me a stern face, and announced that she told her teacher that I had a book deal and that I will achieve my dream of having my book out by forty.  (Great my age is now public record ?) She elaborated by saying her teacher wanted to know what kind of romance. She told her she didn’t known and would find out.

So here it came, the question I didn’t want to answer.

“Mommy what kind of romance do you write?”

I looked straight at her and said, “The kind with kissing.”

To that, she turned her nose up and responded, “Like the way you kiss daddy?”

“Yes.” (I have a hot husband, I like kissing him)

“Are there any kids in your books?” (How do we jump from kissing in the books to kids? The random thoughts of a nine year old.)

“No”

“Will you write one with kids in it? Just don’t make them kiss?”

To which I responded, “Sure, one day I will write a book with kids in them.”

“Can you give them my name?”

“Of course. I’ll even name one after your brother.”

“Okay, mommy.” She jumps up. “One day I am going to write a book too. But it is going to be about gems and bugs.” With that, she happily went off to start her homework and she hasn’t asked any more questions the type of writing I pursue.

As I sit and write, I feel a sense of foreboding regarding future conversations that won’t be satisfied with vague answers.  I dread the day she realized mommy writes books with not just kissing but sex, lots of it.

*Sigh*

However, I won’t linger on those thoughts too long. I will enjoy my short-lived reprieve where my girl believes God put her in my belly because I married her dad.  Yes, I know this view is about to crash and burn but I am prepared. I went through it with my son and my plan is to make it so technical, honest, and detailed that she loses interest in the subject.
Wish me luck on my not so realistic plans!

Hurry up and wait

on March 30, 2016

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Hurry up and wait – Wikipedia defines it as “a humorous phrase used to refer to the situation in which one is forced to hurry in order to complete a certain task, or arrive at a certain destination, by a specific time; only for nothing to happen at that time, often because other required tasks are still awaiting completion.”

The above phrase is something I am experiencing the hard way. Contracts signed, release dates set, revision schedules planned, books delivered by dates specified in contract and then everything changed. For me as a Type A personality, I like to stick to specified schedules and expect things to proceed as set. Anxiety and uncertainty are my first reactions when things don’t go according to plan. However, in the business of publishing, everything is constantly moving.  My first book was originally scheduled for release in May 2016 was moved to June, then to July and now, to November. Book two originally scheduled for September moved to January 2017 and book three moved to May 2017.

Am I disappointed? Of course. Type A personality!

Am I mad? No, not really.  Kick-butt author, friend, and mentor of mine, Debra Mullins said it best “welcome to the publishing business.”

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The process to gain representation and then a publishing deal taught me that persistence and never giving up are the keys to success. I have perused my dream for three years, so why get upset now? I still have a book deal and I will have my books published. For now, I can work at a slower pace. Well, I say this but in all actuality, I am working on a bunch of other ideas.

Even with my Type A minded set, I am a glass is half-full kind of gal. I’m blessed with the ability to write the stories the many characters in my head want to tell.

My added time to publication gives me ample time to complete book three. In addition, this will give me the opportunity to polish my fantasy novel as well as, work on a new book series I have floating around my head.

Now let’s hope my husband doesn’t sign my kids up for any more activities that will fill up any of my spare time.

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