No Words Can Express My Gratitude

As many of you know, I’ve struggled with mental health issues off and on for YEARS. These mental health issues often cause large discrepancies between reality and my perceptions.

For example, I used to believe that my parents didn’t support my writing career. I can’t even begin to tell you all how wrong I was.

They’ve backed me with thousands of dollars in support, and they are the reason I’ve been able to afford partnering with Zimbell House Publishing for a second edition of Frost! I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity, and I owe it all to my parents.

I’m sure I’ll talk more about this in the future, but I just had to get the word out on this amazing news!

Kill Your Darlings


I’m designing some things here and there, mostly just for the fun of it. I thought this would be a fun and handy reminder for all my writer friends out there. Sometimes it sucks, but we occasionally have to kill our darlings to improve our craft.

Checking In | 4/19/2018

I should have the first chapter of Flame done sometime soon so I can add it to the back of the book for Frost as a teaser for new readers who don’t know me/that it’s supposed to be a series.


I never realized just how much your creative energy is connected to your health until I got the infection I currently have. I want to write SO BADLY, but this brain fog seems to be insurmountable right now. 😦

So, tea and helping other authors via my PA and Proofreading businesses it is.

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Otherworld Tales Series Update

I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ve been making a LOT of notes for Flame, lately, and I can’t wait to get to work on the cover for it with my cover artist!

What I’m Doing Now…

So, I’m still running the Author Promo Network and all its social media accounts by myself. If I ever get a personal assistant, that’s the first thing I’m going to bring them in the loop on. I want to provide more opportunities for authors to share their work.

Speaking of personal assistants…I’m doing that now, too! I’m working with several authors to make their lives a little easier. I’m also training a friend to do this PA business, in the event that my writing takes off and I no longer have time for my PA business. I’m not saying that will ever happen, but in case it does, I have a contingency plan so my clients are all taken care of, no matter what I’m doing.

I’m ALSO running a proofreading business. It takes me a bit longer to do that than I initially anticipated, but it’s very rewarding.

Right now, my writing is basically on hold until I pay some things off.

Checking In…

What do you guys think about short, daily check-ins when I don’t have big announcements to make?



Fair warning: It’s probably going to happen, but I promise to include some useful content, too. Maybe not EVERY day, but I have a lot to share on my Author Promo Network blog after I get the newsletter redone and moved to MailChimp!

The 10 BEST Things You Can Do For Your Writing Career

Invest In Yourself!

That right there is my #1 rule for any kind of writing success. Give yourself the right tools, the right tribe, and the right mindset to get your writing where you want it to be.

You want an actionable list of things you can do to invest in yourself? Awesome! I put together a countdown for you. Check it out.

10. Writer’s Digest Is Your Friend

Their shop has all kinds of AMAZING courses, tutorials, webinars, and other resources for you to use! You can even use this coupon when you shop there! $10 Off Any Workshop at Writers Digest University at Writers Digest Shop. Use coupon code AFFTEN during checkout.

9. The Irresistible Novel by Jeff Gerke

If you’ve been struggling and trying to figure out what story you really want to write, this book is for you! Get Your Copy Here!

8. A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

This book has gotten me through SEVERAL hard knocks over the course of my writing career, so far. If you need a constant companion to help you buck up or buckle down, this book is the resource you’ll come back to over and over again!  Get your copy of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence HERE! (Or check THIS out: Becoming Persistent: How to Survive and Thrive on the Path to Publication)


If you’re anything like me, and it helps to have someone (in this case something) to talk to/ask you questions about your stories when you’re in the planning phase, get in on this ASAP! I am in LOVE with You can sign up HERE.

6. 5,000 Words Per Hour (Book & App) by Chris Fox

I honestly can’t even BEGIN to tell you how much more productive I am as a writer after reading this book and downloading the app! Get the book HERE.

5. Invest In Your Cover!

I’ve come across some truly amazing cover designers on Facebook guys! I’m just going to give you a bulleted list here. I highly recommend checking them all out and seeing who best suits your style (or your price range)!

4. PublishDrive

Since Pronoun’s closing, a lot of writers are looking for new wide publication options outside of simply uploading to KDP. If you’re looking to go wide, PublishDrive will get you where you want to be!

3. The Plot Genie

If you’re anything like me, working with The Plot Genie (a.k.a. Heather Cardona) will save your (writing) life! Seriously, join her group HERE. I promise you WILL thank me for this.

I always find myself second-guessing all the plotting I’ve done, and I always worry about my pacing, because it’s not my strong suit. You don’t have to worry about that when you work with The Plot Genie. She does everything from taking outlines you’ve already done and fixing them up to make them even MORE addictive, to writing your outlines FOR you if you don’t want to be bothered!

