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Two Years as a Full-Time Author!

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The journey has been different than I imagined.

Two years ago I quit my day job so I could go full-time with my writing. I wasn’t making great money at the time, but my husband is super supportive and brings home the bacon, so to speak, so I found myself in the unique situation of being able to follow my dream while not having to stress about money.

The first year was hard. I didn’t break even with my expenses, and frankly I was a bit disappointing.

Year two has been a roller coaster of writing and emotions and almost breaking even. This is what happened.

First

I rapidly released eight fairy tale retellings with my Fairy Tale Academy series. While the stories are solid, and people who read them love them, I missed the market a bit, and the series didn’t do as well as I would have liked.

Second

I released five sweet and clean romance books under my pen name, Karly Stratford, and those did really well. I enjoy writing them, but don’t want to go full-time romance. It’s not where my passion lies, although I do love getting emails from fans who say how my book made their day!

Third

I had my very first story come out in Audible. It’s part of a collection of horror stories. I love it SO MUCH! The narrator nailed it, and I now understand a little more about the power of audio books.

Forth

I was part of a collaboration of authors who decided to use our talents to raise awareness about child sex trafficking. I’ve made my initial investment in covers and editing back, and from now on all profits go straight to organizations that actively help fight sex trafficking.

I’m not going to lie, this project sort of consumed the middle section of my year. The topic is difficult to write about, and we faced a lot of opposition when trying to get these books published. But we did it! And I’m pretty sure the journey for this project has just begun.

Fifth

One of my writing groups put together a Fairy Tale and First Dates anthology! We had such a good time doing this, and I loved how excited everyone got when they were able to hold a book of their own in their hands. Totally worth the stress!

Those are some of the highlights for 2019

Some days it’s hard to look past the drudgery and the stupid marketing and the fact that I’d rather make cookies than write and see all the good that I’ve done, the books I’ve produced and the wonderful emails from fans that I’ve gotten.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this endeavor . Cheers to 2019, and I look forward to 2020!

Do any of you have big goals for 2020? I’ve got some, but I’m not sharing yet.


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His Movie Star Second Chance Bachelorette

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The holidays are creeping ever closer.

Do you find yourself humming Christmas songs?

Are you ready for a season of Hallmark-Style Romances?

If so, I have something for you!

The last of my Holiday Romances (released under my pen name Karly Stratford) is out today!

Each story is a small town, second chance romance set during the holidays.

This is the story of Preston and Anna. It was love at first sight, but Anna knew he was too good for her, and she ran away.

A stuntman with a heart of gold.

The movie star who let him get away.

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Preston Decker blacked two weeks out of his filming schedule to spend Christmas with his family. His older brothers have recently found love, and they’re pressuring him to get a girlfriend. No thanks, the last one broke his heart. Unfortunately said ex-girlfriend shows up at his house begging him to be a stuntman in her latest film. She’s willing to pay him whatever he wants.

Anna Jordan, or Berry as the world calls her, is producing a film that’s cursed. First everyone got the flu, and now the lead stuntman broke his leg. The only stuntman available who can pull it off is Preston. They’d dated. He was the perfect guy, and she knew she’d never be good enough for him. She also knew he would probably help her.

When Berry laments that the cast and crew are going to be away from their families for Christmas, Preston comes up with a brilliant idea. When things begin to fall apart, they each must decide what they value most. Can they make a Christmas miracle for themselves? Or will they spend New Year’s alone again?

 


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His First Love Second Chance Bachelorette

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Looking forward to the holidays already?

Do you find yourself humming Christmas songs?

Are you ready for a season of Hallmark-Style Romances?

If so, I have something for you!

The second of three Holiday Romances (released under my pen name Karly Stratford) is out today!

They are all small town, second chance romances set during the holidays.

This is the story of Brad and Morgan, high school sweethearts who never quite fell out of love, but who each fled their little town to get away from painful memories.

He left to be a hero.

She left to forget her past.

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Nightstalker pilot, Bradley Decker, is home for Christmas against his will. A little shrapnel to the shoulder won’t keep him out of combat for long. When his first love, Morgan, shows up at his door claiming to be his new physical therapist, Brad is sure he can keep things professional. Only Morgan is somehow even funnier and more amazing than he remembers. Maybe it’s the pain meds.

Morgan Adams is in Bluestone to buy property for her recovery center for veterans. She takes the request for a house call, and is torn between horror and relief when she sees it’s Brad, her high school sweetheart. Unfortunately, Brad is still easy to talk to, easy on the eyes, and easy to laugh with. Time flies because they’re always having fun.

Old feelings rise to the surface, but is a second chance at love possible for them? Morgan won’t marry a soldier, and that’s all Brad has ever wanted to be. Fate combines to give them a choice. The question is, will they make the right call?


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His Mortal Enemy Second Chance Bachelorette

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Looking forward to the holidays already?

Do you find yourself humming Christmas songs?

Are you ready for a season of Hallmark-Style Romances?

If so, I have something for you!

The first of three Holiday Romances (released under my pen name Karly Stratford) is out today!

They are all small town, second chance romances set during the holidays.

This is the story of Flint and Brenna. Mortal enemies since their first spell-off in kindergarten and bitter rivals to this day…but now something has changed.

Can their life-long rivalry lead to love?

Or will it end in a holiday disaster of epic proportions?

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(Always free on Kindle Unlimited)

 

Professional running back, Flint Decker, is all set to break the season touchdown record. The only thing standing in his way is his mother’s determination to fatten him up over Thanksgiving. When he rescues his life-long rival—how come he’d never noticed how beautiful she was before?—from falling down the stairs he decides it might be time to put their dueling aside.

Brenna Simmons, just arrived from New York for the holiday, doesn’t remember Flint being quite so buff, and they’ve never had a pleasant conversation. Until now. When he invites her to help with the yearly community Feast she ignores him, determined to not rise to his silly challenge. Until Flint unleashes his charm.

Angry glares slowly turn to smiles, and quips to flirting. But when a clash of will threatens to rip their truce apart, they must decide if they are willing to sacrifice their pride in order to open their hearts, or will they fall into their old ways and lose this chance at love?

This is the first book in the Decker Family Romance Series.

 

 


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