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The Hunger Begins

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Hey everyone, I have a new book out today!

This is a precursor to my Jagged Scars series. Instead of twenty years later, this is how the world ends.

Meet Everly, high school band geek and sarcasm specialist, and her service cat, Echo.

They think the next week will be all about the school musical…they’re wrong.

Enjoy an excerpt!

Wyatt jerked me out of my musings. “Have you heard about that guy in New York that tried to eat a homeless dude?”

Who needed Google when you had Wyatt? He listened to podcasts while he worked out and always kept me informed of current events, questionable though they may be. “Nope.”

“He said he was so hungry he just started biting anything that looked edible.”

“Was he drunk or high or something?”

“They don’t think so.”

“That’s creepy,” I said.

“He said his stomach felt like it was digesting itself.”

I frowned. Jason had just said the same thing. Before I could digest that Whitney arrived, panting and out of breath. She threw the passenger door open and climbed in.

“About time,” Wyatt said. “I’m starving to death.”

Whitney wrinkled her nose. “It stinks in here.”

“It’s musk,” Wyatt said. “Halfway to perfume.”

“It’s gross.”

I agreed, but kept my mouth shut. It wasn’t worth it to get in the middle of one of their fights. Instead, I swiped my phone to life and looked up the crazy homeless guy in New York. That way I could help Wyatt freak our parents out at lunch. They loved it when we talked about disgusting stuff while we ate.


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Year Three as a Full-Time Author

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This journey keeps taking twists and turns. I find it both scary and exciting.

Three years ago I quit my day job so I could go full-time with my writing.

Last year I barely squeaked into the black. I actually made money after all of my expenses. Granted it was only about $100, but I’ll take it!

I had grand plans for this past year. You know, 2020?

Yeah, things didn’t go exactly to plan.

First

I released the last two of my Decker Family Romances in the spring. They did okay. Not as well as I would have liked, but okay.

Second

The plan was to write my YA military sci-fi series.

I started the first book four times, wrote a total of 130k words, and had to scrap them all. Twice. Pure frustration drove me to writing something more soft and fluffy.

Third

I wrote these three sweet and clean romantic comedies for the summer. By this point in the year everyone needed a good laugh, so I obliged. These were not on my radar at the beginning of the year, but they have ended up being my most successful series so far!

I also enjoyed writing my first curvy girl romance. I’m a plus-sized woman, and it was fun to write about a bigger girl.

Fourth

Among all of this romance craziness, I released another Academy story in this anthology. Writing this Snow White retelling was so fun!

Fifth

Christmas is always a good time to release romances, and this year I jumped on the bandwagon. These four books gave me my best months ever on Amazon in November and December! Her Christmas Middle Blocker (another curvy girl romance) is in a collection with eight other books at the moment, but will likely be out soon.

Other milestones

I hit one million page reads in 2020! After I hit one million, I managed to get almost 350k in a month, so that was amazing!

These are some of the highlights of 2020.

Marketing is getting easier, but there are still days that I take a nap instead.

I’ve learned a lot about fulfilling readers expectations, which has really helped my sales.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this endeavor.

I’m glad 2020 is over.

The hubby and I spent the first two weeks of 2021 in a Covid-induced haze, so I’m starting the year a bit late.

I have big plans, but who knows what will happen?


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