2. Creative Central With Debbie Burns

This is an AMAZINGLY positive and uplifting group for creatives on Facebook. You can find it HERE. If you join, I can PROMISE you that you’ll find some of your most faithful tribe members here.

1. Rebecca Hamilton & OTOH, Books!

I really can’t say enough about how wonderful Rebecca is, both as a person and as a service provider for authors! She has several Facebook groups and a website. All I can tell you is JOIN EVERYTHING! You never know when or where she’s going to post some kind of incredible opportunity, service, course, or deal on any of the above! There’s a reason I’ve listed her at #1, guys.

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ICYMI March Newsletter Update

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I’ve got some great updates and giveaways for you in today’s newsletter. Either click the picture above to go read it, or simply click HERE.

ICYMI | My Mid-Month Newsletter

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Just in case you missed out on my newsletter (or *gasp* you didn’t know I have one), you might want to scoot on over and check it out! There are recommendations, giveaways, and more! Just CLICK HERE to read it.

WD One Day Romance Sale!

You can get 50% off all romance writing products in the WD shop, valid today only! This is an absolutely AWESOME sale, guys!

Get 50% off all Romance Writing Products at WritersDigestShop! Valid 2/14 ONLY! Expires 02/14/2018.

Giveaways, Freebies, & Other Fantastic Things

I’ve been learning all kinds of incredible things from Rebecca Hamilton at OTOH Books, guys! I am boldly exploring new frontiers in marketing and other things on the business side of writing. I’m re-launching Author Promo Network, as well. I made a post about that on Facebook today, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to make one on the actual APN blog.

ANYWAY…back to the point of this post.

I’m super excited to be running some giveaways, and my Street Team is where the BEST giveaway action is. My team gets access to exclusive giveaways and freebies no one else gets.

Join the Fiction Freebies group on Facebook for regular updates on active author giveaways! I’m not the only author in the group. We’re constantly adding new authors who can share giveaways you can enter! The giveaways are all no purchase necessary.

My Current Giveaways:

Launching the Murphy Family Mysteries Series

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I know I’ve been a little bit off the radar for a while, but I’ve got lots of updates coming down the pipes for you guys! My major project for this year is getting Frost published by Inkshares. To do that, we’ve got to get 750 pre-orders by December 31, 2018. With the amazing people in my street team, plus the support of my friends and family, I’m SURE we can make it happen.

I’d appreciate any shares you’re willing to give via Thunderclap, guys! Help me spread the word. More news for you soon!

Possible Changes and Adjustments

I listened to an awesome webinar yesterday, and it suggested that, even as an author, maybe don’t make your blog revolve 100% around your writing. It’s an interesting prospect, for sure!

On a random side note, I’m super in love with Bitmoji and may post occasional Bitmoji updates just for fun.

I already have a personal blog, so I’m not really sure how I might make changes here. I feel like maybe I should still keep this blog for writerly things, but maybe with more of my personal spin on it?

We’ll see. I’d love to hear what you think.

Mastering My Marketing Tools

As you can probably tell, marketing is not my strength. I’m using tools like Crowdfire and Creator Collabs in an attempt to extend my reach and find new readers. Unfortunately, it has been a bit of a learning process, and I’ve annoyed some readers, friends, and family by flooding ALL MY FEEDS with dozens of marketing posts a day.

Fortunately, I’m learning how to better use these tools to achieve my goals without being annoying. I’m adjusting my usage of these tools, so you can look forward to a less flooded feed.

It’s a Trap!

No matter what I do with my marketing, everything kind of feels like a catch-22. I know I need to be producing new, fresh content to share with y’all, but I have been too exhausted to do much of anything. I’ve been dragging. I’m going to continue to use Crowdfire and CreatorCollabs for marketing purposes, but they probably won’t do all that well until I find the time, energy, and mental fortitude to start putting out new content for y’all again.

Murphy’s Law of the Jungle

Welcome to my Murphy Family Mysteries series, guys! I’ve been working on my first draft of Murphy’s Law of the Jungle (Murphy Family Mysteries, Book 1) for NaNoWriMo 2017. I don’t think I’m going to hit 50,000 words by November 30, but I’ll be finishing the draft this December.

Any readers who choose to support Murphy’s Law of the Jungle via pre-orders on Inkshares are going to get unprecedented access to my draft via Google Docs. You’ll even have the ability to leave comments. You’ll get to see this story’s development from beginning to end. If we make our goal(s), you’ll even get to see how professional editors influence and improve the manuscript!

Additionally, if we make the 750 pre-orders goal, I will be doing a special giveaway of some Murphy Family Mysteries gear, and the winner will have the opportunity to choose the names for both the victim and the big bad in the next book in the series!

People who support my writing will also receive occasional pictures of my adorable baby boy, River, because he’s my reason for everything!

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